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Cheryl Heller Awarded AIGA Medal

Wed, 2014-02-26 02:20

SOURCE: School of Visual Arts - Design for Social Innovation

DESCRIPTION:

Cheryl Heller, Chair of the MFA Design for Social Innovation Department at the School of Visual Arts, has been awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession.

Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and founder of CommonWise. She has taught creativity to leaders and organizations around the world, helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and designed strategies for dozens of successful entrepreneurs.

The AIGA Medal has been awarded since 1920 to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, service and contributions to the field of communication design. AIGA, a network of 25,000 members, is celebrating its centennial this year, and awarding the medal to a special class of 24 leaders in the design profession. Cheryl Heller is joined by three other SVA faculty members in receiving the medal this year.

"I thought I kept moving around and changing too much for anyone to notice that I deserved an award. It's a true honor,” says Heller.

The 2014 AIGA Medal will be presented on April 25 at “The AIGA Centennial Gala” in New York City. “The AIGA Centennial is a time to reflect upon our accomplishments as a profession and to honor this special group of design educators, practitioners and leaders,” said AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé. “We’re honored to have been able to count them as members, colleagues and dear friends.” Information about “The AIGA Centennial Gala,” including slideshows of the Medalists’ work, is available at aiga.org/the-aiga-awards

To apply to the MFA in Design for Social Innovation that Heller founded, visit dsi.sva.edu/apply

 

For further information, please contact:

Hila Mehr, Director of Operations MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA, hmehr@sva.edu

Jennifer Bender, Director of Communications and Marketing at AIGA, jennifer_bender@aiga.org

Tweet me: Cheryl Heller Awarded AIGA Medal for work in #design and #socinn http://dsi.sva.edu/news-and-events/cheryl-heller-awarded-aiga-medal/

KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Education, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, awards, AIGA, design

2014 Global Pro Bono Summit - Day 1

Tue, 2014-02-25 06:45
The Spirit of Partnership

SOURCE: Taproot Foundation

DESCRIPTION:

Four years ago, the BMW Foundation invited Taproot founder Aaron Hurst to participate in its Transatlantic Forum for Young Leaders. From that invitation, a deep friendship and partnership formed between Aaron and BMW Foundation CEO Markus Hipp. Aaron understood BMW Foundation’s mission to inspire executives and engage them in service to work for the common good and for a society that is capable of meeting the challenges of the future by engaging in cross-sector collaborations with partners across the globe. Markus saw Taproot and pro bono as a means to achieve that mission – and the Global Pro Bono Summit was born.

Now in its second year, Taproot and BMW Foundation staff have been working side-by-side, in the true spirit of partnership, to plan and execute the 2014 Global Pro Bono Summit in San Francisco, a week-long series of events designed to facilitate dynamic peer discussions among pro bono leaders from around the globe, from Saudi Arabia to South Korea, and across sectors and industries.

To read the full piece, visit the Taproot Foundation site.

Tweet me: .@taprootfound and @bmwfoundation launch into 2nd annual #GPBS14. Welcome to the global fellows and #TAF17! http://tinyurl.com/mdh23vk

KEYWORDS: Fashion & Apparel, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Taproot Foundation, bmw foundation, pro bono, Adobe, gpbs14, HP, global fellows, transatlantic forum, san francisco

Winners from Caesars’ Employee Contest Deliver 17k+ Soap Bars to Youth in Philippines

Tue, 2014-02-25 05:00

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

DESCRIPTION:

Three long-time employees from Caesars Entertainment knew they had won the trip of a lifetime in January, when they boarded a plane to the Philippines with partners from Children International and the Clean the World Foundation. Over the next week, Socorro Garcia, Housekeeping Supervisor at Bally’s, Bill Knowles, Slot Tech at Harrah’s Laughlin, Lance Elliott, Dealer at Harrah’s Iowa, along with Jessica Rosman, Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, helped deliver hygiene products and health education tips to schools and community centers throughout Manila.

The winners visited seven distribution sites in all, hand-delivering 17,400 bars of soap to 4,350 children and teachers.  Each site welcomed them warmly with leis made by the children, marching bands, food, singing and smiles. During the site visits, the team performed a skit for the children featuring germ-fighting superheroes “Super Sabon” and “Super Tubig” which translate to Super Soap and Super Water in the national language, Tagalog.  One trip participant wrote, “The sound of children’s laughter filled the air as the super heroes showed their muscle after they fought the germs!”

Caesars’ sponsored the Clean the World Employee Contest to provide a few dedicated employees a first-hand look at the difference a bar of soap can make. “As we continue to support Clean the World, we are excited to be able to expand our impact by sending our employees to aid an area of need,” said Thom Reilly, Executive Director of Caesars Foundation. 

Read more at: http://codegreen.harrahsblogs.com/

 

 

Tweet me: .@Caesarsent employees win trip to Philippines, deliver 17k soap bars w/@Clean_the_World http://3bl.me/s6bfcp #recycle #CSR

KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Business, Ecotravel & Tourism, Ethical Consumersim, Green Living, Environmental Business, Recycling, Volunteering, Community, Engagement, People, Social Change, Social Actions, Youth Action, CodeGreen, Clean the World, csr, Employee Engagement, recycle

JK Group to Spotlight Revolutionary Corporate Philanthropy Platform at ACCP Annual Conference

Tue, 2014-02-25 03:00

SOURCE: JK Group

DESCRIPTION:

PLAINSBORO, NJ, February 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ -

WHO:
JK Group, the leading end-to-end solutions provider of software and value-added services for corporate philanthropic programs

WHAT:
Will showcase its innovative software platform, Consiva, and offer product demonstrations at the 2014 ACCP Annual Conference of Corporate Contributions.

WHEN:
The conference will take place from Sunday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with exhibition hours held on Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4.

WHERE:
2014 ACCP Annual Conference of Corporate Contributions
The Cosmopolitan
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nev.

JK Group will exhibit at Booth No. 9.

DETAILS:
As corporate giving looks toward the future, there is a new standard being set as socially responsible corporations work to integrate philanthropy into their operations year-round. Active corporate giving programs have been shown to improve recruitment, retention and satisfaction of employees; provide brand differentiation; and positively affect communities, partners and causes that are important to both employees and the company's missions. Given these benefits, there is growing interest in developing comprehensive programs that can positively impact the community, without additional strain on the organization. For over 20 years, JK Group has focused on providing the software solutions and value-added services necessary to ensure the success of corporate philanthropy programs.

During the 2014 ACCP Annual Conference of Corporate Contributions, executives from JK Group will demonstrate the company's software suite, Consiva, and value-added services that maximize employee engagement and streamline corporate philanthropic processes. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to see product demos and talk to JK Group representatives about the company's services that are designed to help organizations facilitate their corporate giving and volunteer programs.

Attendees of the 2014 ACCP Annual Conference of Corporate Contributions who wish to learn more about JK Group's innovative solutions for a wide range of corporate programs, such as matching gifts, volunteering, event management, employee giving campaigns, disaster relief, grants and other programs, are encouraged to visit Booth No. 9.

More information about the 2014 ACCP Annual Conference of Corporate Contributions, including registration details and agenda, can be accessed at: http://www.accprof.org/events/2014-Conference.

About JK Group, Inc.
For over 20 years, JK Group has been the innovator in software and outsourced services for corporate philanthropic programs. Hundreds of leading global corporations rely on JK's technology and services to support both domestic and international giving programs, facilitating over $1 billion in contributions each year. The company is a leader in providing solutions for matching gifts, volunteer and event management, employee giving campaigns, grants administration, PAC programs and disaster relief. For more information, please visit www.JK-Group.com

Tweet me: .@JKGroupInc will be in #LasVegas March 3-4 at #ACCP2014 – visit Booth No. 9 for product demos and more! http://ow.ly/tYJKc #CSR Contact Info:

Hesha Patel
+1 (609) 799-7830ext. 19500
heshap@jk-group.com

KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Conference, Human Resources, Engagement, corporate philanthropy, csr, Employee Engagement, employee giving, corporate giving, JK Group

Freeport-McMoRan’s Tenke Fungurume Mining receives CSR Award

Tue, 2014-02-25 00:30

SOURCE: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

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February 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Tenke Fungurume Mining, a Freeport-McMoRan company, received a corporate social responsibility award for the second year in a row.

Tenke Fungurume Mining once again won an award for its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) during the second year of the CSR round table event, which took place in Kinshasa on Nov. 25, 2013, under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This event brought together the public and private sectors to share best practices on creating a sustainable future through business in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The award honors Tenke Fungurume Mining’s numerous social and environmental programs.

To learn about community programs at Tenke Fungurume Mining, please visit http://www.fcx.com/sd/community/comm_drc.htm and to learn more about all of Freeport-McMoRan’s sustainability commitments please see their website at http://www.fcx.com/sd/index.htm

KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Tenke Fungurume Mining, Corporate Social Responsibility, Democratic Republic of Congo

Taproot and BMW Foundation Convene the 2nd Annual Global Pro Bono Summit

Mon, 2014-02-24 09:15
The Global Pro Bono Summit brings leaders from different sectors across 15 countries to set goals and expand the impact of pro bono.

SOURCE: Taproot Foundation

DESCRIPTION:

February 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ - This week in San Francisco over 200 leaders from 15 countries are coming together to engage in interactive discussions and design sessions that enable the sharing of best practices and spark field changing ideas for the pro bono movement. Participants include leaders in corporate social responsibility, pro bono experts and business professionals in HR, design and IT. This year, for the first time, the four-day conference hosted by the Taproot Foundation in partnership with BMW Foundation will be held simultaneously with the 17th annual BMW Transatlantic Forum.

The pro bono movement has significantly expanded beyond the legal field in the last ten years, with dozens of Fortune 500 companies now offering their employees opportunities to volunteer their professional expertise to nonprofits.  Seventy-seven percent of nonprofits believe that skilled volunteers could significantly improve their organization’s business practices, but only 12% have been able to put volunteers to use in that way. Pro bono gives business professionals the opportunity to provide their skilled services to nonprofits, while at the same time improving their professional networks, getting professional development opportunities and giving back to the community.

As the pioneer and architect of the global pro bono movement, Taproot annually convenes professionals from companies, professional services firms and nonprofit providers worldwide. Liz Hamburg, new Taproot Foundation CEO and President, said “We are thrilled to bring together so many leaders who are using pro bono in innovative ways to learn from each other and think about where pro bono should go from here.”  

The Summit is a highly participatory conference with group discussion at its core. Speaker highlights include:

  • Michael Gough, VP of Experience Design, Adobe who will open Monday night’s reception with a TED-style presentation on pro bono, design and the professional.
  • Jonathon Copulsky, National Managing Director of Brand and Eminence, Deloitte
  • Meg Garlinghouse, Head of LinkedIn for Good who will join Transatlantic Forum’s Expert Panel, speaking on strategies to strengthen responsible leadership in a globalized world

 

The partnership between the BMW Foundation and the Taproot Foundation is a key piece of our strategy in engaging executives in social change,” said Markus Hipp, CEO, BMW Foundation.

The Summit has four separate participant tracks. Sponsorship for the Summit is provided by Hewlett Packard and Adobe. Media are encouraged to contact Taproot for program information and invites.

Media Contact: Emmett Mehan
Emmett@taprootfoundation.org
@taprootfound, #GPBS14

About the Taproot Foundation
Taproot Foundation is a US-based nonprofit organization that is a leader in pro bono service. Through its programs, advisory services support and field-building work, Taproot leads, mobilizes and engages professionals in pro bono service that drives social change. taprootfoundation.org

About the BMW Foundation
The BMW Foundation is an international networking foundation. Through its Global Responsible Leaders Forums, it seeks to inspire leaders to participate in and shape civil society, social entrepreneurship, and politics. www.bmw-stiftung.de/en/

Tweet me: .@taprootfound & @BMWFoundation are convening the 2014 Global Pro Bono Summit #GPBS14. Learn more at http://probonosummit.org

KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Human Resources, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Taproot Foundation, bmw foundation, global pro bono summit 2014, HP, Adobe, Corporate Citizenship, Employee Engagement, Technology, design, human resources

 

Chelsea Clinton to Speak at the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program Spring Forum

Mon, 2014-02-24 07:00

SOURCE: Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.

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Feb. 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program is thrilled to present its 2014 Spring Forum featuring distinguished guest speaker Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation.

This event marks the beginning of the fourth and final year of the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program, a collaboration between Columbia University and fashion industry executive Kenneth Cole. This exciting initiative serves to inspire and empower the next generation of community leaders by engaging students through fellowships in community-building initiatives in combination with intellectual and academic work in the classroom. The Spring Forum will focus on important social issues of the day by highlighting innovative ways through which to address critical local problems, encourage social action, and build community capacity.

Kenneth Cole Fellows are required to complete one academic requirement and a spring seminar series, and engage in a paid summer internship project within a local organization to work with community partners to address local problems and encourage social action and change. Internship sites for 2013 included Fortune Society, Harlem Seeds, New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and Startup Box: South Bronx.

“It has been an Extraordinary four years working with Columbia and their student body. I have been inspired by every fellow and their commitment to make our world a better place. I hope this program has helped provide useful skills for these future "change agents" and help focus them on their journeys.
While this program is coming to an end, I look forward to starting a new partnership with Columbia next year that will hopefully touch even more students,” said Kenneth Cole.

“The Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program at Columbia University has continued to have a profound effect on the students involved each year.  The Kenneth Cole Forum brings to the entire campus community the program’s mission to inspire and empower the next generation of community leaders by exposing them to the challenges and opportunities for community building in today’s society. We are honored that Chelsea shares this enthusiasm and will lead the conversation at this year’s event on the current generation's commitment to action and their ability to effect real change,” said Todd Smith-Bergollo Interim Dean of Community Development and Multicultural Affairs.

Chelsea focuses especially on the Clinton Foundation's health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established – and continues to lead – the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for people across the country. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world's most urgent challenges. And through the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, she plays an integral role in inspiring young leaders and philanthropists to get involved in the work of the Foundation.

The Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program Spring Forum will take place on at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, in the Roone Arledge Cinema in Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. RSVP is required.

About Columbia University

A leading academic and research university, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive public service initiatives, cultural collaborations, and community partnerships help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

About Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole is chairman and chief creative officer of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., which designs, sources and markets a broad range of footwear, handbags, apparel and accessories. Cole is also the chairman of amfAR, the largest not-for-profit AIDS research foundation; a founding board member of HELP USA, the leading national provider of housing and jobs for the homeless; and a longstanding board member of the Sundance Institute.   

KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Marketing, Media & Communications, Chelsea Clinton, Kenneth Cole, AWEARNESS, Columbia University, Fellowship, Kenneth Cole Productions, Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program, Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Forum

More Corporations Need to Make the Commitment to Community

Mon, 2014-02-24 07:00
20th Anniversary of Skate with the Greats is Prime Example of How Corporate Giving is Key to Keeping Not-for-Profits Operating for Years to Come

SOURCE: Zurich in North America

DESCRIPTION:

In January, a New York tradition celebrated its 20th Anniversary.  Retired New York Ranger players – many living legends - hit the ice at Rockefeller Center and made dreams come true for lots of kids and kids at heart. More importantly, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Ronald McDonald House® New York to support its efforts providing a temporary “home-away-from-home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House, the largest facility of its type in the world, is a supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. And Skate with the Greats has raised more than $9 million on behalf of Ronald McDonald House® New York since it began 20 years ago.

Fundraising events like Skate with the Greats wouldn’t exist without corporate resources, and more specifically, paid sponsorships that fund the events that make raising the millions of dollars possible. In fact, Ronald McDonald House® New York and many other charities receive no government funding. It exists solely because of the support from the private sector.

And there literally would not have been a 20th Anniversary celebration for Skate with the Greats this year, or any “Skate with the Greats” fundraiser at all, if Zurich Insurance hadn’t understood the importance of corporate support for not-for-profit organizations back in 2009 when Ronald McDonald House® New York found itself without a major sponsor for the event that year and faced the grave reality that the “show” would not go on.

This was during the height of the financial crisis and the year that many corporations were circling their wagons in an attempt to protect themselves and recover from the crisis.  And, it was that year that approximately two thirds of Skate with the Greats corporate sponsors pulled out thus threatening the event’s livelihood.

That year, Zurich – already a long term donor to the event – raised its support by 200 percent at the request of Ronald McDonald House® New York CEO William Sullivan in order to keep this annual event going and ensure continued fundraising for Ronald McDonald House® New York and the families that live in the House during treatment. 

That year, even as the world's financial bedrock was shaken, Zurich’s commitment lead the way for other corporations  to connect with the event and put it back on a growth trajectory to where it is today.

And that is why legendary players like Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu, Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Ron Greschner , Brian Leetch, Stéphane Matteau,  Brian Mullen, Mike Richter, Pete Stemkowski  and Gilles Villemure were on the ice last month and able to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the event.  

At Zurich, truly caring about people through active engagement and supporting the development of strong communities is important to our heritage, to our more than 100 year history of insuring America and to who we are as a company today.

By connecting nonprofits to resources, we help make communities stronger. This has historically been the mantra of corporations around the world but giving took a huge hit after 2008.  

According to a Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) survey, in 2009 a majority of companies (60%) experienced a decrease in corporate giving levels from 2008.  The good news is that while global economic uncertainty persists today, more recent data tells us that corporate giving is on the rebound.

The impact of corporate responsibility is profound and the insurance industry is one of the most generous. Now, more than ever, our communities need the skills and resources we have to offer and the financial structures of the not-for-profits that support them are often fragile. I encourage companies to recognize the importance of their corporate responsibility and continue this resurgence in corporate giving. Doing so is key to keeping not-for-profits and beloved fundraising traditions such as “Skate with the Greats,” operating for years to come.

 

Randall Clouser
-Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House® New York
-Executive Vice President, Zurich Insurance 

Tweet me: Skate with the Greats http://3bl.me/4wxp6g how corporate giving keeps not-for-profits operating for years @ZurichCommunity @ZurichNAnews

KEYWORDS: Ronald McDonald House, Skate with the Greats, Zurich Insurance, zurich north america, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, randall clouser, pediatric cancer

How To Facilitate Employee Engagement and Increase Corporate Financial Performance

Mon, 2014-02-24 06:00
Creating a Successful Employee Engagement Program for Employers

SOURCE: JK Group

DESCRIPTION:

Already deep-seated in the culture of the world’s most successful organizations, corporate giving is on the rise. All over the world, employers are stepping up efforts to engage with the community as well as the workforce in order to enhance their company’s brand, attract new talent and retain customers. This trend towards giving back follows research that shows a strong connection between employee engagement and financial performance, even during tough financial times. Despite recent economic uncertainty, stats from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) show that 59 percent of companies actually increased their total giving from 2007 to 2012.

To get started with giving back, employers s hould assess their existing culture to determine which type of corporate philanthropy program would be the most impactful. The very best examples of these initiatives work to rally employees around the causes that they value the most. In a study out of Northwestern University, employees were asked which opportunities were most important to them; those surveyed said that energy efficiency initiatives, social innovation opportunities and charitable contribution matching programs ranked highest. Today’s employers need to recognize that the biggest contributor to an employee’s commitment is how well the individual fits within a company culture and how closely they share its values and go from there (download the whitepaper)

With an understanding of existing culture and values in hand, employers should determine a set of goals that will define the initiative and further motivate their employees. Is employee engagement their top priority for global giving? Or community outreach?

The research from Northwestern shows that the more committed an organization is to developing a comprehensive program, the higher the employee engagement levels. Consider that there are several elements that can be included as part of a corporate philanthropy initiative: multiple-channel programs that support employee contributions, volunteerism or pro bono services, matching gift donations, flexible payment methods, incentive programs and celebration events. And remember, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to corporate giving; instead, employers should offer a number of organizations and activities to inspire participation and engagement year-round.

Download the Whitepaper

Tweet me: Give back to increase #employeeengagement - JK Group's new blog post explores the basics of giving: http://ow.ly/tW4nZ #CSR Contact Info:

Hesha Patel
+1 (609) 799-7830ext. 19500
heshap@jk-group.com

KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Community, Engagement, People, Volunteerism, Employee Engagement, employee volunteering, corporate giving, corporate philanthropy, employee giving, Community Outreach, company culture, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

Four Strategies for Successful Employee Engagement: Lessons from Caesars CodeGreen

Mon, 2014-02-24 05:00

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

DESCRIPTION:

At Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CEC), we set out to improve the company’s triple bottom line with our CodeGreen sustainability strategy. Since the inception of CodeGreen six years ago, employees at the property, regional, and enterprise-wide level have garnered nearly 90 certifications and awards for engagement, supply chain, water, energy, and overall programs. It is their commitment to CodeGreen that has allowed us to achieve our sustainability goals and make great strides towards our long-term targets. 

We are proud of our employees’ enthusiasm and commitment to CodeGreen. It has taken a lot of planning and hard work to earn this level of engagement, but it continues to be an incredibly rewarding process. To celebrate our accomplishment in this area, I’d like to share several strategies that have helped us get where we are today:

1. Establish engagement as a strategic pillar
2. Implement a steering-rowing structure
3. Foster grassroots participation
4. Embed incentives and recognition

These four strategies have led to innovative solutions and positive social, environmental, and financial outcomes for the company. 

Click here to view the full post.

Tweet me: .@gmigita: 4 Strategies for EE Engagement: Lessons from @CETCodeGreen http://3bl.me/t9e3th #sustainability #empowerment

KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Professionals, Sustainability Business, Sustainable Enterprises, Ecotravel & Tourism, Eco Thinking, Environment, Engagement, Social Change, Sustainable Solutions, caesars entertainment, CodeGreen, sustainability, Employee Engagement

RM19,000 KFC Meals for Victims

Mon, 2014-02-24 02:50

SOURCE: Yum! Brands

DESCRIPTION:

Kota Kinabalu: KFC employees lend a hand to distribute 2,663 KFC meals worth RM19,000 to flood victims at several relief centres located in Beaufort, Tenom and Keningau, last Sunday.

The meal which consists two pieces of original recipe chicken were distributed to 1,167 victims in Beaufort, 1,096 victims in Keningau and 400 victims in Tenom.

KFC's Operation team was present to distribute the meals with the assistance of the Fire and Rescue personnel to the flood victims at the relief centres.

Continue reading the original article on the Daily Express: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=88448

Tweet me: RM19,000 @KFC meals for victims http://3bl.me/s89dm8 via Daily Express @YumBrands

KEYWORDS: Daily Express, Yum! Brands, KFC, community, disaster relief, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, Malaysia

LBG Canada Trends in Volunteering and Giving Programs

Mon, 2014-02-24 01:00

SOURCE: SiMPACT Strategy Group

SUMMARY:

DESCRIPTION:

Employee engagement matters. The findings of an employee engagement study involving over 1500 employees was recently summarized in an article written by Adam Weinger. The study showed that “companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%.” A key driver in employee engagement is the pride employees have for companies where they work. Contributing to employee pride are the contributions a company makes to society--an opportunity many corporations are missing out on. Further, employee engagement can be enhanced if organizations focus on targeted community investment initiatives and opportunities for employee involvement, such as employee giving programs.

The findings of this study align with those of LBG Canada, a network of companies seeking to maximize the impact of community investment and together are setting the highest standard in community investment management, performance measurement and reporting in Canada. LBG Canada companies know how important employee engagement is as all LBG Canada companies offer formal employee engagement programs (employee volunteering and/or employee giving). Many are seeing huge success as a result--over half of LBG Canada companies offering employee giving have participation rates of over 20%. The attached infographic illustrates some of the important performance statistics and trends within employee engagement that LBG Canada companies are achieving. 

Tweet me: Trends in volunteering and giving programs - a tool for employee engagement. http://3bl.me/q4ea4v

KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Social Gifting, Volunteerism, CSR Reports, employee volunteering, employee giving, Employee Engagement

Caesars Entertainment In Atlantic City Celebrates Marriage Equality With The "Love Is Love" $50,000 Wedding Giveaway

Fri, 2014-02-21 08:00
Caesars, Harrah's Resort, Bally's and Showboat Say "I Do" to Love with Over-the-Top Wedding Package Giveaway on Instagram @Total_AC #LoveIsLoveInAC to Enter

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

DESCRIPTION:

Atlantic City, N.J., Feb. 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- New Jersey is proudly the 14th state in the nation where lesbian and gay couples can marry. We here at Caesars Entertainment say it's about time!  In celebration of this historic moment, we want to give one happy couple the wedding of their dreams.  From the bachelor or bachelorette party all the way through to the "I Do's", this package features the best of the best in Atlantic City.

One lucky couple will receive a lavish wedding, valued at $50,000, for 100 invited guests complete with a cocktail hour, dinner, custom cake designed by celebri-chef Deb Pellegrino, photographers, flowers, entertainment, luxury accommodations, Bachelor & Bachelorette parties, and more!

Here's how to enter: 

  1. Sign up for an Instagram account if you don't already have one!  Follow @Total_AC on Instagram.
  2. Create a video telling us why you're the best couple to win this prize!
  3. Upload the video to Instagram (Note: Instagram will only allow for videos to be 15 seconds in length, so get creative!)
  4. Tag @Total_AC and use the hash-tag #LoveIsLoveInAC when posting your video.

The contest will run from February 18, 2014 to March 14, 2014. A voting period will take place soon after, from March 17, 2014 toMarch 31, 2014. Instagram users will be encouraged to search the #LoveIsLoveInAC hash-tag and "like" their favorite video. A judging panel will then choose the winner from the top 5 most "liked" videos.

To view the full release, click here.

Tweet me: .@Caesarsent celebrates marriage #equality with $50k wedding package giveaway on instagram http://3bl.me/7tdn3h @Total_AC #LoveIsLoveInAC

KEYWORDS: Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change, Social Actions, caesars entertainment, atlantic city, New Jersey, csr, diversity, inclusion, equality, LGBT

Happy 2nd Birthday to Goldcorp’s Blog!

Thu, 2014-02-20 07:20
As today marks the second anniversary of Goldcorp’s blog, Above Ground Online, it seems like a good time to celebrate three key and necessary elements of corporate citizenship: transparency, listening and responding.

SOURCE: Goldcorp

DESCRIPTION:

By Valerie Pascale, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility

As today marks the second anniversary of Goldcorp’s blog, Above Ground Online, it seems like a good time to celebrate three key and necessary elements of corporate citizenship: transparency, listening and responding. These elements drive the importance of the blog as an interactive forum for discussion between Goldcorp, their global communities and stakeholder groups.

The creation of the Above Ground blog came from a very grassroots movement from within Goldcorp. The idea for the blog arose in a leadership training seminar, in which a small team of Goldcorp employees proposed the blog as a strategy for improving community engagement and transparency.

Encouraging engagement with all of Goldcorp's communities

From that tiny seed, Goldcorp's blog community has grown to almost 1,000 participants today, who in turn share some of these ideas with their respective communities, and so the conversations continue. While printed newsletters and magazines are informative and valuable, Above Ground Online provides a two-way communication forum and a voice for anyone who is interested in connecting with Goldcorp directly on a variety of topics. And—because these communities don’t only speak English—the blog is simultaneously published in Spanish and French. It’s also linked to Facebook and Twitter for increased accessibility.

More than ‘soft’ topics

Over the past two years Goldcorp's blog has covered many topics. Some are good news stories, such as the discussion of Goldcorp’s health and educational initiatives across the Americas, and some stories have been posted in response to serious issues of community concern. In November, 2012, Goldcorp provided a timely update on the Guatemalan earthquake. The post on Understanding Mine Closure sparked intense discussion on various social media channels. As a vehicle for forthright disclosure of the companies actual practices, Goldcorp provided instant reaction and responses to questions as they arose.

Looking forward

Goldcorp has been pleased with level of engagement received through the blog, and hopes that interested stakeholder groups and communities will increasingly use the blog and other channels for meaningful dialogue in the years to come.  As a company, Goldcorp's goal is to mine responsibly and live out their vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value. To do this well, they need your feedback. Goldcorp will continue to demonstrate their commitment to transparency, listening and to responding in a timely and open way and hopes that stakeholders will use this space, and other channels, to continue to engage in active and open dialogue.

 

Tweet me: .@Goldcorp_Inc Above Ground blog http://3bl.me/g5zcs8 enters its second year.

KEYWORDS: Education, Energy, Environment, Health and Wellness, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Goldcorp, Stakeholder engagement, CSR communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Mining, Gold, blog

Lilly CR Report Highlights Efforts to Make Life Better

Thu, 2014-02-20 04:40
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company

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We’re pleased to announce that Lilly’s 2012/2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, and a condensed highlights version, is now available. The report provides a full accounting of the progress Lilly made on numerous corporate responsibility efforts. This video provides a snapshot of our global corporate responsibility efforts.    

The full report serves as the company’s annual Communication on Progress to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). As a signatory of the UNGC, Lilly shares its progress annually on 10 universally accepted principles related to human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Check out our blog post for more insight into the 2012/2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Tweet me: #LillyCR marries traditional #philanthropy with scientific expertise & the passion of their people. Learn how: http://bit.ly/1mtgZZf

KEYWORDS: Education, Energy, Environment, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Corporate Responsibility, Eli Lilly, Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company

 

Peace Corps-Philippines and Children International Partner to Create and Implement Youth Leadership Training Manual

Thu, 2014-02-20 03:10
"Youth Leadership Training through Project Design and Management" Teaches Youth How to Be Leaders in Their Communities

SOURCE: Children International

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Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Peace Corps-Philippines and Children International have partnered to create a comprehensive youth leadership training manual. The manual, called Youth Leadership Training through Project Design and Management, provides trained facilitators and educators with a youth-friendly resource to enhance the skills of young leaders.

Youth who participate in the youth leadership training program that is based on the new curriculum will first learn about themselves and their roles in both their families and their communities. They will gain decision-making skills and learn what makes a good leader. Once the youth have a basic knowledge of leadership skills, the manual will introduce the concept of project design and management to them and give them the opportunity to identify, plan, implement and evaluate a community project of their own.

Starting this year, the new manual will be used by Youth Program Coordinators and peer educators at 16 Children International agencies. The Peace Corps will also use the new manual to train 272 Peace Corps volunteers and their counterparts, so they can return to their communities and use the manual to train others. 

Project design and management training material is often criticized as not being youth-friendly. The goal of the new youth leadership training manual is to relate more to youth by including a variety of activities that are fun, energetic and relevant to them. The new curriculum combines concepts from the Youth Leadership Training manual used by Children International since 2009 and the Project Design and Management training manual used throughout the world in most Peace Corps development programs.

Chris Economon, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and one of the designers of the manual, says, “Youth Leadership Training through Project Design and Management is a great tool to help empower the next generation of leaders. It is exciting that the knowledge in the new manual will be shared by Children International and the Peace Corps through their work around the world.” 

Jack McCanna, Children International's Vice President of Program Services, explains, "Youth participation and leadership are key elements in Children International's programs, and this manual created in conjunction with the Peace Corps will enable more youth to benefit from programs that will help prepare them for a brighter future."

About Children International

Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.

Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Christy Howard
Public Relations
Children International
Direct:  (816) 943-3730
Email:  choward@children.org

Brittany Gelbach
Public Relations
Children International
Direct: (816) 943-3832
Email: bgelbach@children.org

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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Peace Corps, Youth, Leadership, Training, project design and management, Philippines, Children, Children International

What We’re Reading: Opt-out of Location Tracking, Filters Don’t Help, Funds for Connecting Schools, What Comcast+Time Warner Means to Us

Wed, 2014-02-19 11:45

SOURCE: Trend Micro

DESCRIPTION:Week of February 17, 2014

To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.

OPT-OUT OF LOCATION TRACKING:  A new site allows consumers to enter cell phone ID information to stop their whereabouts being tracked by in retail stores.  Thanks to the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), they have corralled some major mobile analytics firms to take part in this program so that if you sign up once, it applies to all (vs. having to separately let each of them know you don’t want to be tracked). Some like Sen. Al Franken think this kind of tracking should always be opt-in vs. opt-out, but the FPF believes some tracking is ok within a certain context.   Another discussion for another day, but kudos to the FPF for creating this valuable tool for us.  You can sign-up for the op-out at http://smartstoreprivacy.org/

This is a great story for adults and teens alike to understand how much of their privacy they give up by just owning a phone; but it also gives them a way to proactively control it if they so choose.

FILTERING DOESN’T HELP: Despite the recent push for universal broadband in schools, teacher Abigail Walthausen claims there’s a barrier to teaching children these valuable lessons: widespread use of Internet filters in schools. In blocking harmful content, some software limits access to much important social media because of the difficulty of filtering explicit content from user generated material. Abigail claims schools should employ supervision rather than inadequate filters to monitor educational usage rather than simply shutting down rich and useful websites completely.  We wholeheartedly agree, Abigail!

FUNDS FOR CONNECTING SCHOOLS: In a speech on Safer Internet Day last Tuesday, NY Sen. Charles Schumer applauded the accumulation of $750 million in charitable contributions from major tech and telecom companies generated by the Obama administration. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would be restructuring the program’s funding to double resources dedicated to connecting schools and libraries to the Internet. Schumer stated, “It’s critical now more than ever that our schools keep up with advancing technology,” he said.

COMCAST, TIME-WARNER CABLE & US: Last week Comcast announced it would acquire Time-Warner Cable for $45 billion in stock, a merger that may have interesting implications for consumers’ choices among cable companies and the fate of net neutrality.  On the former, 75% of US homes may end up having only one cable option for fast Internet if the merger is approved.  On the latter, Comcast agreed to uphold net neutrality only until 2018, after which time they could handle Internet content differently (throttle it or charge differently) based on its type (such as streaming video vs. static web content).  The FCC is looking at this closely, and so are the rest of us.

See you next week!

Tweet me: This wk from @TrendISKF Optout of GeoTracking, Filters Don't Help, New Funds Connect Schools ow.ly/tNpXk #privacy #mobile #edtech #SID2014

KEYWORDS: Business Ethics, Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Community, Engagement, Expert Connections, Positive Change, Social Change, Youth Action, Time Warner, comcast, net neutrality, opt out, filters, internte safety, digital citizenship, online safety

Wells Fargo ranked No. 1 National Campaign by United Way

Wed, 2014-02-19 08:45
Wells Fargo team members continue to give and volunteer at record levels

SOURCE: Wells Fargo & Company

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, Feb 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has been named the largest workplace campaign in the U.S. in 2013, according to United Way Worldwide. This is the fifth consecutive year Wells Fargo has earned this top honor.Wells Fargo contributed $16.4 million to United Way in 2013, and its team members pledged more than $64.9 million during the company’s annual giving campaign, bringing the company’s United Way campaign total to over $81 million.

“Wells Fargo’s leadership and commitment to creating stronger communities set the pace for other companies to follow,” said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. president, United Way Worldwide. “Wells Fargo and its team members are generously giving and volunteering to improve lives and the long-term economic stability of families throughout the U.S.”

Wells Fargo also recently committed $5 million to United Way to support a five-year, comprehensive national network to improve the financial capability of low- and moderate-income households. This partnership creates lasting change in communities by ensuring individuals and families have the knowledge and tools to succeed financially and plan for the future.

Additionally, Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.69 million hours in 2013, including a robust skilled volunteerism program with a special focus on financial literacy, plus the company offered fully paid leave to team members to work on a significant nonprofit project for up to four months. In 2013, United Way recognized Wells Fargo with its highest awards for volunteer engagement.

Wells Fargo is a member of the United Way Global Corporate Leadership program, an elite group of the world’s top companies dedicated to leveraging their assets – corporate resources, employee engagement and consumer reach -- to create opportunities for a better life for all people in the areas of education, income and health. Wells Fargo has been recognized by Forbes, Businessweek, Newsweek, Barron’s and The Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the world’s most admired, most generous and most respected companies. Join @UnitedWay and congratulate @WellsFargo on Twitter.

Media contact:
Amanda Ponzar
Amanda.ponzar@unitedway.org
703-836-7112, x253

Tweet me: .@UnitedWay gives @WellsFargo top honors for largest workplace campaign for fifth consecutive year http://prn.to/1nNu4rM Contact Info:

Jim Nawrocki
Wells Fargo
+1 (415) 222-1940
jim.nawrocki@wellsfargo.com

KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, United Way, United Way Worldwide, philanthropy, corporate philanthropy

What We’re Reading: Safer Internet Day2014, Club Penguin Stops Bullying, Online Privacy Possible, Tech & Outdoors Together, Tech Time on Snow Days

Wed, 2014-02-19 08:35

SOURCE: Trend Micro

DESCRIPTION:

Week of February 11, 2014

To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.

SAFER INTERNET DAY: This year marked the first nationally coordinated Safer Internet Day celebration in the U.S.  Official host ConnectSafely held a fantastic event in Washington DC to mark the day and the beginning of many great things to come. The event featured a fantastic teen panel, a panel of social media companies, and New York Senator Charles Schumer.  The live streamed event was recorded and available for viewing @ http://saferinternetday.us/.  I was fortunate to have attended and hope this year’s theme “Let’s create a better Internet together” will continue for the years to come.  Here are my thoughts on why.

While this was a successful day to help raise awareness, our work continues everyday to help others become safe, responsible, and successful users of the Internet.

CLUB PENGUIN COMMITS TO STOP BULLYING: Disney’s Club Penguin, a social media platform aimed at kids ages 6 to 12, now offers a “pledge,” which is a reminder to keep the site bully-free and safe. It can be printed out or taken online. 

ONLINE PRIVACY POSSIBLE: There are ways to make your online presence less trackable. To do it right, a person needs to know what pieces of information are used to track a user and basic, publicly available tools to mask them. But the best way to protect your online privacy? Don’t put it on the internet in the first place.

TECH TIME & OUTDOORS TOGETHER: A biologist and wildlife expert doesn’t see technology as a roadblock for kids to get outside, but a smart phone can enhance their experience as a plant and animal identifier, trail finder, waterfall tracker and picture data collector.  This is welcome advice! As parent I have found myself using my smart phone to answer the questions of my curious kids, wherever we go, whatever the topic or subject of interest is to them (a building or a bird).  I feel this is a great way to encourage and educate my kids about the world around them.

BALANCING TECH TIME ON SNOW DAYS:  One parent shares her experience of managing her kids screen time and the challenges faced when a snow day fell during a no-technology school week.

This is a very familiar scene, and I agree and have used her recommendation: set a schedule for the day.  My kids love having that predictability (and continuity of having planned activities as they do during school) and it definitely helps keep any arguments for more screen time at bay.

See you next week!

Tweet me: This week from @TrendISKF #SaferInternetDay 2014, @ClubPenguin Stops #Bullying, Online #Privacy Possible, Kids+Tech+Outdoors ow.ly/tDdKR

KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Social Change, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, safer internet day, club penguin, Children, safety, online safety, internet safety

Mathey Medical and Education Center Receives New Picnic Tables and Clocks

Wed, 2014-02-19 08:30
Sanofi Season of Solidarity

SOURCE: Sanofi

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For the past couple of years, Sanofi, a diversified global healthcare leader, has engaged in a volunteer effort called Season of Solidarity. This past fall, a Season of Solidarity team from Sanofi’s U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater constructed and decorated picnic tables and wooden clocks that were recently donated to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, to be used by its students and patients.

Original article on NJ.com: http://bit.ly/1d07Yx3

Tweet me: Mathey Medical and Education Center receives new picnic tables and clocks http://3bl.me/vvdrby

KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, matheny, Sanofi, season of solidarity, volunteerism, community involvement

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