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Teens Teaching Teens: Youth in Children International’s Youth Health Corps Pledge to Educate Their Peers and Communities About Better Health

Mon, 2014-04-07 00:00

SOURCE: Children International


By Garrett Kenyon

Teens in Children International’s Youth Health Corps (YHC) take a pledge to educate their peers and communities about better health. In honor of World Health Day, we’ve gathered a best-of photo gallery to show off the work of these dedicated peer educators.

Learn more about Children International’s youth programs, including the Youth Health Corps, in the 2013 Youth Report.

The “Teens Teaching Teens” slideshow is also available on the Children International 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: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Health, Youth Health Corps, World Health Day, peer educators, HIV and AIDS, teen pregnancy, alcohol, substance abuse, health as a human right, STD prevention, Children, Children International


Upcoming Webinar: Don't Let GHS Double Your Costs.... Streamline Your M/SDS Efforts

Sun, 2014-04-06 22:00

SOURCE: Source Intelligence®


With the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) around the corner, companies will be faced with over double the amount of records. 

Attend this complimentary webinar Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT to learn how to protect your budget while keeping your organization compliant. 

A live questions and answers session will follow a brief presentation by Source Intelligence's (M)SDS expert. To attend the webinar click HERE

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, sourceintel, sourceintelligence, conflictminerals, chemical management

Maersk Line Increases Business While Reducing CO2 Footprint

Sun, 2014-04-06 21:00
Today, Maersk Line publishes its Sustainability Progress Update for 2013, showing a 3.8 million tonnes CO2 reduction in a year where the business grew 4.1%.

SOURCE: Maersk Line


April 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ - “2013 was a good year for Maersk Line – financially as well as in terms of our sustainability performance” says Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line. “Our fuel efficiency improvements helped cut CO2 as well as air pollutants like SOx and NOx. So even while our business grew, we were able to reduce our environmental impact in absolute terms.”

In 2013, Maersk Line took deliv­ery of the first four of 20 Triple-E vessels. These ves­sels will set a new standard for energy efficiency. However, the main driver for the strong CO2 performance was the major overhaul of Maersk Line’s network.

One of the challenges outlined in the Sustainability Progress Update is the tightening regulation of sulphur emissions (SOx) that will require ships sailing in so-called Emission Control Areas to switch to cleaner and thus more expensive fuels from January 2015.

“Air emissions are a serious issue in shipping and we support the upcoming regulation. We are, however, concerned about the level of enforcement in Europe. The new regulation will be costly and without proper enforcement, some might be tempted to cut corners. This will erode the environmental improvements and create a commercial disadvantage for those that follow the rules” says Jacob Sterling, Head of Sustainability in Maersk Line.

In 2013, customer demand for information on Maersk Line’s sustainability performance really took off.

“Large customers representing 19 % of our business have requested tailored sustainability information as part of their business relationship with us” says Jacob Sterling.

“These customers have typically made promises to their stakeholders on sustainability. We are proud to move their goods with a lower environmental impact year by year, thereby helping them deliver on their sustainability promises”.

In total, Maersk Line’s customers saved 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 in 2013 by shipping their goods with Maersk Line compared to an industry-average competitor.


Contact: Jacob Sterling, Head of Sustainability in Maersk Line: +45 51286229

Download: www.maerskline.com/sustainability

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Energy, shipping, co2, climate, Responsibility, sustainability, Fuel Efficiency, energy efficiency


Earth Month Spotlight: H&M and Zara Go Endangered-Forest Free

Sun, 2014-04-06 17:15

SOURCE: Cone Communications


April is Earth Month, marked with a month-long celebration of the environment and a heightened focus on the impact of business on the natural world. Although Earth Month only kicked off a few days ago, some brands are already making big environmental announcements, working to protect endangered resources through bold commitments and proving fast fashion doesn't have to be irresponsible fashion.

This week, two of the world's largest clothing brands made important commitments to the environment – pledging to eliminate materials harvested from ancient and endangered forests from their purchasing practices. H&M and Zara joined the ranks of Patagonia, lululemon athletica, EILEEN FISHER and others, partnering with environmental nonprofit Canopy to support the "Fashion Loved by Forest" initiative.

To read more on Cone's Prove Your Purpose blog, please click here.


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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Business & Trade, Conservation, sustainability, Sustainable, endangered forests, supply chain, H&M, zara

The Kenneth Cole Foundation Awards Kenneth Cole Grants to Compass Fellows

Sat, 2014-04-05 08:00

SOURCE: Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.


New York, NY, April 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ The Kenneth Cole Foundation and Compass Partners have announced the four university students and recent alumni selected for the Kenneth Cole Grants to support student-led social enterprises. Fashion designer and social activist, Kenneth Cole, is awarding four $2,500 grants to members of The Compass Fellowship, an international social entrepreneurship program on college campuses.

“We are pleased to further our support of the Compass Fellowship. There is a global shortage of committed, impassioned and determined young social entrepreneurs, and community builders. The Kenneth Cole grant will directly support the Fellows in their individual quests to make a difference," Says Kenneth Cole, Founder and CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions.

“This support will help members of our community go a long way in launching ventures to combat issues they’re passionate about. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful for this partnership with The Kenneth Cole Foundation. Students in The Compass Fellowship are tackling major social problems during their first year of college and beyond, and these grants will dramatically accelerate their ability to make a difference.” – Alex Simon, Executive Director of Compass Partners

The winners of the grants were determined based on their awareness of the problem they are trying to solve, the sustainable model for their venture, their plan to use the Kenneth Cole Grant to make tangible progress, and the degree to which they embody conscious consumption. The winners of the Kenneth Cole Grants are:

SamePage, from Nick Makarov and Joe Halpin of Fordham University, will be an interactive application that is sold to high schools and universities on a subscription basis. Samepage plans on covering the most significant global events by providing succinct timelines, infographics, sidebars, pictures, and links to other helpful resources. In order to consciously consume in the first place, students must know the wide array of daily conflicts that happen in the world. Samepage allow other people to consciously consume the news by giving them the tools they need to get on the same page.

Pumpstash, from Corinne Logan of Fordham University, is solution for diabetics on the move. These spandex shorts offer a comfortable, secure, and discreet solution for holding an insulin pump. The pocket in the back can accommodate an Animas, MiniMed, or T-Slim pump so that the pump snugly stays in place. The pocket in the front can remain unused and invisible, or it is big enough for a sensor, small snack, insulin and needles, or even a cell phone. Pumpstash

strives to make working out and dressing up with insulin pumps easy and stress free.  A portion of Pumpstash’s profits go directly to JDRF in order to be part of a long-term solution for research and a cure.

Riide, from Jeff Stefanis, Alum of Georgetown University, fundamentally believes that climate change is the widest reaching threat to social justice that we have ever seen. Transportation is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions, and the Riide electric bike is a replacement for cars, buses, and other greenhouse has emitting modes of transportation.

Connect One Thread, from Jeremy Pingul, Alum of Georgetown University, supports a sustainable supply chain in Turkey, sourcing clothing from the local textile manufacturers who are certified for environmental and social standards, as well as the local organic cotton manufacturers.  Connect One Thread produces clothing with social and environmental bottom lines in mind, and helps people understand where their clothing is from and consciously question where other clothes are sourced from.

The announcement of the four winners of the Kenneth Cole Grants was made April 4th during Shift Series, the annual conference of The Compass Fellowship in Washington, DC.


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Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. We offer campus-based Fellowship programs that employ creative methods of education and make a deep investment in each student. Our main program, the Compass Fellowship exposes 15 college freshmen at each university to the world of social entrepreneurship through an intensive personal development and social business-training program. The Compass Fellowship currently runs at 18 universities worldwide. More information can be found at www.compasspartners.org



Kenneth Cole is an American designer, social activist, and visionary who believes business and philanthropy are interdependent. His global company, Kenneth Cole Productions, creates modern, functional clothing, shoes, and accessories for an inspirational urban lifestyle. Over 30 years ago, Kenneth Cole leveraged his passion and unique brand platform to make a meaningful impact on people’s wardrobes, as well as communities in need. He did what others didn’t and said what others wouldn’t.

In 1985, Kenneth pioneered the first of many AIDS awareness campaigns for amfAR, which rooted the brand in social activism. Kenneth joined the board of amfAR in 1987, has been chairman since 2004, and spearheaded initiatives that have changed the face of HIV/AIDS for the betterment of millions.

Over 20 years ago, driven by his passion for social justice and the need to help underserved populations, Kenneth invented the concept of a shoe drive. The program evolved to include clothing, and to date has led to the donation of more than 2 million pairs of shoes and over 6 million dollars worth of product to global communities in need.

In 2010, the company refocused their shoe drive concept to respond to the earthquake in Haiti and also introduced a fundraising campaign. This enabled the company to build the Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center in Cité Soleil, which now supports an underserved population of over 1.5 million people.

To this day, The Kenneth Cole Foundation opens minds through education and awareness; partners with organizations committed to supporting communities in need; promotes the culture of volunteerism by mobilizing individuals to take action; and invests in social entrepreneurship and community builders.


KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Finance & Socially Responsible Investment, Kenneth Cole, Kenneth Cole Foundation, Compass Partners, Shift Series, Fellowship, RIIDE, JEFF STEFANIS, Connect One Thread, JEREMY PINGUL, PUMPSTASH, CORINNE LOGAN, SAMEPAGE, NICK MAKAROV, JOE HALPIN

Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women

Fri, 2014-04-04 04:30
$10 Million Investment Will Support the Economic and Social Advancement of Women in Developing Countries - See more at: http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/community-development/calvert-foundation-and-bank-america-partner-invest-women#sthash.

SOURCE: Bank of America


April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Bank of America is investing $10 million in Calvert Foundation to make loans to organizations that support women in developing countries throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. These organizations positively affect women in a number of ways, from connecting women-led, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with financing to providing access to services and products.

Supporting women is critical for creating jobs, sparking local revitalization and building a more vibrant economy. It is estimated that less than 10 percent of women operating SMEs have access to capital, and access to financing is continually identified by women entrepreneurs as a major constraint to growing their businesses. Additionally, SMEs with full or partial female ownership represent 31-38 percent of formal SMEs in emerging markets. These firms typically employ between five and 250 people, representing a significant share of employment generation and economic growth potential.

Jennifer Pryce, Calvert Foundation president and CEO, commented: “We have a strong partnership with Bank of America — they’re not only one of our biggest institutional investors, but this new investment is the largest we’ve received to promote women’s economic empowerment and development. We’re aligned in our goals to empower women around the world, and the nature of the bank’s investment enables us to provide more patient capital, something our portfolio partners need.”

Anne Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing officer at Bank of America, commented: “Combining our resources with Calvert Foundation’s know-how is a prime example of the role business can play in addressing a significant challenge, in this case a lack of access to capital for women entrepreneurs. These types of partnerships are essential to women’s economic empowerment.” 

Calvert Foundation brings its experience investing in women to managing Bank of America’s investment. Calvert Foundation’s Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN), launched in 2012, has invested more than $20 million in organizations that empower women in the U.S. and internationally.

The partnership with Calvert Foundation builds on Bank of America’s longstanding commitment to the economic empowerment of women. Through some of our Community Development Financial Institution partners, philanthropy, and business operations, Bank of America is connecting women to the human, social and financial capital needed to succeed, and in the process strengthening local economies around the world.

To learn more about how Calvert Foundation and Bank of America are supporting women, visit www.calvertfoundation.org/women and www.bankofamerica.com/women.  

About Calvert Foundation
Calvert Foundation enables people to invest for social good. Through its flagship Community Investment Note, Calvert Foundation has raised $1 billion in investment from more than 13,000 investors to invest in hundreds of nonprofits and social enterprises worldwide. Investor dollars empower women, fund the construction of affordable housing, provide loans to small business owners, increase access to healthcare, and support fair trade and sustainable agriculture.

About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 50 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and approximately 16,300 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users and more than 14 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  

Contact information:

Calvert Foundation 
Andrew Parrucci
(301) 280-6074

Bank of America
Noelle Bell
(980) 388-6791


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KEYWORDS: Finance & Socially Responsible Investment, Bank of America, bofa, Calvert Foundation, women, entrepreneurs, invest

Fortune Names Tupperware Brands Corporation One of the Most Admired Companies In the World

Fri, 2014-04-04 04:00

SOURCE: Tupperware Brands


ORLANDO, Fla., April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Closing out a banner year in 2013, Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) was recognized as one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" in the Home Equipment category of the annual ranking from Fortune.

"Since last year's rankings, Tupperware has continued to make great strides in empowering women across the world to pursue their entrepreneurial and personal goals," said Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation. "The categories for which Tupperware was recognized reflect our key business priorities, and we are honored to be ranked on Fortune's Most Admired Companies list for the seventh year in a row."

In Fortune's rankings, Tupperware was noted for the quality of its global competitiveness, ranking first within the industry in that category. An example of Tupperware's global impact, measured in 2013 by a Global Fairness Initiative study, is illustrated by this infographic showcasing the company's social and economic impact in Indonesia.

Tupperware ranked second in the categories of innovation, social responsibility and quality of products/services.

Released annually, the Fortune World's Most Admired Companies list is seen as the definitive report card on corporate reputation. The rankings reflect the observations and opinions of industry executives, directors, and analysts on multiple criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. The latest rankings can be found in the March 17, 2014 issue of the magazine, as well as online.

Tupperware Brands Corporation is the leading global marketer of innovative, premium products across multiple brands utilizing a relationship based selling method through an independent sales force of 2.9 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.

Media Contact

Elinor Steele, Tupperware Brands

(407) 826-8448


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KEYWORDS: Reports, Tupperware Brands Corporation, Fortune, Empowering Women, world's most admired companies, Rick Goings, Innovation, social responsibility

New Chairman of Mars, Incorporated, Victoria B. Mars Delivers Keynote at 2014 Great Place to Work® Confrence

Fri, 2014-04-04 03:15
Entitled “Mutuality a Principle That Fosters a Shared Benefit,” Victoria discusses the positive impact that being a family-owned business guided by The Five Principles has on business performance and the workplace environment

SOURCE: Mars, Incorporated


NEW ORLEANS, LA, April 04, 2014 /3BL Media/ - On April 3, 2014, Victoria B. Mars, Chairman of Mars, Incorporated gave a keynote presentation at the 2014 Great Place to Work Conference.  In her presentation, entitled “Mutuality a Principle That Fosters Shared Benefit,” Victoria shared insights from her 35-year career and explained how the success of Mars, Incorporated is rooted in the family’s values, which are brought to life within Mars, Incorporated as “The Five Principles”.  These principles form the foundation for Mars’ approach to business and empower Mars employees, known as Associates, to create a unique, open and egalitarian workplace culture.  Victoria passionately supports this culture at Mars.  She believes it is what allows Mars to offer easy access to senior leaders and non-traditional career development opportunities alongside more traditional corporate programs.

Victoria commented, “The Five Principles are all about the ‘how’ versus the ‘what’ at Mars and they serve as a solid base upon which we build everything.  Mixed with a sense of entrepreneurial adventure that has permeated the business since the beginning, they create a workplace where our Associates can be proud and business can thrive.”  

The Mars family is actively and visibly engaged in the running of the business through their work on the Board, the Family Assembly and other roles within the organization.  Victoria contends that being family owned and principles-led has been fundamental to the success of the business and allows Mars to make decisions for the long-term. It has allowed the family to maintain its freedom to operate across generations, and to re-invest in the business in order to grow it authentically within the culture established by Victoria’s grandfather.

During her career at Mars, Victoria has always had a passion for Associate engagement.  In her talk, she outlined the role that she played in creating the company Ombudsman program and, then, leading it for 16 years.  Mars encourages an open culture, and the program she helped create at Mars provides every Associate with an independent and confidential channel of communication.  It’s a way for them to be heard and have a dialogue about issues that matter to them while empowering them to find solutions.  Victoria cites these experiences and learnings as being instrumental in improving the business and driving her passion for making Mars a great workplace.

Victoria commented, “It’s about using listening, coaching and individualized support as a way of helping Associates grow and develop.  The Ombudsman program at Mars is one way for Associates to be heard and collaborate on problem solving with a senior leader or family member like myself.  Nothing gives me more pride than having them thank me for creating that outlet or hearing they had a long, happy career because they felt valued as individuals and empowered to find solutions to overcome issues that mattered most to them.” 

“Our model of a great workplace emphasizes the relationship between employees and management and gives particular weight to practices and behaviors that build trust,” commented China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Mars’ Ombudsman program is a prime example of the sort of practice we see as essential for achieving transparency and sustaining a high-trust work environment.” 

To access and view the full speech, please click here: http://youtu.be/beyEvllqbto.  To access and view a recap from the speech, please click here: http://youtu.be/_gEipNYZyig


Mars Recognized as a Best Company to Work For Around The World
To date in 2014, Mars has been recognized in six markets around the world, including (with applicable ranking): Japan (#16 Best Workplaces), US (#76 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For List), Ireland (#2 for Medium Business Category), Belgium (#7 and winner of the special award for Inspiring Culture), Germany (#7 and Best Newcomer of the Year), France (#2).

In November 2013, Mars was ranked #22 by the first global workplace excellence ranking, the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list by the Great Place to Work® Institute. This saw the business receive recognition of its high percentage of women in executive and senior management positions where for the last decade, it has gradually increased the proportion of women in management roles by one percent each year to now 38 percent globally.  Additionally in November 2013 as reported by Buzzfeed, Mars was listed as number three among twenty companies with the coolest employee perks highlighting access to free candy and bringing your pet to work. 

In 2013, Mars was also recognized by 19 Great Place to Work® Best Companies to Work For lists including (with ranking as applicable): Argentina(6), Austria(4), Belgium(5), Brazil(24), Central America(5), Chile(8), Denmark(14), Finland (8) France(3), Greece(5), Ireland(1), Italy(3), Japan(25), Korea, Poland(7), Portugal(7), Spain(10), Switzerland(9) and USA(95) and being featured 16th on the 25 Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe list as well. In 2013, Mars was also featured on other national workplace lists including Australia (Aon Hewitt), Mexico (6 in Super Empresas), New Zealand (Kenexa Best Workplaces Award for the Medium-Large Workplace category), Thailand (Aon Hewitt), United Kingdom (58 in Times Top 100 Employers).

About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company.  In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932,  Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of  building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.


For more information, please visit www.mars.com.  Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars, linkedin.com/company/mars.

About the Great Place To Work Conference
The annual Great Place to Work® Conference is the only national event that teaches, inspires and connects professionals across industries and functions to strengthen workplace culture through building trust.  This premier event provides actionable information through presentations, panel discussions and facilitated networking sessions.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.greatplacetowork.com/2014-conference

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and employer branding programs, including Best Companies lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures

Contact Info:

Ryan Bowling
+1 (908) 914-1702

Anna Vickerstaff
+44 7810308426

KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Awards and Recognition, Mars Incorporated, 2014 Great Place To Work Conference, Victoria B. Mars, Great Place to Work, Ombudsman Program, Principles in Action, Associates, Five Principles

Dow, Credit Suisse and Overseas Private Investment Corporation Discuss Powering Business in New Markets

Fri, 2014-04-04 03:15
The Public Private Partnership Forum – Will you be there? Tune in online Monday, April 7, 2 – 5 EST



WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Bo Miller, Global Director of Corporate Citizenship at Dow and President of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and Paul Tregidgo, Vice Chair and Managing Director of Debt Capital Markets at Credit Suisse will seek to answer the question: How can industry and investment pave the way for market growth in emerging markets? TUNE IN HERE on Monday, April 7 from 2 – 5, EST for this live-streamed conversation, Powering New Business in New Markets, at the Public Private Partnership Forum, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton.

Emerging markets are growing at an astonishing rate, and business is an important engine for catalytic growth in many corners of the world.  Leading corporations and governments alike are seeking to foster economic growth while also fueling their own business pipelines through investment and infrastructure expansion.

At the same time, entrepreneurship is creating new employment for many. Leaders in energy, finance, and technology are working to use their resources to foster economic opportunity. Together, industry and investment are paving the way for mutually beneficial market growth.

Hosted by PYXERA Global, the Public Private Partnership Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that will actively engage the public, private, and social sectors in dialogue like never before. Broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 7 from 2 to 5 pm, EST, the Forum will examine how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value. Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and an important part of the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets Conference, the Forum will be live-streamed from pyxeraglobal.org.

Click here to sign up for the Public Private Partnership Forum on Facebook.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #Catalyze14.  

Where will you be?

Bo Miller
Global Director of Corporate Citizenship, Dow and President, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

Bo Miller is the Global Director for Corporate Citizenship for The Dow Chemical Company.  He is responsible for identifying corporate citizenship issues and trends important to the company, and in turn, developing and implementing the company’s global corporate citizenship strategy.  Miller also serves as the president and executive director of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation and director of Corporate/Community Affairs for Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR), Michigan. He joined Dow in 1978 and has held a variety of sales, marketing and business management roles before assuming his current responsibilities in July of 2004.

Elizabeth L. Littlefield
President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Elizabeth L. Littlefield was appointed by President Obama as the President and CEO of OPIC, the US Government’s Development Finance Institution.   Operating in 105 countries, OPIC manages a $16 bn portfolio of financing and insurance to support private investment in sustainable economic development, especially in the world’s poorest countries. Under Littlefield’s leadership, OPIC’s annual commitments to renewable resources projects grew ten-fold in three years to $1.5 bn, while generating increasing income for the federal budget. She has also instituted major reforms of the agency’s policies, systems and processes and introduced new financial innovations to augment the agency’s development impact. 

Paul Tregidgo
Vice Chair and Managing Director of Debt Capital Markets, Credit Suisse

Paul Tregidgo is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is Vice Chairman - Debt Capital Markets, responsible for the international DCM business, across investment grade and emerging markets globally. Mr. Tregidgo is a member of the bank's Emerging Markets Council and leads Credit Suisse's Global Government Client Segment, which is charged with the integrated delivery of the bank's expertise and capabilities to government clients worldwide.

Previously, he was Head of Global and Emerging Debt Capital Markets at Credit Suisse, and, from 1995- 2000, Head of Latin American Debt Capital Markets. During his career at Credit Suisse, Mr. Tregidgo has served on the Global Investment Banking and Fixed Income Operating Committees. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston in London in 1985, Mr. Tregidgo practiced international financial law in London and Hong Kong.

About PYXERA Global

PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.







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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, PYXERA Global, The Dow Chemical Company, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Credit Suisse, volunteer, skills based volunteer, Emerging Markets, Nina Easton, Fortune, entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur

Guest Post: GM Raises Awareness of Climate Change through Communications

Fri, 2014-04-04 02:45

SOURCE: General Motors


Whether it’s a guest blog post on energy management tips, a story about a plant reducing energy usage, or a video with our energy manager, we enjoy sharing our energy efficiency story. We’ve found that people are interested in lessening their impact on the environment and learning how to save money along the way.

Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR®, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, proving that the ENERGY STAR sticker on your refrigerator represents something much greater than a label.

We’re excited to announce today that in addition to being named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third year in a row, General Motors has also been awarded a Partner of the Year award for Climate Communications.

The inaugural award recognizes the companies that communicate the important, positive effects that energy-efficient behavior can have on the environment.

And, there’s a strategy behind our storytelling.

Part of our environmental stewardship is sharing our best practices with everyone so they too can find the real savings in cutting energy use. Our collective energy efficient behaviors can make a real difference on climate change.

GM’s energy efficiency subject matter experts travel the globe and sit on advisory boards to be part of the energy efficiency discussion, learning from others and sharing our own tips with employees, industry suppliers and customers.

Tell us in the comments: What are you doing at home or work to reduce your energy use?

Today’s guest post was written by Sharon Basel, General Motors manager of environment & energy communications.

Tweet me: FastLane Guest Post: @GM Raises Awareness of Climate Change Through Communications http://bit.ly/PsLpf6

KEYWORDS: Energy, Energy Star Partner of the Year, climate communications, climate change, GM, General Motors


VolunteerMatch Announces First Annual FestiVOL, a Week-Long Celebration of Volunteering in Honor of National Volunteer Week

Fri, 2014-04-04 02:15
VolunteerMatch is putting the strength of its network and brand behind celebrating volunteering.

SOURCE: VolunteerMatch


April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - VolunteerMatch, the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, today announced the first annual FestiVOL, a week-long celebration of volunteering in honor of National Volunteer Week.

This year occurring April 6-12, 2014, National Volunteer Week is typically a time for recognizing the contribution of volunteers to our communities and the world. With FestiVOL, VolunteerMatch will extend this mission to encompass its communities of volunteers, nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. The week will focus on providing inspiration, resources and action for anyone who cares about making a difference.

Each day of FestiVOL, VolunteerMatch will release three "nuggets" of content to its audiences about volunteering: one piece of inspiration, one piece of knowledge and one action. It's VolunteerMatch's hope that individuals, nonprofits and companies will share these nuggets with friends and family, increasing engagement and involvement across the United States.

Additionally, VolunteerMatch is encouraging everyone to join in FestiVOL by following the hashtag #FestiVOL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and posting their own stories, pictures, inspiration and resources to celebrate volunteering.

"Volunteering is the best. We all know it - so now let's show it," said Shari Ilsen, director of engagement at VolunteerMatch. "FestiVOL is about the fun side of volunteering and volunteer engagement, and how that fun side can help us all connect to the causes we care about and the successful ways to solve the world's problems."

To learn more about FestiVOL and see the feed of daily content nuggets, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/festivol.

About VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch is the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, with more than 97,000 participating nonprofits, 160 network partners and 12 million visitors each year. Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch offers solutions to make it easier for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make a difference. Since its launch, VolunteerMatch has helped nonprofits attract more than $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. VolunteerMatch is a two-time Webby Award winner, a Smithsonian inductee, and has been recognized for its work by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Time, Oprah Winfrey and Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org.

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Earth Day is Every Day for Keep America Beautiful as it Rallies Volunteers to Participate in National Great American Cleanup

Fri, 2014-04-04 02:15

SOURCE: Keep America Beautiful


STAMFORD, Conn., April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ – As Americans and our fellow global citizens face urgent environmental challenges, Keep America Beautiful knows that through education and volunteer engagement, small actions can make a significant local impact.  

That’s why on Earth Day, and every day in April and throughout the spring, Keep America Beautiful’s network of affiliates and participating organizations are conducting outstanding Great American Cleanup events throughout the country that celebrate the shared responsibility we all have to improve our communities and protect our planet. You can be part of Keep America Beautiful’s movement to build and sustain vibrant communities by participating.

Together with the nonprofit’s national network of community-based affiliates, organized volunteer events and experiential environment education programs are structured to beautify parks, trails and recreation areas, clean shorelines and waterways, reduce waste and increase recycling, remove litter and debris, plant trees and build community gardens, among other events to inspire generations of environmental stewards.  

“The Great American Cleanup brings people together to transform public places into beautiful spaces,” said Jennifer M. Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Earth Day provides an important reminder to all of us that when people come together for a common cause, positive and lasting change happens.”

Join forces with KAB at one of these upcoming events in April or see if there’s a Great American Cleanup participating organization near you:

  • Philadelphia (April 5): Keep America Beautiful will join Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (KPB), the Philadelphia Streets Department and Mayor Michael A. Nutter at the 7th annual Philly Spring Cleanup, one of the largest single-day cleanups in the country. Mayor Nutter will encourage residents to “Keep Up the Sweep Up” at a morning celebration at Gideon School. Volunteers will be painting schoolyard games on the blacktop, removing graffiti from the playground, and cleaning litter from the schoolyard and surrounding area.
  • Texas (April 5): The Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup. The Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of the partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Houston (April 5): Keep Houston Beautiful is adding a new educational element to Keep Houston Beautiful Day, titled “Grow Native, Preserve H2O.”  The goal of this new initiative is to educate the community about conserving water by choosing native plants that are drought resistant and will thrive in the local environment. Keep Houston Beautiful Day is a city-wide service day spanning various locations throughout the community.
  • Louisiana (April 11-12): “Leaders Against Litter” is a Keep Louisiana Beautiful statewide initiative in which community and political leaders will join Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne on the steps of the State Capitol on April 11 to publicly pledge their support for a litter-free Louisiana and kick off the Great American Cleanup. Fifteen KLB affiliates across the state will follow up with “litter-thons” on April 12.
  • Bakersfield, Calif. (April 12): Keep Bakersfield Beautiful’s Green Expo, recognition ceremony and appreciation picnic all take place at Yokuts Park after the city’s major Great American Cleanup, which attracts thousands of volunteers at locations throughout the city.
  • Louisville, Ky. (April 12): With more than 5,000 volunteers expected to participate, the 2014 Spring Brightside/Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup is Louisville’s kickoff to Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give A Day week of service.
  • Pennsylvania (April 12-May 5): Let’s Pick It Up PA is a two-week event within the Great American Cleanup of PA.  Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association and local landfills, Pick It Up PA Day allows participants of registered events to dispose trash free of charge at participating landfills.
  • Shreveport, La. (April 12): Shreveport Green’s Great American Cleanup is the largest city and parish-wide cleanup and green-up, attracting more than 1,000 volunteers to plant flowers and remove debris from neighborhood streets, vacant lots, parks and waterways.
  • Tampa, Fla. (April 12): For more than 20 years, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful volunteers have fostered unity and strengthened community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Hillsborough County during its Great American Cleanup.  Volunteers are invited to the After Trash Beach Bash to say thank you for helping to keep Tampa Bay beautiful.
  • Memphis, Tenn. (April 25-27): Memphis City Beautiful’s Faith in Action Cleanup is projected to be the largest Great American Cleanup faith-based cleanup initiative in the country with more than 5,000 volunteers registered to date. The three-day cleanup, presented by Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., will involve teams of volunteers from faith-based organizations, businesses and schools.
  • San Diego (April 26): The Creek to Bay Cleanup is I Love A Clean San Diego’s signature event. Since the inception of the event in 2003, nearly 45,000 volunteers have participated, resulting in the removal of 1.65 million pounds of debris from San Diego County locations. This cleanup strives to reach a diversified cross-section of San Diego County, with half coastal and half inland locations, emphasizing that 80 percent of coastal debris originates inland.
  • Indianapolis (April 26): Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s annual Great Indy Cleanup is KIB’s largest volunteer event of the year. This year, volunteers will focus on transforming communities around Indianapolis’ Fountain Square.
  • Albuquerque, N.M. (April 26): Keep Albuquerque Beautiful will host this year's Great American Cleanup Statewide Kickoff. Keep Albuquerque Beautiful is focusing on Alamosa Park, where volunteers will repaint shade structures, clean out the sand and re-sand the playground, and paint all trash cans.
  • Rockford, Ill. (April 26): In partnership with Winnebago County and the City of Rockford, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup involves thousands of volunteers in roadside cleanups and community improvement projects with the goal to increase neighborhood involvement.

The national sponsors of the 2014 Great American Cleanup include Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

Keep the spirit of Earth Day alive by participating in Great American Cleanup events throughout the country. The abounding sense of volunteerism that persists during each Great American Cleanup season is what makes this national movement so evocative of the American sense of community pride.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful national network of community-based affiliates and participating organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow @kabtweet on Twitter and like us on facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful.


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Keep America Beautiful
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EPA Recognizes CBRE With 2014 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year -Sustained Excellence Award

Fri, 2014-04-04 02:00
CBRE Earns Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Recognition for Seventh Consecutive Year

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.


Los Angeles, CA, April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CBRE Group, Inc. a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. This marks the seventh consecutive year that CBRE has been recognized for ENERGY STAR performance.

The 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award is given to organizations that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. These organizations have achieved aggressive emission-reduction goals by employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. The award recognizes ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

CBRE will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014. CBRE assists owners and occupiers with energy efficiency programs at properties it manages around the world. Since 2007, the company has benchmarked office buildings managed by its U.S. Asset Services Group with ENERGY STAR. Today, 1,345 buildings representing more than 237 million square feet are participating in the program, significantly more than from any other third-party management firm. In comparison with the previous year, the 1,345 participating buildings experienced a savings of 11,751 metric tons of CO2e; the equivalent of removing 2,440 cars from the road for an entire year. CBRE’s 217 ENERGY STAR buildings under management represent almost 3% of the 7,551 U.S. office buildings labeled.

“We are honored to receive this award for our continued efforts in sustainability,” said David Pogue, CBRE’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility. “CBRE is committed to its partnership with ENERGY STAR, and dedicated to increasing energy efficiency through the commercial real estate services we provide to our clients.”

CBRE offers a wide range of sustainability initiatives under its Environmental Sustainability program, which includes global commitments in 11 key areas of environmentally sound performance, including resource management, occupancy, communications and training, public policy and procurement. The program provides best practices and initiatives that strengthen CBRE’s own environmental commitment, reflect the best environmental practices in our clients’ properties, and provide vital training and education to CBRE professionals.

More than 500 CBRE professionals globally have earned LEED® Professional Credentials and CBRE has certified more than 200 buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings rating system, the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visitwww.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).



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Symantec Named One of the World's Most Ethical Companies

Fri, 2014-04-04 01:00
By Paola Zeni, Symantec's Director, Global Privacy, Ethics, and Compliance

SOURCE: Symantec


Symantec has been recognized as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. This is the seventh time that Symantec has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. Symantec is one of only 10 technology companies worldwide honored this year.

This award belongs to all employees at Symantec, who act in their daily job in accordance with the highest ethical standards.
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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Business & Trade, business ethics, Ethisphere Institute

Webinar - Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning in Your Organization

Fri, 2014-04-04 01:00



Register today for the FSG webinar Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning in Your Organization. 


April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The social sector is increasingly interested in assessing the impact of efforts to address complex problems. We have increasingly seen evaluation positioned as a tool for strategic learning within the philanthropic field. Yet, evaluation in many of today’s organizations is ad hoc, not aligned to strategy, underfunded, and underused. The current state of evaluation in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors points to the need for a more strategic approach to evaluation and learning.

This webinar will provide participants with deeper understanding of what it means for organizations to develop a comprehensive strategy for evaluation through the development of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System. We will answer the question:

How can you ensure that your organization’s investments in evaluation and learning are contributing to your ability to achieve greater impact?

Join FSG’s Hallie Preskill and Katelyn Mack, in conversation with Medina Haeri, program associate at Oak Foundation, Rebekah Levin, director of evaluation and learning for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and Brenda Solórzano, chief program director at Blue Shield of California Foundation. This lively webinar discussion will focus on:

  • Conditions that support an integrated approach to strategy, evaluation, and learning
  • Common challenges to designing and implementing a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System
  • How organizations are using a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System to achieve their goals

We hope you’ll join us and tweet along using the hashtag #strategicevaluation.

Register today!

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, evaluation, strategic evaluation, learning, webinar, FSG, hallie preskill, developmental evaluation

Meera Subramanian: Resilient Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:35

SOURCE: Sea Change Radio


As major weather-related calamities like Hurricane Sandy are teaching us, decisions around where buildings are built and trees are planted are important, especially as they relate to the encroaching coastline and other impacts of climate change. 

This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from Meera Subramanian, a writer whose recent piece in Orion Magazine explores post-Sandy restoration efforts that draw upon engineering insights from a hundred years ago, and may reach far beyond the shores of Long Island and New Jersey.
Then, we re-visit host Alex Wise’s discussion with Chris Cannon of Empower Playgrounds, an innovative non-profit that provides equipment to West African villages that converts the energy of playing kids into electricity for their families.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, africa, alex wise, chris cannon, climate change, meera subramanian, orion magazine, sea change radio, West Africa

DRW Commits to Working with Year Up in 2014

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:30



DRW Trading will once again open its doors to an intern thanks to its partnership with the Chicago chapter of Year Up. The intern is set to begin with the firm at the end of June for a six-month internship and will work with the firm’s IT desktop support team.


DRW Trading will once again open its doors to an intern thanks to its partnership with the Chicago chapter of Year Up — an organization that aims to close the opportunity divide for young urban adults by equipping them with the skills and experience to reach their potential through education and career opportunities. The intern is set to begin with the firm at the end of June for a six-month internship and will work with the firm’s IT desktop support team.

The Year Up program – comprised of a six-month training period, followed by a six-month internship – allows students between the ages of 18 to 24 refocus their goals to pursue education or employment in a professional career that is most often technology-related. This allows them to become economically self-sufficient.

DRW employees from the desktop support team currently volunteer onsite at Year Up to train students .

Some quick stats:

  • 186 Year Up alums have graduated from the Chicago program
  • Average hour wage of program graduates 4 months out is just shy of $15

DRW’s work with the Year Up program began in 2012 and the firm is committed to helping the organization and its mandate. To date, DRW has donated close to $70, 000 to Year Up.

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EPA Chief Outlines Policies for Renewable Energy

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:30



Last week, in a speech before a conference sponsored by the American Council on Renewable Energy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency laid out an expansive overview of intergovernmental cooperation. EPA head Gina McCarthy said the agency’s goal is to support the rapid pace of renewable energy innovation by establishing new regulations that work with new initiatives. To do so, the EPA is working more closely with the Department of Energy.

The bottom line for supporting renewable energy, says McCarthy, is the bottom line. “It’s not just the right thing to do, but it’s the economically sustainable thing to do.” The EPA chief emphasized the importance of renewable energy to the U.S. economy, and the role of the federal, state, and local governments in incentivizing the sector’s expansion. She noted the 100,000 jobs created by renewable energy projects on public lands undertaken by the Department of the Interior and the 39 states that now operate utility-scale wind energy projects. McCarthy defined the role of the EPA as a supporting one in the rapidly changing renewable energy sector. States and cities are accepted as the main incubators of innovation, and the EPA’s mission is to listen and work closely with them. Such a description might sound positively visionary except that it describes a renewable energy future that is already in action, right now, across the country.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: EPA Chief Outlines Policies for Renewable Energy 

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ONE Campaign, USAID & the FDA Discuss Global Health and Development at the Crossroads

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:00
The Public Private Partnership Forum – Will you be there?



WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Tom Hart, US Executive Director, ONE Campaign, Katie Taylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID, and Leigh Verbois, Director, Office of International Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration will take on the difficult question: How can cross-sector partnerships afford healthier lives for more of the world’s population?  Tune in on pyxeraglobal.org on April 7 from 2 – 5, EST  for this live-streamed conversation, Development at the Crossroads – Global Health, at the Public Private Partnership Forum, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton.

While many challenges confront the individuals and organizations committed to building a better world, global health is one of the most cross-cutting. From sanitation, to cookstoves, nutrition to vaccines, maternal health to communicable diseases, the absence of basic access and infrastructure undermines health and stifles growth in many communities.

A dynamic array of organizations are seeking to reduce non-communicable disease, provide affordable vaccines, and distribute malaria nets, clean cookstoves, and water pumps to those communities that need them most. A collective effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals has reduced child mortality, reinforced maternal health, and dramatically reduced the global incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, but a great deal more remains to be done to assure the health of the world’s people.

Hosted by PYXERA Global, the Public Private Partnership Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that will actively engage the public, private, and social sectors in dialogue like never before. Broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 7 from 2 to 5 pm, EST, the Forum will examine how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value. Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and part of the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets Conference, the Forum will be live-streamed from pyxeraglobal.org.

Click here to sign up for the Public Private Partnership Forum on Facebook.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #Catalyze14. 

Where will you be?

About PYXERA Global
PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.

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Boeing, Iraqi Airways Partner with Non-Profit Organization to Bring Smiles to Children in Iraq

Thu, 2014-04-03 08:50

SOURCE: Boeing


SEATTLE, April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) partnered with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation (Iraqi Airways) and U.S.-based non-profit organization Another Joy Foundation to transport a consignment of toys on board the airline's newly delivered Next-Generation 737-800.

The shipment is part of Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flights program and includes boxes of dolls, toy cars and trucks that Another Joy Foundation will distribute to underprivileged children in Iraqi orphanages.

"Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship organization, supports relief efforts around the world in partnership with airline customers and nongovernmental agencies such as Another Joy Foundation," said Elizabeth Warman, director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region. "These collaborative efforts bring relief and hope to people in need. With this consignment of toys, we look forward to bringing some happiness to orphans in Iraq." 

"We are extremely happy to participate in this relief effort that is part of our celebration of adding another Boeing airplane to the airline's fleet," said Bangen Rekani, Iraq's Deputy Minister of Transportation. "Such joint initiatives with Boeing and non-profit organizations will enable us to help those in need in the future as well."

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Another Joy Foundation's mission is to deliver joy and hope to less fortunate children around the world through donations of new and used toys, clothes, shoes and new school supplies.

Since Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flight program began in 1992, the company has facilitated more than 163 humanitarian delivery flights, working in partnership with over 50 different airlines worldwide.

This delivery to Iraqi Airways marked the third of the 30 Next-Generation 737-800s that were ordered by the airline in 2008.

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