The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) recently named the Charleston Food Reclamation Room in honor of the Hendrick Automotive Group.
The LCFB Reclamation Room is where all donated food and essential products from LCFB retail partners are inspected, sorted and prepared for distribution to food insecure neighbors.
Hendrick Automotive Group has donated money and Hendrick’s associates have donated their time to the LCFB for eight years and organized more than 30 Easter and Thanksgiving meal drives for Lowcountry neighbors who do not have access to food for holiday meals.
Through this feeding drive, Hendrick’s teammates purchased, collected, and distributed more than 600,000 meals. In addition to a commitment to serving others through holiday meals, they packed thousands of lunchboxes and raised more than $ 118,000 to support the LCFB mission: Leading the fight against hunger in South Carolina’s coastal counties.
“Hendrick Automotive Group contributes to the LCFB year after year, even in times of pandemics or natural disasters,” said Nick Osborne, President and CEO of LCFB. “Their donation goes directly to our community who needs food the most. Hendrick’s fellow dealers and volunteers make a big difference to the people we serve, and we really appreciate their generosity. “
Hendrick Automotive Group executive Don Smith, director of public relations, and Cali Young, director of Hendrick’s loyalty and reputation, attended the opening of the LCFB Hendrick Reclamation Room and expressed their gratitude and support for the fight against hunger in Lowcountry.
Hendrick Cares, founded in 2001, is a corporate social responsibility program. This program helps companies unite, engage, and make a difference in the communities it serves across the US.
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributes more than 39 million pounds of food by 2020. It helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including on-site food programs, homeless shelters and emergency food kitchens. For more information, visit the Lowcountry Food Bank website.
BERLIN – Germany will force companies to screen suppliers for environmental and human rights abuses, such as illegal mining and child labor, in a move that some companies say will be difficult to enforce and could make them less competitive internationally.
The bill is part of a broader movement in Europe to force companies to ensure that European legal, environmental and rights standards are upheld by suppliers outside the bloc.
European governments are reacting to pressure from human rights and environmental lobbyists, who have pressured them to do more to force companies to oversee their supply chains and get rid of abuses in the manufacture of products from batteries to electric cars and smartphones, to clothing from sports. -good brand.
“From today, it is clear that high standards apply not only to German workshops and German factories,” said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. “We protect workers all over a supply chain spanning the globe. “
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Under the bill, which was adopted by the government on Wednesday and which must now be approved by parliament, every German-based company with 3,000 employees or more has two years to set up compliance procedures to monitor and stop abuses in its supply chain. They should also set up a warning system that allows third parties and victims to report abuse safely.
If passed, the law will affect up to 2,500 companies. Then, by 2024, its reach will extend to any company with 1,000 employees or more, affecting a large part of German industry.
Companies with annual revenues of more than 400 million euros, the equivalent of about $ 484 million, failing to meet the requirements could face fines of up to 2% of annual sales. Offenders can also be excluded from public tenders for up to three years.
“For some companies, this could mean economic ruin,” said Bertram Kawlath, head of Schubert & Salzer GmbH, an intermediate supplier of valves, alloys and other technical equipment to the automotive and textile industries, which employs about 350 people.
Though too small to be directly affected by the bill, Mr. Kawlath worries that his company and other small and medium-sized companies could incur additional costs to provide documentation to their large customers to prove they are playing by the rules.
“They will expect me that I document that I can rule out every human rights violation and in the end, I have all the bureaucracy I have to take care of,” he said.
The bill specifically cites problems, such as the alleged use of child labor in Asian textile factories, which have plagued fashion and sporting goods makers. He also cited allegations of slaves and child labor in illegal mines extracting materials such as cobalt which is used by the German auto industry in batteries for electric vehicles.
The board member, in charge of law and compliance, said the initiative strikes a good balance, with sanctions for violations without going any further to create more opportunities for civil litigation against companies. The trend to hold companies accountable to human rights standards is growing, he said.
“It’s a trend around the world to make sure there are basic standards that everyone doing business in a particular country is meeting,” he said.
Led by the US, countries around the world have introduced more laws prohibiting bribery and money laundering.
“So why not human rights,” he said.
German companies warned that additional national and bureaucratic laws would put them at a disadvantage in competition.
“Every law must be multilateral and at least occur at the European level to effectively address the global challenges of the textile industry,” said Stefan Pursche, spokesman
The chief executive of printing machine manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG said the bill could not be implemented and the government’s move to shift regulatory responsibility onto the shoulders of companies.
“This law will result in nothing but bureaucracy because we will not be able to see what is happening to the end of the supply chain,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer.
Human rights groups and opposition politicians who support supply chain regulation are also disappointed by a bill that they say has been facilitated significantly by industry lobbyists. They said the previous words that held companies financially responsible for violations had been weakened and the provisions allowing victims to sue companies had been removed.
“Because there is no civil accountability, the law has no teeth,” said Uwe Kekeritz, a Green Party lawmaker.
On the night of February 4, 2022, the opening ceremony in Beijing is scheduled to kick off the Winter Olympics, the second time in 14 years The Olympics will be held in China. But more than a medal will be at stake. The 2022 Olympics highlight the dilemma facing potential sponsors: The risks associated with an authoritarian regime, or forgetting the much-needed chance of gaining stardom on the global stage?
Big companies are eager to take part in the action. Visa Inc., Coca-Cola Co., and a host of other businesses will be represented in Beijing as “Olympic Partners,” the highest level of sponsorship available, a tier spanning multiple Game cycles and reserved for those who write the biggest checks and launch related marketing campaigns that most aggressive. Mars-Wrigley will also attend, handing out Snickers, “the official 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic chocolates”.
What may seem like a no-brainer – supporting a popular sporting event in a country of 1.4 billion consumers – may turn out to be a high-stakes bet. The Olympics could mark the climax trends over the years from some Western consumers, advocates and lawmakers pointing out what they perceive to be the true disadvantages of working with a country where egregious human rights abuses have been documented by US journalists and officials. At a time when a global company count on more than ever in the Chinese market, its government has proven susceptible to the slightest provocation of criticism – and is not afraid to impose economic penalties on those who cross it politically.
Supporters have asked Airbnb Inc., another Olympic Partner, why lodging is available in which countries Uighur people in Xinjiang province placed in concentration camps, subjected to forced labor and other offenses.
Airbnb is one of many companies touting itself as a model for corporate social responsibility, highlighting volunteer and non-profit outreach programs in a way that consumers increasingly consider in deciding how and where to spend their money. Regarding China, activists say, companies seem to care less.
Articles recently published in the Brazilian media on Transparency International and its national chapters contain false information about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Transparency International, Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry, and the company J&F.
Transparency International would like to clarify that, contrary to claims published in the Brazilian media, they have never received or will receive funds, either directly or indirectly, as a result of the MoU or from fines in settling corruption between the other two parties. The MoU explicitly prohibits Transparency International from accepting payments and includes a special clause to avoid conflicts of interest (Part 3).
Transparency International has never claimed a managerial role or decision-making power over funding objectives. Transparency International provides technical recommendations on governance, transparency, and best practices for accountability in the use of compensation funds originating from fines and solving corruption cases, which were published in a report in April 2019. The MoU ended in December 2019 and was not extended.
Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International, said: “We firmly reject this false accusation, and the deliberate attempt to damage the reputation of Transparency International Brazil, which has the full support of the entire Transparency International movement. It is disappointing that we were not asked for comment on the allegations before they were published. If we were given the right of reply, we could have prevented the Brazilian public from being provided with false information. ”
Transparency International and its national branch in Brazil are fully committed to supporting anti-corruption efforts in Brazil in a transparent, non-political and independent manner, which is needed now as it has happened after a serious institutional setback in the fight against corruption and reduced space for civil society.
The Czech Prime Minister is not registered as a beneficial owner in Germany
The anti-corruption organization Transparency Germany criticized the German transparency register (Transparenzregister) as having a serious loophole. A standout case illustrates this point once again: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš does not appear on the list as a shareholder of the Czech company Agrofert, even though he has an important subsidiary in Germany. It is known from the information contained in the English Persons of Significant Control and Slovakia that Andrej Babiš is the ultimate beneficiary of the Agrofert group. In Germany, however, he was able to hide his personal and economic relationships with German subsidiaries by transferring them to several trust funds. Such information is recorded by competent authorities, without proper data verification.
Stephan Klaus Ohme, finance expert at Transparency Germany:
“The lack of disclosure of beneficial ownership in the German transparency register is unacceptable because the real owners must be identifiable. This can open the door to illicit financial flows such as money laundering. The German transparency register records ownership relationships only superficially, the data are often unverified. “
In addition, exchanges with other transparency registers are not sufficient at the European level. To bring justice to a global network economy, national registers within the EU must be “synchronized”.
Transparency Germany recommends that:
Benefit ownership data must be independently verified by the competent authority;
Benefit ownership information can be accessed free of charge and prior registration;
Machine-readable dataset for large-scale register entry analysis;
The gap must be closed by allowing fictitious authorities to be reported;
The lost obligation to investigate should be corrected for the transparency register.
The Czech Agrofert Group has an important subsidiary in Germany with SKW Stickstoffwerke Piesteritz GmbH. In June 2018, Transparency International Czech Republic revealed that Babiš is the beneficial owner of Agrofert. According to a Transparency International investigation, Prime Minister Babiš is not on the German transparency list for companies based in Wittenberg. Before the introduction of the ban on the payment of EU subsidies to companies with conflicts of interest, Babiš transferred his shares to two trust funds where he was the founder and beneficiary. Through the trust fund, the Prime Minister continues to exert direct and indirect influence over the entire group of companies; among others, his wife Monika Babišová is a member of the supervisory board of funds. Together with the CEO of Agrofert Zbyněk Průša, Babišová is registered as the beneficial owner of SKW Stickstoffe Piesteritz GmbH, while her husband, the Prime Minister, is not. After that, Transparency International of the Czech Republic exposed the further conflicts of interest of Andrej Babiš, filed a number of complaints with the Czech and European Union authorities and took further legal action.
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