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October 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities, will honor the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, with the 2013 Vision for America Award on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Ill.
Wrigley, which was one of KAB’s founding supporters in 1953, has been selected to receive the award for its significant leadership role in social and environmental stewardship, philanthropy, and enlightened corporate citizenship.
“I am especially proud to honor one of our founding supporters and celebrate Wrigley’s commitment to help build environmental awareness in communities across the country,” said Tim Gardner, Keep America Beautiful’s Chairman of the Board and executive vice president of International Tool Works.
Past recipients of the Vision for America Award, which was established in 1986, include PepsiCo, Nestlé Waters North America, and most recently, Xerox Corporation.
“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to environmental stewardship, which we strive to bring to life within our business operations, through our associates, and across the communities we touch,” said Martin Radvan, president of Wrigley.
As a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, the achievements of Wrigley in the areas of environmental sustainability, civic leadership, and community commitment establish the organization as a worthy recipient of the Vision for AmericaAward.
In addition to Wrigley’s strong commitment to sustainability, the separate Wrigley Company Foundation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, also actively supports environmental education:
Wrigley’s accomplishments are a reflection of the greater Mars, Incorporated commitment to putting the Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – into action.
“Because we put the Mars Five Principles at the heart of everything we do, we’re growing our business in a way that leaves our associates, communities, consumers and environment in a better place,” said Radvan.
In July, Mars, Incorporated released its 2012 Principles in Action Summary, which highlights the work that Mars associates have collectively done toward this end, which can be viewed at www.mars.com.
The prestigious Vision for America Award will be presented at a dinner before distinguished guests, including senior public officials and business leaders. In addition to paying tribute to the honoree, the dinner raises funds for Keep America Beautiful.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliate and partners including state recycling organizations, the national nonprofit works with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, inspire generations of environmental stewards and generate positive impact on local economies. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit www.kab.org.
Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. Wrigley’s world-famous brands – including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, and 5™ chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers® – create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations across 50 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley’s brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, employs approximately 17,000 associates globally, and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
About the Wrigley Company Foundation
The mission of the Wrigley Company Foundation is to help improve the health of people and our planet through sustainable initiatives focused in oral health and environmental stewardship as well as local needs that ensure a healthy community. Since its founding in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation has donated more than $55 million to charitable organizations improving lives around the world.
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and CESAR®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food –UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA® Coffee Roasters coffee, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® tea, DOVE®/GALAXY® Hot Chocolate, and FLAVIA® brewer; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA®, WISDOM PANEL® and SERAMIS®.
For more information, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars.
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October 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Numbers can be impressive, but they don’t always tell the whole story. For example, it’s the sixth consecutive year Sanofi has been named to the 2012/2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI), the first and most prestigious assessment of corporate social responsibility. The deeper story includes the value of our CSR programs – and the people behind them – that contribute to our society.
“Being listed on the index is based on a yearly assessment and is never guaranteed,” said John Spinnato, Vice President, North America Corporate Social Responsibility. “This is yet another accomplishment in Sanofi’s CSR journey. Our employees should take pride in knowing that their CSR practices contributed to this recognition and are designed to make a positive difference to people and our planet.”
Although a detailed assessment of Sanofi’s scores is under way, we already know:
· Sanofi was one of only seven pharmaceutical companies on the index out of 60 applicants from our industry. In total, the DJSI evaluates 2,500 companies from 57 different industry sectors.
· We improved our scores on 14 of 24 corporate social responsibility topics over last year.
· A global, cross-functional network of functional and business colleagues, including individuals from North America, assisted the CSR Excellence team in completing a detailed survey. This team provided responses to more than 100 questions from areas including strategy, finance, customer, product, governance, stakeholder engagement, supply chain, environment and human resources.
Although we are included in the DJSI for 2012/2013, says John, Sanofi’s CSR colleagues strive for continuous improvement of our scores every year to remain a leader in the field.
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In honor of Mary Kay’s Global Month of Service, the North Central branch in Chicago was looking for an extra special project to do for Mary Kay’s 50th Anniversary. While we brainstormed ideas, tragedy struck. We heard the sad news that Jennifer Buckles, the Wellness Manager at Mary Kay had lost her battle with cancer. She had been so positive she would beat it. We were devastated. Although we would never know the hardship she endured, we knew she would want us to honor her by doing something healthy. She inspired us to host a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser.
The morning of the walk brought a beautiful blue sky to Chicago. Employees, family, friends and independent sales force members joined us to celebrate Mary Kay and all the women, past and present who have made this company great, especially Jennifer.
There was a wishing tree where people could write a note of encouragement or a prayer for someone. There was music, games, faces being painted and baked goods being sold. As an extra special tribute to say “thank you and good bye” to a lady who helped us focus on our health, a local fitness instructor led the group in warm-up stretches.
Both young and old gathered on for a one mile walk. It was heartwarming to see so many people taking the time to walk and to remember. With so many 5k races, half marathons, and full marathons going on, a one -mile walk may seem humble. But, for us, it was a magnificent and wonderful mile. As we walked this memorable mile, we could feel how each step had meaning. This one mile was 4,224 steps of health, happiness and gratitude to our friend, Jennifer.
As the last walker reached the finish line, everyone gathered for a moment of silence and then a release of bubbles and balloons. It was a beautiful site and helped us celebrate sweet, positive, motivating Jennifer.
Fundraisers always bring out the best of humanity. This event raised $1,000 for Jennifer’s family and $1,000 for The Mary Kay Foundation. But far more important than the money, is the support and love we have for each other. Here’s to good health!
Today's blog post is from Naomi Buerkle. Naomi is the Vice President and General Manager of Mary Kay’s North Central Distribution Center.
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is evolving and strategic CSR is part of the new model: helping to advance economic and social conditions to create value for business and society. This article explores SAP’s CSR strategy with a focus on the twin pillars of education and entrepreneurship, which serve as the foundation of the company’s vision for shared value.DESCRIPTION:
One of the leading trends in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the evolution from philanthropy and doing good to creating shared value for business and society. What is different about strategic CSR? Rather than focusing on disaster relief or volunteerism, strategic CSR produces shared value by advancing economic and social conditions. Through the evolution of its CSR strategy, SAP now focuses its efforts on enhancing education for underserved youth and supporting emerging entrepreneurs in select fast-growth and emerging markets. These twin pillars of education and entrepreneurship are the foundation of the company’s vision for shared value. Entrepreneurship is critical to the economic development of a global society; entrepreneurs grow businesses that create high-quality, sustainable jobs, which in turn improves the quality of life for many families.
CSR initiatives take a major leap forward when global 1000 companies put their weight behind these programs. But when a company of that size leverages the weight of its entire ecosystem, the results are even more substantial. SAP’s CSR group has tapped into the power of its ecosystem to help partners expand their CSR efforts and programs, with remarkable results. Let’s look at a few examples of how SAP and its partners are working together on socially responsible programs.
Versino Gets Hooked in Haiti
For employees at Versino AG, an SAP partner with headquarters in Germany, the devastating earthquake in Haiti three years ago sparked what has become an enduring passion for helping to develop the society. The collaboration between SAP and Versino provides a model of CSR success for other companies to follow.
After the earthquake left Haiti in ruins, the CSR team at SAP immediately began planning how SAP and its partners could go beyond disaster relief and help the people of Haiti by strengthening the country’s long-term economic development. One of the team’s first steps was to partner with Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus to found Yunus Social Business Haiti (YSB Haiti) with the goal of establishing an infrastructure to create social businesses in Haiti. These businesses would create jobs and income opportunities while also addressing the country’s most pressing social needs.
While YSB Haiti had social goals and was set up as a social business with business processes similar to those of non-profits, the SAP CSR team understood that it needed a rock-solid infrastructure to achieve its goals. SAP sought to identify a technology partner that could customize a solution for managing YSB Haiti’s operations. That partner was Versino, a specialist in SAP Business One.
Versino was tasked with adapting SAP Business One, a solution designed specifically for small and midsize companies, to optimize the operations of YSB Haiti, which is funded through donations, loans, and the generosity of investors. As Walter Roth, Versino’s project manager for the YSB Haiti implementation, says, "We had to get creative with SAP Business One" to customize the solution to manage the social business’s income, its operations, relations with the social businesses in Haiti, and reporting to investors.
In discussions and workshops with colleagues from YSB Haiti, the Versino project team worked to develop a sustainable concept that could be put into action. "The management team had experience in this area; our job was to build out that know-how," says Roth.
According to Roth, the scope of the project was complicated by local infrastructure and technology issues. For example, limited internet connectivity and a lack of solid computer skills for the social business entrepreneurs meant the team had to think of tools and web apps that would work in this difficult environment. As a result, they focused on web apps that would function on mobile devices because they were more reliable in that area.
But while Versino’s project team focused on the technical aspects of customizing the solution for YSB Haiti, it was also getting excited about building a better society for Haiti through its work with the organization. "The spirit of the people at YSB Haiti and their engagement and passion to help others impressed us," says Roth. "They don’t just give the local community money and hope they do what is right with it. They actually work with them to develop business plans and see it through to the finish until the social business is financially self-sustainable." Versino became more and more committed to the project’s social goals. While SAP financed the project, Versino provided the data center and waived the ongoing maintenance fees.
The work in Haiti became a pilot for Versino’s SAP Business One for non-profits solution. "It was exciting to work with this team and see the meaningful benefits our efforts could produce," says Roth. "Many well-intentioned projects have died because they fail to consider which tools would be most useful and easily operated. It’s important to invest time in the planning phase."
Versino has identified the need for this sort of help in other areas and believes the customized version of SAP Business One can be used as a template and rolled out to other non-profits. Versino plans to continue its engagement with non-profits and is even considering a line of business focused on that market segment. Perhaps most importantly, through this project, the Versino team "discovered their passion for social responsibility, not just in Haiti, but overall," says Roth.
Infosys Improves Education in India
With more than 155,000 employees, SAP partner Infosys is arguably one of the most established IT companies in the world. Fitting for a company of its size, its social responsibility platform rivals that of other leaders in the industry. In 1996, the company established the Infosys Foundation with the goal of improving the health and education of people, with India as its canvas. The Foundation focuses on key areas, including health care, education, culture, destitute care, and rural development. Infosys donates up to 1% of its after-tax profits annually to efforts benefitting society.
Aruna Newton, Associate Vice President at Infosys, says, "At the grassroots level, the Foundation provides access to education in rural areas. Many schools are ill-equipped in terms of resources and staff. Studies discovered that children didn’t have access to books. So by stocking school libraries, we are making the written word available to children."
As children get older, the Infosys Foundation helps them make important choices about career options. This program takes a study-center approach, inviting educated people from urban centers to coach a group of children in math and science. "This program attracts many volunteers among Infosys employees," says Newton. Similarly, a program known as SPARK brings children to Infosys centers, where they spend a day with professionally experienced people. "This is a program aimed at raising aspirations," says Newton. "Our goal is to inspire them to want to do something similar or better."
With 900,000 engineers graduating every year in India, many need support to get their skills up to industry standards. Infosys’s internationally recognized Campus Connect program improves the employability of engineering students. According to Newton, the program is so successful that it has also been adopted by the Malaysian government to improve the IT capabilities and strengths of its students.
In total, these programs positively affect more than 250,000 children every year. Not only are these education efforts paying off in the rural villages of India, but Infosys is also feeling the impact in its own recruitment efforts. Newton says that 65% of new hires at Infosys are from second- or third-tier cities in India — the very people who may have benefitted from the Foundation’s rural development and Infosys’s education programs.
Techno Brain Teams Up with SAP in Kenya
SAP recognizes that promoting education and training is one of the best ways to improve the problem of chronic youth unemployment, an issue affecting the technology industry as a whole. The Eurozone crisis and deepening recessionary conditions have led to severe skills shortages in many industries and regions. Last year, SAP launched a program in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to address this issue. Called Workforce of the Future, the program is aimed at developing information and communications technology (ICT) skills as well as business acumen among students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Africa. To achieve this goal, SAP collaborates with government officials, customers, and partners. One partner that responded positively was Techno Brain Ltd., a new SAP partner that focuses on training. The company trains more than 10,000 people a year in eight centers worldwide. SAP is working with Techno Brain in Africa to accelerate the Workforce of the Future initiative.
According to Manoj Shanker, Group CEO of Techno Brain, last year the company hired 100 college graduates in Africa and has recently decided to purchase 10 acres of land outside of Nairobi, Kenya, with the aim of building a Techno Brain Academy where young graduates can be trained in all functions, from technology, to HR, to sales and marketing. SAP plans to work with Techno Brain on formal African skills development programs focused on increasing the number of qualified young professionals who can contribute to the company’s expansion plans for Africa and the ecosystem.
"It’s not purely self-interest," says Shanker. "As our industry grows rapidly in new regions, the need for skilled people grows, too." There are two objectives to putting education and skills at the center of Techno Brain’s expansion plan: to build its own workforce, and to create a center of excellence for SAP skills in Africa.
Shanker knows the level of IT skills in Africa very well. Fifteen years ago, he went to Africa and built the company "from scratch," as he says. "We knew IT would be a big requirement. Although many people viewed Africa negatively because of what they heard in the media, I saw firsthand that the young people here had the same aspirations as young people anywhere. What they were lacking was a helping hand."
The Bigger Picture
From Haiti, to India, to Africa, these are only a few examples of what can happen when an entire ecosystem of companies focuses on the common goal of developing socially responsible programs (see the sidebar for additional examples). From suppliers, to partners, to customers, every member of the SAP ecosystem plays a part in driving these efforts and provides the inspiration for SAP to continue its corporate social responsibility mission.
To find out more about SAP’s CSR initiatives and learn how you can get involved, visit www.sap.com/corporate-en/sustainability/corporate-social-responsibility.epx.
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DUBLIN, October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Accenture and Concern Worldwide today announced that Accenture and Accenture Foundations have awarded Concern an additional grant of US$3.25 million to continue its conservation farming programs in Zambia and Malawi. This grant will build on an established agri-business skills training program, which educates and assists farmers and communities in sustainable farming practices. This grant brings Accenture’s direct support of Concern to more than $4.75 million since 2010.
The award is part of Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which plans to equip 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The three-year grant will help increase the income of more than 12,100 farmers through agriculture and farm management skills training and will help them to run their farming businesses more successfully. Since 2010, approximately 6,400 farmers have completed the training program.
“Concern Worldwide shares our commitment to building skills and continues to bring critical agriculture and management skills training to farmers, which will help them sustain their families and their communities,” said Jill Huntley, managing director, Global Corporate Citizenship at Accenture. “Our continued relationship with Concern brings to life our focus onSkills to Succeed and the environment and will enable thousands to improve their lives while reducing poverty.”
In addition to the grant, Accenture will continue supporting Concern with pro-bono consulting services, which range from advice on developing the agency’s business strategy to volunteering hands-on support for the organization.
“Farming is one of the main employment opportunities in Malawi and Zambia. With Accenture’s support, we can help ensure a more sustainable future for thousands of farmers, their families and their communities through agriculture skills training,” said Dominic MacSorley, Concern Worldwide CEO.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to reducing suffering and eliminating extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Since its inception in Ireland in 1968 Concern has worked tirelessly across the world to eliminate poverty and to help individuals and communities obtain the resources necessary to assert their human right to food shelter health and education. Concern’s mission is to help people who are living in extreme poverty achieve improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable in the long term and which in the future will exist with Concern support. For more information on Concern please visit www.concern.net
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., Oct. 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has just announced registration is open for the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference which will be held in Los Angeles, California, March 23-25.
This conference draws more than 650 leading policy makers from the largest domestic and international corporations from around the world. Unlike other conferences, this event is open only to corporate managers. This ensures a safe place where corporate citizenship practitioners can exchange ideas, experiences, and challenges with a knowledgeable and committed network of peers from leading corporations, diverse industries and regions.
This year’s conference will focus on the theme Adaptable Leadership. Effective corporate citizenship leaders need to be able to adapt to new and changing business situations and environments. Adaptable leaders should be able to continually “recalculate” and redefine their course or strategy, and know that while an end-goal is vital for driving success, the path to achieving that goal cannot be rigid. Attendance at this conference will help you build the knowledge it takes to be an adaptable leader now and in the future.
During this year’s conference speakers will provide insights, proven success stories, and practical takeaways that focus on how corporate citizenship professionals can apply adaptable leadership:
For more information on the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, including pricing and a full agenda, please visit
The Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is a membership-based knowledge center. Founded in 1985, the Center has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The Center engages 400 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship through the Center’s executive education programs, online community, regional programs, and its annual conference. For more information visit the Center’s website at www.BCCorporateCitizenship.org.
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SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Everyone has a lucky number. And for 10 San Antonio organizations, 10 is their new lucky number.
Exactly 10 years to the date after breaking ground, Toyota Texas has donated 10 trucks to thank the community for a decade of support, trust and friendship. Team members, suppliers and guests celebrated the anniversary at the plant.
Designated “10 for 10,” the 10 area non-profits and institutions to receive a Texas-built Tundra or Tacoma include:
Toyota Texas represents a $2.2 billion investment and assembles Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. The plant has an annual capacity to produce 200,000 trucks and directly employs 2,900 workers. Seven of its 21 on-site suppliers are minority joint ventures – six of which are locally owned - and combined with the plant, total employment is nearly 6,000.
“Toyota Texas is committed to deepening our roots in our neighborhood here on the South Side,” said Toyota Texas President Chris Nielsen. “We want to thank San Antonio, its citizens and community partners for their unwavering support during the past decade.”
“Toyota has proven to be a solid partner for the State of Texas and a valued member of the community of San Antonio,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “Since ground was broken a decade ago, Toyota has been instrumental in jumpstarting our economic development efforts, which have been wildly successful at attracting jobs from across the country and around the world. The First Lady and I wish everyone at Toyota continued success over the next 10 years and beyond in Texas.”
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October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ -On a brisk day last week, intercity children from Newark joined Sanofi employees boarded a 40ft Dragon Boat to learn how to overcome fears, learn new skills and most of all have fun. In addition to the fun on the boat, the outdoors which most of the children are not use provided an avenue for the children to learn team work. Their counsel had provide insight that their teamwork skills are lacking and they struggle with the concept. The Dragon Boating experience they experienced gave them that moment of teamwork in action. Below is a comment from the SCEEP coodinator who arranged for the children to attend:
I LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL. THE TIME YOU INVESTED ON THE "DRAGON BOATING" EVENT OF OCT 10, 2013. WAS SO WORTHWHILE AND GREATLY APPRECIATED BY THE CHILDREN, THE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF MOUNTAIN LAKES AND MYSELF.
THE SPECIAL EVENT YOUR CORPORATION SPONSORED "DRAGON BOAT RACING" WENT EXTREMELY WELL. DESPITE THE WEATHER-- THAT TRIED TO DAMPEN THE FUN. THAT DIDNT STOP THE CHILDREN FROM HAVING FUN. THEY MANAGED TO GO AROUND THE LAKE TWICE. THEY EVEN REQUESTED AN EXTRA 3RD TRIP AROUND LAKE--- DESPITE THE CHILL IN THE AIR AND THE MENACING CLOUDS --- YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ----THESES CHILDREN HATE COLD WEATHER----THEY AREN'T USE TO ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OR OUTDOOR SPORTS! SO WANTING THAT EXTRA TRIP AROUND WAS A COMPLIMENT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE EVENT. THE PIZZA, DRINKS, WATER, CUPCAKES AND COOKIES WERE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THE WHIP CREAM MOMENT --- GIVING EACH CHILD A CERTIFICATE WITH THEIR NAME ON IT, A METAL, PONCHO, THE FOAM CAN, THE COLORED PENCILS OR MARKER (ALLOWING THEM A CHOICE) WAS UNEXPECTED BY THEM.
HOWEVER, I FEEL THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL WAS THE EXPERIENCE ! MOST OF THE CHILDREN WENT ON THE BOAT WITH FEAR IN THEIR HEARTS. THE END RESULT: SMILES ON THEIR FACES AND THE DESIRE TO WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN. THEY CONQUERED THEIR FEAR, AND SOME HOW WORK AS A TEAM AND HAD FUN IN THE PROCESS.
SYLVIA VELEZ RONNING
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Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Global professional services company ARAMARK today announced that Marsha Edwards, President and CEO of Nashville’s Martha O’Bryan Center, is being honored with the 2013 Peter B. Goldberg ARAMARK Building Community Executive Leadership Award in recognition of her innovative and inspirational work on behalf of community centers and her commitment to neighborhood revitalization. The recognition includes a $40,000 grant to Martha O’Bryan Center.
The award was announced by ARAMARK and its partners, United Neighborhood Centers of America, (UNCA), and the Alliance for Children and Families, (Alliance), during the Alliance National Conference in Minneapolis.
“Through ARAMARK Building Community, we partner with community centers to help families and communities succeed. By recognizing outstanding leadership throughout the community center movement, we foster greater awareness of the incredibly important work they do each and every day,” said Bev Dribin, Vice President of Community Relations, ARAMARK. “This award acknowledges and supports leadership excellence by showcasing outstanding executives like Marsha Edwards, and the work of the Martha O’Bryan Center.”
“Our judges selected an incredible leader in Marsha,” Dribin added. “Her ability to build collaborative relationships and the passion she demonstrates as she advocates for families has made a significant impact in Nashville and nationally.”
“I am truly honored to be recognized and accept this wonderful award with the full understanding that it is only with the incredible work of the Center’s whole family – staff, residents, and board members -- that this is possible,” Edwards said. “At Martha O’Bryan Center, we truly believe that relationships and fellowship fuel change and our greatest asset is being located in the middle of Cayce Place Homes. Thank you to ARAMARK, UNCA and the Alliance for this award and their national leadership and investment."
Edwards joined Martha O’Bryan Center in 2001 and under her leadership the organization has grown nearly five-fold, and today offers comprehensive services to thousands of children and adults to help them with education, employment, parenting, crisis services and youth development. An inspirational leader and strong advocate for those in need, Edwards has formed partnerships in major sectors of Nashville to bring voice, opportunity and hope to children and families.
In 2011, Martha O’Bryan Center was one of only 15 organizations nationwide to receive a federal Department of Education Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant to help revitalize Nashville’s underserved neighborhoods. The Promise Neighborhoods program aims to address significant challenges faced by students and families living in high-poverty communities by providing resources to plan and implement a continuum of services from early learning to college and career. Plans include a range of services from improving a neighborhood’s health, safety, and stability to expanding access to learning technology and Internet connectivity, and boosting family engagement in student learning.
Edwards and the Martha O’Bryan Center are leading the Promise Neighborhood initiative in Nashville, collaborating with 20 other organizations, including the Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Police Department, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.
The Peter B. Goldberg ARAMARK Building Community Executive Leadership Award, now in its third year, was named in memory of Peter Goldberg, who served as president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families and CEO of United Neighborhood Community Centers of America until his death in 2011. Goldberg was passionate about the role of leadership in the non profit sector and instrumental in the creation of the award. More than two dozen Alliance and UNCA organizations submitted applications for the 2013 awards. An external panel of judges with expertise and leadership in the neighborhood revitalization movement, higher education, corporations, and foundations selected the winner.
“ARAMARK and the Alliance for Children and Families are pleased to recognize leadership that truly raises the bar and stands as an example to the nonprofit, human-serving sector,” said Susan Dreyfus, President and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families. “This award is for a person who embodies not only excellent executive leadership, but also the passion and drive for the work that Peter Goldberg displayed each day.”
In 2011, Angela Blanchard, president and CEO of Neighborhood Centers Inc. in Houston, Texas was recognized as the first ARAMARK Building Community Executive Leadership Award honoree. In 2012, Randal Rucker, CEO of Family Service of Greater Boston in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, received the award.
ARAMARK Building Community enriches lives by helping families improve their health, secure jobs and move out of poverty. In partnership with community centers around the world, employee volunteers lend their nutrition, culinary, job readiness and facilities management expertise to ensure children, adults and families succeed. ARAMARK provides a range of resources, and since 2008 has invested more than $8 million in volunteer expertise, cash and in-kind resources. Nearly 4 million individuals and families served by community centers in nearly 52 cities have been aided by the program.
ARAMARK has partnered with Families International Inc., (FI), along with UNCA and the Alliance, for more than five years to help strengthen and elevate the work of local community centers in building strong families and neighborhoods. ARAMARK and FI have the mutual goal to help improve the quality of life for families and in communities by increasing the number of people living safe and healthy lives, by putting more people onto pathways for educational and employment success, and ultimately decreasing the number of people living in poverty.
About Martha O’Bryan Community Center
The Martha O’Bryan Center is a multi-faceted family resource center that provides programs to join families, the community, and schools to support better education and employment opportunities for Nashville’s most at-risk individuals. It serves nearly 9,000 people each year. Currently Martha O'Bryan Center serves primarily children, youth, and families living in and around Cayce Place, Nashville's oldest, largest, and poorest public housing development. It also serves families from the CWA Plaza Apartments, a development that houses 803 residents, 55% of whom are under the age of 18, and a large number of single-parent, female heads of households.
About United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA) and Alliance for Children and Families
UNCA is a national advocate for social justice, progress, and community building that is inclusive, asset-based, and rooted in the rich tradition of the settlement house movement. UNCA’s members comprise a voluntary network of community-building institutions. UNCA builds neighborhoods with neighbors. Learn more at UNCA.org.
The Alliance for Children and Families is a nonprofit national membership association of private, nonprofit human service providers in the United States and Canada. The more than 350 members of the Alliance serve close to 3.4 million people each year. The Alliance is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. More information is available at alliance1.org.
ARAMARK delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people's lives through innovative food, facility, and uniform services. Our more than 250,000 employees around the world demonstrate our corporate responsibility values every day, and we are recognized among the Most Admired Companies by Fortune and World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Aramark, Marsha Edwards, Martha O’Bryan Center, Leadership
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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.
OCTOBER AN IMPORTANT MONTH: This month, many organizations, including ours, are raising awareness of multiple issues most notably cyber security and bullying prevention. Please continue to follow us here and on Twitter as we’ll be tweeting and re-tweeting tips from us and from many great organizations and individuals.
YOUTUBE CLEANS UP COMMENTS: While we love the 1st amendment, just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. Bravo to YouTube /Google for doing something about the awful comments and spam that can often litter YouTube pages.
ONLINE AD BAN: In addition to the “eraser law” recently signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to allow minors to remove content online, California has recently enacted a law to prevent certain online ads from being shown to children. The new law restricts websites and apps directed to minors from advertising items that those under 18 cannot legally purchase. Forbes contributor Eric Goldman claims this law is misguided and unconstitutional. The most important question he asks is “does this law really help minors?”
KIDS’ OPINIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA: CBS News asked a group of kids what they thought about social media. The responses range from funny to adorable to serious, revealing how children truly feel about their parents’ photos of them, exaggerated “friends” numbers and more.
KIDS LOVE TABLETS: New research by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has found while basic phones are being ditched by kids, tablet usage is on the rise across the board. Among the younger kids’ age group, 18% own a smartphone, and 18% own a tablet. Tablet ownership has grown four times since 2012, when it stood at just 4%.
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KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, PR, Social Media, Twitter, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Actions, Teen Action, Women, Youth Action, Google, advertising, Youth, online safety
Montreal, QC, October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – A new report reveals that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can’t achieve sustainability alone.
"For SMEs, the process of finding sustainable solutions starts by identifying their challenges. For many of them it quickly becomes apparent that they must maintain excellent stakeholder relations – in the community, with competitors, up and down the value chain, and of course with clients," said Marie-France Turcotte, management professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Director of the Network for Business Sustainability's (NBS’s) Montreal office. "In other words, SMEs are quick to recognize that they can't achieve sustainability alone."
The report – Sustainability Challenges for SMEs for 2013 – released by NBS, reveals that in addition to collaboration, succession planning, embedding sustainability across organizational culture and five other issues are the top challenges facing SMEs.
NBS’s SME Council – a group of small and medium enterprise, non-profit and public sector leaders known for their sustainability initiatives (including the Montréal Alouettes, Enerkem and Insertech) – has determined the challenges described in the report. For the second consecutive year, the council met in March 2013 in a roundtable discussion led by Turcotte.
NBS convenes the council annually to outline business barriers to adopting environmental practices and publicly promoting sustainability. NBS encourages academic researchers worldwide to study selected issues, producing answers that help SMEs everywhere overcome similar barriers.
“I hope this report will allow industry associations, councils and non-governmental organizations working with SMEs to better understand their needs,” said Turcotte. “For decision makers at the head of governmental organizations, this report will highlight the challenges and the growing capacity of SMEs and show their challenges can open up the potential for collaboration.”
Any organizations interested in financing research or establishing academic/business partners to respond to one of the eight challenges are welcome to contact NBS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Pamela Carpio, Manager of the Network for Business Sustainability’s French Office, at 514 987 3000 x7898 or email@example.com
Members of the Network for Business Sustainability’s SME Council
Savons Prolav Inc.
Le Centre Collision St-Jean
Geos Spa Sacacomie
JS David Consultant Inc.
The Ministry of Finance and the Economy
About the Network for Business Sustainability
A non-profit organization based at Western University and UQAM in Canada, the Network for Business Sustainability produces authoritative resources on important sustainability issues with the goal of changing management practice. We unite thousands of researchers and professionals worldwide who believe passionately in research based practice and practice-based research.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, the Université du Québec à Montréal and our Leadership Council fund NBS.
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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Business, Engagement, Positive Change, Social Change, small business, sme, sustainability, Collaboration/Partnerships
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark., Oct. 17, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market and CITGO Petroleum Corporation joined forces to raise more than $28,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). One hundred thirty-three people gathered at the Tunica National Golf Course on Sept. 9 for the 15th annual Flash Market CITGO Golf Classic.
"For 15 years, we have enjoyed being a part of this worthy cause," said Shane Patterson, president of Flash Market. "It's not only a fun event, but we enjoy participating in any activity where the community can come together to raise money to support local families. This money will be a great help to those in our area struggling to cope with neuromuscular disease."
Every year, the Golf Classic benefits Mid-South MDA, located in West Memphis, Ark., the hometown of Flash Market. The Mid-South MDA branch provides support for local clinics where MDA families can receive the highest quality medical treatment. The money raised at the tournament funds medical equipment for local clinics, helps keep support groups up and running and helps to send young children to an annual summer camp. These efforts allow those suffering from the disease to receive the treatment they need, while their families receive much-needed support.
"At CITGO, we hold MDA very close to our hearts and are excited when any of our Marketers choose to support such a wonderful cause," said Gustavo Velasquez, vice president of supply and marketing for CITGO. "With all the good they do for their community and specifically helping families cope with neuromuscular disease through Mid-South MDA, Flash Market is a great example for others to follow. They know how to fuel good."
CITGO is the largest corporate sponsor for MDA, raising more than $160 million over the last 27 years through the generosity of its employees and its network of Marketers and Retailers. The company is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its locally owned network. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Arkansas own and operate nearly 200 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities, including West Memphis. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO locations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit www.CITGO.com.
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KEYWORDS: Citgo, Muscular Dystrophy Association, MDA, Golf Classic, Flash Market, Flash Market CITGO Golf Classic
ADA, Mich., October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – As the culminating event in the Amway One by One Campaign for Children’s 10 year anniversary, Amway is mobilizing employees and distributors from across the globe on November 20 to serve children’s causes they are passionate about. The global event is Amway Universal Children’s Day.
Since the Amway One by One campaign launched in 2003, its focus has been to help children in need. In just 10 short years, Amway distributors and employees have impacted the lives of 10 million children, logged 2.7 million volunteer hours, and raised $190 million for programs.
Over the last three months, Amway employees and distributors have been encouraged to engage in the Amway Universal Children’s Day social media campaign. Through the use of the organization’s website (www.amwayonebyone.com), blog (www.blogs.amway.com/onebyone), Facebook & Twitter, participants have been able to read inspiring stories from around the world. Employees and distributors will also chronicle their participation in Amway Universal Children’s Day by using the #amwayonebyone.
“The passion our employees and distributors possess for serving others, especially children, is truly inspiring,” said Amway Vice President Todd Woodward. “Amway Universal Children’s Day provides the perfect forum for us to all come together on one day and serve – on a global scale.”
Although the projects undertaken will vary widely in scope and complexity, they have one central message – transforming the world starts by committing to help children, one by one.
Amway employees and distributors that have committed to a serving include:
About the Amway One by One Campaign for Children
The AMWAY ONE BY ONE CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN® program rallies the resources of Amway distributors and employees around the world to make a difference in the lives of children in every market in which the company conducts business. Since AMWAY ONE BY ONE® launched in 2003, it has provided hope and opportunity to 10 million children and donated $190 million to children’s causes worldwide. The number of employee and distributor volunteer hours logged since 2003 totals more than 2.7 million. For information, visit www.amway.com/amwayonebyone.
Alticor / Amway is the world's #1 direct selling business, ranked by 2012 global sales of $11.3 billion in the Direct Selling News Global 100, and based on the efforts of more than 3 million Amway distributors and more than 21,000 employees in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. Founded in 1959 by entrepreneurs Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, and based in Ada, Michigan, U.S., Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities that are supported by a global agribusiness, manufacturing and logistics supply chain. More than 900 scientists, engineers and technical professionals work in 75 R&D and quality assurance labs worldwide to support product development and create a culture of scientific excellence. Top-selling brands for Amway are NUTRILITE™ vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, ARTISTRY™ skincare and color cosmetics, and eSpring™ water treatment systems. For company news, visit globalnews.amway.com.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Amway, Amway One by One Campaign for Children, Children, volunteer, mobilize, November 20, Amway Universal Children's Day, Doug Devos, Steve Van Andel
SOURCE: United Nations Global CompactDESCRIPTION:
New York, 17 October 2013 /3BL Media/ – Oxfam International and the United Nations Global Compact today announced a collaboration to urge Global Compact companies to work in conjunction with civil society organizations to undertake a poverty footprint assessment. Oxfam and the UN Global Compact will jointly promote the assessment tool to help companies evaluate their impact on poverty through their operations and policies. The poverty footprint methodology was developed and tested by Oxfam International over the past decade.
“Marking International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Oxfam is excited to enter into this partnership today with the UN Global Compact and other collaborators,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. “Oxfam has spent more than a decade developing the poverty footprint tool, and we see the Global Compact as an ideal partner to help get this tool into the hands of companies who are committed to improving their social impacts.”
With poverty eradication playing a central role in the UN’s post-2015 development agenda and the recent UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, the partners will use the methodology to increase transparency on corporate social impacts and encourage follow-up projects that improve circumstances and opportunities for people living in poverty. The project will be led by the UN Global Compact and overseen by a steering group, including Oxfam. The methodology has already been employed in three collaborations involving Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company/SABMiller, and IPL, the largest importer of produce in the United Kingdom.
The poverty footprint methodology is used in partnership between a corporation and civil society organization to examine a company’s impact on poverty. Five key factors are considered essential to help individuals and communities overcome poverty: livelihoods; health and well-being; diversity and gender equality; empowerment; and security and stability. The methodology includes a step by step process, as well as dozens of indicators, with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and transparency.
“We are delighted to work with Oxfam and others to enhance access to the poverty footprint tool for a much broader audience around the world,” said Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director. “This innovative tool fosters both greater corporate accountability and positive impact, and in doing so holds great promise for scaling up the business contribution to the post-2015 development agenda.“
Recommendations that have surfaced in poverty footprint studies include: business training for women along the value chain; increasing access to credit for individuals and small business owners; integrating living wages into purchasing contracts; and increasing buying power for small producers.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. For more information on Oxfam International, go to: www.oxfam.org. For information on the poverty footprint methodology, go to: http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/poverty-footprint
Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With 8,000 corporate signatories in 145 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. www.unglobalcompact.org
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, united nations, Global Compact, Oxfam, anti-poverty
SOURCE: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtDESCRIPTION:
Watch Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Boston Celtics as they team up for a day of service and community engagement at the Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury. The Celtics family joined one hundred HMH volunteers, including CEO Linda Zecher and members of the senior leadership team to read with students and brighten the school environment by painting colorful murals, planting gardens and building benches.
This program was a highlight of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s annual Volunteer Week, a Company-wide initiative that engages employees in HMH-sponsored and individual service projects around the world. This year, more than a thousand employees are participating in projects, including more than a hundred company-sponsored events.
KEYWORDS: Education, Events, Conferences & Webinars, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, HMH, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, boston celtics, HMH Volunteer Week, Ellis Elementary, Roxbury, Courtney Lee, Cedric Maxwell, Linda Zecher
Amsterdam, October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that in honor of the 2013 Nobel Laureates it has launched its Nobel Prize tribute website (www.elsevier.com/nobel).The site provides an overview of the Laureates’ ground-breaking research as well as their connections with Elsevier. In addition, free access is provided to some of their most influential research papers published in Elsevier journals.
Ron Mobed, CEO of Elsevier, said, “We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with these remarkable scholars. Over the years we have been privileged to see their connections to Elsevier either through publishing their ground-breaking work in our journals and books, or through their efforts as editors, editorial board members and reviewers. We wholeheartedly congratulate all winning 2013 Nobel Laureates and thank them for their contributions, not only to Elsevier, but to society as a whole.”
Elsevier is proud to recognize the Nobel laureates’ revolutionary research:
Medicine: Dr. James E. Rothman, Dr. Randy W. Schekman and Dr. Thomas C. Südhof were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”. They revealed the critical process of the movement of molecules through cells, paving the way for targeted medication for a variety of neurological and immunological diseases, such as diabetes, autism and Parkinson’s disease.
James Rothman was the Editor for Methods in Enzymology (1992 edition) and is an Editorial Board Member for FEBS Letters. Dr. Schekman published in among others Cell, Developmental Cell, Cell Biology and Cell Host & Microbe. He has also been awarded the 2013 Otto Warburg medal by the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). Dr. Südhof published in Cell and Neuron, and was a contributing author to Handbook of Cell Signaling, Parkinson’s Disease and others.
Physics: Dr. François Englert and Dr. Peter W. Higgs were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their “theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS team experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider". In 1964, Dr. Englert and Dr. Higgs, independently of each other, proposed a similar theory of how matter acquires mass. A half century later, in July 2012, their proposed theory was confirmed at CERN in Switzerland with the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Dr. Englert and Dr. Higgs frequently published in Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B. Dr.Englert was also a contributing author to Recent Developments in Quantum Field Theory. The two ground-breaking CERN studies in 2012 confirming the Higgs Boson were published in Physics Letters B.
Chemistry: Dr. Martin Karplus, Dr. Michael Levitt and Dr. Arieh Warshel were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” They developed new computer models combining quantum and Newtonian physics for the first time. Their method of modeling has widespread applications in that it can be used to model virtually every chemical reaction.
Dr. Karplus is Editorial Board member of Structure and has published in among others Chemical Physics Letters, Biophysical Chemistry and Biophysical Journal. Dr. Levitt is an Editorial Board Member of Current Opinion in Structural Biology and has published in Current Opinion in Structural Biology, Structure, and Biophysical Journal. Dr. Warshel has published in among others, Biophysical Journal, BBA – Bioenergetics, Chemical Physics Letters and FEBS Letters.
Economics: Dr. Eugene F. Fama, Dr. Lars Peter Hansen and Dr. Robert J. Shiller were jointly awarded the 2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences for “their empirical analysis of asset prices.” They developed a method of analyzing stock and bond prices over the course of longer periods. With their research, they have created a method to make accurate assumptions about asset prices, allowing investors and individuals to make informed decision on how to use their savings.
Dr. Fama is an Advisory Editor for the Journal of Financial Economics and has published in Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Monetary Economics. Dr. Hansen is a Co-Editor for Handbook of Financial Econometrics: Tools and Techniques and has published in Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Econometrics and others. Dr. Shiller’s work can be found in Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Economics Letters, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Monetary Economics and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
For more information about the 2013 Nobel Laureates, their awarded research and connections with Elsevier go to: www.elsevier.com/nobel
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SOURCE: BNY MellonDESCRIPTION:
As part of BNY Mellon’s global initiative to raise awareness of food security and waste, R. Jeep Bryant, executive vice president for marketing and corporate affairs, share his thoughts on the issues. This is the second in a four-part series.
Sadly, all over the world, many kids don’t have what they need to grow up, get an education and contribute to society.
Of the many factors that can prevent kids from reaching their potential, food insecurity is one that doesn’t immediately come to mind. However, children are particularly vulnerable when it comes to food insecurity, since under-nutrition can create a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. Undernourished girls are more likely to become undernourished women who give birth to underweight or stunted babies. And poor nutrition, both before and after a child is born, is devastating in that it produces long-term and sometimes irreversible outcomes.
Lack of proper nutrients during the earliest phases of a child’s growth stops the brain from developing properly. Studies have shown that children who experience this type of malnutrition are less literate and have more problems with math than their peers and can earn less than 20 percent less in adulthood, regardless of other factors.
Under-nutrition has health implications, as well. It weakens the immune system, so kids can get infections more easily, and it’s harder for them to recover properly. In extreme cases, it can become a major factor in whether a child recovers from an illness at all – for example, severely underweight children are almost 10 times more likely to die from diarrhea than children with healthy weights.
Of the many things that cause child under-nutrition, some are, relatively speaking, easy to address, like lack of food or disease. But there are also underlying causes that can be more insidious and hard to change, like a parent’s unemployment, lack of education or preferential access to food based on gender.
For all those reasons, the picture is pretty bleak. Globally, one in four children are stunted. Roughly 66 million school aged children attend classes hungry, and about 45 percent of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
So how can we help to change the picture?
For parents who are struggling with food insecurity, especially in regions where they’re faced with a choice between school and work, meals are often an incentive to send their kids to school. We can support the efforts of organizations like the World Food Programme that provide school meals to children throughout the world.
We can roll up our sleeves and help agencies like the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank assemble packages of food that kids can take home on Friday afternoons, ensuring they’ll have food to eat over the weekend. And we can support organizations that are committed to providing food aid through a lens of equality and empowerment, like Avvai Home & Orphanage in India, which doesn’t only serve meals to children, but also has specific programs designed to further the opportunities of girls.
Buzz Aldrin has been quoted as saying that if we can conquer space then we can conquer childhood hunger. He’s got a point – shouldn’t we at least try?
KEYWORDS: Food & Farming, Health and Wellness, BNY Mellon, Hunger, Food Insecurity, food security, World Food Programme, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Avvai Home & Orphanage, Children, Jeep Bryant, stunting, school meals
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
Yum! Brands Rallies Together to Recognize World Food Day
In recognition of World Food Day (October 16), Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and its millions of employees around the globe show their Huge Hearts by donating at least $1 to the World Food Programme at hungertohope.com.
Each dollar contributed provides four meals to the people who need help the most. At Yum!, every donation counts, and as the defining global company that feeds the world, Yum!'s employees truly care about the world.
Together, Yum! and its employees, franchisees and their families volunteer millions of hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. For more information about Yum!'s World Hunger Relief efforts or to join the movement, go to hungertohope.com.
KEYWORDS: Food & Farming, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Yum! Brands, World Hunger Relief, community, Ending World Hunger, World Food Day
The state of Washington’s secretary of state says Weyerhaeuser has shown a strong sense of giving back to the community and making a difference. Secretary of State Kim Wyman named Weyerhaeuser one of five to receive the 2013 Corporations for Communities award, Washington’s most prestigious honor for civic excellence.
In Wyman’s announcement, Weyerhaeuser was cited for employee-directed giving and volunteer contributions to affordable housing, education and youth development, environmental stewardship, and human services. Weyerhaeuser’s signature “Operation Diaper Drive” and its partnership with World Vision were highlighted.
“The state says our company and employees’ contributions have significantly enhanced the quality of life in our communities,” says Karen Veitenhans, manager of the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund. “Regardless of where we’re located, we can take pride in this recognition. Personally for me, it feels great to be included among the most giving of companies.”
Corporations for Communities is a program of the National Association of Secretaries of State. It recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts and government service in addition to a commitment to giving.
Learn more about Weyerhaeuser’s commitment to community involvement in its online sustainability report.
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TriplePundit: Briefly describe your role and responsibilities, and how many years you have been in the business.
Paige Goff: I am the Vice President, Sustainability and Business Communications at Domtar.
In this role, I am responsible for managing sustainability communications for all of Domtar’s pulp and paper products. Key to my role is understanding and applying the current trends and strategies related to environmental, regulatory and social sustainability to Domtar’s business practices and products, while managing the relationships among environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO) and customers.
I have 14 years experience in the paper industry and joined Domtar in 2004. I have a Masters of Business Administration degree.
3p: How has the sustainability program evolved at your company?
PG: Domtar leads the pulp, paper and wood products industry in sustainability through environmental stewardship, stakeholder collaboration, community investment and engagement and innovations that help recover and conserve natural resources. Some stakeholders – consumers especially – have sometimes questioned sustainability practices within our industry, and Domtar takes pride in leading the industry from an operational and product offering standpoint.
Domtar’s early interest in sustainability was around our fiber supply, working with NGOs and customers to ensure we were doing all we could to ensure the most environmentally responsible operations. Domtar has lead the paper industry in sustainability initially through work with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, and is considered the gold standard of forest management. Domtar brought the industry’s first FSC line of paper to market in North America with the EarthChoice product line. As a recognized industry leader, all 13 of Domtar’s pulp and paper mills have FSC certification and Domtar has established the goal of having 100 percent of its fiber supply certified to FSC standards.
Now, we have gone beyond focusing solely on our fiber supply – our vision is to continue to evolve and to become a global leader in the innovation of fiber-based products. Our key sustainability challenge is managing this transformation from paper-maker to innovator of fiber-based products. I am also proud to say that we have set aggressive targets for continued reductions in greenhouse gas, water and waste. Additionally, we know we have a lot to learn from others in this space, and have made collaboration with environmental NGOs such as FSC, the World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the Rainforest Alliance and others a top priority, as well as working hand-in-hand with customers to develop product solutions to meet their individual sustainability goals.
3p: Tell us about someone (mentor, sponsor, friend, hero) who affected your sustainability journey, and how.
PG: I’m honored to say my sustainability hero is my mother. Growing up, I thought every household had a compost bucket in their kitchen piled high for transfer to the outside, and that recycling was a must! I was shocked to find out that wasn’t the case in every southern town in the U.S. If my mother found a can, paper, plastic – anything in our normal trash that could and should be in the recycle bin or compost pile – it was almost as bad has any misbehavior offense we could do. Every summer she had a large garden growing tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, watermelon, cabbage, corn and squash. It took a saint to keep these vegetables prospering because I grew up in what is fondly called the armpit of the south (hot and humid), Columbia, South Carolina.
She is the queen of reusing…plastic bags, for example, were cleaned and put upside down to dry, ready for reuse over and over again. I think I was an adult and married before I had actual ketchup and mustard “bottles,” because we always used the packets that were leftover from the fast food restaurants. We can chuckle at a few of my mom’s habits, but it did instill into all four of her kids that waste wasn’t an option. We didn’t know at the time she was helping our environment, but as an adult I can appreciate her composting her garden which feed us wonderful meals, all the recycling that was saved from the landfills (and you can imagine the trash six people would accumulate), the never ending plastic bag reuses and the use of the small ketchup and mustard packets…My mom’s efforts made a difference in the environment and in our lives. I’m proud to say that in my job today I am fortunate enough to take my mother’s sustainability instincts and apply them in a business setting.
3p: What is the best advice you have ever received?
PG: The best advice I’ve ever received is to admit when you are wrong. If you try to justify or defend your “wrong” decision/action, the more untrustworthy you seem. We are all human and we all make mistakes – businesses included sometimes. Owning it and learning from it is what’s important. I believe owning your own mistake is a sign of leadership, as well as a sign of growth and maturity. This allows members of your team to have the freedom to take risks without the fear of blame. This allows for bigger and better outcomes.
3p: Can you share a recent accomplishment you are especially proud of?
PG: A recent accomplishment I’m very proud of is being appointed to my current position, with the opportunity to really impact our company – and industry – from a sustainability and innovation viewpoint. I’ve been working for Domtar close to ten years now and the opportunities they provide and the growth within various positions is commendable. Getting more engaged in the sustainability space has been very rewarding. The more I’ve learned about the micro initiatives Domtar has concerning sustainability, the more I’m proud to work for this company.
As I’ve stated, sustainability was ingrained in me since day one and sustainability is also ingrained within this company. We have shown great leadership within this space and I plan to continue this leadership role and continue to push the bar higher and higher. Domtar’s vision is to continue to evolve and to become a global leader in the innovation of fiber-based products as we transform our business from paper-maker to true fiber product innovator – and our efforts in sustainability are key to making this happen. By earning the role I have today, I truly feel a part of that process.
3p: If you had the power to make one major change at your company or in your industry, what would it be?
PG: I think in too many corporations today sustainability is viewed as a special project or an initiative responding to external pressure (from NGOs, the market or as a way to manage risk). But really, for sustainability to be most effective, it has to be viewed as a core objective and seen as a way for a business to be successful. Luckily, Domtar does see sustainability as a core business objective.
Because of this, I would like to see Domtar and the industry continue to make progress toward 100 percent use of renewable energy in our operations. For 2012, 76.3 percent of the energy we used was from renewable resources. While we make steady progress every year, there is opportunity to continue to expand renewable energy use to further reduce our environmental footprint. Ultimately, sustainability is about fitting into communities where we operate in a way that creates a net positive benefit. We are excellent corporate citizens at Domtar, and continuing to expand renewable energy use and reduce CO2 and other emissions will ensure that we not only bring that positive benefit to the communities in which we operate, but to the planet at large.
So the change I would make is to really just to continue to do what we are doing – and hope that the rest of the industry will follow suit.
3p: Describe your perfect day.
PG: A perfect day for me would be with my four-year-old son and my husband of sixteen years enjoying the outside air, tossing around a football after having a picnic. Our lives get so busy that we tend to lose the enjoyment of the simple things about life. My best days/weekends are the ones with no schedule and the day is spent on spontaneous events that, for me, seem to be more simple and memorable. Having those events and free times are necessary to reenergize and remember what is important about life. A perfect day to me doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant – just spent with the people I love.
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