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.

Unilever Joins Better Than Cash Alliance, Embraces Digital Finance Across Value Chain

COLLABORATION - In an effort to advance the goals outlined in its Sustainable Living Plan, in which it aims to positively impact the lives of 5.5 million people by 2020, consumer goods giant Unilever has announced a new partnership with the Better Than Cash Alliance.

DuPont Releases Sustainability Report, Cites Progress Toward 2020 Goals and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

PRESS RELEASE - DuPont has released its 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress toward its 2020 Sustainability Goals and ongoing engagement in areas reflected in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as food security, environmental stewardship, and diversity and inclusion.

Grundig Renews Food Waste Campaign, Releases New Consumer Research

WASTE NOT - Europe’s largest home electronics manufacturer, Grundig, has renewed its commitment to reduce global food waste, launching the second phase of its Respect Food initiative with a manifesto film underlining the seriousness of the food waste problem. The announcement follows the release of new research revealing that 90 percent of consumers want to lead more sustainable lifestyles and reduce food waste, but lack the time and means to make the change happen.

REI Announces Force of Nature Fund Recipients

PRESS RELEASE - This year, we launched Force of Nature, an expansive public effort to create more opportunities for women and girls to enjoy the wild. Our goal: Make the outdoors the world’s largest level playing field.

Cotopaxi, truth® Team Up to Empower Communities to Take a Stand Against Tobacco

MARKETING AND COMMS - In recent weeks, outdoors organizations such as The North Face and Paradox Sports have been making marked efforts to make positive changes in local communities across the US with the rollout of new campaigns and initiatives that aim to spark conversations around inclusion.

White Supremacy: What’s a CEO to Do?

WALKING THE TALK - If you’re a U.S. business leader, this week likely threw you into a professional conundrum: Should you take a public stand against white supremacy knowing you’ll jump into treacherous political waters?

Over 250 CEOs Pledge to Advance Diversity in the Workplace

COLLABORATION - Only one month after 175 CEOs came together to launch the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, nearly 100 additional CEOs have taken the pledge, committing themselves — and the organizations they lead — to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Disney Promotes Workplace Equality at London Workshop

PRESS RELEASE - The first-ever international Equality Institute promoting LGBT workplace equality in London was held July 6 and led by The Walt Disney Company, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Sodexo. More than 200 representatives from 100 companies in the U.K. and other countries attended the one-day workshop to learn and share best practices for LGBT workplace equality. Disney hosted the first Equality Institute in 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The London institute marks the first international event.

Amway Charity Foundation Showcases “Mompreneur” Program at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia

PRESS RELEASE - Russia’s Amway Charity Foundation recently presented the results of its highly popular “Mompreneur” program at the prestigious 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Over the past two decades, the Forum has transformed into a leading global platform used by business leaders to discuss key economic challenges faced by Russia, emerging markets, and the world. The theme of the 2017 forum was women’s entrepreneurship. Participants gave insights and solutions for a variety of issues, such as economic rights and opportunities for women, as well showcased best practices aimed to support women’s economic rights and opportunities.

Unilever, UN Women Set Out to Slay Gender Stereotypes with Progressive Advertising Alliance

MARKETING AND COMMS - In recent years, Unilever has distinguished itself both as a champion for sustainability and overcoming gender bias with campaigns, initiatives and internal actions that work to align the company’s products and purpose. Further building on this reputation, the consumer goods giant has launched a new global alliance aimed at eliminating stereotypical portrayals of gender in advertising and all brand-led content.

SB’17 Detroit Workshop Explores Actionable Strategies for Breaking ‘Gridlock’

MARKETING AND COMMS - Gridlock - being stuck in a seemingly intractable situation - can come in many forms. It can be a colleague who refuses to believe in climate change, or an executive who, for reasons hard to understand, is holding back progress on a key sustainability initiative at your company. But it is undoubtedly something anyone working in sustainability has encountered more than once.

Green 2.0: Environmental Movement Still Lacks Racial, Ethnic Diversity

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Climate change is the most important issue of our time and one that concerns people of all ages, genders, races and socio-economic backgrounds, yet the environmental movement continues to be dominated by an overwhelmingly narrow demographic says a new report.

UPS Named A Top NBIC Best-Of-The-Best Corporation For Second Consecutive Year

PRESS RELEASE - UPS® (NYSE: UPS), is proud to have been named among the 2017 Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion by the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC). The recognition acknowledges UPS’s outstanding commitment to diversity for suppliers as well as employees and customers. Estrella Cramer, Supplier Diversity Director and Chief Procurement Officer Gary Kallenbach, who leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives, accepted the award on behalf of UPS. NBIC’s Best-of-the-Best Awards ceremony was held on April 26 in Washington, D.C.

SB Corporate Members Named As CR's 100 Best Corporate Citizens

PRESS RELEASE - Sustainable Brands Corporate Members Hasbro, Campbell Soup Co, and Cisco Systems have been ranked in the top ten of CR's Best Corporate CItizens List. Other corporate members on the list include Kimberly-Clark, AT&T, PepsiCo, CVS, Disney, 3M, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Hershey, Target, and Bank of America.

Hasbro Earns Top Spot on Prestigious CSR Ranking

PRESS RELEASE - Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), announced today that it ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, which ranks the most transparent and responsible companies in the U.S. This is the first time that Hasbro has been ranked first overall, and the third consecutive year it has ranked in the top five.

CVS Health Recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for Reaching its Goal of Spending Over $1 Billion with Diverse Suppliers

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today (April 5, 2017) was recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes supply-chain diversity excellence, for reaching its goal of spending over $1 billion with diverse suppliers. “We are incredibly proud to be recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for our commitment to using diverse suppliers throughout our business,” said Eva Boratto, Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Health. “By tapping into this expanding supplier pool, we are able to build supply chain excellence, add distinctive goods and services to our business offerings and enhance our brand among customers.”

Coca-Cola Extends Women Business Centre Project

PRESS RELEASE - Coca-Cola Bangladesh yesterday announced the extension of its Women Business Centre (WBC) project to the third phase in two upazilas of Jamalpur district. In the third phase of the programme, it aims reach 20,000 additional women within 2018, taking the total count of women beneficiaries to 40,000, Coca-Cola said in a statement yesterday. The main aim of the project is to contribute to the wellbeing and resilience of 40,000 women through economic empowerment, according to the statement.

Carlson Rezidor appoints first Saudi woman to become a Hotel General Manager in Hospitality

PRESS RELEASE - The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world, is proud to mark a new milestone in its history by appointing its first Saudi female General Manager in the company and the hospitality industry. Miss Maram Kokandi will be the General Manager of a new Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, scheduled to open later this year. The appointment complements the Saudi Vision 2030 launched last year, which emphasizes the significance of Saudi women and their role in leading the development of both social and professional growth of the Kingdom.

#Women4Climate Convenes Powerful Female Leaders Invested in Fighting Climate Change

COLLABORATION - Today, powerful female leaders from both the private and public sector gathered in New York City to discuss their growing global power to tackle climate change and deliver on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

J&J Reveals Winners of First Africa Innovation Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, Johnson & Johnson revealed the winners of its first Africa Innovation Challenge, an initiative designed to drive innovative and sustainable health solutions that will benefit African communities. The Challenge is part of the company’s comprehensive approach to collaborate with and support Africa’s vibrant innovation, education and health systems institutions.

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