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    By Klara Castillo



    Pharmaceuticals and biosciences company MilliporeSigma is stopping in Laramie this week to showcase its “Curiosity Cube.” What used to be a 22 by 10-foot shipping container is now a mobile science lab with interactive experiments. The Curiosity Cube allows kids to experience different technologies like high-tech microscopes, virtual reality, and 3D printers. 

    Keep reading on

    Tweet me:Through its #CuriosityCube mobile science lab, life science company, @MilliporeSigma, is connecting the #Larmamie, #Wyoming community to real-life scientists and hands-on experiments. Check it out via @WYPublicRadio:

    KEYWORDS: Curiosity Cube, MilliporeSigma, Mobile science lab, Education, STEM, Science, Hands-on Learning, Corporate Social Responsibility, Wyoming Public Media, Wyoming, Laramie

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    SOURCE:Shared Value Initiative


    BOSTON, July 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ - FSG and the Shared Value Initiative are pleased to announce that former Gap Inc. executive Bobbi Silten will lead the Initiative as Managing Director, effective July 30, 2018.

    Bobbi was an early adopter of shared value and has been a long-time practitioner of leading social change through business.  She brings deep experience as a purpose-driven business leader and will advance the Shared Value Initiative as it works to help companies better society and the environment through their core business.

    “I have seen first-hand the value that business can bring to society and the environment, especially when the value created is also vital to business,” said Bobbi.  “As a thought-leader, the Shared Value Initiative is shaping corporate strategy and influencing how companies build new markets, innovate, create distinction, and contribute to a thriving society and planet.  I look forward to advancing this important work and partnering with global business leaders to explore smarter models that address the changing needs of our communities, the environment and business.”

    “We are impressed and excited about the insight and expertise Bobbi brings to the Shared Value Initiative,” said Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School and Senior Advisor, Shared Value Initiative. “She is a tremendous leader and visionary with a track record of delivering business results and social impact as a Fortune 500 executive. As companies aspire for greater corporate purpose, her experience, vision and deep commitment to social impact will strengthen the Shared Value Initiative’s role as a partner for companies focused on solving the world’s toughest challenges through their core business activities.”

    Bobbi joins FSG and the Shared Value Initiative from Gap Inc. where she most recently served as EVP, Global Talent & Sustainability. In that role she partnered with the CEO to help lead change with a global talent strategy linked to business strategy, introducing a new talent vision and strategic plan that impacts over 135,000 employees.  She also oversaw key efforts to drive more sustainable business practices within the company.

    Bobbi joined Gap Inc. as the head of the Gap Foundation and later added sustainability to her responsibilities. In her roles as SVP, Sustainability and President, Gap Foundation, she worked to better integrate the company’s human rights and environmental work with the business strategy to create greater positive impact.

    In 2011 President Obama appointed Bobbi to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions, a multi-sector collaboration composed of leaders committed to social innovation and civic engagement. During her time on the Council she co-led the development of the Connecting Youth & Business toolkit. Prior to joining Gap Inc. Bobbi was President & Commercial General Manager, Dockers U.S., a Levi Strauss & Co. brand.

    “We are absolutely thrilled to have Bobbi lead the Shared Value Initiative,” said Lauren Smith, co-CEO, FSG. “She brings deep credibility from her time as a business unit leader and knowledge of companies’ untapped power to create impact. With her passion for designing programs that deliver business and social returns, we look forward to the Initiative’s next chapter of partnership and influence under Bobbi’s leadership.”

    About the Shared Value Initiative

    The Shared Value Initiative (SVI) is a global community of leaders who believe there are business opportunities in solving society’s toughest challenges – creating shared value for society and business alike. Shared value is, at its core, a way of shaping corporate strategy to drive innovation, growth, competitive advantage, and social impact. Operated by FSG, with support from a network of strategic partners, the Initiative shapes this emerging field through peer-to-peer exchange, market intelligence, strategy & implementation support and shared value advocacy. Learn more at

    Tweet me:Meet Bobbi Silten, new Managing Director of @SVInitiative #sharedvalue

    KEYWORDS: creating shared value, Shared Value Initiative, Bobbi Silten, Managing Director

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    SOURCE:MetLife Inc.


    We incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in our investment decision-making process to support sustainable long-term returns. We incorporate an evaluation of indicators and demonstrations of positive social responsibility as part of any potential investment.

    MetLife Investment Management, MetLife’s institutional asset management platform, manages $587.3 billion for MetLife’s general account and institutional investors, such as pension plans and insurance companies. We define impact investments as those that generate social or environmental benefits while also providing financial returns. 

    To view either the Overview or the full report, and to learn more about MetLife’s corporate responsibility activities, please visit

    Tweet me:.@MetLife impact investments for social and environmental benefits, learn more from the 2017 #CSR report:

    KEYWORDS: MetLife, Sustainable Finance, Green Investments, social investments, esgs

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    by John ‘JR’ Reale, Station Houston Co-founder & CEO



    As part of our efforts to be at the forefront of industry solutions, Station Houston, Houston’s hub for technology and innovation, has partnered with Bechtel, one of the world’s most respected engineering, construction, and project management companies. The partnership focuses on enhancing opportunities by mentoring and engaging with local entrepreneurs regarding EPC industry challenges.

    “Partnering with Station Houston and its community of startups supports Bechtel’s plan to connect directly with innovators who want to participate in solving some of the largest challenges in the EPC industry today,” said David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer at Bechtel.

    During the latest startup showcase in May 2018, we selected five founders based on their start-ups’ applicability to the EPC industry to pitch their ideas and receive feedback from a group of Bechtel experts. The technology presented varied from long-range hazardous gas sensors to fleet management software to a laser-based pipeline measurement system. Afterwards, the entrepreneurs met with a team of Bechtel innovators in a variety of workshops to further discuss their pitches and hone in on potential industry applications.

    While securing capital investment is a key objective for many startups, gaining real-time guidance, experience, and expertise from a large, established, industry-leading corporation can be infinitely more valuable.

    I’ve heard time and time again from startups at Station about how difficult it is for them to get their foot in the door at these large corporations. Our corporate partnership program, like the one with Bechtel, allows us to help with that pivotal first step. Our focus has always been to provide the Houston start-up community with access to a corporation driving a corporate innovation culture and a process to cultivate and implement new ideas and technology in the industry.

    “The hardest part of starting a new company in a heavy industry is getting good feedback at the earliest stages of problem discovery.  A program like this allows you to get in front of multiple potential users at the same time and hear what they like, dislike, and really need,” said Kenley Clark, founder of Supply Insiders, a heavy industry procurement platform, and one of the attending entrepreneurs at the startup showcase.

    "Because of the pace of change, it just makes sense to engage the widest community we can," Wilson said. "We're a builder and not a technology company, so it makes sense to plug into the smartest people in the locations we're in."

    The startup showcase is part of broader corporate partnership between Station Houston and Bechtel. Station Houston works with the founders within their membership network to source, vet, and prepare startups to engage with corporate partners, like Bechtel. The main goal is to cultivate more innovation within their organization and throughout the broader Houston community.

    To learn more about Bechtel, visit the #build100 blog and sign up for our newsletter here.

    Tweet me:Read how @Bechtel + @StationHouston enhance opportunities by #mentoring and engaging with local #entrepreneurs in #Houston #socinn

    KEYWORDS: Station Houston, houston, entrepreneurs, Bechtel

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    Sustainability engagement helped HPE drive nearly $160 million of new revenue in 2017.

    SOURCE:Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)


    We have long known that our Living Progress plan is the right thing for a responsible company to do. But we now have increasing evidence that our sustainability credentials contribute to our business objectives and deliver value to our shareholders.

    This trend is reflected in the burgeoning growth of the sustainability investment sector.

    In the U.S., assets under professional management that apply sustainable investing criteria grew to $8.72 trillion in 2016, representing 22% of all invested assets—an increase of 33% from 2014. Investors are attracted by the potential of corporate  sustainability programs to reduce risks from social and environmental issues, and position companies to better anticipate and prepare for resource scarcities and regulatory uncertainty.

    We are leveraging our sustainability credentials to benefit our business in the following areas:

    Building customer relationships

    Our customers consider our sustainability capabilities to be a strategic differentiator. Customer insights research has revealed that a compelling number of our largest customers are embedding sustainability into their own businesses—which demonstrates that sustainability is no longer confined to a small group of sustainability professionals, but is instead becoming relevant to a wide range of business functions. We believe the trend toward mainstreaming sustainability issues in large businesses will continue.

    To partner more closely with customers on such initiatives, we developed a customer engagement practice within our sustainability organization, working with our sales teams to present sustainability advances in business terms. This collaboration has led to clearer metrics identifying the financial and functional benefits of our sustainability credentials to our customers, in three main categories :

    • Equipment efficiency— maximizing IT processing power and storage capabilities, minimizing cost, lessening the demand for resources
    • Energy efficiency— delivering an optimum level of power, storage, and connectivity in exchange for the lowest input of energy possible—spearheaded by our Design for the Environment program
    • Resource efficiency — engineering our products to work most efficiently within the data centers that will operate them, matching type and quantity of material to the needs of space, power, and cooling

    We engage with both current and prospective customers about the business benefits of sustainability for their organizations. This dialogue is already making a significant contribution to sales, amounting to over $160 million in new revenue wins in 2017. A number of customers have confirmed that our sustainability credentials gave HPE a competitive advantage.

    In 2017, our sustainability professionals engaged over 400 customers—representing more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue—to share our thought leadership and provide briefings on HPE’s IT efficiency and sustainability initiatives. We also partner with customers to pursue commercial sustainability opportunities.

    Expanding our market

    Working in partnership with our customers, we are identifying global social and environmental issues that translate into market opportunities. Together, we are solving some of the world’s toughest challenges and at the same time generating business growth. The opportunities are global, they are multi-sectoral, and they are driven by social, as well as environmental, challenges. Four such opportunities are:

    • Industrial intelligence. Fueled by intelligent edge computing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is powering a new revolution in industry, with efficiency and environmental impact reset to new levels. The market opportunities extend across many industries and regions. Research firm IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to $1.4 trillion in 2021 from an expected $800 billion in 2017. The largest investments are being made in IIoT areas such as manufacturing, transportation, and utilities.
    • Accelerating healthcare. The global healthcare sector, accounting for over 10% of global GDP, offers numerous opportunities for enhanced efficiency. Advanced IT is providing savings for healthcare funders, accelerating research, and improving treatment for patients.
    • Precision agriculture. The global population is anticipated to top 9 billion people by 2050, and experts estimate that agricultural output must double to meet the impending demand. Advanced IT solutions are at the leading edge of the agricultural sector’s innovation toward higher food production from a finite land resource.
    • Smarter cities. Over half the world’s population already lives in urban areas, and the proportion is increasing. Our customers are leveraging the HPE Universal IoT Platform to exploit significant market opportunities for making cities more sustainable and resilient.

    Attracting top talent

    Our industry faces a talent shortage, particularly in technical roles. Prospective employees—especially millennials—look for values in an employer that align with their own. When recruiting new talent, we use our Living Progress plan to demonstrate to candidates that our values are deeply embedded and proactively implemented. A 2016 PricewaterhouseCoopers study found that millennials are five times more likely to stay with an employer when they feel a strong connection with their employer’s purpose.

    Strengthening supply chain resilience

    Maintaining operations and reputational resilience is critical to driving quality and reliability from our supply chain network. Operational resilience gives our business the flexibility to manage risks and adjust to disruptions. Reputational resilience maintains positive stakeholder perceptions and ensures that we are responsive if a disruption occurs.

    Our Business Continuity Management program aims to enhance our resilience by mitigating risk across four interconnected areas:

    • Supply chain mapping— giving us clarity on revenue distribution across nodes to procure business interruption insurance
    • Risk profiling and analysis— providing visibility to our critical suppliers and creating a scorecard for selection
    • Business continuity planning— ensuring that we are prepared to respond quickly
    • Incident and crisis management— helping us understand the severity of a disruption and supporting recovery

    We focus on high-risk areas that could have a significant impact on reputation, financial results, or operating profit. Our program includes business continuity testing to assess climate-related disaster scenarios. The program benefits our business by ensuring continuity of operations, minimizing negative impacts to revenue and reputation, maintaining customer satisfaction, and avoiding any default in legal, regulatory, or shareholder commitments.

    Our Supply Chain Responsibility program is also key to monitoring social and environmental information on suppliers to ensure operational and reputational resilience. Our focus on labor practices and environmental standards addresses the significant risk concerns prevalent in the electronics industry supply chain.

    Ensuring product license to operate

    We market our products globally and task our corporate affairs and social and environmental responsibility teams with tracking and anticipating changes to regulations with a potential to affect our products. Our network of environmental product stewards works to ensure that we comply with new regulations across our markets, including China, the EU, and the U.S. Wherever we operate, we aim to meet or exceed legal requirements on materials of concern.

    In addition, we register for eco-labels that support sales in major markets, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star. We also produce industry-standard IT Eco Declarations for most new products.

    Click here to see the full HPE 2017 Living Progress Report.

    Tweet me:Learn how #sustainability engagement helped @HPE drive nearly $160M of new revenue in 2017 @HPE_LivingProg #ESG #CSR #sustainableinvesting

    KEYWORDS: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), shareholder engagement

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    by Jillian Baker



    The White Box event space at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters was getting loud and rowdy in the late afternoon on Tuesday, July 16 as 95 interns from three New York City offices sang along to music, socialized and volunteered to help others in need. Meanwhile, similar events ramped up at the Los Angeles and Nashville offices, as approximately 160 interns in all three cities got to work for two incredible non-profit organizations, Rise Against Hunger and Free Arts NYC.

    The coordinated cross-country sessions were part of Viacom’s first-ever Intern Viacommunity Day, a scaled-down version of Viacom’s annual global Viacommunity Day, which places thousands of volunteers to help out in local communities, typically in the spring. The collaboration between the Viacommunity corporate social responsibility team and the Campus to Career program grants summer interns a chance to participate in an equally impactful event.

    “Viacom’s internship program is great; I’ve had a ton of exposure to company-wide events,” said intern Aliza White. “Summer interns aren’t here for Viacommunity Day, but the intern-only rendition of this was super cool. Viacom’s dedication to giving back and to helping others is amazing, and it really drives the great internal culture of the company.”

    On one side of the large New York City room, interns created an assembly line to package food for disaster relief. They cheered each time the massive gong sounded, indicating that they had boxed 1,000 more meals. Overall, our Burbank and New York interns prepared more than 20,000 pre-packaged meals for Rise Against Hunger, which will send them out to feed the most vulnerable among us.

    Elsewhere, interns painted bags with designs ranging from SpongeBob characters to inspirational quotes and images. The teams in New York and Nashville decorated more than 100 bags that Free Arts NYC – which seeks to empower underserved youth through art and mentoring programs –will disperse to children in their programs.

    “Strategizing new ways to give back to our communities is one of the things that I love most about working at Viacom,” said CSR Coordinator Margarita Papadogiannis. “I believe that when we encourage our young professionals to volunteer, we are also inspiring them to continue to advocate for the causes they are passionate about. My goal with Intern Viacommunity Day is to equip more millennials with the mindset, tools and connections necessary to influence social change.”

    The Viacommunity Day for interns grew from a collaborative effort between Viacommunity and Viacom’s Campus to Careers department, one of many such partnerships designed to ensure that everyone with a passion for philanthropy or volunteerism has the opportunity to give back.

    “I was so excited to spearhead this event and bring it to fruition because I interned with the Corporate Social Responsibility team in Summer 2014 and Viacommunity became a passion of mine,” said Campus to Career Coordinator Chelsey Kupferman. “I feel volunteerism and prosocial efforts within a corporate culture are super important as they increase employee engagement and create a sense of positivity all around. It is so rewarding to give back!”

    Campus to Careers also incorporates programs such as Bob Live (in which Viacom CEO Bob Bakish addresses the company and takes questions from employees), The Scoop (updates on Campus to Career events and programs), intern special focus groups, networking circles, exclusive speaker sessions and more opportunities for interns to educate themselves, experience the company’s unique and authentic culture, and grow as future leaders and workers.

    Intern Viacommunity Day was a tremendous success and impacted hundreds of families and children in need. It demonstrated Viacom’s core values and dedication towards social responsibility efforts, while illustrating the upbeat, positive culture that employees and interns experience every day. Not surprisingly, enthusiasm among participants ran high at transforming Intern Viacommunity Day into an annual initiative.

    About Viacommunity​

    Viacommunity is the global umbrella covering all of Viacom’s social impact and purpose-driven initiatives. By leveraging Viacom’s culture of creativity, Viacommunity offers programs that empower, engage and inspire our employees, audiences and company to make a difference in the global communities we serve.

    Learn more about Viacommunity here.

    Tweet me:“I believe that when we encourage our young professionals to volunteer, we are also inspiring them to continue to advocate for the causes they are passionate about." @Viacom highlights the importance of #EmployeeEngagement on Intern @Viacommunity Day

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:VIA, Viacom, Viacommunity, Interns, Campus to Careers, Rise Against Hunger, Free Arts NYC, Viacommunity Day


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    by Christian Frutiger, Global Head of Public Affairs



    In September 2015, world leaders unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the related 169 targets that we must all work towards to ensure a sustainable future.

    Every year, the global community comes together at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York to highlight the efforts that countries, civil society and businesses are making to achieve the SDGs. The Forum is a global hub to exchange ideas and best practices, and promote partnerships to accelerate progress against the 2030 goals. 

    The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’, and a particular set of SDGs will be reviewed in depth, including Goal 12: ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’.

    SDG 12 is crucial because there is an urgent need to transform the way we use food and land. As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé is contributing our expertise and experience to help achieve sustainable, healthy diets for a growing global population. This is an integral part of our business.

    We believe that to be successful in the long term, we have to create value for both our shareholders and society. ´Creating Shared Value’ is the way we do business and live up to our purpose – ‘Enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future’.

    At this year’s meeting, I will be sharing some of Nestlé’s initiatives aligned with SDG 12 and the other goals. I also look forward to learning about what more can be done and how we can work with others to deliver tangible business solutions.

    What challenges do we face in meeting SDG 12?

    Success lies in many factors, not least in agriculture’s resilience to the effects of climate change and its ability to mitigate its significant GHG emissions. Arable land remains under pressure from increased production and more is required to improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

    In addition to these challenges, the current food system is not delivering the health benefits it should and overconsumption is putting further strain on the agricultural value chain. The system must change to ensure consumption and production are sustainable.

    We believe that a sustainable food system needs to take into account nutritional, environmental, social and economic factors. To support this, we have 41 public commitments focused on: nutrition, health and well-being, rural development, water and environmental sustainability, which line up with our commercial goals.

    For example, we’ve reduced salt, sugars and saturated fats in Nestlé products, implemented a ´zero waste’ approach in our factories and are pursuing sustainable sourcing practices in our supply chain, in particular for key ingredients like cocoa, milk and coffee. We are also evolving our product portfolio based on vegetables and sustainable plant-based protein.

    We can only transform the food system through collaborations and partnerships. A good example of this is our engagement in the joint project between the EAT Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development called, Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH).

    Through this ambitious global business partnership, we turn the conventional ‘farm-to-fork’ approach on its head by working from 'fork-to-farm', to develop, implement and scale transformative ways of doing business aligned with science-based targets. 

    We start with consumers, focusing on the dietary changes they need, and work back through the food system to determine what we need to grow, where and how. The ultimate goal is to develop science-based business solutions to create healthy, enjoyable food for all, produced responsibly within our planetary boundaries by 2030.

    The HLPF is the perfect forum for change agents to meet and ensure that we deliver on the SDGs. I look forward to making new connections in New York, to being inspired further, and to learning how we can work towards a prosperous and sustainable future for all.

    Tweet me:.@Nestle highlights its progress in developing #sustainable healthy diets #SDGs

    KEYWORDS: Nestle, UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Food Reform for Sustainability and Health

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    SOURCE:Antea Group


    As an EHS professional, you wear many hats – you may be responsible for EHS programs that span multiple regions and continents, requiring you to understand a lot about local laws and cultural differences. With these big responsibilities can come big pressure, since the safety and wellbeing of your workplace is on the line. With regulations and company operations constantly in flux, no one person can have the specific knowledge needed for every situation without a little help…

    Learn more about how Global RegSupport Help Desk can help EHS professionals get answers to regulatory questions around the globe.

    About Antea Group

    Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, health and safety, and sustainability. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Learn more at

    Tweet me:.@AnteaGroup offers answers to global regulatory #EHS questions with Global RegSupport Help Desk. Learn more:

    KEYWORDS: Environmental Health and Safety, health and safety, regulations, compliance, sustainability

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    By Fawn Bergen, Global Sustainability Program Manager; Intel Corp.

    SOURCE:National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM)


    Next week I will be joining my peers at NAEM’s 2018 Sustainability Management Conference to share Intel’s story on a topic that I am really excited about – water stewardship. You may be asking why a technology company would be excited to talk about water. As we all know, water is critical to life on this planet, but you may not know that water is critical to the technology industry – from semiconductor manufacturing to data center cooling as well as office buildings (e.g., cooling towers, landscaping, restrooms, cafés, etc.). The technology that is part of nearly every aspect of our lives also depends on water. A significant challenge our industry faces is the water-intensive process of manufacturing semiconductors, which is driven not only by company growth but by the complexity of each new technology.

    So how does one of the world’s largest technology company manage water? Through our multi-faceted water strategy that includes three main objectives:


    We’ve invested more than $200 million in innovative water conservation practices in its global operations for the last two decades, saving about 60 billion gallons of water. During 2017, we saved about 3.5 billion gallons per year (BGY) of water and completed new water conservation projects estimated to save approximately 1.3 BGY. An example of a water conservation project completed in 2017 is a water reclamation project in Dalian, China. The reclaimed water will be used in several mechanical systems and is estimated to save 174 million gallons of fresh water per year.


    Intel treats and returns approximately 80 percent of the water it uses back to municipal water treatment operations for community reuse or groundwater recharge. The remaining 20 percent is consumed through evaporation, landscaping irrigation, and waste streams. In 2017, we announced a new goal to close this gap in our water balance and restore 100 percent of our global water use by 2025. We are achieving this goal through partnerships with environmental groups to support a portfolio of projects that restore water to our local watersheds in amounts equivalent to what Intel consumes.

    One example of a restoration project supported by Intel is Mountain Island Ranch, a 125,000 acre ranch along the Colorado River – the lifeline of the southwestern US. Trout Unlimited is working with the rancher to convert crops and implement irrigation improvements that are estimated to restore 142 million gallons of water each year to the River. To learn more about how we have achieved nearly 40% of our global goal over the last year, check out


    Intel is developing smart technology that empowers others to reinvent the way they use and conserve water. One example of how Intel is driving this type of innovation is an IoT pilot project conducted in partnership with Vanasche Farm, a hazelnut farm in Oregon. The system tracks weather patterns and measures precise soil moisture at various locations across the farm with the goal of reducing water use by optimizing watering times.

    I am very proud of the progress that we have made, but continuing to build momentum in this space will require new approaches and collaborative partnerships. Intel is committed to being part of the water solution through efficient water management within its operations, water stewardship and innovative partnerships, and leveraging Intel technology to help address the world’s water challenges. I look forward to connecting with many of you at the Sustainability Management Conference and collaborating on solutions to our shared water challenges.

    About the Author

    Fawn Bergen leads Intel’s global sustainability programs for water sustainability (conservation and stewardship) and carbon footprint. Fawn has worked in the environmental field for over 19 years with experience in environmental sustainability, compliance program management, strategy development, environmental permitting, regulatory interpretation, auditing and training.

    Fawn has worked in the environmental field over 20 years with experience in environmental sustainability and compliance program management, environmental permitting, compliance management, regulatory interpretation, auditing, and training Her career has spanned multiple roles in the manufacturing and mining industries (AMCOL International and CEMEX Inc.) as well as environmental consulting (Koogler Associates, Golder Associates, and MACTEC/ESE).

    Fawn has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida Residing in Portland, Oregon, she enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors with her two children and husband.

    Tweet me:How does one of the world’s largest technology company reduce its #water footprint? @intel's @fawn_bergen explains the key component's of the company's strategy @NAEMorg #NAEMSusty2018

    KEYWORDS: naem, Intel, reclaimed water, sustainability, Water Conservation, 2018 Sustainability Management Conference

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    July 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ - UNEP FI's newly released report "Navigating a New Climate" outlines findings from 16 banks piloting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the estimated impact of climate change on their corporate lending portfolios. The report prominently features the use of MAPS as a geospatial mapping tool for physical risk assessment. Read the press release.

    Tweet me:UNEP FI's newly released report "Navigating a New Climate" outlines findings from 16 banks piloting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (#TCFD) and the estimated impact of climate change. @FSB_TCFD @UNEP_FI

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, tcfd, Task Force on Climate Related Disclosures, UNEP FI, Navigating a new climate, physical risk and opportunities

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    Solar Power World rankings place company among national leaders, name Black & Veatch as top Kansas installer

    SOURCE:Black & Veatch


    OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, July 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its achievements within the solar industry, earning the No. 9 spot as an overall Top Solar Contractor on the magazine's 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. The company, a leading provider of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for solar, also ranked as the No. 9 Utility Solar Contractor, the No. 7 Solar EPC and the No. 1 Kansas Solar Contractor out of 450 solar companies.

    The Solar Power World rankings recognize the work of solar contractors across the U.S., while celebrating the achievements of those within the utility, commercial and residential markets. The list ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year.

    According to the publication, the U.S. solar market installed more than 10,600 megawatts (MW) in 2017. The non-residential market continues to increase 28 percent year-over-year, with continued growth in the commercial, industrial and community spaces. In 2017, 30 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. came from solar, second only to new natural gas capacity. By 2023, more than 15,000 MW of solar is expected to be installed annually.

    “As demand for affordable renewable energy rises across the U.S. and around the world, Black & Veatch continues to deliver innovative, on-time and on-budget solutions for utilities around the country to ensure a continuous supply of sustainable power for generations to come,” said David Leligdon, Vice President and Director of renewable energy for Black & Veatch’s power business. “Renewable energy markets continue to expand and efforts to ensure the resilience and delivery of sustainable power are at a premium.”

    Black & Veatch announced in 2017 that it was selected to provide EPC services on more than 300 MW of solar energy projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL), that serve 90,000 homes with clean power. Part of the utility’s extensive renewable energy program, the projects represent the second series of projects developed for FPL by Black & Veatch. In 2016, FPL tripled its Florida solar capacity when Black & Veatch successfully constructed three 74.5 MW plants.

    In the Midwest, Overland Contracting, a Black & Veatch construction company, worked with Duke Energy Kentucky to deploy two solar projects in Grant and Kenton Counties in 2017, part of the utility’s efforts to increase solar investment in the region.


    Editor’s Notes:

    • Investment in renewable energy is rising sharply and driving growth across the power sector. According to Black & Veatch’s most recent Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report survey, 44 percent of utilities plan to add a substantial amount of solar energy to their systems in the next five years.
    • Earlier this year, Black & Veatch also announced that it is expanding its staff of power delivery experts to help clients maximize reliability and resilience in the grid, including with renewable energy integration The company is adding staff to its regional offices, including Boston and Chicago, and opening new offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Dallas, Texas.  

    About Black & Veatch
    Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

    Media Contact Information:

    MELINA VISSAT | +1 303-256-4065 P | +1 617-595-8009 M |

    24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149

    Tweet me:Black & Veatch ranks among the Top 10 U.S. solar contractors, as announced in today's rankings from @SolarPowerWorld. The uptick in demand for #renewableenergy reflects a global trend in pursuing #sustainable power.

    KEYWORDS: Black & Veatch

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    We want to hear about the challenges your business is facing on the road to sustainability and your ideas!

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


    To continue the important conversation around sustainability, we’re partnering with The Dow Chemical Company to host a Twitter chat Tuesday, July 31 at 12 p.m. ET. This will be an extension of topics touched on during the Elements of Sustainability Series and will allow for supplementary dialogue.

    Follow @ErbInstitute and use #SustainabilitySeriesChat to join the discussion.

    Tweet me:TWITTER CHAT: TUES, 7/31 at 12 p.m. ET: @erbinstitute to unpack trends discussed during #DowSustSeries18.

    KEYWORDS: university of michigan, Erb Institute, Sustainable Business, Market Transformation, dow chemical company

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    SOURCE:General Motors


    According to the World Health Organization, about 1.25 million people are killed and millions more are injured on the world’s roadways each year. Research has shown that distracted driving is a preventable contributor to this toll. As we work toward our vision of a future with zero crashes, we are always looking for more ways General Motors can collaborate with others committed to creating safe roads for drivers.

    Recognizing that road safety is not just about safe vehicles and that motorists also need to drive responsibly, we support various education efforts and industry partnerships that increase awareness and produce measurable road safety results. Two major focus areas of our programs and research involve enhancing awareness of distracted driving and positively changing driver behavior to help minimize the risks from distraction. Some of our current and past partnerships include:

    • Detroit Public Safety Foundation Drive to Thrive Program — We recently funded a pilot program to help 100 students in the Detroit area obtain valid driver’s licenses through an after-school and weekend program that addressed distracted driving as a component of the curriculum. According to the foundation, approximately 90 percent of program-eligible students did not have driver’s licenses but were driving anyway. 
    • Crash Text Dummy Campaign Last March, we partnered with to launch Crash Text Dummy, a peer-to-peer social change campaign designed to decrease the number of crashes related to texting and driving. As part of the campaign, 56,000 young people shared an interactive text-message guide with their friends that coached them on how to respond when they witnessed their family or friends texting and driving. Results showed that 81 percent of participants agreed strongly that Crash Text Dummy made them feel more confident intervening.
    • PEERS FoundationAugmented Reality Simulator — We helped the PEERS Foundation upgrade its existing distracted driving simulator and conducted a tour of 50 high schools in Southeastern Michigan to increase awareness, knowledge and skills of vehicle and road safety issues around distracted driving.
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Safety Council and Safe Kids Worldwide We support leading organizations that include elements of distracted driving reduction in their overall programming.
    • ­Research Partnerships with the Virginia Tech and University of Michigan Transportation Research Institutes — Over the last two decades, General Motors has collaborated with academic institutions to increase understanding of driver behaviors and how to effectively measure distraction in a lab environment. These institutions have been key to analyzing more than 50 million miles of field data and providing insights into how distraction, aggressive driving and other forms of impairment impact driver safety. Learnings from these collaborations assist in the development of General Motors’ safety policies and strategies around in-vehicle infotainment technology. Along with having a critical role in evaluating and developing the form and behavior of advanced features such as camera views, automatic braking and Super Cruise™, General Motors’ flagship semi-autonomous feature, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has also assisted in the development of our newest driver distraction lab. Leveraging technology that enables any vehicle to act as the simulator cockpit, the lab provides highly accurate estimates of how new infotainment features impact eye glance behaviors on a real road. The refreshed lab is currently being used to develop and validate the latest generation of infotainment features.

    “General Motors works year-round to find ways to help drivers reduce the risks of distractions,” said Daniel Glaser, Ph. D., driver workload technical lead and senior driver performance researcher for General Motors.  “We’ll continue to support organizations and collaborations that share our goal of minimizing — and ultimately eliminating — distraction related crashes.”

    Want to become a safer driver? Here are a few tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe:

    • Always buckle up. Don’t begin driving until you and your passengers are safely buckled in.
    • Focus on the drive. Avoid engaging in other activities while driving.Put your mobile phone on Do Not Disturb and place it in a location that discourages you from picking it up or interacting with it while driving. If you must take a call, use hands-free technology. Eyes up, phones down.
    • Be prepared. Confirm your destination and route before you start your commute. Adjust your speed when driving in inclement conditions and allow time for traffic and weather delays.
    • Be alert in parking lots and decks. Visibility in parking lots or structures may be obstructed. Use caution and stay alert, especially when backing up or navigating corners.
    • Never drive impaired. Designate a non-drinking driver or use a ridesharing service if your plans include alcohol. Never let friends or family drive impaired.

    Preparation and planning are key to arriving safely and are good safety investments for you and your loved ones.

    For more information on our efforts and technologies to move the world forward, click here.

    Tweet me:.@gm partners to help minimize distracted driving @safekids @PEERSfdn @MADDonline @dosomething

    KEYWORDS: GM, General Motors, distracted driving, driver safety, MADD, Safe Kids Worldwide

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    Avery Dennison’s liner recycling programme, supports the company’s sustainability goal to help customers reduce waste from its products.

    SOURCE:Avery Dennison


    MELBOURNE, Australia, July 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Global materials science and manufacturing company, Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY), leading beauty company both globally and in Australia, L’Oréal Australia, and Australia’s leading waste management company, Wasteflex, are collaborating on a recycling programme to deliver zero waste to landfills.

    Avery Dennison’s liner recycling programme, supports the company’s sustainability goal to help customers reduce waste from its products. This liner recycling programme will help brands divert glassine paper liner (waste from label application process) from landfills into recycled products. Through this programme, L’Oréal Australia will divert over six tonnes of glassine paper liner in Australia into recycled paper for use in the recycled paper industry.

    “As a materials science innovator committed to making a meaningful difference, we see sustainability as both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead. With our liner recycling programme, brands now have a solution that will enable them to reduce the environmental impact from discarded label liner waste,” said Anil K. Sharma, vice president and general manager, Label and Graphic Materials, South Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa, Avery Dennison. “We are delighted to partner with L’Oréal Australia and Wasteflex on this sustainability journey.”

    “The savings from this programme have been significant, but the biggest benefit for L’Oréal Australia is being able to meet our zero waste to landfill through the services and expertise of Wasteflex and Avery Dennison,” said David O’Leary, national logistics manager, L’Oréal Australia.

    “Wasteflex is proud to be part of the Avery Dennison liner recycling programme, said Matt Tamplin, chief executive officer, Wasteflex. “Through this programme, we can offer the industry an exciting new solution that is easy to implement and will improve sustainability and commercial outcomes for business.”

    “As the pioneer of the pressure-sensitive label industry, Avery Dennison has always focused on helping customers and brand owners achieve their goals by delivering label materials that can elevate brands, improve productivity and help products become more sustainable," said Marcel Cote, strategic marketing director, Avery Dennison. "With the launch of our Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Service, we can offer a sustainable solution to divert glassine paper liner from landfills and into recycled paper products.”

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    About Avery Dennison

    Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2017 were $6.6 billion. Learn more at

    A segment of the Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials Group, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions provides imaging materials and service solutions for fleet, architecture and transportation markets. For more information, visit

    Avery Dennison® is a registered trademark of Avery Dennison Corporation. All other Avery Dennison brands, product names, antenna designs and codes or service programs are trademarks of Avery Dennison Corporation. Certain third-party trademarks and trade names used herein are the property of their respective owners.

    Tweet me:.@AveryDennison is taking a journey; a #sustainable one! They're collabing w/ @LOrealAustralia and Wasteflex on a recycling program to deliver zero waste to landfills. #ADsustainability @LabelsNLabeling

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:AVY, Avery Dennison, Waste, sustainability


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    Washington, DC’s metropolitan rail system (Metro) is the second busiest rail system in the U.S. with more than 600,000 daily riders. However, Metro is also plagued with serious problems—severe safety lapses, service disruptions, and extended maintenance closures. As a result, significantly fewer people are using the service, opting instead for alternative forms of transportation. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), which runs Metro, is reevaluating initiatives as a public transit service to attract new riders and bring back those who left.

    While not officially contracted by WMATA, a team of Summer Games interns at Booz Allen are going through a design thinking exercise to improve Metro’s image by developing what an official mobile application could look like for WMATA. “We’re eager to help expand WMATA’s digital footprint to improve the overall Metro experience for all riders,” says Cameron Nolan of the DC-based team. “Going forward, we hope the app is effective not only for WMATA, but also can be replicated in public transit systems across the country.” 

    As part of the design thinking exercise, our interns implemented a full-product development lifecycle to design, prototype, and build out the app. “Starting with market research, we identified key user experience (UX) design components that Metro riders would value in an app,” adds Cameron. “These features include a live train map, real-time customized alerts, and a crowd-sourced incident reporting feature. Once in the prototyping phase, we created UX design mock-ups that serve as the wireframe for the mobile app. Now in development sprints, we’re developing the first functional app—a minimum viable product.”

    Consulting with cyber risk, data privacy, and other subject matter experts across the firm, the team is shaping a comprehensive vision for the mobile app. “Our app is intuitive and useful for Metro riders while also helping WMATA increase ridership and improve public perception,” says Cameron.

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

    Tweet me:.@BoozAllen #interns create mobile app for @WMATA. Read more: #BoozAllenSummer

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:BAH, Mobile App, Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington DC Metro, transportation

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    SOURCE:3BL Forum



    Luxury Brands Turn to the Triple Bottom Line

    Luxury brands and brands taking stands are topics not usually included in the same conversation. But in another sign of a world turned upside down, top tier fashion labels are now talking CSR and sustainability. From materials to packaging, from supply chain to environmental footprint, luxury consumer goods companies are updating their strategies to ensure long-term viability. 
    Exhibit A: Gucci, the venerable and fashion-forward Italian house, a perennial category leader, is launching Gucci Equilibrium, “a portal designed to connect people, planet, and purpose.” The company describes the project as part of “a 10-year plan to embed a comprehensive sustainability strategy into and around Gucci.” “Readers can…explore the various initiatives it undertakes to put people, as well as the planet, at the center of its business operations.” This plan echoes the classic triple bottom line approach—not typical of high fashion brands.
    To support its commitment, Gucci’s parent company Kering has adopted an environmental P&L, a holistic accounting tool to make “the invisible impacts of business visible, quantifiable and comparable.” Kering underlines its goals in high-minded terms: “We believe in…driving our brands toward higher levels of economic, environmental, ethical and social performance. We see sustainability as a necessity, for sustainability and luxury are one and the same.”
    A crucial part of that strategy is aligning the company with the UN SDGs and the Paris Accord. Says Marco Bizzarri, Gucci president and CEO, “These are critical times when we can all play our part in helping to deliver on the UN Global Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.”

    Now, Kering and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) have teamed up to publish a report on climate change for the luxury fashion business. “Climate Change: Implications and Strategies for the Luxury Fashion Sector” aims to help luxury goods companies “understand their specific vulnerabilities to climate change, and provide guidance on building new and more resilient business models.” “Gucci and corporate parent Kering SA are backing companies developing techniques to grow leather from animal-cell cultures,”reports WSJ. 

    Other stands being taken by luxury labels involve animal welfare and raw materials, especially those involving animal skins. There’s a move away from the sometimes-sketchy supply chains that provide exotic materials, and even away from leather itself. Many top fashion companies have stopped using fur, including Versace, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Hugo Boss.

    Another brand looking to alternative materials is Stella McCartney, which has made a chic black handbag with chain trim from mycelium, the hairy, root-like fungal mass from which mushrooms emerge. The bag is the latest collaboration between McCartney and materials innovation company Bolt Threads, which grows synthetic silk as well as synthetic leather. McCartney and Bolt “aim to spur a fashion-business makeover that’s as critical to the industry’s health as it is to the planet’s.” McCartney, a long-time sustainability devotee, has never used leather or fur; the company's annual revenue in the UK doubled between 2011 and 2016.

    High-end beauty brands are joining the CR game, too. “By capitalizing on the sustainability values of the modern customer, new brands are finding a way to make an impact in a crowded market, while older brands are discovering opportunities to renew enthusiasm for longstanding products,”reports “New brands like LOLI Beauty and Ethique have embedded the circular economy concept into their core businesses through the use of biodegradable, recyclable or carbon-neutral products…. Meanwhile, larger companies like Lush have received valuable earned media for their zero-waste products—for Lush, many of those brands have existed since the company began in 1995."

    With their outsize influence on culture as trendsetters, and their large ecosystems, from raw materials sourcing to finished products, luxury fashion and beauty brands are well positioned to drive social progress through corporate responsibility.


    WeWork Sets Meat-Free Policy 

    “Companies have greater responsibility to their team members and to the world these days,” said WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey, explaining the global office-sharing company’s ban on meat at company events and on reimbursing expense claims for meat. “We’re the ones with the power. Large employers are the ones that can move the needle on issues,” he told the NY Times, saying that imposing values on employees “is a natural part of being a corporate leader today.” In a memo to employees, McKelvey described his reasoning: "New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car." WeWork’s decision follows the company’s recent internal drives to reducing plastic usage, and redistribute waste food from its events to good causes, according to a Bloomberg report. It’s the latest example of how corporate values imposed on employees’ lifestyle and personal choices are reshaping today’s workplace, in a parallel trend to that of employees who demand that their employers adopt and enact values. WeWork’s new policy was hailed by activists as a major step toward sustainability and criticized as “every libertarian’s nightmare.” McKelvey said, “Awkward conversations are how we learn.”

    Kraft Heinz Takes Stand on Kid-run Lemonade Stands

    Kraft Heinz has created a “Legal-Ade” unit to help kids and their parents fight any legal woes or fines associated with their lemonade stands. The initiative follows news reports of children whose stands were shut down as officially unpermitted; in some cases, fines were issued. Kraft Heinz’s Country Time Lemonade division will cover the permit fee or fine, up to $300. Additionally, it will donate up to $500,000 to help entrepreneurial kids. “We recently came across a story of a kid getting her lemonade stand shut down for legal reasons, which had to be an urban myth. After looking into it and seeing even more instances, we realized these weren’t myths, they were real stories,” Adam Butler, general manager for beverage and nuts for Kraft Heinz, told Fox Business. It’s hard to imagine a better brand reputation-enhancing campaign for the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world (market cap: $71 billion) than defending kids using their product in the time-honored rite of summer business: the neighborhood lemonade stand.

    Long-term Investors Poised to Profit in Cryptocurrency

    In a blog post on Medium, Mike Maples, a Floodgate partner, outlines the fundamental differences between “Fast” and “Slow” Money. Maples explains that “’Slow’ Money’ takes advantage of market inefficiency by buying and holding assets that are underpriced and less in demand now, but will be extremely valuable in the very distant future. ‘Slow Money” founders believe long-term greatness requires years and even decades of commitment to building a great team, culture, business model, ecosystem of partners, and an increasing competitive moat…. Slow Money founders pay extra attention to recruiting, proper vesting, working with long-term investors, careful management of the amount of money raised, as well as the valuation through …. They optimize for long-term success.” Maples concludes by claiming that “Slow Money founders, builders, and investors will be the biggest winners in crypto.”


    “Cultures are not built or rebuilt overnight. People learn, companies learn, CEOs learn. It’s a process of constant self-reflection and improvement, and it takes work to make real change.
    “I am committed to doing more and doing better as we build a culture where everyone feels they belong, are challenged but respected, and can grow and succeed. We’ll make mistakes along the way, but one thing is certain: We will improve, substantially.”

    — Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber


    Mary O’Connor has been appointed by KPMG to a new position, chief risk officer. She will also sit on its executive committee and UK board. In the position, O’Connor will oversee both its risk and legal operations in the UK. Previously, oversight of risk and legal functions were kept separate. The change, according to Bill Michael, KPMG UK’s chairman, was instituted because “risks are evolving” and “societal expectations of large businesses are shifting.”

    Fair Trade USA has expanded its leadership team with three new hires and a new board chair. 

    • Mark Gunton, chief operating officer. He previously co-founded the North Star Alliance, a network of roadside clinics that provide healthcare to vulnerable communities across 10 countries in Africa. More recently, he was the CEO of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. Gunton spent 28 years in business and finance roles at Fortune 500 companies.
    • Nancy Girouard, chief financial officer. Prior to joining Fair Trade USA, Girouard spent four years at as CFO. She has also worked at RelayHealth and Joyent.
    • Anna Banks, chief marketing officer. Banks spent several years as a senior director at, leading marketing across Category, Campaign and Consumer Segment teams.
    • James White, chairman of the board. White is the executive chairman at Bradshaw International and the former cChairman, president and CEO of Jamba Juice, a leading global healthy lifestyle brand. Prior to his tenure at Jamba Inc., White held executive and management positions at Fortune 500 companies including Safeway Stores, the Gillette Company, Nestle-Purina, and Coca-Cola. He currently serves on the boards of Callidus Cloud and Adtalem Global Education, and previously on the boards of Panera bread, Hillshire Brands, and Keane, Inc.

    Liz Moyer has been appointed events manager of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. She previously worked at the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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    Continue the important conversations on corporate responsibility long after 3BL Forum with the Brands Taking Stands newsletter. Written by veteran journalist, John Howell, this newsletter is published every Wednesday morning.

    Tweet me:In this week's #BrandsTakingStands: @Gucci jumps on the #sustainability train; @WeWork mandates #NoMeat...every day; @KraftHeinzCo helps kids pay fines related to non-permitted lemonade stands #corporateresponsibility #thoughtleadership

    KEYWORDS: gucci, 3bl Media, 3BL Forum, Brands Taking Stands, Stella McCartney, Kering, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), WeWork, Kraft Heinz, cryptocurrency, Fair Trade USA


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    Although our corporate environmental impact is minimal due to the nature of our business, we’re always looking for innovative ways to reduce that impact. The Aflac Board of Directors Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Committee leads our program, which is called Aflac SmartGreen®. The Aflac SmartGreen philosophy outlines our corporate commitment to wisely choosing, using and disposing of the resources we use each day. Our SmartGreen Initiative can be broken down into five key areas:

    • Business Operations
    • Facilities Management
    • Waste Management
    • Employee Engagement
    • Strategic Sourcing and Procurement

    We are proud to say that, while our work is ongoing, so is our commitment to our community and our environment. We have earned ENERGY STAR recognition for more than 85% of our eligible corporate properties.

    In addition, we have a goal of reducing our electricity consumption by 50% of 2007 usage by fiscal year 2025. We are working hard to implement innovative and responsible practices across our company to reduce our carbon footprint, ensure efficient use of resources and help our employees be good stewards of our natural surroundings.

    To learn more about Aflac's corporate citizenship and sustainability initiatives, visit the Aflac website.

    Tweet me:The @Aflac SmartGreen philosophy outlines its commitment to wisely choosing, using and disposing of the #resources they use each day. #CSR #Sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Aflac, Smartgreen, NYSE:AFL, Energy Star


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    Students from the National Federation of the Blind’s BELL Academy are learning Braille, banking, and other independent living skills to help prepare them for the future

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    In his work with blind and visually impaired people in Utah, Everette Bacon has noticed something. As some young adults decide it is time to start their careers or attend college, they suddenly realize they are not prepared. In fact, they might be functionally illiterate.

    “A lot of kids that have low vision and even blindness aren’t able to get Braille regularly in the classroom,” Bacon said. “They might be able to listen to some kind of technology in a listening and audio format, but they aren’t actually able to read. That is a serious problem because there are times when audio is not always available — and Braille can be available on a regular basis.”

    This lack of preparedness was one of the reasons the National Federation of the Blind started its BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Academy, said Bacon, who is president of the Utah affiliate.

    “For the most part, the average teacher doesn’t have that ability to teach Braille, and so we feel like if we can supplement these kids’ lives with two solid weeks of Braille, we’ll get them excited about it,” Bacon said. “We’ll get them wanting to use it on a regular basis.”

    One story, two experiences: Please visit Wells Fargo Stories to watch two videos which present the same story in two different ways. The first includes audio descriptions to translate the visual information verbally. Watch both videos to compare the differences and particpate in a poll about your experience

    ‘Capable and confident individuals’​

    The BELL Academy, which is being sponsored by Wells Fargo for the third year, provides blind and low vision children ages 4-12 with Braille instruction and hands-on learning activities in a day program or residential setting at 45 locations across the country. During the two-week program, participants make crafts, play games, and participate in projects, while also learning independent living skills like using a cane, interacting with blind adults who serve as mentors, and going on field trips to sites related to the curriculum.

    “The BELL Academy program is one of the ways that the National Federation of the Blind not only promotes literacy, but also puts our philosophy about blindness into action,” said Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind. “In addition to exposing them to Braille, we want these children, as well as their families, to understand that their blindness does not define them and does not need to hold them back. This powerful program begins or enhances a process of lifelong learning that will turn these young people into capable, confident adults who can and will live the lives they want.”

    Some of the life skills taught include handling money and banking. For the first time, kids participating at some of the BELL Academy chapters this year are visiting select Wells Fargo branches for a hands-on tour focusing on the purpose and use of money, savings and checking accounts, and ATM services. While at a branch in Salt Lake City in June, BELL Academy participants participated in a coin sorting contest, learned how to fold and organize paper bills, felt the thickness of the vault door, and used the ATM with a Braille debit card and machine, among other activities.

    “I feel like we learned a lot about how they do their banking, which is important as we have clients coming in needing us to help them and understand what their needs are — and how to meet those needs,” said Kyle Poulter, a banker for Wells Fargo in Salt Lake City. “It was an absolute blast to have them here with us, and I feel like they were able to learn a lot.”

    ‘Becoming productive members of their communities’

    Since the kids at the BELL Academy will become adults and members of society and the working world, it’s important to make the connection between financial capability, life skills, and productivity, said Kathy Martinez, senior vice president and head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy at Wells Fargo. “The value of this program is they really tackle life skills head-on,” she said. “There’s empathy, but no pity. This is a stepping stone for kids to becoming productive members of their communities. Maybe one of these days one of these kids will be working for Wells Fargo.”

    That’s something Bacon is hopeful for. He added that having relationships like the one with Wells Fargo is important to help corporations recognize how critical expectations are.

    “Blind people can do a lot of things that many people don’t realize,” Bacon said. “It’s always talked about that unemployment is at an all-time low, and yet it’s very high for blind people, at around 70 percent. I would like to see — in 20 years when this next generation of children is ready to go to work — that those corporations and private sector companies are recognizing that blind people have the ability to do a job and can be greatly committed to a job. And hopefully they’ll get that opportunity. Hopefully they’ll also get opportunities to own homes and have financial package accounts and all kinds of things that Wells Fargo does.”

    Tweet me:Students from the National Federation of the Blind’s BELL Academy are learning Braille, banking, and other independent living skills. @WellsFargo

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, braille, BELL Academy, national federation of the blind, NYSE:WFC

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    ‘New York Solar Marketplace’ simplifies and speeds solar energy experience

    SOURCE:National Grid


    SYRACUSE, N.Y., July 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ – As consumer interest in solar energy continues to grow, National Grid is now offering its upstate New York electricity customers a convenient online tool to use in researching and purchasing solar energy systems for their homes and businesses. The portal is called New York Solar Marketplace and is part of National Grid’s commitment to the future of the energy landscape and to ensuring a quality customer experience for going solar.

    Through the marketplace, National Grid offers customers a simple process to research and purchase photovoltaic equipment. Customers are able to comparison-shop solar opportunities and receive competitive quotes from pre-screened installers. Eligibility extends to both existing structures and new construction.

    “National Grid is committed to advancing clean energy options for our customers, and we expect the solar marketplace will help customers evaluate those options and make informed buying decisions,” said John Bruckner, president of National Grid in New York.

    To deliver the New York Solar Marketplace program National Grid is collaborating with EnergySage, the nation’s leading online marketplace for solar.

    “Our mission is to make solar more accessible and affordable for Americans through choice and transparency,” said Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage. “We’re thrilled to be working with an innovative company like National Grid to empower their customers as they consider going solar, while also helping local solar installers grow their business.”

    Customers can access National Grid’s New York Solar Marketplace through .  The company provides a wealth of energy saving information, including solar, at:

    The New York Solar Marketplace helps customers save time and money when evaluating solar.  By accessing the Solar Marketplace, consumers can:

    • Learn about solar energy and determine if your roof is suitable.
    • Discover how to save thousands on your installation with incentives.
    • Get multiple quotes from pre-screened solar installers in your area in a standardized, easy- to-compare format.

    Participating installers must have at least 3 years of experience installing rooftop solar systems, be licensed and insured for solar installation, must be certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), have a demonstrated reputation for excellent customer service and quality solar installations, and sell and install only high quality solar equipment.

    The New York Solar Marketplace is one of many programs offered by National Grid to help customers manage their energy usage, and promote reduction clean alternatives in support of both company and New York State energy goals.  National Grid was the first electric utility in the nation to collaborate with a solar marketplace to offer customers simplicity, transparency and choice when shopping for solar when it launched its Rhode Island Solarwise program in 2016.  In the first few weeks of the program customer interest has been high with more than 1,500 participants, including ten customers who have chosen a solar installer to install nearly 100 kilowatts of solar capacity.

    About EnergySage
    EnergySage is the leading online comparison-shopping marketplace for rooftop solar, community solar, and financing. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, EnergySage is the trusted source of information for over 6 million consumers across 35+ states. As of early 2018, the company has sent over $3 billion in solar installation requests to its network of more than 500 pre-screened solar installation companies, and serves as a high-quality lead source for solar financing companies and powerful distribution channel for solar equipment manufacturers. EnergySage is unique in that it allows consumers to request and compare competing quotes online, unlike traditional lead-generation websites. For this reason, leading organizations like Environment America, Connecticut Green Bank, Duke University, National Grid, and Staples refer their audiences to EnergySage to empower them as they consider solar. The EnergySage formula of unbiased information, transparency and choice helps consumers go solar with confidence – at a higher rate of adoption, and lower cost. For more information, please visit EnergySage and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

    About National Grid

    National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company that supplies the energy for more than 20 million people through its networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. 

    National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Read more about the innovative projects happening across our footprint in The Democratization of Energy, an eBook written by National Grid’s US president, Dean Seavers. 

    For more information please visit our website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, like us on Facebook, find our photos on Instagram.

    Tweet me:National Grid Provides One-Stop #Solar Shopping For Upstate New York Customers @nationalgridus

    KEYWORDS: New York, Solar, National Grid, sustainability, renewable energy

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    Helping the future workforce compete



    This article is part of a series on “solvable problems” within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Engagement Forum: Live takes place this October 10–11, 2018, bringing together leaders from across the private, public, and social sectors to co-create solutions and partnerships to address four urgent, yet solvable problems—closing the skills gap in STEM, reducing post-harvest food loss, ending energy poverty, and eliminating marine debris and ocean plastics. Learn more about the Forum here.


    We’ve all likely experienced that anxiety-inducing moment when an automatic phone or computer update leaves us scratching our head as to how this device in front of us is the same one we’ve used before. Or that moment when we’ve walked into a trendy new restaurant only to realize that our entire transaction will be conducted over a small tablet screen. It has become commonplace to experience moments of simultaneous gratitude and disorientation towards the technology that governs our lives. In a world where technology shifts and updates faster than we can keep up, workplaces are also transforming into high tech laboratories that require a vastly different skill set than was expected even ten years ago.

    Given the tremendous technological advances of the past decade, the global labor force faces a skills mismatch of ever-widening proportions. Around the world, 200 million people are unemployed, while nearly 60 percent of CEOs report that a shortage of skilled labor is holding back their company’s growth. As employers struggle to find qualified candidates from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the need to tailor academic curriculums based on emerging employment demands from the private sector is clear.

    Over the past few years, the push to bridge this gap has underscored the need to better align academia and business. In classrooms from Ghana to Australia, teachers are looking to translate STEM education into relevant and practical workplace skills. Vocational courses that build both technical know-how and the soft skills of being a great employee are starting to appear in curriculums. The private sector has also stepped up its role by developing innovative education models in partnership with educators and policymakers. Companies like IBM, SAP, and 3M have designed integrated models such as P-TECHB-TECH, and STEP to prepare students for “new-collar” jobs in STEM disciplines.

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