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Oklahoma Shelter Provides Safe Place For Women

SOURCE: Mary Kay

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This week’s blog post is by Marie Robinson, Executive Director for the Wings of Hope Family Crisis Center. Her organization is one of the shelters who received a 2014 shelter grant from The Mary Kay Foundation.

When a woman seeks help and freedom from domestic violence, she can make different choices. She can recognize her strength. She can recognize a potentially unhealthy relationship.

I live to hear someone say, “I was a victim, but now I’m a survivor.”

Head Held High
I remember the very first woman I worked with at our shelter six years ago. She had been physically abused. But her husband also repeatedly told her that her eyes were evil and that people only saw evil when they looked at her.

So she wouldn’t look me in the eyes during our therapy sessions. She ended up staying at the shelter about three months until she could work and save enough money to get an apartment.

When I saw her later around town, she seemed a bit taller to me. As I kept thinking about this, I realized that she hadn’t gotten any taller. Rather, she was looking at me in the eyes. She was no longer afraid to look people in the eyes.

Empowering Women
Now every time, I see her I smile thinking about what an empowered woman she is. She knows who she is. She’s no longer afraid, and she can move on with her life. And I like to think I had a little something to do with that.

When people donate to The Mary Kay Foundation, they make an impact on real people. I see these people every day. I hear their voices, and I see them grow as individuals. Shelters like ours can only help these women because of donations and grants like this one from The Mary Kay Foundation.

Home Away From Home
We operate one of the largest shelters in Oklahoma. It’s about 17,000 square feet. We have 10 bedrooms, each set up like hotel suites. They can sleep at least five people. Our shelter has a play area, kitchen, toiletries and clothing closet and a nice living room. We try to make it as much of a home as possible.

We provide all the food for our clients, so they don’t have to worry where their next meal is coming from. And we empower them to prepare their own meals.

Encouragement and Counseling
Every woman who comes to our shelter is assigned a counselor and an advocate. Every child also sees a counselor or an advocate. We encourage the women to find jobs and continue living a normal life.

Just to endure an abusive relationship, a person has to be strong physically and emotionally. Our counselors work really hard to encourage those women to continue to use that strength to find a job, move on with their lives and take care of their children. We remind them there is life after domestic violence.

We would not be able to provide these services for victims if it weren’t for grants like The Mary Kay Foundation. We feel blessed to receive this grant and look forward to increasing services because of it.

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Business & Trade, Mary Kay, Mary Kay Foundation, csr, domestic violence, domestic violence awareness

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Sigma-Aldrich® Named One of the Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the Second Consecutive Year

Sigma-Aldrich, recognized for its sustainability efforts in St. Louis and around the world, takes the 38th spot as one of only 20 American companies to make the list

SOURCE: Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

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ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ — Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL) was named today to the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) Index, a recognition that identifies the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors. Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by the Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company, Sigma-Aldrich is one of only 20 American companies to receive this distinction and is the only St. Louis-based company on the list.

“We are a Company that believes every small change makes a big difference: much like the heart of our work, which is to produce chemicals, biochemicals and other products that are often the building blocks of something bigger,” said Rakesh Sachdev, Sigma-Aldrich President and CEO. “Because we are at the inception of many scientific discoveries, we have a responsibility to use our greatest skill, a passion for science, to create a cleaner, healthier and safer world. That is why we are proud to receive this important award as a testament to our sustainability efforts in the communities where we live and work.”

The Global 100 is determined using twelve quantitative sustainability indicators that run the gamut from the amount of revenue companies generate per unit of energy consumed, innovation capacity and lost-time injury rate. Sigma-Aldrichwas selected from a starting universe of 4,609 listed companies with a market capitalization greater than $2 billion (USD).

“It is a huge honor to receive this global recognition for the second year in a row, putting our Company at the pinnacle of sustainability,” said 
Jeffrey Whitford, Sigma-Aldrich Global Citizenship Manager. “It gives our employees great pride to know that we are creating real, measurable change and that we are leading our peers in the region and around the globe.”

While the Company was evaluated on several criteria, Sigma-Aldrich’s environmental sustainability efforts were one of the key elements that led to this distinction. As part of the Company’s internationally-recognized global citizenship initiatives, environmental sustainability practices are fundamental to its overall mission of enabling science to improve the quality of life.

Sigma-Aldrich invests in energy efficiency to decrease its reliance on fossil fuels with a goal of reducing the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the Company also actively supports the development of new alternative energy technologies through the products it provides to researchers working to discover new ways to harness nature’s energy.

“Our initiatives promote greater environmental responsibility and support energy efficiency and conservation; natural resource conservation; material reuse, reduction and recycling; and the application of green chemistry in our operations worldwide,” said Whitford. “We are continuously evaluating and looking for ways to improve our sustainability efforts as we know that the time and resources we invest in these efforts are not only making a difference in the health of Sigma-Aldrich, but the world.”

To learn more about the 11th annual Global 100 Index and the importance of clean capitalism in America, visit www.corporateknights.com/reports/global-100.

To learn more about Sigma-Aldrich’s Global Citizenship efforts, visit www.sigmaaldrich.com/globalcitizenship.

About Sigma-Aldrich:  Sigma-Aldrich, a leading Life Science and Technology company focused on enhancing human health and safety, manufactures and distributes 230,000 chemicals, biochemicals and other essential products and 40,000 equipment products to more than 1.4 million customers globally in research and applied labs as well as in industrial and commercial markets.  With three distinct business units – Research, Applied and SAFC Commercial – Sigma-Aldrich is committed to enabling science to improve the quality of life.  The Company operates in 37 countries, has approximately 9,000 employees worldwide and had sales of $2.7 billion in 2013.  For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its website at www.sigma-aldrich.com.

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Sigma-Aldrich, Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, Global 100, corporate knights, Davos, csr, World Economic Forum, WEF

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Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014 – The Minute

SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLC

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that three hundred ten billion dollars was invested globally in green energy last year, a rise of sixteen percent over 2013. That amount almost matches the record total of three hundred seventeen billion, set in 2011. It should be noted that due to decreasing costs, the dollars invested in 2014 bought almost double the clean electricity capacity than in 2011.

Solar power, with its rapidly dropping costs, was the main driver, attracting over half the total funding for the first time. Solar investment rose by twenty-five percent in 2014, while wind power rose by eleven percent, to one-third of all investment. The nineteen point four billion invested in offshore wind projects was a record for that category. Energy efficiency and electric vehicle investment increased ten percent.

Measured by country, China was the leader, with clean energy investments rising thirty-two percent to ninety billion dollars. The U.S. was second, up eight percent to fifty-two billion, while Japan was up twelve percent to forty-one billion. Europe saw investment rise only one percent, but to a big number, sixty-six billion dollars. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014

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MGM Resorts Achieves Recognition for Employee Training and Engagement Programs

Company offers to employees classes in language, leadership and computer skills

SOURCE: MGM Resorts International

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LAS VEGAS,  Jan. 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ – MGM  Resorts International (NYSE: MGM)  has been named a recipient of two prominent awards recognizing a company culture that places a premium on training and engaging employees.

This week, software provider Achievers named MGM Resorts among its Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America.  The award comes on the heels of Training magazine naming the company a 2015 Training Top 125 award-winner.

“We are very pleased to receive recognition for our initiatives, especially for those that are designed to engage our employees and support them in being the best they can be through learning and development,” said Michelle DiTondo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts.

This year marks the company’s debut on the annual Training Top 125 list for Training magazine, a leading business publication for learning and development professionals.

Now in its 15th year, the Training Top 125 ranking is based on multiple benchmarking statistics, such as total training budget; percentage of payroll; number of training hours per employee program; goals, evaluation, measurement, and workplace surveys; hours of training per employee annually; and detailed formal programs.

A cornerstone of the company’s training program is the MGM Resorts University, offering a curriculum that includes a computer certification program, Spanish as a second language, English as a second language and an array of management and leadership programs. 

The company’s ranking among the top 125 will be revealed at a Training conference in February in Atlanta.

A panel of judges for the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Worplaces™ Awards evaluated each applicant based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards

& Recognition, Professional & Personal Growth, Accountability & Performance, Vision  & Values, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

“This marks our fifth year recognizing incredible, employee-focused companies that are changing the way the world works, and we’re exciting to honor them with this award,” said Cheryl Kerrigan, vice president

of employee success at Achievers. “These companies are setting the benchmark for standards in employee engagement by making engaging, aligning, and recognizing employees a top priority, which sets them apart from their competition.”

MGM Resorts will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at an awards gala on March 11 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

 

ABOUT TRAINING
Training magazine is the leading business publication for learning and development and HR professionals. It has been the ultimate resource for innovative learning and development—in print, in person, and online—over the last 50 years. Training magazine and Training magazine Events are produced by Lakewood Media Group.

ABOUT ACHIEVERS
Achievers delivers the only true cloud-based Employee Success Platform that enables remarkable business success. Designed specifically to meet the complex needs of today’s changing, modern workplace, it is the most engaging software specifically designed to engage, align and recognize employees. It is software employee loves to use every day in over 110 countries. Achievers is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco. Learn how your company can change the way the world works at www.achievers.com.

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 is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

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Contact Info:

Mary Hynes
MGM Resorts International
+1 (702) 692-6801
mhynes@mgmresorts.com

KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Business & Trade, MGM Resorts International, Award, Training, Engagement, employee, Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces, North America, Michelle DiTondo, Achievers, human resources, csr

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UN Global Compact Bulletin (January 2015)

SOURCE: United Nations Global Compact

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, engagement opportunities, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that engagement opportunities and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in EnglishFrenchSpanish, Chinese, Arabic and Russian

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Global Compact+15: Business as a force for good 23-25 June 2015, New York

Marking the UN Global Compact’s 15th anniversary, the conference will bring business and civil society to the United Nations to show how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, with an emphasis on the United Nations global agenda for sustainable development to be released later this year (the SDGs).

NEWS & UPDATES

  • Business Leaders Collaborate to Stop Ebola
  • Major Companies Set the Stage for Ambitious Climate Agreement in 2015
  • Companies and Investors Mark 10th Anniversary of the Global Compact’s Anti-Corruption Principle
  • Global Compact Encourages Deeper Business Engagement at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
  • Brazil Collaboration Lab Promotes Innovative Partnerships in Water and Sanitation
  • Business to Support International Year of Soils in 2015

LOCAL NETWORK NEWS

  • Local Networks Enter New Era with Strengthened Governance
  • Local Networks in Africa and MENA Share Innovative Approaches to Promote Corporate Sustainability
  • Business and Human Rights Focus of Regional Meeting Asia/Oceania
  • Global Compact Network Spain Celebrates 10th Anniversary

FEATURED RESOURCES

  • Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability
  • Resources Released at the Caring for Climate Business Forum

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Join the Women’s Empowerment Principles
  • Call for Case Studies: Responsible Business Best Practice Toolkit for the Land, Construction and Real Estate Sector
  • Sign Open Letter: Call on Academic Institutions to Incorporate Human Rights in Management Education
  • Sign the Business Action Pledge on Ebola Elimination
  • Align with Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing
  • Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Global Development Agenda

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 2015 WEPs Annual Event – Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality (New York)  
  • Global Compact+15: Business as a force for good (New York)  
  • 2015 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education: 6th PRME Assembly (New York)  
  • United Nations Private Sector Forum (New York)  
  • Caring for Climate Business Forum (Lima) 

WEBINARS

  • The Role of Business in Equality and Human Rights for the LGBT Community (10:00 am EDT)

 

Read the UN Global Compact Bulletin online:

www.unglobalcompact.org/NewsAndEvents/UNGC_bulletin

Follow the UN Global Compact on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn

Follow the WEPs on Facebook and Twitter
Follow PRME on Facebook and Twitter
Follow PRI on Twitter

Published 14 January 2015

 

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Kristen Coco
UN Global Compact
+1 (917) 367-8566
cocok@un.org
@globalcompact
www.facebook.com/unglobalcompact
https://www.linkedin.com/company/united-nations-global-compact

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Tell Your Corporate Citizenship Story During the 2015 Film Festival

SOURCE: Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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Each year, the Center hosts the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, which attracts both domestic and international interest. This annual event, now in its 7th year, provides companies an opportunity to showcase how they use video as an effective vehicle, illustrating to internal and external audiences CSR initiatives that build awareness of social, environmental, and governance issues. 

To participate in the film festival competition, companies submit a short video that depicts an aspect of their CSR efforts. In recent years submissions have represented a wide range of corporate citizenship topics including volunteerism, environmental sustainability, nonprofit partnerships, healthcare access, employee engagement, innovation in technology, and many others. Below is a sampling of the top winners from past Film Festivals. We encourage you to take a look at their work in the corporate citizenship field and invite you to showcase YOUR CSR efforts in the 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, boston college film festival, International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, CSR Film Festival, Corporate Citizenship Film Festival CSR Videos, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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Industry Leaders Set to Speak at the 14th Annual Charities@Work Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship Presented by Wells Fargo

SOURCE: Charities@Work

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Washington, DC, January 8, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Charities@Work is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of industry leaders to speak at this year’s 14th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship presented by Wells Fargo on March 23 -25, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel in New York City.

The emcee of this year’s Best Practices Summit will be Chris Jarvis, Co-Founder and Partner of Realized Worth, a leading consulting firm specializing in employee volunteering and workplace giving programs.  In addition, Charities@Work is in the process of putting together a comprehensive agenda including expert speakers – Derrick Feldmann and Carol Cone. 

Derrick currently leads the research team on the Millenial Impact Project– the most comprehensive research initiative to understand how the millennial generation connects, involves, and gives. Derrick also coauthored – Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement published by Jossey Bass/ Wiley.  Carol Cone is the Global Practice Chair, Business + Social Purpose for Edelman and leads their CSR, sustainability and citizenship offering, a team of more than 100 worldwide. When she is not giving speeches to business groups, MBA’s and NGO’s, she rolls up her sleeves to work with clients on purpose initiatives which have included the American Lung Association, Bezos Family Foundation Dove, HP, Microsoft, PNC, Samsung, Southwest Airlines, and Unilever.

2015 Summit Theme: Empowering Transformation

This year’s summit theme will be “Empowering Transformation” which will provide attendees with the tools to set strong foundations for their programs in order to enable transformation within the ever-changing environment of social responsibility today.

Topics will include:

  • How millennials are impacting and effecting change in CSR
  • What’s new and what’s next: technology and other emerging innovations
  • The future of employee engagement: a seamless component of the everyday corporate job
  • Corporate investments in performance and accountability

This premier and intimate networking event focuses on the trends, best practices and innovations in a variety of employee engagement programs including volunteerism, matching gift, and annual giving programs. Participants have the opportunity to share ideas and network with other professionals while staying current on the trends, hot topics and best models of employee engagement initiatives.

The Charities@Work Summit will also honor and recognize those companies, teams and individuals for their “best in class” and innovative practices.  More information on the nomination process will be coming soon at charitiesatwork.org.

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor – Wells Fargo; Platinum Sponsors – Microsoft, Prudential; Gold Sponsors – New York Life, 3BL and UnitedHealth Group; and Premium Exhibitors – Benevity, CauseCast, DoTopia and MicroEdge.

To find out more information about this year’s Charities@Work Best Practices Summit or how to register including early bird registration discounts, visit charitiesatwork.org.  For information on sponsorship, please contact Lynne Filderman at lfilderman@charities.org.

About Charities@Work

Charities@Work is an alliance of four national nonprofit organizations – America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2,000 premier health, human service, environmental, and international development charities.

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Angela Murray
+1 (908) 280-8089
amurray@healthcharities.org

KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Engagement, community involvement, workplace giving, employee volunteering, corporate volunteering, corporate philanthropy, Corporate Citizenship, csr, Corporate Responsibility

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Ecocentricity Blog – January 2015

SOURCE: Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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I think we might have ruined the color green. Which is a shame, because it is one hell of a color.
Seriously, stop and think for a second. I’ll wait – I’ve got all day in fact, seeing as you are reading this at your leisure. I advocate for sustainability, so when I say “green,” what do you think?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I bet you think of some marketing campaign by a company espousing its environmentally friendly practices. If not that, you probably just think of a blue recycling bin (oh, the irony). Those are great things and all, but shouldn’t we mean more than that?

And why “green” in the first place? Yeah, I know the answer is obvious – grass, trees, the entire country of Ireland. We encounter the color in so many natural settings. It is the color of life itself, standing out like a neon sign stating, “Photosynthesis lives here!

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Contact Info:

Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
+1 (678) 404-9225
valerie@raycandersonfoundation.org

KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Business & Trade, Green, Greenwash, green marketing, green concepts, green environmentalism, green and sustainability, sustainability, Green Labeling, Eco, eco label, Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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