Diversity & Inclusion

This month, we’ll highlight the ways organizations across all sectors are working to make their organizational structure more representative of our population at large.

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The BSA Launches Historic ‘Scout Me In’ Campaign Inviting Girls and Boys to Experience Adventures Through a Cub Scout’s Point of View

PRESS RELEASE - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

Danone sets 2030 Goals for long-term sustainable value creation, supported by an innovative governance and employee engagement model

PRESS RELEASE - At its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, Danone today introduced a set of nine long-term goals for the company and its brands. Aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, the Danone 2030 Goals embed the business, brand and trust models of the company to drive long-term sustainable value creation and deliver the company's 'One Planet. One Heath' vision. As a founding act for its goals, Danone is launching 'One Person, One Voice, One Share', an innovative employee engagement program and governance model for all of its 100,000 employees to co-own the company agenda, actively participate in defining roadmaps to bring the goals to life, and deepen their ownership mindset. 'Danone 2030 Goals' for the food revolution

21CF partners with Girls Who Code to help cultivate the next generation of female tech talent

PRESS RELEASE - In line with its commitments to reflect the diversity of its audiences and to support the next generation of creatives and technologists, 21st Century Fox has made a multi-year commitment to back the groundbreaking organization, Girls Who Code (GWC), with financial and in-kind resources. This support will go toward two significant initiatives: GWC’s new College Loops program, which will drive retention and community among female computer science majors by connecting and engaging Girls Who Code alumni at colleges and universities, and the development of the organization’s international presence. Both efforts will help the organization move closer to its goal of closing the gender gap in technology.

The Estée Lauder Companies Announces Bold Family-Related Benefits to Meet the Diverse Needs of Its Employees

PRESS RELEASE - The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL), the global leader in prestige beauty, today announced new and enhanced family-related programs, policies and benefits for its diverse employee base in the U.S. Effective May 1, 2018, Paid Parental Leave will be expanded to 20 weeks and an enhanced flexibility policy for parents returning to work will be implemented. The policies apply to all eligible employees, irrespective of gender.

Dow Joins Catalyst CEO Champions For Change and Pledges to Accelerate Women in the Workforce

PRESS RELEASE - The Dow Chemical Company has joined the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change – a transformational diversity and inclusion initiative launched by Catalyst, a global thought leader and partner in accelerating the progress of women at work for more than 50 years.

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Mastercard Announces Initial Contribution to $500 Million Inclusive Growth Fund

PRESS RELEASE - Mastercard today reported its initial $100 million contribution to the Center for Inclusive Growth Fund, part of a $500 million commitment to support initiatives that focus on long-term economic growth for everyone. The company first announced these plans during its fourth-quarter 2017 earnings as an extension of an ongoing commitment to do well and do good. The fund has been designed to deliver on philanthropic goals shared with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Chief among these goals are to reduce income and information inequality, increase financial inclusion and workforce skills development, and make people and businesses more resilient in the face of a rapidly changing economy.

When You Think ‘Sustainable and Ethical Returns,’ Think Female Leaders

LEADERSHIP - Larry Fink’s recent clarion call to capitalism that managing “environmental, social,and governance (ESG) matters demonstrates the leadership and good governance that is so essential to sustainable growth” should not fall on deaf CEO ears.

In its 80th year, REI Co-op turned record sales into record impact

PRESS RELEASE - Eighty years after Lloyd and Mary Anderson officially formed the REI Co-op with 21 of their fellow outdoor adventurers, the outdoor co-op is strong and healthy – today reporting a record $2.62 billion in sales in 2017 and bringing its community to 17 million members strong. But at the co-op, success isn’t just measured in sales. “As a co-op, we are a different kind of company,” says REI CEO Jerry Stritzke. “Our founders were bold enough to think about doing business differently, which is why we hold ourselves accountable to a ‘quadruple bottom line’: measuring not just how we do as a business, but how we drive impact for our employees, our members and society.”

Business Has Never Been More Critical in Advancing Gender Equality

LEADERSHIP - The adage, “behind every great man, there is a great woman,” has officially — and irretrievably — been relegated to the history books. In its place comes the understanding that behind every woman is a powerful and growing network of women who have, and are helping to, pave the way. When I joined Ceres more than a decade ago, I was privileged to experience firsthand the power of working under a female CEO and a gender-balanced leadership team. Today, even as the organization has quintupled in size, Ceres maintains this gender parity.

AT&T Named to NAFE’s 2018 Companies for Executive Women

PRESS RELEASE - At AT&T, we know that we only succeed when all of our people can reach their full potential. That’s why we are passionately committed to ensuring our company leads on gender equality and empowering women at all levels. It’s smart business. And now that has earned us a spot on the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) 2018 “Top 70” – the Top 70 Companies for Executive Women. It’s our 9th time making the list. NAFE recognizes corporations and nonprofits that identify, promote, and nurture the professional growth of women. It also recognizes organizations that place women in top executive positions and empowers women throughout its ranks.

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L'Oreal and Hong Chi Association received recognition for long-term commitment to promoting diversity and social inclusion

PRESS RELEASE - L'Oreal and Hong Chi Association were honoured today with the Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding Partnership Project Award 2017/18 by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) for their Beauty for a Better Life (BFBL) programme. The award was presented to the organisations at a ceremony held during the Caring Company Partnership Expo 2018.

HEINEKEN USA Gives a Loud Cheer for Women in Beer

PRESS RELEASE - Heineken® is famous for its 150-year-old beer recipe. But there is no recipe when it comes to women succeeding at HEINEKEN USA (HUSA), and that’s something we’re just as proud of. In the past, beer has been a male-dominated field, but HUSA is proudly at the forefront of changing that – with women making up 40% of our workforce and 50% of senior management. It’s especially relevant today, as the national conversation about gender equality has never been louder or clearer. We’re always looking to be even more conscientious about diversity and inclusiveness while Brewing a Better World.

400+ Resolutions Show Investors Stepping Up to Tackle ESG Issues

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute and Proxy Impact have published an updated Proxy Preview report for 2018. The report offers a comprehensive look at more than 400 shareholder resolutions filed on environmental, social and sustainable governance (ESG) issues.

Trending: Int'l Women's Day Spawns Host of Social Impact Partnerships, Films, Campaigns

MARKETING AND COMMS - At a moment when the world is beginning to more fully acknowledge the power and voice of women, big name brands and organizations are using their influence — and some creative marketing — to shed light on issues such as the gender pay gap and the lack of opportunities for women in STEM.

Social Purpose Imperative in Business Triggers Capitalism’s New Zeitgeist

BUSINESS CASE - Welcome to the tipping point of capitalism. At a time defined by political scandals, nuclear threats, and turbulence on Wall Street, business is society’s unlikeliest hero. A series of watershed statements, reports and initiatives from some of the world’s most well-known capitalists is heralding a new zeitgeist, during which businesses are expected to exist to benefit society — not just shareholders.

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How to Take Stakeholder Engagement to the Next Level

MARKETING AND COMMS - Companies are investing in corporate responsibility programs with the goal of making a positive contribution to the communities and environments in which they operate. Successful corporate responsibility programs emphasize engagement with various stakeholders, including customers, partners, governments, and employees. In today's changing communications landscape, stakeholders have an important role in shaping these programs. Stakeholder engagement is critical to the shared success of corporate responsibility programs. It is time that companies take a fresh look at how to engage with these individuals to arrive at common goals and maximize collective resources.

HEINEKEN USA Hosts Panel on the Influence of African-American Consumers

PRESS RELEASE - Black History Month serves as a good reminder for us to celebrate achievements in the African-American community, but we should also engage in open conversation on where shortcomings exist and progress remains to be made.

Toyota Tackles Climate Change, Inclusivity in ‘Start Your Impossible’ Campaign

MARKETING AND COMMS - Building on the success of its “Good Odds” spots released during the Super Bowl, in which it highlighted the real-life story of Canadian Para-alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft, auto giant Toyota has released a new ad campaign “Start Your Impossible” for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Striving for Future-Fitness: A Lesson from the Suffragettes

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Societal expectations shift incessantly, like stones on a beach. Some ideas ripple gently across our collective consciousness, leaving barely a trace, while others swell and gather momentum, swelling into waves capable of dislodging the largest rocks. Established norms, which until moments before seemed immutable, are swept away. On February 6th, 1918, the Suffragettes won the right for women in the UK to vote. Not all women — it took another decade for this particular rock to right itself — but one hundred years ago today was the moment that the wave came crashing inexorably down.

GoodWell Certification Using Machine Learning to Boost Employee Satisfaction

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The world of social enterprise is full of surprising stories. How each of us landed here, pursuing purposeful work that helps solves the world’s most pressing problems, never ceases to amaze me.

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