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CSRwire Welcomes New Members to Its Global Network of CSR News and Information

Submitted by: CSRwire

Categories: Events, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: May 04, 2009 – 08:00 AM EST


May 04 /CSRwire/ - SPRINGFIELD, MA. - May 4, 2009 - This week CSRwire welcomed Ecofactory, Kohl's Corporation, LBG Research Institute, International Labor Rights Forum, Nature's Path Organics, OIC International, University of Vermont, and BJ's Wholesale Club/BJ's Charitable Foundation.

Ecofactory is the social network for world changers. Bringing individuals environmental news while giving them a place to interact with environmentally conscientious people, makes Ecofactory a meaningful community resource.

Ecofactory also offers a green directory to help people quickly find green companies and green organizations in the local area and abroad.

Ecofactory's Green Events Calendar offers individuals an excellent resource to learn about important upcoming green events.

From its humble beginnings as a single store in 1962, Kohl's has quickly become one of the nation's largest retailers. Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Kohl's is a family-focused, value-oriented, specialty department store offering quality exclusive and national brand merchandise to the customer in an environment that is convenient, friendly and exciting. Currently, Kohl's operates stores and distribution centers in 48 states. Every year, we continue to build new stores and remodel existing locations to create an inspiring shopping experience.

At Kohl's, we also strongly believe in supporting the communities we serve. We have an active commitment to improving the health and educational opportunities for children in Kohl's communities, as well as a dedication to others in need. Kohl's dedicates our charitable efforts to improving health and educational opportunities for children through our Kohl's Cares for Kids(R) program. Kohl's Cares for Kids(R) is our way of supporting our customers and our communities by improving the lives of children.

Our mission is to empower companies to better communities through research, education and collaboration.

Through our research we educate our clients and members on the trends and best practices in various areas of community involvement. Our network of members is a place for community relations professionals from both the nonprofit and for profit sectors to share and learn from each other. The research and education together with the collaboration, helps companies create a greater impact, improving communities wherever they operate.

Millions of workers around the world toil under inhumane working conditions. In a globalized economy, corporations from developed countries produce consumer goods ranging from coffee to cellphones in poor developing countries, where they can take advantage of cheap labor and lack of environmental or community protections. Workers, including child workers, must toil extremely long hours for wages that are barely subsistence wages, and often under unsanitary and unsafe conditions. In many countries there is little or no labor law enforcement, and many workers are prevented from joining organizations to advance their interests.

Alarmingly, an estimated 211 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are compelled to work around the world. These children produce rubber, cotton, coffee and work in mines to produce goods that are traded to the United States and other developed countries. Unable to go to school, these children face little hope of escaping poverty in their future.

Advocacy for these workers is essential to ensuring their protection, strengthening their voice, and ending abuses that violate their rights and dignity. ILRF is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. ILRF serves a unique role among human rights organizations as advocates for and with working poor around the world. We believe that all workers have the right to a safe working environment where they are treated with dignity and respect, and where they can organize freely to defend and promote their rights and interests. We are committed to ending the problems of child labor, forced labor, and other abusive practices. We promote enforcement of labor rights internationally through public education and mobilization, research, litigation, legislation, and collaboration with labor, government and business groups.

Founded in 1985, Nature's Path Organic Foods is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs over 300 people at its four facilities in Canada and the United States. The privately held, family-owned company produces breakfast foods and snacks sold in specialty foods stores and retailers in 40 countries around the world. The company's innovative brands include Nature's Path(R), Flax Plus, EnviroKidz(R), Weil by Nature's Path TM, and Optimum(R).

OIC International (OICI) is a non-profit organization headquartered in the United States. Since 1970, OICI has been improving the quality of life of low-income, disadvantaged individuals through the provision of skills training, business development, health and food security programs in the developing world. OIC International wants desires to engage the private sector in each of the countries we partner with to enable individals to help thrmeslves through smart and sustainable programming and initiatives.

Over the past decade, many leading businesses have applied the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility to "do the right thing" for the planet and for people and still remain highly profitable. The question is, "How?" Through this five-day, intensive summer program, you'll learn the design, organization and management principles and practices that make an enterprise sustainable and profitable. But even more importantly, you'll apply what you've learned.

The spectacular summer setting of Burlington, Vermont – nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain and consistently ranked one of the nation's best cities for quality of life, the arts, and doing business – provides an ideal location for inspiration, insight, and immersion in creative thought led by recognized leaders in business and faculty at top-ranked University of Vermont. Like no other school, UVM leads the way in integrating green and environmentally responsible practices and has received numerous high rankings in ratings of green colleges by organizations that include Forbes Magazine, the Sustainable Endowment Institute, and Kaplan College Guide.

About BJ's Wholesale Club
BJ's Wholesale Club is dedicated to providing its members with high-quality, brand name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than the prices found at supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. BJ's offers low BJ's Member Pricing on a huge selection of groceries, top-brand apparel and accessories, small appliances, consumer electronics, fine jewelry, and other quality merchandise.

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 180 clubs and 102 gas stations in 15 eastern states. Shop online or learn more about BJ's Wholesale Club at

About BJ's Charitable Foundation
BJ's Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ’s Wholesale Clubs serve. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (food, self sufficiency and health). Since its first grant in 2005, BJ's Charitable Foundation has given more than $6.7 million to over 700 deserving organizations. In 2008, BJ's Charitable Foundation and its vendor partners donated more than $1.7 million to over 150 non-profits including a $500,000 donation from the October Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, which was divided among leading comprehensive cancer centers throughout BJ's footprint. The Foundation, with support from its vendors, has granted nearly $1.2 million through the October Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign since the campaign launch in 2006. For more information about BJ's Charitable Foundation and eligibility and application procedures, please visit,

CSRwire membership of more than 1000 organizations includes public and privately held companies, socially responsible investment funds, non governmental and non profit organizations, universities, trade associations and think tanks. The following organizations will be using CSRwire to communicate their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible activities and initiatives to a passionate and enthusiastic audience in over 200 countries.

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