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Monthly Archives: December 2014

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Chair of Angelica Fuentes Foundation sign collaboration agreement in Mexico

Foundation commits 1 million dollars to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment

Mexico City 4 December 2014 – During an official visit to Mexico, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary General of the UN and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, UN Women, met with businesswoman and philanthropist, Angelica Fuentes to discuss the important role that private sector can play in accelerating women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and helping UN Women to reach its objectives by providing adequate funds and serving as advisors.

During the meeting Angelica Fuentes Foundation announced a donation of US$ 1 million dollars to fund programs dedicated to social, economic and political empowerment of women, a primary focus for Angelica Fuentes and her philanthropic endeavors. These funds will support four initiatives: the Fund for Gender Equality, the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action; a study on women’s economic empowerment in Latin American and the Caribbean and the HeforShe campaign.

Angelica Fuentes Foundation contribution will bolster UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) in Latin America and the Caribbean region on a range of strategic issues, from national advocacy for decent work legislation and social protection services to engaging women’s collective action and participation in key political spaces and structures, where the Fund has already invested US$ 17 million on high-impact women’s initiatives since 2009.

The Executive Director expressed UN Women’s deep appreciation for Ms. Fuentes’s strong support and to the promotion of gender equality in Mexico, and regionally in Latin America. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also commended the important contribution of committed business and foundations, such as Angelica Fuentes Foundation, as leaders and role-models, to empowering women, offering family-friendly work practices and working towards closing wages gaps between men and women.

About UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

Wolters Kluwer’s CT Corporation Offers Benefit Corporation Entity Type to Meet Customer’s Growing Needs

Benefit Corporation structure legally embeds the social and environmental mission of a company into the core business objective

New York, NY, December 3, 2014 – Wolters Kluwer’s CT Corporation, a leading provider of business formation and legal compliance services, is the first public registered agent to formerly offer Benefit Corporation entity type services in its suite of offerings. A Benefit Corporation is a new class of entity structure that voluntarily meets higher standards of corporate purpose, accountability, and transparency.

Benefit Corporation offers for-profit companies the opportunity to advance their Corporate Social Responsibility mission by fully integrating their intended positive impact on society and the environment. Over 1,100 companies have registered to be a benefit corporation since the structure’s inception in 2010. Currently, 27 states have passed legislation recognizing this corporate form and 19 states are working on passing similar laws.

“We are proud to be the first public registered agent to formally offer an entity structure that meets the demand of our customers while simultaneously advancing social good,” said Eric Lo, vice president of product management and marketing for the enterprise segment of CT Corporation. “CT Corporation’s deep domain expertise in every U.S. jurisdiction allows us to partner with customers to ensure they are meeting their legal compliance and regulatory requirements, for all available entity structure types.”

CT Corporation is recognized by B Lab, the nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, as a service partner to organizations selecting the Benefit Corporation entity type. B Lab authored the procedures that most participating states have leveraged to draft Benefit Corporation legislation.

The widely accepted definition of a Benefit Corporation structure requires that an organization:

  1. Have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment;
  2. Consider the impact corporate decisions have on both the shareholders as well as company workers, the community served, and the environment;
  3. And make available to the public, an annual benefit report that assesses their overall social and environmental performance against a third party standard.

“CT Corporation is a trusted partner to companies at all points of the business life cycle,” said Jennifer Friedman, chief marketing officer for the small business segment of CT Corporation. “The Benefit Corporation entity type lends itself well to newly forming companies or to the established business that wants to formalize a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility,”

To learn more about Benefit Corporation, read “Understanding Benefit Corporation” available on the CT Corporation resource center.

About Wolters Kluwer’s CT Corporation

CT, a Wolters Kluwer company, works with businesses of all sizes to offer customized expertise and comprehensive solutions regarding everything from business formations to filing business licenses and ongoing compliance. Drawing on more than a century of experience helping businesses, CT is focused on helping businesses succeed, delivering incorporation, legal and compliance solutions. As a trusted partner of the National Law Journal’s top 250 law firms, CT works with more than 70 percent of the National Law Journal’s top 250 law firms, 750 of the Fortune 1,000 companies and more than 300,000 small businesses every year. For more information, visit ct.wolterskluwer.com.

CT is a business of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer had 2013 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.7 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

Recycled Love and a Second Chance

This is a guest post from Sasha Lipton.

I started Second Chance Toys when I was in high school because it upset me to see good-as-new plastic toys on the curb for garbage day when I knew there were so many kids out there whose parents couldn’t afford toys. I also envisioned a big pile of toys in the landfill, knowing full well– that throwing out these plastic toys presented a hazard to our environment.

I enlisted my mom – and her SUV — and we started retrieving these toys from the curb — one by one — until our basement was filled. I then cleaned and tagged them with notes for the new owners, and we delivered them to a local family violence. I referred to it as “love recycled.”

Fast-forward 8 years and Second Chance Toys has distributed nearly 200,000 toys to children in need and touching more than half a million kids – and future generations with a cleaner earth. We have saved about 40 tons of non-biodegradable waste from our landfills.

The great thing about Second Chance Toys is that it’s not only the kids who receive the toys that benefit. The children and families donating the toys get a different kind of gift like I did. They get the gift of giving – and honestly there is nothing that feels better than helping someone else.

Through a very special corporate partnership with Kidville, we are teaching families the importance of being part of this ‘love recycled’ movement. Kidville holds toy collections with us twice a year and hosts’ special recycling classes for young children that help them understand at a very young age the importance of re-using things.

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One of the best things about the small idea I had is that it’s really contagious – everyone wants to join in and help. So we have created a template on our website that allows families and communities to do just that. If you want to donate, collect, or receive toys, we make it easy and tell you how to do it in your area. And we support these efforts with the help of corporate partners like 1-800-Got-Junk?, Kohl’s, Old Spice, Viacom and of course Kidville. We couldn’t continue our work without their help – and we are constantly looking for ways to expand our corporate family so we can increase our impact.

Right now our work is focused in the East (from Boston to Washington, DC) but we have empowered many to hold their own toy drives – so there are events going on now around the country and even on the other side of the world – in Sydney, Australia.

Anyone can participate – families, the community, businesses, and even high school students! All the tools are right on our website to make it easy to do give back in a special way!

After all, this is the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Second Chance Toys

  • 200,000 toys distributed
  • 40 tons of non-biodegradable waste saved from our landfills
  • More than 600,000 smiles delivered to deserving children
  • Over 100 toy collections scheduled for this holiday
  • Learn how you can get involved: www.secondchancetoys.org

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UBS Introduces BETA Version of Planet Art, an Ipad App That Delivers Contemporary Art News to Global Audiences

A simple tool to navigate vast amounts of contemporary art information, Planet Art collects and organizes news, features and market stories from a broad range of sources into custom content streams for users.

Zurich, New York, 01 December 2014 – Today, global financial services company UBS announced the release of Planet Art, a new iPad app that is the first and only app to collect and distill global news about contemporary art. Available free of charge from the Apple App Store, Planet Art will be introduced during the December 2014 opening of Art Basel in Miami Beach, where UBS welcomes collectors, curators, gallerists and general art lovers to experience the app in action during one of the art world’s largest and most exciting annual events.

Developed by UBS, Planet Art uses unique algorithms to read, index and objectively rank information from mainstream media, traditional art world news outlets, niche publications and blogs. Based on these methods, the app presents the top-ranked information on trending topics as reported in the media.

Continuously updated, Planet Art offers a snapshot of the most relevant and trending topics in contemporary art. Featuring a simple and intuitive design, the app organizes key stories from a diverse range of news sources into three categories—News, Features and The Market, helping seasoned professionals and beginning art enthusiasts alike to digest and stay up-to-date on the most topical art world information. Users can personalize Planet Art to create a custom content stream focusing on locale, specific artists, galleries, museums and subjects and the app also can help users discover new interests.

“Clients rely on UBS’s business expertise to help provide them with clarity and direction within a complex international financial system. In the same way, Planet Art serves as an invaluable guide through a vast and often confusing system of contemporary art news sources and trends,” stated Johan Jervøe, Chief Marketing Officer for UBS. “We believe that critical insights and seeing the bigger picture are fundamental shared values between the art world and providing financial services.”

As an active participant in the field of contemporary art—with a renowned corporate collection, a record of investment in diverse international arts initiatives, and as global Lead Partner of the major modern and contemporary art fair Art Basel in all three of its worldwide venues—UBS developed Planet Art to provide its clients and the art world at large with a simple tool to navigate the growing and often fragmented landscape of art information available today.

Planet Art draws its content from RSS sources offering publicly available information. At the time of launch, highlights of some of news sources currently featured in Planet Art include: The Art Newspaper; ARTnews; Art in America; ArtFCity; Art Asia Pacific (China); BBC Culture blog (UK); Financial Times (UK); The Guardian (UK); New York Observer’s Art & Gallerist; The New York Times; and The Wall Street Journal, among others. The Planet Art content list will be evaluated regularly and will grow over time.

For more information about Planet Art: www.ubs.com/PlanetArt
Download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/planet-art/id937737095?ls=1&mt=8

UBS & Contemporary Art

Planet Art joins an extensive roster of contemporary art initiatives and programs in which UBS is engaged: the UBS Art Collection is one of the world’s largest and most important corporate collections of contemporary art; the firm continues to provide long-term global support for the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which they serve as global Lead Partner; and UBS collaborates with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation on the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. These activities are complemented by a number of regional partnerships including the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Louisiana Museum in Denmark and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. UBS also provides its clients with insight into the contemporary art world through the UBS Art Competence Center and the UBS Arts Forum. The company’s long and substantial record of patronage in contemporary art actively enables clients and audiences to participate in the international conversation about art and the global art market through the firm’s contemporary art platform.

About UBS

UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its leading universal bank in Switzerland, complemented by its Global Asset Management business and its Investment Bank, with a focus on capital efficiency and businesses that offer a superior structural growth and profitability outlook.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35% of its employees working in the Americas, 36% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 60,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Links

www.ubs.com/art
www.facebook.com/UBSart
www.twitter.com/ubsglobalart

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Fundraisers First, Fashionistas Second

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San Francisco, November 2014 – How do you make philanthropy current? You dig deep into the closets of fashionistas and give back. This was the catalyst for founding Union & Fifth, the e-commerce retailer that finds its unique merchandise from the closets of people characterizing all walks of life, to then donate its proceeds to change the world.

Founded by sisters-in-law Pamela Trefler, philanthropist, and Christena Reinhard, professional fundraiser — Union & Fifth takes an altruistic spin on a consumer driven industry to actively make a change on the footprint of commerce. With a December 2014 launch, Union & Fifth will by synonymous with the motto “Fundraisers first, fashionistas second.”

While seeking a way to give back and rallying others to be involved along the process, the brand formed its innovative and effective way of re-selling designer labels, but with a twist. Union & Fifth does not pocket their profits, instead funds will be donated to a wide variety of charities selected by donors. The company’s doors are open to any and all individuals who wish to donate, and are happy to give individual’s proceeds to any non-profit of their choice.

CHARITIES WE LOVE:

Below are a few of the amazing non-profits that we are currently featuring on our site. We cannot wait to see this list grow as more people donate to the charities they are passionate about.

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Buy a Valentino bag from Union & Fifth, and the proceeds will help someone in need — simple, yet profound.

Upon cleaning out their first closet in 2012, they raised $40,000 after the consignment split. This was the “Aha” moment that opened their eyes to a niche that would change the way people shop and give.

While much of the industry has gone the way of fast-fashion, Union & Fifth brings back to life the idea that quality and great pieces can span generations. Christena describes their efforts as “Effectively changing the face of fundraising; Union & Fifth is a way to put into motion a beneficial cycle of shopping – knowing you are giving back by opening your closet, or being a customer. It gives a deeper meaning to retail therapy.”

Union & Fifth plans to join celebrities, the style crazed and the philanthropically driven, to create a new trend in fashion. The synergy created between charity and style will forever change the life cycle of clothing, the way we shop, and the way we support our favorite causes.

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Helping Drug Addicted Peoples for Drugs Free Life

By Fahad Hassan

Islamabad Pakistan

New Life (Nai Zindgi in urdu) is a rehabilitation center with a mission to create a drugs­free and healthy society. We have a team of dedicated professionals who is working day and night to give the addicted and psychiatric patients a new life.

History and Aim

Founded in 1991 and till date we rehabilitate thousands of people and now they are living a drugs­free happy life. Our goal is to strengthening and empowering the communities to solve their problems through collective action and participation and to motivate the peoples to avoid from using drugs which is the core program of the New Life. We committed to improving the lives of families and individuals affected by Narcotics proactively advancing research for better understanding, better treatments and a cure; educating the public and healthcare professionals about all forms; advocating for universal Anti Narcotics screening; and providing support services and resources vital to the society. We focused mission to provide quality health and social services to underserved communities, by using innovative and participatory approaches and to provide the free medical treatment to the general public.

Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo

We are currently running a fundraising campaign at Indiegogo.com for expanding our rehabilitation center so we can serve more and better.

For More details and contributions please visit our campaign page at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/helping-drug-addicted-peoples-for-drugs-free-life

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