Category: Corporate Responsibility

Walmart Making a Difference in Racial Equity

In our 50-plus years as a company, it rings true more each year that the world’s challenges are our challenges. The global health crisis has tested all of us in recent months, and the racial violence in the U.S. – in particular, the murder of George Floyd – is tragic, painful and unacceptable. Today, on what would have been our Associate and Shareholder Celebration,… Read more »

Jordan Brand and Michael Jordan Statement on Commitment to the Black Community

Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community.  Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice.  The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is… Read more »

Sony Music Launches $100 Million Fund to Support Social Justice, Anti-Racist Initiatives

Sony Music Group has announced the launch of a $100 million fund to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the world. The company — which includes all of its recorded-music and content divisions and music-publishing company — will immediately begin to donate to organizations that foster equal rights, according to the announcement. In making the announcement, Rob Stringer, Chairman, Sony Music Group, said,… Read more »

Warner Music Group, Blavatnik Family Foundation Announce $100 Million Fund to Support the Music Community and Groups Promoting Social Justice

Warner Music Group, its directors and management, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced today a $100 million fund to support charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice and campaigns against violence and racism. An advisory panel made up of appointees from Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation will establish procedures to identify and support those in the music community, and… Read more »

Bank of America Announces $1 Billion/4-Year Commitment to Support Economic Opportunity Initiatives

Bank of America announced today that it is making a $1 billion, four-year commitment of additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic. The programs will be focused on assisting people and communities of color that have experienced a greater impact from the health crisis. “Underlying economic and social disparities that exist have accelerated and intensified… Read more »

McConnell & Jones’ Public Sector Audit Team Brings on Top Talent

McConnell & Jones LLP, a leader in providing audit and assurance services to the public sector, is proud to announce the recent hire of Micah Clinger as Audit Director in the firm’s Dallas office.  In his new position, Clinger is responsible for directing MJ’s assurance engagements across the firm’s public sector and nonprofit service niches.  A Certified Public Accountant, Clinger has more than 13… Read more »

The future is not what it used to be: Thoughts on the shape of the next normal

One possible next normal is that decisions made during and after the crisis lead to less prosperity, slower growth, widening inequality, bloated government bureaucracies, and rigid borders. Or it could be that the decisions made during this crisis lead to a burst of innovation and productivity, more resilient industries, smarter government at all levels, and the emergence of a reconnected world. Neither is inevitable; indeed, the outcome is probably more likely to be a mix.

How to demonstrate calm and optimism in a crisis

Six practices can help leaders build their self-awareness and guide their organizations through the challenges ahead. The coronavirus outbreak is posing profound challenges to the way we live and work. A crisis of this scale has left many fearful that disruption—personal, financial, societal—is going to be a way of life for some time.

General Mills Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity Globally by 2030 – working hand in hand with the Cactus Flats wind project in Concho County, Texas

General Mills set a goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 as part of the RE100 global corporate initiative. To achieve this, the company is investing in renewable energy efforts to support the company’s environmental objectives. Examples include two large-scale wind farms which will produce renewable energy credits (RECs), and anaerobic digestion (which captures and uses methane from waste to generate electricity). Internationally, the company is… Read more »

Something fun to look at . . . see clips form the CSR winners of the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

Every year, The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship encourages companies to share innovative and inspiring CSR stories during our International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival—and every year companies rise to the challenge. This year more than 55 companies submitted videos that showcased efforts that varied from ocean clean-up activities to the impact of employee resource groups.  While, in years past, we have announced which Film Festival… Read more »

Whole Kids Foundation Invests $1.65M for 550 New Edible Gardens for Schools & Nonprofits Serving More Than 260,000 Students

Just in time for Earth Day, Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on children’s nutrition and wellness, announced today that 550 garden grants are being awarded to schools and school garden-support organizations to sustain edible educational gardens.
The $1.65 million investment will serve 264,786 students by providing $3,000 grants in 50 U.S. States, Puerto Rico and 9 Canadian provinces. Educational gardens provide hands-on experiential learning that ties into every common core subject, from math to science to art.

Discovery Education to Inspire the Next Generation of Coders Through New Digital Service

Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms – today introduces Coding to U.S. educators. From the creators of the award-winning Discovery Education Experience, Coding is a complete digital service supporting coding education at the elementary and middle school levels.  Beginning today, all current users of Discovery Education Experience will receive free access to Coding through the… Read more »

CITGO donates Kindles to support E-Learning During COVID-19 School Closures

CITGO Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), donated 150 Kindle tablets to the Houston and Alief Independent School Districts to help support low-income students’ e-learning needs during the COVID-19 school closures and subsequent move to remote learning platforms.  “We are very pleased to support Houston-area students as they remain safe at home while continuing their academic curriculum online under this unprecedented challenge to public… Read more »

Whole Kids Foundation to Provide 153 New Salad Bars to Schools Across U.S. with More Than $500,000 in Grants

Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on children’s nutrition and wellness, announced today that 153 new salad bars will be provided to schools in the U.S. this year. The $502,153 investment will ensure more than 76,000 students will have access to fresh, healthy produce at school.  With this year’s investment in Salad Bar grants, and in partnership with Salad Bars to Schools, Whole Kids Foundation… Read more »

More Children to Connect with Gardening This Spring through Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening Support

Now more than ever, children and families across the country need the positive experiences that gardening provides. To support this, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is bringing the powerful benefits of gardening to 10 million children across the United States by 2023.  In keeping with this goal, 175 nonprofit organizations will receive funding this spring to create or enhance youth garden programs, as part of … Read more »

Walgreens Boots Alliance Employees Are Pitching in to Support Essential Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates an increased need for health care workers to have personal protective equipment, WBA employees are answering the call. Deborah Altsman is cut from a special kind of cloth. By day, she’s a Centralized Services pharmacist for Walgreens, working remotely from her home in Austin, Texas. But she’s also an avid quilter and community organizer who takes advantage of every opportunity… Read more »

This week, in coordination with DuPont, two initial shipments were transported from Vietnam to Texas carrying more than 450,000 Tyvek® protective suits. FedEx Activates Project Airbridge Operation

This week, in coordination with DuPont, two initial shipments were transported from Vietnam to Texas carrying more than 450,000 Tyvek® protective suits. In the weeks to follow, 500,000+ suits will be shipped each week. From pick-up and break-down, to document preparation, export/import clearance, cross-docking and storage, the FedEx Logistics team used its vast expertise to support the movement of critical PPE. “As a company, we are committed to providing our essential services as we help combat this pandemic,” said Raj Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Corporation.”

United Airlines Employees Convert Cargo Facilities Into Food Distribution Centers

United Airlines today announced that it has transformed one of its cargo facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport into a food distribution center to aid the Houston Food Bank’s efforts to feed families in need during the COVID-19 crisis.  The idea to convert the cargo space came from one employee, Mark Zessin, a United baggage team member who spends his days making sure customers’… Read more »

GeSI Is Welcoming Arm and Dell as New Members

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative is pleased to welcome Arm and Dell amongst its membership of leading companies and organisations from the technology industry.  In joining GeSI, Arm and Dell will play an active role in a wide variety of activities in the digital sustainability area, bringing value to the Initiative and expert, powerful voices from the ICT industry to the GeSI platform.  “We are… Read more »

The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow their lead

The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow our lead. This funding is on top of the €400 million we pledged to spend on climate programmes between 2015 and 2020, and it builds on our commitment to make fighting climate change one of our core focuses. The new… Read more »