International Experts And Civil Society Groups Want Tobacco-Style Global Treaty To Tackle Poor Diets

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans

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In a global show of support for increased efforts to tackle diet-related ill health, leading health campaigners and consumer advocates from across the world have publically endorsed calls for a tobacco-style Global Convention to protect and promote healthy diets. As the world’s governments gathered in Rome on 17 November for a conference that addressed malnutrition, they sent an open letter to the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN) calling for a binding treaty, urging greater action to protect and promote healthy diets.

The letter states that ‘the governance of food production and distribution cannot be left to economic interests alone,’ and urges governments to take regulatory action to reduce children’s exposure to marketing, to impose compositional limits on the saturated fat, added sugar and sodium content of food, to bring in fiscal measures to discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods, and to require all trade and investment policies to be assessed for their potential health impacts. The letter calls for a similar mechanism to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, which has been successful in reducing tobacco use.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum. 

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Health, world health organization, WHO, malnutrition, healthy diets, Global Strategy on Diet Physical Activity and Health

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How Millennials Are Shaping the Way Companies Give Back

SOURCE: The Coca-Cola Company

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Millennials — who will make up more than half the workforce by the year 2020 — are pushing companies to manage social responsibility in new and innovative ways, according to recent studies. 

At The Coca-Cola Company, the emphasis has shifted from a traditional top-down business approach to philanthropy, to a bottom-up strategy that is inclusive of the Millennial perspective and aligned with community needs, says Lisa Borders, chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president, Global Community Connections.

“Companies won’t have a choice. If they want to recruit and retain Millennials, they need to examine their own involvement in cause work as well as the opportunities they give their employees to be engaged in cause work, because their staff wants to make a difference in the world,” says Derrick Feldmann, president of the consulting firm Achieve and lead researcher on the 2014 Millennial Impact report.

Read more on how Millennials are using social media and peer influence to learn about volunteer opportunities at http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/how-millennials-are-shaping-the-way-companies-give-back   

Read more about The Coca-Cola Foundation at: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation  

The Startup Games began as a social networking event in Austin for new tech companies as employees connected over games like foosball. Now participating teams choose a charity to play for.

 

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Nestlé Is Using Chocolate to Power a Factory

SOURCE: Nestlé in the U.S.

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The confectionery giant has started using chocolate to gin up electricity at a factory that manufactures Rolo’s candy in the United Kingdom.

Here’s how it works: Misshapen or expired chocolate that would otherwise be discarded is collected and combined with leftover ingredients like sugar and starch. The mixture is melted and left to rot in an airtight tank. Methane and carbon dioxide are released as the ingredients break down. Gas is then used as fuel to run an engine that creates electricity.

If that sounds deceptively simple, it is. The process of breaking food down into gas without air—known as anaerobic digestion—occurs naturally. Now, Nestlé has found a way to harness the end result for power.

The unique energy generator has been up and running at Nestlé’s plant in Fawdon, U.K., for nearly a year. But the candy company waited until last week to publicly announce the project.

Nearly 8 percent of the electricity needed to power the factory now comes from the 200 kilowatt unit designed by British company Clearfleau. That cuts back on air pollution. It also saves Nestlé money. The company says the project is set to lower its electricity bill by roughly $157,000 each year.

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CVS Health Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Through Multi-Faceted Campaign

SOURCE: CVS Health

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CVS Health is proud to support the life-saving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and its Thanks and Giving® campaign. For the past 11 years, CVS Health – with the help of its customers and colleagues – has raised nearly $43 million to help fund the vital research and treatment that happens every day at St. Jude. A portion of these funds helped create the CVS Health Rehabilitation Services Center, which enables St. Jude to  help children reach their greatest potential by eliminating barriers so they can lead healthy, happy lives.

This year, CVS Health has developed a multi-faceted in-store, social media and digital campaign to support St. Jude.

  • We are raising awareness of the life-saving work St. Jude is doing through in-store radio and signage in all CVS/pharmacy locations encouraging customers to make a donation at Stjude.org/donate.
  • Starting 11/28, customers can also make a $1 donation at http://www.CVS.com/stjude.
  • New this year, customers who donate to St. Jude and purchase $25 or more through the CVS/pharmacy digital Holiday Guide will also get free shipping for their items at www.cvs.com/giftguide.
  • Finally, through the end of 2014, CVS Health will utilize its social media channels for a Twitter fundraising campaign. For every retweet of the St. Jude post on @CVSinAction, the company will give $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, up to $25,000.*

100% of donations will benefit St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. To learn more, visit http://www.thanksandgiving.org.

*You can support the campaign on CVS Health’s Twitter community  handle, @CVSinAction. For every retweet we get for the message included below, from now through the end of this year, CVS Health will give $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® up to $25,000.  Click here to join the campaign and retweet this message “We’re supporting the @StJude THANKSandGIVING Campaign!  For every RT through end of year, we’ll give $1 to #StJudeGIVETHANKS up to $25,000.”

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Health, CVS Health, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Fundraising

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MGM Resorts Employees Raise More Than 1.6 Million Pounds of Food for Three Square Food Bank in One of the Largest Food Drives in the United States

Donation exceeds previous record by 75 percent to provide 1,342,050 meals for the 315,000 food insecure people living in Southern Nevada

SOURCE: MGM Resorts International

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Las Vegas, Nov. 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) donated more than 1.6 million pounds of food to Three Square Food Bank this holiday season in one of the largest single-city food drives in the nation.

Three Square reported that MGM Resorts employees donated 1,610,461 pounds of food during the company’s fifth annual October food drive. Company employees well-exceeded last year’s donation of 922,161 pounds, setting a new record for the largest amount of food received in a single donation by Three Square. This unprecedented donation will provide 1,342,050 meals to the nearly 137,000 individuals Three Square serves monthly through its approximately 1,300 community partners. Experts estimate that 315,000 Las Vegas valley residents are food insecure.

“We cannot thank MGM Resorts and their hardworking employees enough for all they have accomplished this holiday season,” said Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square. “This is by far the most we have ever received in a single donation and I know the people in our community we serve each day will be so grateful to receive this support. Our partnership with MGM Resorts proves that by coming together, we can solve the hunger problem in Southern Nevada.”

“In this season of giving there is no greater way we at MGM Resorts can show our allegiance with our community than by joining with Three Square to combat food insecurity in our midst,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “I am extremely proud of the generosity demonstrated by my wonderful colleagues and hope we will continue breaking records with our Three Square donations until no one in our community suffers the pain of hunger.”

Three Square is a member of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. Feeding America reported that the results of MGM Resorts’ food drive make it one of the largest in the nation based on quarterly reports from its 200 affiliates. Feeding America affiliates last year provided more than three billion pounds of food and groceries to food insecure families across the nation.

MGM Resorts and Three Square celebrated the record-breaking donation with a special ceremony today at the Three Square warehouse where the donations will be housed until distribution. MGM Resorts properties and corporate operations in Las Vegas vied in a friendly competition with the winning entity selected by calculating the number of pounds donated per employee. MGM Resorts’ corporate division employees won this year’s competition by their donation of 146.18 pounds of food per employee.

In addition to its annual food drive, MGM Resorts supports Three Square’s efforts year round through its corporate giving program, The MGM Resorts Foundation, and the employee volunteer program. In 2010, the “MGM Resorts Volunteer Room” at Three Square was created to recognize the continuous support provided by the company.

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About Three Square Food Bank

Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to more than 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.  The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features Aria resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

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Rey Bouknight

MGM Resorts International

702-891-1846

rbouknight@mgmresorts.com

Brita Voris

Three Square Food Bank

702-644-FOOD (ext. 344)

bvoris@threesquare.org

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Karl-Johan Persson's Speech at the BSR Conference 2014

CEO Karl-Johan Persson was one of the keynote speakers at this year’s BSR Conference in New York on 6 November 2014

SOURCE: H&M

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Karl-Johan Persson spoke about the transformation of the fashion industry from a sustainable point of view and the importance of working in a transparent way. Find out how and why H&M wants to be more than a spectator of the global development.

Watch and listen to the full speech.

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Corporate Social Responsibility, H&M, fashion industry, BSR conference

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Defense Department Issues Climate Change Roadmap

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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The US Department of Defense (DOD) just issued their 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.  The report designates climate change as a “threat multiplier.” It says that, “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.”

The report’s introduction, written by Secretary Chuck Hegel, acknowledges that fact that, “The military could be called upon more often to support civil authorities, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the face of more frequent and more intense natural disasters.”

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel. 

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Playing God: Building with Robots, 3D Printers and Augmented Reality

The future of technology and building science.

SOURCE: Green Builder Media

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No fewer than three major U.S. magazines last year, including The Economist and Wired, featured robots on their covers. The age of machine-assisted labor is here. But robotics is just one of many advancing technologies that are likely to change our lives dramatically. Converging technologies, including virtual reality, 3D printing, augmented reality, robotics and nanotechnology will combine to alter the way we construct buildings and products, and how we define work. What will occur is nothing less than a transference of power, where our technology will allow us to manipulate and control our environment as never before in human history.

And it’s a good thing. Because the next generation has been weaned on digital technology. The Millennials, who by 2030 will constitute 75 percent of the workforce in the U.S., will shun careers in construction or manufacturing—unless those careers become an extension of their techno-centric, eco-conscious world view. And the need for highly skilled construction experts is about to explode, as flight from the suburbs into urban areas accelerates. In Houston, for example, more than 5,000 units of residential apartments are breaking ground right now—and Houston is a city with only 3,500 full-time residents in its downtown core. To get a better sense of how this transference will play out over the next century, let’s focus on the construction industry. Get ready for a wild ride.

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KEYWORDS: Technology, Environment and Climate Change, building science, 3D Printers, transference, augmented reality, virtual reality, Green Builder Media, millenials, home building

 

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