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    by Jennifer Allison, Vice President, Supply Chain Sustainability

    SOURCE:Dell

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    Championing Transparency – Leadership That Everyone Can See

    Transparency is an increasing and transformational trend, with vehicles such as social media and virtual reality now providing unprecedented abilities and responsibilities in sharing thoughts and experiences with others.

    Businesses face the same trends – and challenges – in demonstrating transparency with a growing number of stakeholders. Customers increasingly want to know more about their products, and we’ve seen this first hand at Dell: the number and range of the customer requests we receive is rapidly accelerating, especially about the manufacturing of our products.

    This isn’t something we’ve just realized. We recognized its importance back in 2013, when we defined 100 percent transparency as a supply chain guiding principle in our 2020 Legacy of Good. Although we’ve established specific ambitions to demonstrate progress, such as setting greenhouse gas reduction targets or reducing water use, ensuring the proactive sharing of this data is just as important as capturing it.

    Driving transparency

    The building blocks for transparency are well established across many areas of sustainability, starting with common auditable standards subject to regular scrutiny and reporting. The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure is just a recent example reinforcing the importance of “improving what is measured.”

    The dislocated nature of supply chains can make transparency even more challenging, requiring change across multiple businesses and factories of varying size and expertise – especially so in aspects of commercial differentiation.

    Our actions in response to these challenges are captured in a twice-yearly published Supply Chain Sustainability Progress report, which consolidates information and data on areas of most interest to customers and stakeholders, such as monitoring working hours, up-levelling health and safety and environmental risk mitigation at supplier factories.

    Our yardsticks for progress come from the Responsible Business Alliance, RBA (formerly Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition), reflecting our role as a founding member and RBA’s intention to establish common standards across a sector where suppliers often work with multiple technology customers.

    We also recognize the need to convey our information across a number of different channels, leveraging their attributes and preferences of customers and other stakeholders to inform them proactively.

    Introducing new ways to be transparent

    In 2015, we pioneered tours of supplier factories to enable customers to see operating areas, canteens, dormitories and leisure areas at first-hand, as well as meet the people who work there. The benefit of this initiative was clearly evident in feedback and dialogue with participants, complementing the data-driven transparency provided through monitoring and reporting.

    We wanted to open up these benefits to a wider audience, so we undertook filming during a 2017 supply chain tour at one of our suppliers’ facilities in Chengdu, China.

    The outcome is a series of virtual reality tours accessible to anyone worldwide, sharing three views:

    Although these films cannot fully replicate the onsite experience, they provide authentic insight for those currently unable to visit, providing a foundation for dialogue on key topics such as staff wellbeing and social and environmental responsibility. We’ve already seen these benefits in sharing the VR experience with customers, NGOs, academics and our own team members. Expanding transparency to drive insight, feedback and dialogue is not only enriching our current relationships but establishing new connections with audiences wanting a more immersive experience.

    Although the vehicles may change, the outcomes remain the same: driving a better product (through increased insight), strengthening relationships, and enhancing the ability to up-level standards in our supply chain, especially for the people whose work is so critical to ensuring our products perform to the high standards expected by customers.

    While the VR experience is best viewed through a Dell VR visor, our 360-degree videos offer great insight into how this video approach can expand transparency into our supply chain.  Our full suite of 360-degree supply chain tour videos are here.

    Related article: Pioneering Virtual Reality & Its Potential to Improve Our World

    Tweet me:#VIDEO: @Dell's #supplychain #sustainability VP gives a look inside #VR customer tours http://bit.ly/2IICx5O #transparency

    KEYWORDS: Dell, virtual reality, Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure

     


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    Innovative “Healthy for Life® 20 By 20” takes silver award in health category

    SOURCE:Aramark

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    DALLAS, May 24, 2018  /3BL Media/ - The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, and Aramark, the largest U.S. food service company serving two billion meals each year, are thrilled their Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 collaboration is the 2018 Silver Halo Award winner in the health category.

    The Halo Awards, bestowed by Engage for Good (formerly the Cause Marketing Forum), are North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing. This prestigious award recognizes social good campaigns targeted at consumers and/or employees involving a company and a cause.

    Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 is a five-year initiative that introduces industry leading healthy menu commitments by reducing calories, saturated fat and sodium, while increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains 20 percent by the year 2020. Menu changes are already impacting the billions of meals that Aramark serves annually at thousands of colleges and universities, businesses, hospitals and other destinations.

    The multi-year collaboration is unique because it comprehensively addresses population health through the combination of healthy menu innovation, consumer health engagement, community health outreach and Aramark employee wellbeing initiatives.

    “The American Heart Association is deeply committed to developing innovation solutions with industry leaders to help all Americans live healthier lives,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association. “Aramark has proven to be a visionary collaborator with Healthy for Life 20 By 20. Together, under CEO Eric Foss’ leadership, we are developing new ways to improve the nation’s health.”

    Aramark and the Association are reporting that through the second year of their collaboration, together, they’ve achieved a 13 percent average reduction in calories, saturated fat and sodium plus significant increases in fruits, vegetables and whole grains on the menus.

    “It is an honor to receive this recognition with the American Heart Association for our ongoing efforts to build a culture of health,” said Eric J. Foss, Aramark’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “It validates how two committed organizations, united through a common goal, can make a difference.”

    Additionally, a new health engagement campaign, Feed Your Potential 365™, was launched in 2016. “FYP clubs” are inspiring families in underserved communities to make healthy food choices part of their everyday lives. Participants in the community program reported a 28 percent average increase in fruit and vegetable consumption as well as significant increases in the frequency of choosing whole grains. Participants also reported improved confidence in their ability to prepare healthy foods at home. Elements of the program have expanded to nearly 50 community centers in 26 cities.

    “The Halo Awards were created to acknowledge best in class corporate social impact programs. This year’s winners are a fantastic representation of the effective and innovative ways companies and causes can work together to create meaningful business and social returns,” said David Hessekiel, President, Engage for Good.

    For more information about Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 visit https://www.aramark.com/healthyforlife

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    Additional resources:

    About the American Heart Association

    The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    About Aramark

    Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at http://www.aramark.com/ or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

    About Engage for Good

    Engage for Good, producer of the Engage for Good conference and Halo Awards, helps business and nonprofit executives succeed together by providing practical information and inspiration, opportunities to build valuable relationships and recognition for outstanding work engaging employees and consumers around social good and cause-related marketing efforts.

    For Media Inquiries:

    Brooks Lancaster, brooks.lancaster@heart.org, (212) 878-5975

    For Public Inquiries: (800) AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

    heart.org and strokeassociation.org

    Tweet me:.@Aramark and @American_Heart earn 2018 Halo Award for initiative to improve health of Americans. #healthyforlife #FYP365 http://bit.ly/2ILgU4w

    KEYWORDS: Aramark, American Heart Association, Health, healthy eating, healthy diet, NYSE:ARMK


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    Continued collaboration with RILA’s Center for Retail Compliance to deliver value to retail environmental leaders

    SOURCE:National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM)

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    May 24, 2018  /3BL Media/ - The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) will collaborate with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to develop specialized retail-focused content for its 2018 EHS&S Management Forum in Louisville, the association announced today.

    The Forum is the largest annual conference for corporate environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) decision-makers. Now in its 26th year, the conference draws more than 700 corporate leaders for a week of peer case study presentations, benchmarking discussions and targeted networking. For the second year in a row, the Forum will also include a pre-conference meeting of retailers as well as presentations designed to meet the needs of environmental leaders from the retail sector.

    NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt said the continued collaboration with RILA also benefits those companies whose retail customers are asking for more information about their EHS& performance.

    "As stakeholders continue to expect transparency and leadership from the business community, there is an even greater need for collaboration across disciplines and industries to meet that demand,” she said. “Working with RILA is an important step toward building a sustainable business ecosystem, and we welcome the chance to grow these connections again this year."

    Tiffin Shewmake, RILA vice president and executive director of the Center for Retail Compliance, agreed.

    “We found our partnership with NAEM last year and the Forum to be extremely valuable to our community of retail environmental professionals. The Forum brings together best-in-class educational programming with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with peers across multiple industries on the key topics and challenges we all face,” Ms. Shewmake said.

    NAEM’s EHS & Sustainability Management Forum will take place October 23-26 in Louisville, Ky. A discounted rate for registration is available to all RILA members. In conjunction with the Forum, RILA will host a meeting of its Retail Environmental Compliance committee, open to all retailers, on October 23. This meeting is in partnership with RILA’s Center for Retail Compliance (CRC).

    To learn more or to register, please visit: http://ehsforum.naem.org/index.php.

    About NAEM

    The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Visit NAEM online at www.naem.org.

    About the Center for Retail Compliance

    RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

    Tweet me:.@NAEMorg & @RILAtweets team up to strengthen #transparency, collaboration between retailers & suppliers. #sustainability #CSR http://bit.ly/2LrSCKE

    KEYWORDS: retail sustainability, sustainability in the supply chain, supplier responsibility, supplier transparency, Product compliance, sustainable products, Corporate Sustainability, naem, RILA, National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM)


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    Racers are fundraising for 68 local charities

    SOURCE:Scotiabank

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    CALGARY, May 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Canada's longest running marathon – the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon – takes place this weekend for the 54th year, with participants raising money for 68 local charities.

    The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon features the: 50km Ultra, Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Centaur Subaru 21.1km, Jugo Juice 10km, GoodLife Fitness 5km Walk & Run and the Scotiabank Kids Marathon, for those 12 years of age and under. The race weekend will welcome 10,000 participants across all distances.

    The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a turnkey fundraising program that provides a simple way for racers to support the charity of their choice and make a significant impact locally. Participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all transaction and credit card fees.

    Scotiabank offers the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at six sponsored marathon events across Canada including Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. 

    Scotiabank believes in helping young people reach their infinite potential, and many organizations who take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge have a direct impact in our local youth. Young people are our future leaders, and it's crucial to provide them with the skills and resources they need to succeed.

    For a complete list of 2018 charities participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, please visit the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon's website.

    How to get involved:

    -   Register for an event: Register for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on the event website until May 24, 4:00 p.m. or beginning at 4:00 p.m. in person at the Health and Wellness Expo.

    -   Fundraise: Once registered, sign up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and raise funds for a participating official charity.

    -   Share! Share your story behind why you support your charity, using #runScotia, #runCalgary and #InfinitePotential

    -   Donate: Visit theScotiabank Charity Challenge to select an official charity and make a one-time donation.

    -   Cheer: Support friends and family along the race route and as they cross the finish line.

    Quotes:

    "Last year, nearly $1 million was raised in support of the local communities in which we live and work though the Scotiabank Charity Challenge," says Rod Wendt, District Vice-President, Calgary Central, Scotiabank. "Scotiabank thanks every participant who has chosen to dedicate their race to a charity that is important to them. We are proud that participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all transaction and credit card fees. I can't wait to see the energy in Calgary this weekend as part of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon."

    "The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is an annual celebration of our remarkable city. A time to come together in the spirit of friendly competition and test personal limits while giving back to our community through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge," says Executive Director, Kirsten Fleming.

    About the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
    A race for every age and ability, Alberta's Best Road Race in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 the 50K Ultra, Scotiabank 42.2K, Centaur Subaru 21.1K, the Jugo Juice 10K, the Goodlife Fitness 5K Family Walk & Run and the Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The largest race on the prairies has the largest high performance purse west of Toronto and attracts elite athletes from coast to coast as well as internationally. The event brings in $7 million annually to the local economy and gives back through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, scholarship programming and the Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge.

    About Scotiabank
    At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

    Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.

    SOURCE Scotiabank

    For further information: For media enquiries only: Kirsten-Ellen Fleming, Executive Director, Calgary Marathon Society, 587-899-2287, Kirsten@calgarymarathon.com; Erin Truax, Scotiabank, 416-578-9659, Erin.truax@Scotiabank.com

     

    Tweet me:Canada's longest running marathon – the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon – takes place this weekend for the 54th year, with participants raising money for 68 local charities. http://bit.ly/2GK1Gac @ScotiabankViews

    KEYWORDS: Scotiabank, raising money for charity, csr, marathon running, The Scotiabank Charity Challenge, community driven


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

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    The Pew Research Center found that only 18 percent of Americans say they trust the Feds. Can technology restore our faith in Uncle Sam?

    Blockchain, the distributed ledger system not only allows for greater transparency, but it also is a way to codify good government principles and best practices.

    In a recent MeriTalk story, Booz Allen’s Steve Escaravage and Marek Cyran share how blockchain could improve government transparency and efficiency, and maybe help restore Americans’ trust in our government.

    Read the article here.

    For more on how blockchain can help government, click here.

    Tweet me:.@BoozAllen’s Steve Escaravage & Marek Cyran on how #blockchain can help restore faith in #government. http://bit.ly/2s9eX6Z

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, blockchain, Government, Steve Escaravage, Marek Cyran, Transparency, NYSE:BAH


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    SOURCE:CLP Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    Four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will become the CLP Group's target impact areas leading up to 2030. They include climate action (SDG 13), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9). These areas are considered as the most relevant to its business strategy.

    SDG 13 – Climate Action and SDG 7 – Affordable & Clean Energy

    Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most critical environmental-related challenges for the power sector given that it is one of the key sectors contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. One of the solutions for the power sector to address this challenge and to reduce its air pollutant emissions is to provide affordable and clean energy.

    CLP's Climate Vision 2050 launched over a decade ago is testimony to how serious it is in tackling the climate change challenge and in 2017, it continued along its journey by updating its Climate Vision 2050 targets, which include:

    • new "Energy Transition Targets", which are a set of decadal carbon intensity reduction targets spanning out to 2050, contributing to SDG 13 under CLP's Environment focus area; and
    • new “Clean Energy Targets”, which are renewable and non-carbon emitting capacity targets for 2030, contributing to SDG 7 and addressing both CLP's Environment and Economic focus areas, since providing energy is its core business.

    SDG 8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth

    Decent work, a concept which incorporates contractual working arrangements and terms and conditions of work, is key to attracting and retaining the talent needed for powering sustainable business and economic growth.

    Hence, SDG 8 is an important priority goal covering both CLP's People and Economic focus areas. This goal makes specific reference to equal pay for work of equal value, which is a target the company has already set internally to support its gender diversity initiatives. It has also developed a set of targets to help widen the pipeline of females to support its future business strategy:

    • for women in leadership, achieve gender balance in leadership positions by 2030, compared to a 2016 baseline of 22%;
    • for women in engineering, achieve 30% of its engineers to be females by 2030, compared to a 2016 baseline of 9%; and
    • ensure equal pay for work of equal value is maintained in all its businesses; any gender pay equity gap for females is eliminated; and it will meet all relevant local compliance and disclosure standards.

    SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

    CLP is an industry player in the energy infrastructure sector and it considers necessary to continually innovate to sustain its business. Its infrastructure is built to support the sustainable development of the communities it operates in, so SDG 9 is deemed an appropriate priority goal for its Economic and Community focus areas.

    Although it is a power company that has been constantly innovating over the last century, the quickening pace of change in the past two decades has given rise to the need for additional channels of innovation. Commensurate with the endeavours of its new Group Innovation team set up in 2016, it has begun to explore new potential relevant metrics and targets and will report on them once they have been developed.

    To learn more, read the CLP Group's 2017 Sustainability Report.

    Tweet me:#CLPGroup targets four #SDGs on which it can make a significant impact http://bit.ly/2wooHzu @SustDev #CLPsustainability

    KEYWORDS: CLP Group, Hong Kong, HKSE:0002.HK


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    SOURCE:ReportAlert

    DESCRIPTION:

    As Canary Wharf Group marks 30 years, it looks forward to its next 30 years of evolution. As part of this evolution Canary Wharf Group has set out its 2030 vision in its 2017 sustainability report: ’Making Sustainability Real’.

    Click here to view the complete 2017 Sustainability Report

    Click here to download the 2017 Summary Sustainability Report

    “In an uncertain world that faces substantial economic, environmental, social and political challenges, we are confident that our vision and approach will enable us to be both successful and sustainable.

    We look forward to the next 30 years of our evolution.”

    Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chief Executive and Chairman of Canary Wharf Group plc

    In the report, Canary Wharf Group unveils an ambitious plan to ensure sustainability continues to be at its heart. The new strategy is formed around four pillars:

    1. Evolve: Placemaking has always been central to Canary Wharf Group’s vision and the Group is focused on creating intelligent, versatile and connected places of the future where people enjoy living, working and relaxing.
    2. Include: Since 1987 the Group has sought to create not just a new city district, but a community, and today it remains focused on ensuring that the area – and everyone around it – thrives both socially and economically.
    3. Pioneer: Canary Wharf has always been a centre for innovation and regeneration, at the forefront of economic and technological change. Today, it is home to some of the UK’s leading technology companies, helping to facilitate collaboration and innovation.
    4. Optimise: Canary Wharf’s unique operating model, combined with its close relationships with tenants and suppliers, means that from design to completion and ongoing management, it can create zero-carbon, zero-waste spaces. 

    The report also highlights the great progress Canary Wharf has made since it took on the challenge of transforming the former East London docklands into one of the most important and vibrant financial centres in the world, including generating £1.59bn for local small  medium and micro enterprises over the past 30 years and achieving five consecutive years of powering the entire Estate’s electricity from renewable sources

    Highlights for 2017 include:

    • £1.59 billion of business generated for local SMMEs since 1997
    • 41% of Group spending was on local companies in 2017
    • £17.5 million total investment in community engagement projects since 2009
    • 100% of CWG electricity (450 million kwh) from renewable sources since 2012
    • 10.7% reduction in energy use since 2016
    • 450,000 coffee cups recycled in 2017

    The independently assured report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards: Core Option.

    Click here for more information about our approach to corporate responsibility

    We hope you enjoy reading our report and we would be very interested in hearing your views. Please contact pressoffice@canarywharf.com to provide your feedback.

    About Canary Wharf Group

    Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

    The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.  It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

    Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.

    www.canarywharf.com
    Twitter: @CanaryWharfGrp
    Twitter: @YourCanaryWharf
    Twitter: @Level39CW
    Instagram: @canarywharflondon

    Media Contact:
    pressoffice@canarywharf.com

    Read the Report

    Tweet me:.@CanaryWharfGRP sets out their 2030 vision in their newly released #Sustainability Report. Read about the progress they have already made and their plans for the future: http://bit.ly/2ILvrJF via @ReportAlert

    KEYWORDS: ReportAlert, Canary Wharf Group, sustainability, GRI Standards

     


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    Xylem Watermark supported Planet Water Foundation and Project 24, an ambitious undertaking to build 24 clean water filtration systems, bringing clean water to thousands of people, in 24 hours.

    SOURCE:Xylem Inc.

    SUMMARY:

    Xylem Watermark sponsored 5 projects as part of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 this year, an ambitious undertaking on World Water Day to build 24 clean water filtration systems (AquaTowers) in 24 communities in just 24 hours. These Watermark-sponsored projects reached a total of 5,000 people across communities in India, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, including the nearly 1,000 children who attend the participating schools. Twenty-four Xylem volunteers assisted in the construction of the community-based water systems in India, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. These AquaTowers will bring clean water to the world's most disadvantaged communities.

    DESCRIPTION:

    Malinao is located high on the mountain of Batangas, a region that is nearly impossible to access without a four-wheel-drive truck, especially on slippery slopes during the rainy season. Villagers earn a meager income growing livestock and planting crops. A few families sell wood and charcoal – both valued commodities. Renting motorcycles is expensive, so they typically transport their products by foot to the lowland and make the return walking up the slippery hillside.

    With an average monthly income of 60 USD, families cannot afford purified drinking water. Instead, they collect water from the river where they also do their laundry and bathe. There are cases of waterborne diseases among children, but these are often neglected because of a lack of transportation, communication and other basic necessities.

    “My two year-old sister always has a tummy ache because of the drinking water. Some grown-ups say that the water from the river is good for drinking. However, my guess is it gets contaminated when we carry it to our home.” - Efren, 12

    Most students walk from their homes to the school. There is not enough water in school, so they carry containers from their homes. With an AquaTower from Planet Water and Xylem Watermark, their supply of clean, filtered water will be dependable; a rare situation for these families.

    Read the complete article on planet-water.org.

    About Xylem Watermark

    Xylem Watermark, Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, provides and protects safe water resources for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities and educates individuals around the globe about water issues. This social commitment reflects Xylem’s ethos of valuing the “triple bottom-line:” financial, environmental and social. The company firmly believes in the notion of doing well by doing good, and dedicates resources to initiatives that demonstrate its commitment.

    Xylem Watermark was founded in 2008 and, with its six nonprofit partners, has provided clean water and sanitation solutions to over three million people in 25 countries. Xylem launched its first Global Month of Service in October 2016 to provide a focused time to inspire employees to get involved and bring the mission of Xylem Watermark to their communities. In 2017, Xylem Watermark launched the Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge to engage employees in solving global and local water issues in ways about which they are passionate.

    To learn more about Xylem Watermark, please visit http://www.xylemwatermark.com.

    Tweet me:.@XylemWatermark supported @PlanetWaterLive and #Project24 in bringing clean water to the Philippines. http://bit.ly/2GEu0La #LetsSolveWater #MakeYourMark

    Contact Info:

    xylemwatermark@xyleminc.com

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:XYL, Xylem, VOLUNTEERISM & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, water, Corporate Social Responsibility, Make Your Mark, People, Positive Change, Xylem Watermark

        


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    SOURCE:Las Vegas Sands

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    Sands Cares, the corporate giving program of Las Vegas Sands, is the company’s manifested commitment to being a good corporate citizen, committed to its people, communities in which it operates and the planet. In each region, Sands Cares has Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leads that manage the program and execute initiatives unique to each region.

    Annie Lam has been with Sands China Ltd (SCL) for almost 13 years, joining the company in 2005.  Lam started with the company as a Guest Service Supervisor at Sands Macao, managing hotel operations and then two years later, transferred to the Community Affairs department, implementing the company’s CSR program in Macao.

    “I was born and raised in Macao and went to Australia to complete my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Sydney,” she said.  “Before joining Sands China, I had the opportunity to work in Sydney and Hong Kong before moving back to Macao. In 2007, the concept of CSR was still a very new topic, especially in Macao. Our Department was at that time the bridge and connector to the local community. I remember there was not a lot of community involvement from big organizations like us.”

    Lam said local non-profit organizations were also skeptical about asking for help from international organizations. With the launch of the first Responsible Gaming Program in Macao in 2007, SCL also set up the company’s charitable contribution committee, developed the company’s CSR goals and direction, aligning to the main pillars of Sands Cares and also discovering the needs in Macao.

    “From there I started taking part in planning our CSR strategy, including the establishment of our first volunteer team, Sands China Care Ambassadors (SCCA) in 2009,” Lam said.  “All of the CSR initiatives were new ideas in Macao and it took a long time and a lot of communication to put all of the charitable giving and sponsorships in place.”

    With the most properties in Macao, and in Las Vegas Sands’ property portfolio, the goal was to organize meaningful community activities for people in need and at the same time give SCCA volunteers more opportunities to serve their community. With each effort, meaningful research took place to understand who they are serving, and the specific needs and the challenges the community is facing. From there, Lam and the rest of the Community Affairs team plan activities, delivering the best resources for the targeted service users, ensuring they have the best experience along with personal growth.   

    “We can’t possibly send hundreds of our volunteers to manage one activity because there are limitations.  As a result we need to plan more diverse activities so that more of our volunteers have a chance to take part,” Lam said.  “Currently we have an updated data base with contact information and we send mass emails to them, informing them about the volunteer opportunity with a link to register, on a first come first serve basis.  We also post our activity preview in our SCCA Facebook page for those that don’t have company email.”

    Lam says she is one of the lucky ones to work at an organization that values community involvement and that she is able to contribute to the development, management and implementation of CSR strategies and programs, enhancing communications with all of the properties’ business units in order to raise awareness and engage Team Members. 

    “By engaging key stakeholders in government, local industries, and major charitable organizations, we are able to capture insights about emerging social and environmental issues,” she said.  “I am so glad that I can be one of the tools of the company, a ‘social radar,’ while also running one of the largest volunteer teams.  Next year, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary, launching a series of meaningful activities to celebrate this spectacular accomplishment.  Our volunteers are superb and our 1,600 Sands China Cares Ambassadors consist of people with different nationalities, backgrounds and various talents but they all have the same good heart in serving the less fortunate. For true engagement to happen, we need to find a way to help volunteers achieve their personal goals. Some jumped in because they saw the opportunity to express their feelings and emotions through charity work, others jumped in because they saw this as a new way to learn new skills, express their strengths and to get exposure to make new friends and connections.”

    To learn more about Sands Cares, visit the Las Vegas Sands website.

    Tweet me:Annie Lam joined Sands China in 2005 as a Guest Service Supervisor @SandsMacao and now heads up the company’s #CSR program in Macao. Learn more about Annie: http://bit.ly/2IBC9VT

    KEYWORDS: Sands China, Sands Macao, Sands Cares


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    Entrepreneurial training helps expand business and create new jobs.

    SOURCE:HP, Inc.

    SUMMARY:

    This article was developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and published here with the approval of UNIDO.

    DESCRIPTION:

    In April 2013, Khouloud Jarraya and her father founded the family business SOTUFER, a company based in Kairouan, Tunisia, that produces a wide range of steel pieces for construction.

    Jarraya invested in the family business while she was still studying Business English at the University of Languages in Kairouan. “I got involved very early with my father in launching the family business,” she said. “First in the development of the business plan, then for the construction work of the factory in the industrial zone, and finally, once the project was launched, for the daily management.”

    After graduating, she moved to Tunis with her husband and started managing the sale of SOTUFER products. Today the company has eight permanent jobs and is expanding its range of activities with the creation of the TUNISIE Parc brand. The company now also specializes in the production of metal playgrounds, public sports equipment, fitness trail equipment, public tables, and benches for municipalities, prisons, and the army.

    “I have been involved in all stages of SOTUFER’s creation, including its expansion that responds to a need felt all over the country, both by young people and adults who cannot find spaces for entertainment,” Jarraya said. 

    Jarraya was still a student when she discovered the HP LIFE e-Learning online training, leveraged by the Mashrou3i program. The Mashrou3i program, organized by UNIDO in partnership with USAID, the Italian Cooperation, and the HP Foundation, is designed to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and offer tools that support fledgling business owners. Its mission is to create some 6,000 jobs and reach more than 25,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in Tunisia over the next five years. In addition to mentoring and technical skills training, participants have access to HP LIFE , a free, online program of the HP Foundation, which features 27 interactive modules covering business and IT skills training in seven languages.

    Read More: Tunisia's Fresh Female Face of Entrepreneurship

    Through the training, Khouloud strengthened her IT and business skills. “I was a student and I did not have any professional experience yet,” she said “The HP LIFE training enabled me to apply basic rules in the management of my project and to acquire the necessary skills for my new position on our brand TUNISIE Parc. Three courses particularly helped me: Using social media marketing to grow your business, Learn how to sell online, and How to better manage your customer relationships. I often come back to these courses and I advise new aspiring entrepreneurs to do those exercises online and then simply apply them to their projects.”

    Jarraya learned to solve the challenges she faced in her day-to- day management responsibilities and in her new role as marketing manager. She now feels ready to run the business after her father’s retirement. 

    “Today we are the first Tunisian company to produce outdoor play equipment for children such as swings, slides, and public benches,” she said. “We are going in the right direction, it is a choice to encourage young people and also adults to use public spaces for rest or sport. My main challenge is to successfully communicate about our new innovative products. With the support of HP LIFE e-Learning I have acquired the skills that help me to do that.”

    Tweet me:.@HPLIFE_Program and @UNIDO provide entrepreneurial training to help expand business and create new jobs in #Tunisia http://bit.ly/2GTTIj6 via @GlobalCitizen @HPSustainable #education #socinn #SDGs

    KEYWORDS: UNIDO, HP LIFE, global citizen, Tunisia


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    SOURCE:CBRE Group, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Bobby Griffin, CBRE’s Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, has been named to the 2018 Black Enterprise list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity. The annual list honors leading professionals who drive innovation, productivity and profitability by ensuring across-the-board diversity.

    “Bobby has had a strong and positive impact on diversity and inclusion across our organization in the eight short months he has worked at CBRE,” says Jennifer Ashley, Global Director of Human Resources, CBRE. “Under his leadership we continue to celebrate the unique skills of our diverse employee base while opening our doors to more individuals across the globe.”

    Since joining CBRE Mr. Griffin has traveled across the United States assessing the current state of diversity and inclusion at the Company and worked closely with both executive leadership and CBRE’s Employee Network Groups to develop innovative programs and initiatives. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Griffin served as the Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Flowserve Corporation, a global manufacturing and services company. He has held various diversity and inclusion and human resources leadership positions in Fortune 100 companies in the health care and consumer products sectors.

    He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas.

    The Top Diversity Executives’ list appears in the March/April 2018 issue of Black Enterprise and can be found online at http://www.blackenterprise.com/list-top-corporate-diversity-executives-2018. Bobby is listed under Vice Presidents.

    About CBRE Group, Inc.
    CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.
     

    Tweet me:.@CBRE's Bobby Griffin, VP for #DiversityandInclusion, honored as one of the top executives in corporate diversity http://bit.ly/2KSSUci

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:CBRE, CBRE, Leadership


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    SOURCE:iCause

    DESCRIPTION:

    CLEVELAND, May 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Matt Wilhelm is the newest addition to the iCause advisory board.

    Matt played college football for Ohio State University where he earned All-American honors. He was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the early 2000s and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers and was a member of the Packers' Super Bowl XLV championship team. Matt is currently a football analyst and show host for WKNR AM 850 and WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland.

    “When I first looked at iCause I could see the many benefits of the platform. The more I learned about iCause, the more I wanted to be a part of it to help nonprofits and support trending causes. People love to give back and this program makes it easy for everyone!” Matt states. 

    iCause, a Public Benefit Corporation, is committed to nonprofit sustainability and has been actively seeking advisory board members in different arenas, including professional sports.  

    “It’s been exciting to see our advisory board grow with the likes of Maressa Williams, Anthony Avent and now Matt Wilhelm. We are excited  to work with Matt on professional sports initiatives as he is very passionate in everything he does....” CEO Kevin McAhren stated.   

    iCause is a global marketplace for cause - the first of its kind. The focus of iCause is to make an impact and build communities. iCause connects millions of people to millions of cause events anywhere, for free.

    “Most nonprofits don’t have the online resources to fulfill their mission and now, finally, the playing field is leveled.  Any nonprofit can join the iCause platform and embrace a massive community of like minded people for free.” - Matt Wilhelm

    Learn more about iCause and find events: icause.com

    Tweet me:“It’s been exciting to see our advisory board grow with the likes of #MaressaWilliams, #AnthonyAvent and now #MattWilhelm. We are excited to work with Matt on professional sports initiatives as he is very passionate in everything he does.” http://bit.ly/2ILrPHF #NFL

    KEYWORDS: NFL, College Football Playoff National Championship, professional sports, american football, Non Profit Foundations, Give Back Campaigns, iCause


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    Meet the CEO of Ten By Three™

    SOURCE:Whole Foods Market Foundations

    DESCRIPTION:

    Theresa is a long-term donor to Whole Planet Foundation and the founder of Ten By Three™ which reduces poverty in developing countries by using its unique Prosperity Wages® model to pay for artisan products.  Ten By Three™  is also a community partner of the Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program in Ghana in west Africa.

    Q: What inspired you to start your business and support women, artisans and entrepreneurs?

    A: My birth mother was pregnant with me when she was convicted of a non-violent crime and jailed. She was a prisoner the day I was born. I was immediately taken from her and placed into state custody.  I remained an orphan until I was eight years old when a family adopted me in the heart of Kansas. From the moment I was born, the generosity of others has helped me survive, including very dark times as a single mom. My organization is my attempt to pay forward those who have helped me through life.  Each day I work to give women who genuinely desire a change in their life achieve the foundation they need to launch into a life of peace and prosperity, just as someone did for me. I am proof you should not underestimate your impact on someone’s life.  You never know how your act of kindness, such as a card or a note, can be used to inspire someone else to change the world.

    Q: How did you progress from working in one country to several countries and supporting a charitable cause like Whole Planet Foundation while your company is a non-profit?

    A: I initially found these countries by sending an email to the world through an organization called The Mountain Forum.  In the email I clearly explained what I was trying to accomplish.  Overnight I heard from 12 countries, and within two weeks we were up to 25 countries from around the world.  The early posters of our organizations said we worked in 22 countries.  One day our founding sponsor said to me, “You know you can’t save the world all at once, right?”  That was a profound thought to me!  So, I narrowed down the countries to those I believed needed our help the most, and where I already established the best communication, those became the five countries where we started which were Ghana, Uganda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Madagascar.  Later we added Kenya and Madagascar and are soon to expand to Nepal, India, and Peru.  We pay forward into Whole Planet Foundation because when I believe when working together, we accomplish much more together than we do alone.   

    Q: Tell us how it felt when the artisans you support in Ghana met Whole Foods Market team members in their village?

    A: The sound of ocean waves crashing onto the shoreline, while you stand there and watch the sunrise paint the sky purple and pink.  Like that. As I attended the scene of Team Members meeting those whose lives they had changed, the world seemed to go into slow motion. Their laughter melded together and sounded like those ocean waves, full of excitement and power at the same time.  Witnessing the meeting reminded me only through human connection can we paint a brighter picture for humanity. 

    Q: What makes each day an opportunity to make a difference for yourself and artisans around the globe?

    A: Your tombstone will have your birth date, a line, and your death date.  We have only our small dash to leave humanity better than we found it.  What are you doing with your dash?  Ten By Three is what I do with mine. 

    Q: What’s the most impactful part of the Prosperity Wage model you developed? 

    A: Our Prosperity Wages model guarantees our artisans 2.5 times fair trade.  Our Prosperity Wages model teaches artisans what their products are worth and eliminates the ability for middlemen, who also work in the area, to cheat them. When Ten By Three is working in a particular community, we disrupt the work of the middlemen.  In order for the middlemen to remain competitive they must start raising the prices they pay to artisans In Ghana, for example, because Whole Foods Market buys so many of our baskets from there, in order to be competitive, middlemen and for-profit companies must now match our Prosperity Wages in order to get products for their customers. This means our organization has helped tens of thousands of people we will never know through the pressure our Prosperity Wages model places on middlemen and for-profit traders.  We see this in every country we serve throughout the world. 

    Q: Ten By Three™ is growing by leaps and bounds. What’s your 5-year dream? 

    A: Since 2012 the global rate of those living in extreme poverty has dropped from 12.4 percent to 10.7 in 2013.*  We have contributed to those numbers through our Prosperity Wages, Our Artisan&You® Technology and our Ten by Three™ model. In the next five years, we hope hundreds of organizations working to end extreme poverty will be using our models and technologies which we have proven across seven countries and three continents are sustainable, replicable, and they work.  *source: Worldbank.org

    Q: What’s your advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to embed a cause in their business strategy?

    A: Ask yourself WHY?  WHY do you want to embed a cause or purpose in your business strategy?  Is it a marketing gimmick or is it because you sincerely believe in the cause/issue? Being genuinely successful at a cause takes unwavering faith. Championing a cause must come from deep within you, like me and poverty. If your purpose is not part of your DNA, then you will drop it the minute your business experiences difficulties, which it will.

    Tweet me:@WholePlanet Foundation talks with Theresa Carrington, #CEO of Ten By Three about how she supports #women, #artisans and #entrepreneurs in developing countries: http://bit.ly/2s1FQK4 @TheresaCarring #ProsperityWages

    KEYWORDS: whole planet foundation, Ten By Three


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    Company Receives Recognition for Third Consecutive Year

    SOURCE:SC Johnson

    DESCRIPTION:

    RACINE, Wis., May 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ – SC Johnson today announced it has been recognized as a 2018 Best Multinational Workplace in Latin America by the Great Place to Work® Institute. This is the 13th time SC Johnson Latin America has been recognized, and the third consecutive year. The organization earned the No. 4 spot in the ranking.

    “The SC Johnson Latin America team’s dedication to our company’s values and culture is a strong reflection of what makes our company a great place to work,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “I am proud of the Latin America team for being recognized as a Best Multinational Workplace for the 13th time.”

    This regional recognition is a result of individual Best Workplace recognitions received for SC Johnson operations in Argentina, Brazil, Central America, Mexico and Venezuela. In 2017, SC Johnson Latin America ranked No. 3 on the list of the top 25 Best Workplaces.

    SC Johnson has earned multiple Best Workplace recognitions in 2018 including SC Johnson Italy, Venezuela, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Turkey and Switzerland.

    The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

    In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

    Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

    About SC Johnson

    SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

    Tweet me:.@SCJohnson Latin America recognized as #BestMultinationalWorkplace for third consecutive year http://bit.ly/2GCIQ4S @GPTW_Global

    KEYWORDS: SC Johnson, Best Multinational Workplaces


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    La compañía recibe reconocimiento por tercer año consecutivo

    SOURCE:SC Johnson

    DESCRIPTION:

    RACINE, Wisconsin, 25 de mayo de 2018 /3BL Media/ -- SC Johnson anunció hoy que ha sido reconocida como el mejor lugar de trabajo multinacional 2018 en América Latina por el instituto Great Place to Work®. Esta es la 13.ª vez que SC Johnson América Latina ha sido reconocida y el tercer año consecutivo. La organización logró el puesto n.º 4 lugar en la clasificación.

    “La dedicación a los valores y la cultura de la compañía por parte del equipo de SC Johnson América Latina es un potente reflejo de lo que hace a nuestra compañía un excelente lugar para trabajar”, dijo Fisk Johnson, presidente y director ejecutivo de SC Johnson. “Estoy orgulloso del reconocimiento del equipo de América Latina como el mejor lugar de trabajo multinacional por 13.ª vez”.

    Este reconocimiento regional es el resultado de reconocimientos individuales como mejor lugar de trabajo que recibieron las operaciones de SC Johnson en Argentina, Brasil, América Central, México y Venezuela. En 2017, SC Johnson América Latina se clasificó en el n.º 3 en la lista de los primeros 25 mejores lugares de trabajo.

    En 2018, SC Johnson ha obtenido muchos reconocimientos como mejor lugar de trabajo que incluyen SC Johnson Italia, Venezuela, Alemania, Grecia, Reino Unido, México, Canadá, América Central, Turquía y Suiza.

    El listado de los mejores lugares de trabajo es el estudio anual más grande del mundo sobre la excelencia en el lugar de trabajo. La clasificación se determina de acuerdo con los resultados de una encuesta de opinión de empleados e información proporcionada sobre la cultura, los programas y las políticas de la compañía.

    En los Estados Unidos, SC Johnson ha sido incluida 29 veces en la lista de las “100 mejores compañías para madres trabajadoras” de la revista Working Mother por sus programas y beneficios en apoyo a los padres trabajadores que incluyen licencia familiar remunerada, flexibilidad de horarios y promociones para las mujeres.

    También en 2017, la compañía recibió un puntaje perfecto de 100 por ciento en la Campaña de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Campaign, HRC) del Índice de Igualdad Corporativa. Este reconocimiento por parte HRC significó la 13.a vez que la compañía obtuvo un puntaje perfecto y el 16.o año de reconocimiento en la lista de igualdad en el lugar de trabajo.

    Acerca de SC Johnson

    SC Johnson es una compañía familiar dedicada al desarrollo de productos innovadores de alta calidad, excelencia en el lugar de trabajo y un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades en las que opera. Con sede principal en los EE. UU., la compañía es uno de los líderes mundiales en la fabricación de productos de limpieza domésticos y productos para el almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, así como también productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas tan conocidas como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en los EE. UU. y más allá, y comercializa marcas afuera de los EE. UU. que incluyen AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® y RIDSECT®. La compañía de 132 años genera diez mil millones de dólares en ventas, emplea cerca de 13 000 personas alrededor del mundo y vende productos en prácticamente todos los países del mundo. www.scjohnson.com

    Tweet me:.@SCJohnson Latin America recognized as #BestMultinationalWorkplace for third consecutive year http://bit.ly/2IGQfpI @GPTW_Global

    KEYWORDS: SC Johnson, Best Multinational Workplaces


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    SOURCE:GRI

    DESCRIPTION:

    This month's GRI podcast episode features an interview with Vigeo Eiris, a sustainability rating agency that uses Environmental, Social and Governance data to evaluate companies’ performance. We asked Keeran what makes a good sustainability report, and what are some of the common challenges companies face in the process. We’ll also hear a report from Ireland, where GRI presented a preview of the new Occupational Health and Safety Standard, and the latest sustainability news.

    Listen to the GRI podcast Beyond Reports on iTunes - subscibe here!

    Tweet me:Tune in to the latest episode of @GRI_Secretariat podcast #BeyondReports, featuring an interview with @VigeoEiris on #sustainability ratings and #ESG reporting. You can also catch up with the latest #susty news and more - listen now: http://bit.ly/2KT39gO

    KEYWORDS: GRI, global reporting initiative, GRI Standards, sustainability ratings, Vigeo EIRIS, Podcast, GRI Podcast, Beyond Reports


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    Former Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability PostDoc, Jocelyn Leitzinger

    SOURCE:University of Michigan: Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

    DESCRIPTION:

    Activists and industry 
    For many people, the combination of activists and industry brings to mind images of protestors chanting while marching with signs and banners in front of a company’s store, headquarters or production facility. For others, it suggests the maneuverings of shareholder activists—equity stakeholders using their investments to pressure a company’s management into some form of policy change.

    What it might not evoke is visions of support, cooperation or collaboration.

    Activism: Fertile ground for market entry 
    Despite the classic story of activists being at odds with corporations, the success of many of today’s modern industries and markets was predicated on these political and social change agents’ efforts. For example, in parts of the U.S., early support for wind energy came from environmental activists, who laid much of the groundwork to develop the regulatory structures and social acceptance needed to support renewable energy proliferation. The first voter-approved renewable portfolio standard (RPS)—which mandates a specified percentage of electricity production from renewable sources—passed in 2004 in Colorado, largely due to the efforts of environmental activist organizations and renewable energy enthusiasts. That law, Amendment 37, was instrumental in creating a market for wind energy in the state.

    Continue reading the article here.

    Tweet me:Activists can build the social support necessary for products to flourish. @jomalei @erbinstitute #sustainability http://myumi.ch/6j8v9

    KEYWORDS: Erb Institute, university of michigan, Sustainable Business, business strategy, corporate activism, Jocelyn Leitzinger


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    SOURCE:MilliporeSigma

    DESCRIPTION:

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A mobile science lab, called the Curiosity Cube, stopped at EPiC Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Watch the video online at KMBC

    Tweet me:Inside the #CuriosityCube, students at @EpicElementary used #virtualreality to learn about cells. See how @MilliporeSigma is helping to #SPARKCuriosity in the next generation of scientists via @kmbc: http://bit.ly/2knBv08

    KEYWORDS: Curiosity Cube, MilliporeSigma, Mobile science lab, STEM, EPiC Elementary School, Rebecca Dowd


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    SOURCE:FCA US LLC

    DESCRIPTION:

    May 25. 2018 /3BL Media/ - The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, was recognized with the eighth annual SAE Foundation Gordon Millar Award, sponsored by AVL at the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration in Detroit on May 24, 2018.

    AVL generously funds this award which is given in special recognition of an individual or organization that best demonstrates continuous philanthropic support of the SAE Foundation. Founded in 1948, AVL is the world's largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines.

    “The mobility space is changing so quickly,” said Don Manvel, chairman and CEO of AVL Americas. “We, as an industry, must respond by investing in the students who will solve these major social, economic, and technological challenges that lie ahead. That’s exactly what the FCA Foundation is doing, and it’s an honor to recognize their contributions with this award.”

    The FCA Foundation provides philanthropic support to SAE’s A World In Motion (AWIM) STEM education program, which gives students from kindergarten through eighth grade the opportunity to develop critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills.

    “The FCA Foundation believes that education is essential to creating and sustaining strong and empowered communities,” said Christine Estereicher, FCA Foundation CEO and Director, State Affairs, Civic Engagement & External Affairs, FCA US LLC. “We are grateful for our partnership with SAE and the opportunities they afford our employees to affect a positive impact on youth in our communities.”

    In addition to providing funding for the program, FCA US employees serve as classroom volunteers, further enhancing the experience for students and teachers. In 2017, the FCA Foundation awarded SAE a $10,000 grant in recognition of its partnership with the FCA US Motor Citizens volunteer program. FCA US employees volunteered nearly 1,000 hours in support of AWIM, the Formula SAE student design competition and the JetToy Challenge.

    For information about the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration please visit www.saefoundation.org/News-Events/Events/Celebration.

    About the FCA Foundation
    The FCA Foundation is the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. The FCA Foundation invests in U.S. charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. In support of these objectives, the FCA Foundation focuses on the following foundational pillars: youth development, education, support for veterans, active military and their families, and community service.

    About the SAE Foundation
    The SAE Foundation works to increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through the support of SAE’s STEM education programs including A World In Motion®. SAE’s programs have reached over 5 million students and placed 30,000 industry volunteers in the classroom. For more information, visit www.saefoundation.org.

    Tweet me:FCA Foundation receives the SAE Foundation’s eighth annual Gordon Millar Award #FCAFoundation @SAEIntl @FoundationSAE http://bit.ly/2IV64sh

    Contact Info:

    Kevin E. Frazier
    FCA US LLC
    +1 (248) 512-2678
    kevin.frazier@fcagroup.com

    KEYWORDS: SAE International, AWIM, A World In Motion, Formula SAE, STEM, Science, Technology, engineering, Jet Toy Challenge, NYSE:FCAU, FCA

     


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    The supply of cobalt has emerged as a potential risk to the pace of growth in electrified transport over the next few years

    SOURCE:Bloomberg

    DESCRIPTION:

    London and New York, May 21, 2018 – The electrification of road transport will move into top gear in the second half of the 2020s, thanks to tumbling battery costs and larger-scale manufacturing, with sales of electric cars racing to 28%, and those of electric buses to 84%, of their respective global markets by 2030.

    The latest long-term forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows sales of electric vehicles (EVs), increasing from a record 1.1 million worldwide last year to 11 million in 2025, and then surging to 30 million in 2030 as they establish cost advantage over internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. China will lead this transition, with sales there accounting for almost 50% of the global EV market in 2025 and 39% in 2030.

    The number of ICE vehicles sold per year (gasoline or diesel) is expected to start declining in the mid-2020s, as EVs bite hard into their market. In 2040, some 60 million EVs are projected to be sold, equivalent to 55% of the global light-duty vehicle market. ‘Shared mobility’ cars will be a small but growing element (see below).

    The advance of e-buses will be even more rapid than for electric cars, according to BNEF’s analysis. It shows electric buses in almost all charging configurations having a lower total cost of ownership than conventional municipal buses by 2019. There are already over 300,000 e-buses on the road in China, and electric models are on track to dominate the global market by the late 2020s.

    Click here to read the full story. 

    Tweet me:Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2018 EV Outlook is out now! According to our forecasts, EV sales will increase from a record 1.1 million worldwide last year to 11 million in 2025, and then surge to 30 million in 2030. #EVrevolution @bloombergNEF http://bit.ly/2IXEwCp

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, BNEF, EV, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 2018 EV Outlook


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