SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
In celebration of #GivingTuesday, charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations are coming together today for a national day of giving back. #GivingTuesday reminds us that the holiday season should go beyond shopping and be a special time of year when we make a positive impact in our local communities.
We are excited to join this national movement that supports local organizations and volunteers. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a difference in the lives of the people CVS Caremark serves each and every day.
This year, we asked our colleagues to send us their stories of volunteering and nominate a local charity to receive a #GivingTuesday grant on behalf of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. We received an overwhelming response from our colleagues, who are passionate about supporting a variety of causes in their local communities.
We are proud to announce that 25 organizations nationwide will receive $1,000 grants as part of CVS Caremark’s #GivingTuesday initiative, which will support the great community-based work of our nonprofit partners, while honoring our CVS Caremark colleagues commitment to volunteerism.
Funding through the #GivingTuesday grant program will support 25 organizations nationwide, including:
East Tennessee Children's Hospital (Knoxville, TN)
Nominated by Jennifer Downey
Danny Did Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Nominated by Theresa Juday
Flying Horse Farms (Cleveland, OH)
Nominated by Tendai Mukeredzi
Food for Kids Backpacks to Go Program (Murraysville, PA)
Nominated by Megan Keim
Girl Scouts Rhode Island (Warwick, RI)
Nominated by Laura Crowe
Girls, Inc. of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
Nominated by Paula McCloud
Special Olympics (Miunt Pleasant, MI)
Nominated by Dawn Ritchie
Waianae Boys and Girls Club (Waianae, HI)
Nominated by Tanya Verdis
Hope in Bloom (Dedham, MA)
Nominated by Stephanie Fine
Providence Animal Rescue League (Providence, RI)
Nominated by Elizabeth Ward
Wayside Waifs (Kansas City, MO)
Nominated by Elizabeth Bacon
Arizona Animal Welfare League (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Nominated by Mary Allen
American BrainTumor Association (Chicago, IL)
Nominated by Alison Hanscum
Happily Ever After League - HEAL (Scottsdale, AZ)
Nominated by Michelle Buan-Vega
Hospice of the Valley (Pheonix, AZ)
Nominated by Kim Driscoll
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (New York, NY)
Nominated by Amie Hetzel
Michael J Fox Foundation (New York, NY)
Nominated by Rhonda Norton
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Manhattan Beach, NY)
Nominated by Karen Levesque
T. J. Martel Foundation (Nashville, TN)
Nominated by Donald Powers
American Cancer Society (New York, NY)
Nominated by Joseph Koc
Big Sister Association (Boston, MA)
Nominated by Sabrina Kwauk
Lovin' Spoonfuls (Boston, MA)
Nominated by Jerilyn Libby
Operation Homefront (San Antonio, TX)
Nominated by Bonnie Eastham
Pat Tillman Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Nominated by Kyle Burkhalter
Wounded Warrior Project (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nominated by Jolene Cain
CVS Caremark is proud to be a participant in #GivingTuesday, and we hope the dedication and generosity of this national call to action will stay with all of us through the holiday season and beyond. You can get involved by visiting www.givingtuesday.org.
KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, #givingtuesday, Volunteering, volunteerism, employee volunteering, philanthropy, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
Congratulations to Amway colleagues in Thailand!
Last week, Kristie Kenney, the US Ambassador to Thailand, presented 2013 AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition to Choomprin Yurayong, Corporate Communications Director of Amway Thailand.
The award recognizes Amway’s commitment to transparency, good governance and sustainable business practices, and promotes the company as a model for others to follow.
Only one week earlier, Amway Business Owners and employees were delivering 22,000 winter jackets around the country to children in rural schools.
It’s been a monumental month!
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Awmay, Amway One by One Campaign for Children, Thailand, Amway Thailand, Award, csr, Amchan, recognition, US ambassador
SOURCE: MSLGROUP AmericasDESCRIPTION:
As a self-proclaimed cause marketing and CSR “geek” who profoundly believes in the power of public/private partnerships, as you may imagine, I’m like a kid in a candy store on #GivingTuesday.
Outside of Giving Tuesday, the best corporate purpose campaigns leverage the brand’s assets – employees, products, technology and dedicated consumers – on behalf of a social issue. They use their marketing firepower and technical know-how to drive causes forward in ways charities alone could not. Giving Tuesday is a massive example of the best of this – business and media using their assets, in this case, to drive fundraising.
In case you missed it yesterday, Giving Tuesday was an opportunity to pause from the consumerism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, to give back. At a time when all charities are looking to meet annual goals and rake in the 30% of donations that typically come in December, Giving Tuesday is an important day. The concept is brilliant. By its definition, companies use what they are best at – driving consumerism, driving shopping in a sense, but in this case, shopping for where to give.
This special day applies the best parts of shopping, to giving:
The CHOICE – Giving Tuesday is not about a cause, but about all causes – large, small, local, global – it’s your choice. I’m a believer in focusing on a singular issue or suite of issues under a clear platform, when it comes to a single company’s efforts (see below). However, Giving Tuesday is so freeing for individuals – I gave where I wanted, how I wanted, when I wanted and how much I wanted.
The SOCIAL aspect – Just like we share a great find, a deal, or a coupon with our friends and family, #GivingTuesday is all about sharing, liking, retweeting – driving the social currency of giving back through your own circles.
The TECH factor – As we’ve moved beyond bricks and mortar shops, we must move beyond traditional fundraising and drive online, mobile and social donations for charities to attract and retain next generation donors. This is where Giving Tuesday excels.
While we are on the heels of Giving Tuesday 2013 and it is fresh in our minds, I want to share a few tips for companies looking to create or enhance their efforts next year.
A few examples of client campaigns that exemplify these best practices in a variety of ways, include:
For Giving Tuesday they kicked off a light-hearted campaign to get consumers engaged in transforming the face of fundraising. While online giving is on the rise, check-writing is still the norm – So PayPal wants to help donors move from the hassle of checks to the ease of clicks. When you give through stampoutchecks.com, 100% of your gift will go directly to the nonprofit you support and you can print out your year-end tax receipt right there. The best part is that the campaign merely started on December 3rd and runs through December 31st, during which time PayPal is adding $5.52 – the cost of a year’s worth stamps – to donations of $25 or more, up to $30,000.
KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Social Media, Twitter, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Social Gifting, Social Change, Social Actions, giving tuesday, #givingtuesday, cyber monday, cause marketing / donation processing / embedded giving / Mobile / mobile fundraising / mobile giving / text to donate
SOURCE: LG Electronics USA, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
SEOUL, Dec. 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ — LG Electronics (LG) has been honored by the United Nations, receiving the Millennium Development Goals* (MDGs) Award from UN Global Compact Local Network.
At the at the UN’s 2013 Global Compact Value Awards Ceremony, LG Electronics was recognized for its global social program, the LG Hope Series. Through this program, LG operates the LG Hope Community in Ethiopia, the LG Hope School in Kenya, the LG Hope Family in Bangladesh and the LG Hope Family in Cambodia to promote sustainable development.
Launched in 2000 and led by UN Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, the UNGC is an initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies with a particular focus on promoting corporate ethics and environmental sustainability at a global level. Global Compact Value Awards are bestowed biannually by the Local Network to companies that conduct superior CSR activities in each of six major areas: human rights, environment, labor, anti-corruption, community involvement and development and the UN’s core agenda of MDGs.
“LG Electronics is fully committed to the objectives of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, to reduce the proportion of the world population living below the poverty line by half,” said Choong-hak Lee, LG Electronics Senior Vice President and head of corporate social responsibility. “Both the UN and LG realize that poverty is a very complex problem and to address it we need to look at all the factors that affect it, such as education, gender equality, child mortality, diseases, environmental sustainability, among others.”
LG is tackling some of the most challenging issues with the LG Hope Series. Each Hope Series project focuses on specific needs of the local population and attempts to address the causes, not just their effects, with creative, multifaceted solutions.
LG Hope Community
LG is fostering self-sufficiency in farming villages in Guta, an underdeveloped village in Ethiopia in need of external support for water and electricity. In April 2013, LG built a well in Guta to provide the village with drinking water. It also helped mitigate a food shortage and allowed the villagers to generate income from agricultural sales.
The construction of an LG-funded model farm is expected to be complete by December 2013, further helping the residents earn much-needed income. A group of Korean volunteers from Cheonan Yonam College, operated by the LG Yonam Foundation, will also participate in training programs for the cultivation of specialized crops and livestock farming. The goal of the program is to achieve a 50 percent increase in monthly household income.
In collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), LG will begin construction of a new LG Hope Technical and Vocational school in Ethiopia at the end of this year to teach young students sustainable vocational skills as Public Private Partnership (PPP). The school will offer courses on repairing electric and electronic products such as mobile phones, TVs and computers.
LG will also expand scholarships targeting the descendants of Korean War veterans in the region. This scholarship program began in 2012 with the goal of supporting approximately 100 high school students by paying for their living expenses and school tuition for three years.
Earlier this year, LG established a local office in charge of corporate social activities in Ethiopia, a first for a South Korean company. LG will focus on improving the standard of living by making the region self-sustaining, rather than relying on temporary assistance.
LG also has been supporting International Vaccine Institute’s (IVI) vaccine program in Ethiopia since 2010 to stem the spread of acute watery diarrheal disease (AWD). The organizations expect to vaccinate more than 20,000 residents in selected districts of West Arsi Zone in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region by the end of this year
LG Hope School
A new LG Hope School in Kibera, Kenya opened its door to students in August. The school was established in cooperation with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Kenya for the area’s children who lacked adequate studying facilities. The LG Hope School is capable of accommodating 480 students in a nine classroom building equipped with a modern restroom, computer room and kitchen. Since 2009, LG has helped to support 29 schools with school meals, new playgrounds, restrooms and other educational facilities that improve the learning environment.
LG Hope Family
LG Hope Family is a local infrastructure improvement project conducted in partnership with the UN WFP. The project focuses on creating physical, environmental, social and economic resilience and helps extremely impoverished individuals prepare for emergencies and learn to cope during and after a disaster. Since 2011, LG has contributed nearly USD 1.2 million to support communities in Patharghata, the poorest district in southern Bangladesh. Since the project was launched three years ago, ponds, waterways, embankments, levees and more than 28 kilometers of roads have been developed in Bangladesh.
In Cambodia, LG identified the poorest 5,000 households from Prey Veng Province for participation in road and irrigation canal construction projects to improve living conditions. Contributions from LG provided food assistance in the form of rice, beans and cooking oil to help reduce poverty and food insecurity in the communities.
LG Hope Screen
LG brought this important cause to the people of New York City and London by using its outdoor digital billboards in Manhattan’s Times Square and Piccadilly Square as educational displays. Earlier this year, the Piccadilly Square display featured World Environment Day sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a matching gift campaign was conducted via the Times Square billboard with proceeds going to the WFP.
* Adopted in 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are international pledges to reduce the world population living below the poverty line by half by 2015. The eight international development goals are: 1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 2) achieve universal primary education; 3) promote gender equality and empowering women; 4) reduce child mortality rates; 5) improve maternal health; 6) combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; 7) ensure environmental sustainability; 8) develop a global partnership for development.
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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
KEYWORDS: united nations, UN, Millennium Development Goals Award, LG Electronics, lg, Global Social Program, LG Hope Series
SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
GAITHERSBURG, Md., December 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Circuit of The Americas’ official food, beverage and hospitality partner, Sodexo, donated more than $239,000 to local community groups by partnering with nonprofit organizations in concessions activities surrounding the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (F1 USGP), held Nov. 15-17, 2013.
International spectator events like the F1 USGP race weekend, and highly anticipated local sports competitions like the University of Texas vs. Oklahoma State University football game, which happened concurrently this year, generate huge revenues for the City of Austin. Sodexo, through its work with area nonprofits, provides a novel means of generating funds that directly support community organizations. Austin-area clubs and civic groups work with Sodexo’s professional food service personnel, staffing select concessions areas to earn a portion of the proceeds generated for participating nonprofit organizations.
One of the nonprofit organization (NPO) volunteers working at the University of Texas – Austin location describes the opportunity as a way to enhance their budget and planning for the year and notes, "It would take us two months of cookie sales to make the money that we make here, all in one day,” said Stacy Knight, assistant service unit director, Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “We would not have the opportunity that we have without Sodexo’s help.”
One of Sodexo’s roles in serving Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is to compliment the key sustainability and social responsibility initiatives the Circuit pledged to the City of Austin. That includes use of local vendors, reducing carbon foot print and a commitment to strengthening the local community.
“This is without question one of the most impactful of our tasks at COTA. Ensuring support for the local community is something that Sodexo does everywhere we operate,” said Steve DiPrima, president, Leisure Services, Sodexo. “This year, we expanded our race weekend impact in Austin to support not only the more than 60 participating nonprofits working at Circuit of The Americas. We also had an additional 45 organizations staffing Sodexo operations for Texas Memorial Stadium at UT-Austin.”
Thousands of dedicated NPO volunteers turned out for their respective organizations. Many, in the case of those working the COTA event, showed up at 4:00 a.m. to register at staging areas where they were later bused out to set up their respective concession areas before race fans arrived. All of the preparation and training made for long and challenging hours, but the volunteers understood how it benefited their organizations and the communities they serve.
The overall experience and interaction with the volunteers made an impact all around the Circuit, bringing exposure to groups that support a wide range of worthy causes. Volunteers from the 105 participating NPOs expressed appreciation for the generosity of Sodexo and to Circuit of The Americas for the opportunity.
“Because of the relationship we have with Sodexo and opportunities like these at COTA to earn money, we’ve raised over $70,000.00 in the past year,” said Rachel McInnes, band booster, Akins High School.
In keeping with Sodexo’s global commitment to fight hunger, the Austin Capital Area Food Bank was another community organization that benefited from activities around the F1 USGP race weekend. COTA and Sodexo donated 1,500 pounds of fresh and nonperishable surplus food to the local food bank, which serves the more than 440,000 people at risk of hunger locally. An additional 500 pounds of surplus food was donated to Keep Austin Fed.
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. COTA hosts the annual FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and is the new North American home for the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, United Sportscar Racing, the FIA World Endurance Championships, COTA Track Days, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater. COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or the COTA’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Follow COTA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas and Twitter @circuitamericas.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $20 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at blogs.sodexousa.com.
+1 (301) 987-4893
Circuit of The Americas
+1 (512) 655-6258
KEYWORDS: Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Event, Culinary, Local Farming, Sustainable Food, Community, Engagement, Social Development, Social Gifting, Social Change, Social Actions, Volunteerism, Youth Action, Sodexo, University of Texas, Austin, Circuit of the Americas, CoTA, Formula 1, USGP, U.S. Grand Prix, Capital Area Food Bank, Keep Austin Fed, Girl Scouts, Central Texas, Akins High School, UT Austin
Congratulations to the 2013 GSK IMPACT Award Winners for the RTP Region in NC. These nonprofits earned $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to building healthier communities:
One of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, Impact Awards, Innovation, Student U, PLM Families Together, Kidznotes, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Haven House, Farmer Foodshare, Communities In Schools of Wake County, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley Inc
December 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ - GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK] and Triangle Community Foundation today announced the GSK IMPACT Award Winners in a ceremony at GSK’s Research Triangle Park facility. Nine local nonprofits earned $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a healthier Triangle region.
“There is an important connection between our health and our community,” said Katie Loovis, Director, US Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, GSK. “The more we understand this connection, the more we can improve it. Today’s GSK IMPACT Award Winners show us how it’s done.”
The winners are:
In Triangle Region, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation. “A healthy community is the result of the dedicated, thoughtful, and intentional work of many people and programs,” said Triangle Community Foundation President Lori O’Keefe. “The GSK IMPACT Awards not only recognize some outstanding programs, but also provide a healthy financial investment – allowing the winners to maximize their impact on their critical community health programming.”
Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Community factors such as safety, the accessibility of healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks undeniably contribute to our health, and present a formidable challenge for GSK to achieve our mission of helping people do more, feel better, and live longer. The scope of the GSK IMPACT Awards was expanded this year to recognize nonprofit organizations with sustainable programs that address these critical community factors.
The GSK IMPACT Award Winners for the Triangle Region were recognized today in a ceremony at GSK’s RTP campus and reception featuring Executive Host Jack Bailey, SVP, Policy, Payer, and Vaccines, Lori O’Keefe, President, Triangle Community Foundation, GSK; Emcee Shannon Vickery from UNC-TV, and a special musical performance by Kidznotes, Inc., one of the award winning organizations.
The Selection Process:
This was a competitive awards process with nearly 60 applications. GSK US Community Partnership and Triangle Community Foundation staff members reviewed the applications and coordinated site visits, and then the winners were selected by a panel of local and national health experts.
Applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations that addressed at least one of seven following health factors and measures: 1) Diet and Exercise; 2) Access to Care; 3) Community Safety; 4) Education; 5) Employment; 6) Family and Social Support; and 7) the Built Environment. Through the process, applicants had to demonstrate that their organization has stable operations and strong financial health, and that their programming is evidence-informed, innovative, collaborative, replicable or scalable, and systemic.
The History of GSK IMPACT Awards:
As part of GSK’s longstanding commitment to building Healthy Communities, in 2012 the company launched a national initiative designed to better understand the barriers and identify opportunities for building healthier communities in the United States. Phase one of Healthy Communities featured a listening tour that uncovered new insights about what it means, and what it takes to build a healthy community. Phase two, which includes the expanded scope of the GSK IMPACT Awards, leverages that knowledge and demonstrates innovative ways local organizations and businesses can work together to build healthier communities.
GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).
Triangle Community Foundation – a nonprofit that manages over $160 million in funds established by families, businesses, individuals, and organizations. From these funds, it makes grants to nonprofit organizations and administers a variety of programs for the community’s benefit. The Foundation manages over 790 funds, ranging in size from $10,000 to $7 million, mainly for the benefit of Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Foundation granted more than $13 million to nonprofits, schools and community efforts. For more information go to http://www.trianglecf.org/, follow us on twitter.com/TriComFdn or visit us on facebook.com/trianglecf.
Join the conversation! Tweet using @GSKUS and #GSKimpact.
GSK Media Inquiries:
+1 215 751 5664
Triangle Community Foundation Media Inquiries:
+1 919 272 5621
+1 919 412 0630
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, Impact Awards, nonprofit, Innovation, North Carolina, RTP, Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Communities In Schools of Wake County, Farmer Foodshare, Haven House, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Kidznotes, PLM Familities Together, Student U
LONDON, ON, December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Last year, Canadian businesses leading on sustainability came to a key conclusion: the low–hanging fruit from sustainability had been fully harvested. Partnerships would be increasingly critical to innovation, growth and sustainability. Despite the growing number of partnerships, one question remained unaddressed—what factors and processes produce the best partnerships?
New research released by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), a not-for-profit hosted at the Ivey Business School, sheds light. The latest Executive Report Sustainability through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives provides explicit guidance on how to select the right partner and how to manage the partnership process. It also includes a toolkit complete with a partnership checklist and case studies.
Led by Dr. Barbara Gray of Pennsylvania State University, the research is a direct response to the Top 10 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2013 identified by the NBS Leadership Council – a group of 18 organizations representing major sectors in the Canadian economy and recognized for leadership in sustainability.
Effective collaboration is critical – and the research makes this message clear. “It is through collaboration, often involving the oddest bedfellows, that we vest this generation’s hope for addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and environmental insecurity,” says Council member Simon Zadek of the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD).
In addition to the ready-to-use tools, the research helps classify and navigate different types of multi-sector partnerships to help partners elicit the greatest mutual benefit.
The full analysis is available freely online.
For more information, please contact Tara Hadler, Project Coordinator, NBS at 519-661-2111 x88107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Network for Business Sustainability
The Network for Business Sustainability is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that connects thousands of researchers and business leaders worldwide, with the goal of creating new, sustainable business models for the 21st century. NBS receives funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, École des Sciences de la Gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal and industry partners.
NBS Leadership Council Members
3M, BC Hydro, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Environment Canada, Home Depot of Canada Inc., Holcim (Canada) Inc., Industry Canada, International Institute of Sustainable Development, LoyaltyOne, Inc., Pembina Institute, Suncor Energy Inc., Target (Canada), TD Bank Group, Teck Resources Limited, Tembec Inc., Tim Hortons Inc., Unilever Canada Inc., Westport Innovations Inc.
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University encompasses 24 campuses, 17,000 faculty and staff, 100,000 students, a teaching hospital that provides care to more than a million patients a year, the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the planet and an online World Campus that empowers anyone to pursue an education.
For further information, please visit www.psu.edu.
KEYWORDS: Sustainability Business, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, #sustainability, Collaboration/Partnerships, Sustainable Business
SOURCE: Children InternationalDESCRIPTION:
The winner of the 2013 International InspireTM Award credits her father, a rickshaw driver, with sparking her desire to volunteer her time. Pampa Sinha has been a dedicated Children International volunteer for the past 15 years. On Giving Tuesday, and in anticipation of International Volunteer Day, Children International honors the local volunteers in the impoverished commumities it serves. While most of them have very little financial means, they give much of themselves to help the children in their communities. Pampa Sinha is an outstanding example of someone who passionately gives much of herself to help the children in her community.
For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit www.children.org.
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Direct: (816) 943-3730
KEYWORDS: Children International, inspire, Inspire Award, giving tuesday, International Volunteer Day
A lot of effort has gone into understanding the younger generation. Sometimes we call them "Millennials" or "Generation Y" or even "Digital Natives," but clearly those born after 1980 are having a very different adolescent experience than those of us born before. It's obvious when we look at how youth engage with technology, the Internet, mobile devices, and each other, especially when it comes to social media. This is the new generation gap - the divide in how millennials develop relationships compared to the older generation.
Years ago the world of teen interaction was relatively small compared to today. It consisted of seeing friends at school and during weekend plans. But now, with social media and social networking, a young person's social world just got bigger. Young people today are increasingly using online services, in addition to Facebook, to communicate and share with others. They are segregating their communications, choosing different audiences to receive different messages and curating their online reputation. Their parents and the general public may see a pleasant, "Having a GREAT day at school" post on Facebook, while close friends or teens they don't know may see, "My history teacher is the WORST!" on Instagram and other social media networking sites. Teens find it much more interesting when they get likes and shares and comments and interactions from people who they don't know - it's instant online popularity, but at what price? (For a view of some of the apps youth are turning to, in addition to Facebook, consider Common Sense Media's article, 11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook.)
See the full article here
KEYWORDS: Social Media, millenials, Symantec, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: General MillsDESCRIPTION:
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that encourages individuals everywhere to make room for charitable giving as part of their holiday season.
In just two years, #GivingTuesday has grown from a small social media movement to become widely embraced nationally as an ideal complement to “Black Friday” and Cyber Monday,” which focus on traditional gift purchasing.
So for the second year in a row, Join My Village – an international philanthropic program founded by General Mills – is tapping into the magic of #GivingTuesday to make some remarkable things happen in the communities that JMV supports in Africa and India.
Read more on the Taste of General Mills blog: http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2013/12/help-build-libraries-with-join-my-village/.
KEYWORDS: Join My Village, giving tuesday, #givingtuesday, General Mills, General Mills Foundation, Merk, CARE, India, Malawi, education for girls
Through the excitement and activity around #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving meant to kickstart the generosity of the holiday season and highlight all the good in the world, we thought it most appropriate to announce our ongoing commitment to our longtime nonprofit partner, Teach for America (TFA), and to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Our future innovators are sitting in classrooms right now and with partners like Teach for America, we hope to get these students excited about STEM subjects and lead them toward a career in the technology industry. We have supported the work of TFA’s STEM recruitment for a number of years, but this year we have a more direct focus on recruiting diverse STEM educators. We have a common goal to reach those students who are underrepresented in the engineering profession – whether because of their geography, skin color, or income status. The best way to do that is through educators and role models who look like them, with similar backgrounds and experiences.
Read the full post on the Symantec CR in Action blog here
KEYWORDS: #givingtuesday, Teach for America, csr, Symantec, Teachers, STEM
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced the 25 organizations that will receive $1,000 in grants as a part of CVS Caremark's #GivingTuesday initiative, which invited CVS Caremark colleagues to nominate an organization in their community that they volunteer with, to receive a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.
Today is the 2(nd) annual #GivingTuesday, a national campaign created to spark a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations who come together to support charitable causes, and encourages everyone to participate in a national day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a positive impact in the lives of people by investing in local communities.
"#GivingTuesday reminds us that the holiday season should go beyond shopping and be a special time of year when we give back to our local communities," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "Through our #GivingTuesday initiative, we are not only providing deserving non-profit organizations with funding, but we are honoring our colleagues who bring our values of caring and collaboration to life all year long by volunteering with organizations that are helping the people we serve, every day."
Funding through the #GivingTuesday grant program will support 25 colleague-nominated organizations nationwide, including:
For more information about #GivingTuesday, please visit http://community.givingtuesday.org
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education, disaster relief and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at info.cvscaremark.com/investors.
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SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.DESCRIPTION:
This post is from guest blogger Emily Kraft, Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, one of the hunger relief organizations Cisco employees support through the annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign.
I’m at the library on my lunch break, searching for a good book to read in my downtime. My concentration is broken when I hear whispers coming from a nearby table. “Is that the Food Stamp Lady? I think it is. She’s great – helped me out a lot. You should talk with her.”
Many local shelter residents congregate at the library during the daytime, and it is here among them that I have achieved pseudo celebrity status. The beloved moniker of “Food Stamp Lady” has been bestowed upon me during the past two years after I became a Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in November 2011.
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SOURCE: Whirlpool CorporationDESCRIPTION:
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced today that Ethan Harris, Club Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant, Ark., has been named winner of the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Awards – America’s Vote competition in acknowledgement for his demonstrated commitment to helping his Club keep youth on the path to achieving great futures.
America’s Vote is an extension of the Dependable Leader Awards, which recognizes Club professionals, members and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth by being dependable and exceptional role models. America’s Vote invited people across the U.S. to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online.
Ethan was voted America’s winner and joins 24 other Dependable Leaders across the country also honored this year. Ethan will receive a $20,000 financial grant to help his Club deepen its impact in its community. The grant will help to further extend Ethan’s work with the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant. Ethan’s video submission, which helped him secure America’s Vote, is available to view at www.bgca.org/Maytag.
Ethan is an 11-year old boy who works determinedly to do what he can to help the Club. From assisting staff members, to speaking to the Board of Community Directors about his Club, he constantly seeks to pitch in and make improvements. Through the “It Just Takes One Kid’s Campaign,” Ethan raised over $1,000 for his Club through an event he organized on his own.
“Ethan Harris is an exemplary Club member who actively cares for his Club and knows first-hand the impact it makes in the lives of youth,” said Suzanne Passmore, Executive Director Boys & Girls Club of Bryant. “We are proud to see Ethan recognized with this incredible award from Maytag. We are grateful to Maytag for supporting our organization’s effort to serve young people and make a difference in their lives.”
Boys & Girls Clubs provides services and support that enable youth to reach their full potential. With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing products consumers can count on. The partnership between Maytag and BGCA seeks to promote dependability – a quality that the Clubs’ staff and volunteers strive for every day and is central to the Maytag brand.
“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows the brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag. “Ethan provides his Club with passion and untiring devotion; it is our honor to recognize him with this award.”
About Maytag Brand
For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit www.maytag.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
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Amway - No stranger to natural and manmade disasters
By Jesse Hertstein
As a global organization, we are no strangers to natural and manmade disasters.
Millions of people make up the global Amway family, so a disaster in one country has a ripple effect on the others. Our sympathies are not measured by the size of the market, but the impact on our friends and colleagues.
A beautiful example has emerged over the past few weeks in the Philippines. And the greatest part of the story is that our response to Typhoon Haiyan was not hampered by the complexity of a multinational direct selling company, but rather enhanced by it.
Our early warning systems alerted us to the magnitude of the storm, and we were in touch with staff in Manila before, during and after the typhoon. Amway has approximately 120 employees and 65,000 Amway Business Owners (ABOs) in the Philippines, and the first priority was ensuring that everyone was safe.
While communications have been difficult with some of the hardest hit areas, we were relieved to hear that our top leaders and staff were safe and accounted for.
Response began at multiple levels. Amway senior executives at our headquarters immediately provided funds to support rescue and recovery through the local Red Cross, and set the stage for helping with rebuilding later on, after most donors have lost interest.
Locally, staff prepared 1,000 relief kits with Amway products to be immediately delivered (often in person) to ABOs who were impacted, particularly those who had to leave their hometowns to find new places to live.
Around the world, Amway Business Owners began to raise and give to Haiyan relief efforts, including efforts in all four of our global regions: Asia Pacific, Greater China, Europe and the Americas.
Meanwhile, we were gearing up for a global volunteer day through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. Amway Philippines showed their true spirit by moving ahead with their plans to support school libraries, but adding disaster relief to the list of projects happening around the country.
At Amway headquarters, employee volunteers prepared approximately 10,000 personal hygiene kits to donate to International Aid and Convoy of Hope, which will be sent to typhoon victims in the Philippines.
And the stories keep coming.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, #amway, #amwayonebyone, Amway, Amway One by One Campaign, Children, Philippines, typhoon, International aid, Convoy of Hope, relief kits, disaster
SOURCE: General Electric (GE)DESCRIPTION:
General Electric teamed up with Ashoka Changemakers to find social innovators who are unleashing economic opportunities for women across the MENA region. To learn more about Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality in MENA,” visit http://www.changemakers.com/menawomen
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Women’s economic integration and empowerment is a global issue that has a particular resonance in the Arab world. Women represent just one quarter of the labor force, and less than 1 in 7 of the 5,887 firms in 10 MENA countries surveyed by the World Bank between 2003 and 2010 were female owned.
Starting with the two Early Entry Prize winners that were awarded by Ashoka, here are 12 initiatives working to empower women in the Middle East:
Check back on December 4th, 2013 as we announce the Women Powering Work finalists.
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Human Resources, MENA, women, #womenWork, Ashoka, GE, Middle East, Changemakers
Amsterdam, NL, December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Library of Alexandria (BA) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide 150 researchers working in least-developed and low-income countries across the globe with access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s online scientific research platform with 11 million full text articles and Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing 21,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers. The new agreement will provide courtesy access for a period of three years.
As an integral part of this initiative, the BA will also facilitate research capacity building, or the development of strong research skills through a closed Virtual Knowledge Community (VKC) to provide the scientists with regular support including: research best practices, information literacy and authorship skills training.
“Science can help feed the hungry, heal the sick, protect the environment, bring dignity to work and create space for the joy of self-expression…But if we do not build capacity for the deprived to have access to the best of science, the gap between the rich and the poor will increase”, said Dr. Ismael Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, “This collaboration between Elsevier and the Library of Alexandria is intended to empower many researchers in Africa to have access to the best of science today.”
Many of the 150 scientists who will be granted access to ScienceDirect and Scopus focus their research on areas relevant to the UN Millennium Development Goals including the treatment and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; promoting rural development with improved water, sanitation and food security.
Mohamed Kamel, Elsevier’s Regional Director Africa, said, “It is an honor to support the critical work that the Library of Alexandria is undertaking to provide access to information, develop capacity and drive science in key developing world institutes, bringing researchers closer to their peers across the world. This carefully targeted South-South knowledge exchange is part of our overall effort with Research4Life and the Elsevier Foundation to provide clinicians, researchers, and policymakers in the developing world with access to the information they need to address critical health and sustainability challenges.”
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About The Library of Alexandria
Situated close to the original site of the ancient Library of Alexandria, The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in October 2002, is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of the original library. It aspires to be the world’s window on Egypt and Egypt’s window on the world. The library complex contains space for millions of books, a center for the internet and its archive, museums of antiquities, manuscripts, the history of science and more. In addition the library includes fifteen research institutes covering Manuscripts Studies, Calligraphy and Writing Studies, Francophone Cultural Activities, Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Alexandria and Mediterranean Studies, Special Studies and Programs, Democracy and Social Peace, Hellenistic Studies, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Islamic Civilization Studies, Coptic Studies, Information Sciences, Arabic Computational Linguistics Studies and Genealogies Studies.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
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New York , December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Citi Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) today announced the launch of the Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative to bolster the ability of 13 organizations around the country to increase economic progress in low-income communities. With $3.25 million in funding from the Citi Foundation, administered by LIIF, the support is part of an effort to transform the field of community development by advancing the community “quarterback” model. The model leverages the capacity of high-performing local organizations to lead and coordinate across sectors and stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
Through a one-year grant of $250,000, each PIP grantee will initiate or deepen their efforts to become community quarterbacks by aligning objectives and coordinating efforts among local organizations and residents to improve neighborhoods and create pathways to economic opportunity. PIP organizations will lead the development or expansion of local stakeholder networks to improve places—the physical environment of a community including housing, transit, and safety— and create opportunities for people—such as jobs, child development, education, and health.
The impetus behind the PIP initiative came from Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, a book LIIF co-published in 2012 with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which asserts that flexible and dynamic community quarterbacks could transform local community development efforts that are often fragmented and duplicative. The Citi Foundation supported LIIF’s work on the original book, and the PIP initiative now aims to advance the community quarterback model in 10 regions across the nation.
“Recognizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to improving economic opportunity, we know the quarterback model works to align smart approaches with smart financing,” said Nancy O. Andrews, President and CEO of LIIF. “Through Partners in Progress, we hope to build a movement. By creating a network of quarterbacks, we can promote learning and formalize a strategy that will fundamentally change our field for decades to come. The Citi Foundation is a uniquely innovative funder to invest in this idea that is aimed at nothing short of transforming neighborhoods and lives across the country.”
“The Partners in Progress initiative is focused on identifying and supporting organizations that have the credibility and potential to be local community development champions,” said Pamela Flaherty, President & CEO of the Citi Foundation. “Too often, well-intentioned community development efforts suffer from a lack of leadership, efficiency, and coordination. By bolstering the role of a local cross-sector quarterback, the Citi Foundation and LIIF are aiming to eliminate obstacles to effective communication and collaboration, all in an attempt to improve the quality of life in our communities.”
PIP funding will enable grantees to engage and align an expanded range of partners, share knowledge, and use data to drive project design. In addition, grantees will participate in a learning community that will include coaching and skill building. Throughout the year, LIIF and the Citi Foundation will share grantee progress and lessons, as well as make tools and resources available to participating organizations.
The 13 grantees have different levels of experience using the community quarterback model as well as varying community needs, from linking affordable housing and health care in Los Angeles, CA; to planning for integrated community service delivery near a new transit hub in Dallas, TX; to creating new immigrant-driven approaches to community development in Queens, NY. Other grantees aim to build coalitions, develop governance and operating structures, set strategic goals, or map and analyze critical data. Grantees at more advanced stages will use the funds to strengthen, deepen, or accelerate their activities.
The 13 PIP grantees are:
To learn more about the PIP program, visit www.partnersinprogressproject.org.
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Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi
About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation is committed to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of individuals and families, particularly those in need, in the communities where we work so that they can improve their standard of living. Globally, the Citi Foundation targets its strategic giving to priority focus areas: Microfinance, Enterprise Development, Youth Education and Livelihoods, and Financial Capability and Asset Building. The Citi Foundation works with its partners in Microfinance and Enterprise Development to support environmental programs and innovations. Additional information can be found at www.citifoundation.com.
About the Low Income Investment Fund
The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) invests capital to support healthy families and communities. Since 1984, LIIF has served 1.5 million people by investing $1.4 billion. Over its history, LIIF has provided financing and technical assistance to create and preserve affordable housing, child care centers, schools, healthy food retail, health clinics and transit-oriented developments in distressed neighborhoods nationwide. LIIF’s work has generated $20 billion in family income and societal benefits. LIIF has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. For more information about LIIF, visit www.liifund.org.
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SOURCE: United Nations Global CompactDESCRIPTION:
New York, December 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The UN Global Compact released A Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as part of the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. The Guide aims to help business understand the rights of indigenous peoples and recommends practical actions to respect and support these rights.
The Business Reference Guide grew out of dialogue among a group of Global Compact LEAD companies and is the product of an 18-month collaborative process. As part of a public consultation period, thousands of stakeholders from around the world – including indigenous peoples, companies, business and industry associations, academia, international organizations, NGOs and other experts – were invited to provide input to the development of the Guide.
The new Guide follows the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. The Declaration elaborates internationally recognized human rights of indigenous peoples, both individually and collectively. Valmaine Toki, Member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato Te Piringa Law School said, “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a key international document articulating fundamental human rights for indigenous peoples. I am pleased that the objective of this Business Reference Guide is to promote respect for, and recognition of, these rights, in particular, as they relate to business activities. This Guide will be instrumental to facilitate meaningful interaction with indigenous peoples."
Since the landmark endorsement by business of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, business has increasingly acknowledged the relevance of respecting and supporting internationally recognized human rights. In order to highlight the steps business is already taking to respect and support indigenous peoples’ rights internationally, a Practical Supplement to the Guide was also released with examples of business practices.
Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel at the UN Global Compact said, “We hope that this Business Guide will help to fill a critical void: namely, to assist businesses around the world to better understand indigenous peoples' rights, and how to respect and support those rights.”
UN Global Compact
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, united nations, Global Compact, Indigenous Peoples, UNDRIP, Human Rights