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Why Mars Hellas Is A Great Place To Work®

Bringing pets to work, M&Ms rugby tournaments and internal awards create happy working environment in Athens office

SOURCE: Mars, Incorporated

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ATHENS, Greece, December 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Mars Hellas’ Athens office has built a reputation as a top employer in the annual Great Place To Work® survey. For the third year running, Mars has risen up through the ranks in the ‘Best Work Place in medium size’ company category in Greece, now sitting in 4th position. 

The survey, conducted with the academic support of ALBA Graduate Business School, uses the Trust Index tool (Trust Indicator) to evaluate the company’s practices base on the views of its Associates. Results of the survey show that Mars Associates feel proud of their work and think management has a clear understanding of organizational goals. 

Key initiatives recognized by the survey include internal awards and prizes to celebrate Associate’s achievements, as well as its unique workplace culture, with an office that provides mental and physical recharge breakout areas. Additionally, the Athens office has helped to build an enjoyable and fulfilling workplace for all Mars Associates by staging an ‘Athens Rugby 7s by M&Ms’ tournament and allowing staff to bring their pets to work.

This year, Mars has been named as a Great Place to Work® in more than 20 countries and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, Mars was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Gallup Great Workplace Award and named on 2014 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® List.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by employees in 53 countries to help organizations improve the workplace, increase the levels of trust and drive business results. Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. In the past three years, Great Place to Work Institute has partnered with CBN Weekly to announce the list of Best Company to Work For in Greater China. For more information, visit www.greatplacetowork.cn.

About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

For more information about Mars, Incorporated, please visit www.mars.com.

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Mars Incorporated, Athens, Mars Hellas, ALBA Graduate Business School, Great Place to Work, mars associates

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Petroleum Marketing Group and CITGO Fund Playground for Foster Children

Local CITGO Marketer Provides Support to National Center for Children and Families’ Clinton Farm Foster Home

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation

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Woodbridge, Va., Dec. 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Since its founding in 2001, local CITGO Marketer Petroleum Marketing Group (PMG) has maintained a strong commitment to its surrounding community. After a recent visit to The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF) Clinton Farm in Clinton, Md., PMG saw a great opportunity to bring more positive experiences to children there as well as 100 other local foster homes. Together with CITGO, PMG recently provided $4,200 to build a special playground on Clinton Farm’s property.

“Even though these children have gone through some rough experiences in their young lives, there is still a light in them,” said Andre LeBlanc, PMG vice president, operations. “To help brighten that light and help them lead happier and healthier lives, we at PMG have partnered with CITGO to expand our support of the NCCF by purchasing, constructing and maintaining a state-of-the-art outdoor play set for the kids.”

Operated in conjunction with NCCF, Clinton Farm is a 25+ acre estate with a primary home and secondary house. The home currently has two foster parents, several children and two expecting teenagers. NCCF Executive Director Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, who has helped the organization grow from a facility housing 60 children to a comprehensive regional center serving more than 4,000 children, youth and families each year, is working with PMG on the initiative.

“The kids are coming from inner city D.C. and they don’t have many activities to do once they arrive in the country setting at Clinton Farm,” explained Chapman. “We have a large section of the property set aside for the playground. Once developed, it will be known as ‘Camp R.E.A.L.’ and will be a place where other foster care homes can host campouts, workshops, horseback riding and more.”

“We applaud PMG’s efforts to support the kids living at Clinton Farm and we are happy to help provide a healthy, outdoor activity for them,” said Alan Flagg, assistant vice president of supply and marketing for CITGO.

In addition to this donation, E&C Enterprises, PMG Company’s operations entity, pays for the mortgage on the Clinton Farm estate and NCCF operates the foster care home and facility. As part of its partnership with the NCCF and Clinton Farm, PMG employees also volunteer time and money to create a better environment for the children.

“We will help get the home in good condition by focusing on repairs and ongoing maintenance,” LeBlanc added.

Based in Woodbridge, Va. with more than 850 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region, PMG is a leading petroleum distributor and convenience store operator. The more than 1,600 PMG employees have helped contribute more than $250,000 to national healthcare and veterans’ organizations over the past few years.

Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency committed to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth and their families in the National Capital Area (NCA). NCCF provides emergency shelters, transitional housing, high-intensity group homes and therapeutic foster care for youth transitioning to adulthood, along with teen parent services and community-based prevention programs promoting academic achievement, parental involvement and healthy families in the NCA.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Virginia, like PMG, own and operate more than 260 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Citgo, Petroleum Marketing Group, The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF), Clinton Farm, foster children

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PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF's Water Cellars for Mothers

SOURCE: PepsiCo

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At PepsiCo, we believe that a responsible business must act as a global citizen. The ability of a company to flourish long-term ultimately depends on the health of the communities of which it is a part and the natural resources on which it relies. The corporations that win in today’s competitive, resource-scarce and hyper-transparent world are those that create real value for society. 

China is a dynamic industrial engine and an emerging leader in the world economy. However, there is another China, full  of rural communities, often lacking basic infrastructure and competing for limited resources with its rapidly industrializing counterpart. Chinese society struggles with the growing pains of rapid growth and the needs of an enormous population still living in a world largely untouched by the benefits of China’s economic transformation.

Access to water for China’s rural poor has been a priority of the Chinese government since the 1980s. Working with government ministries, the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) launched a program called Water Cellars for Mothers in 2000.

Depending on the specific needs of a village, school or household, Water Cellars for Mothers brings access to safe water through rainwater harvesting or building centralized water supply systems in target communities in rural central and western China.

PepsiCo’s involvement with Water Cellars for Mothers began in 2001 with several grants supporting the project. In 2011, the PepsiCo Foundation awarded CWDF a $5 million grant, to establish more systemic support of Water Cellars. With the support of China’s Ministry of Water Resources, the PepsiCo Foundation grant is funding safe water access projects for people in rural villages and primary schools in eight provinces and municipalities, including Yunnan, Gansu, Guangxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia

Learn more about PepsiCo’s partnership with Water Cellars for Mothers on PepsiCo.com

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Pepsico, Pepsico Performance with Purpose, Global Reach, water, China, Water Cellars for Mothers, CWDF, Clean Water Access, the PepsiCo Foundation

 

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Toyota Lends Mobility Impairment Rehabilitation Partner Robots to Hospitals Across Japan

SOURCE: Toyota

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Toyota Motor Corporation has begun lending its “Walk Training Assist” and “Balance Training Assist” rehabilitation-aid partner robots for clinical trials to be conducted in medical facilities across Japan. The robots are designed to aid the rehabilitation of patients who find it difficult to walk or maintain balance due to illness or injury.

The first of the Walk Training Assist and Balance Training Assist robots to be lent were installed today at the Ukai Rehabilitation Hospital in Aichi Prefecture. In total, 23 Walk Training Assist robots and 21 Balance Training Assist robots are scheduled to be installed at a total of 34 medical facilities.

Development of these robots began at the end of 2007 in collaboration with Fujita Health University Hospital in Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture. Since 2011, Toyota has been working together with medical facilities to complete pilot testing of the robots, and has significantly improved on-site user-friendliness.

The wider-scale clinical trials are aimed to further evaluate the effectiveness of the robots. Toyota is accelerating development of the robots with the aim a commercial launch at the earliest opportunity.

Click here for more information about the rehabilitation-aid partner robots and the facilities scheduled to receive them.

 

ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants.  There are nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 2.2 million vehicles in 2013. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota’s annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over $26 billion.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.comwww.toyotanewsroom.com or www.toyotainaction.com.

 

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KEYWORDS: Health, TMC, Toyota motor corporation, Innovation, robot technology, physical rehabilitation aid, robots, Toyota, Walk Training Assist, Balance Training Assist

   

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Family Reunion Gossip: What Really Happens When…

By Roman Smith, AT&T Director – Sustainability Operations

SOURCE: AT&T

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Last month, AT&T hosted the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Assembly at our headquarters in Dallas, TX. we welcomed a room full of the world’s leading service providers and vendors from the  ICT (Information Communication Technology) sector.   In other words, sustainability heavyweights from around the world.

GeSI is a collaborative organization made up of  major companies that are active in the ICT sector, as well as  international organizations, all  committed to creating and promoting technologies and  practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. All of which drive economic growth and productivity. AT&T has been a GeSI member for years, and I’ve been able to see the great work the group has done –most notably the Smarter2020 Report that analyzes the environmental benefits of ICT – but I’ve never seen what really happens when this group gets together.

I don’t know why – maybe it was the impending holiday family gatherings – but it felt like a family reunion of sorts, complete with favorite uncles and previously unknown cousins.

Here’s what happens when this ICT family gathers for their annual reunion: we check our differences  at the door and collaborate to discover new ways to work together to improve the way we think about how technology can create solutions for some of our most pressing challenges.

In particular, we talked about:

  • The strategic, material and thought leadership initiatives that GeSI will drive in the next three years to propel ICT as an enabler for sustainability and profitable growth, specifically in the areas of climate change, industry responsibility, human rights and cross-sector engagement;
  • Integrating sustainability into core business and product/service development;
  • Communicating more effectively by understanding and creating effective messages for our different audiences like internal business leaders, customers, investors and employees; and
  • Collaboration:  working together to address our  common sustainability challenges and opportunities. 

It was a very productive few days with our ICT family and an absolute pleasure to host them in Dallas. On the last night of the meetings, AT&T invited  the family to a Texas-sized dinner that included favorites such as local grass fed steaks and rattlesnake chili. We hope our cousins had great stories to tell when they got home!

To learn more about how we collaborate to address persistent social and environmental challenges, check out our issue brief.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, AT&T

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Building a Stronger World Through the Power of Giving

by Tae Yoo

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.

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Here in Silicon Valley and many towns across the globe, it’s that time of year. The time of year when we’re looking forward to spending time with family and friends. It’s also the time of year when we turn our attention to giving back to those who are less fortunate.

This season, I want to direct the focus to just a few of the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners and non-profits who work tirelessly to give back all year long. These connections are what make the CSR work we do possible. Our partners give us the ability to scale our efforts and create exponential social, environmental, and business impact.

One of our CSR focus areas is education. As the world becomes more connected, new career growth and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are more plentiful than ever. Yet the majority of U.S. students lack foundational skills in STEM. MIND Research Institute set out to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. By developing the game-based Spatial Temporal (ST) Math instructional software program, MIND Research Institute is revolutionizing math education through visual learning. Amazingly, schools that fully implement ST Math see double, and even triple, the growth in math proficiency than comparable schools. Cisco has partnered with MIND Research Institute for over a decade now, helping the organization scale delivery and access to ST Math by transitioning the software to a web-based platform. I’m extremely proud that this work and investment has increased access from 55,000 students in 2007 to more than 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 40 states, and is helping develop the workforce of the future.

Cisco CSR is also focused on critical human needs. Every year, natural disasters cause devastation around the world. We support organizations such as NetHopeCAREFeeding AmericaHabitat for Humanity, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to deliver life-saving resources to those in need. Reaching 150 million people in 189 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers, the Red Cross and Red Crescent federation is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. Through this partnership, we’re able to reach millions of people affected by disasters – from fires to hurricanes and floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous material spills, accidents, and more – each year. Just last week, millions of people were displaced and at least 27 killed in the Philippines when Super Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, hit. The response efforts of the Red Cross and Red Crescent are invaluable in both international and local situations that leave so many devastated.

And while disasters ravage societies in one unsettling event, many people face dire consequences on an ongoing, daily basis. Three billion people – nearly half the world’s population – live on less than US$2 per day. Those who live in poverty often have no recourse or resources to change their situation, leaving them chained to a cycle of poverty that plagues generations, not only affecting individuals but entire communities and regions. The Grameen Foundation provides access to essential financial services and information on agriculture and health – assistance that can have wide-scale impact by helping people become economically self-sufficient. Cisco joined forces with Grameen Foundation in 2006, and in that time the non-profit has developed and expanded adoption of its technology-based tools among organizations working to alleviate poverty. Its financing, mobile health, and mobile agriculture solutions have benefited 4.7 million people worldwide.

This is just a small sampling of the many partners that Cisco CSR works with to address some of society’s biggest challenges around education, critical human needs and disaster relief, healthcare, and economic empowerment. This season, and throughout the year, I want to acknowledge the efforts and initiatives that each of our partners drive. When we give back to society, we create a powerhouse that not only touches and changes the lives of individuals, but builds a stronger, more resilient world – a world that doesn’t merely exist, but thrives.

Watch this blog and follow Cisco CSR on Twitter as we continue to discuss ways to multiply impact and bring positive change in the world.

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KEYWORDS: Education, Business & Trade, MIND Research, steam, STEM, csr, Cisco

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Water Utilities Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Water Utilities Sector?

SOURCE: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

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December 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Sustainability – What Matters in the Water Utilities Sector? 

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Water Utilities Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 7 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Water Utilities Sector are:

  1. Water
  2. Customer Privacy
  3. Assessment
  4. Remediation
  5. Local Communities
  6. Indigenous Rights
  7. Customer Health and Safety
  8. Public Policy
  9. Products and Services
  10. Product and Service Labeling

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Water Utilities Sector study are:

Energie Wasser Bern (EWB), Evraziyskiy, Hua Yan Water, Manila Water Company, Rosvodokanal, The Macao Water Supply Co Ltd, Xylem

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com)

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KEYWORDS: Reports, Business & Trade, G3.1 Guidelines, G4 guidelines, GRI, GRI Aspects, materiality, sustainability reporting, Water Utilities, Water Utilities Sector

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Has your organization had its annual Sustainability Audit?

A sustainability audit is an indispensable management tool for CSOs and sustainability managers. A sustainability audit provides a snapshot of an organization’s current sustainability performance. It also provides specific recommendations how to improve performance and what additional initiatives should be considered.

What is a Sustainability Audit?

A sustainability audit takes an inventory of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to industry best practices.  An audit is both a ‘gap analysis’ and a ‘maturity analysis’ of the sustainability practices of an organization. In other words, it documents ‘what practices are in place’ and ‘to what extent these practices are implemented’ across a wide range of sustainability categories.

A sustainability audit has many functions.  Here is a list of some of the most important ones:

  • Compares policies, procedures and practices to Industry Best Practices – This is one of the most important functions of a sustainability audit.  An audit should clearly show where an organization exceeds, meets and does not meet industry best practices across a wide range a sustainability categories.
  • Improves Planning, Structure and Accountability – A sustainability audit helps identify key initiatives and provides a means for accounting for these within a sustainability program.  This assists planning and accountability for sustainability activities across an organization.
  • Identifies New Sustainability Initiatives – A sustainability audit will quickly identify sustainability activities that have either never been considered or have yet to be implemented.
  • Facilitates ‘Period to Period’ and ‘Business to Business’ Tracking – Once a sustainability audit has been conducted, an organization will have a comprehensive snapshot of all green activities.  If an organization has multiple locations, it will now have a tool to compare these using exactly the same criteria.  The same is true about comparing operations from period-to-period.
  • Helps Improves Sustainability Performance – A sustainability audit can help an organization improve its sustainability performance.  It provides critical information that will improve planning, execution and follow-through for a range of initiatives.

 

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