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Global Sustain: The Sustainability Forum 2018 Was Successfully Completed

The “Sustainability Forum 2018”, a training, networking and professional development event, took place on October 5 for the seventh consecutive year. The event was organized by Global Sustain and held at the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel. 

For another year, world renowned speakers and sustainable development experts from high profile organizations participated in the event and through special sessions, shared their knowledge and experience with the attendees. Speakers came from the following organizations: Cambridge University, AHC Group, Trucost - S & P Dow Jones Indices, Rockwool Group, Carbon Clear, AstraZeneca, FMC Corporation, Osiris Labs, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, Trillium Asset Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance and GRI. Attendees had the opportunity to be informed about critical issues but also about international trends while participating in an all-day networking.

Among topics discussed were:

  • Rewiring the economy – A 10-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy

  • Unlocking business value from the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • TCFD Recommendations – Overview, latest developments and best practices

  • Setting corporate targets in line with science and not with fiction: all you need to know about Science-Based Targets (SBTs)

  • AstraZeneca sustainability programme

  • Sustainability Advisory Councils – How do they add value

  • Establishing External Councils at major firms: Ways to Integrate ESG, social brand and social response capitalism

  • Organisational responsiveness to human rights issues

  • Environmental policy & risk: Transition to a low carbon economy

  • How ESG investing creates value and return

  • Building sustainable communities

  • Business reporting on the SDGs: Measuring & managing impacts on the SDGs

Τhe SF Tour was held for another year, offering participants a complete sustainability experience through educational activities, networking and leisure. This year's destination was Chania, Crete, and the participants had the opportunity to visit traditional olive oil production facilities, handmade soap from organic pure materials production facilities, and a recycled glass blower factory.

The next Sustainability Forum will be held on October 4, 2019.

For more information about the event, please visit www.sustainabilityforum.gr

Supporters & Sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsor: Generation Y

  • Silver Sponsors: Alpha Bank, Genesis Pharma

  • Supporters: European Reliance, ICAP Group, KPMG, TUV Austria

  • Graphic Designer Partner: Greenmind

  • Printing Partner: Pressious Arvanitidis

  • Carbon Offset Partner: Green Evolution

  • Web Partner: Think Plus

  • Coffee Sponsor: Nespresso

  • Supporters: American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Union of Listed Companies, Alliance for Greece, Hellenic- Dutch Association of Commerce & Industry, CEO Clubs, Hellenic Advertisers Association

  • Communication Partners: Daily Fax, Marketing Week, Plant, Re:CSR, CSRweek, csrnews.gr, capital.gr

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The Consumer Goods Forum, in Partnership With Capgemini, Publishes Its Global Health and Wellness Digital Framework

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Health and Wellness Digital Framework, developed in partnership with Capgemini. The aim of the Framework is to provide CGF members and stakeholders with a guide to how digital can support the goal of positively impacting behavioural change to help people live healthier lives.

The new framework outlines the role that digital technology can play for companies as they build tailored roadmaps for their health initiatives. The framework includes five steps to move the goals of any individual initiative to a portfolio of prioritised interventions to help drive behavioural change. 

With case studies from CGF members, including the Migros Wellbeing Journey, Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices®, L’Oréal’s Digitising Human Experiences and Danone’s Chatbots, as well as Spoon Guru’s Artificial Intelligence-based Food Search and Discovery, and Yuka’s app to keep consumers informed about the food they eat, the Framework also provides examples of how digital is already driving positive changes in consumer behavior.

Sharon Bligh, Director, Health & Wellness, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “Members of The Consumer Goods Forum are committed to driving positive change on a global scale. It is part of what makes us unique as an organisation. With an increased focus on digital we hope this framework will help inspire retailers and manufacturers around the world to pick up the baton and join us on this collaborative and digital journey to empower healthier people. Thank you to all CGF members who leaned in to help us co-build this with Capgemini”. 

Behavioural Change and Digital as an Enabler
Digital communications are now an essential part of everyday life and one of the most effective ways to reach consumers with accurate and personalised information. Digital is seen as a critical component for CGF members if they are to achieve their aim of taking a proactive, leadership role in empowering consumers to live healthier lives and drive shared business value, while providing transparent information and improving trust in the industry.

Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Global Consumer Products & Retail Sector, Capgemini said, “Capgemini is pleased to have partnered with The Consumer Goods Forum and its members to develop a Digital Framework that will serve as a guide for companies all over the world embarking on a transformation journey for their business. Using our knowledge and experience working with clients across the industry, we see digital playing an important role for retailers and manufacturers in enabling healthier lives.” 

For more information, please see the Global Health and Wellness Digital Framework.

About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

About Capgemini
A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.

Visit us at www.capgemini.com. People matter, results count.

 /CONTACT: Capgemini press contact - Michele Moore, +44 370 905 3408 or michele.moore@capgemini.com; or CGF press contact - Lee Green, l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com /

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American Social Entrepreneur, German CEO Launch Social Purpose Consultancy

The president of Oliver Russell, a purpose-driven creative agency with global clientele, has teamed up with the former CEO of one of Europe’s largest private label cosmetics and personal care manufacturers, to launch Humanista. Humanista is a consulting firm dedicated to transforming business, investing, and cities through social purpose. 

Humanista focuses on transforming people through social purpose by implementing tangible impacts that can be put into practice every day. Markus Kessler, a former manufacturing CEO, will operate from Munich, Germany. Russ Stoddard, founder of Oliver Russell and author of “Rise Up – How to Build a Socially Conscious Business,” will maintain the company’s United States presence in Boise. Humanista has already begun working with a health tech startup based in Silicon Valley.

“We help leaders integrate social purpose into the core of their organizations,” said Stoddard. “Markus and I each bring 30 years of real-world experience running organizations large and small and building socially responsible companies from the ground up.”

Kessler currently advises and is an investor in several startup social enterprises that make sustainable packaging as an alternative to plastic and construction materials from textiles, including Ecovision and manaomea GmbH.

“After years of working with mainstream companies on CSR and sustainability, I decided that this area needs to improve and grow,” said Kessler. “I want to take this to the next level, removing it from a siloed cottage industry filled with jargon to something all employees can embrace and fully understand. That starts at the top, with the CEO.”

Working with companies, cities, and investors, Humanista creates actionable plans for a wide variety of organizations. The consulting firm owns and partners with several social enterprise labs, where clients can see firsthand what social purpose and sustainability looks like in action, and the economic opportunity presented by the circular economy.

Services offered by Humanista will include:

  • Social impact education and corporate trainings

  • CEO coaching

  • Impact investing and raising capital for social enterprises

  • Strategic partnerships for collective impact

  • Interactive workshops

  • Speaking engagements

“We’re both really excited about where this venture will take us,” said Stoddard. “Changing the world through business is our passion, and at this moment in history, it is a more important calling than ever.” 

About Humanista
Founded in 2018, Humanista is a social consulting firm that educates companies, cities, and investors on the importance of social purpose, and how to implement social practices to ensure long-term growth and sustainability. Operating from Boise, ID, USA, and Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Humanista’s global reach connects clients to the world’s most dedicated leaders in social responsibility. 

About Russ Stoddard & Markus Kessler
Russ is the founder of Boise, Idaho-based Oliver Russell, a certified B Corporation and legal public benefit corporation that builds brands for purpose driven companies. He is a leader in the Certified B Corporation community and author of the Amazon business bestseller, Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscious Business. Russ is also a regular featured contributor to Sustainable Brands, Conscious Company Media, and the Forbes Agency Council.

Markus jumped overboard from the corporate world after a career highlighted by his leadership as CEO of Europe’s largest private-label manufacturer of detergent/cleaning products, personal care, cosmetics and organic cosmetics. He brings a keen understanding of the unique challenges facing enterprise-level CEOs as they implement sustainability initiatives. Markus is also an active impact investor in several social enterprise startups and a partner in GENIC GmbH.

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CapitaLand Secures First and Largest S$300 Million Sustainability-linked Loan in Asia’s Real Estate Sector

CapitaLand has secured a S$300 million multi-currency sustainability-linked loan from DBS Bank (DBS).  The five-year term loan and revolving credit facility is the first and largest sustainability-linked loan in Asia’s real estate sector. It is also Singapore’s largest sustainability-linked financing provided by a sole lender.

This sustainability-linked loan extends beyond the conventional concept of being ‘green’ or attaining a green rating.  The loan is explicitly linked to CapitaLand’s listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), which tracks the performance of the world’s leading companies in environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts.  CapitaLand is the highest ranked Singapore company, and one of only two Singapore companies that are listed on the 2018 DJSI World.  With this sustainability-linked loan, CapitaLand has the flexibility to use the loan for general corporate purposes, unlike green loans where proceeds are applied towards the funding of specific projects.

In addition, interest rates on the sustainability-linked loan will be further reduced on a tiered basis, contingent on CapitaLand’s ongoing performance measured against a robust set of ESG indicators based on RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), and a retained listing on the DJSI World.  RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.  Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM also publishes the globally recognised Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), including the DJSI World. 

Mr Andrew Lim, Group Chief Financial Officer for CapitaLand Group said: “CapitaLand’s ESG achievements distinguish us in Asia’s real estate sector.  Dovetailing CapitaLand’s ESG efforts with our cost of funding further demonstrates our commitment to embed sustainability into our business in the long run and is core to CapitaLand’s role as a responsible real estate company.”

“With growing public expectations and deeper focus on sustainability, embracing sustainability is not only good for our shared communities, but also beneficial for business.  By working with committed partners such as DBS and RobecoSAM, we aim to identify and capture the tangible benefits of good sustainability practices.  As we seek to continually deliver long-term value for our stakeholders, we remain guided by our credo, ‘Building People. Building Communities.’, to improve the economic, environmental and social well-being of the communities we operate in,” he added.

Mr Chew Chong Lim, Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate at Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank said: “There are growing expectations for corporates to adopt more sustainable practices. A focus on financials, while important, will no longer suffice. We need to magnify the overlapping interests among the financial bottom line, the environment and our society. Together with like-minded partners like CapitaLand, DBS is committed to developing banking solutions that will help us contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and craft a sustainable future for all.”

Mr Edoardo Gai, Head of Sustainability Services of RobecoSAM said: “CapitaLand is at the forefront of Singapore’s real estate sector in securing this sustainability-linked loan.  The Group has consistently shown that investing in sustainability is good business.  At RobecoSAM, through our rigorous assessment and ranking of ESG global practices, we have advocated, and assisted investors to seek better value from ESG investing.  We believe that this landmark collaboration between CapitaLand and DBS should inspire others in Asia to emulate.”

CapitaLand’s Track Record in Sustainability

CapitaLand and DBS are among the founding members of the Singapore Circle of Practice for Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) which was launched in April 2018.  The first in Asia, the A4S seeks to adopt, learn and improve on addressing social and environmental risks and opportunities through financial processes and decision making.

In September 2018, in addition to being one of only two Singapore companies to enter the DJSI World, CapitaLand was the only company in Asia amongst the top 10 real estate firms in the index this year.  CapitaLand has been included in the index for seven years in a row.  CapitaLand is also the longest-standing Singapore company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for a decade consecutively.  In the same month, CapitaLand was also ranked amongst the Top 100 and the highest ranked Southeast Asian company in Forbes’ 2018 Global 2000: Top Regarded Companies.

In February 2018, CapitaLand was the only Singapore company to receive the “Silver Class” distinction in real estate, in RobecoSAM’s The Sustainability Yearbook 2018.  In addition, CapitaLand was the highest ranked real estate management company in the 2018 Global 100 World’s Most Sustainable Companies Index.  CapitaLand has also been included for the 5th consecutive year in the FTSE4Good Indices which comprise companies that have demonstrated strong environmental, social and governance policies and practices.

CapitaLand is also consistently transparent with its ESG efforts, being one of the first companies to voluntarily publish its first annual sustainability report in 2009.  This is before the reporting guidelines and requirements by Singapore Exchange (SGX) in 2011 and 2016 respectively.  CapitaLand’s Global Sustainability Report is also externally assured with all figures, statements and claims related to sustainability, validated.

In its latest Global Sustainability Report, CapitaLand reported a 29.4% reduction in carbon emissions intensity since 2008, exceeding its 2020 target of 23%.  It has achieved 23.4% and 24.1% energy and water reduction (per m2 from base year 2008) respectively, exceeding its 2020 target of 20%.  This resulted in S$140 million in utilities cost avoidance since 2009.  In Singapore, 93% of CapitaLand’s existing buildings (by m2) has at least a Green Mark Gold rating.  For more on CapitaLand’s sustainability efforts, please refer to the CapitaLand 2017 Global Sustainability Report.

About CapitaLand Limited (www.capitaland.com)  

CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies.  Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it is an owner and manager of a global portfolio worth over S$93 billion as at 30 June 2018, comprising integrated developments, shopping malls, lodging, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds.  Present across more than 150 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia.   

CapitaLand’s competitive advantage is its significant asset base and extensive market network.  Coupled with extensive design, development and operational capabilities, the Group develops and manages high-quality real estate products and services.  It also has one of the largest investment management businesses in Asia and a stable of five REITs listed in Singapore and Malaysia – CapitaLand Mall Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

About RobecoSAM and the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.  It offers asset management, indices, impact analysis and investing, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services.

The RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) methodology is based on the application of general criteria, applicable to all industries, and industry specific criteria, applicable to companies in a specific industry, to assess the opportunities and risks deriving from economic, environmental and social challenges.  Currently, over 4,600 global companies are assessed annually.  Each assessed company is assigned corporate sustainability performance scores (Score levels: Total, Dimension (Economic, Environmental, Social) and industry specific criteria/themes in each dimension) which provide the company with an opportunity to understand in detail its sustainability performance relative to its peers.

For each company, the input sources of information for the corporate sustainability assessment consist of the responses to the corporate sustainability assessment questionnaire, submitted documentation, policies and reports, publicly available information and personal contact with the company.  In addition, RobecoSAM monitors media and stakeholder information to analyse a company's involvement in critical social, economic and environmental issues and its management of these situations.

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Retail Business Services Commits to Removing Artificial Ingredients from All Private Brand Products for Consumers by 2025

(Globe Newswire) - Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, today announced a landmark commitment to make the private brand products it provides to local brands and their customers cleaner and more natural by 2025. The company, which provides private brand products as a service to Ahold Delhaize USA brands Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop & Shop, has committed to removing all of the following from all of its private brand product lines:

  • Synthetic colors

  • Artificial flavors

  • Artificial preservatives

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • MSGs

  • High fructose corn syrup

As part of this commitment, Retail Business Services also plans to continue product innovations that reduce salt and sugar, advance transparency and sustainable chemistry practices used in products and packaging, and dramatically reduce plastic and packaging waste. The company also plans to produce more allergen-free products and will further strengthen its guidelines for Nature’s Promise, its free-from and organic brand.

“We’re extremely proud to make this commitment and deliver cleaner, more transparent, and more nutritious private brand products, while preserving the great value, taste and quality consumers expect and deserve on these items,” said Juan De Paoli, senior vice president of Private Brands for Retail Business Services. “At our core, we are about making it easier for everyday shoppers to buy better, and this initiative does just that.” 

Retail Business Services is one of the grocery retail industry’s largest providers of private brand products. Its private brand lines include: local brand namesake lines, Nature’s Promise, Taste of Inspirations, CareOne, Smart Living, Always My Baby, Etos, Companion, Limited Time Originals, Guaranteed Value and Cha-Ching.

Considered together, the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize, comprise the fourth largest grocery retail group in the United States. 

About Retail Business Services
Retail Business Services, LLC, is the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, currently providing services to six East Coast grocery brands, including Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN'S, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, as well as the country’s largest online grocery retailer, Peapod. Retail Business Services leverages the scale of the local brands to drive synergies and provides industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to local brands to support their strategies with services including Information Technology, Merchandising & Marketing Services, Private Brand Products, Pharmacy Services, Sourcing, Not for Resale, Store Services, Financial Services, Legal Services, Communications, Supply Chain and People Systems and Services. For more information, visit www.retailbusinessservices.com

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Keep America Beautiful Advances Effort to Recycle More and Recycle Right Ahead of America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative that takes place on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15, recognizes the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling, and provides an educational platform to raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.

Local organizations, including Keep America Beautiful’s national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates, governmental institutions, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and other community partners, schedule educational workshops and recycling collection events in communities throughout the fall in celebration of America Recycles Day.

“America Recycles Day educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman. “This national initiative also highlights how we can be more mindful about using or purchasing products made with recycled content and to do all we can to reduce contamination in the waste stream by recycling right.”

Event organizers can access valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event on the America Recycles Day website where there are guides for hosting events, activity ideas, media outreach tools, and more. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled in their local communities.


Keep America Beautiful encourages people to #BeRecycled in every aspect of their lives. Available online and via paper pledges at events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle.” in all aspects of one’s daily life:

  • Recycling at home, work/school and on the go;

  • Buying products made with recycled content; and

  • Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.

Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include American Chemistry Council, Carton Council, H&M, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Keurig Dr Pepper and Northrop Grumman.

Aside from the #BeRecycled Pledge, people can be part of the recycling solution by participating or hosting their own America Recycles Day event. Here is a sampling of creative events taking place in different regions of the country:

America Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest
Brazos, Texas

Nov. 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Keep Brazos Beautiful is conducting an America Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest in which participants can learn about recycling, visit booths of various companies that can help residents and businesses implement recycling, and view various forms of recycled art made by community members.

Fall Into Recycling
Urbana, Illinois

Nov. 3, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the Anita Purves Nature Center to swap Halloween costumes, compost leftover pumpkins, create autumn-themed works of art using recycled materials, and learn more about recycling. Make your own creation from reused or repurposed materials at home before the event and enter to win an award in the fifth annual Creative Reuse Competition!

Saving the Atlantic!
Dover, Delaware

Nov. 13, 4:00 p.m. to Nov. 14, 8:00 p.m.
To help save the sea life and marine birds living on the East Coast, volunteers will put more of the right recyclable items in the right place — and committing to do so into the future.

Light The Way 5K
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Nov. 16, 11:18 p.m.
Keep Sevier Beautiful will be hosting one of its biggest fundraisers, Light The Way 5K at Dollywood. Light the Way 5K participants are treated to a unique race course decorated by Dollywood’s 4 million Christmas lights, which will illuminate the path throughout the park. From 5:00-10:00 p.m., the KSB Teen Advisory Board will be handing out Candy Canes with recycling messages and facts on them to all participants.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.


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