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Sodexo Recognized for Leadership in Fight Against Hunger by The Campus Kitchens Project

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 03:30
Sodexo receives ‘The Vision Award’ for charitable efforts including youth engagement; expands national relationship with second on-campus food donation partner Food Recovery Network

SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.

Tweet me: #Sodexo receives @campuskitchens Vision Award for charitable efforts; expands relationship w/ @foodrecovery Network http://3bl.me/3ew32n Contact Info:

Sam Wells
+1 (301) 987-4893

KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Sodexo, Campus Kitchens Project, Chicago, Northwestern University, Hunger, Food Waste, sodexo foundation


Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s Work To Preserve Homes on the Pueblo of Laguna Community

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 03:25
More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes will take part in the two-day community revitalization effort

SOURCE: Rebuilding Together


Pueblo of Laguna, N.M., April 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is teaming up with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs and renovations to three homes and build a playground in the Village of Laguna on the Pueblo of Laguna reservation in New Mexico. More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from area stores and the Albuquerque customer support center will volunteer on April 23-24 to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety improvements as part of a $90,000 Lowe’s grant. These renovations will help safeguard the health of local families as they continue to live in their homes.

In addition, Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s will partner with Carter’s Kids to build a new playground for Pueblo of Laguna residents. Carter’s Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth, was founded by Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms” and “Celebrity Motor Homes.” Carter will work alongside volunteers and dedicate the new play space to the community on April 24.

The Village of Laguna is one of six villages of Laguna Pueblo which is one of 22 tribes in the state of New Mexico, located 40 miles west of Albuquerque. The settlement is in the valley corridor along the Rio San Jose River. Village of Laguna residents have a vibrant culture and practice their aboriginal belief system as they did before discovery. Among the modern conveniences and economic challenges, the communities maintain the principle of giving and celebrating life with humbleness and strength.

“Thanks to our partnership with Lowe’s, Rebuilding Together is able to provide these families with the needed repairs to make their homes and neighborhood, as well as make the community, a better place to live,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “This is a unique opportunity to work with the Village of Laguna and we are thrilled to be a part of this lasting impact.

Since 2007, Lowe’s has contributed more than $9 million to Rebuilding Together to improve local communities. With the help of Lowe’s Heroes, Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together have renovated and rehabilitated over 1,200 homes and assisted approximately 11,000 individuals, providing low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility and safety modifications and energy-efficiency updates.

“It is a pleasure to partner with Rebuilding Together because the work we do, not only benefits individuals, but impacts entire communities,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Helping our neighbors make much-needed updates to their homes builds a renewed sense of pride and engagement that is contagious to others around them; and the gift of a new playground where the entire neighborhood can gather, strengthens the community.”


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

About Lowe’s:
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $36 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com

About Carter’s Kids:
Carter’s Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth. Founded in 2008 by TV host Carter Oosterhouse, the purpose of Carter’s Kids is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. These play spaces have been found to have a positive effect on the cognitive, social and physical development of the children who use them.

Media Contacts:

Rebuilding Together
Victoria O’Banion

Natalie Turner

Fifteen Minutes
Megan Sekkas


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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, rebuilding together, Lowe's, Carter's Kids, Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Laguna, #volunteers, National Rebuilding Month


EPA Honors Eastman Chemical Company with 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Recognition

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 03:00

SOURCE: Eastman Chemical Company


April 7, 2014, /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in superior energy management. Through its partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, Eastman has improved its energy performance, saved money and helped to protect the environment for future generations.

Eastman is the first chemical company to receive the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award, EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award. Eastman was previously named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the only chemical company to receive the award more than once. In choosing Eastman for its highest honor, the EPA recognized the company for the speed of maturity and richness of its energy management program.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the EPA with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award,” said Mark Costa, Chief Executive Officer of Eastman. “I could not be more proud of the men and women at Eastman who are committed to energy management. This recognition is confirmation of Eastman’s commitment to maintaining sustainable operations and innovating sustainable solutions.”

The ENERGY STAR program provides a proven energy management strategy that has helped Eastman achieve important reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Key accomplishments of Eastman’s award winning energy management program include:

  • Improving energy intensity by nearly three percent, equating to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 310 million pounds. Since 2008, Eastman has improved intensity by nearly 8-percent.
  • Growing the corporate capital energy budget to $8 million and allocating a $3.5 million expense budget for energy efficiency improvements. More than $2.5 million of this was spent repairing steam leaks, averaging a six month payback, which continues to be a shared and implemented best practice across the corporation.
  • Integrating additional manufacturing sites into the corporate energy program.
  • Working within the company’s energy value chain to educate suppliers and customers on energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR as well as conducting sustainability audits of 27 strategic suppliers.

“ENERGY STAR’s industrial program has been a wonderful resource for us to continue to grow and improve our energy management program,” said Sharon Nolen, manager of Eastman’s corporate energy program. “Working with other ENERGY STAR Partners allows us to exchange ideas and learn from each other, benefitting the environment for everyone.”

“We want to be good stewards of our company, our environment and our world,” added Godefroy Motte, Eastman’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Through its partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, Eastman has improved its energy performance, saved money and ensured success today and for future generations.”

EPA’s annual ENERGY STAR Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The award winners are selected from nearly 16,000 partners that participate in the ENERGY STAR program and will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2014.

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.

Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemicals company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Corporate Communications
+1 (423) 229-1025

KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, 2014 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year, EPA, EnergyStar, Eastman Chemical Company

Pump-n-Pantry and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Kick-Off Trout Fishing Season

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 02:45
CITGO Retailer Plans Special Promotions on Opening Day

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


Montrose, Pa., April 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – CITGO Retailer Pump-n-Pantry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to thank loyal customers and to keep trout anglers coming back. On April 12, the opening day of trout fishing season, 17 Pump-n-Pantry locations in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, including four CITGO-branded stations, will offer free fresh-brewed coffee, hot chocolate or cappuccino to each customer who visits the store and displays an official 2014 Pennsylvania fishing license.

“In April, it’s still cold in Pennsylvania, but you’ll see people shoulder-to-shoulder in the streams where we operate chasing the first trout of the season,” said Pump-n-Pantry president Scott Quigg. “This is the first time the PFBC has approached us about this type of promotion and we were excited to help kick-off the season. With support from CITGO, we’re able to offer opportunities for trout anglers to win free fuel during a time when fuel costs are a concern. Anglers are a big part of our customer base. We’re glad to be able to give back to our most loyal patrons and help keep them warm out in those cold waters.”

In addition to a free hot beverage in exchange for proof of a valid Pennsylvania state fishing license, all eligible customers at the four participating Pump-n-Pantry CITGO stations will be entered for a chance to win one of 200 $5 CITGO Gift Cards. To enter, visit any of the following locations:

  • Pump-n-Pantry CITGO at 82 South Main St., Mansfield, Pa.
  • Pump-n-Pantry CITGO at 1 North Main St., Tioga, Pa.
  • Pump-n-Pantry CITGO at 9076 Rt. 414, Canton, Pa.
  • Pump-n-Pantry CITGO at 2 Springbrook Drive, Canton, Pa.

Founded in 1975, Pump-n-Pantry has 17 convenient locations in Northern Pennsylvania. The more than 200 Pump-n-Pantry employees are some of the most experienced and friendliest people in the quick service retail industry. For nearly four decades, the company and its dedicated team have delivered quick quality service at clean and convenient stores. Pump-n-Pantry and its team of associates play an active role in their communities by supporting local organizations, including libraries and literacy programs, scholarships, sports teams, youth groups, fire departments, community relief agencies and local branches of organizations such as the Red Cross and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

CITGO is committed to giving back to the neighborhoods it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Pennsylvania, including Pump-n-Pantry, own and operate nearly 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

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

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KEYWORDS: Ethical Production and Consumption, Citgo, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Fueling Good, fishing, Trout Fishing, Communities, Pump-n-Pantry, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, PFBC

GM Earns ENERGY STAR Award for Third Straight Year

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 02:40
Named Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management for second year in a row

SOURCE: General Motors


If General Motors was a basketball team, we would be talking about the company in the same breath as the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 90s.

That team took home three straight N.B.A. championships in the early part of that decade on its way to a run of six titles in eight years.

While GM isn’t quite there, we can hang our hat on a three-peat of our own, as we were recognized as a U.S. EPA Partner of the Year for the third year in a row while earning Sustained Excellence in Energy Management for the second straight year.

This award recognizes companies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while creating financial value.

“As the world faces sustainability challenges, we strive to be part of the solution—from designing more efficient vehicles to transforming how they’re built to reduce environmental impact,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “There is a strong business case to be made for integrating energy efficient practices at all of our global facilities.”

Over the past year, GM has made several moves to further reduce its carbon footprint:

  • Reduced 158,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from energy efficiency and fuel switching projects, the equivalent of powering 22,000 U.S. homes for a year.
  • Converted two coal-fired boilers to natural gas at its Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant for carbon reduction of 57,000 tons. That’s equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 1.5 million trees.
  • Invested $24 million at Orion, Mich. and Ft. Wayne, Ind. assembly plants to increase landfill gas usage and avoid 23,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
  • Engaged logistics suppliers in carbon reductions and change of delivery and shipping routes to cut CO2 emissions by 62,000 tons – the equivalent of energy use by more than 5,600 homes in the U.S.
  • Added nine new and 22 repeat achievers to list of facilities that met the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry – contributing $72 million to total program savings and reducing energy by 23 percent.

With a goal of reducing carbon intensity at our facilities 20 percent by 2020, the company has reduced energy intensity in the U.S. by 11 percent since 2010.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Energy Star Partner of the Year, sustained excellence, GM, General Motors

Class of 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention Honored for Transforming Social Solutions at Fifth Annual Women in the World Summit

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 02:25
Three Inspiring Organizations Awarded Grants by Toyota for Making a Difference

SOURCE: Toyota


NEW YORK, April 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Creativity, courage and determination in fostering social good reigns supreme among those gathered at the fifth annual Women in the World Summit, and the Toyota Mothers of Invention are no exception. This year, the Toyota Mothers of Invention transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people by collectively making clean water, healthy food and solar-powered light more accessible to those in need. 

Since 2012, the Toyota Mothers of Invention program has celebrated these amazing women, whose organizations’ ground-breaking ideas are changing lives, at the Women in the World Summit—and this year was no different. The fifth annual summit, hosted by Tina Brown Live Media at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center concluded this afternoon after three consecutive days of sessions during which ingenuity, inspiration and the desire to improve the quality of life across the globe took center stage.

During the final day of the summit, Toyota presented leaders of three nascent organizations with Driving Solutions grants of $50,000 to continue their positive impact on the lives of others, whether in their own communities or in a global footprint. Distinguished members of the Toyota Mothers of Invention Class of 2014 include Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, co-founders of LuminAID; Lauren Shweder Biel, executive director and co-founder, DC Greens and Tricia Compas-Markman, founder of DayOne Response.

They join a remarkable group of women honored at previous summits, including 2013 recipients  Kativa M. Shukla, founder and CEO of Fenugreen; Caitria and Morgan O’ Neill, co-founders and chief executives of Recovers.org; and Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts, co-founders of girltank, as well as the 2012 class – Aseneth Andrews, founder of The Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women; Talia Leman, founder of Randomkid.org; and Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman, inventors of the sOccket and co-founders of Uncharted Play.

“Toyota is proud to help fuel the innovations of the Mothers of Invention who are recognized here today,” said Flaurel English, vice president, marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and summit co-presenter. “The 2014 honorees join an extraordinary group of women who are not only making the world a better place, but also inspiring others to spark positive change in communities around the globe.”

The Summit, hosted by Tina Brown, a long time champion of women's issues, and presented by Toyota, centered on vivid journalistic storytelling, as inspiring leaders shared stories of courage and determination, empowering all in attendance to make a difference in her world. In addition to Brown, a long time champion of women’s issues, the event featured appearances by several leaders including President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the leader of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, alongside fashion and entertainment luminaries Meryl Streep, Diane von Furstenberg, Rashida Jones, Angelique Kidjo and Sarah Silverman, treating attendees to a truly memorable experience.  

About the Toyota Mothers of Invention:

Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta – Co-founders, LuminAID

Anna Stork and fellow architecture classmate Andrea Sreshta invented LuminAID, an inflatable and rechargeable light source, as a class project. The light bulb first went on after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Stork and Sreshta recognized that most disaster-relief aid focused on providing shelter and food, often leaving victims in the dark. Together, they believed that a good design and innovative technology could illuminate the victims' darkest hours.

The pair built the first LuminAID prototype in their kitchens, not knowing that a year later they would have a chance to benefit from their own invention; when an earthquake struck while they were visiting Tokyo, they discovered the profound value of light without power. Experiencing LuminAID's life-altering assistance first-hand gave them the incentive to raise funds for their project.

Lauren Shweder Biel – Executive Director and Co-founder, DC Greens

DC Greens is a community-driven strategy that brings healthy, sustainable and affordable nutrition to Washington, D.C. families. Executive director and co-founder Lauren Shweder Biel first took note of the abominable obesity statistics for D.C. youth in 2009, but also saw all of the functional, farmable land and farmers’ markets around the District, and wondered about the disconnect.

With DC Greens, Schweder Biel is bridging that gap with education initiatives to teach youth why sustainable nutrition matters. Along with teaching kids about nutrition, and educating future “garden teachers” to staff some of D.C.’s 90-plus school gardens, DC Greens has established school garden markets right outside the classrooms, ensuring that kids who farm the food are also responsible for selling it to their local communities. Overall, the schools turn profits, and D.C. residents can access fresh, locally grown produce.

Another one of DC Greens’ initiatives is equally as creative, and involves taking their work outside of the classroom and into the doctor’s office. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, launched in 2012, allows doctors to write at-risk residents prescriptions which work as currency in DC Greens farmers’ markets. Families can access produce—free of charge—and build a cornerstone of healthy habits.

Tricia Compas-Markman – Founder, DayOne Response

Engineer and designer Patricia ‘Tricia’ Compas-Markman dedicates her work to addressing the need for water in times of disaster, innovating technology that provides disaster victims, soldiers, or anyone in distress with purified water.

As a part of Engineers Without Borders, Compas-Markman developed a water treatment system for a rural village in Thailand. It was 2005; a tsunami had struck South Asia and Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S.  A year later, she created the prototype for the DayOne Response Waterbag—a portable pouch that collects, treats, transfers and stores water. Users collect unclean water and, by adding a Procter & Gamble purifying packet and agitating the bag, watch the water and sediment separate before pouring a clean, hydrating stream.

After completing the project, Compas-Markman invested in her ingenuity and started her own business, bringing the water bag to market. The response was overwhelmingly supportive, receiving praise from government agencies, disaster relief non-profits, the military, and an award from the Clinton Foundation.

For more information about the Toyota Mothers of Invention and the 2014 Women in the World Summit, please visit http://www.thedailybeast.com/sponsored/MothersofInvention.html.

About Toyota 

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people.  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.   

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

About Women in the World Summit

The Women in the World Summit is centered on vivid journalistic storytelling, featuring inspiring women and men from diverse cultures and backgrounds. From CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists and firebrand dissidents, the summit tells the stories of the courageous and intelligent women who are battling the status quo in their countries, picking up the pieces in the aftermath of war and shattering glass ceilings in every sector.

Media Contacts

Sona Iliffe-Moon
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
(310) 294-7195

Nick Ammazzalorso
Saatchi & Saatchi LA for Toyota
(424) 273-0712


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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Environment and Climate Change, Toyota, Toyota Mothers of Invention, Women in the World Summit, Driving Solutions, philanthropy


Katie Kotkins - Director, Cycle for Survival at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 02:00

SOURCE: Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum


Congratulations to Katie Kotkins, Director, Cycle for Survival at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the latest peer-to-peer fundraiser in our P2P Spotlight series.

Click here to read more about what drives Katie  - what excites her as this “big year” for Cycle for Survival 2014 concludes and what she is thinking about for 2015.

The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council launched the P2P Spotlight series to go "up close and personal with peer-to-peer fundraising professionals."  If you would like to nominate someone, please email us - info@runwalkride.com

Tweet me: Congratulations to @Cycle4Survival’s Katie Kotkins, featured in @P2PForum's P2P Spotlight! Read more: http://bit.ly/1e6rhoR #p2pforum

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Health, peer-to-peer fundraising, athletic event fundraising, cycling


LBG Canada The Importance of Auditing (Part I)

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 01:00
Why auditing your data is important

SOURCE: SiMPACT Strategy Group


LBG (London Benchmarking Group) Canada is a network of companies seeking to maximize the impact of community investment – for society and for business. Together, LBG Canada companies set the highest standard in community investment management, performance measurement and reporting in Canada. We support LBG Canada companies in:

·         Audit: Adopt a recognized global standard to value community investment and report results

·         Advise: Gain insights and tools to maximize community investment performance

·         Achieve: Demonstrate the strength of community partnerships and measurable impact

LBG Canada is currently in the middle of the 2014 Audit and Benchmarking cycle, with 95% of participants submitting their data for audit. So far this year, we have audited over 40,000 community investment transactions revealing $339 million in LBG Canada company investment and $48 million in external resources leveraged. Community investment auditing is an important process as it results in a clear understanding of the value of an overall community investment portfolio. We will be completing the 2014 LBG Canada benchmarking audit by the end of April and will communicate those results with our members at that time.

The attached infographic illustrates what exactly LBG Canada does audit and why community investment auditing is important: so that the value of community investment as a business unit is clearly understood.

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

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KEYWORDS: CSR Reports, Canada, community, Community Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Engagement, LBG Canada, philanthropy, socially responsible investing, Volunteering, VOLUNTEERISM & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

A Movement of Transparency: Lightning in a Bottle

3BL Media Communications - Mon, 2014-04-07 01:00

SOURCE: Source Intelligence®


Over 97% of climate scientists have concluded that the Earth’s unnatural and rapid atmospheric changes can be credited to human activity. Acidic oceans, endangered rainforests, and declining fresh water are immeasurable causes for concern. A shift in environmental politics and public policy is slowly paving the path for a greener future in California.

The critically acclaimed and internationally received event, Lightning in a Bottle (LIB), serves as an eye opener for environmental peace and conservation in California wilderness. The sprawling festival is a diverse collection of artistic performances accompanied by live music, shows, painting, yoga workshops and forward speakers. The ambience is that of a holistic retreat capturing vibes of Coachella, Burning Man, Cirque de Soleil, and Symbiosis. Statues, giant teepees and dream like structures stand tall in the rolling hills resonating with attendees to enjoy the beauty of creativity within nature. The festival is polarized in comparison to common entertainment that drives mass consumption and waste in the U.S. Farm to table, independent gardening, and a zero waste policy are all driven priorities of Lightning in a Bottle, defining the event as an interconnected sustainable force. Raw food connoisseurs demonstrate the benefits of natural, unmodified foods through holistic seminars. Hands on workshops are held through out the event, promoting creativity, connectivity and the power of thought in an organic environment. Lightning in a Bottle occurs Memorial Day weekend May 22nd-26th at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley California where camping is encouraged and available for the retreat. 

Recycled rattan and bamboo stages, go well beyond a simple “reuse, recycle” mentality as the festival utilizes the power of renewable energy. Biodiesel and solar energy are used to support generators, light towers, camping shuttles and crew vehicles. Reusable water containers can be purchased, and filtered water is available for all, in accordance with LIB’s “Free Water Initiative”. Plastic bottles are prohibited at the festival.

Respected non-profit, A Greener Festival has repeatedly recognized Lightning in a Bottle as the greenest festival in America. The mission statement of the NGO is direct with an intolerance of industries that support grave human rights abuses. The organization also supports international recognition of fair trade and innovative, green movements.

With San Francisco becoming the first city in America to ban the production and sell of plastic water bottles on city property, California is becoming the vanguard of sustainability. Southern California based corporation Source Intelligence is taking progressive action by helping global brands address human rights abuses, reducing corporate carbon footprints, and foreign corrupt practices in industry supply chains through the power of transparency. Pioneering actions by Lightning in a Bottle, NGO’s, and sustainable businesses will improve not only the environment but human rights issues. Transparency will mitigate the muddied waters of unethical working conditions and motivate sustainability. 

The power of change lies within the consistency and integrity of powerful organizations. 

For more information on the sustainable movements mentioned above visit:

Lightning in a Bottle: http://lightninginabottle.org/

Non-profit, A Greener Festival:  http://www.agreenerfestival.com/

Source Intelligence:  http://www.sourceintelligence.com/
By, Jahara Victoria

Sustainability Journalist


KEYWORDS: Media & Communications, Diversity and Human Resources, Lightning in a Bottle, sourceintel, thegreenerfestival

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

3BL Media Communications - 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.

Tweet me: Teens in @Children_Intl’s Youth Health Corps educate their communities about better #health! #WHD2014 http://bit.ly/1kjzHNZ?&rs_id=132 Contact Info:

Brittany Gelbach
+1 (816) 943-3832

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

3BL Media Communications - 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

3BL Media Communications - 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

3BL Media Communications - 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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The Kenneth Cole Foundation Awards Kenneth Cole Grants to Compass Fellows

3BL Media Communications - 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

What Cap’n Crunch Can Teach You About Fundraising

Have you ever felt like you were being watched in the supermarket?

In a new study from Cornell Food and Brand Lab, researchers found that characters featured on kids’ cereal boxes make incidental eye contact with children and cereals aimed at adults make incidental eye contact with adult shoppers. Cereals presumably marketed to children (think Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Trix) were found on lower shelves, and the gaze of the characters on these cereal boxes look downward at an angle of 9.67 degrees. 

This is probably not too surprising, but they took things a step further. Researchers asked a group of volunteers to rate their feelings about a brand based on the character featured on a cereal box. Study participants were randomly shown one of two versions of a Trix cereal box. One version featured the rabbit looking straight at the individual, in another, the rabbit had a downward gaze. Can you guess what happened?

People expressed a stronger connection to the brand when the rabbit made eye contact. Brand trust was also found to be 16% higher.  Participants even stated they preferred Trix, compared to another cereal, when that silly rabbit made eye contact.

Eyes in the Aisles Cartoon

So what does this have to do with nonprofit fundraising? Here are a few important reminders from the cereal aisle:

Know your target audience.
Think about the people you are trying to reach. Everything about your marketing efforts should speak to their unique experiences and values. One size does not fit all, so if you have multiple audiences, segment and tailor your approach accordingly.

Position yourself in their line of sight.
Are your cereal boxes on the right shelves? Understand the habits of your target audience and how to find them when they’re most likely to take action. If your target audience commutes via carpool each day, placards on the train aren’t going to make much impact. That’s somewhat obvious—the trick is having a deep understanding of where and when to reach your prospects. If you don’t have this intel, make it a priority to get it.

Make eye contact.
Are you looking your donors in the eye? Do this both figuratively and literally with your fundraising materials. In your emails, in advertisements, and on your website and donation pages, feature strong images of faces looking directly into the camera. Strike an emotional chord with your donors and make it easier for them to connect with your campaign.

How are you making eye contact with your donors? Share your ideas in the comments below, and—just for fun, tell us which cereal is your favorite. (Confession:  I’m partial to Apple Jacks as a guilty pleasure.)

Image courtesy of Cornell Food and Brand Lab

Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women

3BL Media Communications - 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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Fortune Names Tupperware Brands Corporation One of the Most Admired Companies In the World

3BL Media Communications - 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

3BL Media Communications - 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

3BL Media Communications - 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

3BL Media 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.

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


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