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2017 Sustainability Leaders Survey released at Sustainable Brands 2017

Integrating sustainability values, demonstrating innovation and fostering transparency will be the defining characteristics of leading organizations in the next 10 years, according to the findings of a pre-release of the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Survey by GlobeScan and SustainAbility in partnership with Sustainable Brands, which was unveiled May 21 in Detroit. Unilever continues to be seen as the global leader on sustainability, receiving nearly half of total mentions cited (45 percent, up two points from 2016). Unilever holds this dominant position for the seventh year in a row. Continue reading →

Whole Planet Foundation Launches 2017 Prosperity Campaign

Austin, Texas—On Wednesday, March 1, Whole Planet Foundation will launch its 12th Prosperity Campaign, which funds microfinance organizations and microcredit loans to alleviate poverty in regions where Whole Foods Market sources products. The organization’s focus is on women in the developing world, where small loans can help entrepreneurs create a better life. The campaign’s goal is to raise $3.2 million during the month of March to fund microcredit loans, increasing the foundation’s current reach of 15 U.S. cities and 69 countries. Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by making donations at store checkouts or online. Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Planet Foundation programs. “The Prosperity Campaign is such an integral part of our work, not only because of the money we are able to raise, but because of the connections we make with Whole Foods Market customers who care about alleviating poverty,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director.

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Yum! Brands Announces Expanded Parental Leave Policy

Louisville, KY—Yum! Brands has announced an expanded parental time-off policy as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to its people-first culture and investment in its employees. The expanded parental time-off policy offers birth mothers 18 weeks of fully paid time away from work, including six weeks of “baby bonding” time. In addition, the policy offers six weeks of fully paid “baby bonding” time away from work to fathers, partners, adoptive, and foster parents. Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell employees at its U.S. headquarters in Louisville, Plano, Texas, and Irvine, Calif., as well as other company restaurant leaders across the country, can take advantage of the policy immediately. “As we transform Yum! Brands into a more growth-focused brand builder and global franchisor, investing in our unrivaled culture while engaging and attracting talent is a top priority,” Tracy Skeans, chief transformation and people officer at Yum! Brands, said. “This expanded parental time off and baby bonding benefit builds on our strong legacy of investing in our people and culture to fuel great results and continuously providing meaningful ways to help our employees contribute their best at work and at home.

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Walmart Introduces Science-Based Targets and Other Sustainable Initiatives

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon recently outlined a roadmap that will guide the company’s role in society on critical issues over the next several years, pointing to a “new era of trust and transparency.” The roadmap adds new detail to Walmart’s sustainability agenda and contains new commitments that reflect a wider recognition of the company’s impact on communities and the planet. Walmart is the first retailer with an emissions-reduction plan approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015. Under the approved plan, Walmart will use a combination of energy-efficiency measures, together with a commitment to source half of the company’s energy needs from renewable sources, to achieve an 18 percent emissions reduction in its own operations by 2025. Additionally, Walmart will work with suppliers to reduce emissions by 1 Gigaton by 2030, equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.

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SC Johnson Earns Perfect Score On Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Company's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Recognized for the 15th Consecutive Year RACINE, Wis., Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson, maker of trusted consumers brands like Glade®, OFF!®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Ziploc®, today announced that it has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. The HRC rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 for their fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the company has been recognized on this prestigious list and the 12th time it has achieved a perfect score. By earning a perfect score, SC Johnson is designated a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by HRC. "We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the 15th time," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO, SC Johnson. "Receiving a perfect score is a tremendous testament to SC Johnson's commitment to create an inclusive workplace where people can bring their best to work every day.

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Overall Ladder Awards List

Each year, Corporate Responsibility Magazine engages its research partners in an in-depth and arduous process that ranks each Russell 1000 company according to its performance on 260 data points related to CR. These data elements are gathered from publicly available information, and are evaluated for our annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List that measures transparency, accountability, and business success.

To further expand on our 100 Best Ladder Awards, we have also published a list of the companies in the Russell 1000 that have climbed the largest number of spaces overall.

To view the Russell 1000 Overall Ladder Awards List, click here.

CR Magazine Reveals 2016 Ladder Awards Winners

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 16, 2016) - Corporate Responsibility Magazine announced today the winners of the 2016 Ladder Awards—the companies that have advanced the most places in the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List and made the most dramatic developments in their commitment to corporate responsibility and social impact. The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List documents 260 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 & community support. The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index. The Ladder Awards further breaks down the list into the companies within the 100 Best that have moved the most spots. The top five on the 2016 list includes: • VF Corp. • Qualcomm, Inc. • NVIDIA Corp • Baker Hughes Inc. • Carnival Corp. “One can think of corporate responsibility as striving or climbing to a perfect balance between business needs and positive social contribution,” said Elliot Clark, CEO of CR Magazine.

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2016 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program Awards 4,518 Recycling Bins to 37 Communities and 25 Colleges

Keep America Beautiful Helps Increase Access to Recycling Bins Nationwide

 STAMFORD, Conn. (Nov. 15, 2016) — As communities across the country recognize the importance of recycling in honor of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation announced that they will be awarding 62 grants to communities in 30 states to make recycling bins more readily available and convenient.

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Fifth Annual Responsible Business Summit NY on CR Potential

The Fifth Annual Responsible Business Summit NY will take place March 27 and 28 at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. #RBSNY has the solutions and inspiration to uncover the real potential for CSR to drive profit, accelerate growth, and change culture. Subject experts from leading organizations provide their insight into the top five issues for businesses in 2017:
  • Use data innovation to make the business case: How PepsiCo’s senior director, sustainability reporting transforms data capabilities to drive the CSR agenda;
  • Secure funding for CSR: Hear Metlife’s vice president of communications sells his findings to secure CSR buy in and ensure the right senior people get the right message;
  • Accelerate growth through technology: How Fossil Group’s vice president and global head of sustainability turns environmental waste into new revenue streams in the latest circular economy opportunities;
  • Measure employee engagement: How Timberland engages employees with the right sell; and
  • Succeed in partnerships: PYXERA Global’s CEO judges the live Partnership X factor on how transformative partnerships can be.

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Ford Rouge Center Achieves Landfill-free Status

DEARBORN, Mich.,— After two years of planning, the historical Ford Rouge Center has achieved landfill-free status. It is the company’s largest complex to send zero waste to landfill. When a facility is given landfill-free status, it means no manufacturing waste from the facility goes to any landfills. The center is now able to keep more than 14 million pounds of waste out of landfills—enough to fill the beds of more than 4,400 Ford F-150 trucks. This is the latest sustainability achievement in the Ford Rouge Center’s storied history. “Since 2004, the historical Ford Rouge Center has served as the model of 21st century sustainable manufacturing,” said Gary Johnson, Ford North America manufacturing vice president. “Two years ago we instituted a closed-loop recycling system, where we recycle up to 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap each month, which is the equivalent to 30,000 F-150 bodies. In addition, the plant has one of the largest living roofs in the world, which helps us reduce energy usage by keeping the plant warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

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