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BELLEVUE, Wash., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Outerwall Inc. is joining its employees and Americans in supporting the Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts of U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Americans can donate their spare change at Coinstar® donation-enabled kiosks across the United States and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will receive funds within 48 hours. While the full impact of the disaster is still being assessed, as many as four million children are believed to be affected by the emergency, according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. UNICEF is airlifting lifesaving emergency items, including essential medicines, nutrition, safe water and hygiene supplies along with shelter equipment to the Philippines.
To make a donation at a Coinstar kiosk, individuals simply select the “donate” option from the menu, choose U.S. Fund for UNICEF Disaster Relief (code 5556), and pour in any amount of change to support relief efforts providing food, shelter and other assistance to Super Typhoon Haiyan victims.
"We are putting the power of our nationwide network of Coinstar locations to work to support the areas impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan," said J. Scott Di Valerio, chief executive officer of Outerwall Inc. "Spare change and micro-donations add up quickly and depositing coins at a Coinstar kiosk is an easy way to help the people impacted by this horrible disaster get back on their feet.”
"We greatly appreciate Outerwall’s commitment to supporting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s disaster relief fundraising efforts,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. “By collecting donations, Outerwall will help UNICEF deliver aid to children and families in the Philippines who need it most."
Consumers can find a nearby Coinstar kiosk with the donation option by visiting www.coinstar.com. Individuals can also donate directly to U.S. Fund for UNICEF at www.unicefusa.org/philippines or by texting RELIEF to 864233 (UNICEF) to donate $10.
About Outerwall Inc.
Outerwall (Nasdaq: OUTR) has more than 20 years of experience creating some of the most profitable spaces for their retail partners. The company mission is to create a better everyday by delivering breakthrough kiosk experiences that delight consumers and generate revenue for retailers. As the company that brought consumers Redbox® entertainment, Coinstar® money services, Rubi™ coffee, and ecoATM ® electronics recycling kiosks, Outerwall is leading the next generation of automated retail and paving the way for inventive, scalable businesses. Outerwall kiosks are in neighborhood grocery stores, drug stores, mass merchants, malls, and other retail locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Learn more at www.outerwall.com.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Positive Change, Social Actions, Volunteerism, outerwall, csr, disaster relief
SOURCE: The Walt Disney CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Burbank, Calif., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate half-a-million dollars to Save the Children and the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts related to the recent tragedy in the Philippines. In addition, eligible donations from employees to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar up to set limits, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.
“Our hearts go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this tragedy,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We hope this donation and our employee matching gift contributions will help families begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastation.”
The Walt Disney Company is committed to working with humanitarian organizations to help rebuild affected communities and assist families. Today's announcement is part of Disney's ongoing disaster preparedness and response program. As a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, Disney provides support for disaster relief services, as well as comfort and hope to children in impacted communities.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013.
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KEYWORDS: The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Company Foundation, Save the Children, The American Red Cross, American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, typhoon haiyan, Disaster Releif, Disney Citizenship, Disney
SOURCE: Johnson ControlsDESCRIPTION:
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Johnson Controls, a global diversified multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive and building industries, is getting behind the men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve by signing the statement of support for the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
In a ceremony held today honoring veterans at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Alex Molinaroli, chief executive officer of Johnson Controls, signed the document which affirms the company’s support for its employees who put on the uniforms of the Guard and Reserve.
“Johnson Controls recognizes the sacrifice our employees and their families make when they join the Guard and Reserve and we are committed to help them succeed in their careers as civilians and members of our armed forces,” said Molinaroli.
By signing the statement of support, Johnson Controls pledges to provide its supervisors with the tools needed to manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve and to encourage opportunities to employ members of the Guard and Reserve as well as veterans.
Employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Guard and Reserve,” said Paul Mock, national chairman of the ESGR. “Thanks to support from companies like Johnson Controls, the men and women of the Guard and Reserve are able to help protect and defend this great nation.”
Additionally, Johnson Controls has once again been named a top employer for hiring veterans by GI Jobs Magazine.
Helping the company to be a veteran’s employer of choice is the Johnson Controls Veterans Engagement Team (VET), made of up employees who are advocating on behalf of veterans and military members and their families. VET was formally recognized and chartered by the company in 2013.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense Office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, National Guard, reserve, support, Johnson Controls, csr
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust today announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts underway in the Philippines following this weekend's devastating Typhoon, which has impacted an estimated 4.3 million people in 36 provinces, with a potential total donation of up to $100,000 through the matching of CVS Caremark employee donations.
CVS Caremark is working with the Red Cross to establish a dedicated online donation portal for any of its approximately 200,000 employees who want to contribute. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will match employee donations up to $50,000.
"We know support is critically important at this time given the large number of people affected and potential for further damage in the Vietnam Peninsula," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We are providing support to the American Red Cross as it helps the Philippine Red Cross with disaster relief specialists and equipment, as well as family tracing services to help those that are trying to find missing loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of those across the region who have been impacted by this massive and devastating disaster."
For information about the American Red Cross, please visit http://www.redcross.org/.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation CVS. CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education, disaster relief and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at www.investor.cvs.com, or through the Web site's press room www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, cvs caremark charitable trust, typhoon, typhoon haiyan, Haiyan, Philippines, disaster relief, Red Cross, natural disasters
Nov 12, 2013
Over the past few days, we’ve been in frequent contact with our colleagues in the Philippines.
If you follow recent news reports, you know about how Super Typhoon Haiyan blasted through the country late last week. There is inconsistency in the report of numbers impacted, mainly because communications are nearly impossible in areas that are decimated by winds and flooding. But we do know that thousands of people have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands are displaced, and millions are affected.
At this time, all 120 Amway employees are safe and accounted for, although many are trying desperately to reach family members in affected areas. Efforts are underway to assess the impact on Amway Business Owners, as well as assessing damage to our business and distribution centers in Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao City, Mandaluyong City and Pangasinan. Fortunately, the populous capital of Manila, where our headquarters is located, did not take the brunt of the storm.
Amway communities are resilient, and we expect to see positive signs of recovery soon, as well as a spirit of generosity and assistance to emerge from the rubble. Senior leaders at Amway have committed to an initial $100,000 contribution to help out with relief efforts. We will work through local staff and aid agencies to make sure it is put to use with the most urgent needs. And we will continue to monitor the situation and work with local leaders to provide further assistance if needed.
Next week, we hold our first global volunteer event, the Amway Universal Children’s Day, in honor of the anniversary of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. We already planned for volunteers in the US to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc) for future disasters. We have decided to send all 10,000 kits to the Philippines thorugh our partner, International Aid, as we know the recovery will be slow and much help is needed.
Our hearts go out to those affected by this catastrophe, and we encourage others to help see the Philippines recovered and restored.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Amway, One by One, typhoon, Philippines, tragedy, help, Typoon Haiyan
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated a wide area of the central Philippines. Verizon has committed a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal Fund to support disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will match Verizon employees’ donations of $25 or more, up to $1,000 per employee, to Save the Children.
Verizon will also waive charges for long-distance calls and text messages to the Philippines from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7 to support its customers who are trying to communicate with their families and friends.
All calls made from a Verizon residential landline to the Philippines will be rated at $0.00 per minute, from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7. Customers with Verizon World Plan (300 or 500 minutes of international calling) can call the Philippines without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks.*
All Verizon Wireless post-paid customers will also receive free calling to the Philippines from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7 as well as free text and multimedia messaging to the Philippines for the same time period. Post-paid customers are those who receive a monthly bill from the company.
Verizon Wireless has activated its text-to-donate program, allowing its U.S. customers to make a $10 donation to any of the following organizations:
· Text RELIEF to 25383 to give to Catholic Relief Services
· Text AID to 80077 to give to HOPE Worldwide
· Text AID to 50555 to give to Operation USA
· Text DONATE to 20222 to give to Save the Children
· Text RELIEF to 864233 to give to UNICEF
· Text AID to 27722 to give to World Food Program USA
· Text HOPE to 777444 to give to WORLD VISION
Text-messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the nonprofit organization. Verizon Wireless postpaid customers will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be deducted from their prepaid balances.
“Typhoon Haiyan is one of the worst natural disasters the Philippine people have ever experienced, and the need for support and relief is immediate and immense,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon vice president of global corporate social responsibility and president of the Verizon Foundation. “With operations around the world, Verizon and its employees run to crises such as Haiyan, and we’re committed to helping citizens of Tacloban and other communities as they begin to recover from this devastating storm.”
* Only per minute usage charges for such calls will be waived. All other fees including taxes, surcharges, monthly recurring charges (MRCs), minimum spend levels (MSLs), monthly minimum charges (MMCs), etc will continue to apply. If waived charges appear on a customer bill, credits will be issued in a future billing statement.
About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 101 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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KEYWORDS: Environment, Food & Farming, Health and Wellness, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, typhoon, Haiyan, Philippines, Verizon, volunteer, disaster relief, Donate, text to donate
SOURCE: The Walt Disney CompanyDESCRIPTION:
For nearly 30 years, The Walt Disney Company has dedicated time and talent to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), bringing happiness, hope and laughter to children and families when they need it most. On Monday, we continued the tradition by teaming up with Skype to connect the stars of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with some very special VIPs. Patients at the Los Angeles-area hospital attended the U.S. premiere of the film with a little magic and the help of an oversized monitor that virtually whisked them to the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.
The action wasn’t just limited to the screen. Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins chatted directly with patients via Skype as they made their way down the red carpet, answering questions and trading stories with the guests of honor. After the children spoke with the actors and actresses who bring these characters to life on screen, they received a visit from Thor, who joined them at the hospital for their very own premiere of the film.
This evening was simply another part of a great longstanding relationship between The Walt Disney Company and CHLA. For decades, we have been entwined in a mission of compassion and care, as Disney characters have made rounds a little brighter while Disney VoluntEARS have given their time and raised money for the hospital. Monday’s collaboration with Skype at the Thor: The Dark World premiere is another example of how CHLA and Disney create out of this world experiences for some very special children.
KEYWORDS: Disney, Marvel, Thor, Skype, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
SOURCE: Barrick Gold CorporationDESCRIPTION:
November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Barrick is providing a $1 million gift to the Opportunity Village charity to fund the construction of a residential housing facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Las Vegas. The initiative was recently announced at Opportunity Village’s annual Camelot Gala, which honored Barrick as corporation of the year. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval attended, as did Clark County Commissioners Lawrence Weekly, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Barbara Buckley. Representing Barrick were Senior Executive Vice President, Kelvin Dushnisky, and Michael Brown, Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs for Barrick North America.
“Since our founding in 1983, Barrick has centered its work in Corporate Social Responsibility on the creation of educational and employment opportunities in the communities where we operate,” Dushnisky said in his address at the event. “It is a commitment our Founder and Chairman Peter Munk holds close. That commitment to education and employment extends to helping those in life who were dealt a little extra challenge, like the thousands of children and adults who are succeeding here at Opportunity Village.”
Recognizing that, for the first time in history, many individuals with intellectual disabilities are outliving their parents, Opportunity Village is building a world-class residential village for people with intellectual disabilities at its Engelstad Campus in Las Vegas. The “Barrick House” will be part of that village, providing safe, quality housing for up to six adults.
“Barrick Gold has proven to be an amazing and generous friend of Opportunity Village,” said Linda Smith, Chief Development Officer and Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village. “We are thrilled to honor their commitment to southern Nevada at tonight’s Camelot Gala. They have truly set the gold standard when it comes to helping people with intellectual disabilities live better lives.”
Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit community rehabilitation program, serving nearly 3,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities annually through vocational training, art and life skill enrichment, and advocacy and social recreation programs. Founded in 1954, the organization operates four employment training centers and a Thrift Store in southern Nevada. It also runs a vehicle donation program, and trains and places hundreds of adults in jobs throughout the community.
Barrick’s partnership with Opportunity Village is just the latest example of the company’s efforts to broaden its community outreach activities across Nevada, particularly southern Nevada, which has a large urban population center that continues to feel the aftershocks of a long recession. Already a long-time partner of Three Square, southern Nevada’s only food bank, Barrick has more recently established partnerships with southern-Nevada based organizations like Communities In Schools, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation and Spread the Word Nevada.
“Ten years ago, when a Nevada mining company spoke of community relations, that meant the remote rural towns of Elko, Carlin or Winnemucca,” Dushnisky said. “Today our definition of community means all of Nevada – rural, northern and most importantly, southern. In recent years, as the Great Recession deepened, we saw it necessary to ‘double-down’ on our commitment to the state, particularly here in Las Vegas. We established new strategic partnerships where Barrick executives could provide ‘time and talent’ to help organizations like Three Square, Communities in Schools and Opportunity Village. At Barrick, we understand that our business succeeds in rural Nevada only if it is a full partner with urban Nevada.”
KEYWORDS: barrick gold, Opportunity Village, nevada, intellectual disabilities, Corporate Social Responsibility, csr, Education, employment opportunities, Barrick House
SOURCE: Waggener EdstromDESCRIPTION:
Digital Persuasion in Action Rule 3: How Women for Women International Uses Social Media to Tell Stories that Create Connections and Drive Action
By John Trybus
“The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling.”
–Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International
Innovation starts with a big idea, but it’s telling the story of an innovation that brings it to life and makes it memorable. At Waggener Edstrom (WE), storytelling is at the heart of what we do. We believe that the one constant in the ever-changing world of influence is the power of stories—both online and offline.
Our client, Women for Women International (WfWI) is the perfect embodiment of our storytelling philosophy. For the past twenty years, WfWI has used stories to create connections and drive action to help women survivors of war move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. We recently sat down with Colleen Zakrewsky, the organization’s vice-president of development, marketing and communications, to discuss how WfWI uses stories to help advance the inherent strength of women in post-conflict countries and discuss how social media is used to share stories and create online communities of supporters around the world.
Storytelling matters. WE’s Digital Persuasion study, conducted in partnership with Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), revealed that of the respondents who take further action in support of a cause after supporting it online, reading a story on social media was the #1 motivator at more than 50%. WfWI uses storytelling techniques on social media to advance its mission. Colleen shared that using social media to help tell the story of a woman’s transformation helps supporters better understand the organization’s work and empowers them to activate their networks.
“While numbers are important, particularly around measuring effectiveness—and that’s an important part of messaging—at the end of the day, people are often inspired by the fact that they can make a difference in one person’s life,” Colleen explains.
How does WfWI tell stories on social media to advance women’s equality in post-war communities around the world?
Learn more about Women for Women International’s social media for social good strategies and Digital Persuasion in Action rule three in the video below.
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KEYWORDS: Cause Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Social Media, Sustainable Marketing, Twitter, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Volunteerism, Women, Waggener Edstrom, Women for Women International, #DigitalPersuasion, storytelling
SOURCE: Workforce for GoodDESCRIPTION:
Employee engagement is one of the toughest and often most perplexing elements of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. Two leading Midwest sustainability/CSR experts, Matthew Rochte and Jocelyn Azada, set out to find just what were companies doing to successfully engage employees in sustainability/CSR. They share their findings in the whitepaper Workforce for Good™ and in this 3BLmedia series on employee engagement.
We set out to identify the current best practices in employee engagement in sustainability/CSR as applied at a variety of Fortune level companies in the Midwest. In our interviews, we found that the most successful employee engagement efforts include a diversity of methods to educate and engage employees. By making connections to employees’ personal interests and passions, the companies could solicit the support of those on the front lines and empower people to act sustainably. Using strong, visible support from executive leadership, the companies could employ their CSR efforts from the top down. Another important tactic involved utilizing direct management that takes a proactive role in managing employees to meet sustainability/CSR goals. In addition, it was critical for each company to align their practices with company culture, to offer consistent communication and varied ways to deliver that communication, and develop accurate tracking and measurement for sustainability/CSR results. Finally, providing recognition to employees for their accomplishments helped show them that their efforts are valued and are a critical part of corporate success.
When all of these principles were present, they formed the basis of a focused, forward-thinking, corporate environment that clearly understands and realizes the business case for sustainability/CSR: attracting and retaining talent; reducing environmental footprint and costs; innovating products and services; and enhancing reputation and goodwill with all stakeholders.
There’s nothing new here, and yet, it’s all new again. Management gurus from Deming to Peters to Senge to Collins address this core issue of people management as the key to success. It’s about the people. Employees are integral to delivering on the brand promise of their companies. As public expectations are increasingly adding social and environmental values to the mix of how companies should behave, employee engagement in sustainability/CSR plays a critical role in company competitiveness, reputation, innovation and execution. When employees are engaged in sustainability and CSR, it shapes their thinking and their behavior, enabling their companies to come up with new ways to solve current business problems and create new opportunities.
• Cautionary Tales from Leaders – stories of lessons learned and things that didn’t work
o Loop in key players and potential players before implementing.
o Let local leaders lead.
o Pace yourself and celebrate small wins.
o Avoid too much communication.
• Definitions of Employee Engagement
• Further Suggested Reading
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Matthew Rochte, Jocelyn Azada, Workforce for good, sustainability, csr, Employee Engagement, Tom Peters, Peter Senge, Tom Collins, Deming, its about the people, People
November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - PT Freeport Indonesia, an affiliate of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., recently announced plans to fund and build an international standard Sports Complex in Timika, Papua, in partnership with the local Mimika government.
The Mimika Regency government requested PTFI’s support to help develop sports facilities for local residents and communities in Papua. The Mimika Regency Sports Complex in Timika will have a closed arena for basketball and badminton with an outdoor field seating some 4,000 spectators. It is also planned to include a housing complex, office block and shopping area. The facilities will help support youth and community activities and promote social cohesion in the rapidly growing town of Timika.
The complex will be constructed over the next 18 months at a cost of approximately $25 million.
For further information about Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s social investment commitments, please see: http://www.fcx.com/sd/community/comm_invest.htm
Please see the 2012 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s social, economic and environmental efforts: http://www.fcx.com/sd/pdfs/WTSD_2012.pdf
KEYWORDS: Freeport-McMoRan, PTFI, sports complex, Timika, Mimika, outdoor field, Arena
5 Best Practices for Successful Employee Giving Programs
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Employee Giving Best Practices: Running Successful Programs
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KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, employee giving, best practices in employee giving, Giving, corporate giving, Employee Engagement, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
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Usted puede apoyar con los esfuerzos humanitarios para las víctimas de las tormentas devastadoras haciendo una contribución. Contribuir ahoraDESCRIPTION:
KANSAS CITY, Mo., 11 de noviembre de 2013 /3BL Media - Cuando el tifón Haiyan comenzó a abatir las Islas Filipinas, los equipos de respuesta a situaciones de desastre natural de Children International ya habían pasado días preparándose para la tormenta.
El violento tifón causó daños extensivos y la muerte de personas, y el personal de la organización en las islas centrales de las Filipinas están abordando las necesidades inmediatas y a largo plazo de los niños y sus familias.
“El conocimiento que Children International tiene del área y su larga historia en las Filipinas nos permiten ofrecer ayuda rápida y eficaz durante el proceso de recuperación”, explica Jim Cook, presidente de la organización.
Las operaciones cotidianas de Children International —el proveer servicios a casi 68 mil niños y sus familias en las Filipinas— están enfocadas en cuatro agencias ubicadas respectivamente en Manila, Quezon City, Legazpi y Tabaco. De estas áreas, la más afectada fue Legazpi. Gemma Goliat, directora de la agencia de Children International en Legazpi ha reportado que las familias que residen en sitios vulnerables a lo largo de la costa fueron trasladadas a refugios temporales antes de que la tormenta llegara. Aunque no hubo muertes ni lesiones graves entre los niños y las familias apoyadas por la organización, la tormenta destruyó numerosas casas en el pueblo costero. Pio Salvador, director nacional de Children International en las Filipinas, confirmó que Children International seguirá su duradera alianza con el gobierno local, incluyendo la provincia de Albay, durante el proceso de recuperación.
Con esfuerzos humanitarios en curso, este país asolado se prepara nuevamente para otra tormenta, ya que la tormenta tropical Zoraida presenta una trayectoria parecida a la que tomó el súper tifón Haiyan la semana pasada.
“Children International está presente y proveyendo asistencia vital. Tal como lo ha visto el mundo, todavía hay mucho por hacer para las familias cuyas vidas fueron severamente impactadas por esta devastadora tormenta”, explica el Sr. Cook.
La laureada respuesta a emergencias de Children International en las Filipinas
A través de los años, Children International ha implementado varias estrategias de recuperación en situaciones de desastre en este país propenso a los tifones, entre ellas talleres y prácticas de preparación para desastres naturales y viviendas permanentes para las familias que fueron obligadas a realojarse cuando sus casas quedaron enterradas después de deslizamientos de lodo.
El año pasado, Children International-Filipinas, de la región de Bicol, recibió el premio de Mejor Entidad Civil de Asistencia Humanitaria otorgado por el Consejo Nacional de la República de las Filipinas para el Manejo y la Reducción de Riesgo de los Desastres. Tras ganar el premio tres años por consecutivo, Children International también recibió el premio de Salón de la Fama en reconocimiento de su labor humanitaria en situaciones de desastres. Adicionalmente, director nacional de Children International en las Filipinas, Pio Salvador, recibió un reconocimiento especial por su “invalorable contribución al campo de manejo y reducción de riesgo de los desastres naturales”.
Para más información acerca de Children International o para apadrinar un niño, visite www.children.org.
Acerca de Children International
Children International prepara a los niños y jóvenes para que superen el círculo vicioso de la pobreza al abordar sus necesidades básicas, desarrollar en ellos resiliencia, e involucrarles en actividades transformativas. Children International logra hacer esto al proveer beneficios cruciales y atención compasiva a través de modernos centros comunitarios que son fácilmente accesibles. La presencia de Children International, sus programas y sus contribuyentes tiene un impacto positivo en los niños, jóvenes, familias y comunidades; ofrece protección; fomenta la autosuficiencia; y actúa como agente de transformación.
Línea directa: (816) 943-3730
Correo electrónico: email@example.com
KEYWORDS: Tifón Haiyan, Children International, csr, disaster relief
SOURCE: Children InternationalSUMMARY:
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KANSAS CITY, Mo., November 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ - By the time Typhoon Haiyan began its deadly assault across the Philippine Islands, disaster-response teams from Children International had spent days preparing for the monster storm.
The raging typhoon caused extensive damage and loss of life, and the organization’s staff in the central Philippines are assisting children and families with immediate and long-term recovery needs.
“Children International’s local knowledge and long history in the Philippines enable us to provide swift and effective assistance in the recovery process,” explains the organization’s president, Jim Cook.
Children International’s daily operations – providing services to nearly 68,000 children and their families in the Philippines – are centered around four major hubs located in Manila, Quezon City, Legazpi and Tabaco. Of those, the hardest hit was Legazpi. The organization’s field director in Legazpi, Gemma Goliat, has reported that families living in vulnerable locations along the coast were relocated to evacuation centers before the storm. Although no deaths or serious injuries were sustained by children and families served by the organization, many houses were destroyed as the storm wreaked devastation on the coastal town. Country Director Pio Salvador confirms that Children International will continue its long-standing interactive partnership with local government, including Albay Province, during recovery.
With relief efforts underway, the ravaged country is again preparing for another storm as Zoraida appears to be taking the same path Super Typhoon Haiyan cut through the country last week.
“Children International is on the ground and providing critical assistance. As the world has seen, there is so much to be done for the families whose lives were severely impacted by this devastating storm,” explains Mr. Cook.
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, Agency 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, Philippines, typhoon, Children's international, csr, natural disasters
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesDESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, November 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it has earned the 2014 Military Friendly Employer® title by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse, making this the fifth consecutive year that the carrier has received the honor. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
Southwest aggressively seeks to hire military talent and has found that hiring from the military community is a strategic competitive advantage, as well as an invaluable asset to the growing Employee Family. Southwest has successfully placed Veterans within Ground Operations, Flight Operations, Dispatch, and Maintenance.
“Our Southwest Airlines Employees are the heart and soul of our Company, and we’re honored to work alongside the more than 5,900 active and retired military members who strengthen our Southwest Family,” said Jeff Lamb, Executive Vice President, Chief People and Administration Officer. “Our Employees are our greatest asset, and thanks to their Warrior Spirit and Servant’s Heart, we’ve built Southwest’s legacy of connecting people with what’s important in their lives.”
This award highlights Southwest’s ongoing commitment to recognize and support the contributions of our nation’s military yearround, an effort which includes a special month-long celebration dubbed “Military Heroes Month” in November. During this celebration, Southwest partners with nonprofit organizations to host an array of activities that commemorate our men and women in uniform and their families.
Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers® media is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous years via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board. The board consists of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.
Southwest Airlines will be showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly Employers®, in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and online at MilitaryFriendly.com.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,200 flights a day and serve communities around 89 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with 400 flights a day to 48 destinations. The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.
KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Community, Positive Change, People, Social Development, Southwest Airlines, military, G.I Jobs, csr, sustainability
SOURCE: Emeritus Senior LivingDESCRIPTION:
SEATTLE, Nov. 11, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Hiring veterans is an urgent focus for businesses wishing to support American heroes as they return to civil life. The unemployment rate for veterans is significantly higher than that for the overall population. That's why, last February,Emeritus Senior Living, the nation's largest assisted living and memory care provider, made hiring veterans a top priority. The senior care provider will hire at least 1,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
As of today, Emeritus is well on its way to achieving its goal. In the last eight months, Emeritus has hired 182 veterans and 94 spouses.
This endeavor is the first such veteran recruiting program in America's senior living industry. It was launched to honor and assist veterans seeking employment as well as pay tribute to the many retired military residing at Emeritus. Emeritus Senior Living, which operates over 510 senior living communities in 45 states, has a workforce of more than 31,000.
Hiring veterans reflects the care provider's commitment to supporting those who serve. "We wish to show our support of the military by offering veterans and military spouses a career with our company," said Granger Cobb, president and CEO of Emeritus Senior Living. "We hope this initiative will be of value to those who have served our country. We know that their talent and commitment will be tremendously beneficial to our residents and our entire organization."
Because the largest hurdle for veterans seeking civilian work is explaining the relevance of their military experience, Emeritus has identified company positions that correlate to a variety of those in the armed forces to optimize the process of hiring veterans. For example, the work of a military chef is similar to that of an Emeritus dining services director. In fact, most veterans hired have been in the Dining Services area. Other opportunities within Emeritus for veterans include positions as maintenance director, driver, resident care director, wellness nurse, medication technician, certified nursing assistant and a range of administrative positions.
The size and scope of Emeritus offer advantages to military spouses as well as veterans, Cobb said. "Unless their careers are portable, many spouses must quit their jobs to move when their husband or wife is transferred and they have to start their employment search all over again in a new city where they don't have any contacts," he said. "With more than 510 communities nationwide, we can offer military spouses transfers within the United States. This way, they not only remain employed, they keep building their careers with Emeritus."
Emeritus has established www.emeritus.com/employment/military, a website dedicated to veterans and military spouses seeking employment with the company. It includes general information on why Emeritus is a good fit for transitioning military and spouses along with testimonials from current Emeritus employee veterans.
Emeritus has also started a LinkedIn group to assist newly hired veterans and military spouses within the organization.
"This helps new Emeritus employees with the transition from the military into their first civilian job and assists with building relationships with other Emeritus employees with similar backgrounds," Cobb said.
The company hopes to evolve the initiative by establishing a program that connects employee veterans with resident veterans.
"We piloted this concept at one Emeritus Senior Living community and it was very well received," Cobb said. "We're certain it will prove to be a wonderful endeavor throughout our organization." Hiring veterans will remain a priority for Emeritus, in the next five years and beyond.
About Emeritus Senior Living
Emeritus Senior Living is the largest assisted living and memory care provider in the United States, with the ability to serve nearly 54,000 residents. More than 31,000 employees support approximately 510 communities throughout 45 states coast to coast. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options, and life enrichment programs that fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living during the aging process. Senior living service offerings include independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, home health care, and rehabilitation services. Emeritus experts provide insights on senior living, care, wellness, brain health, and family topics at www.emeritus.com, which also offers details on the organization's family-focused philosophy and services. Emeritus' common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC.
Media Contact: MaryBeth Dagg
Emeritus Senior Living
KEYWORDS: Veterans, military, emeritus senior living, spouses, HR, hiring, jobs
SOURCE: Darden RestaurantsDESCRIPTION:
For many, Veteran’s Day is a reminder of those who have served and who currently are serving our nation in the military. But, for me, as both a combat veteran myself and due to the location of my LongHorn Steakhouse, every day is a reminder of these brave men and women. My LongHorn Steakhouse is located in a military community in Fort Walton Beach in Florida’s panhandle. Within just a few miles are numerous Air Force bases, including Eglin Air Force Base and Tyndall Air Force Base. I feel a great sense of pride for being able to host and serve all the nearby military personnel and their families.
KEYWORDS: Veteran's Day, SOWF, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Army, Darden Restaurants, longhorn steakhouse, troops, Soliders, Thank You
Watch public officials honor veterans as volunteers from Verizon and HGTV renovate Sandy-damaged Highlands (NJ) VFW post.
Watch the video report of this story from its original source, FiOS
KEYWORDS: Sandy, Volunteers, HGTV, Highlands, New Jersey, Verizon
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
KUCHING: The plight of Abang Reduan Abang Sapuan’s family, which was highlighted in The Star earlier this week, has come to the attention of the management of fast food giant KFC, who came all the way from Kuala Lumpur to lend a helping hand.
*Originally published November 10, 2013 on The Star Online by Nigel Edgar
KEYWORDS: East Malaysia, Family & Community, needy, family, KFC, Siol Kandis, Kuching, Sarawak, The Star Online, yum brands, let's end hunger, World Hunger Relief
SOURCE: Sears Holdings CorporationDESCRIPTION:
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Challenged by ongoing deployments and the recent federal sequestration, many military families are working hard to do more with less this holiday season. To celebrate and recognize the service, dedication and sacrifice of soldiers and military families, Sears has launched its sixth annual Heroes at Home Wish Registry. The Wish Registry enables Americans to give back to those who serve our country by providing the means for them to purchase practical gifts such as clothes, toys and holiday decorations.
Now through Nov. 22, Sears will accept donations to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry in-store and online at sears.com/heroesathome. Then, just in time for the holiday shopping season, Sears will evenly distribute 100 percent of donations back to military families across the country in the form of a Sears e-gift card. Sears has raised more than $18 million and helped more than 100,000 families since the Wish Registry launched six years ago. Donations are not tax deductible.
As a special added bonus from Sears this year – and for the first time in the history of the program – Heroes at Home Wish Registry soldiers who are also Shop Your Way members will get 99 percent back in points on every purchase they make with their Wish Registry e-gift card in December (up to 50,000 points).*
“This special Shop Your Way offer allows qualified Wish Registry members to essentially double the value of the gift card they will receive through the program,” said Ron Boire, Sears Holdings' executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart formats. “Given the generosity of Shop Your Way members across America who contribute to the Wish Registry every year, we thought it fitting to extend this unprecedented bonus offer to the soldiers and military families who make countless sacrifices to support our country every day.”
More For Entire Military Community: New Shop Your Way Max Offer
In addition to the Wish Registry, Sears just launched a new offer exclusively for the military community. Active, retired or reserve military members as well as veterans and spouses/family members of military personnel can now enjoy a free six-month membership of Shop Your Way MAX by validating military affiliation through Troop ID – a service that connects military members to exclusive brand deals. The offer includes free two-day shipping on many Sears and Kmart items which means free shipping through the holiday season and beyond. There is no credit card required and no obligation to continue membership once expired, however annual Max members earn double Shop Your Way base points on all qualified purchases both in-store and online when they become an annual member for $39. Plus, Max members receive $3 back in points (3,000 points) each month. Learn more at sears.com/maxmilitary.
A longstanding military supporter, Sears also helps veterans throughout the year through its program with Rebuilding Together, which provides home modification and repairs for disabled veterans. Sears has also been recognized as one of the country’s leading military employers, currently employing more than 30,000 veterans, and leading recruitment programs to place them in jobs within the organization as well as accommodations for their spouses who have relocated to be closer to them. The company also offers a military pay differential to its full-time associates who are reservists and serving on active duty, allowing each to continue participating in life insurance, medical and dental programs. Sears will hold a comparable position for deployed employees for up to five years.
*Offer valid 12/2/13-12/31/13. Members in the Wish Registry get 99% back in points on eligible Wish Registry gift card purchases, up to 50,000 points. Must use qualifying Wish Registry Sears gift card to qualify. Shop Your Way email must match the email registered with Wish Registry to qualify. Max points back for the 99% offer is 50,000 regardless of actual gift card amount issued. Wish Registry Members earn points on qualifying purchases excluding taxes and other fees. 99% back in points is inclusive of, and not in addition to, any base points. When extra points offers are combined, total points earned will be less than the combined point totals for each individual offer. Subject to Shop Your Way terms available at shopyourway.com/terms.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn Points and receive benefits across a
wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through its Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 15 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
About Troop ID
Troop ID is a credential issued by ID.me that allows verified members of the military community (e.g. Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, Military Spouses and Military Family Members) to access programs intended exclusively for members of the military community. Please note that our brand partners may only accept certain subsegments of the military community for any particular offer. By way of example an “Active Duty” Troop ID holder may be eligible for certain offers while a “Military Family” Troop ID holder may not be eligible for that same offer.
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KEYWORDS: Sears, Sears Holdings, Wish Registry, Heroes at Home Wish Registry, Shop Your Way, military families