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Devin D. Thorpe

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Elephant Cooperation and Shoes For Crews Partner to Save African Elephants from Extinction

Florida-based Shoes For Crews donates 400,000 pairs of shoes for resale with funds supporting elephant conservation and education programs in Africa

Press Release – San Clemente, Calif.—September 18, 2017—Elephant Cooperation, dedicated to saving elephants and helping children, today announced its latest fundraising partnership that will fund two years of anti-poaching drone operations over portions of Botswana and provide support to African Parks.

Elephant Cooperation has partnered with Shoes For Crews, the leader in slip-resistant footwear worldwide, to resell donated product in South Africa, with money from sales supporting elephant conservation projects. A warehouse will be opened in Johannesburg to sell the shoes, and the Air Shepherd anti-poaching drone program will be one of the primary recipients of money raised. Drone operations are crucial in stopping poaching, and approximately two years of drone operations over Botswana will be funded through this deal.

Additionally, Elephant Cooperation will provide financial support to African Parks, a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities.

“We are so fortunate to work with Shoes For Crews on a deal that helps save these magnificent animals,” said Scott Struthers, founder of Elephant Cooperation. “My business partner Geoff Spencer, the Shoes For Crews CEO Stuart Jenkins and I all went to college together. Stuart has a real heart for our mission and wanted to help. The Shoes For Crews donation of 400,000 pairs of shoes will make a huge difference in our fight to save elephants in Africa.”

Further grants will be awarded to community outreach programs offering education and field trips to school children, many of whom have never been exposed to elephants. Elephant Cooperation hopes to instill upon future generations the importance of this keystone species, resulting in a desire to protect and preserve the African elephant.

In funding projects, Elephant Cooperation focuses its efforts on protection, awareness, efficiency and community. Its administrative costs have been completely underwritten for 2017 which allows the organization to direct 100% of funds raised to these grants and programs. Rather than set up new projects on its own, Elephant Cooperation partners with existing NGOs already doing productive work in elephant conservation. Its role is to act on behalf of its partners, raising money and other aid in America by utilizing its proven business skills and building donor relationships.

“We save lives every day at Shoes for Crews because we make shoes designed specifically to keep hard workers safe on their feet,” said CEO Stuart Jenkins. “While I didn’t expect to be saving the lives of elephants, we are all thrilled that our mission of safety aligns so well with Elephant Cooperation and that we have this opportunity to keep the elephants safe too.”

About Shoes For Crews

Shoes For Crews is the category creator and leading designer and marketer of slip-resistant footwear worldwide. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, Shoes For Crews began producing slip-resistant footwear in 1984. Through its superior outsole technology, the Company quickly became the industry leader. Shoes For Crews strives to create a safer workplace in all industries where floor hazards are a reality. The high-performance culinary footwear brand MOZO and the work boot brand ACE are also part of the Shoes For Crews family of brands. President and CEO Stuart Jenkins, a footwear industry veteran with 38 years of experience, joined the company in February 2016 and has since brought in a seasoned design and development team. The Shoes For Crews team’s focus is to deliver the ultimate in slip-resistant outsole technology and unmatched comfort with classic and fashion styling, through a complete line of footwear designed to bring each employee home safely at the end of the shift, whether they work in food service, hospitality, industrial, healthcare or other workplace environments. For more information on Shoes For Crews, visit

About Elephant Cooperation

The brainchild of Scott Struthers, a successful California-based entrepreneur and son of a biologist, Elephant Cooperation is a non-profit devoted to raising awareness of the African elephant crisis. The organization empowers neighboring communities and supports existing conservation groups in order to tackle the issue on multiple fronts—protection, awareness, efficiency and community. The organization’s goal is to develop projects/cooperation across NGOs to use as best practices and common resources while focusing on donor relationships. Anyone wanting to support and learn more about Elephant Cooperation projects can visit

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Social Responsibility Key For Business Success, Finds EIU Study

  • 70% of entrepreneurs say it is more important now to be known to be socially responsible than it was 5 years ago.
  • Unlike consumers, entrepreneurs around the world rank economic growth as the issue for which they are most personally passionate.
  • 42% of entrepreneurs say social media will be the most important business tool in the next 5 years, ahead of big data and mobile payments.

Press Release – A new report released today from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) finds that entrepreneurs are more passionate than consumers about global economic and policy issues. Their businesses are heavily influenced by social causes and their growth is foremost reliant on global expansion and social media connectivity. The report is based on two parallel surveys that consider the perspectives of young entrepreneurs compared to the general public.

An Entrepreneur’s Perspective: Today’s world through the eyes of the young innovator“, sponsored by FedEx, aims to better understand the future of growing businesses and the leaders behind them. The survey addressed topics of globalisation, technology and social responsibility.

The study finds that many entrepreneurs credit social media for recent business growth and say it will remain the most important technology for their business for the next five years. Consumers, interestingly, don’t think social media will remain as relevant in the next five years.

Further, although the entrepreneur and public groups surveyed have differences in opinion about the benefits of globalisation and technology, both say social responsibility matters more today than it did five years ago. Two-thirds of entrepreneurs call it essential to the success of their business, and most claim they have passed up a business opportunity that did not align with their values.

“Entrepreneurs and the public are united with enthusiasm for social responsibility,” said Josselyn Simpson, editorial director for The Economist Intelligence Unit. “Though the two groups disagree on the priority of some social issues, the overall goal of doing good and doing well is one they share. It is most encouraging to see leaders are prioritising values that align with consumer concerns.”

About the research

The EIU conducted two surveys in 2017, one of more than 500 entrepreneurs globally, age 25-50, and a similar survey of the general public in similar geographies.

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LARKR Mental Health App Donating $50,000 of Free Therapy Sessions for Students Affected by Parkland Shooting

Press Release – Parkland, FL – February 15, 2018 – In the wake of yesterday’s tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, mental health app LARKR is donating up to $50,000 in free therapy sessions over the next week for students involved or impacted by the shooting. LARKR co-founders Shawn and Christianne Kernes are former residents of Parkland, who were active in the community and whose daughter previously attended the school.

Since the tragedy also impacts family, friends, school children, teachers and others all across the country, LARKR is also offering subsidized, deeply discounted sessions for anyone nationwide affected by the tragedy.

“It’s utterly terrifying when this kind of horror comes to a place so close to your heart. This isn’t just close to home, this is home,” said Shawn Kernes. “Chris and I want to do all that we can to help those in need at this incredibly trying time, which is why we are offering free therapy for students and personally subsidizing sessions on LARKR for anyone affected by these awful events.”

The LARKR app is free to download on the Apple App Store. Students can use the code “MSDStrong” for free sessions over the coming week, while others can use the code “douglas” for $40 off an $85, 50-minute session with a licensed therapist on the platform. The service is available to anyone over the age of 13 and multi-user sessions are available if couples or parents and children want to participate together.

In addition to the discounted therapy sessions, LARKR also offers a number of free self-care and mental wellness tools, including guided meditations.

LARKR’s network does have a limited capacity at this time, so the company is encouraging any licensed therapists in Florida or anywhere across the country who are interested in helping others through this difficult time, to sign up for the platform today in order to assist with these efforts.

“I’m proud to be a therapist and LARKR Co-Founder, but am a Douglas mom first and foremost,” said Chris Kernes. “Our hearts go out to everyone affected, and we want the community to know that we are here for them and will do whatever we can to ensure that everyone gets the help they need.”

Parkland, which consistently ranks as one of most affluent and safest cities in Florida and is renowned for its A-rated schools, was home yesterday to one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern times, with 17 people killed at the city’s high school.


LARKR is a groundbreaking new start-up poised to revolutionize mental health care in America by eliminating the barriers that keep approximately 60% of Americans from receiving the help they need. LARKR provides on-demand talk therapy with licensed practitioners through an easy-to-use mobile video platform, widening the reach of mental health care. Through LARKR, patients can arrange multi-user conferences to accommodate group therapy sessions. Additional mindfulness and self-care features of the app include guided meditations – Therapy Corner, a mood tracker – My Story, and a daily good deed challenge – Be The Change. For more information, visit

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Lokai Launches Split Purple Limited Edition Bracelet To Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association

Inspiring both those living with the disease and their caregivers to stay hopeful

Press Release – NEW YORK – February 2018Lokai, the socially responsible balance brand representing the importance of finding balance along life’s journey, announced a new limited edition, split purple bracelet to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association®. This is the second time that Lokai has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Assocaition to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

From February 8th to March 8th, Lokai will donate $1 from every Split Purple Lokai to help the Alzheimer’s Association fund their mission of eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, providing and enhancing care and support for all affected, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

“When I learned my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I hit a low. It was in that low, where the idea of Lokai began,” said Steven Izen, Founder and CEO of Lokai. “During our first partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2016, Lokai was able to fully fund five research grants. This year, we are looking to continue to fund their full mission to support the fight to end Alzheimer’s.”

The Split Purple Lokai further symbolizes the importance of finding balance through life’s highs and lows. The two different colored sides represent the people who are affected by Alzheimer’s: those with the disease and those who are the caregivers and loved ones.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful for Lokai’s continued support to raise funds and awareness towards our mission,” said Donna McCullough, Chief Development Officer. “More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and there are more than 15 million friends and family members caring for them. With these numbers only set to increase, the urgency to support both research and care and support programs has never been greater.”

The Split Purple Lokai retails for $18 and is available on and select retailers nationwide.


The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.


Lokai is a socially responsible lifestyle brand that represents the importance of finding balance along life’s journey. Steven Izen founded the company in 2013, on the heels of a deeply emotional and transformative experience. Realizing that life is a cycle of highs and lows, he grew to appreciate the importance of remaining both humble and hopeful. The company infuses its trademark bracelets with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on Earth – water from Mt. Everest and mud from the Dead Sea. The Lokai lifestyle is devoted to finding balance, sharing success during life’s peaks and gaining perspective during lows. Lokai supports this message by donating 10% of net profits to various charitable organizations. Since launching, Lokai is sold in over 160 countries. Please visit for more information.

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Hotel Zoe San Francisco Announces 2018 Charity Drive Benefitting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Proceeds Will Primarily Benefit Music Therapy for Children

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 7, 2018) Hotel Zoe San Francisco, a luxury boutique hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf, is proud to announce a new partnership benefitting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital for 2018. Guests of the 221-room hotel are encouraged to give back by dropping off their room key cards in a dedicated drop box, located in the hotel lobby upon departure. For every key card that is returned, Hotel Zoe has pledged to donate $1 to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, to benefit music therapy and other important programs that bring smiles to kids in need. Additionally, guests can make a positive impact by utilizing the ‘Hotel Zoe Gives Hope’ rate at booking, which donates five percent of all revenue booked back to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

“We’re proud to support the people, programs and services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital,” said Nikki Carlson, General Manager at Hotel Zoe. “Through this campaign, Hotel Zoe guests will have the opportunity to provide essential services simply by returning their keys or booking a special rate code, making supporting this important organization as seamless as possible.”

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more than a century, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital have offered the highest quality medical treatment and are recognized throughout the world as a leader in health care, known for innovation, technology and compassionate care. Their San Francisco’s Peterson Family Foundation Music Therapy Program is a pillar of their Child Life Creative Arts Program. The team consists of board certified music therapists Matthew Logan and Brianna Negrete. Music therapy at UCSF is grounded in the most up-to-date research in music and medicine.

The new donation campaign falls in line with the hotel’s commitment to supporting local causes. For the 2017 holiday season, Hotel Zoe offered guests the opportunity to purchase Miette gingerbread house kits made from the bakery’s famous gingersnap cookie dough, with a portion of the proceeds from sales benefitting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. In addition, guests staying at the hotel were able to order a Christmas tree on-demand to enjoy in their guestroom, with portions of the proceeds from the tree on-demand sales went to The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot, to help provide under-privileged youth in the Bay Area.

Hotel Zoe is centrally located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf at 425 North Point Street – on the edge of North Beach and one block from the Bay and Taylor Street Cable Car turn-around. Please visit for more information.

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts

A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 15 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning the U.S. From the historic passenger Napa Valley Wine Train, to luxury resorts in Seattle, Wash. Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. Noble House is continuously growing, operating 43 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings. Noble House Hotels & Resorts has long-standing ties to the Bay Area, including management and ownership of the Argonaut Hotel, the Napa Valley Wine Train and the River Terrace Inn. With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance.

For more information, visit or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877.NOBLE.TRIP.

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Kool Smiles Launches K-5 Classroom Grant Program to Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month

Leading Children’s Dental Health Provider Will Award Five $1,000 Grants to K-5 Educators Who Promote Positive Dental Health Habits in the Classroom

Press Release – ATLANTA – In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month this February, leading children’s dental health provider Kool Smiles today announced it will award five $1,000 classroom grants to K-5 teachers who go above and beyond in promoting dental health and education in the classroom.

Submissions for the My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program will be accepted online from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2018. Educators who would like to apply or members of the community interested in nominating an educator can find application information and entry guidelines at:

“Kool Smiles created the classroom grant program as a way to support teachers who are passionate about educating children on the importance of dental health,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. “We hope this program highlights the significant role educators play in promoting dental health and supports their efforts to encourage children to adopt positive dental habits early on in life.”

Eligible teachers who apply or are nominated must be actively teaching K-5 classrooms at a public, private, charter or approved home school program in the United States. All submissions should include either an example of a dental lesson plan or details about how healthy dental habits are being promoted in their classroom. Submissions may be delivered via video, essay or photo format.

All applicants are advised to carefully review the official rules before applying. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of Kool Smiles clinical leaders and Benevis team members. The five winners will be notified by email on March 16, 2018.

The Kool Smiles classroom grant program is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation. For more information, please visit

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Local Food Banks Receive 3.7 Million Meals From Raley’s Food For Families Holiday Bag Drive

This year’s donation marks a 29 percent increase over last year, and totals nearly $4 million worth of donated food

Press Release – WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For more than 140,000 families in communities surrounding Raley’s stores, this holiday season was a more fulfilling one. This year’s annual Raley’s Food For Families holiday bag drive, which provides wholesome food for northern California and Nevada families, culminated in a donation of 3,759,535 meals, representing a 29% increase over last year.

The Raley’s Food For Families holiday bag drive, in its 31st year, is an initiative that takes place across Raley’s family of stores to help nourish its community. From November 1 through December 31, Raley’s customers were encouraged to donate $10 for a bag of groceries worth almost $30 retail. The result: a historic drive, resulting in 144,597 total bags donated. Altogether, Raley’s customers donated $1,445,970, and Raley’s contributed more than $2.5 million- totaling more than $4 million in food donated!

Each holiday bag was comprised of more than 23 pounds of nourishing and good-for-you foods; enough to feed a family of four 26 meals. Raley’s team members specifically selected nutritious items for the bag that met one or more of the company’s Shelf Guide labels. In fact, 80 percent of the items met Raley’s nutrient-dense and minimally processed attributes. Items in the bag ranged from a gallon of milk and fresh bananas and potatoes to whole grain penne pasta and Raley’s Purely Made organic pasta sauce.

“Year after year, Raley’s goes above and beyond in supporting our families with quality food they can feel good about eating. This season’s donations are no different. And while we’re grateful for help over the holidays, hunger is a problem year-round,” says Dave Martinez, Executive Director of Placer Food Bank. “We thank Raley’s and its customers for being committed to helping our members’ health throughout the entire year.”

All of Raley’s 122 stores that were open at the time of the holiday bag program participated. They each worked with local food bank partners to distribute the bags to those in need in the community. Raley’s Food For Families accepts donations all year to cater to the needs of their nearby food banks.

“I cannot say enough how proud I am of Raley’s customers and team members for providing such tremendous support to the annual bag drive. The results demonstrate the power of teamwork and banding together to donate nourishing and much-needed food to bring health and happiness to our community,” said Becca Whitman, Community Relations Manager for Raley’s & Executive Director for Raley’s Food for Families.

The customers are the real heroes that Raley’s commends for stepping up to help their fellow community members. Raley’s could not have put food on as many tables or fed as many mouths without the support of the community. Over the past few weeks, a few customers have shared their inspiring stories:

  • Pauline Litchfield from Yuba City, CA, gathered her entire months’ worth of tips from her job to donate 7 bags to the drive.
  • Nob Hill Checker David Watkins donated more than 100 plush teddy bears (purchased by his customers) to children at local organizations like Santa Clara Medical, Kaiser Permanente and Argonaut Elementary School. Raley’s sells the teddy bears for $10 to fundraise for the Food For Families program.
  • TaxAudit, a partner of Raley’s Food For Families, had 76 team members participate in a Turkey Trot scavenger hunt to gather and pack 100 bags of food. Through their efforts, they felt they could make an impact in their local community during the holiday season.
  • Raley’s combined top ten checkers in this drive raised 321,776 meals for their communities, representing almost 10% of the total meals raised.

Raley’s Food For Families program runs 365 days of the year to cater to those in need. For more information and to learn how to donate, visit

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BREAST CANCER, EXPOSED: AnaOno x #Cancerland Returns to New York Fashion Week With Fearless Army of Breast Cancer Patients, Previvor to Metastatic

Press Release – New York, NY Feb 5, 2018AnaOno, the leading lingerie and loungewear line designed for breast cancer survivors, by a breast cancer survivor, is thrilled to return to Art Hearts Fashion New York Fashion Week this February, a philanthropic-minded runway collective showcasing both emerging and established designers. The much anticipated follow up to AnaOno’s ground-breaking NYFW debut in 2017, this year’s show will again be held in partnership with #Cancerland: a New York based non-profit dedicated to changing the conversation about metastatic breast cancer through the honest voices of those living with the disease every day. An army of thirty courageous individuals diagnosed with varying stages of breast cancer will take the runway clad in AnaOno’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, previvor to stage I to stage IV metastatic, showcasing the beauty, strength and determination of those living with the disease while boldly redefining what it means to be a breast cancer patient. AnaOno x #Cancerland 2.0 will take place at Art Hearts Fashion New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 11th at 1:00pm, at the Angel Orensanz Center (172 Norfolk Street) on the Lower East Side.

AnaOno Designer and Breast Cancer Thriver, Dana Donofree, is honored to send her Spring/Summer 2018 Collection down the runway on a powerful, diverse group of individuals, ranging from athletes to musicians, educators to activists, age 20 to over 50. Encompassing varying stages of breast cancer diagnoses, surgery and reconstruction choices as well as surgical scarring, all thirty patients walking the show are set to bravely expose the reality of breast cancer alongside their own strength and determination in fighting through the battle. Says Donofree:

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show that these inspiring individuals walking our runway are no different than any other person walking New York Fashion Week, or sitting in the audience or even riding the subway or walking into your neighborhood coffee shop. We want to show that whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a genetic marker, have breasts or have none, have visible scarring or even tattoos in place of nipples, it doesn’t matter. You are still empowered, strong and sexy!”

Looks going down the runway include a game-changing, debut silhouette from AnaOno, a Flat & Fabulous Bra specifically designed for women who choose to remain flat post-mastectomy – the first of its kind to ever hit the market. Brand new AnaOno Sport and Swimwear collections will also make their debut, shown alongside the brand’s signature lingerie and loungewear styles.

AnaOno x #Cancerland 2.0 is proudly held in collaboration with #Cancerland, whose inimitable founder Champagne Joy sadly lost her own battle against metastatic breast cancer in the spring of last year. Says Beth Fairchild, Board Co-Chair of #Cancerland:

“It’s such an amazing thing to have these individuals walking the runway at NYFW, and not in just any lingerie, but made specifically for their unique bodies. What an empowering thing to walk that runway and own what you have! Cancer takes and takes from us, but the important thing is that we’re all here and we’re all alive and we own our new normal. This year is going to be especially difficult because we are forced to carry on without our beloved Champagne Joy. She led the charge for our movement to remove the pink shroud obscuring the realities of living with and dying from breast cancer. We’re going to show the world that as patients, we stand together. WE are the dangerous ones and we will no longer die silently.”

An otherwise invitation-only event, a select amount of tickets to AnaOno x #Cancerland 2.0 are now open to the public. 100% of all ticket sales will go to directly benefit breast cancer patients through #Cancerland, currently available from $35.00 (General Admission) to $250.00 (VIP Front Row) via EventBrite.

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Arjuna Capital: BNY Mellon Joins Bank Of America, Citi & Wells Fargo As 4th Bank In 4 Weeks Working To Close Gender Pay Gap

4 Down, 5 to Go: Surge of Banks Responding to Shareholder Pressure on Gender Pay Picks Up Steam; Which Bank Will Be Next to Address Gender Equity … And Which Will Be the Laggard?

Natasha Lamb, Arjuna Capital: “Despite recent attention to equal pay on Wall Street, women are still 20 percent more likely to leave a career in finance than any other industry.”

Press Release – BOSTON AND NEW YORK CITY (February 6, 2018) – In less than a month, four of the biggest banks and financial institutions in the U.S. have disclosed efforts to remedy gender pay inequity. Responding to shareholder proposals from Arjuna Capital calling for detailed reports and wage data disclosure, the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) – the world’s largest custodian bank and asset servicing company – became the fourth bank since January 15th to agree to close both its gender and racial pay gaps. In response, Arjuna Capital withdrew its shareholder proposal at BNY Mellon.

Four of the nine banks and financial companies targeted by Arjuna Capital on gender pay equity have now taken action, measuring and ameliorating pay practices on key measures to the vicinity of 99 percent since facing shareholder pressure. On January 15th, Citigroup took the step of being the first US bank to disclose its gender pay gap through an internal announcement and salary adjustments. Bank of America quickly joined Citi on January 25,th becoming the second leading U.S. financial institution to address shareholder concerns on gender and racial pay equity. Wells Fargo made a similar announcement on Thursday, February 1.

In 2016, six of the originally targeted institutions — Bank of America, MasterCard, American Express, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citi — all rejected shareholder proposals asking for detailed reports on the percentage pay gap between male and female employees across race and ethnicity, including base, bonus and equity compensation, policies to address that gap, the methodology used, and quantitative reduction targets. This year, Arjuna Capital filed gender pay equity shareholder proposals at nine leading financial institutions, also asking Bank of New York Mellon, Reinsurance Group, and Progressive Insurance to publish their gender pay gaps.

Natasha Lamb, managing partner, Arjuna Capital said: “Investors are demanding gender pay equity on Wall Street and we have no intention of easing up. This is not just about paying women a fair wage, it’s about transforming an industry that has overlooked and mistreated women for far too long. Women are 20 percent more likely to leave a career in finance than any other industry—that’s bad for business and it’s bad for investors. Equal pay is therefore a critical first step to retain and attract top talent. And despite recent attention to equal pay in the banking world, we know other problems remain entrenched, such as few women on boards and sexual harassment in the workplace.”

In its disclosure Bank of Mellon said: “At BNY Mellon, we are committed to providing equal pay for equal work. We plan to continue our review of pay practices to further this goal and, if necessary, to make adjustments, as appropriate.”

Lamb continued: “Many women in banking are getting long-overdue raises as this campaign rolls through the banking sector. After engaging these companies for over a year, it is clear that progress is being made. Unfortunately, women still hold the majority of lower-paying positions, while men dominate the executive suite. And while current disclosures show improvement based on an adjusted ‘equal pay for equal work’ basis, there is still work to be done to close the ‘median’ pay gaps at these companies. Step one is paying women fairly for the work they are doing now. Step two is moving those women to higher paying positions and reaping the performance benefits that more diverse leadership affords.”

Today’s step by BNY Mellon is noteable for several reasons, including the fact that the historic financial instituition – which dates back in part to two of the founders of the United States – handles $1.8 trillion in assets under management and $32.2 trillion in assets under custody as of December 2017.

The Arjuna Capital gender pay shareholder resolution at BNY Mellon is available online at: ( The BNY disclosure letter is available at: ( And the letter withdrawing the resolution at BNY Mellon is available at: (

In 2015, Arjuna Capital created a model shareholder campaign for addressing gender pay issues in the technology sector. Eight of nine proposals were eventually approved by tech giants to disclose and close their gender pay gaps. Last year, Arjuna shifted its focus to women in finance.

The financial services sector has been under scrutiny for a lack of female representation in senior roles despite the fact women comprise a majority of its employees. In the UK, where employers are required to publish their gender pay gaps by April, banking peers have reported median pay gaps averaging 24 percent.

Arjuna Capital is an investment firm focused on sustainable and impact investing. Lamb and Arjuna Capital have been recognized for using shareholder resolutions to promote gender pay equity in the tech, banking, and retail sectors. Natasha Lamb was named to the “Bloomberg 50” list of influencers who defined global business in 2017. For more information, visit

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“Erase The Hate” Announces “Change Makers” Selected For Social Impact Campaign’s Innovative Accelerator Program

Nonprofit Start-ups For Erase The Hate Accelerator Include Athlete Ally (NY, NY), The Better Arguments Project (Washington, DC and Boston, MA), Data For Black Lives (Boston, MA), EmbraceRace (Amherst, MA), Equality For HER (Brooklyn, NY) and Pathos Labs (Denver, CO)

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY; FEBRUARY 5, 2018 – Erase The Hate, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s social impact campaign recently launched to fight hate and inequality in America, has announced the six nonprofit start-up Change Makers chosen for its inaugural Erase The Hate Accelerator program. The Accelerator, a central component of the overall campaign, is an innovative program that identifies, supports and funds emerging activists – Change Makers – and fast-tracks their ideas toward greater impact. It provides grants; coaching and mentorship from leaders in the field, including the campaign’s Advisory Council members; and skill-based support from the NBCU Cable Entertainment’s Employee Volunteer Corps.

Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, founded Erase the Hate at USA Network more than two decades ago. Now she is leveraging her entire portfolio of top cable networks, studios and digital businesses to amplify Erase The Hate’s mission to encourage a new generation to take action against hate, intolerance and inequality in America. Erase The Hate is proud to partner with the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Civic Nation, to help carry out this mission.

Erase The Hate will host the Change Makers in New York City beginning Monday, February 5th, for an Accelerator immersion week with a curriculum custom-built to address the needs of each organization. The week will include workshops focused on strategic planning, rapid prototyping, fundraising and storytelling, as well as featured guest speakers: Brittany Packnett; Nick Fellers, Founder & President of ForImpact; and Chip Heath, Stanford professor and author. Change Makers will also meet with mentors and funding advisors including the members of the Erase The Hate Advisory Council, and be teamed with Erase The Hate Employee Volunteer Corps members, Cable Entertainment employees who have raised their hands to provide ongoing targeted, skill-based support for each Change Maker. The Accelerator immersion is being facilitated by Uncharted, a nonprofit organization that works with entrepreneurs to tackle complex social issues.

“These six groups are tackling the kinds of systemic change it will take to create an America where everyone feels safe from hate and discrimination,” said Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Alliances at Teach For America and Erase The Hate Advisory Council member. “Supporting these Change Makers will only take their great work to the next level, and hopefully inspire even more Americans to do their part and join this critical movement.”

The six Erase The Hate Accelerator Change Makers are:

  • Athlete Ally (New York, NY)
    Athlete Ally educates and activates athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports, and to use their platforms to speak out for LGBTQ equality locally and globally. The program was founded by Hudson Taylor, a three-time All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland. Since its founding, Athlete Ally has attracted more than 150 professional and Olympic athletes as Ambassadors of the organization; established student-run Athlete Ally chapters with over 50 colleges and universities; and continues to organize athletes, teams and leagues to advance LGBTQ inclusion within sport and under the law.
  • The Better Arguments Project (Washington, DC and Boston, MA)
    The Better Arguments Project equips Americans to reach across political, cultural and economic divides to have arguments that bring us closer together rather than drive us further apart. The project centers on the simple idea that America doesn’t need fewer arguments, it needs better arguments, encouraging people to understand themselves and each other, ask great questions, and learn how to talk as well as listen. With a special focus on high school students, the program is a collaboration between two non-profits: The Aspen Institute Program on Citizenship and American Identity; and Facing History and Ourselves.
  • Data for Black Lives (Boston, MA)
    Data for Black Lives (D4BL) inspires people with expertise in science and tech to put their knowledge to work fighting discrimination and promoting equality. The program, co-founded by Yeshimabeit Milner, Lucas Mason-Brown and Max Clermont, seeks to build a network of “movement scientists” — scientists, engineers, coders and mathematicians committed to using data to create measurable, positive change in the lives of black people.
  • EmbraceRace (Amherst, MA)
    EmbraceRace supports parents, caregivers, educators and other caring adults to raise children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race. The organization was founded by Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas, whose experience as social justice workers and educators, and as partners and parents to children of color, inspired them to create this community of support and to identify, curate and create the kind of tools they struggled to find for themselves. Through resources, discussions and networks, EmbraceRace aims to foster resilience in children of color and to nurture cross-racial inclusivity and empathy in all children, to raise kids who think critically about race and racialized patterns of inequity, and to support kids and adults to be racial justice advocates for all children.
  • Equality for HER (Brooklyn, NY)
    Equality for HER empowers those who identify as women to combat violence and inequality. The effort was founded by Blair Imani, whose experience as a black, bisexual, Muslim woman inspired her to create a platform for the voices and perspectives of women who don’t fit neatly into traditional identity boxes. By creating resources, lesson plans, toolkits and explainers on key issues facing people who identify as women — from sexual assault and interpersonal violence to gender diversity — Imani hopes to invite more Americans into the conversation, and to chart the path toward a more inclusive world.
  • Pathos Labs (Denver, CO)
    Pathos Labs creates empathy-based virtual reality experiences to challenge assumptions and increase interpersonal understanding. Founder Romain Vak, the son of Iranian and French immigrants, believes that when we engage with those with whom we might not otherwise interact, perspectives and biases begin to change. Building on the success of its previous VR experiences (“Strangers,” and “My Beautiful Home”), Pathos’ upcoming film project, “The Other,” with its accompanying curriculum, seeks to bring viewers face-to-face with those who represent different identities in America.

Erase The Hate’s Advisory Council, thought leaders who are helping to combat prejudice on critical fronts, worked together to select the six Change Makers. The council members are: Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Wadi Gaitan, Press Secretary, The LIBRE Initiative; Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition; Garrett Johnson, Co-founder and Executive Director, Lincoln Network; Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Perception Institute; Suhail A. Khan, Senior Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement and Director of External Affairs at Microsoft Corporation; Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino; Janice Min, Strategist, Eldridge Industries; Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS, Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist and Commentator, Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach For America; Ashley Spillane, Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund; and Brian Walker, Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director, Color of Change.

Visit to learn more about the campaign, the Accelerator and the Change Maker organizations.

Originally launched at USA Network in 1994 by a team led by Bonnie Hammer, Erase the Hate was an Emmy Award-winning social impact campaign founded to combat hate and discrimination in America. The new Erase The Hate has been reinvented in urgent, timely and impactful ways to address inequality and the epidemic of hate spreading at an unprecedented pace online and in our communities, and to support and encourage action taken by a new generation. The campaign now extends across Hammer’s entire Cable Entertainment portfolio which includes USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment, and Universal Kids, as well as Hollywood studios Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, and digital businesses Craftsy and Priv.

About NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is a portfolio of top cable brands comprising two entities: The Entertainment Networks group including USA Network and SYFY; and the Lifestyle Networks group including Bravo Media, E! Entertainment, Oxygen Media, and Universal Kids. The portfolio also includes the Hollywood studios Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, and digital businesses Craftsy and Priv. NBCU Cable Entertainment is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Civic Nation

Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing some of our nation’s most pressing challenges through organizing, engagement and public awareness. It does this by working with public and private partners to build tools and campaigns that turn great ideas into action. Civic Nation’s newest initiative, to combat hate and promote greater understanding among people in the United States, is sponsored by the Democracy Fund.

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