January 1, 2013
Jan 01

Press Release: William J. Clinton Foundation 2012 Year-End Report

New York, NY
Press Release

Clinton Foundation reaches significant milestones including nearly 5 million people benefiting from HIV/AIDS treatment, more than15,000 schools enrolled in Healthy Schools Program in the United States, progress made in economic development in Africa, Latin America, and in the fight against climate change globally, recovery in Haiti, and more than 2,300 commitments made through the Clinton Global Initiative.

New York, NY—The William J. Clinton Foundation today announced broad accomplishments in 2012 in the areas of global health, childhood obesity and health and wellness, economic opportunity, and climate and energy.

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results.

Since 2001, President Clinton’s vision and leadership have resulted in nearly 5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 51,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 2 million tons of CO2 being reduced in cities around the world. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,300 commitments that are improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries.

Some highlights — explained further in the accomplishments by initiative below — include:

  • Providing more than 47,000 cataract surgeries in Peru.
  • Reducing prices from $15 to $5 per child for the rotavirus vaccine in developing countries.
  • Launching the new Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States.
  • More than 160 new Commitments to Action made by Clinton Global Initiative members that, once fully funded, will be valued at more than $2.4 billion and positively impact nearly 22 million lives.


2012 Clinton Foundation Accomplishments


Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG)

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, is leading the charge against the childhood obesity epidemic by engaging directly with industry leaders, educators, parents, doctors, and kids.  The Alliance works to positively affect all the places that can make a difference in a child's health including homes, schools, doctors' offices, and communities.  Alliance initiatives address both the macro- and micro-level changes necessary to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.  The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to inspire young people to develop lifelong healthy habits.

2012 Alliance Highlights:

  • The Alliance’s landmark agreement with the American Beverage Association has contributed to a 90 percent reduction in calories from beverages shipped to schools between the 2004-2010 school years, according to a 2012 report published in the American Journal of Public Health released this year. As part of the Alliance’s agreement with the American Beverage Association, the vast majority of full-calorie soft drinks have been removed from schools, and the beverages available to students through school vending machines and cafeteria a la carte lines are now nutritious, age appropriately portioned, and no or low calorie.
  • This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Journal Preventing Chronic Disease published two peer-reviewed research papers on the findings from a cohort of 1,300 schools that enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program between 2007 and 2009 and were followed through 2010. Findings include:
    • Schools serving students from lower-income families and students at high risk for obesity were just as likely and — in some cases — more likely to adopt health-promoting policies as schools that served students from higher-income families.
    • Schools accessing and participating in more training and one-on-one support made the most progress in implementing policies and programs that support healthy eating and regular physical activity among students.
  • A focused analysis of a sample of 21 randomly selected schools that enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program in 2006 also showed promising indications that when schools implement the program, students’ average BMI, diet and physical activity improve:
    • Children’s average BMI decreased significantly, bringing more kids into a healthy weight range, between 2007-2008 and 2009-2010.
    • Decreases were found primarily among middle school students, and decreases were similar for both genders and across ethnic groups.
    • Elementary and middle school children drank significantly fewer sugar-sweetened beverages in the 2009-2010 school year than in the 2007-2008 school year
    • Schools that improved their competitive food and beverage policies saw the largest declines in average BMI.
    • All students reported spending more time in physical education in 2009-2010 than in 2007-2008.
  • The Alliance collaborated with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation on a new book featuring month-by-month, smart and simple tips from moms, dads and kids on tough topics like eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages, getting kids to eat more vegetables and increasing physical activity and it is available at no cost, in both English and Spanish. President Clinton wrote the book’s foreword, and Susan Dell narrates the book.


 Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is implementing programs that create and advance solutions to the root causes of climate change — while also helping to reduce our reliance on oil, saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies. CCI, in partnership with the C40 Climate Leadership Group (C40), focuses on helping large cities reduce their carbon emissions. Other programs aim to increase energy efficiency through building retrofits; to increase access to clean energy technology and deploy it at the government, corporate, and homeowner levels; and to reverse deforestation by preserving and regrowing forests.

2012 CCI Highlights:

  • In April, the State Government of Gujarat announced that CCI 's work on a solar park in India is generating electricity from the first 214 mega-watts. This is the first stage in a 1000 mega-watt solar park.  CCI's role has been to act as overall and financial advisers to the state and national governments for the project.
  • In Latin America, the C40-CCI Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program completed bus testing in participating cities Bogota, Curitiba, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This landmark program builds the business case for investment in clean bus technologies on a regional scale.  It aims to reduce the carbon footprint of public transportation in Latin America, and develop a market for fuel efficient, low-carbon buses in the region.
    • Final results establish that hybrid and electric bus technology is more fuel-efficient and produces fewer local air pollutants and greenhouse gases than conventional diesel buses, while key findings of the program’s economic analysis demonstrate the lower life-cycle cost of low carbon buses.
  • In 2012, C40 added 5 new member cities from around the word: Oslo, Vancouver, Venice, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. Representing megacities as well as innovative smaller cities, the new additions bring total C40 membership to 63.
  • In Arkansas, CCI operates the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) program, which helps local businesses and their employees reduce their energy use and related utility expenses through energy efficiency building retrofits.  In 2012, CCI HEAL’s residential and commercial retrofits resulted in a reduction of 2,742 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.  CCI has completed 234 deep residential retrofits and 4 commercial energy retrofits including L’Oreal, USA, the Arlington Hotel, Hendrix College, and Friendship Community Care.


Clinton Development Initiative (CDI)

The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) works to give smallholder farmers in Rwanda and Malawi the tools they need to increase their harvests and incomes and support their families and communities. In close collaboration with farmers and nongovernmental organizations, and at the invitation of the governments of Malawi and Rwanda, these programs provide access to better farming inputs and more stable markets – and ensure that communities can ultimately sustain themselves. CDI in Malawi is supported financially by the Salida Capital Foundation, and CDI in Rwanda is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Hunter Foundation.

2012 CDI Highlights:

  • CDI is in its fifth season operating its successful Anchor Farm Project, and operates five commercial farms in western Malawi – up from one farm in previous years – growing soya, maize, and groundnuts.  CDI currently works with 21,000 smallholder farmers near the commercial farms to grow additional soya.
  • Smallholder farmers in the Anchor Farm Project are experiencing an average increase in yield (kilograms/hectare) of 150% through CDI’s work and sales.  Prices for their soya have increased by 167% through direct links with processors negotiated by CDI. As a result of both productivity and market access improvements, smallholder profitability was 567% higher in 2012 than in any year since the project has been in operation.
  • This year, CDI was the only commercial farm operator to successfully fulfill its contract with Senwes, Limited, the second largest agricultural services company in South Africa. The contract gives smallholders a guaranteed base price and an increase in price if Malawi soya market prices rise.
  • CDI made its first seven sales of certified carbon credits generated by the planting of trees in its Trees of Hope project in Malawi. The majority share of the revenue from the sale of carbon credits will be paid out directly to the farmers in the project; the remainder will be used to expand the project to additional smallholder farmers and community groups.
  • In Rwanda, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) is making significant progress in the development of two agro-businesses, which are currently under construction:
    • A large soybean and sunflower edible cooking oil factory, which will have the capacity to process 200 metric tons of grain daily. The factory will employ over 200 permanent staff members and will create a market for soybean and sunflower for more than 100,000 smallholder farmers.
    • A coffee roasting factory, which will add value to Rwandan coffee and increase revenues to smallholder coffee farmers.


Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative (CEO)

The Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative (CEO) promotes economic growth in economically distressed and emerging communities by enlisting Americans with business expertise to help local entrepreneurs compete and succeed. CEO believes that enabling entrepreneurship is one of the strongest ways to create lasting economic growth in underserved communities because it creates jobs, promotes development, and generates wealth in those communities. By creating, implementing, and scaling sustainable models to support entrepreneurship, CEO strives to help entrepreneurs develop the strategic, management, and operational capacity to compete in the marketplace and contribute to their communities.

2012 CEO Highlights:

  • CEO works with Inc. magazine and community organizations across the country to connect small businesses within underserved communities with highly successful entrepreneurs to serve as their Mentors. Mentees participating in the program experience an average increase in workforce of 16% during their enrollment in the program, and 92% of these participants credit in CEO’s mentoring program for helping them to overcome key challenges they have faced as a result of the recession.
  • More than 600 volunteers across nine major U.S. cities have committed to long-term relationships with entrepreneurs as Mentors and Advisors.
  • In 2012, CEO completed the New York Metropolitan Area pilot of a new mentoring program for high-growth small businesses in underserved communities in partnership with UBS Wealth Management Americas. Leveraging the unique assets and infrastructure of UBS, the program provides its participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support business expansion and job growth. 


Clinton Foundation in Haiti

The Clinton Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009, focusing on private sector investment and job creation in order to create long-term, sustainable economic development. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, President Clinton formed the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund and raised $16.4 million from individual donors for immediate earthquake relief efforts. Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has spent a total of $28 million in Haiti, including relief funds as well as projects focused on restoring Haiti's communities, sustainable development, and capacity building. The Clinton Foundation has now refocused its efforts in Haiti from emergency planning, putting emphasis on private sector investment and job creation as well as capacity building and education. In 2012, the Clinton Foundation concentrated on the four priority sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, and apparel/manufacturing, working to bring new investors, develop and support local organizations and business and improve Haiti’s business environment to facilitate economic growth.

2012 Clinton Foundation in Haiti Highlights:

  • President Clinton hosted targeted investor missions in energy, tourism and apparel/manufacturing, bringing high-level delegations to Haiti to discover the country’s potential and explore opportunities for investment.  The Clinton Foundation facilitated high level visits to Haiti from over 85 leaders in international business and philanthropy to expand investment opportunity in Haiti.
  • The Clinton Foundation provided $500,000 to support agriculture and green technology initiatives throughout the country, working on projects that support reforestation, improve agriculture methods, develop new products, and train Haiti’s energy students and professionals. 
  • The Clinton Foundation is providing support and technical assistance to non-profit and social business partners in Haiti to support capacity building and provide access to training, financing, and new markets.  This year, the Clinton Foundation also provided pro-bono support and capacity building to the Center for Investment Facilitation.
  • Working with corporate foundation partners, the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund allocated over $1 million to school construction and education programming while continuing its commitment to work with the Government of Haiti to support their Back to School Initiative.
  • The Clinton Foundation signed an MOU with the Qatar Haiti Fund and the Government of Haiti for $5 million to provide housing to communities affected by the 2010 earthquake.

Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI)

The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) empowers individuals in developing nations with the tools needed to work themselves out of poverty. CGSGI’s current portfolio of projects in Colombia, Peru, and Mexico provides poor and vulnerable populations with access to marketable skills training and certification, guidance in best agricultural practices, and access to health delivery and other critical resources to enable new opportunities for improved income generation. Other projects target microenterprises with capacity building and market linkages. Additionally, investment funds in both Colombia and Haiti provide access to growth capital financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises, allowing these firms to become catalysts for job creation.

2012 CGSGI Highlights:

  • Through the Cataract Surgeries Project, CGSGI, in partnership with Fundación Carlos Slim A.C. and the Peruvian Ministry of Health, is completing 50,000 cataract surgeries by 2013. This year, the Clinton Foundation reached an important milestone by completing over 47,000 surgeries in Peru.
  • CGSGI completed a Poverty Reduction Alleviation project in Cajamarca, Peru, which provided capacity building and market linkages to over 2,300 small agricultural producers. 
  • In partnership with SENA (the National Learning Service of Colombia) and CAMACOL (the Colombian Chamber of Construction), CGSGI completed training for more than 5,000 low-income construction workers in trade skills and safety practices in 2012.
  • CGSGI’s Acceso Investment Fund in Colombia announced the capitalization of the Acceso Training Center in Cartagena, Colombia.  The Center will train over 20,000 low-income individuals over the next 10 years with an initial focus on Cartagena’s rapidly growing hospitality industry.


Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world.

2012 CGI Highlights:

  • In March, President Clinton hosted CGI University 2012. Held at George Washington University, more than 1,000 students selected to participate represented more than 300 universities, 82 countries, and all 50 States, and made 915 commitments to action. 
  • In June, President Clinton hosted CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to spur economic recovery in the United States. Participants made more than 90 commitments valued at more than $1.2 billion when fully funded and implemented. Collectively, they will improve the lives of nearly 3.9 million people, create or fill more than 530,000 jobs, and invest more than $84 million into green initiatives in the United States.
  • In August, President Clinton and CGI, in partnership with the Center for American Progress and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, convened seven U.S. mayors in Tarrytown, New York, to discuss strategies for attracting private investment in public infrastructure in cities across the country. The gathering followed an initial meeting among six mayors at the CGI America Meeting in Chicago to explore ways to replicate Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s newly created Infrastructure Trust.
  • In September, President Clinton hosted the eighth CGI Annual Meeting, joined by President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Libyan President Mohammed Magariaf, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, more than 50 current and former heads of state, and hundreds of global business and civil society leaders. This year marked the first time that CGI organized its largest meeting around a single theme - “Designing for Impact.”
  • At the 2012 Annual Meeting in September, CGI members made more than 160 commitments, valued at more than $2.4 billion, which will impact nearly 22 million people when they are fully funded and implemented.
  • In December, President Clinton announced $1 billion in progress for a CGI commitment made by the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and partners at the inaugural CGI America meeting in June 2011. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Teachers Retirement System has pledged $1 billion to new investments in infrastructure projects in New York City and throughout the tri-state area. This marked significant progress for the AFL-CIO and AFT’s CGI America commitment to encourage pension fund managers to invest up to $10 billion in pension assets into energy-efficient, job-creating infrastructure improvements.
  • President Clinton announced that CGI will hold CGI Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December 2013. It marks CGI’s first overseas meeting since convening CGI Asia in Hong Kong in 2008.


Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) began its work by addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis and strengthening health systems in the developing world. CHAI, working with local governments and key partners, is leading the way in developing life-changing programs that improve markets for medicines and diagnostics, lower the cost of and expand access to treatments, and build stronger health care infrastructure in underserved countries. CHAI creates and implements these programs with a sustainable model so that the governments they collaborate with will eventually maintain them. CHAI has expanded this model to increase access to treatments for malaria, diarrhea, and tuberculosis, accelerate the rollout of new vaccines, and lower maternal, child, and infant mortality.

2012 CHAI Highlights:

  • CHAI launched programs in India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda to rapidly increase access to zinc and oral rehydration solutions (ORS) for the treatment of child diarrhea, with potential to save the lives of up to 200,000 children by 2015. Nearly $50 million in new funding has been secured for program implementation from the IKEA Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies, and NORAD. CHAI assisted governments to develop national scale-up plans in all four countries and secure over-the-counter status in three countries: India, Kenya, and Nigeria.
  • In July, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton joined the Government of Uganda to announce its initiative to end child diarrheal deaths, generating support and leadership from a broad range of public and private partners. Chelsea Clinton also supported the Government of Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives launch event in October. Together, these two events helped to secure initial commitments in direct and in-kind resources from nearly 40 organizations.
  •  A new study conducted by CHAI, in partnership with five African countries and the Center for Global Development, determined that HIV treatment costs are far lower than previously believed. The study, the largest-ever of its kind, estimates that the average cost of HIV treatment is an average of $200 per patient per year at health facilities in low and lower-middle income countries. These findings provide new evidence that the aggressive scale-up of HIV treatment in developing countries is both possible and sustainable.


Clinton Health Matters Initiative

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. CHMI works to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and improving the quality of life for people across America. CHMI works to activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing a platform to access local, scalable solutions for healthy change agents; advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas; and, engage the private sector through pledges to improve the health and well-being of the nation.

2012 CHMI Highlights:

  • On December 6th, over 140 Coachella Valley Community Leaders participated in creating CHMI’s first regional Blueprint for Action, developing 45 bold steps that will improve local health and wellness.  Over the next 5 years, this group of leaders will be joined by others within the community to implement the Blueprint, addressing the issues of health disparity and preventable disease to improve local well being indicators.
  • In its inaugural year - just two months after its formal launch in November 2012—CHMI generated over 25 pledges that are worth over $50 million in disease prevention investments.  


Clinton Presidential Center

Since opening its doors in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park has welcomed more than 2 million visitors from around the world. The Center is a reflection of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd president of the United States. As a premier educational and cultural venue, the center presents a variety of special events, temporary exhibits, educational programs and lectures throughout the year. Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Center includes the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

2012 Center Highlights:

  • More than 350,000 patrons visited the Clinton Center in 2012, which is a five percent increase over 2011. In 2012, the Center presented diverse and dynamic temporary exhibits, including Nathan Sawaya’s "The Art of the Brick," "Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals," "Abraham Lincoln: Self–Made in America" and "Dorothy Howell Rodham & Virginia Clinton Kelley."
  • In 2012, the Clinton Center hosted two major conferences that brought former foreign heads of state and current foreign ambassadors to Arkansas.
    • Experience America
      From October 21 – 23, 2012, United States Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall led members of the Diplomatic Corps and their spouses to Arkansas for the Department of State’s fall 2012 Experience America trip. More than 45 ambassadors, representing countries on four continents, spent three days engaging with Arkansas’ government, business and non-profit leaders.
    • Club de Madrid
      More than 40 former heads of state and government gathered in Little Rock, on December 17 -18, 2012, at Club de Madrid´s Annual Conference: Harnessing 21st Century Solutions: A Focus on Women. The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers, constituting the world’s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, who have come together to respond to a growing demand for support among leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance; and response to crisis and post-crisis situations.
  • More than 160 students have completed the Master of Public Service degree program at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Through six classes, the school boasts an 85 percent graduation rate and an 85 percent career-placement rate.

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