Corporate sustainability gets a boost from Leeds School of Business, B Lab partnership

first_img Published: Oct. 16, 2018 • By Andrew Sorensen Businesses looking to improve their social and environmental impacts will have an easier path to get there thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility (CESR) and B Lab. B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good through B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs and software, and advocacy for benefit corporation governance structure.  Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail CESR, a center within the Leeds School of Business, will help B Lab map its B Impact Assessment, the tool that certifies companies as B Corps, to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to address global challenges such as poverty, inequality and environmental degradation.The B Impact Assessment is used by more than 60,000 businesses. It has over 1,000 indicators for companies to measure and improve their impact on workers, community, environment and customers. CESR will map those indicators to the targets underlying the U.N.’s SDGs, as well as the more than 1,500 indicators featured in the SDG Compass.The SDG Compass is a database of existing SDG performance indicators that have been collected by the U.N. Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  “This partnership with B Lab will create a tool to help companies positively impact some of the world’s biggest problems,” said Mark Meaney, CESR’s executive director. “We cannot accomplish the ambitious aims of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals without business.” What’s a B Corp?Certified B Corporations (B Corps or B Corporations for short) are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. There are over 2,600 Certified B Corps that meet the highest standards of responsible business.B Corps measure and manage their social and environmental performance using the B Impact Assessment.B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. There are more than 2,600 B Corps around the globe.“Aligning the B Impact Assessment and the Sustainable Development Goals is a natural fit—all companies looking to measure and manage their social and environmental performance should have an eye on the SDGs when they do it,” says Bart Houlahan, co-founder of B Lab. “CESR has been a leader in the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the academic community and we are excited to partner with them to advance this important work.”CESR will be mapping the B Impact Assessment questions to the SDGs through December 2018. B Lab will then incorporate the mapping into the B Impact Assessment and develop an impact management platform module scheduled for launch at the beginning of 2020.Categories:Business & EntrepreneurshipNews Headlineslast_img read more

JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director General

first_imgRelatedCrime Stop is Safe; No Compromise to its Network RelatedDouble Digit Reduction in Major Crimes JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director GeneralJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting (left), converses with Colonel Desmond Edwards of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), who will oversee and coordinate the merger of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Occasion was a press conference at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Monday, August 4, to announce the merger. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedMinister Bunting Responds to Amnesty International Story HighlightsColonel Desmond Theodore Edwards JP,MSc,MA,nsp is Colonel General Staff and is responsible for Force policy on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems, civil/military relations and publications.Colonel Edwards, a graduate of Clarendon College, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in June 1986 after completing his initial officer training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra-Dun, India.Colonel Edwards has been involved in research surrounding transnational threat entities affecting Jamaica and the wider region, and was instrumental in the drafting the National Strategy to counter transnational crime, which was commissioned by the Ministry of National Security in 2002. JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director General National SecurityAugust 4, 2014Written by: Ministry of National Security, Communications & Public Affairs Colonel Desmond Theodore Edwards JP,MSc,MA,nsp is Colonel General Staff and is responsible for Force policy on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems, civil/military relations and publications.Colonel Edwards, a graduate of Clarendon College, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in June 1986 after completing his initial officer training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra-Dun, India.During his military service Colonel Edwards held appointments of Infantry Platoon Commander, Battalion Intelligence Officer, Support Platoon Commander, Training Officer (JDF Training Depot now Military Training Wing), Infantry Company Second in Command, and Infantry Company Commander. His most recent appointment was Commanding Officer Support and Services Battalion. He also served for over fifteen years (1993 to 2008) in the HQ JDF Intelligence Unit, where he has held various appointments, including Desk Officer, Unit Second in Command and Commanding Officer.Colonel Edwards is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Advance Course at Fort Benning Georgia USA, Defence Intelligence and Security School at Ashford in Kent, UK; and the International Security Management Course at the Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University), Shrivenham, UK. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto Canada, where he successfully completed the inaugural National Security Programme.He holds a Certificate in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science Degree in Corporate Security Management from Cranfield University, and a Master of Art Degree in Defence and Security Management and Policy from the Royal Military College of CanadaColonel Edwards has been involved in research surrounding transnational threat entities affecting Jamaica and the wider region, and was instrumental in the drafting the National Strategy to counter transnational crime, which was commissioned by the Ministry of National Security in 2002.Colonel Edwards was instrumental in the establishment of the Counter Narcotics and Major Crimes Task Force (Operation Kingfish) and was the Chief of Staff of the Task Force from its inception in October 2004 until September 2006. Colonel Edwards teaches part-time on the MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies at the University of the West Indies where he lectures on ‘Security Concepts and Models’ and contemporary security issues. Colonel Edwards was awarded the medal of honour for meritorious service in 2002. His interests and hobbies are scuba diving, photography and sailing.last_img read more

UPDATED: 2 Dead in Eastern Montana Plane Crash

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. HELENA – A single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames Thursday in eastern Montana, killing both people on board, authorities said.It was the second fatal plane crash in the state this week.The Piper PA-18 Super Cub had two people on board when it took off from Miles City Thursday morning, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said.The aircraft went down in the Forsyth area and burst into flames upon impact, he said. Both people on board died.Fergus said he did not know the identities of the victims nor did he know the plane’s destination.Rosebud County Sheriff Randy Allies confirmed the two deaths, saying it was two males from Miles City. He said he did not know their ages and declined to release additional details because he had not yet reached the family of one of the deceased.An autopsy was planned for Friday.Allies said two hunters heard the airplane flying and then a loud explosion as it crashed in a remote area of pastureland near the small community of Vananda. Allies added that the crash took place in “pretty rough country” and that it took rescue crews about an hour to reach the scene.A cold front had passed moved through the area in the morning, shifting a light wind from the south to gusty winds from the north-northwest measuring 10 to 25 mph, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tesar.Light showers formed later that morning, producing wind gusts up to 40 mph, he said.It is not known whether the weather played a factor in the crash.On Monday, a single-engine plane crashed five miles west of Butte, killing a 19-year-old Montana State University student and a 61-year-old Montana Tech engineering professor. The student, Justin Robbe, was learning to fly and Richard Johnson was a partner with the aviation company the plane was registered to.A funeral service for Johnson will be held in Butte on Friday. The service for Robbe will be on Saturday. Emaillast_img read more