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Faurecia Partners with Schneider Electric on Carbon Neutrality

Latest news from CSR Wire - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:17

Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, has selected Schneider Electric as a preferred partner to support the Group in its commitment to reach CO2 neutrality for scopes 1 and 2 by 2025. Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, will accompany Faurecia in this first stage of its CO2 Neutral mission which involves decarbonizing its operations.

“Faurecia’s CO2 Neutral objective is both an embodiment of our Convictions for making a positive contribution to society and the planet, and a strategic business decision to bolster resilience,” said Patrick Koller, Chief Executive Officer of Faurecia. “Through our CO2 Neutral initiative, we aim not only to lessen our environmental impact but also to create long-term value across our supply chain for suppliers, partners, customers, and end users alike. Partnering with Schneider Electric will allow us to advance rapidly in this first stage of our initiative leveraging their global footprint and technology to deploy solutions across all our sites.”

A significant part of greenhouse gas emissions in Faurecia’s operations are direct emissions from controlled facilities and indirect emissions from energy procured (scopes 1 and 2 respectively). The first stage of the program will include both purchasing energy produced with low-carbon fuels or from renewable sources, and reducing energy used by adopting innovative digital solutions for efficiency and heat recovery in all of Faurecia’s 300 locations around the world.

In addition to this first milestone of CO2 neutrality in scopes 1 and 2 in 2025, the Group is also targeting  CO2 neutrality in controlled emissions in 2030 (scopes 1, 2  and most of scope 3, excluding emissions of vehicles equipped with Faurecia parts) and CO2 full neutrality in all scopes by 2050.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Electric, added: “Sustainability is at the core of our strategy; for us, our clients, and our partners. Working with Faurecia, we want to take bold actions to increase efficiency, to reduce carbon emissions, and to demonstrate common leadership in addressing climate change. We will not only be leveraging our best-in-class energy management and industrial automation solutions, but also sharing the fruit of our own experience in implementing such programs, with clients and within our own organization.”

Explore Schneider Electric’s suite of energy and sustainability services to learn how your company can set and reach ambitious goals, to join the ranks of industry leaders like Faurecia.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Led to a Surge of Socially Responsible Behaviors According to Special Release of the Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex)

Latest news from CSR Wire - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:17

COVID-19 has had a radically positive impact on socially responsible behaviors, according to a special release of the Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex). 

After a three-year slide, consumers have been spurred to significant increases in a range of “do good’ behaviors such as reducing consumption, donating to charity and buying products and services from socially responsible companies. This rebound of goodness comes at a time when approximately one quarter of Americans are reporting a decline in household income, their overall wellbeing or both. In total, 1,006 Americans were surveyed for the latest Index.

Conducted annually each fall since 2013, the #CCSIndex is an ongoing benchmarking study. Good.Must.Grow., a socially responsible marketing consultancy, administers the Index to gauge momentum for conscious consumerism and charitable giving. Researchers fielded this mid-year check point to gauge what impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on social responsibility.

Overall, the impact is positive. The #CCSIndex jumped 15 percent to 46 on a 100-point scale. This was the highest score since 2017, and a dramatic reversal from a record low performance of 39 last November. The Index score is calculated by evaluating the importance consumers place on purchasing from socially responsible companies, actions taken to support such products and services, and future intent to increase the amount they spend with responsible organizations. Based on the design of the Index’s algorithm, even a one-point change in overall score indicates meaningful movement of consumer sentiment. 

“This pandemic has had an extensive and negative impact on our collective wellbeing, but it has also served as a catalyst for community and consciousness,” said Heath Shackleford, Founder of Good.Must.Grow. “We have been forced to come together in new ways. We’ve benefited from fresh perspectives and resetting of priorities. And I think we are taking seriously our individual roles as change makers to lead with purpose and reward companies and causes who do the same.”

Other key findings from the Index include:

  • Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have cared for an immediate family member with the virus, were far more likely to report improved wellbeing, charitable giving, supporting socially responsible companies and backing local businesses, than those with no direct exposure.

  • Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe companies will be more socially responsible as a result of the pandemic.

  • More than three-quarters of Americans say that how a company treats employees and customers during the pandemic will be an important factor when determining whether to support them following the pandemic. Overall, matters of trust outranked a company’s purpose and social impact as priorities for consumers post-pandemic.

  • Just under half of Americans will be working harder on their personal health (43%) and building their savings accounts (41%) as a result of the pandemic.

Naughty or Nice – Which Companies Are Behaving Well During the Pandemic?

When asked which companies were doing a good job of being socially responsible during the pandemic, the most likely responses (unaided) were:

1.     Walmart

2.     Amazon

3.     Target

4.     Kroger

5.     Costco

Interestingly, when asked which companies were NOT being socially responsible during the pandemic, the same two brands led the way. The top five were: 

1.     Amazon

2.     Walmart

3.     Tesla

4.     Hobby Lobby

5.     Tyson Foods

“I believe there are many positives here,” said Shackleford. “The data we collect have been trending the wrong direction for several years, and it seems there is renewed momentum for consumers to more consistently support organizations that are mission-driven and committed to positive social impact. It will be important to sustain this energy as we continue to navigate the pandemic and prepare for a new normal.” 

About the Study
This study was conducted in partnership with Supportive Research Solutions. Sampling was provided by Dynata. Data was collected May 9 -16, 2020. In total, 1,006 Americans were surveyed (margin of error is +/- 3%). For more information on the Conscious Consumer Spending Index, please visit www.goodmustgrow.com/ccsindex

About Good.Must.Grow.
Doing good by any means necessary. That’s our motto. We are obsessed with helping good organizations grow. We provide strategic marketing support for socially responsible businesses, nonprofit causes and individuals committed to making our world a healthier place. We also fuel our own initiatives aimed at specific causes, ranging from human trafficking to addiction to health and wellness. Proud to be a Certified B Corp and ranked as a Best for the World company. Learn more at goodmustgrow.com.

Blackbaud Releases Eighth Annual Employee Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility Trends Report

Latest news from CSR Wire - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 07:17

CHARLESTON, S.C. May 21, 2020 /3BL Media — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today releases its eighth annual Industry Review, which provides key learnings and trends in employee philanthropic behavior and companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. The 2020 report analyzes data from a subset of Blackbaud customers, 150 companies and nearly 4.5 million employees, collected between January and December 2019 within Blackbaud’s YourCause CSRconnect® and GrantsConnect® solutions.

“This review tells a powerful story of companies that seek to deepen the connection they have with the people who walk through their doors – literally and virtually – every day,” said Rachel Hutchisson, vice president, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, Blackbaud. "Although the data was collected before the COVID-19 pandemic, this time has emphasized how important it is to align around social impact and the important role companies play in driving change and inspiring and empowering employees to support the causes they care about.”

Key findings from this year’s Industry Review include:  

  • Employees are more likely to engage when companies offer both giving and volunteering opportunities – 75% of companies that offer both giving and volunteering opportunities for their employees have twice the engagement of companies only offering one or the other. 

  • Employees who donate are more likely to donate again – Once employees become donors, 87% of them will become returning donors year over year. 

  • Connection is key – Employees who work from a company’s headquarters location are engaged in giving 2.5 times more than remote employees. 

  • Companies on opposite ends of the employee size spectrum are alike in giving behaviors – Companies with under 1,000 employees and over 100,000 employees are donating the most. 

  • Bringing like-minded employees together can be effective – Companies that offer employee groups through CSRconnect see an approximate 12:1 employee engagement rate ratio when compared to companies that do not offer groups to employees. 

  • Think globally – More than half of companies evaluated have a global giving and/or volunteering element to their program, and when comparing 2018 to 2019, the average annual donation amount per global employee jumped 32%. 

This year’s Industry Review provides data-driven insights for CSR and employee engagement professionals to benchmark their programs and learn from others, so they can continue to expand and maximize the effects of their philanthropic efforts. The robust report looks at programs and employee engagement by geographic region – both in the U.S. and globally – and also analyzes companies of all sizes to provide a holistic view of the current industry.  

Read the full Industry Review here and learn more about Blackbaud’s solutions for CSR

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit  www.blackbaud.com or follow us on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

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Forward-looking Statements
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Comerica’s ‘Yo Baker Man’ Inspired to Help Metro Detroit Healthcare Frontline Workers

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:16

Comerica Bank employee Will Rawls, a senior analyst in the bank’s institutional trust group and affectionately known as “Yo Baker Man,” began a Facebook fundraising effort in hopes to make and provide baked goods to local health care workers on the frontlines amid COVID-19.

“I have two family members that are caterers and my aunt who passed a long time ago was the best baker ever,” said Rawls. “I’ve baked for years and ‘Yo Baker Man’ started as just a tag joke on Facebook.

“Beaumont Hospital is my neighbor as it’s only two blocks from me. Since I like to bake, I thought it’d just be a nice gesture to treat the health care workers, given the huge amount of stress they are facing daily.”

Rawls raised more than $1,500.

When Comerica learned about his generosity and “Baking Angel” outreach, the bank wanted to help him do even more and matched donations received to help amplify his next round of giving.

On April 30, Rawls, alongside Comerica Vice President Joe Molnar and colleague Brian Brown, delivered 100 bagged lunches to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and another 100 lunches to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to help feed the health care heroes who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bagged lunches included sandwiches, chips, granola bars and bottled water.

Needless to say, the lunch was well-received by the workers on the front line.

But it was the dessert that inspired this outreach, which featured an array of homemade ‘Yo Baker Man’ treats. The desserts included brownies, lemon blueberry muffins, Oreo cheesecake muffins, sweet potato squares, marbled fudge bars and chocolate almond toffees.

“It’s hard to put into words. So much appreciation,” said Rawls. “It gives them a small departure from what their daily responsibility entails. A taste of something homemade while you’re at work to help you forget your troubles and stresses, I guess…at least for a moment.”

Rawls first began cooking up support for health care workers by visiting the emergency room at Beaumont Hospital’s Farmington Hills location near his home. He introduced himself, expressed his love for baking and extended his support to those incredible frontline workers directly.

This led to the “Baking Angel” fundraising effort, which Rawls launched on Facebook. He said he expected to collect about $50 but was surprised and taken aback when donations quickly grew to more than $1,500.

When Comerica learned of his efforts, the bank took the opportunity to assist him with his community initiative and double the donation amount so he could feed even more healthcare heroes.

Due to the reaction he received on Facebook, Rawls arranged for a pizza luncheon at the Wayne County Sherriff’s Office the following week.

Rawls drew inspiration from the frontline workers himself. “Even before taking this on, I had full appreciation to the ever-evolving struggles that come with fighting COVID-19. There are so many people who are dying or have long terms effects, and there is still so much unknown and that’s the scary part.

“My hat is off to them as my job does not involve life or death consequences, so I salute them for taking on this responsibility and dedicating all their hard work to saving people.”

Rawls exemplifies the selflessness of Comerica Bank team members and their dedication to giving back to the community and making a difference.

For Rawls, it’s now time to consider his next Baking Angel round to honor and support frontline workers.

CIT Provides $37.3 Million Investment for Jordan Downs Apartment Project

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:16

 CIT and its Pasadena-based banking subsidiary CIT Bank, N.A. today announced a $37.3 million investment in the Jordan Downs Apartments Project, a 92-unit multifamily apartment complex to support low-to-moderate income families in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

“During these challenging times, our communities need affordable housing more than ever,” said Steve Solk, president of Consumer Banking. “Our financial commitment to the Jordan Downs Apartment Project will help break down barriers and spark transformative change across the Watts neighborhood.”   

Jordan Downs is the third phase of a larger redevelopment project taking place to improve the area. Of the 92 units, the complex will include 23 one‐bedroom units, 41 two‐bedroom units, 24 three‐bedroom units and 4 four‐bedroom units. Seventeen apartments will be designated for residents with physical disabilities and hearing or visual impairments.  

“Providing essential housing that is inclusive and suits diverse needs enables local residents from all backgrounds to improve their quality of life,” continued Solk. “CIT is proud to play a key role in supporting the development of this project and the overall wellbeing of local residents.”

The project is currently slated for completion in early 2022 and units will be available to households earning between 30% and 80% of the area’s median income. CIT anticipates making further investments in the Watts community later this year, including the possibility of opening a new branch in the area. 

As part of the ongoing commitment to building stronger, more vibrant communities, CIT actively supports and invests in a­ffordable housing, economic development, neighborhood stabilization and core community services across our footprint.

About CIT

CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company's commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, community association banking, middle market banking, equipment and vendor financing, factoring, railcar financing, treasury and payments services, and capital markets and asset management. CIT's consumer banking segment includes a national direct bank and regional branch network. Discover more at cit.com/about.

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United Airlines Launches United CleanPlus: A New Standard of Cleanliness and Safety in Partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:16

Today, United Airlines is introducing United CleanPlus: the company's commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. United CleanPlus brings together a most trusted brand 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 giving customers options when flights are more full. Specifically, Clorox products will be used at United's hub airports and medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic will advise on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming.

By establishing collaborations with world-renowned leaders in surface disinfection and health like Clorox and Cleveland Clinic, United customers can travel with more confidence knowing that the airline's protocols have been informed by trusted experts.

"Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus," said United CEO, Scott Kirby, in a video message to customers today. "We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of customers' minds when making travel decisions, and we're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to better protect our customers and employees."

Clorox is working closely with United to enhance the airline's cleaning program, redefine disinfection procedures and equip customers with amenities at select locations that help support a healthier and safer environment throughout their travel journey. Clorox products will first roll out at United's hub airports in Chicago and Denver and will be used in the gate and terminal areas, with additional locations to follow. 

"We're proud Clorox will play a role in United CleanPlus to enhance people's safety when they travel," said Benno Dorer, chair and CEO, The Clorox Company. "Connecting the world more safely, when possible, is an important part of our recovery as a society. Together we are helping people when they travel for work or pleasure. We look forward to working with United to explore more ways to help keep their customers healthy during their travel experience." 

The United CleanPlus commitment goes far beyond disinfection. United consulted with experts at Cleveland Clinic to provide guidance on the airline's policies and procedures – from mandatory face coverings, to touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, to social distancing – and ensure they meet or exceed industry standards. Medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic will also advise on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help United use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep customers safe.

"As the public begins to adjust to a world that's been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety is of the utmost importance," said Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., Cleveland Clinic CEO and President. "We are proud to be part of this program and to share the knowledge we've gained as we've worked to contain and understand COVID-19 over the past several months. It's important for everyone to take precautions as we enter this new phase of COVID-19 response, and Cleveland Clinic is pleased to play a role in helping people travel safely."

The United CleanPlus commitment to customers is already happening throughout the travel journey across the United network in a number of ways. To date, United has implemented more than a dozen new policies and procedures aligned with United CleanPlus that are designed with health and safety in mind, including:

In Airport Lobbies:

  • Reducing touchpoints by temporarily shutting down self-service kiosks and beginning to roll out, in select locations, touchless kiosks that allow customers to print bag tags using their own device to scan a QR code.

  • Actively promoting social distancing with enhanced signage, including a 6 ft. rule at the ticket counters which allows for minimal contact between agents and customers.

  • Deploying sneeze guards at key interaction points, including at our check-in counters.

At the Gate:

  • Boarding fewer customers at a time to allow for more distance during the boarding process, minimizing crowding at the gate and jet bridge.

  • Asking our customers to self-scan their boarding passes at our gate readers.

  • Equipping our employees with disinfecting products available so they can disinfect high-touch areas including armrests and handrails.

In the United Clubs:

  • Protective sneeze guards installed at our credentialing desks and customer services minimizing contact between our guests and team members

  • Enhanced team member safety and well-being by requiring the use of personal protective equipment

  • Increased the frequency of cleaning our high-touch surfaces and equipping our team members with disinfectant cleaning products

  • Removed seating at the bar area to actively promote physical distancing

  • Pre-packaged food and beverages are only available at the bar area to reduce customer touch points

Onboard Aircraft:

  • Beginning May 22, United will introduce an "all in one" economy snack bag that replaces the economy beverage and complimentary snack choice service on domestic flights scheduled 2 hours and 20 minutes or more. This bag will include a wrapped sanitizer wipe, an 8.5 oz. bottled water, a Stroopwafel and a package of pretzels

  • Enhancing cabin sanitization including electrostatic spraying, which will happen before every flight starting this June.

  • Requiring all employees and customers on board to wear a mask or face covering, helping protect each other.

  • Supplying individually wrapped hand sanitizer wipes to customers as they board.

  • Limiting advance seat selections where possible and allowing customers to take alternative flights when we expect a flight to operate over 70% capacity.

Behind the Scenes:

  • Implementing employee temperature checks before the start of their workday, better safeguarding their health as well as their teammates' and customers'.

  • Employees are producing hand sanitizer that is being used throughout the airline.

For more information on United CleanPlus visit United.com/CleanPlus.

About United
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".

About The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with approximately 8,800 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2019 sales of $6.2 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Liquid-Plumr® clog removers; Poett® home care products; Fresh Step® cat litter; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration products; Burt's Bees® natural personal care products; RenewLife® digestive health products; and Rainbow Light®, Natural Vitality™ and NeoCell® dietary supplements. The company also markets industry-leading products and technologies for professional customers, including those sold under the CloroxPro™ and Clorox Healthcare® brand names. Nearly 80% of the company's sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.

Clorox is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The company has been broadly recognized for its corporate responsibility efforts, included on CR Magazine's 2019 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, Barron's 2020 100 Most Sustainable Companies, the Human Rights Campaign's 2020 Corporate Equality Index and the 2019 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, among others. In support of its communities, The Clorox Company and its foundations contributed about $12 million in combined cash grants, product donations and cause marketing in fiscal year 2019. For more information, visit TheCloroxCompany.com, including the Good Growth blog, and follow the company on Twitter at @CloroxCo.

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Among Cleveland Clinic's 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic's health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, 872.825.8640, media.relations@united.com

The Road to a Vaccine, Ep. 6: How the Global Community Is Coming Together to Battle COVID-19

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:16

This new eight-episode educational video series will examine the latest efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and break down the complex process of developing a vaccine.

Each week our host Lisa Ling will talk to leading scientists and researchers, healthcare workers on the front lines and public health experts around the world working collaboratively to help bring an end to the deadly pandemic.

In Episode 6, Ling talks with Jane Halton, Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, about her work to ensure people globally get access to vaccines. Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, discusses the challenges of fighting the pandemic. Plus, Janssen supply chain expert Remo Colarusso explains what it takes to get vaccines from the lab and into health workers' hands, and Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs at UPS, talks about the logistics of shipping during a pandemic. We also hear from youth advocate Adefare Tomisin Elizabeth on how she's educating people about the virus in remote areas of Nigeria.

Tune in live at 12 pm EDT Tuesdays on JNJ.comFacebookLinkedIn or Twitter. Come back to this page at any time to watch a replay.

Virtual Demo Day for Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:16

Join us online for Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars Virtual Demo Day! Register to gain access to ten of our founder company presentations. Access will become available on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT. Your registration confirmation will provide you with a specific viewing URL.

If you would have any questions, please contact Paige Hrubik, Program Manager at paige.hrubik@techstars.com.

Date And Time

Thu, May 28, 2020

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

Location

http://demoday.techstars.com/social-impact-2020-t1

Click here to register!

Dow Collaborates With Multiple Partners to Develop and Donate Level 2 Medical Isolation Gowns

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 09:16

For healthcare professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation gowns are among the most used and needed personal protective equipment (PPE). In response to this critical need, Dow (NYSE: DOW) collaborated with nine key partners across a myriad of industries to develop and donate 100,000 isolation gowns to help frontline workers in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.

“The Dow team is proud to continue developing PPE to help our frontline workers, but this effort would not have been possible without our partner companies, each of whom readily stepped up to make this project a reality,” said Michelle Boven, global marketing director for Health & Hygiene at Dow. “It’s also a testament to how quickly companies can innovate when a diverse team from different organizations across industries come together to achieve a common objective.”

The end-product, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Level 2 gowns, required concepting, design, testing, package development and a supply chain. In this case, each collaborator brought their unique expertise to the table, all donating valuable time and resources to the project.

  • The gown is made with polyethylene nonwoven coated with a layer of polyethylene film made with resin donated by Dow.

  • Fitesa manufactured the nonwoven material that provides tear resistance and soft touch.

  • Cadillac Products Packaging Company provided extrusion coating of the film making it durable enough for AAMI Level 2 performance.

  • 3M and Shurtape donated the tape to provide barrier performance on the gown sewn seams.

  • Mobility technology company, Magna International, Inc., - identified through Dow’s relationship with Volkswagen – provided resources to cut and sew the gowns.

  • DuPont provided isolation gown design expertise.

  • Landaal Packaging Systems has donated all the boxes to ship the gowns.

  • Plastixx FFS Technologies donated the bags for each gown to be packaged in for distribution.

The 100,000 AAMI Level 2 gowns will be distributed equally to government agencies in Mexico and in the states of Louisiana and Texas.

“Our teams are problem solvers by nature and their passion around helping during these unprecedented times has been nothing short of inspiring,” said Frank Eupizi, director of engineering, Magna International. “It’s been an honor to witness the same passion at Dow and to collaborate with them to provide medical gowns for healthcare professionals using the skills and expertise normally applied to producing automotive seat covers. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference together.”

“Many companies have shown tremendous ingenuity and speed in changing over production to meet the needs for respirators, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and other products critical to fighting this pandemic,” said Boven from Dow. “With the accelerated product development, testing and certification of these medical gowns, Dow is proud to be among these innovators and we will continue to look for ways to use our vast material science expertise to address the needs of frontline workers around the world.”

The gowns conform with ASTM and ANSI standards and are labeled in compliance with FDA guidance on non-surgical apparel.

These isolation gowns are the latest action Dow has undertaken to help address the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis:

  • On May 14, Dow, Whirlpool Corporation and Reynolds Consumer Products announced the development of a powered, air-purifying respirator, or PAPR, which takes the place of a traditional medical face mask and faces shield.

  • On April 17, Dow announced the open source design for a simplified face shield and the donation of 100,000 face shields to hospitals in Michigan.

  • On April 9, Dow announced an additional $500,000 donation to the Great Lakes Bay Region in Michigan to aid COVID-19 relief efforts in Dow’s global headquarters community.

  • On March 30, Dow announced that sites across North America, Europe and Latin America were set to produce more than 200 metric tons of hand sanitizer, equivalent to more than 880,000 eight-ounce bottles, to be donated to local health systems and government agencies.

  • On March 23, Dow committed $3 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts, with donations going towards global relief organizations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates.

Dow’s material science expertise and production capabilities are used to develop some of the most vital hygiene medical products and technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, such as disinfectants, sanitizers, cleansers, plastics used in the production of disposable PPE for medical professionals, and memory foams for hospital beds.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

Kyle Bandlow
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David Brooks, Bob Johansen and Larry Keeley Join Lineup for 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 08:16

David Brooks, Bob Johansen and Larry Keeley Join Lineup for 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience

Points of Light has announced the speakers who will join the lineup for the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience, taking place June 10-12. Speakers include David Brooks, New York Times columnist and chair of Weave: The Social Fabric Project; Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future (IFTF); and Larry Keeley, co-founder of Doblin, managing director of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and innovation scientist. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these distinguished leaders to the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “The global COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the biggest disruptor of our lifetime but from it will spring innovation and renewal. As we look toward the future, our goal for the conference online experience is to curate timely and relevant discussion to provide our attendees with the tools and inspiration they need to be innovators in their communities around the world.”

David Brooks shines a bright light on our social and moral choices. Whether it's writing columns in The New York Times, appearing as a commentator on “PBS Newshour,” opining on NPR’s “All Things Considered” or debating on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Brooks has a central thesis that we are stronger when we unite to move America forward. He founded and chairs Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Brooks has written five books, including “The Road to Character” and “The Second Mountain.” He is on the faculty of Yale University and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 

Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, Johansen has helped organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future, including corporations such as Walmart and United Rentals, as well as a range of major universities and nonprofits. Johansen is also the author or co-author of twelve books, including the recently released, “Full-Spectrum Thinking: Escaping the Boxes in a Post-Categorical Future.”

Larry Keeley is co-founder of Doblin, and a managing director of Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has been an innovation scientist for four decades, focused especially on finding the advances that drive effectivenessand has applied these advances in startups, large corporations, governments, and philanthropies the world over. Keeley has also been selected by BusinessWeek as one of seven global “innovation gurus” changing the field and teaches graduate and doctorate students in innovation at the Institute of Design, Kellogg and other institutions. 

Each year the Points of Light Conference convenes the greatest leaders of the social sector, providing the singular opportunity for thousands to come together to collaborate and ensure continued growth and innovation in this rapidly changing world. Traditionally held as an in-person convening, the 2020 Points of Light Conference is transitioning into an online experience.

Thanks to the generous support of the conference sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, The UPS Foundation, and Points of Light’s own investment, attendees will have complimentary access to the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience. This new format opens the opportunity for global access to knowledge and best practice sharing relevant both prior to and through recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration is open for the 2020 Points of Light Conference Online Experience. More information on the agenda, speakers, forums and workshops can be found at pointsoflightconference.org.­­­

About the Points of Light Conference

The Points of Light Conference is the world’s largest service-related convening. Points of Light inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit pointsoflight.org.

About Deloitte

Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of Deloitte’s legal structure.

About IFTF

Institute for the Future is the world’s leading futures organization. For over 50 years, businesses, governments, and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, and foresight training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies. IFTF methodologies and toolsets yield coherent views of transformative possibilities across all sectors that together support a more sustainable future. Institute ­­­­­for the Future is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California. www.iftf.org

About Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute

There is a better way to live. Thousands of people across the U.S. are taking time to show up for others… all the way up. They are building deep connections in their communities and weaving a rich social fabric. Meeting these “Weavers” lifted New York Times columnist and author David Brooks out of his isolation, inspiring him to found Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. 

Weave supports those who have found a more connected way to live. Weave explores what it means to weave in our schools, our workplaces and every other part of life. Weave’s mission is to invite everyone to start living like a Weaver and shift our culture from one that values achievement and individual success to one that finds value in deep relationships and community success. Learn more at WeAreWeavers.org.

International Paper Commits 2 Million Boxes for COVID-19 Relief

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 08:16

Food banks around the world are experiencing dramatic increases in demand for food assistance driven by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, food banks need support. International Paper (NYSE: IP) is responding with one of its essential products – corrugated boxes. The company has committed to donating two million corrugated boxes to hunger-relief organizations.

This product donation will benefit hunger-relief organizations such as Feeding America® and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), among other relief agencies in communities where International Paper employees live and work.

“Our employees are passionate about supporting critical community needs, and we recognize that our boxes are essential for distributing food to people hit hardest by the pandemic,” said Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO, International Paper. “Our employees and our boxes are helping improve the ability of food banks to serve communities around the world.”

Lisa Moon, president and CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network, agrees. “Many food banks have had to shift their model from serving daily hot meals to distributing food rations in boxes. International Paper’s gift of two million boxes is extraordinary and desperately needed. Without boxes, we simply cannot get food to people,” said Moon.

Increased Need around the World

Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, estimates that an additional 17.1 million Americans could face hunger in the next six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ensuring the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and our neighbors while serving our communities is Feeding America's top priority. We are tremendously grateful for International Paper for their donation of boxes – an essential component of food distribution during the pandemic,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.

The Global FoodBanking Network believes the coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people facing life-threatening food shortages.

Calling on Others to Give

The company has launched a social media campaign — #HelpFillTheBoxes — to encourage those who are able to donate to food banks in their communities. Taking action in the fight against hunger during the pandemic can be as simple as volunteering at a local food bank or donating money or resources.

You can donate to Feeding America at feedingamerica.org or to The Global FoodBanking Network at foodbanking.org/covid19.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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VIDEO | The Buzz on Beekeeping at Mohawk's Glasgow, VA Manufacturing Facility

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 07:15

Have you heard the buzz about our bees? See how we house almost one million honeybees in eight healthy hives onsite at our Glasgow, VA facility as part of our commitment to sustainability – our beekeeper, Junie, estimates that's enough to pollinate the entire Glasgow surrounding area!

For more beekeeping behind-the-scenes, check out http://bit.ly/MoHoney

About Mohawk Group
As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit MohawkGroup.com.

Tetra Tech is #1 in Water for 17 Years

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 05:15

Tetra Tech is #1 in Water for 17 Years

Tetra Tech is Leading with Science® to deliver innovative solutions for its clients’ most challenging water problems around the world. In 2020 Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked Tetra Tech #1 in Water in its “Top 500 Design Firms” issue for the 17th year in a row. ENR also ranked Tetra Tech #4 out of 500 firms in the 2020 Design Firms list.

Tetra Tech achieves consistently high ENR rankings thanks to the hard work, dedication, and passion of its teams of industry-leading experts. Their knowledge spans all phases of the water cycle, combining state-of-the-art techniques and demonstrated best practices to help protect public health and improve quality of life.

We thank our clients for their continued partnership and the opportunity to create smart solutions for complex water, environmental, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development challenges.

Tetra Tech's 2020 rankings include:

  • #4 in Top 500 Design Firms

  • #1 in Water (17th year in a row)

  • #2 in Sewer and Waste

  • #4 in International Markets

  • #5 in Hazardous Waste (3rd year in a row)

  • #9 in Manufacturing

  • #10 in Power

  • #18 in General Building

View Tetra Tech’s company awards.

Bonsucro Delivers Environmental and Social Impact in Sugarcane Production

Latest news from CSR Wire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 01:15

Bonsucro’s latest annual Outcome Report has once again shown that the organisation’s sustainable sugarcane certification leads to significant improvements in both workers’ rights and the environment.

The 2020 report uses data from the Bonsucro Calculator – a reporting tool that certifies operators’ use, measuring their impact and benchmarking performance against sustainability indicators. The data was collected from the 2018-19 sugarcane season.

Report highlights include:

  • 5.8 % of global sugarcane land is Bonsucro certified 

  • CO2 emissions fell by 5.5% within one year of mills’ certification 

  • Average wages are 20% above national minimums in Bonsucro certified farms and mills 

  • In 2019, 4.9 million tonnes of sugar generated 2.2 million m3 less water than in 2017 

  • Yields increased by a global average of 8.65 additional tonnes of sugarcane per hectare 

  • Bonsucro secured $839,000 in investment for impact projects in sugarcane origins - an increase of 201% on 2019  

The report’s findings demonstrate that there is significant value for producer communities to adopt sustainable practices. The point is illustrated by Bonsucro gaining 25 new member organisations from countries new to the platform, such as Poland, Ecuador, Hungary and Portugal, and from emerging sectors, e.g. biomaterials. Additionally, Bonsucro-certified mills rose from 94 to 123. 

Although Bonsucro is best-known as a voluntary sustainability standard system, the non-profit organisation also invests in innovative projects. The Outcome Report reveals that Bonsucro more than doubled the funds raised for project work in 2019 compared with 2018.  

Bonsucro is committed to supporting smallholder farming communities via partnership projects with PepsiCo, which deliver training to smallholder sugarcane producers in both India and Thailand. But Bonsucro’s project work also extends beyond direct training with farming communities. Bonsucro is partnering with the Earth Innovation Institute and Agroicone to align with Brazil’s biofuel policy, Renovabio, to help decrease the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. This strategy, in part, aims to increase the use of biofuels in Brazil’s transportation matrix. 

Bonsucro’s CEO, Danielle Morley, said: “We are partnering with other organisations to tackle the important issues of our times. Our latest Outcome Report shows that Bonsucro is making a valuable contribution towards a much more sustainable sugarcane sector and resilient value chains”

As a leading global standard in sustainability, Bonsucro is committed to working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and encourages its members to commit to continually improving their social, environmental and economic impact through their hard work and innovation.

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For more information  
Liz Foggitt
Communications Manager 
Liz@Bonsucro.com 

About Bonsucro
Bonsucro is a global multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation that exists to promote sustainable sugarcane production, processing and trade around the world. Bonsucro supports a community of over 500 members in over 40 countries, from all elements of the sugarcane supply chain, including, farmers, millers, traders, buyers and support organisations.

Bonsucro’s vision is a sugarcane sector with thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains. Our mission is to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins. Bonsucro’s strategy builds a platform to accelerate change for the largest agricultural commodity in the world – sugarcane.

www.bonsucro.com

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