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November 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ - This year, REI granted $3.3 million to nonprofits that care for the outdoor places its members and customers love. Check out REI’s GeoStories to see some of the amazing work from 17 grant partners who are stewarding recreational areas across the country.
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KEYWORDS: Environment, Conservation, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Volunteerism, Nonprofits, csr, Grants, Donations
Come November 29, Team Deloitte will move to 400 locations in eight cities for a community initiative. The voluntary community development programme and its objectives that starts on its Impact Day extend into full-year activities, covering education, employability, orphanage care, health, hygiene and environment.
This year, it plans to cover around 300,000 individuals across India. "Giving back is critical for us. We always track our local communities, their growth, and the needs to serve them better. Things like Impact Day are driving the culture," said Hari Kumar, regional managing principal, US India offices, Deloitte,
From November 29, 17,000 Deloittees, armed with 450 NGOs and volunteers, will work on 'education and employment'. Under this, it plans to reach out to under-privileged children at the school-level to make them a part of formal education.
This involves setting up schools, upgrading the infrastructure, student communication skills and teacher training programmes. "The idea is not to replace the existing systems and teachers but to address the lacunae and try to improve their performance," said Kumar.
Original source Business Standard.
KEYWORDS: Deloitte, India, volunteer, Education, community, IMPACT Day, NGOs
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Over the last week, there was no escaping the heartwarming story of Batkid, also known Miles, the five-year-old boy who bravely fought cancer and then turned his sights on fighting crime in Gotham City. As social networks lit up at unprecedented levels to show support, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation demonstrated the power of storytelling and impact when told through the eyes of a young boy.
As San Francisco transformed into Gotham City last Friday, swarms of supporters hit the streets and hundreds of thousands watched online as Batkid put the Riddler and the Penguin behind bars. Make-A-Wish leveraged social media to give updates on Batkid's adventures, using Twitter and Facebook to spread photos and videos. News anchors and bystanders snapped photos of Batkid and shared them online.
KEYWORDS: philanthropy, Donations, nonprofit, batkid, Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Allstate is famous as the "you're in good hands" insurance people. It is also known as a Fortune 100 company, the second-largest personal insurer in the U.S. with revenues of over $32 billion in 2012, and the largest insurance company that is publicly held. But what some people may not know is that Allstate is a company which upped its procurement spend with diverse suppliers by more than 1 percent last year to 6.6 percent. These include businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and members of the LGBT community. Allstate spent $304 million with 2,224 diverse suppliers and is now on track to reach its target of nine percent by 2015. That's just one of the details contained in Allstate's eleventh annual CR report, "Knowledge Applied."
Other highlights includes data on the company’s community involvement and social impact, which saw Allstate reach 103,000 domestic violence survivors with financial empowerment services and help decrease teen road death by 26 percent since 2008, besides 200,000 hours of staff involvement in volunteer work. The company has also invested $780 million in affordable housing projects developed through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Allstate has also made progress on the environmental front. It reduced GHG emissions by more than three percent in 2012, a nearly 22 percent reduction in carbon footprint since 2007. It also succeeded in reducing employee paper use by 12 percent over 2011. It saved more than 6 million pieces of paper by providing paperless solutions to its customers. Finally, the company achieved LEED certification for two Allstate-owned properties.
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.
KEYWORDS: Allstate, Justmeans, diversity, csr, DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity
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Week of November 19, 2013
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.
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KEYWORDS: Education, Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, online safety, privacy, copyright, donottrackkids, batkid, one good thing, safer internet day
It had all the drama of a real-life rescue: emergency crews responding to fires, administering first aid and pulling victims from crashed vehicles.
However, what unfolded in the Nevada desert in June was a well-executed training exercise for Goldcorp employees - one that was about more than just preparing to protect each other in the event of a real emergency.
Goldcorp’s inaugural Mine Rescue Summit, held in Reno from July 8 to the 12, was a chance to promote shared learning, communication and collaboration across operations.
Unlike many mine rescue events, this one wasn’t about the competition.
“It was about the opportunity to learn from each other,” said Bernie Haley, mine project planner at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite operation and one of many responsible for organizing the Mine Rescue Summit.
The event included 12 teams of six-to-eight people from Goldcorp mines sites across Canada, Mexico, the United States, Guatemala and Argentina, as well as judges, local fire fighters and other experts. Participants spoke three different languages - Spanish, French and English – but communicated in the universal language of safety.
"The spoken language was unnecessary,” said Ron Everett, the administration manager at Goldcorp's Wharf mine. “When you looked across the room and watched someone doing first aid or a fire drill or extraction it was all the same language, and you understood what they were doing and where you could contribute.”
The idea to host a Mine Rescue Summit was developed by a group of Goldcorp supervisors as a project in a training course a few years back. Reno was chosen as the best site given its central location for employees across North, Central and South America. The venue was a regional training centre used for area police fire, ambulance and search and rescue, while a local hotel and convention centre was used to host seminars and meetings to further round out the educational part of the summit, with health and safety workshops.
As part of the practical program, teams simulated rescues from vehicles, confined spaces and fires. The drills helped to hone the skills of employees and encouraged team building among participants from different mine sites.
“Every single team tackled it head on, regardless of the language barrier or any other barrier,” said Haley.
Monica Arrese, a geologist at Cerro Negro in Argentina and a member of the site’s rescue team, said she picked up new skills by practising and training with her colleagues from all across Goldcorp.
“I learned a lot of different techniques to solve emergency situations, especially in first aid, since I had three paramedics on my team, one from Wharf and two from Los Filos,” she said. “Every rescuer contributed with his knowledge and experience.”
Sharing skills and knowledge across different operations was the overarching goal of the event, said Markus Uchtenhagen, Goldcorp’s Mine Rescue Project Manager.
The Summit also included some challenges for mine general managers and members of the executive team, including chief executive officer Chuck Jeannes and chief operating officer George Burns.
“It was an opportunity to show some of our corporate staff what mine rescue is all about and give the mine employees a chance to get to see some of their senior leaders and observe them in a different light,” said Uchtenhagen.
Both Uchtenhagen and Haley hope to make the Mine Rescue Summit a regular Goldcorp event every couple of years.
“We wanted to use the wealth of talent that we have from within the company to its maximum, and I feel that we demonstrated that we have the skills and desire within our company to become a leading force in the rescue field,” said Uchtenhagen.
The Mine Rescue Summit proved that, irrespective of market conditions, Goldcorp's focus on safety remains unwavering.
KEYWORDS: Goldcorp, emergency crews, rescue, safety, Mine Rescue Summit
SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCDESCRIPTION:
November 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - With Thanksgiving approaching, Chrysler Group LLC employees across the Midwest are taking time out from building cars and trucks today, to help make sure their neighbors enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio Chrysler employees donated an estimated 17,000 pounds of food – everything from canned fruit and vegetables to cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling and stuffing mix – then delivered the goods to local food pantries. In addition to the holiday fixings, each pantry will receive a portion of the 2,400 frozen turkeys purchased by The Chrysler Foundation.
“We strive to make serving the community part of our everyday mission at Chrysler,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “We’re moved by the generosity of the Chrysler employees and UAW members who once again responded to assist their neighbors during this holiday season.”
Held in conjunction with the United Auto Workers, Chrysler’s annual food drive encompassed most of the Company’s U.S. offices and plants. In order to maximize the number of people assisted, the Company teamed with well-established community service organizations in its plant communities.
“The spirit of giving runs deep within Chrysler and the UAW year after year," said Walt Young, board chair and interim president - Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. “Thousands of men, women and children across the Midwest will have a happier holiday, knowing for certain that they will have food on the table. We could not be more grateful.”
Food donated by Chrysler will be distributed through the following community service organizations:
Last year, the Company’s food drive helped feed an estimated 16,000 people across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people in the communities where we live and work. The Chrysler Foundation focuses on four key areas through its grant application process and volunteer activities: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for our nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood.
Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
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KEYWORDS: Thanksgiving, holiday, giving back, food banks, Food Drive, volunteerism, Chrysler
Sometimes when I talk to people about my work at GSK leading the PULSE Volunteer Partnership, I am met with a bit of skepticism: "Is this just a PR thing? Why else would GSK send up to 100 of its best and brightest professionals each year to work full-time for up to 6 months with different non-profit organizations that are in need of specific expertise that these GSK professionals can offer?"
Well, there are plenty of reasons why GSK has invested in PULSE since its launch in 2009—and these reasons become quite clear when reading our recently released PULSE Annual Impact Report. It’s not just about helping our non-profit partners and the communities they serve, though that’s a big reason. Perhaps our Global R&D Vaccines Chairman, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, said it best when asked about how PULSE has had an impact on GSK: PULSE Fellows “come back ignited from their experience. They benefit from it. GSK benefits from it. And patients benefit from it. It’s a win-win- win. It’s remarkable.”
We’re really excited to share this year’s PULSE Annual Impact Report, which makes a strong case to all of those skeptics out there about why GSK is so passionately committed to PULSE. It’s not just about doing good; it’s about doing good for our business too.
Some highlights include:
And if this is what our PULSE Fellows were able to do working with Ross at Direct Relief, imagine what our nearly 400 GSK employees from 45 different countries who have volunteered with 85 nonprofits in 56 countries have collectively been able to do since our launch in 2009! Hope you enjoy reading the report—and let us know what you think.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, PULSE, Corporate Social Responsibility, impact, Direct Relief, More than medicine
Today was a big day at GSK’s Philadelphia offices! We hosted the 2013 GSK IMPACT Awards for the Greater Philadelphia Region. So much of what influences our health depends on what happens outside the doctor’s office – right in our communities. Today we recognized seven nonprofits in the area that are working to build healthy communities.
The winners are:
— Katie Loovis, Director, GSK US Communicaty Partnerships
Safety, access to healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks contribute to our health, but also present a bit of a challenge for us to help people do more, feel better, and live longer. That’s why we’re putting such an emphasis on supporting community-based organizations making a local impact.
The GSK IMPACT Awards (Greater Philadelphia Region and Research Triangle Park Region in NC) and GSK IMPACT Grants(Metropolitan Denver and Greater St. Louis) recognize nonprofit organizations for their efforts to address these community health factors. The IMPACT Awards in NC will be held on December 4, and we’ll announce the IMPACT Grant winners early next year.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, impact, 2013 GSK IMPACT Awards, community health, Health, healthy communities
Welcome to our series of interviews with leading female CSR practitioners where we are learning about what inspires these women and how they found their way to careers in sustainability. Read the rest of the series here.
TriplePundit: Briefly describe your role and responsibilities, and how many years you have been in the business.
Tanya Bolden: I am the Program Development Manager, Corporate Responsibility for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). I lead AIAG’s program on corporate responsibility (CR) and facilitate our work with teams of volunteers drawn from AIAG member companies, including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, and their supply chain partners. We collaborate to develop and implement solutions to the array of challenges our industry faces, from improving global working conditions and environmental sustainability, to increasing transparency and respect for human rights in the supply chain.
I’ve been at AIAG for three years, and before that I was with GM for 20 years in a variety positions, most recently as corporate responsibility manager.
3p: How has the sustainability program evolved at your company?
TB: I’m proud to say that we’ve gone from several individual initiatives to a more coordinated, strategic approach to CR. When I came to AIAG, we had working conditions training, GHG estimating and reporting, and health and safety. Since then, I’ve built on those and introduced a new structure for CR, and really developed our social and environmental programs. We also established a Steering Committee, comprised of member company volunteers, which helps identify emerging issues and develop forward-looking approaches to them. As a few examples, we’ve created an environmental sustainability advisory group, launched chemical management awareness training, and we’ll soon offer training on the Globally Harmonized System, a UN initiative to standardize chemical safety information and thus reduce confusion.
3p: Tell us about someone (mentor, sponsor, friend, hero) who affected your sustainability journey, and how.
TB: When I was with the Chevrolet division at GM, we learned that one of the victims of the Columbine high school shooting tragedy was a a Chevy fan and loved his old 1985 Chevy truck. His family said one of his favorite pastimes was off-road driving with his friends and building homes for the less fortunate in Mexico with their church. So as a tribute to him, we sponsored a Habitat home build in his name, and we restored the truck for his family as a keepsake.
We were excited when the day finally came to award the new home to a deserving family. But there was this gentleman, a volunteer contractor who had helped on the house, who was upset about recent repairs needed to his own Chevy work truck. He kept trying, unsuccessfully, to get to our general manager to air his complaints. But after the event, when he had seen the impact we had on the families and the community, he really changed his mind about our company. He said, ‘When I came here, I was going to give you a piece of my mind, but when I saw what you did today it convinced me that you’re not a cold, heartless company.’ That was a moment that showed me what corporate responsibility looks like in practice. On a lot of levels it was the right thing to do, and that experience really shaped my journey in this field.
3p: What is the best advice you have ever received?
TB: My parents always told me, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” And, “try to leave things better than you found them.” Their words have inspired me to do my best in every situation.
3p: Can you share a recent accomplishment you are especially proud of?
TB: I’m proud of the way we’ve helped the automotive industry take a proactive, coordinated approach to the looming challenge of looking for, and reporting on, conflict minerals in the supply chain. We have a very engaged working group with a diverse collection of leading automakers, suppliers, and professional services firms. Working together, we developed an industry-endorsed reporting tool and recently published two case studies that offer guidance to not only automotive companies, but others in manufacturing and technology. I think all of these activities are why multinational organizations such as the OECD consider us the leading automotive voice on conflict minerals due diligence processes.
I’m also pleased with how our annual Corporate Responsibility Summit has evolved in a short time. In three years, the agenda and discussions we’re prompting have become increasingly sophisticated, and we’ve doubled the number of attendees we’re attracting, more of whom are coming from around the world.
3p: If you had the power to make one major change at your company or in your industry, what would it be?
TB: I wish we could reach more small and medium-sized suppliers, who could benefit from the resources we have to offer. It’s the small businesses who could benefit from the things we’re doing; the challenge is trying to reach them directly. As you go down the supply chain, you have less visibility and connections, and that’s where the anticipated risk, and therefore opportunity, can be found.
3p: Describe your perfect day.
TB: When I can meet the demands of work on time, or ahead of schedule, and then get home to make dinner and spend the evening with my husband and two lovely twin girls.
KEYWORDS: Women in CSR, AIAG, csr, Automotive Industry Action Group, sustainability, Conflict Minerals, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Responsibility, GHS, Automotive
Last week, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review hosted Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change at Stanford University. The sell-out crowd of evaluation enthusiasts from 27 states and 3 countries included nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, evaluators, and academics who came together to discuss the evolution of evaluation and learning in the social sector. Presentations about development evaluation, shared measurement, and big data sparked conversations in the room and on social media.
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KEYWORDS: Education, Events, Conferences & Webinars, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, evaluation, conference, next generation evaluation, Stanford, SSIR, FSG
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Kansas City, MO, November 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ -The latest Government estimates from OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) indicate that of the 13.25 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, 5.4 million are children. Additionally, of the 4.4 million people displaced from their homes, over 1 million are children.
Jack McCanna, Children International's Vice President of Program Services, has seen areas of extreme destruction from Typhoon Haiyan firsthand and is participating in the recovery process. Mr. McCanna explains, "One of the highest priorities has been implementing child-friendly spaces for the children who already have and continue to endure so much as a result of Haiyan. Many children have lost their homes and loved ones. Providing them with safe spaces and caring adults trained to address issues they are facing is extremely important." He notes, "Teachers are even asking for simple items such as makeup – so that they can look as though things are 'normal' instead of appearing like refugees themselves to the already traumatized children."
The OCHA report notes the need to protect women and children since the lack of electricity and infrastructure place women and children at risk. Mr. McCanna explains further that one of the top concerns is that displaced children are very vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking, and this is a serious problem since 90 percent of the daycare capacity has been destroyed in the most heavily affected zones."
Children International’s Award-Winning Crisis Response History in the Philippines
Over the years, Children International has implemented various disaster-recovery efforts in the typhoon-prone country, running the spectrum from disaster-preparedness training and drills to providing permanent housing for families who were forced to resettle after their houses were buried under mudslides.
Last year, Children International Philippines of the Bicol region received the Best Civil Society Organization on Humanitarian Assistance by the Republic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As a result of receiving the award for three consecutive years, Children International also received the Hall of Fame Award in recognition of its work in disaster relief. In addition, Country Director Pio Salvador received special recognition for his “invaluable contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction and management.”
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.
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KEYWORDS: Children International, typhoon haiyan, Haiyan, Children, child friendly spaces, vulnerable, Philippines
By: Paul Farrow, Senior Vice President, People & Safety
There are few true turning points in the history of a company. I believe Goldcorp’s inaugural Day of Remembrance will be recognized as one of those landmarks.
On October 30th, across our entire business from northern Canada to southern Argentina, every single operation and office stopped production for a company-wide Day of Remembrance. This day was an opportunity to stop and think about safety; how to identify risks and make our operations safer; and to pay respect to grieving family and friends who have lost their loved ones in industrial accidents over the years.
Amongst the executive team who participated in events at various sites, I joined the Wharf team in South Dakota in a deeply impactful meeting. The families of those who lost their lives attended sessions at various sites and were invited to address the attendees. As they shared their powerful and emotional stories, we were all deeply touched by how these families were impacted by the loss of their loved ones. Their messages to care, think, stay alert and stay safe so that our families don’t have to suffer - as they have - left a profound impact on everyone who participated.
Over the past 18 months we have worked alongside other mining companies to research and analyze the causes of fatalities and Potential Fatal Occurrences. What we have seen is an industry-wide decrease in the number of injuries. Unfortunately, the industry has not achieved similar reductions in the occurrence of fatalities. Our track record as an industry demonstrates that we are not yet Safe Enough for Our Families and clearly we still have a lot of work to do. This focus on eliminating fatalities will continue to be our highest priority.
The purpose of the Day of Remembrance was to not only educate but to encourage employees to speak up and intervene if they see something that they feel is unsafe. If we are going to create sites that are Safe Enough for Our Families, we need to work together, to look out for each other and be accountable to ourselves, our coworkers and our families.
We need to go beyond thinking “what are chances something could go wrong”, and also consider “what are the consequences if something does go wrong.” We can’t get comfortable or complacent around the equipment and environments we are working with every day.
The Day of Remembrance will become an annual event at Goldcorp and going forward we will continue the momentum from this day through additional activities to support our focus on safe production, including: leadership training for supervisors and managers; positive flash reports to share safety behaviours done well; and access to incident investigations for all employees, focused on Potential Fatal Occurrences or PFOs.
We are only interested in safe production, not production that sacrifices anyone’s well-being. We will only get there if we all work together and do our part.
KEYWORDS: safety, People, Remembrance Day, responsible, Mining
November 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has named Citi (NYSE: C) as the winner in two categories in the 2013 Corporate Citizenship Awards competition. Citi received the Best Partnership award, together with the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC), for its work promoting college success in the United States, and also received the Best Economic Empowerment Program award for its efforts to invest in and advance entrepreneurship around the world. The winners of the 2013 Citizens Awards were announced on November 21 during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
For the Best Partnership Award, more than 11,500 online votes were cast by the public, with Citi and NCTC coming out on top for Financial Aid U (FAU). Since 2008, Citi’s partnership with NCTC, with funding and leadership support from the Citi Foundation, has provided students with access to millions of dollars in federal and state grant and loan funding by assisting families in completing their tax returns and the highly correlated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through these efforts, FAU has helped put more than 8,000 students on the path to earning a college degree.
Citi was also recognized for the Best Economic Empowerment Program for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA), led and funded by the Citi Foundation. Since 2005, the CMAs have awarded more than 5,500 successful microentrepreneurs with resources and support to continue to grow, improve their enterprises and create more jobs. The program now operates in 35 countries and to date the Citi Foundation has committed $14.7 million to the CMAs.
“We are gratified by this recognition of our programs that have enabled thousands of low-income individuals to take the critical steps to realize their college dreams or provided them with support to sustain, grow, and improve their businesses,” said Pamela Flaherty, President and CEO of the Citi Foundation. “These programs both exemplify Citi’s commitment to advance economic progress in communities where we operate and our work with high-impact partners to expand financial inclusion.”
The BCLC’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honors excellence in corporate responsibility. BCLC founded the “Citizens” Awards in 2000. Year after year, Citizens Award winners epitomize the continued evolution of the corporate citizenship field, defining its movement from the periphery of business activity to the strategic alignment with the sector’s core. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the world compete for the Citizens, making them one of the most coveted opportunities in corporate citizenship.
“Citi’s double recognition last night highlights their incredible scale and impact around the world,” said U.S. Chamber Foundation’s BCLC Executive Director Marc DeCourcey. “Their work to empower students and communities will help generations to come.”
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.
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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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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KEYWORDS: Education, Philanthropy, Community, Citi
I took on the exciting challenge of leading Symantec’s global corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability department eight years ago. Overseeing the CR efforts for a global company such as Symantec is demanding yet very rewarding, and never more so than now. When Symantec’s CEO, Steve Bennett, introduced our new company strategy, Symantec 4.0, earlier this year, he announced a renewed commitment to CR and the desire to lead in three key areas: Our People, Your Information and The World. He reaffirmed what I’ve always believed: CR is at the heart of who we are as a company that strives to protect and manage information, working to ensure that everyone can be free to focus on achieving their goals. Our very business goals are tied to a greater social purpose, making CR inherent to our business and built into our priorities and values. Corporate responsibility isn’t just something we do; it’s becoming an authentic part of who we are.
Fueled by Symantec 4.0, we lead the industry with our cyber awareness efforts, sharing research and partnering with organizations such as Common Sense Media and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to develop an online safety curriculum. In FY13, we made significant commitments to supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); cyber awareness; and literacy education around the world, particularly in ways that can benefit girls and women and contribute to equal opportunity for them. It’s a companywide goal to strengthen gender equity and diversity.
In my role, I drive the global implementation of community investment efforts, lead Symantec’s executive diversity steering committee, and oversee the company’s CR strategy and activities. Symantec is committed to prioritizing and expanding its CR program, beginning by merging its CR and diversity and inclusion efforts into one program, overseen by me in my new role as vice president of Corporate Responsibility. In this newly created role, I will continue to lead Symantec's global CR and sustainability department, and will also serve as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer, managing Symantec’s Diversity and Inclusion Program. A globally diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce will stimulate Symantec’s success in this 4.0 transformation and deliver value for our customers.
Read the full post on the Symantec CR in Action blog here.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Cecily Joseph, csr
The SAP Social Sabbatical is a one month assignment for top employees who work in international, cross functional teams to empower organizations in the education and entrepreneurship sector in emerging markets. Ekua Odoi from Germany came to Shanghai to work together with international colleagues for social fashion label 'NuoMi'.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 248,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
KEYWORDS: SAP, Social Sabbatical, Emerging Markets, Education, entrepreneurship, NuoMi, Ekua Odoi
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, today announced that it will provide $25,000 in grants in honor of #GivingTuesday, a national movement when charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations will come together on Tuesday, December 3 to create a national day of giving back. As part of CVS Caremark's #GivingTuesday initiative, CVS Caremark colleagues who volunteer their time are invited to nominate a local organization in their community to receive a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will randomly select 25 organizations from colleagues' submissions and announce the grantees on #GivingTuesday.
"CVS Caremark colleagues 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," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We're excited to participate in #GivingTuesday to honor our colleagues and their commitment to their local communities and are proud to join a national movement that promotes the spirit of volunteerism and giving back."
#GivingTuesday is a national campaign created in 2012 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.
"This year we are seeing so many dynamic campaigns - like this one from CVS Caremark - coming together to form one community. There is so much energy and entrepreneurialism throughout the #GivingTuesday movement," said Henry Timms, #GivingTuesday founder and interim executive director of 92nd Street Y. "It has been humbling to see an idea that took root in one of 92Y's core values - repairing the world - resonate with people, organizations, and business entities around the world who have taken it upon themselves not only to inspire giving, but to support the volunteers and local heroes in their own communities."
CVS Caremark will announce its #GivingTuesday grantees on December 3 through social media. 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. 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 http://investor.cvs.com, or through the Web site's press room www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
Joanne Dwyer, CVS Caremark
Eva Pereira, for CVS Caremark
KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, cvs caremark charitable trust, volunteerism, giving tuesday, #givingtuesday, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: PwC LLPDESCRIPTION:
Jodi Singer, Corporate Responsibility Communications Director, has been at PwC for 14 years. Prior to joining the CR team over a year ago, Jodi held various roles in PwC’s Sales and Marketing organization, most recently on the Marketing & Sales Innovation team where she developed and rolled out PursuitTM – the PwC way for creating opportunities and winning work – across the firm and to global offices. She’s passionate about community service and volunteers with a number of organizations. Jodi has taught financial literacy at her children’s schools, as part of Project Belize, and with her colleagues in the Philadelphia schools.
On November 2, I joined 15,000 other people at a Philadelphia charity walk to raise money for children and adults with special needs. As captain of “Team Inspiration,” I rallied 40+ team members to raise almost $12,000 for a cause near and dear to my heart. We raised more money than in any of the past four years I led this team, and I strongly believe communications was the key to our success.
Communicating to mobilize a 40+ person team and various community organizations may sound like a big task, but it’s nothing compared to my day job. As Corporate Responsibility (CR) Communications Director, I’m tasked with educating 39,000 people across the US firm about our CR strategy and programs and inspiring them to get engaged.
Communicating internally to inspire engagement is a universal challenge across industries, and faced by corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses alike. Many communications professionals ask the same questions: What are the best channels to reach people? How do we break through information overload and get people to pay attention to ourmessages and take action? How do we measure the ROI of internal communications? Are these some of your challenges? They’re certainly ours.
Over the years, we’ve done some things well, but perhaps more importantly, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about what doesn’t work. For example, we diligently leverage multiple communications channels to share news about CR, including our daily internal PwC News e-mail, partner-specific and firmwide messages from our chairman (a huge supporter of CR), and our Intranet site. However, we often talk to individuals who aren’t aware of our programs. They’ve never heard of PwC’s Earn Your Future youth education commitment, The PwC Charitable Foundation’s Dollars for Doers Program, or our local Green Teams. Why don’t they know about these programs if we’re communicating through so many channels? Because we need to do a better job of reaching our people with the right messages based on what’s most meaningful to them at that point in their lives and careers.
How? Three questions help us strategize:
1) First we asked ourselves what motivates our people at different stages in their careers?
For our junior staff, typically it’s sharing how PwC CR supports their passions– whether it’s teaching financial literacy, participating in a “green” challenge, or volunteering at their favorite nonprofit – and will help them develop key skills and provide them with valuable networking opportunities. Reaching this group with action-oriented communications about volunteer opportunities is critical.
For managers and directors it’s more about how CR can help them get to the next level by growing their leadership skills – whether it’s becoming a board member, leading an office volunteering event, or leading an office interest group like the women’s networking circles, diversity/minority group, GLBT circles, or the Disability Caregivers Network. Being engaged for this group could also mean supporting their partners’ interests as well as keeping their staff motivated and happy. When managers and directors demonstrate their commitment to CR, their staff realizes they, too, can take some time to get involved. CR engagement in these activities = happier, more productive employees who may be less likely to leave the firm. Communicating via human-interest stories helps us connect particularly well with our people at this level.
For our partners, what’s critical is continuing to connect CR to our firm strategy and how our programs enhance our brand, drive operational efficiencies and inspire employee engagement. Strategic messaging from our chairman that highlights the high-level connection CR has to key value drivers is effective here.
2) Then we have to look at when’s the right time to communicate? It’s difficult to connect with 39,000 people. Many of our consultants travel frequently and may miss a lot of local messaging. In addition, there’s a three to four month quiet period when our tax and audit professionals are under deadline, and communications outside of client work are discouraged. However, even when the stars align and it’s the perfect time to communicate, not everyone will readPwC News on the day we run a CR feature, a local office promotes an event, or we share an Intranet update. Not everyone tunes into “town hall” meetings and not all partners read the bi-weekly partner communication. People are busy and CR isn’t always top of mind.
3) That’s why it’s critical to make sure we’re using the right channels. We’ve heard business area- (e.g., Tax, Audit, Consulting) specific messages are more relevant to the manager, director and partner population, and we’ve been exploring how to better align with each area’s communications strategy and calendar. Our associates and senior associates – often Millenials – spend a lot of time on social media, so we leverage some of those platforms to reach our people internally. In addition, we work with each of our geographical markets to customize messages that inspire people to get involved locally. Across the firm, our people−from interns to partners−are on the go, which makes creating mobile-friendly CR messaging, a must for effective communications. And that extends across our many platforms, including our CR web page, our Giving site, our market leadership newsletters, and many other communication channels.
We’re also weighing the benefits of communicating less frequently but more concisely by putting “the ask” and the “what’s in it for me?” up front, as well as using more infographics, photos, videos and fewer words to tell our story. Will people be more likely to pay attention to messages knowing they contain key information OR will we lose an opportunity to reach people by not communicating more regularly? It’s a balancing act.
The data shows we are reaching people – thanks to more focused CR programs and a more focused communications strategy to connect with them. For example, in FY13:
And so, we continue to move forward and strategize about how we can reach even more of our population by communicating more efficiently and effectively.
What do you think? What’s your biggest communication challenge? What’s the best way to capture your attention and inspire you to get involved?
KEYWORDS: PwC, Corporate Responsibility, Employee Engagement, PwC's Earn Your Future
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, November 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) announced today it has received a $50,000 sponsorship from Mary Kay Inc. The two powerhouse organizations partnered to create two new participation patches that showcase the life skills that many young girls will need as they grow into successful women.
The Mary Kay Entrepreneurial Leadership patch and the Mary Kay Healthy Relationships patch are designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders, encouraging girls from kindergarten through high school to develop entrepreneurial skills and to understand healthy choices for a balanced life.
“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is thrilled to partner with Mary Kay Inc. in educating girls on how to achieve financial success and make healthy living decisions,” said Colleen Walker, Chief Executive Officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Mary Kay has always focused on enabling women to achieve personal growth, financial improvement and the ability to touch lives around the world. These are traits we want Girl Scouts to emulate. At Girl Scouts, our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Every step to empower girls and young women is a step in the right direction.”
The Mary Kay Entrepreneurial Leadership patch program launched this month, and has the potential to reach more than 21,000 girl members who participate annually in the world’s largest girl-run business, the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls will be able to earn this patch as they build a lifetime of skills that include: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. This patch is intended to engage and encourage Girl Scouts to become entrepreneurs at a young age and to build their financial literacy skills.
The Mary Kay Healthy Relationships patch program launches in spring 2014 and will provide support for Girl Scouts as they complete requirements for the It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journey. This is the Girl Scout’s highly-acclaimed leadership program that teaches girls about having a strong sense of self, healthy eating and living, and healthy relationships. The patch, which aligns with Mary Kay’s initiative to prevent relational aggression, will teach girls how to respect themselves and others, appropriate in-person and online behavior, and take a deep dive into peer pressure and confidence building.
“Girl Scouts and Mary Kay are two iconic organizations with rich histories,” said Sheryl Adkins-Green, Mary Kay Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer and former Girl Scout. “We are honored to have the opportunity to help shape and encourage entrepreneurial skills and life skills with Girl Scouts. The young women who are Girl Scouts today are the future leaders of tomorrow.”
About Mary Kay
Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. To learn more or to locate a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area, please visit marykay.com.
About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 33,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Jennifer Yepez, 972-349-2458
KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Texas, financial literacy, healthy living, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, enriching women's lives, 50th Birthday
SOURCE: Darden RestaurantsDESCRIPTION:
I’m a pushover for a great quote. I have quote envy for folks who can create emotion and inspire with just a handful of carefully selected words or the perfect turn of phrase. Man, I wish I was that good! For now, I just Bogart the really good ones, whip out the dry erase marker and scribble them on the mirrors around the house, hopeful the deeper meaning of life sinks in with the family. November 15 was National Philanthropy Day, which celebrates all things philanthropic and kicks off our Restaurant Community Grants program.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Darden Restaurants, Darden Digest, community service, Restaurant Community Grants, philanthropy, holiday season, Season of Giving