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SAP Africa’s Innovative Mobile Birth App To Increase Kenyan Citizenship Registration

SOURCE: SAP

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Up until now, the number of birth registrations, especially in rural areas of Africa, remains low with only fifty percent of children being registered on average. Children born in Kenya must be registered within 90 days of their birth. If they are not citizens face costly, lengthy processes to register their children which, if not done, can prevent them from accessing vital state resources like education, healthcare and ultimately, productive employment.

At Connected Kenya, the leading East African public services and private sector ICT convention, SAP Africa announced the launch of a new mobile application prototype that significantly simplifies the birth registration process in an easy, reliable fashion.

Professor Jan Eloff, Research Expert and Elmarie Venter, Senior Researcher, SAP Innovation Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, said: “SAP’s challenge was to develop a simple mobile birth registration application prototype to enable a responsible individual, with the help of a mobile phone, to register the birth of any child within 90 days.   We hope to secure the buy-in of the Kenyan government and then ultimately roll this out elsewhere in Africa in the future.”

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KEYWORDS: Technology, SAP, birth app, SAP Africa, Kenya, mobile birth registration application

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CR Magazine's 15th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List Announcement

To see who made the list this year, please join us on April 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

SOURCE: Corporate Responsibility Magazine

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April 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Please join Corporate Responsibility Magazine as it announces its 15th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. This list recognizes public companies which had outstanding corporate-responsibility performances in 2013.

The 100 Best List documents 298 data points of disclosure and performance measures — harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy. The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index.

The video announcement will be hosted by Elliot Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise Media, publishers of CR Magazine. CR Magazine is America’s leading voice on corporate responsibility, providing case studies, analyzing best practices, and tracking trends in five primary segments of CR: energy and the environment, risk management, governance and compliance, employee relations, and human rights.

The view last year’s list please click here.

To see who made the list this year, please join us on April 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE WEBCAST

For questions about the video announcement, please contact Heather Nielsen at (215) 606-9529.  For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Vince Albergato at (215) 606-9562.

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Business & Trade, csr, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship, CRO, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, global citizenship, Top 100

 

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Amidst Budget Cuts, Nonprofit Little Kids Rock to Expand Music Education in Los Angeles Public Schools with Instrument Donation

The SoCal Acura Dealers Association will fund free instrumental music programs for more than 8,400 additional public school students in Los Angeles

SOURCE: EcoMedia

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April 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Due to an alarming amount of budget cuts to inner city public schools’ music programs, Southern California Acura Dealers have partnered with EcoMedia to provide funding to national nonprofit Little Kids Rock to expand its free and innovative music education programming to more than 8,400 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Representatives from Southern California Acura Dealers and EcoMedia joined Little Kids Rock today at Pio Pico Middle School to deliver instruments to the school’s “Modern Band” music program that is currently benefitting from Little Kids Rock’s free programming, where the students will also host a celebratory concert. 

Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of free music lessons, musical instruments and teacher training to U.S. public schools, will utilize the funding from Southern California Acura Dealers and EcoMedia to provide training to 20 new teachers and professional development to 40 existing Little Kids Rock teachers. This is in an effort to launch and expand its innovative programming for more students this school year. The donation will also fund the donation of curricula and as many as 610 additional instruments, including guitars, drums, bass guitars and keyboard for use by student music-makers throughout the LAUSD.

“The Southern California Acura Dealers are committed to supporting our communities and programs that enhance the lives of local residents,” said Matt Browning, president of the Southern California Acura Dealers Association. “We appreciate the vital role Little Kids Rock plays in the development of children and expanding their creativity.”

Members from Southern California Acura Dealers and EcoMedia joined Little Kids Rock at Pio Pico Middle School to deliver some of the brand new instruments as well as a Krell S-300i Integrated Amplifier system valued at $2,500, donated by Krell Industries.

“Little Kids Rock is so grateful that the Southern California Acura Dealers and Krell Industries have chosen to support our kids’ right to have music education in their schools and foster the skills they need to lead creative, rich, purposeful lives,” says Little Kids Rock founder, David Wish. “With this donation, many more children will have the opportunity to unlock their inner-music makers.”

“Learning to play musical instruments instills confidence and inspires creativity in students,” said Paul Polizzotto, Founder and President of CBS EcoMedia. “Thanks to the Southern California Acura Dealers’ generous funding, more students in Los Angeles will have access to transformative musical instruments and programs.”

 

About SoCal Acura Dealers:

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 21 dealers in Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside County. The Acura lineup currently features six distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the all-new MDX luxury sport utility vehicle, and coming later in 2014, the all-new Acura TLX performance sedan. More information at socalacuradealers.com

About Little Kids Rock:

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in under-served public schools. The organization trains, equips and supports public school teachers in under-served school districts to run Modern Band programs, which focus on teaching music as a second language and engaging kids with lessons rooted in the popular musical genres that they new and love, like rock, hip hop, pop, country, blues, reggae and funk. Little Kids Rock also donates all of the instruments and curricular resources necessary to run this Modern Band program. To date they have reached nearly 250,000 students in 25 cities and currently serves more than 9,000 students in 130 LAUSD schools. More info at http://www.littlekidsrock.org

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.

At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002.  In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media. 

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide.  In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change.  Please visit ecomediacbs.com, like us at facebook.com/EcoMediaCBS or follow us at Twitter.com/EcoMediaCBS

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities.  EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.

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KEYWORDS: Education, EcoMedia, Education, csr, Music, los angeles public schools

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Air Travel Tips That Really Make a Difference

SOURCE: TerraPass

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Flying is one of the few activities that does not always have a low carbon alternative. We teamed up with SmarterTravel, the largest online travel resource, to bring you a few tips to help you reduce the carbon footprint of your next flight. 

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, carbon offset, climate change, green travel, eco travel, Carbon Emissions, emission reductions, emissions from flying

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Learn How Two Companies Have Utilized Volunteer Programs To Enhance Their Corporate Citizenship Programs

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College

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At the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, volunteerism emerged as one of the major themes of discussion. To keep the conversation going, it also became the topic of our April webinar, titled “Innovations in Volunteering.”  This one hour webinar highlighted two companies that have utilized volunteer programs to enhance their corporate citizenship programs at their companies and provided key takeaways.

Skills-based Volunteering at AstraZeneca Canada, Inc.

Our first speaker, Helen-Marie Seibel, Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility at AstraZeneca Canada, Inc, spoke of the importance of providing skills-based volunteering opportunities for the benefit of three different groups: community, company, and employees. In her discussion she mentions the importance of collaboration and support from HR. Helen said, “90% of surveyed corporate professionals agree that contributing business skills and expertise via skills-based volunteerism can be an effective way to develop leadership skills.”

Helen then went on to discuss AstraZeneca Canada’s own skills-based volunteering program, entitled the Endeavor Project. Launched in 2012 as a pilot program, AstraZeneca sought to test the business case and the company’s own assumptions about the value of engaging employees in a long-term skills-based volunteering project. Partnering with one of AZ Canada’s existing partners was a deliberate choice designed to strengthen relationships with an already known client, have employees gain insights into the work of this partner, and in turn make employees stronger internal champions of the project when it concluded. With six initial volunteers from all areas and levels of the company including government affairs, business development, marketing and scientific affairs, in its pilot year, AZ logged 400 volunteer hours and was met with great success both internally and with the outside community.

Helen believes that conducting pre and post-evaluation measurement was crucial in the initial success of Endeavor and enabled enhanced planning for future programs. The pre-evaluations gave AstraZeneca an understanding of participant expectations, both internally with employee participants and externally with the partners, as well as something to return to at the end of the project to evaluate whether objectives had been achieved.

Helen left webinar attendees with 4 key takeaways:

  • Gaining leadership buy-in from the top will help integrate the program into company culture.
  • Integrating with HR will ensure the program aligns with the company’s talent management objectives as well as helping to identify strong candidate for the program.
  • Integrating with existing corporate citizenship initiatives will deepen community engagement and impact.
  • Leveraging the expertise of a non-profit intermediacy will provide support and expertise in helping your company design and manage your skills-based volunteer program.

Board Service Training Program at State Street

Regina McNally, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at State Street, discussed her experience creating a board service training program, which was launched in 2009. Through this program State Street partnered with their HR department and the Arts and Business Council in Boston.  By partnering with HR, State Street identified 20 executive vice presidents who expressed interest in engaging with boards.  Once the participants were selected, State Street provided in-house training to educate participants on the workings of a board, legal issues, and fundraising issues. In addition, they offered a history of the sector and an update on State Street’s own corporate citizenship policies which allowed the company to make sure the executive participants were all on the same page about expectations.

Once again, Regina highlighted the benefits of such a program to the company, community and employee. She emphasized the experiential learning aspect of participating in board service as a chance for executives to get out of their normal space and learn about the opportunities and constraints of the nonprofit world. She said, “They learn in a whole new environment to let their brain work in a different way and bring those new skillsets back to the office.”

Regina left webinar attendees with several key takeaways:

  • Collaboration with HR from the beginning ensures the program fits with the needs of the company and that both the Corporate Citizenship and HR departments define and communicate about the program in the same way internally.
  • Get to know the organizations your company partners with so you can better align your goals with theirs and communicate more clearly about program objectives.
  • Seek local partners who can help navigate legal and tax issues, match employees to boards in the area seeking participants, and provide insight into the time and financial commitments of each board.
  • Executive buy-in creates a “trickle-down effect” of encouraging a passion for corporate citizenship within the teams of the executives.
  • Start slow and look to grow and build as your program develops over time

We would love to hear from you. What type of volunteer program are you using within your company?

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Diversity and Human Resources, skills-based volunteering, Corporate Citizenship, CSR programs, Employee Engagement

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LEED® Platinum Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building takes home Top Ten AIA COTE Award

SOURCE: Balfour Beatty Construction

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PORTLAND, April 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The LEED Platinum EGWW Federal Building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and was constructed by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company. The project architect is SERA Architects and the design excellence architect is Cutler Anderson Architects.

The COTE awards program, now in its 18th year, is the profession’s best known national recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The award will be presented at the AIA 2014 national Convention and Design Exposition on June 26-28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

“We are elated that the EGWW Federal Building project was selected by COTE, from a field of hundreds, to be included in this prestigious group of award-winning projects,” stated Jim Sather, Oregon division president. “By working as an integrated team with GSA, our subcontractors, and design counterparts, this modernization project is now among the most efficient facilities in the GSA portfolio. It is an outstanding example of the best of our industry.”

“We are extremely honored to receive the American Institute of Architecture’s top sustainability award for GSA’s Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building,” said Regional Administrator George Northcroft, GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region. “This award is an affirmation that architecture, construction, and design can work together to create a modern, efficient, and high performing building that saves taxpayers money.”

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(To view a video with more information about the project, please click on the image to the right)

The $139 million Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in the heart of Portland, Oregon, is an 18-story, 525,000-square-foot facility that is home to more than 16 federal agencies and 1,200 federal employees.

Through the efficiencies from the systems and envelope revisions, the team generated unique results that included a re-allocation of space that increased the gross building area by two additional floors of rentable area.

Additional sustainable project design solutions include:

  • 180-kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof
  • LEED Platinum certification
  • New mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the project
  • Six passenger elevators that reduce elevator power use by up to 75% by generating electricity as it descends
  • Hydronic radiant heating and cooling systems that decrease overall annual energy use by 60%
  • Diversion of 89% of project waste (more than 7,214 tons) from landfills

The project also recently won a national Award of Merit from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in the Building Renovation category and an Award of Merit from ENR Northwest in the Government/Public Buildings category.

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About Howard S. Wright

With more than 128 years in business, Howard S. Wright provides preconstruction, general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for clients in the public and private sectors. Operating out of offices on the West Coast, the company serves numerous market sectors including public agency, healthcare, commercial office, mission critical, education, and multi-family housing. Howard S. Wright is a leader in sustainable building with more than $1.8 billion in completed LEED projects. The company has successfully delivered construction management and general contracting services for 10 Fortune 100 Companies. In June of 2011, Howard S. Wright joined the Balfour Beatty Construction family of companies. For more information about Howard S. Wright, visit howardswright.com.

About Balfour Beatty Construction

An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector. With more than 3,000 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in more than 80 countries, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive. To learn more about the company, visit www.balfourbeattyus.com or look for BalfourBeattyUS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About GSA

As the manager of thousands of federal properties, GSA is a leader in providing sustainable and innovative solutions for design, workplace management, and construction. The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.

 

National Media Inquires

John Parolisi, Executive Vice President and
Chief Strategy Officer

p: (214) 451-1087

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Local Media Inquires

Amy Savlov

Communications Manager, West Region

p:  (858) 635-7455

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, LEED Platinum building, Balfour Beatty, sustainability, Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, AIA COTE Award

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Decade of Climate Action: Celestia Begins

SOURCE: Green Builder Media

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Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third installment of its benchmark scientific study on climate change. There were no surprises in the report—the future looks bleak unless we take ambitious and immediate action towards reducing our global carbon emissions and changing our current energy portfolio.

The study deployed cutting edge modeling technology to research over 1,000 potential emissions pathways, and found that, without decisive action, our current emissions trajectory will likely lead to a 4°C (or more) temperature increase, causing increasingly dangerous super storms, wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels, and extreme temperatures. In this hotter world, accessible fresh water declines by 20% for a portion of the population, forests around the world—which are essential to carbon sequestration—are disseminated, and coral reefs die en masse.

The sobering report confirms that this is the decade of climate action, and in order to stay under the 2°C temperature increase (deemed as the safe zone that will ensure that life will continue as we know it), our exploits must be aggressive, incisive, and coordinated. Poor choices made today about emissions-intensive energy sources, infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and buildings will lock us into a dystopic fate.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Energy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Celestia, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, VISION House in INNOVENTIONS, VISION House, EPCOT, Celestia Project, Walt Disney World, climate change

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Chrysler Group’s Trenton Engine Awarded Bronze Designation; Becomes Fifth North American Plant to Achieve the World Class Manufacturing Milestone

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC

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  • Ranking rewards improvements in safety, quality and productivity
  • WCM implementation saves Company more than $1 billion since June 2009

April 21, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. /3BL Media/ – Chrysler Group LLC’s Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.) has been awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Trenton becomes the fifth North American facility to achieve the first WCM award milestone.

The plant received the bronze designation just over four years after adopting the WCM operating system following a two-day audit April 16-17, 2014. Bronze is awarded after earning a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor. Trenton earned a score of 52. 

“We are very proud of the dedication our Trenton employees have shown in accelerating the rate of improvement in their plant in order to achieve bronze,” said Mauro Pino, Vice President and Head of Manufacturing/WCM, Chrysler Group LLC. “Together with our UAW partners, Chrysler Group is demonstrating its commitment to making our manufacturing facilities among the best in the world.”

World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009. Since that time, the Company has saved more than $1 billion in controllable manufacturing costs as a result of the implementation of WCM. 

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 100 would indicate World Class.

In addition to Trenton, three other facilities currently hold bronze awards – Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio), Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mex.) and Dundee Engine Plant (Mich.). The Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.), which earned its bronze designation in 2012, was awarded silver in March, making it the Chrysler Group’s highest ranking plant in North America.

The Trenton Engine Complex is made up of two facilities – the South plant which opened in 2010 to produce the award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and the North plant which began production in 1952. The North facility was idled in 2011, but has since reopened to build Pentastar and Tigershark engines. 

About Chrysler Group LLC 
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, SRT Viper and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

Follow Chrysler news and video on:
Company Blog: http://blog.chryslergroupllc.com
Company Web Site: www.chryslergroupllc.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChryslerGroup
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/chryslergroup/
Media Web Site: www.media.chrysler.com
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/chryslercorp/
Streetfire: www.streetfire.net/uploaded/chryslervideo.htm
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chrysler
YouTube: www.youtube.com/pentastarvideo

 

Additional information and news from Chrysler Group LLC is available at:http://www.media.chrysler.com

 

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Business & Trade, World Class Manufacturing, Chrysler, Trenton Engine, WCM

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