Category Archives: CSR

Has your organization had its Annual Sustainability Audit? If not, now is the time.

Memphis, Tennessee – November, 14 2013 – The end of the year is the perfect time to conduct your organization’s annual sustainability audit.   Whether its the first time or already an ingrained tradition, the end of the year is a great time to reflect on accomplishments of the year and the goals for the future.

Why a Sustainability Audit?

A sustainability audit is a powerful tool.  A sustainability audit takes an inventory of all of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to the best practices in their industry.  In essence, an audit is a gap analysis and a maturity analysis of the sustainability practices of an organization. It is meant to document ‘what you are doing’ and ‘to what extent’ across a wide range of sustainability categories. Continue reading

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3 Companies that Are Making Money by Embracing Sustainability

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(Source – 3BLMedia) By Alex Perera, Co-director, Business Engagement in Climate and Technology, WRI

Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent Nor’easter were the biggest news this week and last. The combination of two powerful forces resulted in unprecedented and widespread damage. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted.

I can’t help but draw the connection between our recent extreme weather and businesses today—corporations are increasingly recognizing that they, too, are navigating two powerful forces. One force demands financial results, while the other requires increasingly sophisticated techniques to respond to climate, energy, resource scarcity, and other sustainability risks. The ways businesses navigate both these forces will determine whether they are truly viable over the long-term. Continue reading

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New Earth-Aware VersaWalk™ Underlayment and VersaStick™ Adhesive for Luxury Vinyl Flooring

VW-laminate-install(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.18.2012) – MP Global Products, the manufacturer of earth-friendly acoustic fiber floor underlayments, recently introduced VersaWalk underlayment and VersaStick flooring adhesive for high-performing LVT floor installations that protect indoor air quality in single family homes and multi-family residences. VersaWalk is a VOC-free sound reduction impact isolation and insulation system engineered for  maximized performance under luxury vinyl tile flooring. VersaStick, a VOC-free and solvent free fast drying adhesive for use on subfloors and against the floor being laid.

Engineered to be odorless and non-allergenic, VersaWalk is composed of at least 94% post-industrial/pre-consumer textile fibers, scrap material otherwise destined for landfill.

The randomly air-laid filaments create a capillary effect to cushion the floor, dampen ambient sound, and absorb impact sound. VersaWalk both suppresses noise within the room and inhibits the transfer of noise into rooms below. A versatile underlayment that can be nailed, glued or floated, it is suitable for nail- or glue-down wood flooring, floating engineered wood flooring, and laminate flooring as well as for LVT. Continue reading

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GlobalGiving E-Gift Cards: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

(3BLMedia) Naveen Kumar was first inspired to volunteer in his college years during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India. Two years later, his volunteer spirit was reignited while, as an employee of HP, he was taking information and communications technology (ICT) into rural communities in India. When a woman confronted him with the question, “How can computers give me food?” he determined to help her and her family to solve their problem of accessing the food ration cards for which they qualified; he did this online. Seeing the needs around him, Kumar also determined to engage himself and his coworkers in volunteer service.

How does a company recognize employees who volunteer to help others? HP, for one, gives $50 GlobalGiving gift cards in recognition of employees who record 10 or more hours of volunteer time per quarter. According to Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of sustainability and social innovation at HP, “the redemption rates are incredibly high and employees around the world really enjoy continuing to give back to causes they care about. This process creates a virtuous circle of giving.” Continue reading

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Broadwind Energy Wins $14 Million in Wind Tower Orders

NAPERVILLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A U.S. wind turbine manufacturer has selected Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN) to supply approximately $14 million of wind towers for delivery in 2013. This order includes an option to purchase up to $27 million of additional towers which would have to be exercised in early 2013. The towers will all be delivered in 2013 and will be produced in the Company’s facilities in Manitowoc, WI and Abilene, TX.

Peter C. Duprey, president and CEO of Broadwind Energy, Inc., stated, “We are very pleased that Broadwind’s improved competitive position has led to new wind tower business, particularly given the regulatory uncertainty around the extension of the production tax credit. Assuming the option is exercised, orders for 2013 deliveries will exceed the low end of the production range guidance we previously provided. With wind tower supply and demand coming into better balance and the ongoing trade case, we have seen continued market share gains, and are increasingly optimistic about the outlook for the tower business in 2013.” Continue reading

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AT&T Recycling World Record; Philanthropy Report; Bloomberg Sponsors Green Summit – CSR Minute

AT&T customers have broken the world record for recycling wireless devices, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. 50,942 devices were recycled during a one-week period. IN 2011, AT&T collected three million cell phones for reuse and recycling. The company expects to surpass that number this year due to a new trade-in program.

The Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy has published their annual report, Giving in Numbers 2012 Edition. The report covers trends in giving, including cash and non-cash giving, volunteer programs, management and program costs, focus areas, and more. Among the findings are that 47 percent of 2011 giving was for Community Investment—proactive grants that aid long-term business goals while serving a critical community need. Over 200 corporations, including 62 of the Fortune 500, participated in the survey.

Bloomberg Businessweek will host the Global Green Summit on December 4th in Singapore. The event will feature Bloomberg’s leading journalists, speakers in public and private sector sustainability, and executives from around the world. The Summit will focus on how to accelerate innovation, create sources of capital for more integrated investments, and learning lessons from global corporations leading the way in sustainable business practices. Continue reading

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The Coca-Cola Company Expands 5by20 Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Coca-Cola Company today announced strong progress toward its goal to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the Coca-Cola value chain by 2020. The initiative, known as 5by20, is expanding beyond its pilot programs in four countries to launch and scale programs across a total of 12 countries: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand. 5by20 is on track to reach 300,000 women by the end of 2012.

By providing access to business skills, financial services, assets and support networks of peers and mentors, 5by20 is helping women succeed as entrepreneurs, while also creating thriving, sustainable communities.

“Working with and investing in women is one of the most powerful ways to spur sustainable economic growth and development,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “I’m excited by the progress we’re making toward our goal to empower 5 million women. We are transforming lives and communities, making a profound and lasting impact on global issues and also growing our business.” Continue reading

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CSC Recognized as a Top Corporate Citizen (CSR) by CR Magazine

FALLS CHURCH, Va., November 26, 2012 /3BL Media/ – CSC (NYSE: CSC) announced today that it has been ranked in the top 10 by Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine for the second year as one of the “Industry Sector Best Corporate Citizens in Business Services.” In this ranking CR Magazine recognizes companies by industry, applying the methodology from its well-known 100 Best Corporate Citizens List.

“We are pleased that CR Magazine has recognized CSC’s commitment to our environmental and social performance for the second straight year,” said Mark Delisi, director of Corporate Responsibility, CSC. “Over the past year we continued to make significant progress in our community investment with the CSC Gives Back Global Challenge and in our work to create a transparent set of responsible supply chain principles.”

“CSC has made strong commitments in the areas of environmental sustainability, human rights, supply chain oversight, as well as health and safety,” said Dirk Olin, CR Magazine’s Editor in Chief. “For the second straight year, they are to be congratulated for joining the ranks of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s best citizens by sector for their performances in both corporate governance and their philanthropy.” Continue reading

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