Suzanne Fallender on Intel’s new corporate responsibility strategy, RISE

March 4, 2021 by  
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Suzanne Fallender on Intel’s new corporate responsibility strategy, RISE This video is sponsored by Intel. Pete May, President and Co-Founder at GreenBiz Group interviewed Suzanne Fallender, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Intel during GreenBiz 21 on February 9-11th. View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/greenbiz-21-archive . YanniGuo Thu, 03/04/2021 – 13:06 Featured Off

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Corporate philanthropy becomes a renewed focus for leadership companies

February 23, 2021 by  
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Corporate philanthropy becomes a renewed focus for leadership companies Myisha Majumder Tue, 02/23/2021 – 00:05 In 2020, philanthropic donations by major donors saw an almost 7 percent increase on a year-to-date basis. As companies direct more of their money to external charitable causes, internally decision-makers are assessing how the companies’ philanthropic efforts tie into their values, corporate responsibilities and sustainability strategies. For many, this includes weaving sustainability into their already established practices. Jeannette Astorga, head of sustainability at Zoetis, explained during the recent GreenBiz 21 event that the company’s philanthropy needs to be strategic and in line with the company’s sustainability strategy. During the session, Cecily Joseph, adviser for the Presidio Graduate School Initiative for Equity and Social Justice, highlighted the three major components of sustainability in business today — racial equity, climate change, and health and wellness. Joseph noted that racial equity is especially at the forefront of philanthropic strategy given a rise in calls for racial justice in 2020 in the corporate sector. “For companies, [racial equity] encompasses talent and workforce development that are internal to the company,” Joseph said. “[But also] systemic and institutional racism, policies, education.” A multifaceted approach for achieving racial equity is at the center of philanthropic efforts. For example, JPMorgan Chase committed $50 billion towards the advancement of racial justice — including $2 billion specifically for philanthropic efforts — while also working inside the company to diversify its employees. Joseph also cited Apple ’s and Intel’s recent initiatives dedicated to racial equity, pointing out that those initiatives are fueled by philanthropy dollars. While racial justice has become a top corporate priority for many companies this past year, the increased prevalence of the climate crisis has led to further emphasis on using philanthropic dollars on climate change. The violent North American wildfire season , the midwestern and southern winter storms last week and 2020 ending as the hottest year on record, tying with 2016, have made it clear we are entering a new phase of climate catastrophe. And while philanthropic donations towards climate change, in particular, have doubled in the last five years, they still only account for less than 2 percent of total philanthropic donations. But 2020 also presented an opportunity for corporate leadership to look closer to home than a typical philanthropic venture. As the coronavirus pandemic pushed people into isolation, drastically increased burnout and created intense stress, companies worked to support the well-being and the emotional sustainability of their employees.  Philanthropic donations towards climate change have doubled in the last 5 years, yet still only account for less than 2% of total philanthropic donations. In addition to her normal philanthropic work, Kimberly Paxton-Hanger, co-owner of Kwik Lok, worked to give her employees a sustainable lifestyle that supported their communities and families, and helped them be good stewards of their home environment. According to her, this holistic approach made it so that “[the company’s] values are reflected in everything you choose to do.” According to Kwik Lok’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility report , the company covered 100 percent of health insurance costs in the U.S. during COVID-19 and nearly one-third of U.S. employees participate in “a company well-being program.”  Astorga explained how during the pandemic, Zoetis looked for ways it could help people struggling outside the company and support healthcare workers. The animal health company donated its cold storage equipment to food banks and personal protective equipment to local hospitals. But to enact true and lasting change, both Paxton-Hanger and Astogra highlighted the need for long-term partnerships. “We want to have partnerships where we are actually interacting with them in a way that is part of our core business operations,” Astogra said. In doing so, sustainability can become a part of the business, rather than solely a one-off philanthropic goal. As Joseph looks to the future, she finds a powerful truth and wisdom in BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink’s 2021 letter to CEOs. In his letter, Fink underscores the importance that no issue is independent of social consequences. Philanthropic work is one pathway of many, that must work in conjunction with others, to achieve equity and justice. “[We are seeing] interconnectedness between philanthropy and sustainability in a way we hadn’t seen before,” Joseph said. Pull Quote Philanthropic donations towards climate change have doubled in the last 5 years, yet still only account for less than 2% of total philanthropic donations. Topics Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Strategy Philanthropy Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Strategy ESG GreenBiz 21 Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off There is a renewed focus on what corporate money can and should be doing in the philanthropy space.  Via Shutterstock.

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A Roadmap for Best of Class Circular Partnerships

September 14, 2020 by  
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A Roadmap for Best of Class Circular Partnerships How can companies navigate internal and external roadblocks in order to unlock circular advancement? Fueled by consumer activism and investor demand, the transition from a linear to a circular economy is disrupting how the private sector conventionally positions its sustainability agenda. Traditionally siloed in a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), the infusion of circular economy into sustainability has provided companies a platform to unlock financial value and demonstrate ROI, while appealing to a broad range of diverse stakeholders. For many companies however, the rapid shift to a circular platform is causing tension in how a company prioritizes, partners and communicates sustainability and circular economy initiatives both internally and externally. To ensure that companies are aligned on their sustainability, shared value and philanthropic initiatives, this discussion will address: How to identify and overcome internal barriers that prohibit progress on circular economy goals. Insights into the internal silos around sustainability/corporate responsibility that exist in the corporate space that stifle innovation, grow distrust and potentially can cause financial harm to the company. Best practices on integrating circular economy initiatives into the corporate ecosystem to drive internal alignment, innovation and external partnerships. Internal corporate value chain biases (Finance, Sustainability, CSR and Corporate Foundation) How to build successful corporate and nonprofit circular partnerships. Speakers John Holm, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, PYXERA Global Vivien Luk, Executive Director, Work Katrina Shum, Sustainability Officer, North America, Lush Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 10:22 Featured Off

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Ensuring Performance and Safety in Recycled Plastics

August 26, 2020 by  
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Ensuring Performance and Safety in Recycled Plastics As companies and consumer brands incorporate recycled plastic content into their products and as part of their circularity goals, product integrity becomes an important consideration. There are many ways to evaluate the performance and safety of recycled materials. This one-hour webcast will show you tools to evaluate these aspects and how brands like HP are increasing recycled content in their products and assessing performance and sustainability.  Topic include:  How regulations and brands are driving the use of recycled plastics The safety and performance considerations of recycled plastics How companies can develop mitigation strategies and reduce risk with testing and certification How to ensure that claims of recycled content are valid and to avoid greenwashing Moderator: John Davies, Vice President & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group Speakers:  Fred Arazan, Innovation & Partnerships Manager, UL Bill Hoffman, Corporate Fellow & Research Scientist, Environment & Sustainability Division, UL Ellen Jackowski, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, HP Inc.  If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast. taylor flores Wed, 08/26/2020 – 10:17 John Davies VP, Senior Analyst GreenBiz Group @greenbizjd Fred Arazan Innovation & Partnerships Manager UL Bill Hoffman Ph.D, UL Corporate Fellow, Research Scientist UL @ULdialogue Ellen Jackowski Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer HP Inc. @ellenjackowski gbz_webcast_date Tue, 09/22/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 09/22/2020 – 11:00

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Shareholders vs. stakeholders: Fundamental changes in an old debate

October 9, 2019 by  
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In updating their corporate mission statement, CEOs are responding to three major factors that threaten their executive freedoms and responsibilities.

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Redesigning for the circular economy means connecting more closely with your customers

July 3, 2019 by  
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More of today’s consumers want to be active participants in shaping the corporate world’s response to climate change and pollution.

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Teen Tackles Restaurant Use of Single-Use Plastics

June 20, 2019 by  
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Isha Sangani, a Washington State teen, is taking on corporate … The post Teen Tackles Restaurant Use of Single-Use Plastics appeared first on Earth911.com.

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What makes Starbucks’ latest clean energy transaction unique

June 6, 2019 by  
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Wake up and smell the corporate renewable procurement.

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The energy sector needs to stop seeing blockchain as a disruption

June 6, 2019 by  
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Let’s take a look of what’s really evolving in energy, and seize the opportunities.

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Civic crowdfunding reduces the risk of ‘bikelash’

June 6, 2019 by  
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Want to protect cyclists as bike-sharing and dockless bicycle ventures expand? Seek community input.

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