Changing the world sounds big. None of us can change the world alone, but when we all work together, a lot of small choices can make a huge impact – every step makes a difference. This is Bambeco’s philosophy and also iGive.com’s (by changing shopping for good!).
According to Oxford University research, planting and growing trees is the best way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse global warming.
Bambeco is proud to partner with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, for a joint commitment to restore and protect forests and minimize climate change.
With every Bambeco purchase, American Forests will plant a tree. That means every earth friendly purchase adds another tree to our landscape and another step towards counteracting climate change.
Since they launched the “Every Purchase Plants a Tree” initiative last November, they’ve planted over 20,000 trees—enough trees to supply oxygen for 40,000 people, save and clean 2.4 billion gallons of water and absorb 480 tons of carbon dioxide per year!
We are unwavering in our commitment to create and source products that are crafted in ways that cause less harm to the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. For more information, check out Bambeco’s Sustainable Living Blog.
Together, we’ll grow forests. Together, we’ll change shopping for good.
Introducing Lisa Hoffman Beauty‘s first ever Friendship Fragrance Bracelet Duo. With two fragrance bracelets, two hand stamped LH logo bags, and two vials of Warmth Fragrance beads per set, you can gift one to your best friend, sister, coworker, roommate, or simply to someone special—or, give yourself some love and keep both bracelets to enjoy together.
Plus, your purchase will benefit girls around the world: a portion from each set sold will be donated to Girl Up, a non-profit organization that actively works to empower adolescent girls around the globe. From Teen Advisor programs to local Girl Clubs, this United Nations Foundation is changing the world for girls in the US and beyond its borders.
Plus, if you shop via iGive, your iGive Cause will earn a donation as well (4.0% as of 2/9/17*) You can use code “igivefriends20” at checkout to save $20 on your Friendship Fragrance Bracelet Duo (offer ends 3/12/17).
HanesBrands is providing more than 23000 items of clothing to Louisiana residents impacted by the devastating flooding. The company is partnering with Fashion Delivers to distribute three trailer load of first-quality product.
Fashion Delivers is a New York based charity that that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. This donation, By HanesBrands includes: T-shirts, socks, bras, underwear and other apparel.
We have all seen the devastation the Louisiana floods have caused on so many levels – especially to the lives of the thousands of people directly affected, “HanesBrands is happy to provide this assistance and hope that it can provide some real help in this time of need,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president for corporate social responsibility.
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, includingHanes,Champion,Playtex,DIM,Bali,Maidenform,Bonds,JMS/Just My Size,L’eggs,Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable,Berlei, andGear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices, community philanthropy and environmentalism. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found atwww.Hanes.com/corporate. HanesBrands is a proud partner with iGive.com to enable shoppers to give back to their favorite cause with their online Hanes.com purchases.
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Founded 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed worldwide.
What Makes Life Good for Kids Ages 3-12 (PRNewsFoto/Life is Good Company)
In the Spring of 2016 Life is Good®created it’s first t-shirt art contest for kids, asking them “what makes life good.” For each entry the Life is Good donated $1 to help kids in need. Over 7500 entries were received and the company has released the results:
30% showed that love and relationships are the most important – whether it was family, friends or pets.
24% believe that nature – the earth, the sky, trees and more are what make life good.
Creativity and inspiration came in at a tie at 14% inclusive of subjects like art and music.
Smaller categories like fun, learning and world peace make up the rest of the entries.
Less than 2% of kids said that technology – video games, TV, phones are what make life good.
“It’s not a total surprise that children value relationships more than anything else, but seeing such an overwhelming amount of them put this first is a great reminder of who we need to be as adults and role models,” said Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker for Life is Good. “As a clinical social worker for over 20 years, I have witnessed children struggle immensely when they lack healthy attachment relationships. When children are rooted in a foundation of love and care, they are far more capable of using social, emotional and cognitive skills that allow them to feel safe, focus on the good, and embrace all life has to offer.”
Also revealed today were three children’s drawings selected by the Life is Good team to be made into Life is Good’s first-ever Kids Art Collection. One hundred percent of the net profits of this collection will support the work of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, which partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to our nation’s most vulnerable children. The final three artists also received a $2,000 college scholarship.
The thousands of art submissions will live on as a traveling art exhibit at public outdoor spaces starting in Boston this fall. Additionally, the art will be turned into an interactive digital art display featured at some of the children’s hospitals that partner with the Life is Good Kids Foundation.
“It was incredibly inspiring to see life through children’s eyes,” said John Jacobs Chief Creative Optimist & Life is Good co-founder. “Life isn’t easy, but we have the choice to approach it with optimism and to help make it good with great relationships and love. We are excited to share the artwork and inspiration with others.”
The Life is Good Company is a $100 million lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism. The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need. To date, the company has donated over $11 million, principally through Life is Good products, events and community fundraising efforts. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good Company. Please visit LifeisGood for more details and to support your favorite cause with iGive through your online shopping.
ABOUT LIFE IS GOOD KIDS FOUNDATION
The Life is Good Kids Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) that partners with organizations serving the most vulnerable children to improve the quality of their care. The Foundation’s Playmaker program connects with schools, hospitals, camps, and a variety of social service agencies to give childcare professionals the resources they need to make a positive, life-changing impact at a pivotal time in a child’s development.
When the last child in the home no longer needs a baby bottle, many parents are left wondering what to do or how to recycle baby bottles for a better use. Also, many parents try a variety of bottles before they find the one that their child prefers. Tommee Tippee has created theCutest Cause, to get all of those bottles into the paws of adorable baby animals.
For a limited time, select Tommee Tippee Ultra bottles purchased at Babies”R”Us will include a prepaid shipping label. Customers can put any unwanted competing bottle in their new Ultra box and ship directly to one of several partner zoo nurseries or sanctuaries.
Baby animals who have been abandoned or orphaned depend on bottles to get the food and nutrition they need in their first months of life. Just this spring, three cheetah cubs were orphaned after a rare C-section at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Tommee Tippee’s Cutest Cause will provide these cheetah babies, along with other nursing animals across the country, the bottles essential for feeding.
To learn more about the Cutest Cause and how you can participate, visit cutestcause.com. If you haven’t purchased a Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle you may mail your bottles to:
LION COUNTRY SAFARI: Attn: Brian Dowling, Curator
2003 Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, FL 33470 US
Tommee Tippee® is the number one feeding brand in the UK* and one of the fastest growing baby bottle brands in North America. Babies”R”Us is a brand under the Toys“R”Us, Inc. umbrella. There are 864 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection. In addition, the company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor. Shoppers purchasing through the e-commerce sites can support their favorite cause by starting at iGive.com
Shoe manufacturer Nike is moving closer to it’s goal of zero waste from footwear manufacturing. Earlier this month the company announced that 71 percent of its footwear and apparel incorporates waste from its own manufacturing process. These efforts reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill or incineration.
As Nike writes on their website, the company’s “moonshot ambition is to double its business while halving the company’s environmental impact. It has set three strategic aims to guide this work: minimize environmental footprint, transform manufacturing and unleash human potential.” To accomplish this Nike is looking a both manufacturing and after consumer use.
Nike has been a pioneer in the Reuse-A-Shoe program with NASA, the U.S. State Department and U.S. AID. This program includes NikeGrind which regenerates existing products into new ones. The Resuse-A-Shoe program has recycled approximately 30 Million pairs of shoes. In addition, Since 2010, more than three billion plastic bottles have been diverted from landfills and converted into recycled polyester for Nike performance products, such as new Nike Vapor football kits with Aeroswift technology.
All of these efforts contribute towards Nike’s goal of zero waste from contracted footwear manufacturing by FY20. This is part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable innovation that drives business growth while still delivering performance innovation for athletes.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands
include Converse, which designs, distributes and licenses casual sneakers, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs and distributes a line of action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories. For more information visit http://news.nike.com/ and follow @Nike. Nike products are available through iGive.com where a percentage of every purchase goes back to your favorite cause.
HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI), Glasswing and the U.S. Agency for International Development announce a public/private partnership that will add an additional $1 million in funding for youth education in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
In these areas, students cannot attend school past sixth grade because of danger and community conflicts. This program will allow youth to continue their education.
iGive.com celebrates not only the financial commitment of this program, but also the fact that more than 300 Hanes employees donate their time to support these programs every week. USAID will match the company’s three-year investment for a total amount of more than $1 million for Glasswing International.
“Glasswing is an organization that smartly leverages existing resources to make a significant impact in the communities it serves and where we operate,” said Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll. “Glasswing has been a fantastic partner in our efforts to build communities and improve the lives of our employees. We are looking forward to expanding this very powerful community improvement model to the Dominican Republic.”
Hanes was one of the first corporations to support Glasswing, in part because it part of the community in which Hanes employees live and work. Hanes maintains a commitment to “doing the right thing” as exemplified in their Hanes fo Good philosophy.
“Hanes has been a crucial partner for us to develop our community schools model where the whole community, including parents, teachers, students, local governments and corporations, work in partnership to generate community pride, as well as safer and healthier schools where youths can thrive,” said Ken Baker, chief executive officer, Glasswing International. “The hundreds of Hanes employees who volunteer weekly in the schools are an inspiration to us and an example for other global businesses to follow.”
HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, includingHanes,Champion,Playtex,DIM,Bali,Maidenform,JMS/Just My Size,L’eggs,Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, LovableandGear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. A member of the S&P 500 stock index, Hanes has approximately 65,300 employees in more than 40 countries and is ranked No. 490 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies by sales. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices. The company is the only apparel producer to ever be honored by the Great Place to Work Institute for its workplace practices in Central America and the Caribbean, and is ranked No. 167 on the Forbes magazine list of America’s Best Employers. For seven consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star sustained excellence/partner of the year award – the only apparel company to earn sustained excellence honors. The company ranks No. 246 on Newsweek magazine’s green list of 500 largest U.S. companies. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found atwww.Hanes.com/corporate.
Glasswing International empowers individuals to address the root causes of poverty and violence in their communities through education and health programs. Its cross-sector approach forges partnerships with international and local governments, corporations, non-profits, and civil society. In eight years, Glasswing has grown from three employees to a team of over 250 employees across Latin America, the Caribbean, and New York City. Glasswing currently has permanent offices in six Central American countries and projects in 14 countries. Since its formation, Glasswing has directed more than $25 million to education and health programs with less than 5% going to overhead. For more information, please visitwww.glasswing.org.
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that it has closed an underwritten public offering of senior notes, including the first U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond. The company will use the net proceeds from the offering of $500 million in 2.450% Senior Notes due 2026 to enhance its sustainability programs around coffee supply chain management through Eligible Sustainability Projects. This includes coffee purchases from suppliers verified by a third-party as complying with Starbucks ethical sourcing verification program of Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, the development and operation of farmer support centers in coffee growing regions, as well as short and long term loans made through Starbucks Global Farmer Fund. “Coffee is at the core of our business, and we intend to continue to finance initiatives that will make a positive social and environmental impact in our coffee supply chain as well as other areas across our business,” said Scott Maw, chief financial officer, Starbucks. “Issuing a bond focused on sustainable sourcing, demonstrates that sustainability is not just an add-on, but an integral part of Starbucks, including our strategy and finances.”
Each year, Starbucks invests significantly in its comprehensive approach to ethically source its coffee. This includes supporting coffee farming communities, mitigating the impact of climate change, and supporting long-term crop stability and farm sustainability. Starbucks operates a network of eight farmer support centers around the world (Rwanda, Tanzania, Colombia, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Guatemala and Ethiopia), and has a commitment to provide $50 million in farmer financing in the form of short and long term loans. Starbucks also purchased a coffee farm in Costa Rica and has turned this into a global agronomy center. All of this is grounded in the company’s open sourced C.A.F.E. Practices developed with Conservation International over 15 years ago. This rigorous set of best practices helps to ensure that the methods used in growing and processing coffee are efficient, effective and sustainable, both environmentally and socially. In 2015, 99% of Starbucks 551 million pounds of coffee purchases were verified as ethically sourced and Starbucks became a founding member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge – a call to action to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world.
“The longevity of the coffee industry is directly linked to the social, economic and environmental conditions of coffee communities around the world,” said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Starbucks Global Coffee. “This new sustainability bond offers a way for investors to better understand the work we are doing to help ensure that there is a future for farmers and our industry.”
Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings, delivered the second opinion for the Sustainability Bond. This independent review offers investors additional insight into the proposed projects to be funded by the bond, as well as the expected positive environmental and social impacts of these projects. Sustainalytics also rates Starbucks as an ESG leader in both overall and relative performance to its peers.
“Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of coffee farming practices helps to strengthen the overall sustainability of the coffee supply chain while advancing the socioeconomic conditions of coffee farmers,” said Simon MacMahon, Sustainalytics’ Executive Vice President of Advisory Services. “Starbucks has a significant influence on the global coffee market and is an industry leader when it comes to supply chain standards and sustainability initiatives. We are excited to support Starbucks Sustainability Bond and applaud their efforts to advance sustainability practices throughout their value chain.”
Starbucks will publish annual updates of the allocation of the proceeds throughout the term of the sustainability bond until the proceeds have been fully allocated to projects meeting the eligibility criteria. These updates will be reported publicly on the Starbucks website at www.starbucks.com and may include additional descriptions of select projects funded with sustainability bond proceeds, and, where possible, their environmental and/or social impacts.
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at news.starbucks.com or www.starbucks.com.
Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations, including statements about the expected closing of a public offering or senior notes and the use of proceeds of such offering. Such forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and satisfactions of certain conditions that are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including market conditions and those risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2015, and the prospectus and prospectus supplement delivered in connection with the public offering of senior notes discussed in this release. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.
Sears has launched its ninth annual Heroes at Home campaign with Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, to raise funds and assist military families facing hardship. This year the program will enable critical repairs, improvements or modifications to the largest VFW Post in Colorado and single-family military family homes across the United States of decorated veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and more.
Heroes at Home, which has raised nearly $20 million over the past eight years via donations from Shop Your Way members, customers and Sears associates, has funded more than 1,600 home rebuilds.
“When we meet these veterans and their families during rebuild projects they overwhelm us with their incredible spirit and appreciation,” said Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer at Sears. “Though many served long ago, it’s clear the spirit of service has stayed with them for a lifetime. That’s why supporting America’s veterans has long been a part of Sears’ DNA and we’re so proud of the dedication and support our members and associates show in giving back to those who have given so much.”
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
This spring, dozens of military family homes will be rebuilt thanks to the Heroes at Home program. Among these projects is the Lowry Post 501 in Aurora, Colorado, which is the largest VFW Post in the state with an active membership of 340 veterans. The post serves veterans’ communities throughout the Denver area offering advocacy and advice to disabled veterans or those who have suffered adverse medical conditions as a result of their service. Through a Heroes at Home grant, Lowry Post 501 will receive a new fence, many interior drywall and accessibility modifications, and a new mural on the building’s exterior.
Now through July 30, Sears is calling upon Shop Your Way members and customers nationwide to donate at their local Sears store or online via a link at sears.com/heroesathome. All funds raised go to Rebuilding Together.
“At Rebuilding Together, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, especially our veterans and their families,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “The need is dire, and with partners like Sears we are able to bridge the gap in services available to veterans, providing critical repairs and modifications that ensure our veterans can live in safe, sustainable and accessible homes.”
Other examples of the nationwide Heroes at Home projects that Rebuilding Together will complete this spring include:
Chicago – Repairing leaks in the basement and roof of the house of a Vietnam veteran’s widow whose family’s tradition of service to America includes a son who also served in the Navy for seven years and a grandson currently stationed in Alaska with the Air Force.
Baltimore – Updating the home with new appliances, repairing the electrical outlets throughout the home and installing handrails for an Army veteran.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana– Repairing the home of a Navy veteran who is a double amputee (legs) and single parent caring for his special needs child. A tree recently fell on a portion of his roof, causing severe structural damage.
Miami– Numerous repairs, accessibility additions and pest abatement for the home of a 93 year-old World War II Army veteran and his wife of 68 years, who have lived in the house for 49 years.
Companies within the Sears Holdings family employ more than 25,000 veterans and more than 1,500 active members of the Reserve and National Guard. For more information about Heroes at Home, to make a donation and volunteer, visit sears.com/heroesathome.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co. Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
About Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at rebuildingtogether.org.
As the annual eventOne Day Without Shoesapproaches, Children International is celebrating giving nearly 3 million pairs of shoes to kids in need and three years as a TOMS Giving Partner.
Children International (CI) is proud to partner with TOMS and its One for One®model to give new shoes to children in the impoverished areas CI serves. By the end of 2016, this partnership will have resulted in more than 3 million pairs of TOMS Shoes being distributed to children in need. These shoes do several things for CI’s kids and their families:
The shoes protect children’s feet from harmful debris and contaminated soil.
In many parts of the world, TOMS Shoes meet school requirements for thousands of kids. Where the shoes do not meet school requirements, they help kids by providing an extra pair for other extracurricular activities.
Shoes help ease the financial burden on CI’s families who may not have the means to provide basic necessities like shoes for their kids.
The distribution of shoes is just one part of CI’s holistic child development program framework, which focuses on helping children and youth become healthy, educated, empowered and (ultimately) employed so that they can break the cycle of poverty.
One Day Without Shoes on May 10 is a day to raise awareness of children’s health and education issues and the important role that shoes play in helping kids. Going without shoes allows participants to experience the importance of proper footwear. It is also a conversation starter, allowing participants to bring awareness to issues surrounding children’s health and education. And, for this year’s day of awareness, TOMS will be giving away a pair of shoes for every unique photo of bare feet shared on Instagram using #withoutshoes, up to 10,000 shoes for 10 different countries.
Employees at CI’s headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, will go without shoes on May 10 and will participate in a variety of activities that help educate participants on the importance of adequate footwear. Additionally, CI employees are hosting a shoe drive to benefit two local nonprofits – Operation Breakthrough and Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.
About Children International
Children International is a top-rated humanitarian organization focused on ending poverty by helping children and youth. Our local staff and volunteers deliver our holistic programs in health, education, empowerment and employment to over 300,000 kids through 70+ community centers in 10 countries.
For more information aboutChildren International, visitchildren.org.