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    by Jan Lee



    Most of us in the developed world take soap for granted. It’s a pervasive part of our consciousness and our lifestyle: It lives in our bathrooms, our kitchens, under our sinks and in our camping supplies. It’s a necessity, but few of us in North America would think of it as a sign of affluence.

    In fact, those little bars are so prevalent that we generally can’t escape them – even when we’re away from home. We’re greeted with multiple little packages of hygiene goodness every time we step into a hotel room or go to a restaurant. For about 20 percent of the world’s population, the question of what happens to all those bars of soap we leave behind after our stay aren’t a mandatory consideration; how they get recycled, and who ensures they don’t get funneled into massive landfills are issues that are often left to management.

    And it’s likely that most travelers also don’t spend their well-earned days of rest pondering the connections between poverty, childhood diseases, the cost of soap and inaccessible hygiene.

    But Stefan Phang does. Diversey’s Regional Director for Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Turkey Region (AMAT) realized years ago that there was way to combine those little bars with philanthropy and produce better living conditions for millions of people across the globe.

    And just as important, he realized, there were ways to use those donations to teach communities about the link between good hygiene, health and a valuable community income. There were also ways that the hygiene and cleaning supply company he worked for could partner with those communities by creating shared value (CSV) that in turn, would enhance the sustainability of both the communities and Diversey.

    In 2013 Phang launched what would eventually become Diversey’s Soap for Hope CSV program. Using his own networking skills and the support of Diversey, he convinced hotels to donate the discarded soap they collected from guest rooms. At the same time, he began reaching out to the small, low-income communities adjacent to the hotels to see if they would be willing to take on the unique job of recycling and remaking soap that could be distributed to low-income households.

    According to Daniel Daggett, PhD, Diversey’s executive director for sustainability and CSR, that out-of-the-box thinking helped launch a program that is now having international impact.

    “Soap for Hope is one of our signature CSV programs,” explained Daggett, who said the innovative program has given Diversey the ability to partner with a wide spectrum of customers that use its services in the hospitality industry.

    Daggett said the CSV program has many benefits, both for Diversey and its customers. For the hotels, it offers a sustainable way to ensure that the used soap doesn’t end up in the landfill. And it allows them to participate in a local initiative that improves their communities.

    For Diversey, it provides an emblematic way of demonstrating the company’s values.

    “[It] is really important for Diversey,” said Daggett, “not only because it helps identify our culture, what we stand for, but because we also see the real value of it in establishing relationships with our customers.

    “It really ticks all of the boxes of sustainability and has a great environmental story. It has a great social story and it makes good business sense for us.”

    Daggett said Diversey provides all of the equipment, materials and the processes for the community to recycle the soap.

    “The idea is to be able to set this very, very small manufacturing station … anywhere,” said Daggett. “The concept is you can go into a rural village where they may have problems with access to clean water and not a lot of resources, and show up and say, ‘Look, here’s a business. It can provide a small amount of income and source of hygiene for your village.’ That’s exactly what the target is of Soap for Hope.”

    Plus, it affords a door to teaching kids about the benefits of handwashing at an early age.

    “Very frequently the Soap for Hope program will work in concert with a school,” said Daggett. “We teach [the children] how to wash their hands using the right amount of time. It sounds trivial, but there are actually [Center for Disease Control] requirements and regulations, even guidelines for how hands should be washed. Obviously we want kids to learn how to do it effectively. So there is often an educational element to it and kids get excited about something that may seem commonplace.”

    And that may be Soap for Hope’s greatest accomplishment: community engagement. With the help of nonprofits, Soap for Hope is able to incentivize communities and at the same time, teach the youngest generations the processes and importance of incorporating hygiene into everyday habits.

    Doctors have found that reducing child mortality numbers in developing countries doesn’t just depend on finding ways to improve access to food, but increasing hygiene and sanitation in disadvantaged communities as well. According to UNICEF, as many as 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea-related diseases. Some 80 percent of those deaths are linked to unclean water sources and poor sanitation and hygiene. Lack of ability to improve their living circumstances because of unemployment and barriers to education create an endemic cycle of poverty for many of the world’s poorest communities

    Soap for Hope is already addressing some of those statistics, said Daggett, who pointed out that the small income often affords access to things we take for granted. By linking luxury hotels that have an unneeded resource with its nearby low-income neighbors, Soap for Hope not only helps ensure that the discarded materials don’t feed the continuation of a landfill, but gives kids a vision of a better life as they grow up. That “very small income” that the community earns through recycling bars of soap Daggett said, can often times be the deciding factor to whether or not a child goes to school, learns to read and has the potential to create a sustainable, income-earning career.

    So far, the Soap for Hope program operates in 39 countries; more than 150 cities participate, and some 539 hotels support the recycling program. Daggett admits that not every country or community is likely to be a perfect fit for the program. Stringent manufacturing laws in the U.S. for example would make it difficult to set up a hand-operated soap manufacturing unit in a rural community without involved licensing processes and fees. But a growing number of communities in developing nations where endemic poverty from unemployment can have catastrophic impact are now benefiting from the program. Hotels and adjacent communities in Latin America and Asia now participate, with India being the latest country to come aboard.

    Video courtesy of Diversey, Inc.

    Tweet me:.@diversey's #SoapForHope creating shared value program operates in 39 countries, more than 150 cities participate, and some 539 hotels support the #recycling program via @triplepundit

    KEYWORDS: Diversey, triplepundit, Soap for Hope, sustainability, csr, Community Engagement

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    SOURCE:Whirlpool Corporation


    The Whirlpool Corporation refrigeration plant in Middle Amana has called the Amana Colonies home for 83 years.

    This past week, the appliance manufacturer and refrigeration company deepened its roots in the community – literally – by planting seven trees to honor the seven Amana Colonies.

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    Tweet me:The Whirlpool Corporation refrigeration plant in Middle Amana recently planted seven trees to honor the seven Amana Colonies.

    KEYWORDS: amana, tree planting, whirlpool corporation, NYSE:WHR

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    June 29, 2018 - The Copper Club Inc. has honored Red Conger, Freeport-McMoRan’s President and Chief Operating Officer-Americas, with its 2018 Ankh Award, also known as the Copper Man of the Year, for four-plus decades of leadership and service to the copper industry.

    Recipients of the Ankh Award are chosen for their outstanding individual achievements in and contributions to the copper industry.

    After earning his mining engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, Conger began his mining career at the Kennecott copper mine in Bingham Canyon in Utah in 1977. This led to a 20-year career with Phelps Dodge Corp. overseeing all aspects of mining and processing at several North America operations and all South America operations. During that time, Conger progressed through a multitude of senior management roles before becoming president of Freeport-McMoRan Americas in 2007, following Freeport-McMoRan's acquisition of Phelps Dodge the same year. He assumed the role of president and chief operating officer in July 2015.

    Conger is past chairman of the National Mining Association and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2007. In 2017, he was the honored recipient of the Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal in recognition of his continued leadership in safety, change management and production efficiency and for his contributions to Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Conger is also a former commissioner on the New Mexico Mining Commission and has served on an Arizona water review commission.

    For information about Freeport-McMoRan’s workforce safety and health, please see

    Please see their 2017 Working Toward Sustainable Development report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts.

    Tweet me:Freeport-McMoRan’s Red Conger Named 2018 Copper Man of the Year #copper

    KEYWORDS: Copper Club, Leadership, safety, change management, production efficiency, Freeport-McMoRan, NYSE:FCX


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    More than 50 grants awarded to commemorate 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Act, honor advocates

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Wells Fargo and Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced more than 50 grants awarded to nonprofits across the U.S. to promote housing equality for low- to middle-income households in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

    The 2018 Wells Fargo Housing Equality 50th Anniversary Grant Program honors fair housing community leaders, advocates, and nonprofits by contributing funding for projects, education and training programs and initiatives that highlight the work of those furthering housing equality in 2018, which marks 50 years since the Fair Housing Act was enacted. The Fair Housing Act provides for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion or national origin.

    “With this grant program, Wells Fargo recognizes the instrumental leadership role housing equality advocates have in creating pathways to achieve affordable and sustainable homeownership for low-to middle income households,” said Mike Rizer, head of Community Relations with Wells Fargo. “We also realize there is more work to be done and are committed to doing our part to narrow the gap for households to achieve homeownership. We look forward to continuing to work together with community leaders to make a greater impact.”

    With the 2018 Wells Fargo Housing Equality 50th Anniversary Grant program, the Wells Fargo Foundation awarded more than 50 grants coast-to-coast totaling over $250,000 including:

    • Alaska Legal Services Corporation (Anchorage, Alaska)
    • Asian and Pacific Islander Community Improvement Association Inc. (Clackamas, Ore.)
    • Athens Land Trust (Athens, Ga.)
    • Austin Travis County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center (Austin, Texas)
    • Corporation For Community and Economic Development United, Inc. (Tallahassee, Fla.)
    • Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (Denver)
    • Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Denver)
    • Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Los Angeles)
    • Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (San Rafael, Calif.)
    • Fair Housing Rights Center In Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
    • Family Housing Advisory Services Inc. (Omaha, Neb.)
    • Greensboro Housing Coalition (Greensboro, N.C.)
    • Greenville County of Human Relations Commission (Greenville, S.C.)
    • Habitat for Humanity East Bay (Oakland, Calif.)
    • Habitat for Humanity (Memphis, Tenn.)
    • Hampton Roads Community Action Program (Newport News, Va.)
    • Homestead Community Land Trust (Seattle)
    • Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (Jenkintown, Pa.)
    • Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County (Seattle)
    • Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware, Inc. (Wilmington, Del.)
    • Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (Richmond, Va.)
    • Housing Options and Planning Enterprises Inc. (Oxon Hill, Md.)
    • Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board (Ontario, Calif.)
    • Intermountain Fair Housing Council (Boise, Idaho)
    • Law Access New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.)
    • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (San Jose, Calif.)
    • Lower Cape Cod Community Development, Corp. (Cape Cod, Mass.)
    • Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (Holyoke, Mass.)
    • Metropolitan Housing Coalition Information Service Fund (Louisville, Ky.)
    • Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc. (Milwaukee)
    • NAACP (Washington, D.C.)
    • National Urban League (New York City)
    • Neighborhood Design Center, Inc. (Baltimore)
    • New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, Inc. (Newark, N.J.)
    • North Texas Fair Housing Center (Dallas)
    • Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio)
    • Partnership for Housing Affordability (Richmond, Va.)
    • Proud Ground (Portland, Ore.)
    • Sacramento Housing Alliance (Sacramento)
    • San Diego Housing Federation (San Diego)
    • San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative (Fresno, Calif.)
    • Shiloh Community Development, Inc. (Anchorage, Alaska)
    • Silver State Fair Housing Council (Reno, Nev.)
    • Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (Los Angeles)
    • Southwest Fair Housing Council (Tucson, Ariz.)
    • Tennessee Housing Development Agency (Nashville, Tenn.)
    • United South Broadway Corporation (Albuquerque, N.M.)
    • Urban League (Norfolk, Va.)
    • Utah Housing Coalition (Salt Lake City)
    • Wealth Watchers, Inc. (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    • Westchester Residential Opportunities (White Plains, N.Y.)

    Commitment to Advancing Homeownership℠

    In addition to the Housing Equality 50 program, Wells Fargo has a history of investment in innovative programs and initiatives focused on Advancing Homeownership℠ to bring growth, stability and sustainability to households and communities.

    Wells Fargo’s efforts include:

    • Hispanic Wealth Building Initiative– Wells Fargo announced in September 2015 the Hispanic Wealth Building Initiative, which includes a projected $125 billion over 10 years in mortgage originations and a goal of $10 million to support initiatives that promote financial education and counseling for Hispanic homebuyers. In continued recognition of the importance of hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, Wells Fargo intends to increase the number of Hispanic home mortgage consultants on its sales team.
    • African American homeownership commitment– Wells Fargo announced in February 2017 a $60 billion lending commitment to create at least 250,000 African American homeowners by 2027 and a pledge to increase the diversity of the Wells Fargo Home Lending sales team. This effort is supported by $15 million in initiatives that promote financial education and counseling over the next decade.
    • American Indian/Alaska Native communities commitment– Last November, Wells Fargo announced a five-year, $50 million commitment to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to help address their unique economic, social and environmental needs including down payment assistance and other programs to advance homeownership as well as affordable housing development.
    • NeighborhoodLIFT® program– An innovative collaboration with NeighborWorks® America and its network members, Wells Fargo has invested more than $400 million in NeighborhoodLIFT and other LIFT programs that offer homebuyer education plus down payment assistance grants to mortgage-ready homebuyers. The effort has created more than 17,600 homeowners through 60 city-specific initiatives since 2012. Already the single largest corporate philanthropic effort of its kind in the company’s history, Wells Fargo intends to double its philanthropic investment in NeighborhoodLIFT in 2018 to $75 million to expand the program to more communities.
    • your First Mortgage ® - A conventional loan program that has helped more than 47,000 customers secure $10 billion in home financing to achieve homeownership through lower down payments (three percent down for a fixed rate loan), expanded credit criteria, and incentives for homebuyer education. Recent trends show more than 75 percent of yourFirst Mortgage customers choose to complete the homebuyer education course and earn a closing cost credit.
    • In addition, Wells Fargo serves as a leading provider of volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and other organizations. Since 1993, through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation team member volunteer program, Wells Fargo team members have spent more than 4.75 million hours to build and improve more than 7,600 homes for low-income homeowners, seniors, veterans, and families. And in 2017, Wells Fargo surpassed its Corporate Social Responsibility economic empowerment goal of building and improving 1,000 homes by 2020 more than two years early.

    In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

    Tweet me:.@WellsFargo awards 50 grants to commemorate 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Act #CSR. #FairHousing

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, Housing, NYSE:WFC, Wells Fargo Housing Equality 50th Anniversary Grant Program, Fair Housing Act

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    SOURCE:Republic Services


    Yesterday, Republic Services had the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate 20 years as a publicly-traded company. Republic thanks all past and present employees, customers, partners and shareholders for being a part of the Company’s continued growth. It’s their collective commitment to serving their customers, communities and planet that have led them to where they are today. #repthestar

    Don Slager joined Cheddar to talk about how Republic Services is innovating recycling and waste management.

    Tweet me:Yesterday, @RepublicService had the honor of ringing the closing bell at @NYSE to celebrate 20 years as a publicly-traded company. #repthestar

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    SOURCE:Cone Communications


    Americans have seen the power of their activism to enact change. From boycott hashtags, student protests and outspoken employees, consumers have been a driving force for progress on social and environmental issues. But they are not always equipped to start a direct dialogue with brands about complex issues. Oxfam recognized that issue and is arming consumers with facts to help facilitate a conversation with supermarkets around the world.

    Oxfam, a global NGO dedicated to ending the injustice of poverty, recently launched the Behind the Barcodes campaign focused on the issue of human suffering within food supply chains. As part of the campaign, Oxfam reviewed the public policies, statements and commitments of 16 major supermarkets to create a “Supermarket Scorecard” that grades stores on their transparency and accountability around treatment of workers, farmers and women  –  generating an overall score that consumers can quickly look-up on the campaign website. Oxfam hopes the scorecard will encourage companies to share more information regarding their supply chains with customers, suppliers, workers and governments, which would spur honest and more effective conversations with those stakeholders around the solutions to the issue. Consumers curious about the score of their supermarket can find the scorecard on a webpage dedicated to the campaign. 

    To continue reading, please click here.

    Tweet me:.@Oxfam Spurs Transparency Conversation Between Consumers and Supermarkets

    KEYWORDS: Cone Communications, Oxfam, Transparency, Behind the Barcodes

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    AEG and BET partner with Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools for annual service day in conjunction with BET Experience at L.A. LIVE and BET Awards



    AEG and BET joined forces for their annual employee service day to mentor at-risk high school students at Inner City Education Foundation’s (ICEF) View Park Prep High School on June 21, 2018. The annual service day was in conjunction with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE and BET Awards at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Theater.

    Employees from both AEG and BET were paired with more than 30 students and participated in a workforce development workshop moderated by branding consultant Farrah Parker. Following the workshop, employees worked one-on-one with students to provide additional industry insight and advice for how to pursue future careers.

    “Now, more than ever, it is important for all students to meet and spend quality time with those who speak possibilities into their lives,” said Patricia Jackson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, ICEF Public Schools. “Through the dedicated efforts of both the AEG and BET employees, our students left feeling refreshed, prepared and empowered to use their new branding and workforce leadership tools.”

    The event marks the 6th year in which AEG has partnered with BET during the BET Experience to participate in a community service project. Previous joint community service projects have featured volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, All Peoples Community Center, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center and providing tree care at Griffith Park.

    “At AEG we are constantly working in the communities where we do business to provide educational and recreational opportunities for students in grades K-12,” said Erikk Aldridge, Director of Community Affairs, AEG. “This year for our annual service day with BET, we were thrilled to provide one-on-one mentorship to the students of ICEF View Park Prep and provide them with valuable industry insight and advice for how they can achieve their goals through the continued pursuit of education and hard work.”

    “BET Networks is committed to being a positive and impactful member of the community by leveraging our resources and ability to inspire,” said Nneka Norville Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Communications, BET Networks.  “As always, we are pleased to co-host another annual service day with AEG and this year, provide invaluable mentor-mentee connections for students at ICEF View Park Prep.”

    ICEF, which stands for Inner City Education Foundation, operates 12 schools educating over 4,000 students in grades K through 12. ICEF was one of the first charter school management organizations in Los Angeles and has become a leader in raising to competitive levels the achievement of African-American and Latino/Hispanic students in the state of California.

    BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE, teamed up to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX) presented by Coca-Cola®. This four-day festival is filled with music concerts taking place at STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend is capped off with the “BET Awards” at Microsoft Theater.

    BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 150 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arena; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world's largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at

    Tweet me:.@aegworldwide & @BET team up to mentor at-risk students for annual #BETX #ServiceDay

    KEYWORDS: AEG, BET Networks, service day, Crenshaw, Student Mentorship, employee volunteers, BET Experience, BET Awards, BET Experience at L.A. LIVE

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    RESTON, Va., July 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement and construction, will work with a leading U.S.-based development agency to accelerate the growth of local infrastructure across Africa.

    Bechtel will partner with the U.S.-Africa Development Foundation (USADF) to deliver community-level infrastructure projects that drive the creation of local enterprises. Bechtel’s work will be guided from its African headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, which opened last year. The multi-year partnership between Bechtel and USADF was announced on July 2, during a press conference in Cote D’Ivoire.  

    “Our partnership with Bechtel will create pathways to prosperity for underserved communities throughout Africa,” said U.S. African Development Foundation President and CEO C.D. Glin. “Our community-led development approach includes the provision of grant financing in response to community identified needs and opportunities, ensuring Africans have a voice and a choice in their own development. By investing in Africans and their ideas, we spur self-reliance and sustainability, increasing household incomes, creating jobs, and improving local lives and local enterprise.” 

    USADF is taking action in response to the acute need across Africa for expanded access to roads, clean water, and reliable and affordable electricity that will change communities and transform disadvantaged people from observers to active, self-reliant participants in the growth of their local economies. To deliver a greater impact for local communities and enterprises, Bechtel and USADF intend to take on some of the most challenging projects in Africa.

    “Our approach includes transferring technical knowledge to communities, local organizations, and businesses to empower them to develop, design, and manage their own projects, including safety, quality, ethics, sustainability, cost, and schedule,” said Andrew Patterson, Bechtel’s region president for Africa.

    The partnership has already started work in the Kibera area of Nairobi, where Bechtel is providing engineering and project management to local NGOs working to solve water and sanitation problems. 

    Media contact:
    Corey Dade
    O: +1 571.262.7067
    M: +1 571.283.9363

    About USADF

    The USADF is an independent federal agency established to support African-led development that grows community enterprises by providing seed capital and technical support. Partnering with Africans, USADF is answering the development demands from communities one partnership at a time. USADF is working with African communities in fragile and post-conflict areas throughout the Sahel, Horn and Great Lakes region, empowering vulnerable populations such as ethnic and religious minorities, pastoralists, youth and women, and those living with disabilities create sustainable livelihoods. 

    About Bechtel

    Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, the company has completed more than 25,000 projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are

    Tweet me:.@Bechtel has partnered with @USADF to create #sustainableinfrastructure + #PathwaystoProsperity across #Africa #SDGs

    KEYWORDS: U.S.-Africa Development Foundation (USADF), Bechtel, africa

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    Verizon’s Gridwide IoT Solution is helping Hawaii create a more sustainable future



    By Chris Lloyd, director of corporate responsibility strategy, Verizon

    At Verizon, we don’t wait for the future. We build it. In Hawaii, we’re helping build a future in which all the electricity comes from renewable sources, enabling the environment, society and the economy to thrive.

    To help the Aloha state achieve its goal to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, the Hawaiian Electric Company selected Verizon’s Grid Wide IoT-based smart grid solution for its two new rooftop solar programs. Verizon is providing Hawaiian Electric with an Advanced Meter Infrastructure solution that allows it to monitor and manage the amount of energy being sent to the grid from customers’ rooftop solar inverters. In near-real time, Hawaiian Electric can see how much energy is being sent to the grid from these customers and curtail this generation, if needed, to prevent destabilization of the grid.

    This application of Verizon’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology is an example of how we are addressing societal challenges while creating value for shareholders and the communities we serve. It’s solutions like these that, according to the Global eSustainability Initiative’s SMARTer2030 report, will help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.

    By applying its IoT-based smart grid platform, 4G LTE network, cloud hosting and data analytics capabilities, Verizon is helping to transform Hawaii’s energy grid, fostering the transition to a more environmentally friendly, low-carbon society. And the project in Hawaii is not the only one. In 2017, Verizon’s Grid Wide solution and the third-party smart grid solutions that Verizon enables, helped Verizon customers avoid emitting 1.7 million metric tons of CO2e, equivalent to removing 370,000 cars from the road for a year.

    At Verizon, We’re giving humans the ability to do more in this world by creating the connections that turn innovative ideas into reality. We call it #humanability. Learn more here.

    Tweet me:.@HwnElectric and @Verizon teamed up to build a future in which all the electricity comes from renewable sources, enabling the environment, society and the economy to thrive. #humanability

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:VZ, Verizon, hawaii, IoT, Internet of Things

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    Logistics Company Releases 16th Annual Sustainability Report



    July 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ - UPS’s 16th annual Sustainability Report highlights the company’s sustainability challenges and accomplishments during 2017, including progress toward its 2020 and 2025 goals in support of the environment, global workforce, and communities around the world. The report also showcases investments in cutting-edge technologies that are advancing UPS’s integrated network to new levels of efficiency and creating tangible sustainability benefits.

    UPS’s 2017 sustainability highlights include:

    • Incorporating virtual reality technology into safety training, which enables employees to practice defensive driving techniques in real-world scenarios.
    • Adding 1,192 vehicles to the UPS “rolling laboratory,” a specialized fleet of approximately 9,100 vehicles worldwide (as of April 2018), spanning a range of technologies including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane, and electrically-assisted bicycles.
    • Accelerating investments in fleet electrification by pre-ordering 125 of Tesla’s fully electric Semi trucks; piloting smart-grid vehicle charging technology at our Central London center; and collaborating with Workhorse Group to deploy electric vehicles comparable in acquisition cost to conventional gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks – removing a barrier to large-scale adoption.
    • Collaborating with cities to develop new package delivery solutions, including a “depot-to-door” pilot in London that uses an electrically assisted trailer to deliver packages from a central location; introducing an “Eco Hub” solution - a mini distribution center from which deliveries are made by foot or eBike – in Dublin; and piloting eBikes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
    • Expanding the partnership between The UPS Foundation; Zipline, a drone technology startup; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to use drones to deliver urgently needed medical supplies to remote areas in Rwanda.
    • Collaborating with the American Red Cross, and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works, Inc., to test the use of drone technology in assessing damage in the wake of disasters.

    UPS’s 2017 Sustainability Progress Report and GRI Content Index are available at The UPS GRI Content Index has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Comprehensive option.

    About UPS
    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at® or and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.


    Tweet me:.@UPS has released their new #susty Progress Report with stories of innovation and technology

    KEYWORDS: UPS, united parcel service, NYSE:UPS

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    Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland recently offered employees at its corporate headquarters in Stratham, NH an innovative new way to serve -- from the convenience of their desks -- in partnership with TutorMate, a division of Innovations of Learning (a non-profit focused on teaching students to read).  TutorMate pairs adult tutors with students in need to help improve reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills. While the program is national in scope, Timberland was among TutorMate’s first corporate partnerships in New England and was matched with the David A. Ellis Elementary school in Roxbury, MA, part of the Boston public school system.

    Since 1992, Timberland has offered employees paid time to serve communities through its Path of Service™ program.  Full time employees are offered up to 40 paid service hours each year, and the company always seeks innovative ways to help employees use those hours. 

    Starting in March 2018, ten Timberland employees began tutoring individual first-grade students in weekly 30- minute sessions through TutorMate’s online platform.  Tutors dialed into a computer in the first grade classroom to connect with the student to be tutored. During each session, tutors and students shared a screen and read online stories together.  They also practiced sight words and sounds, and played a variety of online interactive skills-building games.

    The tutors could then message the students’ teacher through the TutorMate platform to provide progress updates and move students up a level to encourage more challenging reading and comprehension. The students especially enjoyed playing a word-based version of tic-tac-toe to increase their vocabulary words. 

    To celebrate the success of the program, the Timberland tutors travelled to the Eliis School on June 5 to meet their students in person for an afternoon of activities, snacks and fun.  The tutors also surprised all the first grade students (over 80 in total) with new TimberlandÒ boots. 

    “The excitement and joy were both contagious and loud!” said Jill Holt, Timberland’s Community Service coordinator and TutorMate program lead for Timberland.  “The students were thrilled with the surprise, as many have never had their own brand new pair of shoes. It was an incredibly rewarding experience all around, for the kids as well as the tutors.”

    “This was the best use of my community service hours to date,” said Timberland volunteer Katie Guest. “I loved forming a friendship with my student and helping her read through this innovative program. And it was so convenient to be able to do right from my desk.”

    To learn more about TutorMate visit

    To learn more about Timberland’s commitment to create responsible product, protect and restore the outdoors, and serve communities, visit

    Tweet me:.@Timberland volunteers enjoy innovative online volunteer opportunity to help first graders improve reading skills

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:VFC, Timberland, Tutormate


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    WEBINAR // No budget? No problem! Launching a successful Giving Tuesday campaign with skilled volunteers.

    SOURCE:Taproot Foundation



    Planning and executing a successful #GivingTuesday campaign can be daunting. You need inviting graphics, compelling messaging, an engaging email strategy, and stand-out social media. Don’t panic: all this is achievable even without a budget or in-house expertise.

    This free webinar from Giving Tuesday and Taproot Foundation will teach you how to harness the expertise of marketing, graphic design, videography, and communications professionals who want to volunteer to help your cause.

    You’ll learn:

    • Campaign planning and execution best practices
    • Which parts of a successful Giving Tuesday campaign can be done pro bono
    • The simplest way to find the right skilled volunteer for the job 

    In short, you’ll have access to the pro bono expertise you need to build a successful Giving Tuesday campaign from start to finish – and in plenty of time for the big day!

    Register now to join us on and learn how to launch a successful Giving Tuesday campaign without a budget! All registrants will be sent a recording of the event.

    Tuesday, July 10 at 10 AM PT // 12 PM CT // 1 PM ET   


    Access to the webinar and Taproot+ are free of cost, now and always.

    Tweet me:#GivingTuesday will be here before you know it! Prepare with help from @givingtues & @taprootfound free webinar on launching a successful #nonprofit campaign

    KEYWORDS: capacity building for nonprofits, Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteering, Giving Tuesday 2018, nonprofit fundraising, nonprofit development, Nonprofit Marketing, nonprofit webinar, Taproot Foundation, Nonprofits

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    SOURCE:Duke Energy


    About 30 volunteers from Duke Energy paired with Floyd County third- and fourth-graders to create rain and butterfly gardens at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park, Floyd County’s new 35-acre park.

    Tweet me:.@DukeEnergy employees #volunteered with Indiana schoolchildren to build rain and butterfly gardens at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park #communityinvolvement #partnerships

    KEYWORDS: Duke Energy, Duke Energy In Action, Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park, Indiana, butterfly garden, rain garden

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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    Put down your headset: Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) aren’t just for gamers anymore. More and more we’re using immersive technology for a variety of real-world scenarios—from performing surgery in a virtual operating room to training military personnel. The goal is to present a dynamic, yet artificial environment that replicates the real world.

    At Booz Allen, three teams of Summer Games interns are using VR and AR, too. They’re developing innovative solutions to improve airport security, train Air Force drone pilots, and help emergency preparedness. In exploring how to use these technologies, they’re also integrating data science and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve human-centered experiences.

    Learn more about the teams’ work in their own words:

    Enhancing Airport Security with VR Training

    “We’re developing a VR tool to improve airport security by enhancing the on-the-job performance of airport screeners nationwide. To improve screening skills of the agents and reduce costs, our implementable VR training program has different hands-on training modules,” says Ryan Holman from the Washington, DC-based team. “In a widely published 2015 report assessing airport security screening, banned items, like explosives and weapons, got through the screening process in 67 out of 70 tests. In addition, the existing agent training process is very expensive. Integrating artificial intelligence allows us to tailor training scenarios to fit each person’s strengths and weaknesses. Virtual reality is a viable and effective solution to improve officer safety and skills. The success of our tool serves as a benchmark for other federal VR training programs.”

    Learning to Fly in a Virtual Cockpit

    “Airmanship training in your pocket—that’s what our team is developing. It’s a mixed-reality application that projects a high-resolution, 3D model of a Texan II aircraft cockpit,” says Elizabeth Tate of the San Antonio, Texas-based team. “About 1,400 airmen train annually in San Antonio to become Air Force drone pilots, studying the foundational skills they need to fly drone-type aircraft upon deployment. While they’ll never sit in the real aircraft, they must master all the critical elements of aviation. Using our app on any Android smartphone, airmen can sit in the virtual cockpit—touching and interacting with the aircraft’s gauges and controls. It helps them hone their skills off base, at home, or anywhere. We’re also expanding how the app uses AI to track and respond to user metrics, tailoring the experience for the pilot’s knowledge level. We hope our self-guided learning app will become more readily available to all armed forces branches.”

    Improving Emergency Preparedness with VR Simulation

    “Using VR technology, we’re creating an emergency escape simulator to help transform the current emergency training landscape,” says Kaitlyn Neitz of the Norfolk, Virginia-based team. “With the increase in active-shooter incidents, it’s clear that people of all ages are generally unprepared for emergencies. Lockdown drills conducted at offices, university campuses, and schools across the country are often ineffective—people don’t take them seriously, don’t pay attention, or fail to cooperate. With an accessible immersive experience, our simulator improves training methods for emergency incidents where people are in danger. Here’s how it works: Users are immersed in a maze-like situation that tests reaction times and if they perform the right processes under pressure. In the first phase, users focus on escaping a building to get to safety. As users advance through the simulation, we assess their emergency preparedness. Afterwards we give them feedback on what they did right or wrong.”

    Learn more about how Booz Allen’s Summer Games interns are empowered to change the world.

    Tweet me:See how @BoozAllen #interns are using #VR and #AR to help solve real-world challenges

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, Interns, Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR)


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    SOURCE:Avery Dennison


    “The FoLAR volunteer event was a great experience for team bonding, cleaning up the environment, and enjoying local green spaces in the urban area."

    On June 20, 2018, the Avery Dennison corporate Green Team and employees from our headquarters in Glendale, California gathered at Bette Davis Park in Glendale to volunteer a day of service with the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR). The Los Angeles River runs for more than 51 miles, so cleaning the river is no easy task. Together, volunteers, organizations and communities are rallying together to clean up the river and help improve the face of Los Angeles.

    With trash grabbers and bags in hand, 30 employee volunteers ventured out to the banks and depths of the river to collect trash and objects that are harmful to the environment and threaten the sustainability of the surrounding communities.

    “I loved seeing how we broke into smaller teams to tackle the various parts of the clean-up. Some teams ventured far up and down river; some cleaned up piles of nails and other metals from the banks, others poked through the brush and mud to uncover hidden trash,” explains Anne Absey, Avery Dennison corporate communications coordinator and clean-up event organizer. “It was inspirational to see some courageous colleagues go out to the middle of the river, up to their ankles in water, to collect trash. I took their lead and was soon slogging through the muck as well.

    Click here to read more about the the team event...

    Follow our hashtags: #ADvolunteers #togetherAD #ADsustainability

    To learn more about our sustainability efforts, visit

    To learn more about the Friends of the LA River, visit

    Stay up-to-date on all the latest from Avery Dennison. Connect with us on Social Media.

    Tweet me:Making Friends with the LA River | @AveryDennison #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Avery Dennison


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    The EU’s newest data protection regulation is causing sweeping changes across the globe and corporate responsibility practitioners need to take notice



    by Cecily Joseph, VP, Corporate Social Responsibility

    On May 25, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable. Regardless of where you live, you’ve likely received numerous emails from companies providing tech-based apps and services you use, informing you that they have made updates to their privacy policies and asking you for your consent to remain on their data base so that they can continue to send you information about their products and services. That’s because the GDPR applies to all companies processing the personal data of individuals in Europe, regardless of where the company itself is based.

    The GDPR was designed to increase privacy and confidentiality, and it provides individuals in Europe with the right to better control their personal information, including medical records, bank statements, and Internet searches. While this regulation has greatly impacted the privacy practices of companies across the globe, it is also shaping corporate responsibility programs.

    I interviewed Gerard Chan, Symantec’s VP of Legal and head of our Global Privacy Office, to discuss how the GDPR is changing the relationship between privacy and corporate responsibility.

    CJ: In 2015, the UN Human Rights Council highlighted in a resolution on ‘the right to privacy in the digital age’ that new technologies could make it easier for corporations and governments to track people and read their messages. At Symantec, data privacy has always been a pillar of our corporate responsibility program. As the head of Symantec’s Global Privacy Office how does your work intersect with corporate responsibility including Symantec’s human rights initiatives?

    GC: Symantec takes seriously our duty to protect personal data and we have safeguards in place to ensure that personal information is collected and used in appropriate ways. We’ve seen that keeping personal data confidential and secure can help prevent human rights violations by protecting vulnerable individuals and communities.

    If misused, personal information, like location from a GPS signal or phone conversations and texts, can put people at risk. Think about journalists, dissidents, activists, and others whose information could be seized by an authoritarian government. Even in countries without such concerns, sharing sensitive personal data, such as race, religious beliefs, or electronic medical records could lead to discrimination. For these reasons and many others, we know it is our duty to protect the personal data we have access to.

    CJ: How does the EU’s new regulation, the GDPR, change or increase privacy?

    GC: I’d like to focus on three of the bigger changes. The first is that the GDPR gives individuals in Europe the right to be forgotten – that is the right to have businesses erase their personal data entirely.

    The second is that in more circumstances than before, the regulation will require companies to obtain individuals’ informed and specific consent to the processing of their data. In such cases, companies will have to ask the “data subjects”, as the law calls these individuals, to give genuine and free consent before starting to use their personal data. And for the consent to be valid, the data subject must be clearly informed about how their personal data will be used, shared, and stored.

    The third is the one that affects companies the most. The GDPR aims to embed data protection in the design stages of products and services, requiring what we call “privacy by design”. This means that privacy and data protection safeguards must be built into products and services from the earliest stage of development, and in many cases they must be enabled and even set to the maximum level of protection and confidentiality by default.

    CJ: Do you feel that the GDPR well help better protect human rights?

    GC:  We are living in a digital world where data can reveal private details about our lives­­— our thoughts, beliefs, movements and activities. The GDPR is one of the first legal acts to require that digital rights, like the right to privacy, be systematically incorporated into all business operations. The regulation isn’t perfect, but it strengthens protections for privacy and data protection in the European Economic Area and attempts to limit invasions into people’s lives through data, which is critical for human rights today.

    The regulation also guarantees some protections from decisions based on profiling and computer-generated decisions. Some organizations including commercial companies and public authorities use algorithms to make decisions about whether a person qualifies for various benefits or opportunities, such as health insurance, credit, or a job. The GDPR is designed to help prevent discrimination and provides a new layer of protection. It gives individuals the right to have a human review any such automated results.

    CJ: This sounds like a big shift in the privacy landscape, but will companies all comply? How will the GDPR be enforced?

    GC: Penalties for violating the GDPR are enforceable under European law, in some cases even with an international reach. Administrative fines can be as high as €20 million or 4% of annual global revenue, whichever is greater. This really highlights the significance that the EU is placing on data protection and privacy and we’ve seen that companies are taking compliance very seriously. As you’ve likely seen in the news Facebook, Google and others are already facing lawsuits for non-compliance, and the stakes could be worth billions of dollars in potential fines.

    Aside from financial penalties, businesses can also receive orders to stop processing data if they don’t comply or violate individuals’ privacy, making it hard for them to operate. This penalty could end up being an even bigger reason to comply with the regulation.

    CJ: How can people reading this learn more about our programs?

    GC: Symantec as a company took the necessary steps to ensure we were prepared for GDPR compliance. We’ve also created a new privacy portal, which includes information on how Symantec is safeguarding people’s privacy.

    Customers can learn more by also visiting our Customer Trust Portal, which describes how Symantec products and services can help our customers achieve their own GDPR and other compliance objectives. We’ve had really positive feedback on both of these portals, especially our Customer Data Processing Addendum, which more thoroughly lays out our commitment to safeguard any personal data that we process on behalf of our customers.

    Tweet me:READ: @Symantec's @CecilyJosephCR + Gerard Chan discuss how the #GDPR impacts #corporateresponsibility #dataprivacy #thoughtleadership

    KEYWORDS: Data Privacy, Symantec, general data privacy regulation (GDPR), information security

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    Our 2017 Sustainability Report, Operational Excellence. Sustainable Value., detailing our economic, environmental and social performance for the year has been published.

    “In 2017, Goldcorp elevated its sustainability performance while achieving several significant milestones through our steadfast dedication to continuous improvement,” stated Brent Bergeron, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability.  “Our commitment to innovation, consultation and partnerships helped make our mines safer, reduced water and energy consumption, and enabled us to build stronger working relationships within our host communities.  Our success in improving our performance and making a positive difference in our operating areas is a direct result of the outstanding efforts of our valued employees.”

    Our 2017 sustainability performance highlights include:

    • The foundation of our safety culture is to make our mines Safe Enough For Our Families. We are extremely proud to have achieved Zero Fatalities in 2017, our number one priority. We also saw a significant improvement in the Company’s safety performance over the year. Goldcorp’s All Injury Frequency Rate (AIFR) declined by 37% in 2017 and our Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTFR) dropped by 17%.
    • As part of our commitment to building an inclusive workplace, we developed a multidisciplinary Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, inspired by the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks[1]. This strategy outlines actionable steps to promote Goldcorp’s inclusive work environment.
    • Adding to our talent development suite of offerings, we launched our redesigned StepUP leadership program and our new Future Leaders program. Both programs reinforce our ongoing commitment to supporting employee development at every stage of their career.
    • In 2017, we focused on establishing the right mix of metrics to establish a sustainability performance baseline across all operating sites and establish targets for improvement in 2018. Towards this end, we developed and implemented the Goldcorp Sustainability Performance Index (SPI) during the year to monitor and measure progress in the areas of Safety & Health, Environment, Community Relations and Security. On-the-ground sustainability practices and progress are now being tracked and reported on a monthly basis.
    • Responsible water management is the hallmark of Goldcorp’s sustainability vision. We implemented a Water Accounting Framework, which defines the targets, milestones and success criteria of Goldcorp’s Towards Zero Water (H2Zero) We are continuing to develop and refine new technologies and process improvements that minimize water use at our mines, such as EcoTails, which takes us closer to our goal of reducing new fresh-water consumption to zero.
    • Recognizing that mining is an energy-intensive business, we continue to improve the energy efficiencies of our operations and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Various energy efficiency projects and initiatives undertaken in 2017 resulted in savings of approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2e, equivalent to taking approximately 21,000 cars off the road for a year. Goldcorp announced Canada’s first, fully electric underground mine at Borden, which will eliminate the use of diesel fuel and propane gas.
    • At Goldcorp, we recognize that we have an obligation to provide long-term social and economic benefits that extend beyond the life of the mine. In 2017, we contributed approximately US$9.94 million in cash and US$6.98 million in-kind to local communities in the form of donations, community investments, sponsorships and infrastructure improvements. More than one-third of the goods and services used at our operations were purchased locally and regionally, accounting for more than US$700 million in spending.
    • As a mine reaches the end of its productive life, we undertake comprehensive land reclamation to ensure local ecosystems are healthy ensuring previously mined areas are returned to productive use. Significant reclamation work at our Marlin Mine in Guatemala commenced in 2017. Our Marlin mine was the second mine in the world (our El Sauzal mine was the first) decommissioned and verified under the Principles & Standards of Practice of the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC).

    “Every element of our corporate strategy revolves around safe, responsible and profitable mining activities that provide enduring value for all our stakeholders,” concluded David Garofalo, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Sustainability and stakeholder engagement are top of mind in everything that we do. From the day we arrive in a community to the day we depart, our overriding objective is to leave the environment within our operating areas in as productive a condition as that in which we found it.”

    Goldcorp’s full 2017 Sustainability Report, as well as a downloadable PDF, is available at

    [1] O’Mara, Julie, and Richter, Alan, Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (, 2016), PDF.

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    KEYWORDS: NYSE:GG, sustainability, Goldcorp

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    SOURCE:21st Century Fox


    Fox Pride, a 21CF Colleague Network and Resource Group (CNRG), recently hosted an LGBTQ speaker series as part of its June celebration of Pride Month. The executive panel discussion, which was held at the Zanuck Theatre on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, featured Darren Schillace, EVP of Marketing at FOX Broadcasting Company; Julie Rieger, President, Chief Data Strategist and Head of Media for 20th Century Fox Film; Charlie Andrews, EVP of Drama Programming, Development and Event Series at FOX Broadcasting Company; Sally Daws, EVP of Advertising, Strategy and Digital at FX Networks; and was moderated by Schawn Belston, EVP of Media and Library Services for 20th Century Fox Film.

    The participating executives shared personal and professional experiences of being out in the workplace, along with various stories about mentorship and the importance of being authentic. The following quotes capture a few key highlights of the panel discussion.

    Mentorship: “I’ve worked for exceptional men, I’ve worked for exceptional women. I’ll tell you what is so interesting: What I’ve found is the ones that enabled me to soar, the ones that gave me wings, are the ones who have dealt with being some sort of minority themselves,” said Rieger.

    “Mentors have been mostly bosses who let me be me, let me speak up in a meeting, let me have an opinion,” Schillace added.

    Being open:“When you’re trying to work with writers and you’re working in development, you tell so many of your own life stories and experiences, and it’s a massive part of how we cook up ideas together,” Andrews said. “I think if you’re not open and you’re not who you are authentically, people feel that and won’t connect with you as much. In my job, living that way and being super open about every aspect of my life helps in what I do in a major way.”

    Rieger shared a story of being fired from her job in Houston back in 1994 after writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper about the killing of a young gay man (which was published) and sending a letter of support to the man’s family. She chose to move to San Francisco to seek a more open and inclusive community; and while living there, received a letter from the man’s family expressing gratitude for her support.

    “I would do that moment of my life over and over again a thousand times,” she said. “Because that’s what it’s like to be gay. You stand up, you say what you need to say, you be who you are and know [what] whatever happens, that you might end up on this stage one day. If that never happened, I wouldn’t be sitting here in front of you.”

    Change: Schillace recounted his experience watching “Love, Simon” in a theater with a group of teenagers who were relating to what they saw on the screen. “I was in awe of it,” he said. Adding that he thinks it’s great that he can now point to so many great examples of storytelling when he meets someone who is questioning and struggling.

    Responsibility: Daws expressed the importance of being visible and “one person,” which she considers to be her endeavor and responsibility. “That visibility and that voice that you have extends into what you do. We’re in positions where we can bring it into the workplace, we can bring it into championing ideas that can change people’s minds,” she said.

    The executive panel was part of a monthlong series of activities celebrating Pride Month, including:

    “Retrospective Film Series”: Colleague screenings and Q&A

    Fox Pride hosted a couple of retrospective film screenings during the month, including one for “Kissing Jessica Stein” followed by a Q&A with director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld; and one for “Boys Don’t Cry” followed by a discussion with director and advocate Kimberly Pierce. (Both films were originally distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.)

    Supporting services for LGBTQ youth

    As part of 21CF Impact Week, 21CF invited nearly 200 NYC-high school students to a special screening of “Love, Simon,” followed by a Trevor Project-led Q&A panel and lunchtime discussion with 21CF volunteers. 21CF was also a presenting sponsor at TrevorLIVE, The Trevor Project’s annual fundraising celebration, to support the nonprofit’s lifesaving programs for LGBTQ youth. The company launched the #LoveSimonTruthcampaign to encourage audiences to share their own truths–for every post on social media that used the hashtag, 21CF donated $1 to The Trevor Project, for a total of $150,000.

    Colleague and community events

    Colleagues joined together to also celebrate Pride Month by participating in LA Pride Parade, DC Capital Pride Alliance and NYC Pride March; attending mixers and networking events; and volunteering in activities to support the LGBTQ community, youth homeless, and suicide prevention and transgender wellness. Pride CNRG further demonstrated its strong solidarity with colleagues, allies and the community by “rainbowizing” the Fox lot in June.

    Fox Pride’s mission is to cultivate community among 21CF’s LGBTQ colleagues and allies, support causes important to the LGBTQ community, and foster a work environment where all 21CF’s LGBTQ colleagues feel authentic and professionally supported.

    Tweet me:Fox Pride celebrates and raises awareness in LA with LGBTQ speaker series during #PrideMonth

    KEYWORDS: Pride Month, 21st century fox, employee resource groups, NYSE:FOX

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    Eszter Vitorino appointed to the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance



    July 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Following the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the EU has mobilized many initiatives to support the global move towards a sustainable economy. One of these is the EU Sustainable Finance strategy, which focuses on examining how to integrate environmental, social and governance considerations into the European Union’s financial system. 
    Says Tim Mohin, Chief Executive at GRI: “It is great to see the EU’s recent policy developments that will help us build a greener, more equitable economy. GRI is very pleased to be asked to help in this effort.”
    GRI has been selected as part of a Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, which has a key role in successfully implementing the EU-wide strategy to align financial flows with sustainability objectives. The group comprises 35 members from civil society, academia, the business and finance sector, and will start its work in July 2018. GRI has been asked to contribute to the development of disclosure metrics. 
    The group focuses on the following policy objectives, which are essential for the successful implementation of the EU Sustainable Finance Plan:
    • Creating an EU taxonomy or classification system of climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation and other environmental activities
    • Developing EU Green Bond Standard
    • Establishing a category of "low carbon" indices for asset and portfolio managers as a benchmark low carbon investment strategy
    • Defining metrics to improve disclosure on climate-related information 
    Eszter Vitorino, Head of Capital Market Engagement at GRI, who will represent GRI in the Technical Expert Group, commented: “To establish sound metrics, it is essential to encourage strong principles as the base for climate-related disclosures. GRI’s expertise in sustainability disclosure will support a reliable methodology and ensure robust metrics.”
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    About GRI
    GRI is an independent international organization that has pioneered sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest. 
    Click here to learn more about GRI’s work with the capital markets. 
    Press contact
    Noora Puro
    Communications Specialist, GRI
    Tel: +31 (0)20 531 00 45

    Tweet me:GRI appointed to EU's Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance to help build a standards-based approach for EU’s Sustainable Finance strategy:

    KEYWORDS: GRI, global reporting initiative, GRI Standards, sustainability reporting, EU, European Union

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    Pueblo Viejo, Goldcorp’s joint venture gold mine in the Dominican Republic, has just taken a huge step towards becoming a more sustainable mine.

    One of the world’s largest gold mines, Pueblo Vieja, operated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC), a joint venture between Barrick Gold Corporation (60%) and Goldcorp (40%), announced that it has signed a 10-year natural gas supply contract, generating key cost-savings at the operation.

    PVDC owns and operates the Quisqueya I power generation facility and also supplies power to the Pueblo Viejo mine, and will convert the power plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas.

    Converting the power plant that feeds Pueblo Viejo from oil to natural gas is expected to reduce the operation’s average cost of sales and all-in sustaining costs by about $54 per ounce over the life of the mine, supported in part by the sale of excess power to the national energy grid. In switching to natural gas, PVDC is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Pueblo Viejo by approximately 260,000 CO2 equivalent tonnes per year.

    A new gas pipeline will be constructed and PVDC will invest around $7.5 million to convert Quisqueya I to natural gas, with commercial gas production expected to begin in the second half of 2019.

    Located 100 kilometres northwest of Santa Domingo, Pueblo Viejo produces gold, silver and copper and began commercial production in 2013. Goldcorp’s share of gold produced at Pueblo Viejo in 2017 was 433,000 ounces. A project to expand mineral processing capacity is in the pre-feasibility stage.

    Tweet me:Pueblo Viejo, Goldcorp’s joint venture gold mine in the Dominican Republic announced that it has signed a 10-year natural gas supply contract, generating key cost-savings at the operation. Learn more here:

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:GG, Goldcorp, natural gas, Dominican Republic

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