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The Five Dumbest Things You'll Hear About Sustainability
(Wednesday - November 13, 2013)
Source: Huff Post - This one's about dumb, dumber, and dumbest, plus two intermediate levels for good measure. Ready for the inglorious countdown?
Sustainability in Focus
Market Beat: 100 most sustainable companies in the world
(Friday - November 15, 2013)
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune - Socially responsible investing has been around for a long time. Investors can purchase mutual funds that will not invest in tobacco stocks or defense stocks or companies that have a track record of being heavy polluters.
CEO of The Mosaic Company Says Sustainability Is a Companywide Commitment That Adds Shareholder Value
(Friday - November 15, 2013) Associated Profiles : UN - Global Reporting Initiative GRI
Source: CSR Wire - Energy: In 2012, Mosaic’s phosphates business avoided approximately $90 million in expenditures on electricity through cogeneration, the process of converting ... framework and is committed to its continuous...
Ten ingredients for embedding sustainability into leadership
(Friday - November 15, 2013)
Source: Guardian (UK) - Today, ten years on in the global sustainability discussion and the answer is there – if you want to learn to lead better, place your leadership in the context of sustainability. Sustainability is a leadership task. It creates...
PwC Poll Shows Increasing Focus on Sustainability Factors in Dealmaking
(Thursday - November 14, 2013)
Source: PR NewsWire - Environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are becoming increasingly important in the deal market, according to a recent poll of over 300 professionals conducted by PwC US. The poll, conducted during PwC's recent...
Walmart's Sustainability Results Don't Match Promises, Report Finds
(Thursday - November 14, 2013)
Source: Huff Post - Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has received positive press in recent years for its promises to go green. The company began issuing an annual Global Responsibility Report in 2005. It announced plans to slash...
BSR 2007: Designing a Sustainable Future
(Thursday - November 14, 2013) Associated Profiles :Business for Social Responsibility
Source: Tree Hugger - Last week San Francisco hosted the annual Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) conference for the first time since 1999. Over the past few years, we Treehuggers have witnessed a radical evolution...
Integrating Sustainability ‘Biggest Challenge for Business’
(Thursday - November 14, 2013)
Source: Environmental Leader - Only one in five companies has fully integrated sustainability into business, according to a survey of corporate sustainability executives by nonprofit business network BSR and research consultancy GlobeScan. This year, more...
Employee engagement: a sustainability super-strategy?
(Wednesday - November 13, 2013)
Source: Guardian - Quick: what carbon reduction projects have the highest internal rate of return in global corporations? Transportation use? Energy efficiency? According to the recent results of the Carbon Disclosure Project, it is behavior...
Getting Over The Sustainability Innovation Hump
(Wednesday - November 13, 2013)
Source: Huff Post - I just read an interesting Deloitte study linking sustainability and innovation inside corporations. According to the study, companies engaged in sustainability innovate more than their competitors. At the risk of sounding....
Is 'agile leadership' the next sustainability buzz phrase?
(Tuesday - November 12, 2013)
Source: GreenBiz - In such a quickly evolving environment, business leaders must learn to adapt and stay ahead by being agile. Agility is the new buzzword. It applies to business as well as to sustainability leadership.
This is just a sample of some of the articles from this weeks SustainabilityHQ Highlights. You can view the full Highlights by using the following links. Sustainability | ESG, Highlights for the Week of November 21, 2013
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Kingsport, Tenn., Nov. 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Looking for a premium finish to reflect its new on-the-go beverage product, U.K.-based The Good Whey Company turned to Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester material to use for its labels. These labels — supplied by CCL Label Decorative Sleeves, also based in the U.K. — are used on bottles of Upbeat, a high-protein dairy drink. Embrace HY was selected because the material offers the bottles a soft-to-the touch feel, matte look, 360-degree billboard effect and sustainability benefits.
Meeting consumer needs
One reason Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester was considered by The Good Whey Company for the Upbeat product is because the recyclability of the bottles was important to the company.
“Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester is an innovative sustainable packaging option for brand owners, offering a 30 percent lower density than other copolyesters and requiring less material for the same demand,” said Anthony Sammut, EMEA specification sales and marketing manager, Eastman. “By using Embrace HY for its labels, The Good Whey Company was able to use a custom-designed clear PET bottle — which is recyclable — with a tapered waist, instead of having to use a pigmented bottle with a shrink label.”
The twin perforation on the label enables the end user to easily tear and remove it. When a label is removed, the bottle can be more readily detected in the recycling stream, increasing the probability the plastic will be used for a new bottle. The product also was made more recyclable on account of the bottle being clear rather than colored PET, unlike many other dairy products.
“Working with Eastman Embrace™ HY and using the twin perforation allowed for an easily and cleanly removable sleeve, therefore encouraging consumers to remove the labels and enhancing the probability the bottle will be recycled without the fear of contamination,” said Jon Cowan, sales director, CCL Label Decorative Sleeves. “These subtle perforations do not detract from the visual excellence the sleeve offers in terms of 360-degree decoration.”
Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester provides products a distinctive on-the-shelf presence with a wraparound, 360-degree billboard effect that forms tightly around highly contoured containers. The material is naturally white colored, eliminating the need for printed white flood coats. The Good Whey Company also selected Embrace HY because of the material’s matte effect and that it feels soft to the touch.
“The Upbeat packaging requires a premium finish to reflect the high quality of the product inside the bottle, and using Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester has allowed us to do just this,” said Susie Hignett, brand manager, The Good Whey Company.
A team effort
The Good Whey Company selected CCL Label to produce the Upbeat labels because of the company’s technical knowledge and skills and because of the group’s effective customer support during the project’s development. In turn, from previously working with its products, CCL Label knew Eastman had just the right material.
“When we were approached by The Good Whey Company for a product label that would be attractive and eye-catching, we immediately identified Eastman Embrace™ HY material as the ideal solution,” Cowan said. “All companies worked through the development phase to achieve an attractive final package design.”
Upbeat is sold at Tesco Extras and Superstores, Holland & Barrett and at select Waitrose stores and Moto Services in Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire in the U.K. Find specific stores at www.feelingupbeat.com.
For more information about Eastman Embrace™ family of resins, visit www.eastman.com/embrace.
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Activists provide the critical checks and balances on the corporate sector, serving as one of the core drivers of progress across the globe. Holding companies accountable for their social and environmental footprint is critical in addressing some of the greatest challenges affecting our society. Our team has experienced first-hand how companies quickly come to the table when this pressure is activated and we continuously try to push companies to be proactive – not reactive – so that they can solve problems in a more genuine way.
Following on our earlier piece on the Top 10 Tips for Corporations When Engaging Activists, this piece is intended to share with activists the dynamics we often see at play behind the scenes when companies are engaging the activist community. We see common roadblocks that if not addressed effectively, can lead to longer periods of conflict, breakdown in negotiations, and greater mistrust on both sides. With so many critical environmental and social problems facing our society, we hope our advice can help overcome or prevent these hurdles and more quickly drive positive change.
Future 500 has been working between corporations and activists since our founding eighteen years ago. The tension in these engagements can often lead to breakthrough systemic solutions when the two sides find the common ground discussions necessary to advance solutions. Our organizational mission is to enable these conditions for corporations and NGOs through stakeholder engagement.
We have often seen that activists achieve the highest outcomes with companies when they follow these key tips:
1. HUMANIZE BOTH SIDES
Break the stereotypes. Just as activists may carry around simplistic caricatures of corporate executives (e.g. rapacious profit mongers), so do corporate executives often stereotype activists (e.g. naïve anti-business tree huggers). They only see the actions that reinforce their prejudice – they try to ignore the rest. Surprise them. And let yourself be surprised by them.
Demonization is only a tactic. You may plan to demonize your adversary as part of your supporter mobilization, but remember, demonization is a tactic, not a truth. In war, perhaps it’s necessary to believe every enemy soldier is a demon. In reality, few are truly evil. Most are caught up in a system that needs to change.
Show your human face, and see theirs. For constructive dialogue, it’s essential to humanize yourself and your organization, especially if you have just launched a public campaign and the company feels attacked. Drive to understand the various executive decision makers who can help you advance your objective by getting to know their interests, backgrounds, and world view. We find that breakthroughs often happen over simple connections, particularly in an informal setting – such as a shared love of fly-fishing or passion for a particular alma mater or sports team.
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NEW YORK, November 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions for the giving community worldwide, today announced that Kristin Nimsger has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Nimsger is assuming the role previously held by Preston McKenzie, who has transitioned into the role of Chairman.
Ms. Nimsger has spent the last decade driving transformation and growth in technology companies. She brings to MicroEdge a leadership style that is driven by passionate articulation of the envisioned future and strategic direction of an organization. Most recently, she was the Managing Director, GM and Head of the Practice Technology and Services business at Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI), a market-leading suite of software products, services and content for legal professionals. She led the growth strategy, product management, marketing, operations and P&L for this high-growth business unit.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Kristin was President of Kroll Ontrack, Inc., a provider of technology-enabled services, software and SaaS solutions for information retrieval, analytics and management. She was responsible for advancing the strategic vision of Kroll Ontrack and growing the Data Recovery, Legal Technologies and Search business lines through investments in organic growth and geographic expansion. Over the course of ten years at Kroll Ontrack, Kristin held a variety of management positions and gained a reputation as a trusted and collaborative leader of complex teams with strong results in people, process and technology, taking the business from startup to $300 million with more than 1,500 employees.
According to MicroEdge Chairman, Preston McKenzie, “Kristin has an exceptional track record of driving strategic vision and product direction, and a wealth of experience leading growth in large organizations. She is an outstanding choice of leader, and I am confident in her ability to leverage the strong foundation at MicroEdge to take the business and its products to the next level.”
“MicroEdge is great company with a rich history and a bright future, and I’m incredibly excited to work with the MicroEdge team to lead it into its next chapter,” says Ms. Nimsger. “Over the past few weeks, I have been able to speak with numerous clients at our annual Solutions Conference and the Technology Affinity Group (TAG) annual conference. I appreciate the open dialogue about what’s working in their products and partnership with MicroEdge, and I’m looking forward to pursuing opportunities to create even more value for our clients through product innovation and programs that enrich their experience working with our solutions.”
Ms. Nimsger earned a J. D. cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, and received her B.A. in English/Communications from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Established in 1985, MicroEdge, LLC is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated, and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. MicroEdge is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of software and technology-enabled companies. To learn more about Vista Equity Partners, visit www.vistaequitypartners.com. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit www.microedge.com.
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AECOM recently collaborated with the Ethisphere Institute to produce the second annual “Best Practices in Ethics Communications Workshop” at the iconic New York Stock Exchange. This year’s workshop, which was coordinated by the Ethisphere Institute’s Communications Advisory Board, was themed, “Working across the C-suite.”
The workshop focused on leveraging internal communication strategies to create an ethical business culture, engage staff and enable organizations to earn and maintain the institute’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” (WME) designation. It was geared towards communications, compliance, governance and legal professionals, and began with remarks from Paul Argenti, professor of Corporate Communication and Corporate Responsibility, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Argenti reminded attendees that they are now on the front lines of a new regulatory era, and there is nothing more important than establishing and maintaining trust across all business operations. “Ethics is how you should act and what you should do; it means going beyond legal requirements,” said Argenti. “After all, trust gives us our license to operate; it is based on the notion that employees and companies will always provide collective trust.”
The workshop also featured an expert panel discussion moderated by Jean-Marc Levy, senior vice president and head of global issuer services, NYSE Euronext. The panel included:
The panel discussed the role of communicators in setting an ethical tone within an organization and agreed that many companies are embracing social media as a tool to drive greater transparency and build trust among stakeholders.
A breakout session led by Dr. Edward Queen, director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership Program within Emory University’s Center for Ethics, featured a wide range of topics intertwined with the dominant theme of ethics and communication. “Creating ethical people is not merely about training them about how to behave in today’s society,” said Queen. “It depends on the consistency between values, rules, and practices which should always remain strong.”
Additional highlights included best practices in ethics communications from WME companies Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cleveland Clinic and Wipro Limited. Public relations firms Edelman and Hill Knowlton Strategies also discussed best practices across industries globally.
The Arthur W. Page Society’s president, Roger Bolton, and General Electric’s vice president of communications and public affairs, Gary Sheffer, shared fresh insights on the Page Society’s New Model for Corporate Communications. Sheffer was recently appointed chairman of the Page Society, which is the leading professional association for communications executives.
Ethisphere Institute CEO Tim Erblich led a key takeaways discussion that included Ben Boyd, global chair, corporate practice, Edelman, and Laura Kane, vice president, corporate communications, Aflac Inc. “The success of the workshop was made possible by the active engagement of the more than 130 participants,” said Tim Erblich, chief executive officer, Ethisphere Institute. “From corporations and small businesses, government and the military, academia (professors and students), we engaged in meaningful dialogue around external communication programs that highlight ethics as a differentiating brand attribute and positively position the business community with external stakeholder audiences.”
Paul Gennaro, AECOM’s senior vice president and chief communications officer, who also chairs Ethisphere’s Communications Advisory Board, concluded the event by emphasizing the importance of brand reputation as it pertains to ethics, social responsibility and transparency.
“All of us, across the C-suite, are in the midst of a truly defining time — one when we have a responsibility to lead the way and an opportunity to transcend the implied limitations of our job descriptions or titles,” said Gennaro. “We have the ability — and the responsibility — to rebuild trust within our respective organizations, for our customers and clients, and within society as a whole.”
Gennaro concluded the workshop by saying, “Trust starts with us, as does rebuilding it — which the world greatly needs right now.”
AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries and had revenue of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2013. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.
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SOURCE: Allstate CorporationDESCRIPTION:
November 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Today, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation announced plans to donate up to $100,000 to benefit victims of the storm that devastated the Philippines last weekend. The Allstate Foundation plans to provide immediate support through the American Red Cross International Services. Allstate will donate additional funds based on employee and agency owner donations and a dollar-for-dollar match.
"The generosity of our agency owners and employees has always shone through in great times of need and this will certainly not be the exception," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "More than eight million people have been affected by the typhoon and I'm proud we are stepping up to assist in the recovery. Our hope is that the thousands trying to access water, food, and medicine over the next few days and weeks will get the support they need."
In addition to aiding recovery efforts within the United States, Allstate has a long history of philanthropic support for disaster recovery efforts around the world.
To donate and learn more about the relief efforts, please visit www.redcross.org.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as viawww.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
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Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
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