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Kohler Co. and California Institute of Technology’s Solar-Powered Toilet Heads to India Toilet Fair

Tue, 2014-03-25 09:15
The off-the-grid toilet aims to provide safe sanitation to rural India

SOURCE: Kohler Co.


KOHLER, Wis., Mar. 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ – In conjunction with World Water Day, Kohler Co. and Caltech embrace the next milestone of a more than two-year collaborative journey in the development of a photovoltaic toilet as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This next stage of the project takes the team and its two toilet units from Pasadena, California to Delhi, India for the Reinvent the Toilet Fair – a showcase of the projects funded through the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. The system includes a self-contained water purification and disinfection system that allows water to be reused and does not require wastewater disposal.

In preparation for its official debut, Kohler and Caltech put the final touches on the unit – including the installation of plumbing products and exterior design. Every detail of this container from the specific plumbing products used inside to the décor of the exterior was carefully chosen to best assimilate the Indian culture, as it will be installed and tested in India after the Fair.

“Global sanitation is an issue that needs to be addressed, and we are proud to be a part of what the Gates Foundation is doing to increase awareness and inspire solutions,” says Rob Zimmerman, sustainability manager for Kohler Co. “Regardless of the technology developed, cultural acceptance of the solution is the key to its success. We put a lot of time and thought into how to best achieve that.”

Zimmerman’s reference to the solution to cultural acceptance concerns stems from the company’s extensive collaboration with its Indian marketing experts and designers. Kohler’s global experience brought an insight into Indian culture to the project with Caltech. Kohler’s Indian team assisted in choosing region-specific plumbing products as well as guidance on the overall décor to ensure that the Indian communities who will participate in field testing of the units will be more accepting of the new technology.


Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge with the intent of funding projects to address health and sanitation issues in the developing world. The program was created to design toilets that capture and process human waste without piped water, sewer or electrical connections, and transform waste into useful resources, such as energy and water, at an affordable price.

The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge is an effort to develop next-generation toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have it. The program recognizes researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world.

To date, the Gates Foundation has funded 16 research institutions across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.


Recommended and Related Materials

Press Release: Bill Gates Names Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

Press Release: Reinvent the Toilet Fair - India

Article: Self-Contained, Photovoltaic Powered Domestic Toilet (California Institute of Technology)

Website: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



Mirjam Lippuner                                             Vicki Hafenstein

mirjam.lippuner@kohler.com                            vicki.hafenstein@kohler.com

920-457-4441, ext. 71125                               920-457-4441, ext. 70519

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Environment, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CalTech, Toilet Challenge, kohler, plumbing, sanitation, toilets, sustainability


BrownFlynn Honored with Irish Walks of Life Award

Tue, 2014-03-25 08:20

SOURCE: BrownFlynn


The Luck of the Irish rang true this St. Patrick’s Day at BrownFlynn!  Principals and Co-Founders Barb O’Brien Brown and Margie Pigott Flynn received the Walks of Life Award from the Irish American Archives Society in honor of their contributions to Northeast Ohio through sustainability consulting and community engagement.

Since 1997, the Irish American Archives Society (IAAS) has honored Irish Americans in Northeast Ohio for their extraordinary community contributions with the Irish Walks of Life Award. Honorees are recognized for distinguishing themselves in their chosen “walk of life,” whether judge, educator, business leader, health care professional, journalist or philanthropist.

Barb and Margie represent business leadership for their significant community contributions as founders and principals of BrownFlynn since 1996.  Being green is part of Barb and Margie’s nature, both in terms of their heritage (they are of 100% Irish decent) and their daily lifestyle.  As Principals and Co-Founders at BrownFlynn, they advise companies on improving their social and environmental impacts and provide thought leadership on sustainability through conferences and articles.  Outside of work, they are actively involved in the community through university boards, advisory councils and committees. As Tom Corrigan, IAAS Acting President, said, “Because of what BrownFlynn does everyday, I dare say it would be difficult to find two women who are doing more to keep the world ‘green.’”

Barb and Margie joined other nominees at the IAAS Walks of Life Award Dinner in February and were honored to march upfront in the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They said, “We’re honored to celebrate our Irish heritage and congratulate our fellow honorees.  Go Raibh Maith Agat!”

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KEYWORDS: BrownFlynn, Barb O'Brien Brown, Margie Pigott Flynn, Walks of Life Award, sustainability, Northeast Ohio, Irish American Archives Society, community, Social Impact, environmental impact, IAAS


LBG Canada Trends in Leveraging External Resources (Part III)

Tue, 2014-03-25 04:25
best practices to maximize your ERL

SOURCE: SiMPACT Strategy Group


The attached infographic illustrates LBG Canada company community investment trends specific to the leveraging of external resources.

Previously in this series, we discussed the concept of external resources leveraged (read more here), the value it offers to an overall community investment portfolio and how employee giving, external cash and external in-kind contributions can create value (read more here). This week’s infographic highlights how LBG Canada companies strive to maximize their leverage.

First, a thoughtful ERL strategy is required; to 1) convene the right stakeholders, 2) build partnerships and 3) communicate value. So, implementing ERL strategy requires management resource.

Second, companies are more likely to be successful when goals & targets are clear – this is an underlying principle of all successful implementation.

Finally, companies must track results in order to inform future strategy and communicate results to stakeholders.

With this approach, maximizing external resources leveraged (ERL) can be a fundamental part of a successful community investment strategy.

For previous analysis on employee engagement and giving, please see previous infographics from this series, visit our website at www.simpactstrategies.com or contact SiMPACT Strategy Group at 403.444.5683.   

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Socially Responsible Investing, Volunteering, Community, Engagement, CSR Reports, LBG Canada, Canada, Community Investment, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility


Northwestern Mutual Wins 2014 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Award

Tue, 2014-03-25 04:00

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College


Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ – On Monday evening at the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, Northwestern Mutual was announced as the winner of Boston College’s 6th Annual Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.

Northwestern Mutual’s winning video, “The Domino Effect of Childhood Cancer,” was created to increase awareness about childhood cancer and the company’s commitment to the cause. In partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Program funds childhood cancer research and provides support to families fighting this disease. The “domino effect” addressed in the video looks at how a cancer diagnosis affects not only the patient, but family and friends as well.201

“We are humbled to accept this award on behalf of Northwestern Mutual’s financial representatives and employees who are committed to helping families impacted by childhood cancer,” said John Kordsmeier, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Their passion and tireless efforts have supported more than 2,400 children and families, and funded nearly 23,500 research hours toward finding life-saving cures. Together, we are raising awareness and decreasing the devastating financial and emotional costs of the disease for families in communities across the country.”

Entries in this year’s Center for Corporate Citizenship competition, sponsored by The Travelers Companies, Inc., provided examples of how companies use video as an effective vehicle to tell their corporate citizenship stories to internal and external audiences. Videos covered a wide range of subjects, depicting the corporate citizenship efforts of companies to address issues such as STEM education, protecting the environment, volunteerism, child obesity, hunger, disaster response, and more.

The 2014 Film Festival field featured 66 video entries that garnered more than 60,000 votes on the Center’s web site. Public voting narrowed the field from to 10 finalists: CSX Transportation, Dow Chemical Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Health Care Service Corporation, Honeywell International, Humana, LoyaltyOne, Mary Kay Inc., Northwestern Mutual, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. A panel of five judges chose the winning video based on such criteria as creative technique, production values, and the video’s overall story and impact.

To view all the video entries, go to http://ccc.bc.edu/FilmFestival2014.

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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Conference, Event, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Positive Change, Social Actions, Volunteerism, Youth Action, CSR Video, 2014 Boston Film Festival, BC FIlm Festival, csr, Corporate Citizenship, Northwestern Mutual, 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, video

Conference Breakouts Provide Valuable Learning Opportunities

Tue, 2014-03-25 03:35

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College


Outside the rich discussions emerging from the general sessions, conference attendees and speakers alike were sharing, learning, and inspiring each other in the day’s many breakout sessions. Following are highlights from just a few of the sessions:

“Engaging All Employees: A Guide to an Inclusive Portfolio” featured corporate citizenship pros who have mastered the art and science of employee engagement. Mark Heintz, director of corporate responsibility at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Patty Pannkuk, vice president of team member philanthropy at Wells Fargo, Kate Rubin, vice president of social responsibility and president of UnitedHealth Foundation, and Nicole Stein, vice president of community responsibility at Umpqua Bank, spoke about what has worked for them to develop effective engagement efforts.

Heintz pointed to competition as a hugely successful driver for engagement. He told how Decker’s volunteerism program grew seven-fold once team-based competition was introduced. Jackson echoed Heintz’s conviction that competition bolsters engagement at Wells Fargo. Rubin spoke about how a study UnitedHealth conducted demonstrated that doing good is good for you, and, in effect good for UnitedHealth employees.

Key pieces of advice from the session included:

  • From Umpqua’s Nicole Stein, “maintain a constant drumbeat through internal communications about your employee engagement efforts.”
  • Jackson urged attendees to develop programs that gel with the company’s culture. “Cookie cutter programs don’t work,” she ended.

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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Conference, Event, 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, csr, Corporate Responsibility, Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Boston College, Carroll School of Management, Corporate Citizenship

AT&T and Girl Scouts Team Up to Inspire Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

Tue, 2014-03-25 02:35



By: Nicole Anderson, Executive Director of Philanthropy at AT&T is based in Dallas, TX & Anna Maria Chávez is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA

What do the Girl Scouts of the USA and AT&T have in common? Well, we love technology, and we love to see girls succeed and grow into women who are leading the way in whatever career they choose. Girls are watching, and they are incredibly savvy.  Today’s girls are digital natives who have the potential to lead us to new technological breakthroughs in the 21st century.  Unfortunately, even when girls start out interested in careers that involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), they often don’t pursue them after they graduate.

Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a study conducted by The Girl Scouts Research Institute, found that 74 percent of girls — and an even higher percentage of African-American and Hispanic girls —say they’re interested in these very fields. However, 13 percent of these same girls who are interested in math and science in school say a STEM career is not their first choice.

So, where is the breakdown between the girls’ interest and action, particularly among those who are the most likely to drop out of high school? How can we help girls learn about the cool jobs they can get with STEM degrees and help them believe they can not only do these jobs, but succeed in them?

This is where AT&T and the Girl Scouts are working together, because there isn’t one easy answer.

Our successful collaboration encourages underserved high school girls to imagine a future STEM career, by providing them with afterschool STEM mentoring activities. AT&T Aspire has made a $625,000 contribution that will support 800 girls — the majority of whom are at-risk of dropping out of high school — to participate in hands-on learning activities designed to educate and motivate them to pursue these areas of interest in college and in careers.

By teaming up local AT&T, employees with Girl Scout councils across the U.S., including the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio and Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, we are working together to spark girls’ interest in STEM courses and opening the door to new career options.

When AT&T hires new employees, we look for candidates with STEM degrees. Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of our recent student hires — including interns — begin their career in a technology-centric area, including IT, Labs, Network Engineering/Ops and Technology Sales. And we want more young women to graduate ready to step into these jobs and hit the ground running.

By combining the energy of AT&T and Girl Scouts, we know that we are preparing the next generation of women to be leaders in the 21st century workforce.

Many people think of the Girl Scouts selling cookies; we like to think of them as smart cookies — the ones who go on to be the doctors, engineers and computer programmers of tomorrow!

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, #STEM, #STEMcareers, Girls in STEM, Girl Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, att, AT&T, STEM, girls education

Working to Speed the Discovery of New TB Medicines

Mon, 2014-03-24 08:15
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


In advance of World TB Day, I had the opportunity to travel to Seattle, Washington, to learn more about our partnership with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), one of our primary partners in the search for new TB medicines. 

While it rained – it was Seattle, right? – the day was enlightening in many ways. 

In the global fight against TB, one of the areas of greatest need is new medicines. Most current TB medicines are 40-plus years old and have serious side effects. They take too long to work. And the quantity of medicines needed to cure TB is burdensome.  All of this and more makes it challenging for people with TB to comply with their full course of treatment, which can lead to multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

As part of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, we collaborate with IDRI on early stage discovery efforts for new TB molecules. The goal is to fill the research pipeline with new possibilities – with hope.

Learn more about our early discovery program, and watch a video, in our blog.

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KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Corporate Responsibility, Eli Lilly, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, tuberculosis, tb

Rebuilding Together Welcomes Austin Affiliate To Network

Mon, 2014-03-24 07:25
Austin affiliate to join nationwide Rebuilding Together network

SOURCE: Rebuilding Together


For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, is pleased to announce the launch of its newest affiliate in Austin, Texas. Rebuilding Together Austin officially kicked off its work in the community with a home repair project in February. As part of this renovation, volunteers installed 125 feet of fencing for a Veteran who is a senior citizen and also blind, allowing him to receive a companion animal.

Rebuilding Together Austin is led by Executive Director Cindy Spackman, who is not new to the Rebuilding Together system. Spackman worked at Rebuilding Together Sacramento for nearly 10 years in many capacities.

"Rebuilding Together has afforded me many leadership opportunities," said Spackman. Ready for bigger challenges, Spackman felt called to share her passion for Rebuilding Together with the Austin community. "Home is where families are raised and memories are created. Everyone deserves access to a safe, healthy and happy home," said Spackman. 

Since launching Rebuilding Together Austin, Spackman has joined the Austin Housing Repair Coalition where she has been able to establish a strong partnership with the local Meals On Wheels and More program.

"We are thrilled to welcome Rebuilding Together Austin into our affiliate network," said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "We appreciate Cindy's leadership as she is bringing our vision of safe and healthy homes for those in need to the Austin community with gusto."

Spackman is excited to continue rebuild projects into the spring and summer.  Rebuilding Together Austin's next project will be working on two homes on National Rebuilding Day, April 26, through a Sears' Heroes at Home grant. Recently, the affiliate also was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Austin Relief Alliance to provide critical repairs to 10 homes that were impacted by the 2013 Halloween Floods.



About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

Media Contact:
Victoria O'Banion
Manager, Communications and Marketing

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KEYWORDS: Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Development, Social Actions, Volunteerism, Women, rebuilding together, Rebuilding Together Austin, volunteer, affiliate network


Corporate Citizenship Leaders Meet in Los Angeles to Talk Adaptable Leadership in Increasingly Demanding Business Landscape

Mon, 2014-03-24 03:20

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College


The 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference kicked off at the Beverly Hilton with an opening reception hosted by Altria. The space was abuzz with excitement from first-time attendees and conference veterans alike who were looking to share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise. Networking commenced, connections were made, and rich conversation began in earnest among peers eager to talk corporate citizenship and today’s realities.

In her address at the welcome dinner, Center for Corporate Citizenship Executive Director Katherine V. Smith opened by referencing this year’s conference theme of Adaptable Leadership. She stressed how being nimble and agile while maintaining crystal clear focus on the endgame is absolutely essential in today’s business context, particularly among companies driving solutions for social and environmental challenges. “Adaptable leaders are able to balance short-term and long-term priorities while navigating an ever-changing landscape and growing the business,” said Smith.

Smith noted that the following themes emerged in preparing for this year’s conference:

  • sustainability
  • poverty
  • global economy
  • market volatility

“Corporate responsibility has a real role to play in navigating through these volatile times and circumstances,” said Smith. “It is not only about contributing to the common good, but also bringing real value to the business.” Driving brand value, solidifying company reputation, and reducing capital costs are equally critical outputs of corporate responsibility, she noted.

Looking to the future, Smith forecast that the demands on companies and their efforts to drive social good will only grow as our already complicated global economy becomes more complex. With such a backdrop of increased pressure, Smith called on conference attendees to look to the Center for information and guidance grounded in the Center’s rich body of research and academic rigor.

Smith recognized the Center’s affinity groups – the Community Involvement Roundtable, Leadership Academy Alumni, Executive Forum, and Professional Services Sustainability Roundtable – saying that these groups are advancing the field by understanding changing public policy, broadening perspectives and sharing best practices in tackling the ever-changing, complex challenges and opportunities inherent in corporate citizenship.

She then introduced the evening’s convening sponsor keynote, Rajesh Subramaniam, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Marketing & Communications, FedEx Corporation. Subramaniam opened his remarks by concentrating on the theme Adaptable Leadership. “Leadership, more than ever, really is the ability to adapt. That’s what it’s all about. Adaptable leadership is leadership,” he said. “Change is no longer what happens to any business eventually. It is what happens to every business constantly.”

Subramaniam spoke about the agility and decisiveness deeply ingrained in every aspect of FedEx’s business. He praised FedEx founder, Chairman and CEO Fred Smith, for his steadfast leadership and his ability to anticipate the not yet visible, unexpected twists and turns today’s business landscape constantly presents.

Just like the adaptability and flexibility FedEx imbues in its work and culture, Subramaniam spoke about his company’s fundamental integration of corporate responsibility in every interaction in the marketplace. He posited that corporate responsibility and running a successful business are inseparable. “Profit connects people. Trade creates jobs. And when a business grows, its capacity to do good in a community and in the world grows,” he said. He went on to say, “CSR that is just bolted on to a company, which is not in its genetic make-up, has limited potential. It needs to radiate from a company –  to be embedded in the corporate DNA, limited only by the reach of the company’s ambition and vision.”

“Businesses with strong core values that do well, do good,” said Subramaniam. He talked about how individuals, communities and companies across the globe are now more connected than ever and how this presents enormous opportunity and responsibility for business.  Subramaniam cited examples of how his company has leveraged and in turn benefited communities (and benefited itself) as a result of such connectivity.

Subramaniam posited a framework that illustrates the evolution of corporate responsibility and its place in business. CSR 1.0 was in large part a defensive response by business to markets and stakeholder criticism. Donations and philanthropy were efforts to offset criticism. He called this “CSR as Protection”.

CSR 2.0 was the next iteration along the CSR journey, built on the concept of “shared value”. Beyond merely needing to protect your company from bad publicity or simply giving money to a cause, shared value asserted the interdependence of sellers and buyers in any community. You can’t have one without the other, Subramaniam asserted.

Today, Subramaniam stated, we have CSR 3.0. This next step – already integrated across every FedEx touch point around the world – is being described as networked value. This kind of interdependent, interconnected corporate responsibility engagement encourages and enables collaboration to solve pressing problems by taking advantage of incredible connectivity business now enjoys.

“In our connected world, CSR 3.0 is an approach that consistently makes the most of every possible connection for the good of your business, and the good of the world,” Subramaniam said.

“As businesses, we cannot prosper in isolation from the world we live in. Let alone in a world now so infinitely connected,” he concluded.

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KEYWORDS: Conference, Event, Community, Positive Change, csr, community involvement, corporate citizenship conference, FedEx, BCCCC

Youth in Zambia Pledge to Kick Tuberculosis Out of Their Community for Good

Sun, 2014-03-23 22:00
Children International’s Kick TB Program Brings Youth Together to Play Soccer and Learn About Tuberculosis

SOURCE: Children International


Today is World TB Day, a day to raise awareness about tuberculosis and the status of prevention and control efforts. Children International’s Sports for Development program in Zambia has incorporated Kick TB as part of the sports curriculum. Kick TB is a non-competitive, child-focused, sports-oriented advocacy and awareness campaign that maximizes every child’s ability to be an ambassador for TB prevention and control at home, at school and in their communities. The training method was designed by the National Department of Health in South Africa. The Kick TB campaign uses soccer to convey information about the risks and prevention of TB. Soccer balls imprinted with TB information and health messages educate participants on TB and what they should do if they or their family members have any of the symptoms. Participants are also given Kick TB Health Passports that can be used to document symptoms in family members. Completed Health Passports are then turned in and reviewed by designated health professionals who can recommend and monitor treatment. The overall goal of the Kick TB program is to raise awareness, improve knowledge and increase the case detection and treatment success in areas where Kick TB is implemented. By incorporating Kick TB into the Sports for Development program in Zambia, Children International aims to help communities there beat tuberculosis for good.    

Check out this video to see Children International’s Kick TB program in action!

And learn more about Kick TB on the Kick TB website.

About Children International

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

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

Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, World TB Day, tuberculosis, soccer, Kick TB, Youth, zambia, sports for development, Children International, Children

Disney Unveils Disney Movie Moments Delivering First-run Films to Children's Hospitals Across the U.S.

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00
Disney’s New “Muppets Most Wanted” Will Be First Film in Pioneer Program

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company


BURBANK, Calif., March 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today The Walt Disney Studios announced Disney Movie Moments, a new program that brings current Disney theatrical releases into children’s hospitals across America for patients who are unable to visit movie theaters. Launching with over 40 hospitals nationwide, Disney is the first Hollywood studio to create a program of this kind, building upon the company’s long tradition of supporting children’s hospitals by bringing the latest in Disney storytelling directly to these very special fans. 

“Children’s hospitals across the country do amazing work, and while it would be impossible to match the level of compassion and impact that doctors, nurses, and child life specialists have on the life of a young patient, we hope to help these incredibly important people by bringing a little extra happiness and comfort to those in their care,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios.

“Muppets Most Wanted” will kick off the program as the first film available via Disney’s Screening Room Application. Screening Room, a secure video streaming solution, will be pre-installed on special devices distributed to each hospital. As new Disney films hit theaters throughout the year they will be streamed directly to the hospital and made available for viewing. 

Disney Movie Moments expands upon Disney’s enduring heritage of providing happiness, hope and laughter to kids and families when they need it most. Disney donates care packages to over 600 children’s hospitals, hospices, and Child Life Council programs each year as well as hosts screening parties and hospital visits by studio employees in an effort to provide a sense of comfort and normalcy to children during their hospital stay. 


The Walt Disney Studios:

For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.


Angela Shaw, The Walt Disney Studios, 818-560-4098, Angela.K.Shaw@disney.com

Marni Tomljanovic, Disney Citizenship, 818-627-4816, Marni.Tomljanovic@disney.com

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KEYWORDS: Disney, Children, Children's Hospitals, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, movies, disney movies

Amway Phillipines: On a Mission

Thu, 2014-03-20 08:45
Leaders make 700-mile trek to Tacloban and Ormoc to visit partner schools and deliver supplies



It is almost gone from the media now, but the effects of Typhoon Haiyan are still very real.

Amway leaders made the 700-mile trek to Tacloban and Ormoc to visit some of our partner schools in that area, and deliver supplies to Amway Business Owners that were affected.

Families lined up in the rain to receive supplies that would help them stay healthy and clean as they worked to rebuild their communities.

Michelle Ochoa and Christine Sarmiento-Tria from our corporate office in Manila, Jom Diaz from our distribution center and Helen Espedido from our warehouse distributed 600 hygiene kits to 300 Amway Business Owners.

Another 400 were given to teachers at our partner schools, and families still living in an evacuation center.

The larger bulk of 10,000 kits that were packed by US employees on our Amway Universal Children’s Day will be distributed by International Aid and Convoy of Hope.

While in Tacloban, Amway continued its commitment to improving literacy by extending its reach to 11 schools in the area, which serve 15,000 children.

To deliver on a partner pledge made to the Department of Education in February, volunteers delivered books to all 11 school libraries in Tacloban City.

Our commitment to disaster affected communities cannot end after the initial wave of aid. Families need help rebuilding, and Amway leaders across the Philippines have shown outstanding support in keeping the cause alive.

We will try to share more stories as we see the hardest hit areas restored and energized, one person at a time, one by one.

Thanks to Michelle Ochoa for sharing these stories, and for all her organizing and advocacy efforts.


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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, disaster relief, tragedy, typhoon haiyan, Tacloban, Phillipines, Amway, csr


Finding the "Missed 3 Million" TB Cases

Thu, 2014-03-20 07:05
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


Next Monday, March 24, is World TB Day, a time when the global health community focuses much-needed attention on a deadly airborne disease that is thriving in some of world’s poorest places. This year, the World Health Organization and Stop TB Partnership are calling attention to the three million people living with TB who are “missed” by health systems -- families mired in poverty, refugees, migrant workers and many others. These people don’t receive the care they need and continue to spread TB unchecked.

If we’re going to get TB under control, finding these patients, treating them and curing them must be a top priority. Our latest effort through the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership aims to do precisely this with a focus on South Africa -- where cases of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) doubled between 2007 and 2012 and countless others are “missed”.

With a United Way Worldwide grant made on behalf of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, the Donald Woods Foundation has just announced that it will be working closely with the South African government to expand its national initiative to decentralize MDR-TB treatment.

To find out more about what steps are being taken to combat TB, please visit our blog.

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Blog - USAID and INGOs: Traveling a New Path Together

Thu, 2014-03-20 05:30



The landscape of international development, and the architecture of aid that has traditionally underpinned it, have shifted significantly over the last decade. In 2012, official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD comprised less than 10 percent of the international resource flows into developing countries. Development has become an enterprise dependent not on aid, but a conception of partnership involving a multitude of other actors – civil society, faith-based organizations, private philanthropy, the private sector, emerging economies, and the political leadership and commitment of developing countries themselves – that will be the focus of the forthcoming High-Level Meeting in Mexico City of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in April, highlighting progress since commitments made in Busan. The “how” of development is no longer just about aid effectiveness – it encompasses all actors with a stake in its success.

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The Home Depot Foundation Launches Second Annual SPRING into Service Campaign

Thu, 2014-03-20 02:40
Team Depot Associate Volunteers to Plant Edible Gardens for 1,000 Homeless Veterans at Housing Facilities across the Country

SOURCE: Home Depot Foundation


ATLANTA, March 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today, The Home Depot® Foundation launched its second-annual Spring into Service campaign, a season-long initiative to plant edible gardens that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables for 1,000 homeless U.S. military veterans at facilities that serve them. This effort is part of the Foundation’s five year, $80 million commitment to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

The first project will take place in Charlotte today, where 100 volunteers from Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, will plant an edible community garden in partnership with The Rotary Club of Gastonia. The garden will provide fresh produce for local homeless veterans and others in need at several local facilities.

During the campaign and throughout the spring season, Team Depot will plant additional gardens and complete repair projects at facilities across the country in partnership with local and national nonprofits.

“On any given night, there are nearly 60,000 homeless veterans,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re excited to put our gardening skills to work and celebrate the spring season with many of our nonprofit partners that provide safe housing to homeless veterans by planting healthy fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, squash, berries and peppers that will serve veterans in need for years to come.”

For more about The Home Depot Foundation’s efforts to address veterans’ housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation or visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.


The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $65 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation and www.twitter.com/homedepotfdn.


For more information, contact:

Lisa Walsh

The Home Depot Foundation



Ben Owens

The Home Depot Foundation

770-433-8211 x 84133


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Two Guys, In A Van, On A Mission: Join Us

Thu, 2014-03-20 02:40
The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip Continues Its Quest For All Things Good

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


HOUSTON, March 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- ­Who's up for a road trip? But not just any road trip, a journey across this wonderfully wide-ranging land to celebrate people doing good in their local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is launching its 2014 Fueling Good Road Trip on March 25 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Led by Adam and Diego, these two Fueling Good Ambassadors are traveling the highways and back roads of the 27 states and the District of Columbia where CITGO and its network of locally owned stations operate. Their mission is to identify and reward good in all its forms. Through online videos and social media posts, the Fueling Good Road Trip recognizes individuals, unsung volunteers and local business people who are driven to make their communities better places to live.

Last year, the Fueling Good Road Trip visited dozens of communities across 12 states and created nearly 50 video profiles portraying the positive difference individuals and organizations are making in their neighborhoods. To see highlights from the 2013 tour, visit FuelingGood.com

"Each one of our nearly 6,000 CITGO retail locations is locally owned and an important part of its community," says Jennifer Moos, general manager brand development. "Whether investing resources or rolling up our sleeves and volunteering, CITGO gives back to our communities in a variety of ways. The Fueling Good Road Trip gives us a unique opportunity to find and recognize local people who are aligned with CITGO values, such as investing in people and thereby improving lives in their communities."

The Fueling Good Road Trip will log countless miles throughout several states in 2014. For regular updates and to find out how to meet Adam and Diego, discover local gems, connect with local heroes and help to do more good, visit FuelingGood.com. To join the conversation, "Like" CITGO Fueling Good at Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit CITGO.com.


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The Sanofi-DNDI Alliance Receives Global Award

Thu, 2014-03-20 02:00

SOURCE: Sanofi


March 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Sanofi and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), an independent not-for-profit foundation, have received the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Alliance Excellence Award, from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), in recognition of the “profound, measurable, and positive social impact” that this decade-long public-private partnership has had in the fight against malaria.

This award - Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility “is the one that always gets me choked up, because the work you do is not just for the sake of revenue, but also for the benefit of your fellow man,” ASAP CEO Michael Leonetti commented.

Malaria is one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 207 million cases and 627,000 deaths were reported in 2012, 90% of them in Africa

Developed through this innovative partnership between DNDi and Sanofi, the un-patented ASAQ Winthrop® treatment is now available in most malaria-affected countries in Africa. Since its launch in 2007, over 280 million treatments have been made available to malaria endemic countries in Africa.

“The Sanofi-DNDi alliance is exemplary in that it involved two partners from widely different worlds: Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, and DNDi, an NGO intent on challenging the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr Robert Sebbag, Vice President, Access to Medicines, Sanofi. “This alliance started in 2004 with very ambitious goals: to develop within the shortest possible timeframe a high-quality, non-patented, affordable and easy to use fixed-dose combination antimalarial drug adapted to the needs of African patients, especially children”

This Alliance has enabled Sanofi to establish other successful partnerships with African National Malaria Control Programs, local experts and NGOs working towards malaria elimination, through a comprehensive approach including education and prevention initiatives.

“This award places Sanofi among alliance leaders, and shows what can be achieved through good alliance management practices,” said Thierry Saugier, Vice President Alliances and Partnerships.




1. WHO – World Malaria Report 2013


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Video: Helping Typhoon Victims - SAP and Plan International

Thu, 2014-03-20 01:05



In October 2013, a devastating typhoon hit the Philippines leaving behind more than 800,000 people - many of them children - homeless. Plan International, one of the world's largest children's development organizations, immediately stepped in to care for the victims. A cloud-based HR solution from Success Factors, an SAP company, enables the organization to oversee and manage its more than 10,000 employees and freelancers. Plan International can now retrieve staff data instantly, allowing them to send the right aid workers to where they are needed most - with the help of SAP.

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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.

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America’s Charities - Recipient of US Collective Impact Award at Ideagen Summit

Wed, 2014-03-19 14:00

SOURCE: America's Charities


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Ideagen, a cross sector, collective impact network where the world’s leading organizations convene to innovate and collaborate, hosted the first of several 2014 summits on March 3, 2014 in New York.  The summit focused on ‘Empowering Women’, dedicated to the advancement of women via collective impact. During the summit, America’s Charities received The Ideagen US Collective Impact Award for “its exceptional display of cross-sector collaboration across the United States and unique dedication to philanthropy through workplace giving”. 

“America’s Charities commitment to philanthropy through workplace giving is unique and exemplary,” stated George Sifakis, CEO of Axela and Founder of Ideagen.  “On behalf of Ideagen, we are pleased to present the US Collective Impact Award to America’s Charities.  We commend Steve Delfin for his leadership and dedication to collective impact.”

America’s Charities President and CEO Steve Delfin expressed appreciation and noted, ”We are very honored to receive the US Collective Impact Award. Our work to grow workplace philanthropy and engage the next generation of philanthropists is now amplified by the exceptional leaders participating in this cross-sector collaboration.”

Join Ideagen Radio’s exclusive live interview with Steve Delfin on March 28, 2014 at noon EDT.

Ideagen is a social good organization serving as the backbone support platform to create and manage collective impact. Our mission is to foster an environment for the world’s leading organizations to collectively innovate and collaborate.

Ideagen membership is by invitation-only with quarterly summits to address large-scale change to meet the unprecedented social, resource, business, political and organizational challenges of today.  For more information, visit our website at www.idea-gen.com or follow our most recent news on Twitter.

America’s Charities is a mission-driven organization that connects public and private sector employers with charities to engage employees in greater giving. The organization helps the nation’s most trusted charities thrive by generating more investments and sustainable revenue through employee engagement programs and by helping them achieve higher levels of performance and demonstrable impact in addressing critical needs. Follow us on Twitter.

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Discovery Communications Empowers High School Girls With National "Say Yes to the Prom" Initiative

Wed, 2014-03-19 08:00
Discovery Employees, Industry Partners and Premier Lifestyle Brands Join Together to Make Prom More Accessible for Girls Across the Country with Mentorship, More than 1,200 Dresses, Makeup and Accessories

SOURCE: Discovery Communications, Inc.


Silver Spring, Md., March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Discovery Communications today announced the national expansion of its annual SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative, promoting confidence and a positive self-image for deserving high school girls. Now in its third year, SAY YES TO THE PROM invites a select group of high school girls to meet with Monte Durham, star of TLC’s SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA, makeup and style experts as well as employees for mentoring, prom dress shopping and makeovers at Discovery’s global headquarters. This year’s program expands to Chicago and Des Moines and will more than double past years’ impact by giving high school girls across the country a chance to develop mentoring relationships with industry professionals, build their self-confidence and of course, “say yes to the prom dress.”

Discovery will kick off this year’s national program at the company’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. on March 26, hosting girls from KidsPeace and Magruder High School. To further the reach of the program, designed to go beyond the dress and empower young girls across the country, Discovery will partner with Mediacom to hold SAY YES TO THE PROM for girls from Roosevelt High School on April 23 at La’ James International College in Des Moines, as well as partner with Comcast, OWN and Harpo to host girls from Julian High School and Curie Metropolitan High School for the final event at Harpo Studios in Chicago on May 7. In preparation for the events, employees from Discovery, Harpo Studios, Mediacom and Comcast rallied around the effort donating more than 1,200 dresses for the girls. To further build the relationship between the girls and their employee mentors and to reinforce the day’s overarching goals of  building courage and self-confidence, a pre-prom mixer and networking event will be hosted in each of the cities.

In addition to the day’s style sessions, mentoring events and a red carpet finale, the girls also will receive a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the country’s most outspoken champions for the empowerment of young women.

“Say Yes to the Prom’s expansion is a testament to the incredible success of the past two years and the power that can be found in the collective effort of partners across the industry,” said Adria Alpert Romm, Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer, Discovery Communications. “Pairing like-minded organizations with creative on-air talent and local vendors has created an unmatched team and incredible initiative – one with the power to make a positive impact on girls across the country.”

Discovery Communications and TLC also will be spreading the style online and across social media, inviting people across the country to flash back to their prom moments. Everyone is invited to share their photo memories of prom using the #TBTProm hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and beyond every Thursday through May 8. Each week the TLC team will select their favorite #TBTProm pics – which may include a few familiar faces – to feature on TLC.com. For regular updates on SAY YES TO THE PROM, including updates from the glamorous girls themselves as they receive their makeovers, follow the #SYTTP hashtag across social.

Monte Durham, fashion director and star of TLC’s SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA, will host the events in each city ensuring his personal touch is given to every girl’s prom ensemble. Throughout the day, each of the girls will receive a complimentary makeup look provided by bareMinerals and their choice of the most fashionable prom wardrobe. JCPenney is providing salon experts to work with the girls to create the perfect prom-do. Additionally, JCPenney donated a wide range of stylish accessories including clutches, shawls and an assortment of jewelry. As part of the program, each girl also is paired with a mentor who serves as a coach, personal shopper and style assistant throughout the day. Each event concludes with a red carpet reveal hosted by Monte giving the girls the opportunity to show off their personalized prom day looks. 

Monte Durham shares the screen on SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA with his best friend, Lori Allen, owner of Bridals by Lori. On Friday nights, fans can watch Monte glamourizing brides. More of Monte’s wedding wisdom and notes on travel, style and beauty can be found on TLC.com/SayYesAtlanta.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.


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Discovery Communications
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