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Cornerstone Capital Group (“Cornerstone”) today announced the appointment of Rostam Zafari to its Board of Directors. Zafari is a humanitarian who is passionate about providing access to affordable healthcare, economic opportunity, quality education, and healthy food for underserved communities through impact investing and philanthropy.
“We are delighted to have Rostam join our Board of Directors. As a well-known thought leader and proven expert in designing impactful solutions in the fields of healthcare and education, Rostam’s input will be invaluable to our board,” said Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone.
Zafari has received substantial recognition for his humanitarian efforts. He founded Rapid Ebola Detection Strips (REDS), which identified Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in record time and reduced the cost of testing from $50,000 to less than $50. His work with REDS earned him a 2015 Cyrus Prize and an invitation to the White House by Michelle Obama. Rostam also helped build and serves as a board member of The New School, a high school based on the principles of community-engaged learning and social entrepreneurship.
“I am honored to serve as a board member at such a purpose-driven firm,” added Zafari. “Cornerstone’s commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by providing access to healthcare and quality education through investments resonates with me. Erika taught me that every investment is an impact investment because the way we move money has a tangible impact on the world- whether we choose to see it or not. I look forward to working with Erika and her team as they usher in the next generation of investing to build a more prosperous, equitable, and beautiful world.”
Zafari currently serves as the Managing Partner at World Within Labs, a venture firm dedicated to building impactful companies that assist underserved communities. Prior to joining World Within Labs, Rostam was the Chief Investment Officer for Sage Hill Capital Partners, where he managed more than fifty investments in companies with purpose-driven founders and with fund managers across the US, Europe, India, and Africa.
About Cornerstone Capital Group
Cornerstone Capital Group seeks to align our clients’ investments with the issues that matter most to them, without sacrificing financial performance. The firm works with families and individuals, foundations and endowments, multifamily offices and other registered investment advisors to develop and manage customized investment strategies to achieve bespoke financial and impact objectives. Cornerstone also offers a long-only global equity mutual fund, the Cornerstone Capital Access Impact Fund (CCIIX), designed to provide liquid access to global impact.
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Canada has witnessed some exciting gender equality wins over the last few years, both symbolic and concrete. Senate passed a bill to make the national anthem gender neutral1. The government rolled out an expanded parental leave policy, helping to alleviate the burden on new mothers2. The City of Montréal hosted the first-ever meeting of female foreign ministers3.
But as the COVID-19 virus makes its mark worldwide, it threatens to undo the progress made in Canada and abroad. And as we face a recession predicted to shrink Canada’s GDP by 6.2%, women will bear the brunt of the downturn since they make up the bulk of the sectors most affected – restaurants, travel and hospitality4. On top of being at higher risk for losing their jobs, they’re also most likely to be working alongside the virus each day, as women make up 75% of health practitioners5.
Pandemic aside, here in Canada’s financial services industry, we’ve had work to do all along. Within our six largest banks, women make up 58% of the total workforce, but only 38% of senior management positions6.
While one industry may not determine the policy direction the government takes to promote gender equality, Canadian banking and financial services leaders do have the power to promote change in our own organizations and the industry at large, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So where to begin?
Attaining a truly inclusive environment and culture of equality requires an “all hands on deck” approach and mindset from employees at all levels of an organization. While everyone has a responsibility to uphold gender equality efforts, senior leadership holds particular responsibility to make change in an organization. If those at the top of the pyramid are not on board and willing to implement programs, set targets or engage other leaders, those below will lack motivation and hope for change.
To see real, measurable change in their organizations, those leaders must take action on several key initiatives. As we push through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offered a rare opportunity to put these measures to work.
Pay – Negating the gender pay gap is perhaps the most obvious step to promoting gender equality, and no one can deny its importance. In Canada, women earn $0.87 for every dollar that men earn, or $4.13 less than men per hour7, showing that we still have work to do. And with an impending global recession thanks to the pandemic, women are predicted to be hit harder than men since they make up a greater percentage of the workforce in service-related jobs such as those in the hospitality sector8. As a result, we may see slower progress over the next few years in creating equal pay. Within the financial services industry and as a sector that will be spared the worst of this economic downturn, we have a duty to focus on taking down the pay gap wherever possible.
Hiring and Promotions – Diverse organizations – especially those with a diverse leadership suite – outperform homogenous ones. In times of crisis, as we find ourselves now, when a leadership suite brings greater perspectives due to a variety of identities, organizations are stronger for it. To set your organization on the right track to building a strong pool of female employees and employees of colour ripe for leadership positions, consider implementing a mentorship program. While female leaders can serve as helpful mentors to other women looking to climb the ranks, pairing male leaders with female associates is just as important so that leadership across the board may be able to look beyond their own unconscious biases to see the organization’s leader talent pool for what it is.
Parental Leave and Childcare – Over the decades, women may have been set back in the workplace due to outright discrimination in some cases, but societal parenting roles play a huge part in gender imbalance. Sixty percent of women say it’s a challenge to balance work and family compared to 52% of men – indicating that women lose time focusing on their work because societal parental roles obligate them to shoulder more of the childrearing9. Favourable parental leave for both men and women, with comparable lengths of time and benefits, is an important step in overcoming this barrier. Providing employees with affordable childcare options, such as an on-site daycare centre or a pre-tax childcare spending account, also helps alleviate the burden on both mothers and fathers in your organization and lets them focus on their careers.
Work Flexibility – As women still carry the larger burden of childcare, flexible work arrangements, such as the ability to work from home or to work flexible hours, are particularly important for retaining and promoting female employees. According to a study from the University of British Columbia, “When companies allow work to be organized in a flexible way, they're less worried about hiring mothers… Not only does flexibility make it easier for mothers to do well in their jobs, but it also alleviates concern from the employer that they'll be able to10.” The broader importance of flexibility, not just for parents, but for all employees, is clearly important for working through times of crisis, such as now. Employers who already enabled flexible arrangements experienced less disruption transitioning to the new normal of quarantining. The setup especially supports parents suddenly burdened with full-time childcare on top of their jobs. Organizations that have robust flexible work programs should realize the benefits during this pandemic crisis, where working from home has been a critical component to quickly mobilize a response for business activities.
Diversity Training – To make sure all employees in the organization receive the message of how gender equality is treated within the organization, the importance of diversity should be part of the employee training process for all employees. Just as you require employees to participate in quarterly or annual cybersecurity training, diversity training should recur in their required training queue to keep the issue fresh on employees’ minds.
D&I – More than just giving women a seat at the leadership table within the financial services and banking space, we need to create a welcoming, diverse environment. Establishing a diversity and inclusion (D&I) committee and other similar interest group committees reinforces the idea of inclusivity for not only women, but also people of colour, LGBTQ professionals and other underrepresented groups, and provides important spaces and resources for these professionals. Seventy percent of Canadian organizations say they focus on improving D&I, versus 81% of organizations globally11.
Tracking Metrics – Quantitative tracking of furthered gender equality means so much more than anecdotal evidence of progress. Every organization’s HR team should track demographics to help the company understand its D&I progress. Sixty-five percent of Canadian organizations do so already, compared to 64% of organizations globally12. Ideally this number will be 100% in the near future. This should go beyond just tracking the number of women within the organization in leadership roles. It should also look at aspects like tenure, pay, and sense of belonging via employee engagement surveys. Diving deeper into such numbers can provide helpful direction into where problems may lie.
Seeing progress firsthand
As the leader of the Canadian division of Northern Trust with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, I’ve witnessed the gender balance come a long way. Do I still occasionally find myself as one of few women in the room, and sometimes the only woman in the room? At times, yes.
However, while we all still have work to do, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m very proud of the strides I’ve witnessed at Northern Trust over the course of my career. With a robust D&I program, an impressive gender ratio of leaders, and built-in training surrounding diversity and gender equality, we’ve been recognized by programs like the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index for our progress. At the same time, we, like so many others in our industry, recognize we can’t claim victory yet in our efforts to reach true gender equality.
I am confident that we and our industry peers will continue to rise to the occasion of promoting gender equality and in particular, leveraging lessons from this current crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a catalyst for change. It has revealed the world’s economic inequity with stark contrasts. We must show we care by being committed to fair pay, transparent compensation principles, and diverse and inclusive workplaces.
1 CNN, Canada moves to make its national anthem gender-neutral, June 15 2018
2 HuffPost, Canadian Dads Can Take 5 Weeks Of Shared Parental Leave. Here's Why They Should, March 25 2019
3 Foreign Policy, One Small Step for Feminist Foreign Policy, September 20 2018
4 The New York Times, Why This Economic Crisis Differs From the Last One for Women, March 31 2020
5 World Health Organization, Spotlight on Statistics, February 2008
6 Canadian Bankers Association, Representation of Women at Banks in Canada, January 14 2020
7 Statistics Canada, The gender wage gap in Canada: 1998 to 2018, October 7 2019
9 Pew Research Center, For many working dads, balancing work and family is a challenge, June 12 2019
10 ScienceDaily, Flexible work arrangements reduce wage gap for mothers, May 10 2018
11 Mercer, Let’s Get Real About Equality, 2020
The following message was sent by VF’s CEO, Steve Rendle, to all VF employees globally on May 30.
To All VF Associates Worldwide –
This week the world witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd, an African American man whose life was needlessly taken by a Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground and held a knee on his neck.
The stomach-churning images and videos of this horrible incident have dominated the news and social media feeds in the U.S. and beyond in recent days. And now these images include the immediate aftermath of this situation: protestors clashing with police, buildings on fire, people hurting – and pundits on television talking about how this can never happen again.
This should never have happened, period, much less again. But, if we’re honest, we know it likely will. We know this story all too well because it’s repeated with frustrating regularity, not only in the U.S. but all over the world. It’s heartbreaking. And it’s unacceptable.
As I’ve thought about this situation, I can’t help but draw comparisons between it and the global pandemic we’re currently facing. Why? Because both have been caused by a virus. The virus behind our global shutdown has a formal name: COVID-19. The virus that caused the death of George Floyd and many other people of color also has a formal name. It’s called racism. Unfortunately, our world only seems interested in finding a cure for one of these diseases.
Let’s be clear, racism isn’t an American issue alone. Yes, it’s inextricably linked to U.S. history, but racism doesn’t adhere to borders. It lives just below the surface in our global society and is triggered by certain events. For example, hatred is now being directed toward the Asian community in response to the coronavirus outbreak and its regional origin. The intersection of these two viruses is extremely ironic.
Racism is not welcome at VF Corporation. It never has been and never will be. And while we as a company can’t create a vaccine to eradicate racism from our planet, we can do our part to lead with purpose, inspire others with our actions, break down racial and ethnic barriers and be part of the solution. Unlike the coronavirus, we aren’t going to stay in our homes or hide from the racism virus. We’re going to continue to fight it, but do so through constructive and collaborative efforts, not destructive and violent protests.
Starting today and over the coming weeks, you will see VF and our brands speak out against racism and engage both our associates and external audiences in positive, productive dialogue. And because many of us are hurting and feeling an extra level of anxiety these days, we will be taking concrete steps to support you during this time. To this end, our Inclusion & Diversity team will create virtual venues for us to gather, discuss and express our emotions, which are understandably high right now. We will activate our Employee Resource Groups in ways that elevate this topic to a higher degree internally, and we will leverage our Executive Inclusion & Diversity Council so we can understand what other actions we should be taking to support our people.
VF and our brands have been championing equity, equality and belonging for a long time, whether that’s through specific support for initiatives and organizations from our individual brands or supporting dozens of minority-led and focused organizations through the VF Foundation and other forms of corporate support. This isn’t new territory for us. But the senseless death of George Floyd seems different. It seems like a turning point in this long battle against the racism virus. And while I’m not confident we will discover a cure in the near term, we need to start with acknowledging that racism is also a pandemic – and one that has been an immensely debilitating factor in our society and abhorrent to our professed values of inclusion and equality.
We at VF will continue to do what’s right and lead by example through not just words, but actions. As always, we remain absolutely committed to ensuring that our company is one where everyone feels welcome, supported and inspired to be exactly who they are.
That is who we are at VF, and each of us plays a critical role in helping our global society build a more enduring remedy for racism and hatred.
Chairman, President & CEO
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the company will commemorate World Environment Day on June 5 by matching the carbon offsets of all packages shipped via its carbon neutral program during the month of June. UPS carbon neutral counterbalances the estimated carbon impact of each shipment by purchasing certified carbon offsets.
UPS will automatically match all offsets during the month of June. To start shipping more sustainably today, please click here. For more information on UPS’s ongoing sustainability initiatives, visit www.ups.com/sustainability, and stay tuned for the company’s upcoming 18th annual Sustainability Report when it is released on June 30, 2020.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Forbes Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at ups.com/longitudes. The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. Learn more about our sustainability efforts at ups.com/sustainability. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter. To ship with UPS, visit ups.com/ship.
The 2018 – 2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) is a collection of our sustainability goals, grouped under five megatrends. We use the SSI to share and measure our progress toward our own sustainability objectives, which are closely tied to the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"More than ever, in 2019, the SSI demonstrates that rapid, disruptive changes for a more sustainable world are possible across diverse and complex topics. I am amazed by the commitment of our teams and partners worldwide to contribute to our common goals, and confident we are on the right path with efforts validated by external experts. This year will be pivotal in pushing to reach ambitious targets and inviting stakeholders to help define the 2021 – 2025 SSI, in line with the SDGs." - Olivier Blum, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Schneider Electric
"We work to advance the U.N. SDGs every day. They are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for all people and our planet. Achieving them requires global partnerships to transform our world by 2030 and beyond. The SDGs form the basis of our SSI, which guides our contributions toward tackling climate change, ending poverty, improving health, and reducing inequality. We invite you to explore this report to see how our actions help advance these global efforts." Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainable Development Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric
Procter & Gamble and Cargill Collaborate to Bring Nature-Powered Innovation, Fueling the Future for more Sustainable Products
An innovation developed in the corporate R&D labs at P&G that converts lactic acid into bio-based acrylic acid could be a helpful step to shift everyday goods to be made from annually renewable crops. P&G has granted Cargill an exclusive license that allows Cargill to further develop and commercialize this technology, so that it can ultimately be incorporated in a range of applications from superabsorbent polymers in absorbent hygiene products to thickeners in household paints and beyond. The use of bio-based acrylic acid is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contribute to greener products for years to come – something that is important to a range of stakeholders, including consumers and business leaders.
P&G scientists were recently announced as winners of the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2020 Award for Affordable Green Chemistry for this groundbreaking proprietary technology. While the conversion technology is considered a breakthrough, it will take several more years of development before impacting consumer products in the marketplace.
“This new technology demonstrates that we can leverage the best materials science with new bio-based solutions to deliver sustainable innovation in consumer goods production. By investing in advancing bio-based solutions, we can and will help reduce the carbon footprint of various industries. This is consistent with P&G’s stated Ambition 2030 sustainability goals to look to new, renewable sources of raw materials for conversion into everyday products,” says Dr. Annie Weisbrod, Principal Scientist, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability at Procter & Gamble.
“Manufacturers and brand owners have been seeking viable pathways to bio-based acrylic acid to reduce the environmental impact, and P&G’s conversion technology brings us closer to a solution,” says Mr. Asheesh Choudhary, global business development director for Cargill’s bioindustrial business.
“We are thrilled that P&G granted Cargill an exclusive license to this technology that converts lactic acid into bio-acrylic acid,” says Dr. Jill Zullo, strategic marketing and innovation leader for Cargill’s bioindustrial business. “By using annually renewable crops, we’ll be able to contribute to farmer prosperity while delivering more renewable solutions that are estimated to have less than half the GHG footprint versus the petroleum-based equivalent.”
Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.
We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.
About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com/ for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.
Thanks to Crayola, children of many different backgrounds can have access to crayons that are reflective of their own skin tone.
The handicraft company announced its "Colors of the World" line featuring 24 new crayon colors representing 40 global skin tones.
In partnership with CEO of MOB Beauty Victor Casale, the shades were carefully crafted to go from extra light to deepest while incorporating rose, almond and golden undertones.
On June 1, 2010, Tetra Tech launched its first Safety Month campaign to promote an annual focused safety message as part of the company’s strong safety culture. Our Health & Safety leaders teamed up with the U.S. National Safety Council to provide our employees with access to various safety tools and resources, and Tetra Tech’s Safety Month was born. The first Safety Month theme was “Make a Difference, One Act at a Time.” We encouraged our staff to share their stories and actions on ways to stay safe at home, at work, and on the roads.
Ten years later, the need for an annual focused safety message is just as important as we continue to take small actions that make a big difference. As we have grown from 11,000 employees to 20,000 global staff, we are proud to see that we have grown Safer and Stronger Together.
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges to our safety efforts and requires us to navigate our Health & Safety procedures in new ways. While our program has always supported the various types of work we perform, the rapid adjustments to our Health & Safety processes over the last few months have touched each of our 20,000 employees.
Throughout June, we will highlight how we are Safer and Stronger Together during this time through our Health & Safety program focus on emergency preparedness, safe driving, and Focus 4 Injury Prevention. We also will highlight how each of us can continue to make a big difference one step at a time. Our 2020 Safer and Stronger Together campaign will focus on the following topics:
Week 1 (June 1-5) – Expect the Unexpected
Week 2 (June 8-12) – Safer Roads Ahead
Week 3 (June 15-19) – Focus Four
Week 4 (June 22-26) – Safety Together
Tetra Tech’s commitment to safety is reflected in the company’s safety achievements. In 2019 our enterprise-wide Total Recordable Incident Rate outperformed industry peers by 43 percent, and our enterprise-wide Lost Work Day Incident Rate outperformed industry peers by 45 percent. Additionally, 34 Tetra Tech operating units qualified to receive the U.S. National Safety Council Perfect Record Award for 12 consecutive months without a Lost Workday Injury.
At Hershey, we are driven by our purpose of making more moments of goodness, whether that’s eating S’mores over the campfire or sharing Hershey’s Kisses with a friend. It’s a passion we’ve had for more than 125 years, and we want everyone who enjoys our great-tasting chocolate to feel good about those special moments.
It’s our job to ensure that we use only the best ingredients in our products and that those ingredients are sourced ethically and sustainably. At the top of that list is cocoa and how we use the principles of fair and ethical trade in our practices.
That’s why we are proud to announce that we’re committing to increase our Cocoa For Good direct sourcing program to 100% coverage of our high-risk areas of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana by 2025. This significantly increases our direct investment in those areas and will give us clear line of sight into where all of our cocoa was grown and how it was produced – a level of transparency we’ve never had before. We will provide more holistic intervention support to farmers, and scale-up programs to help end instances of child labor.
We are also expanding our Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems, to cover 100% of our high risk sourcing in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. This means we will be assessing more than 125,000 children, a 350% increase. CLMRS is the leading child labor monitoring and remediation system that leverages both supply chain personnel and community members to identify potential cases of child labor. Once identified, these cases are remediated often through simple education to the farmer on what work is acceptable for children to do as part of the farming family. Other times, we need to provide assistance to the farmer, such as providing a birth certificate so their child can stay in school.
Hershey is fully committed to ending instances of child labor within our supply chain. We’re working with farmers to educate them on what is acceptable child work and what is considered child labor. It is important to understand the distinction between the two as defined by the ILO, as we know appropriate child work occurs on family farms all over the world – as long as they are attending school and doing work that is appropriate for their age.
We’re pleased that this CLMRS work to date has found zero instances of forced labor. But know there is more work to do to have zero instances of all forms of child labor – which is our ultimate goal.
We believe our focused efforts to improve our Hershey cocoa ecosystem are important and we are pleased to also announce that we have achieved our commitment to only source 100% certified and sustainable cocoa by 2020, a milestone we successfully hit earlier this year in January.
Certified and sustainable cocoa directly supports higher incomes for farmers and improved labor and environmental standards.
We also recognize that certification alone will not solve all of the challenges within the cocoa supply.
We’re also working to improve farmer incomes. To help increase farmers’ income from cocoa, we are paying the West African Living Income Differential; a premium paid to the government that should help support farmer income. This is on top of the premium we already pay farmers for our certified cocoa. We will continue providing training and resources to farmers to diversify their income, which will increase their resilience against market shocks. We do this by providing training and resources on growing alternate crops and supporting income-generating activities for women’s group in the local community.
These efforts are all part of our Cocoa For Good strategy we launched in 2018, a $500 million investment to further expand holistic interventions within cocoa farming communities. To date, we have worked with 54,000 cocoa-growing families. While we’ve made good progress, we need to move faster and expand our programs further.
We believe children can reach their full potential in the classroom only when they have proper nutrition to focus on their studies. We are expanding our proven ViVi school feeding program with our partners Project Peanut Butter and the Ivorian National Nutrition Council, to open a second ViVi nutritional supplement factory in Cote d’Ivoire and begin distributing the food to 25,000 Ivorian school children this year. ViVi is made from locally grown peanuts and has been proven in Ghana to reduce anemia and improve educational performance, and we’re optimistic for a similar result in Cote d’Ivoire. We are also partnering with Hellen Keller International to bring training to new mothers to enhance their knowledge and skills regarding newborn nutrition and early childhood development.
The growing threat of climate change is critically important to cocoa ecosystems, and Hershey is committed to doing its part to protect the environment. We’re strengthening our zero-deforestation commitment as part of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative. We are increasing the coverage of our satellite monitoring systems and mapping 100% of the West African cocoa farms in our supply chain, ensuring we have real-time and accurate monitoring. We are also supporting new solutions for farmers to obtain affordable land titles to promote farm rehabilitation and increase shade tree planting. In 2018 we distributed almost 2.7 million cocoa and shade tree saplings.
Building and announcing sustainability plans is easy; executing them is hard. We must work in partnership with farmers and communities, our suppliers, and interact with wider industry actors and governments to move forward. And this takes time. But we’re committed to making substantive and systemic change. And we will be transparent and continue to publish our progress in our yearly Sustainability Report.
We’re confident that together with all stakeholders in the cocoa supply chain, we can make positive change to ensure we will make more moments of goodness for everyone.
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has partnered with global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman on the curation of broad and insightful COVID-19 content for the industry. Produced to coincide with the launch of the CGF’s Global Learning Mechanism, the one-stop open access database for all information on health-related activities being led by the consumer goods industry and associated stakeholders across the globe, the content provides a global overview and a critical framework on COVID-19 actions, learnings and recommendations. Bringing together retailers and manufacturers, the content showcases how the industry responded to the unprecedented crisis and what the ‘new normal’ might look like for the industry.
The publication also responds in a timely fashion to a call from the CGF Board of Directors and David Nabarro, a WHO COVID-19 Special Envoy, on the need for global coordination in securing the availability of essential items for local communities, and the launch of the CGF’s Collaboration for Healthier Lives (CHL) Coalition that launched on World Health Day in April. The examples and insights within the framework show exactly how industry has responded with both speed and agility to this global crisis in support of healthier lives and vulnerable populations.
The first section provides an overall global context and the vital baseline facts on COVID-19 and its impact on the world and within the consumer goods industry. The next section goes on to showcase more than 470 case studies and innovative responses CGF members and other stakeholders have had to the pandemic across four key themes that are central to the work of the CGF’s. The themes include community, employees, digital, and in-store activities.
Critical challenges, learnings among employees, consumers, and business models are highlighted as well as key learnings on how members have managed the crisis and successfully maintained business continuity. The content also includes a section on emerging trends and strategic implications and recommendations for the industry’s “new normal” following the height of the pandemic.
This ‘one-of-a-kind’ collection of content shows the strength and commitment CGF members have towards their employees and communities.
“We are pleased to launch this piece of content that highlights the industry’s rapid COVID-19 response. Published with the support of our strategic partner Oliver Wyman, it also supports our vision of building the CGF’s Global Learning Mechanism into the go-to-platform for health experts. This content will enable us to learn from each other and empower leaders to stretch their thinking around what is possible to support people in living healthier lives in a constantly changing environment”, said Isabelle Grosmaitre of Danone and Marcus Osborne of Walmart, and CGF’s Collaboration for Healthier Lives Coalition Co-Chairs.
“The Global Learning Mechanism is an innovative and real-time online platform for businesses to efficiently learn from and collaborate with each other on global health & wellness issues and opportunities, positively impacting the world’s health and wellbeing,” says Sirko Siemssen, Retail & Consumer Goods Practice Leader at Oliver Wyman. “We are delighted to have been responsible for curating this content for the Global Learning Mechanism, the go-to health and wellness hub for the industry.”
The Consumer Goods Forum and Oliver Wyman would like to thank CGF members and stakeholders for their valuable contributions.
About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.
About Oliver Wyman
Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 60 cities across 29 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 5,000 professionals around the world who work with clients to optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com. Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.
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Subaru of America and National Parks Conservation Association Take Home 2020 Silver Halo Award for Best Sustainability Initiative
Subaru of America, Inc., along with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), today announced they have been awarded the 2020 Silver Halo Award in the ‘Best Sustainability Initiative’ category by Engage for Good. The automaker and NPCA were recognized for the Don’t Feed the Landfills initiative, an environmentally focused campaign aimed at preserving national parks.
Since 2015, Subaru of America has worked with NPCA and the National Park Foundation (NPF) toward a shared goal of reducing landfill waste in America’s national parks. Through extensive research over the course of five years, the automaker and NPCA tested landfill best practices, piloting programs in three iconic national parks – Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Denali. As part of this collaborative effort, Subaru and NPCA, in coordination with the National Park Service staff and many partners, work to find innovative solutions to lessen the environmental footprint in and around national parks. Since the launch of the initiative, the pilot parks have made significant strides by nearly doubling their recycling and composting capabilities, keeping more than 16 million pounds of waste out of landfills, which is equivalent to the weight of 40,000 grizzly bears.
“Our national parks represent the very best of the American great outdoors, and we feel a responsibility to keep them clean and free of waste for future generations to enjoy,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “We are honored that our ongoing work with NPCA and NPF has been recognized by Engage for Good with this Halo Award, and hope our efforts continue to inspire others to take care of the world around us.”
The successes and long-term impact of the initiative can be attributed to the collaborative community-based tailored approach. By first identifying the biggest waste items found in the pilot parks, which includes food waste, cardboard, single-use plastic bottles, plastic wrap and packaging, steel and aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, and single use portable propane canisters, each park set incremental goals in order to reduce the most.
“We set out to tackle an enormous challenge for all national parks – keeping millions of pounds of waste they produce out of the landfills,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association. “With leadership from Subaru after successfully implementing zero landfill practices into their own operations, we joined forces and together have identified collaborative, innovative, and efficient ways to remove waste, and it’s making a big difference. Using the scalable zero landfill best management practices and lessons we’ve learned from the three pilot parks, we hope to expand this work so national parks across the country can adopt and implement these waste solutions, making parks more sustainable for generations to come.”
The Halo Awards, presented by Engage for Good, are North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing. This marks the 18th year that Engage for Good will honor businesses and nonprofits with Halo Awards for doing well by doing good.
“If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of companies leading with purpose. The companies that have been able to quickly pivot and make a meaningful impact are the ones that already had a strong corporate social impact foundation they could activate and further engage during this time of crisis,” said David Hessekiel, President, Engage for Good.
A total of 28 category awards will be given out to programs at the first-ever Engage for Good Virtual Conference taking place online today, May 28th. A list of the Halo Award winners can be seen at www.engageforgood.com/halo-awards.
Don’t Feed the Landfills is part of Subaru Loves the Earth, the automaker’s environmentally-focused philanthropic pillar of the Subaru Love Promise. To learn more about Subaru Loves the Earth and the environmental work Subaru does, visit subaru.com/earth and follow #DontFeedtheLandfills and #SubaruLovesTheEarth on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to learn more and see this initiative in action.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $190 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About the National Parks Conservation Association
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its nearly 1.4 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.
About Engage for Good
Engage for Good, producer of the Engage for Good conference and Halo Awards, helps business and nonprofit executives succeed together by providing practical information and inspiration, opportunities to build valuable relationships and recognition for outstanding work engaging employees and consumers around social good and cause-related marketing efforts.
A wealth of information on cause marketing, corporate social impact programs and Engage for Good’s offerings can be found at http://www.engageforgood.com
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Global Impact, the leader in growing global philanthropy, today announced plans for a virtual employee giving hub to support private and public sector employee engagement.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the workplace, the hub will address the need for companies to reach employees in new ways and demonstrate their corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals. The necessity for employee engagement is even more critical as individuals around the world face increased demands and stressors, and the void of in-person connection deepens. Companies are presented with a strong opportunity to dedicate additional resources to engage a remote workforce, empower and connect local and global offices, and enhance marketing, communication and storytelling tools.
“Global Impact is prepared to serve those organizations looking to reach employees, build a virtual community and harness the power of nonprofit stories, goals which were previously easier by nature of being in the same physical location,” said Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact.
The hub will feature toolkits and resources to support the private and public sectors – from leadership to campaign workers – reimagine their workplace campaigns. Global Impact will work with its alliance of more than 100 leading international charities to meet the needs of a virtual campaign season by offering:
Trainings available for campaign leaders and volunteers.
Digital games and presentation tools.
Virtual volunteering opportunities.
Speaker previews and virtual opportunities with Global Impact’s Charity Alliance partners.
In addition to supporting companies exploring ways to reach their employee engagement and CSR goals, Global Impact is working to fulfill its mission to build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable. Demands on nonprofits have increased significantly, as charities have been called to respond on the front lines during this international crisis. They face unprecedented needs and are in need of support more than ever before. At the same time, they are challenged financially as the fundraising flow has tapered due to declining economies. Global Impact is helping its Charity Alliance partners navigate this new environment and adjust to their shifting resources.
Want to be the first to know when the virtual employee giving hub launches? Or if you are interesting in Global Impact’s workplace resources and services, contact email@example.com.
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Global Impact works on charitable ventures to inspire greater giving. We serve as a trusted advisor, intermediary and implementing partner across the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Through these partnerships, we have raised nearly $2 billion for causes such as disaster relief and global development. Our expertise includes fundraising and partnerships, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility (CSR), and finance and business services. Global Impact’s reach and services are complemented by the work of our subsidiary company, Geneva Global.
Campaigns that helped students deal with grief, reduced waste in national parks and hydrated firefighters – all while building stronger businesses - were among the initiatives honored at the 18th annual Halo Awards.
Twenty-eight category-specific winners were selected out of more than 130 entries by Engage for Good at its annual conference.
In addition, Levi Strauss & Co. and Habitat for Humanity International each received a Golden Halo Award, Engage for Good’s highest honor, for their long records of achievement at the intersection of profit and purpose.
Case studies of each winning campaign and profiles of the Golden Halo Award winners can be found at http://engageforgood.com/halo-awards
“We’re delighted to honor these companies and causes that are working together to effectively engage consumers and employees while building business and making a social impact,” said Engage for Good President David Hessekiel.
MAC Viva Glam Celebrates 25 Years was named the “Best In Show” honoree, a new award sponsored by For Momentum, the conference’s premier sponsor.
Please join us in congratulating this year’s Halo Award-winning campaigns:
GOLD: Change For Nature: Burt’s Bees and National Geographic
SILVER: M·A·C VIVA GLAM Celebrates 25 Years: M·A·C, Planned Parenthood, Girls Inc., GLAAD and additional nonprofits
CONSUMER-ACTIVATED CORPORATE DONATION
GOLD: DSW Gives: DSW and Soles4Souls
SILVER: Poptivism: PopSockets
GOLD: Pride & Joy: Macy’s and The Trevor Project
SILVER: No Kid Hungry: Denny’s & Share Our Strength
GOLD: Supporting Grief, Loss, and Healing Together: New York Life Foundation and First Book
SILVER: Hydrating Our Nation’s Heroes: Anheuser-Busch and National Volunteer Fire Council
GOLD: Drive Bigger: VW and DonorsChoose
SILVER: WE Teachers: Walgreens and WE
GOLD: Pride In Service: CSX
SILVER: Creating “Grief Ambassadors”: New York Life and First Book
GOLD: Birds in Focus: Canon USA and the National Audubon Society
SILVER: S’more out of Summer: LL Bean and National Park Foundation
GOLD: The Power of One: Vivint Smart Home and Vivint Gives Back
SILVER: The CarMax Foundation Supports Play With KaBOOM!: CarMax and KaBOOM!
GOLD: The Truth About Opioids: Leidos and The Truth Initiative
SILVER: Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge: Planet Fitness and Boys & Girls Clubs of America
GOLD: Day of Inclusion: Tim Hortons and Special Olympics Canada
SILVER: Face Your Fierce: Abercrombie & Fitch and The Trevor Project
GOLD: Girls4Tech: Mastercard
SILVER: Smile Brands Inc. Delivers Smiles for Everyone: Smile Brands, Inc. and Smiles for Everyone Foundation
GOLD: Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge: Planet Fitness and Boys & Girls Clubs of America
SILVER: #HireHonor: Activision Blizzard and Call Of Duty Endowment
GOLD: Earth Day 2019: Allbirds and the National Audubon Society
SILVER: Don’t Feed the Landfills: Subaru and National Parks Conservation Association
GOLD: Megan | Aspiring Art Educator |Live Más Scholarship: Taco Bell
SILVER: Don’t Retire Kid: ESPN and The Aspen Institute
BEST IN SHOW: M·A·C VIVA GLAM Celebrates 25 Years: M·A·C, Planned Parenthood, Girls Inc., GLAAD and additional nonprofits
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United Airlines delivered 7,500 face coverings over the past week to front line employees at San Francisco International Airport and the airline’s San Francisco Maintenance Base that were made from 12,284 pounds of uniforms United upcycled. United worked with upcycling partner, Looptworks to produce masks that would supplement the supply of face coverings that the airline already provides all employees and customers. Download images and broll here.
United recently rolled out new Carhartt Company Gear for its 28,000 Technical Operations, Ramp Service and Catering Operations employees and originally planned to turn the surplus of older garments into carpet padding and insulation fiber. The company changed course last month to align with the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) to wear face masks in public when social distancing is not possible.
“This was an opportunity to do something extra for our employees to keep them safe while also staying true to our commitment to be one of the most sustainable airlines in the world,” said Janet Lamkin, United Airlines SVP and President, California. “Recycling these unused uniforms into masks is a natural extension of our broader effort to overhaul our cleaning, social distancing and mitigation measures to ensure we’re doing everything possible to keep our employees and our customers safe.”
United recently launched United CleanPlus, which brings together one of the most trusted brands in surface disinfection - Clorox - and the country's top medical experts - Cleveland Clinic - to inform and guide United's new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols that includes touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, sneeze guards, mandatory face coverings for crew and customers, and empowering customers by contacting them 24 hours in advance and giving them the opportunity to choose a different flight – for free -- when it looks like more than 70% of the seats will be filled.
Through partnering with Portland, Oregon-based Looptworks, United was able to supply employees with more sustainable, eco-friendly masks that are washable and reusable, recycled from uniforms, made in limited editions, and in the process save materials from landfills.
In April, United became the first major U.S.-based airline to require flight attendants to wear a face mask while on duty, and beginning in May, expanded that mandate to include all employees and customers on board. This includes front-line workers like pilots, customer service agents and ramp workers when on board an aircraft, along with any other United employees traveling using their flight benefits.
United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".
Looptworks is a Portland, Oregon-based business that repurposes and upcycles abandoned pre-consumer and post-consumer materials into limited edition products. Founded in 2009, Looptworks is a Certified B-Corporation that partners with sustainable companies in various industries including athletic, automotive, aviation, outdoor, and entertainment. Its mission is to ignite zero waste and circular design through a closed-loop system. To learn more, visit www.looptworks.com.
Hallmark found inspiration for its latest Mother’s Day commercial from a Facebook fan. The fan shared her journey of parenting a child with a disability. On the Facebook page she noted that not all motherhood looks the same, but it should be celebrated nevertheless. Browsing the Mother’s Day section of the card aisle one can see that Hallmark agrees. There are cards for everyone from adopted mothers to pet moms.
By creating a commercial featuring a mother whose daughter has Down Syndrome, Hallmark recognized that Facebook fan and many more. Nearly one in 26 American families lives in a similar situation.
Global Citizen and the European Commission Announce 'Global Goal: Unite for Our Future; a Campaign to Make COVID-19 Tests, Treatments and Vaccines Available for Everyone, Everywhere Who Needs Them
International advocacy organisation Global Citizen and the European Commission (EC) today announced Global Goal: Unite for Our Future, a global campaign to coordinate the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, and to ensure equitable access to everyone, everywhere. The campaign, launched under the patronage of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will focus on mitigating the pandemic’s impact on those living in poverty and seek to put the world back on track for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An international pledging summit on Saturday, June 27, 2020 will give governments, corporate leaders and philanthropists a platform to make their commitments toward the fair distribution of COVID-19 tools and treatments.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “The more and quicker we mobilise resources and join forces, the higher the chances of getting a vaccine for all within our reach. The world needs to come out stronger from this pandemic. We should be more prepared to face such a crisis in the future, with fair access to medicine and strong health systems everywhere around the earth. This is a global challenge and it requires truly global mobilisation.”
World leaders from France, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Canada, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and New Zealand, along with foundations and philanthropists, joined the European Union (EU) in a rallying call for an investment of billions towards the development and equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.
The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign will also be supported by leading names in entertainment from around the globe, including: Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Chris Rock, Coldplay, Dionne Warwick, Femi Kuti, Fher of Maná, Hugh Jackman, Idris & Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, Miley Cyrus, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Brosnahan and Shakira. These artists and entertainers will help rally the public to call on world leaders to commit the funding needed to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 tools and treatments.
The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign is an urgent and critical next step in what international health organisations estimate will ultimately cost tens of billions of dollars to protect the global population against COVID-19. Global Citizen, the European Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust are collaborating for this campaign.
HUGH EVANS, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen stated, “Around the world, people are desperate to resume a greater semblance of normalcy, spend time with friends and loved ones, venture safely outside their homes and to earn a decent wage. To make this a reality, we need to make COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines available to everyone, everywhere. The critical work done by scientists globally, the efforts to distribute solutions regardless of cost, income or geography, and the need to rebuild economies in the poorest countries, all require a massive increase in funding. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”
Earlier this month, more than 40 countries – as well as various United Nations (UN) bodies and philanthropies – pledged billions towards the research and development of COVID-19 solutions at a virtual summit convened by the EU. The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign is the next step in a marathon effort to strengthen global health systems and support the vital work of groups including: CEPI, FIND, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation, UNITAID and other Global Goal: Unite for Our Future agencies, funds and programs. These groups will help to distribute tests, treatments and vaccines to frontline health workers and those most vulnerable to the virus around the world.
Producers of Global Goal: Unite for Our Future, include: Michele Anthony of Universal Music Group, Declan Kelly of Teneo, Live Nation, Scooter Braun and SB Projects, Adam Leber on behalf of Maverick, The Lede Company and Jay Brown on behalf of Roc Nation.
Last month Global Citizen, together with Lady Gaga, announced $127.9 million in commitments to support healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. Corporate partners and philanthropists announced their support for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation, and several other frontline organizations, during the One World: Together At Home global broadcast event that saw more than 300 million people tune in across 175 countries.
For more information about Global Citizen and the campaign to support COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, please visit globalcitizen.org and follow @GlblCtzn Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen. Visit http://globalgoalunite.org to learn more about Global Goal: Unite for Our Future.
The Coronavirus Global Response builds on the commitment made by G20 leaders on 26 March to present a united front against the pandemic. With this in mind, on 24 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and an initial group of health actors launched a global collaboration for the accelerated development, production and equitable global Access to COVID-19 Tools – the ACT Accelerator. Together, they issued a call to action. More than 40 countries, United Nations bodies and philanthropies have committed toward the research and development of coronavirus solutions to date.
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)
GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation
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In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Cox is shining a spotlight on some of the employees who make up our diverse company culture.
The AAPI community is made up of people from many ethnic groups with diverse backgrounds, histories, languages and cultures. People like Daisy Kuo, a Chinese-American woman who works at Cox Enterprises as an advisory and assurance manager for Audit Services. In this Q&A, Daisy talks about her upbringing as a child of first-generation immigrants and shares her excitement about passing along traditions to her young daughter.
Q: Tell us about what you do at Cox.
A: I have been with Cox for four years and my job is to help provide independent and objective assurance and advisory services to improve the company’s processes from a financial, operational and compliance perspective.
Q: Tell us a little bit about how you were raised. How did your Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage play into your family traditions and beliefs?
A: I grew up in a big Chinese-American family as one of four children. With immigrant parents, my siblings and I served many roles at home to help our parents become better acclimated in this country. It was not uncommon for me and my siblings to read important pieces of mail or translate phone calls for my parents. Because of this, we naturally had a strong family bond together.
Looking back, my family worked as a great team! I think this is a reason why I love working for Cox – my team and I work together as a family and the company overall has such strong family-oriented values that I strongly resonate with.
Q: How do you keep those traditions and beliefs alive?
A: As a new mother, I hope to keep my family traditions and beliefs and modify and even improve upon them for today’s work/life demands. I’m in constant dialogue with my husband on what kind of life we want for our daughter, and I’m excited for what the future can bring for her.
Q: What do you think is the greatest need in the Asian American Pacific Islander community – and how can others help?
A: One need is to continue increasing awareness of the resources (such as Lotus, Cox’s new employee resource group) available to my colleagues to help them be even more successful in their careers. I’ve taken part in other opportunities designed to help ensure that the AAPI community can continue to be a part of Cox’s growth and success.
The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) has announced an expansion of its Cocoa For Good program, committing to 100% direct-sourced cocoa in high-risk areas by 2025, which will include all of its cocoa sourced by its suppliers from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. This expanded commitment will make Hershey’s cocoa from these countries traceable from the farm to the first point of purchase, giving Hershey a clear line of sight into where all of its cocoa from West Africa is grown and how it is produced – providing more transparency for consumers and all stakeholders.
In 2012, as part of the company’s long-standing efforts to create more sustainable cocoa communities, Hershey committed to sourcing 100% certified and sustainable cocoa by 2020 – a goal it reached in January 2020. Hershey launched its Cocoa For Good in April 2018, furthering its cocoa efforts by investing $500 million by 2030 to nourish children, empower youth, build prosperous communities and preserve natural ecosystems.
“By purchasing all our cocoa as certified and sustainable, we directly support higher incomes for farmers and improve labor and environmental standards,” said Jeff King, Senior Director of Global Sustainability and Social Impact. “We recognize, however that certification is not enough. Transitioning to 100% direct cocoa sourcing for these high-risk areas gives us more transparency into our cocoa supply chain and enables us to provide more support to farmers and scale-up programs such as Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation (CLMRS) to 100% of our Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana -sourced cocoa by 2025 to help end child labor.”
A majority of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, where poverty is the biggest cause of labor issues. Cocoa farmers face challenges such as a lack of local infrastructure, the impacts of climate change on agriculture, and the ability to find workers for small family farms. Hershey is driving transformational change to create a sustainable cocoa supply chain. This requires engaging and collaborating with stakeholders across sectors – farmers, government, suppliers, NGOs and peers – to overcome the challenges of how cocoa is bought and sold.
Hershey’s expanded Cocoa For Good program doubles down on its four key areas of Nourishing Children, Empowering Youth, Prospering Communities and Preserving Ecosystems. This encompasses:
Improving farmer incomes: To help increase farmers’ income from cocoa, Hershey is investing in farmer training to enable growing more cocoa on less land and improving productivity, which helps address poverty, the main driver of labor issues in cocoa. Hershey is also helping farmers diversify their incomes with alternative crops and other income-generating activities as well as paying farmers a premium for their cocoa. In addition to these efforts to raise incomes, Hershey is paying the Ivorian and Ghanaian Living Income Differential (LID), a premium paid to the government that seeks to help support farmer income.
Elimination of child labor, including the worst forms such as forced and slave labor: Hershey is expanding its Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems to assess more than 125,000 children and provide any remediation that is necessary, such as providing birth certificates so children can stay in school. This is a 350% increase in the number of children being helped through our CLMRS work since 2018. To date, this CLMRS work has found zero instances of forced labor within the segment of the Hershey cocoa supply chain assessed.
Expanding the ViVi school feeding program: In partnership with Project Peanut Butter and the Ivorian National Nutrition Council, Hershey is opening a second ViVi nutritional supplement factory in Cote d’Ivoire and will begin distributing the food to 25,000 Ivorian school children this year. ViVi, made from locally grown peanuts, has been effective in Ghana to reduce anemia and improve educational performance.
Strengthening zero-deforestation commitment through Cocoa & Forest Initiative: Hershey is increasing coverage of its satellite monitoring systems and mapping 100% of the West African cocoa farms in its supply chain, ensuring real-time and accurate monitoring. Additionally, the company is supporting new solutions for farmers to obtain affordable land titles to promote farm rehabilitation and increase shade-grown cocoa.
“We are committed to making these important changes, and while we know it will take time, we are confident that together with our communities, suppliers, governments and industry partners we can make a positive difference to reassure consumers who love our products and look to us for moments of goodness in their lives,” said Hershey’s Chris Abbott, Senior Director of Cocoa Strategic Sourcing.
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About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 16,500 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive $8 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers, SkinnyPop and Pirate’s Booty.
For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.
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