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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    At Booz Allen, leaders express the importance of values and how diversity—of background, experience, and thought—is essential to maintaining standards of excellence that guides the firm daily. A part of that commitment to diversity means focusing on recruiting the best and brightest women in their fields. Booz Allen provides comprehensive career support, from mentoring opportunities to professional development, to help women continue to build their skillsets.

    The firm also empowers its people to change the world by pursuing passions and interests that improve communities and society. To that end, two Booz Allen women have recently taken on leadership roles in a new initiative—Press Forward. Founded by current, former and aspiring female journalists, Press Forward’s mission is to elevate women in the workplace and develop solutions that will change the media industry culture so that newsrooms are safe, inclusive and fair for all journalists.

    Booz Allen Senior Vice President Dee Dee Helfenstein serves on the advisory board, and Lead Associate Carolyn McGourty, who began her career as a journalist at ABC News, is chair and one of the movement’s 12 founders. The initiative arose out of the #MeToo movement and launched at the National Press Club on March 13. 

    Dee Dee says of her involvement in Press Forward, “At Booz Allen, we believe that values matter. We are committed to discovering how to get the best from our employees, and the most basic part of that commitment is to ensure our people’s safety at work by preventing abuses of power.”

    Carolyn says, “I began my career as a journalist, and I believe that healthy newsrooms mean a healthy democracy. As a consultant at Booz Allen, I’ve developed a passion for service and solving problems, and having experienced the behavior directly, felt a duty to apply the values and lessons learned at the firm to pivot this important movement and moment in time towards solutions.”

    Press Forward is focused on innovating sexual harassment training, developing an industry blueprint study for healthy workplace cultures in newsrooms, raising funds for a legal defense fund as the official TIME’S UP arm for the press, and hosting panels across the country to foster critical dialogue on solutions to ensure this watershed moment leads to lasting change in our workplaces. Network newsrooms and newspapers are engaged with the initiative, from the national to local level.

    At the National Press Club launch, on a panel with Ted Koppel and moderated by PBS News Hour anchor Judy Woodruff, Carolyn emphasized the need to not only have values but to live by them. If it is the news media’s job to hold the powerful to account, they must not abuse their own behind the scenes. 

    “Values matter most in times of crisis, which is when we turn to journalists every day,” she said.

    On a panel on April 25 at the Newseum, Carolyn participated in a conversation around the misuse of leadership power along with Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Karen Pensiero, CNN Executive Vice President Andrew Morse and NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly. During the panel, Carolyn declared that equality and fairness can be fostered by treating the most vulnerable – the ones beginning their careers or in roles without much power – with the same dignity and respect as you would give to the star in the room.

    To learn more about Press Forward, click here.

    To learn how Booz Allen supports and empowers women, click here.

    Tweet me:Two @BoozAllen women work to keep workplaces safe and inclusive via @ThePressForward initiative

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:BAH, Values, diversity, women, equality, workplace, Booz Allen, social innovation, entrepreneurship, Dee Helfenstein, Carolyn McGourty


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    By Erica E. Phillips

    SOURCE:Republic Services


    U.S. companies that collect waste for recycling are weighing higher prices and other changes to their operations since China upended the industry when it stopped accepting much of the scrap material Americans have been shipping there for decade.

    The top two solid waste services companies in the U.S., Waste Management Inc. and Republic Services Inc., both recently pulled back profit projections in their recycling divisions based on China’s new policies, which have created a glut in scrap markets and sent global prices for scrap material plummeting.

    “At this point in time, we have zero volume going to China,” said Richard Coupland, vice president of municipal sales at Republic Services. “We are still able to move material, but our economic model is completely upside down.”

    Continue reading here.

    Tweet me:Richard Coupland of @RepublicService discusses the challenges posed to by China’s new policies: via @WSJ #wastemanagement #recycling

    KEYWORDS: Republic Services, NYSE:RSG, China, Recycling, waste management, environmental policy, sustainability

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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group


    84% of LBG Canada companies seek to engage employees by encouraging volunteerism during work hours (DwH).

    Analytics show that more DwH time doesn't increase participation. It may lead to the opposite!

    Executive champions, communications, celebrating impact - these features of world-class programs are more likely to increase participation than more or unlimited days.

    Interested in the LBG Canada Network? Join the conversation!

    About LBG Canada

    LBG Canada is a network of corporate community investment professionals from many of Canada's leading companies, who work together to apply, develop and enhance the use of the LBG Model and measurement framework in Canada. Participation in LBG Canada encourages companies to focus on strategy, measurement and reporting to demonstrate the business value achieved through investment in community. LBG Canada is facilitated by SiMPACT Strategy Group. For more information, please visit:

    Tweet me:Employers - How Many Hours of Volunteer Time is the Right Amount? #LBGCanada #CIMatters

    KEYWORDS: LBG, LBG Canada, The LBG Model, Employee Engagement, employee volunteering, During Work Hours Volunteering, Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Investment

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    by John Howell, Editorial Director, 3BL Media

    SOURCE:3BL Forum


    The intersection of business and values has been the site of several collisions lately—some accidental, some accidents waiting to happen.
    While the subjects in question have varied from CEO activism and governance to issues of ethics and data privacy, the end point is the same: In business 2018, values matter, more than ever. No company looking to its future viability can afford to avoid making choices—and statements—about what it stands for while avoiding pitfalls and misguided actions.

    Taking the “right” positions in business can be as difficult as foreseeing future growth and profitability at a time of maximum political uncertainty and market disruption. The hard work of getting it right is illuminated by some recent examples of major companies getting it wrong in areas of major concern.

    • CEO activism. A negative spotlight shone on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who defended the site’s publishing of posts by Holocaust deniers; Tesla’s Elon Musk who falsely name-called a rescuer of the cave-bound Thai boys; and Papa John’s founder and former CEO (now former chairman) John Schnatter, dismissed for racial slurs (he’s now suing for reinstatement to the board). The incidents highlighted the risks to an organization when the chief executive of a company is “the face” of the business. The brand reputation and share price of all three companies suffered—Facebook suffered a $120 billion drop in valuation when it announced the belated hiring of 20,000 new employees to deal with issues of fake news and privacy and projected declining revenue in a context of ongoing questions about the privacy of the data it collects.
    • Ethics. Among brands taking a beating for governance failure was Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, which shut down among ongoing questions about using political status for personal gain—and after Hudson’s Bay Company announced that it would stop selling the line, joining major retailers Marshall’s, Nordstrom, and T.J. Maxx, which had previously discontinued it. Burberry was called out for burning $37 million worth of unsold products “to protect intellectual property,” a stance that drew criticism from politicians and shareholders, as well as environmentalists.
    • Brand positioning. Washington hamburger chain Z Burger published a Twitter ad touting its burgers using an image of a US journalist moments before he was executed by ISIS terrorists. Everyone involved apologized.
    • Operational stumbles. Google was fined $5 billion by the EU for antitrust violations. This follows last year’s EU fine of $2.7 billion fine levied against the company for manipulating search results. Twitter’s stock fell as the company purged thousands of what it admitted were fake accounts and reported fewer users.

    These missteps by big brands are speed bumps, not barriers, to better practices. As Dr. Daniel Korschun has noted, “companies can’t avoid politics and shouldn’t try to.” That’s also the title of his Harvard Business Review article, co-authored with N. Craig Smith. “Business as usual now means including considerations of worldviews and values as well as the quality of products and services in strategic planning,” Korschun and Smith argue.

    Mistakes are inevitable. As Korschun puts it, “Clearly, our often-divided political environment poses some danger for companies.” But he claims that there is no choice: “Executives who wish to respond fully to the needs of their stakeholders will need to embrace the new reality if they hope to succeed.” Transparency, consistency, materiality, leadership— a commitment to these qualities will determine the success of any purpose-driven company that stakes out clear positions on the issues of the day, from taking a stand on socio-political issues to internal practices, such as diversity and inclusion and employment engagement programs. Korschun elaborates on these ideas in an e-Book, Stand or Sit: Changing Roles of Companies & CR Directors in Politically Divisive Times, published by 3BL Media.

    Want to receive the Brands Taking Stands newsletter by email? Sign up here.

    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:See how companies can learn from the mistakes of others to make a bigger, better #socialimpact when they take a stand #BrandsTakingStands #corporateresponsibility #blog

    KEYWORDS: 3bl Media, 3BL Forum, john howell, Elon Musk, Dan Schulman, Ethics & Compliance Initiative, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Burberry, IVANKA TRUMP, Z Burger, Twitter, Brands Taking Stands, Facebook, mark zuckerberg

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    SOURCE:General Mills


    ATLANTA, August 3, 2018 – Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced that the 148-megawatt (MW) Cactus Flats Wind Facility in Concho County, Texas is operational.

    "Cactus Flats highlights Southern Power’s ongoing commitment to the development of wind energy, and we are pleased to see this project achieve commercial operation," said Southern Power President and CEO Mark Lantrip. "We look forward to supporting our customers’ sustainability efforts through the delivery of clean, safe, reliable and affordable wholesale energy."

    The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility are being sold under two separate power purchase agreements with General Mills and General Motors. Both companies have the option to keep or sell the associated RECs.

    "Investing in Texas wind energy is key to our goal of meeting or matching 100 percent of our global electricity needs with renewable energy by 2050," said General Motors Global Manager for Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld. "The 50 MW will meet the electricity needs of 16 of our U.S. facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, and the Arlington Assembly complex in Texas."

    "As we are seeing an increase in renewable energy adoption in the U.S., we saw an opportunity for our commerce to support and enable the greening of the grid," said General Mills EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer John Church. "We see the potential for wind energy to have a positive environmental impact. Cactus Flats is one of many initiatives we have underway to get us closer to reaching our climate commitment."

    Cactus Flats consists of 43 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas, which is jointly maintaining and operating the facility with Southern Power. Southern Power is also performing the balance of plant operations of the facility.

    Southern Power acquired the facility in July 2017 from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) and oversaw all construction activity on site. RES served as the developer and constructor of the site, which created 250 peak construction jobs.

    This project aligns with Southern Power’s business strategy of acquiring and developing projects covered by long-term contracts with counterparties with strong credit support.

    Cactus Flats is Southern Power’s fifth wind project in the state of Texas. The company’s wind portfolio consists of more than 1,600 MW and is a part of the company’s 3,000-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 39 solar, wind and biomass facilities operating or under construction.

    About Southern Power

    Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own 49 facilities operating or under development in 11 states with more than 12,300 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

    About Southern Company

    Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is nationally recognized as a leading energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017. We operate nearly 200,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines and more than 80,000 miles of natural gas pipeline as of December 31, 2017. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers in 11 states across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average.

    Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. We are building the future of energy by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity and the No. 1 Company for Progress by DiversityInc and designated as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes magazine. Visit our website at

    Media Contact:

    Southern Company Media Relations

    404-506-5333 or 1-866-506-5333

    Tweet me:"We see the potential for #WindEnergy to have a positive environmental impact." @GeneralMills EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer John Church on how the new Cactus Flats Wind Facility helps the company reach its #climate commitment

    KEYWORDS: General Mills, Southern Power, Wind Energy, climate commitment, NYSE:GIS, Cactus Flats Wind Facility

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    Venkat Garimella, vice-president, Access to Energy and CSR, Schneider Electric India, shared how the largest nongovernment renewable energy initiative in the Sundarbans came into being.

    SOURCE:Schneider Electric


    by Abhinay Lakshman

    Bringing electricity to one of the most ecologically sensitive regions of the world is no small feat. This is the story of Project Sahasra- Jyoti, through which more than 1,000 forest fringe households in Sunderbans were electrified by establishing micro grids of renewable energy stations.

    Started by World Wide Fund for Nature – India, this project aimed to provide forest fringe un-electrified villages in the Sundarbans access to clean energy solutions. The project addresses requirements of clean and sustainable home lighting solutions, and also helps mitigate risks of human-wildlife interaction.

    In addition to this, the project has helped increase the quality of life in these communities by providing technological support and entrepreneurial guidance to the locals. Venkat Garimella, vice-president, Access to Energy and CSR, Schneider Electric India shared how this project was realised and finally implemented.

    Click here to continue reading>>>

    Tweet me:READ: @VenkatGarimella, VP #AccesstoEnergy + #CSR @SchneiderElectric #India discusses largest nongovernment #renewableenergy initiative in the Sundarbans via @TheStatesmanLtd

    KEYWORDS: Venkat Garimella, Schneider Electric, The Statesman

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    SOURCE:Smithfield Foods


    RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ — The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce a $75,000 donation to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to fund a proof-of-concept phase for its Timely Donor Referralsm technology pilot. The donation is a result of a successful challenge grant announced in March, through which Smithfield has matched dollar-for-dollar all donations to UNOS to help meet its goal.

    “We’re thrilled to be able to advance the proof of concept for this project, which could help change the lives of so many,” said Brian Shepard, chief executive officer of UNOS. “Smithfield’s gift made this possible by inspiring others to participate.”

    UNOS is the national organ transplant system that matches donated organs to the more than 100,000 men, women, and children awaiting life-saving transplants. The Timely Donor Referralsm technology project’s goal is to improve the manual processes by which staff in donor hospitals notify organ procurement organizations (OPO) about potential organ donors. With Smithfield’s gift, the pilot project will begin to build and test technology to integrate with electronic medical record (EMR) systems used by the nation’s health systems. The end result could be a quicker, more secure, and reliable exchange of highly time-sensitive information between the donor hospitals and OPOs. This project seeks to exponentially increase the number of lifesaving organs available for transplant

    Over the next few months UNOS will collaborate with a team of key partners, including Cerner, a national provider of electronic health information technology to hospitals and health systems, the Gift of Life Michigan (an OPO), and StatLine, a technology provider to OPOs. Together, the team will identify, develop, and test solutions, as well as analyze the cost benefits and expense for a national implementation of this solution. The targeted completion of the proof of concept phase is December 2018.

    “Smithfield’s contribution to UNOS is just one of several ways we are investing in the innovation, improvement and advancement of the medical industry,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We believe the life-saving benefits of this pilot program have the potential to create a positive and progressive impact across the country.”

    In addition to this gift, Smithfield also supports advances in medical technology through Smithfield Bioscience, its business unit focused on supporting a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication, and regenerative medicine.

    The Smithfield Foundation’s challenge grant provides the needed funding to begin developing this UNOS technology. However, a project of this magnitude requires continued support and dedication from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Those interested in making a philanthropic investment in this project can make a gift online. For more information about UNOS, please visit

    About Smithfield Foods

    Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan's Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John Morrell, Cook's, Gwaltney, Carando, Margherita, Curly's, Healthy Ones, Morliny, Krakus and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

    About Smithfield Bioscience

    Smithfield Bioscience is a strategic platform of Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. Established in 2017, Smithfield Bioscience leverages byproducts from the meat production process for the development of pharmaceuticals, regenerative medicine, nutraceuticals, and medical device solutions. Smithfield leads the industry in developing these types of cutting edge initiatives, which support a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication and regenerative medicine. For more information, visit

    About UNOS

    UNOS serves as the nation’s organ transplant system, providing vital services to meet the needs of men, women and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Based in Richmond, Va., UNOS is a private, nonprofit IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization. UNOS members encompass every transplant hospital, tissue-matching laboratory, and organ procurement organization in the United States, as well as voluntary health and professional societies, ethicists, transplant patients, and organ donor advocates. For more information, visit

    Media Contacts:

    Smithfield Foods, Inc.

    Diana Souder 

    (757) 357-1675


    Anne Paschke

    (804) 782-4909


    UNOS Philanthropy:

    David Zanitsch

    (804) 782-6581



    Tweet me:.@SmithfieldFoods Foundation announces a $75,000 donation to the United Network for Organ Sharing @UNOSNews to fund a proof-of-concept phase for its Timely Donor Referral technology pilot.

    KEYWORDS: UNOS, Smithfield Foods, csr, Donations, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Smithfield Bioscience, smithfield foundation

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    Written By Bob Reiter



    On the day that the Bayer acquisition of Monsanto was finalized, I was speaking at the 50th anniversary celebration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics (PBPG) program – where I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the 1980s.

    I found it somewhat ironic that on the day I returned to reflect on my past, I officially learned that my future would be spent leading R&D efforts for this newly combined agricultural company – tasked with providing new innovative solutions to help farmers worldwide. What an incredible privilege. 

    Over the past 30 years, I have enjoyed a remarkable career, both in terms of scientific research and leadership opportunities. I consider that to be a testament to the education and foundational career training that I received at UW-Madison. As I highlighted in my speech, the PBPG program is based in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and focuses on a variety of plants in addition to row crops, both of which are somewhat unusual for this type of program. So perhaps for those reasons – or perhaps the culture of openness and innovation on the UW-Madison campus – the PBPG program consistently breeds graduates who are prepared for success in industry as well as academia, armed with a diversity of skills and perspectives and a willingness to be at the forefront of technology adoption.

    The world of plant breeding in 1968

    Obviously, the world has changed since UW-Madison started its PBPG program in 1968, a moment in time often referred to in dramatic terms like “arguably the most historic year in modern U.S. history.” While it was a year that witnessed the introduction of incredible new technology – including the first 747 Jumbo Jet and the first live TV broadcast from space – it was also a year filled with tragedy and conflict, political and social unrest, and widespread uncertainty about the future.

    That uncertainty spilled into the agricultural arena as well. In 1968, Dr. Paul Ehrlich published “The Population Bomb,” predicting imminent global starvation because it was impossible to produce enough food to feed the growing population. "The battle to feed all humanity is over,” he wrote. “In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date, nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate...”

    Meanwhile, that same year, Dr. Norman Borlaug’s higher-yielding, disease-resistant wheat varieties led to a record wheat harvest in India – a country that had been previously plagued by an inability to feed itself. Borlaug’s relentless pursuit of better plant breeding did the same thing for food production levels in Mexico, Pakistan, and other struggling nations. The term for this transformative period of agriculture, “The Green Revolution,” was also coined in 1968. As those paying attention soon realized, Ehrlich had been wrong. Better breeding and agronomic practices did lead to dramatic increases in agricultural production worldwide, providing enough grain to feed the world in time to avert catastrophe. If that doesn’t emphasize the vital role that science plays in agriculture, I don’t know what does.

    Plant breeding reimagined

    When I started my graduate research at UW-Madison in the mid-eighties, university breeding programs were the primary developers of new seed genetics. And we were still breeding the way Borlaug did – selecting “parent” plants with specific desired traits, such as disease tolerance or high-yield performance, cross-pollinating them by hand, collecting and planting the offspring seeds, and then waiting for them to grow to see which genetic characteristics would show up (phenotypes). Then we’d select the best performers, discard the rest, and repeat again and again. It was a very laborious and lengthy process that took years to generate improved seed hybrids with a consistent set of desired characteristics.

    About three years into my graduate program, new research literature started showing up on how to do plant genetics studies using DNA. The new technology (RFLP mapping) allowed researchers to identify plants with desired characteristics using molecular markers. As soon as I read these papers, I knew this was the future of plant breeding. Just as studying DNA can help us make better decisions about our health, understanding a plant’s DNA allows us to create healthier and more productive plants. My forward-thinking PBPG professors encouraged me and my peers to dive into this cutting-edge research, and then we took those foundational ideas with us when we embarked on our careers in the ag industry.

    When I joined Monsanto 10 years later, I was charged with establishing and leading our first molecular breeding site in Ankeny, Iowa. There we helped advance the technology that reimagined the plant breeding process. Today we use high-throughput genotyping, marker-assisted breeding, and predictive analytics to increase the number of seeds screened early in the breeding process, and pinpoint which seeds are best for testing in local fields. In other words, instead of planting a seed and waiting for it to grow, we can analyze the seed’s DNA using molecular markers to see if it has the traits we want – and we can do that for thousands of seeds in minutes. By starting with a larger genetic pool of possible seeds and narrowing them down in less time, we can test more high-potential top performers in the field.

    In addition, new data analytic capabilities help breeders make more informed selections earlier in the pipeline. Now we're looking at algorithms that can predict which combinations of genetic crosses will create the next best performing seed products. When you add in continued advances in machine learning and automation, along with new technology like gene editing, which I recently wrote about, you enable a dramatic shift in breeding scale and speed. This allows longer field testing before commercialization, and the ability to bring improved seeds to farmers faster than ever before.

    I can’t fail to mention that in addition to myself, dozens of other PBPG graduates have brought their ideas and expertise to Monsanto over the years – including around 30 who are here today. Many of them have helped lead the way in adopting these and other transformative new ideas and technologies.

    The future of plant breeding…and the world

    Now agricultural companies play the lead role in developing new seed genetics, but that doesn’t make the role of university ag programs like PBPG any less vital. Universities continue to do valuable foundational research using new breeding methods and technologies. And most importantly, they are laying the groundwork for the next 50 years of innovation by training a workforce that can develop the new methods of tomorrow. By equipping young plant breeders with a wide variety of non-traditional technical skills, universities will enable them to innovate far beyond what we can imagine today.

    As I think about the future of Crop Science R&D at Bayer, I know our success will depend on a steady pipeline of next-generation talent. We will need skilled scientists who understand plant genetics and can apply them to any crop; tech-savvy breeders who understand fieldwork as well as data science and AI; and entrepreneurial thinkers who have been trained to identify and solve real-world problems.

    Right now, the biggest real-world problem we face – one not so different from the world of 1968 – is how to create a food-secure world while protecting the future of the planet. The U.N. predicts that the world population will grow by more than 2 billion over the next 30 years – which means that we will need to keep finding ways to produce more food on the same amount of land (or less). Unlike naysayer Ehrlich, I’m optimistic that we can do it. But I know that crop yields won’t continue to improve on their own. As history has taught us, it takes scientific research and innovative plant breeding to improve the genetic performance of plants in order to reap better harvests. 

    So…to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s PBPG program and other programs like it…I’d like to say thank you for all you’ve done to help make today’s modern agricultural advances possible. And, please keep doing what you do. Our ability to feed the world with our pipeline of innovative products depends on your pipeline of well-trained plant breeders. 

    Tweet me:Who is the future of Plant Breeding? Read more at

    KEYWORDS: modern agriculture, farming, Plant Breeding, millennial, NYSE:MON, Monsanto

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    UPS and The UPS Foundation continue support of local community



    ATLANTA, August 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Next week students enrolled in Fulton County Schools (FCS) will begin the new school year. Unfortunately for homeless Atlanta teens trying to head back to school, purchasing even the most basic items can pose a challenge. Today, to help with this need, Kevin Warren, UPS’s new chief marketing officer and members of UPS’s African American Business Resource Group (AABRG), in partnership with the Ed Isakson YMCA, led an effort to create 500 hygiene kits packed with bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, lotions and combs. Not having access to these supplies puts students at a disadvantage, as it often affects their confidence and self-esteem. For kids to be homeless yet be able to stay in school, it’s an opportunity for hope. The UPS Foundation also made a $10,000 donation to the Ed Isakson YMCA for their youth programs.

    About The UPS Foundation

    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. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

    Tweet me:Led by new Chief Marketing Officer at @UPS , volunteers from @UPS_Foundation constructed 500 hygiene kits for Atlanta homeless teens

    Contact Info:

    Kristen Petrella
    +1 (404) 828-4182

    KEYWORDS: UPS, The UPS Foundation, NYSE:UPS

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    By Cassie Hodges

    SOURCE:General Mills


    Welcome to the Global Goals, Local Leaders series, where we highlight innovative American businesses that are acting as local leaders to support and promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – also called Global Goals!


    We spoke with General Mills, a U.S. leader in promoting global food security and sustainable food production. Read how General Mills supports Sustainable Development Goal #2 Zero Hunger:

    The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #2 is Zero Hunger. How has / does General Mills increased global food security?

    General Mills’ philanthropy in food security is strongly aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 2 of “Zero Hunger”, as well as SDG 12, “Responsible Consumption and Production”.  Our approach in food security is to strengthen systems at the local community as well as global levels via targeted investments in three key impact areas:

    Expanding food access– Together with our nonprofit partners and local community members, we are taking aim at food deserts in and around our hometown communities to help ensure that all members of the community have access to a wide range of foods that meet their economic, nutritional and cultural needs.  We also provide food donations to our food bank network partners, in addition to grants from our Foundation and employee expertise to strengthen food bank networks that serve populations in more than 30 countries.  During the latest 12 month reporting period, food banks and other nonprofits supported by General Mills collectively enabled 1.8 billion meals for hungry people worldwide.

    Unleashing the Power of Schools -- Knowing that schools can be one of the most powerful levers for increasing food security among children, we work to expand access to school meals around the world. In the U.S., Canada and U.K., our school meals work is focused on helping schools (predominantly serving children from low-income households) launch or expand breakfast programs to eliminate “missing meals.”   In India, China and Brazil, our work is focused on strengthening school feeding programs through projects that improve the capabilities of central school kitchens and/or increase the nourishment potential of the meals that schools are providing.

    Ending Food Waste– Recognizing that more than one-third of all food that is grown and produced never gets eaten, we are working to eliminate the waste and loss of food all along the “farm to fork” continuum.  Working with a host of partners worldwide, include ReFED, the Global FoodBanking Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Feeding America (US), FareShare (UK), and many others, we are catalyzing innovative programs that expand food rescue and recovery capabilities, so that the majority of surplus food can be directed to feeding hungry people, rather than going to landfills.

    Our 2020 goals in food security include:

    • Enable or improve 250 million school meals globally for children facing food & nutrition insecurity
    • Empower 25,000 food retailers and food service operators with surplus food rescue solutions
    • Enable the rescue of 1 billion pounds of surplus food from retailers in the U.K. and North America
    • Enable 200 million meals for food insecure people through General Mills food donations


    How does General Mills advance their mission to strengthen and advance communities through sustainable agriculture?

    We leverage philanthropy to advance the sustainability of agriculture and support the conservation of natural resources around the world. Aligned with our company’s broader sustainability goals and commitments, we invest in NGO-led programs that strengthen the livelihoods of smallholder farmers from whom we source key ingredients. We also protect and expand pollinator habitats within our supply chain and contribute to initiatives that restore the earth’s watersheds and soil. We believe these actions have a sustaining benefit to society and the environment, while helping to ensure food producers will be able to feed a growing world well into the future.

    With a strategic approach that combines a long-range view with the urgency of now, General Mills is implementing sustainable food and agricultural solutions across our business and food supply chain as well as through our philanthropic initiatives, led by General Mills Foundation. 

    Our 2020 goals in sustainable agriculture include:

    • Improve the well-being and livelihoods of 30,000 people in smallholder farming communities from which General Mills sources cocoa and vanilla.
    • Make direct investments to advance water stewardship coalitions in at least 80% of General Mills’ priority watersheds.
    • Collaborate to engage 100+ farmers in adopting soil health best practices
    • Establish or restore 100,000 acres of pollinator-friendly habitat

    Why is the goal of eliminating global hunger so important to General Mills? And how is General Mills teaching / equipping the next generation?

    For more than 150 years, General Mills’ has lived its purpose to serve the world by making food people love. And as a company selling food in more than 100 countries around the world, we understand the powerful goodness that comes when families and entire communities are nourished and food secure. 

    Our philanthropic work is aimed at supporting a thriving planet and flourishing communities and ties closely to our Company’s purpose and deep food systems knowledge.

    With more than 800 million people worldwide struggling with hunger, a growing global population and climate change threatening agricultural production and livelihoods in many regions, we understand the critical importance of developing food system solutions today that will also serve future generations.

    Recognizing that feeding the world and stewarding the precious natural resources that make food possible is an imperative of even more critical urgency moving forward, General Mills strongly believes in investing today in the next generation of food system leaders.

    Our philanthropic support of two nonprofits that engage emerging student leaders from colleges and universities (The Campus Kitchens Project and the Food Recovery Network) has resulted in 125,000 young adult community leaders being directly engaged in operating hunger prevention and food waste reduction programs. During General Mills’ two decades of supporting these programs, more than 230 colleges and universities have launched campus based, student led, hunger and food waste fighting programs that serve the broader communities around these universities.

    In 2017, we introduced our new scholars program, Feeding Better Futures, an initiative that launched to encourage bright young minds to share the programs they’ve launched in their communities that combat hunger and protect important agricultural resources. Through the program, we combine the fresh thinking of young innovators with General Mills’ ability to scale big ideas into big impact. In addition to monetary resources to grow these ideas, we provide mentoring experiences with top leaders in hunger relief and sustainability, which will be an invaluable experience for young people.

    See below for information about the winner of the Feeding Better Futures scholars program.

    What should consumers be on the lookout for next as General Mills continues its work to increase and promote food security?

    At General Mills, we firmly believe in the power of collective impact – working together and working in new and different ways to bring about a greater good than we could otherwise do on our own.  We are incredibly inspired and emboldened by the significant impacts of many of our key partnerships and most recent initiatives in food security and agriculture.

    Moving forward, look for General Mills to create and expand more of these innovative partnerships aimed at highly focused issue areas that are aligned to our priorities, such as reducing food waste globally and advancing farmer adoption of regenerative farm practices.

    We will bring not only our charitable cash giving to these issues, but also the expertise, commitment and passion of our 38,000 General Mills employees around the globe.

    In terms of under-estimated forces, we remain impressed and inspired by the incredible next generation of young people who are stepping up now as leaders and change-makers around the world’s food and agricultural issues and opportunities.  Don’t under-estimate them; even when they are taking action at a local level, these young leaders are thinking globally.  We see time after time, small steps lead to big ideas and even bigger impact. A case in point:

    Our inaugural Feeding Better Futures grand prize winner is Katie Stagliano, Katie’s Krops: When Katie Stagliano was nine years old, she grew a 40-pound cabbage. Katie donated this cabbage to a food pantry where it fed 275 people. Katie was moved by the difference this made in her community, and decided to found Katie’s Krops, a program that empowers kids across the country to grow fresh produce locally to fight hunger in their communities. Katie, now 19, reviews applications from children 9-16 years old who would like to become “Growers.” Each year, Katie selects new “Growers” and provides them with funds, tools and access to growing resources. Today, there are more than 80 Katie's Krops gardens growing across the country and more are in the works. In 2017 alone, Katie’s Krops donated 39,000 pounds to soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and back pack programs. Stay tuned for information about the year two of Feeding Better Futures, which will spur more bright ideas from today’s youth to feed our growing population.

    To learn more about General Mills charitable giving and corporate responsibility, please visit

    What to Watch: David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, has a powerful message for Americans and UNA-USA members: each one of us has a role to play in combatting global hunger. Find out how you can support the UN’s lifesaving work by joining the UNA-USA movement:  

    Tweet me:Learn how @GeneralMills is tackling the global food crisis to reach #ZeroHunger #SDGs @ConnectSDGs

    KEYWORDS: General Mills, Katie's Krops, CARE, feeding better futures, NYSE:GIS, food access


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    by Helen Roxburgh

    SOURCE:International WELL Building Institute


    In the fake offices and homes of the Well Living Lab, scientists monitor volunteers to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive.

    To outsiders, the workers in this under-construction office on the northern outskirts of Beijing will look like a normal group of employees – but the workplace will be like no other in China.

    Every movement of the volunteers, students and interns working there will be monitored, measured, analysed and assessed. A team of scientists will be watching these human guinea pigs in a simulated real-life environment with sensors, microphones and wearable technology to monitor their physical, mental and emotional responses to the environment or building design.

    When complete, the 25,000 sq ft Well Living Lab, the first scientific research centre in Asia to focus on the indoor environment, will feature a range of simulated homes and offices. The facility will make small variations to the environment – in lighting, air quality and noise levels, for example – and monitor how they affect workers’ health, happiness and productivity. The research findings will be used to change the way future buildings are designed.

    Continue reading on The Guardian>>>

    Tweet me:In the fake offices and homes of the @WellLivingLab, scientists monitor volunteers to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive via @GuardianUS @WELLcertified @DelosLiving #wellness #workplacewellness #Bejing

    KEYWORDS: International WELL Building Institute (WELL), The Guardian, Delos Living, Well Living Lab, bejing, China

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    by Christine Fraser, Chief Responsibility Officer



    Being part of this year’s  Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit was truly amazing.  I found myself in a room with more than 100 women entrepreneurs, from 16 countries, representing 25 industries with a combined revenue of over $4 billion – all discussing issues and opportunities women entrepreneurs face as they scale and grow their businesses across the globe.

    I left feeling incredibly optimistic and inspired by the conversations, but also because of the transformative partnerships Dell is making to benefit women, the community and the economy at large.

    One of particular importance is our announcement of a new collaboration with Canadian-based non-profit IMPACT to provide women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with business education focused on how they can invest their savings into new entrepreneurship opportunities in their communities.

    Why is Dell engaged in the DRC? This is a region of the world known for being rich in resources like gold and cobalt, and these resources are commonly used in components for motherboards and lithium ion batteries found in tech devices and electric cars. It is also a region with a history of human rights concernsBy empowering women in vulnerable areas where security and human rights are at risk, we believe we will help enable economic stability, which in turn supports a sustainable supply chain for the technology industry.

    While in Toronto, we had a chance to sit down with IMPACT’s Executive Director, Joanne Lebert, to learn more about IMPACT’s work. Watch here.

    We’re not only looking to see women trained with relevant business skills, but ensure they have the ability and know-how to start their own income generating projects or expand their current business activities. Dell is doing this to give women the opportunity to have a diversified and reliable source of income and to support opportunities related to their work in artisanal mining.

    With our help, IMPACT will leverage several full-time staff members on-the-ground and civil society partners to conduct training for more than 300 women artisanal gold miners in northeastern DRC’s Ituri Province through IMPACT’s Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit and Savings project, known by its French acronym AFECCOR. The AFECCOR project kicked off in 2017, with a goal to support women’s empowerment while breaking the dependency of artisanal gold miners who use gold as currency to pay for basic needs and mine site operations. By participating in the AFECCOR project, artisanal miners and community members decrease their reliance on informal credit networks that provide unfavorable lending conditions and move towards selling their responsibly mined gold through legal channels.

    As Dell looks toward responsible resourcing and circular economy practices,  we also seek to empower and equip communities with the skills to thrive in a digital economy. By engaging suppliers in due diligence, driving to increase the number of conflict-free smelters and refiners, and working to encourage responsible sourcing from the DRC and neighboring countries, Dell works towards its goal of a conflict-free supply chain.

    We’re constantly looking for ways to apply our resources and capabilities to address the greatest needs of communities like in DRC and promote a Legacy of Good – and this collaboration will help these women fulfill their potential. I am proud of Dell’s commitment to women – not just through DWEN – but in ways like our partnership with IMPACT which advocate for women in communities around the globe.

    Tweet me:See how @Dell is #empoweringwomen in the Democratic Republic of Congo #SDGs #nopoverty #ethicalsupplychain

    KEYWORDS: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dell, Ethical Supply Chain, circular economy, Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit, impact

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    August 2, 2018  marked Nestlé's third annual Nestlé Cares day of service, an effort that unites its eight operating companies in 47 states to make a difference through more than 150 events nationwide. This year, Nestlé expanded its work with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., to support local food banks and non-profit organizations that provide nutritious foods to families in need.

    Tweet me:.@CityofStamford ‏presents proclamation to @NestleWatersNA at @DomusKids in Stamford in honor of @NestleUSA national day of service. #WeAreNestle

    KEYWORDS: Domas, Youth, Hunger, nutrition, food, Nestle, Stamford, VTX:NESN.VX

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    For the first time since 2010, a Republican has introduced a climate bill. Business leaders are welcoming its market-based approach to fighting climate change.

    SOURCE:Environmental Defense Fund + Business



    Yesterday, 34 U.S. businesses sent a public letter thanking Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 26thDistrict) for introducing the MARKET CHOICE Act (H.R. 6463), a bill to fund infrastructure investment while cutting climate pollution. Companies that signed the letter include BP America, Campbell Soup Company, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, General Motors, Ingersoll Rand, Lyft, Inc., IKEA North America Services, LLC, National Grid, PG&E Corporation and Shell. The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, which includes Danone, Mars, Nestle USA and Unilever also sent its own letter of support.

    Why are these companies publicly thanking Rep. Curbelo and his cosponsors? Here are four takeaways for companies of all sizes.

    1. Companies recognize that the MARKET CHOICE Act is a big deal.

    Businesses are way ahead of Washington, D.C. when it comes to addressing climate change, which has regrettably become a partisan issue that Congress hasn’t touched in years. However, the MARKET CHOICE Act could begin to change that. For the first time since 2010, a Republican has introduced a climate bill, and restarted a conversation in Congress about climate change that is long overdue. As the companies state in their letter, “this issue impacts our employees, our customers and the communities that we serve regardless of political affiliation – and of course, it impacts our businesses in very direct ways.”

    Whether or not this bill passes the House or even comes to a vote, its introduction is a significant step forward in building momentum for climate action in Congress.

    2. Companies want market-based solutions to climate change.

    The letter points out that the most effective way to fight climate change is to harness market forces to drive down emissions: “We believe that an economy-wide, market-based approach to valuing or pricing carbon, when carefully crafted, can both strengthen our economy and reduce carbon emissions by encouraging technological innovation and stimulating new investments in infrastructure, products and services.” The companies also highlight that a market-based approach “provides much-needed certainty to aid us in making long-term investment decisions that can further mitigate climate-related risks.”

    While the companies aren’t endorsing this specific bill, they commend Rep. Curbelo for using a market-based approach and make the key point that “valuing or pricing carbon and strengthening our economy are not mutually exclusive – something we, as businesses, have understood for many years.”

    Lawmakers who voted yes on the Scalise resolution – which denounces carbon taxes as “detrimental to the economy” – listen to what these businesses have to say.

    3. These companies know that their influence matters.

    Businesses know that any lasting and effective solution to climate change will require bipartisan support, and that they have a critical role to play in securing that support. By publicly commending lawmakers who introduce climate bills, companies can create the political space for others – on both sides of the aisle – to do the same. Moreover, as key stakeholders in climate and energy policies, businesses can’t afford to stay on the sidelines. They know their sustained engagement is critical in advancing, improving and ultimately passing legislation that achieves the winning combination of driving down greenhouse gas emissions and improving our economy. Business influence is a vast and largely untapped resource in moving climate legislation forward: we need many more companies to get involved.

    4. Their stakeholders expect nothing less.

    Finally, these companies recognize that while their voluntary actions to cut carbon emissions are important, leadership requires constructive engagement in public policy. Publicly supporting proposals to price carbon shows customers, employees and investors that you are walking the talk on sustainability, and aligning your public rhetoric with your policy advocacy. It should be a no-brainer for the more than 430 companies that have set science-based targets to cut their emissions, the nearly 140 have committed to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy or the nearly 2,000 businesses and investors that have signed on to We Are Still In.

    EDF joins these leading businesses in commending Rep. Curbelo for introducing his innovative proposal. Now is the time for companies across the U.S. to do the same.

    This was originally posted on Forbes.

    Stay on top of the latest facts, information and resources aimed at the intersection of business and the environment. Sign up for the EDF+Business blog.

    Tweet me:4 reasons companies from @BP_America to @Unilever are thanking @RepCurbelo for his leadership on climate via @EDFbiz

    KEYWORDS: BP America, uniliver, Rep. Curbelo, Leadership, Environmental Defense Fund, climate change, Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, market choice act, sustainability

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    In its Sustainability Report AIDA cares 2018, the cruise company publishes current facts and figures on the status of its environmental and sustainability commitment and provides an outlook on further projects

    SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc


    August 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ - In its Sustainability Report AIDA cares 2018, the cruise company publishes current facts and figures on the status of its environmental and sustainability commitment and provides an outlook on further projects.

    “It is AIDA Cruises’ declared goal to reduce the entire fleet’s emissions to the minimum. We support the Paris and International Maritime Organisation climate targets and invest millions of euros every year in the development and practical implementation of new and efficient environmental technologies aboard our ships,” said Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, on the occasion of the presentation of the current Sustainability Report AIDA cares 2018.

    AIDA Cruises is conscious of its responsibilities and has been doing pioneering work for years in the areas of developing alternative methods of propulsion. The company invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a propulsion technology before it ever became a major issue in the industry. This strategy is paying off: In 2023 more than half of all AIDA Cruises’ guests will be traveling on cruise ships that are powered either partially or entirely with low-emission LNG.

    New methods of generating energy such as power-to-gas have the potential to enable LNG production entirely without CO2, bringing us another step closer to climate-neutral cruising. AIDA Cruises supports various projects conducting research in these areas. In 2022 AIDA Cruises plans to test the use of batteries as an energy source in ship operation for the first time on a ship in its fleet.

    LNG currently in use during port operations with dual-fuel engines

    In 2011, AIDA Cruises was the first cruise company to opt for low-emission LNG as it commissioned the building of AIDAprima and AIDAperla. Thanks to a dual-fuel engine on board, both of these ships can produce low-emission power from LNG while in port – an average of 40 percent of their operating time. To achieve this, shoreside provision of LNG is required in the respective port.  The emission of particulates and sulfur oxides is almost entirely avoided and emissions of nitrous oxides and CO2 are decreased sustainably.

    In early 2016 AIDA Cruises first proved the practicability of this innovative technology with AIDAprima. On May 7, 2016, the world’s first LNG operation of a cruise ship took place on the occasion of the christening in Hamburg.

    At present LNG can be made available in the ports of Hamburg (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Le Havre (France), Southampton (UK), Zeebrugge (Belgium), Funchal (Madeira/Portugal), and Barcelona (Spain). In other ports of the Mediterranean, such as Marseille (France) or Civitavecchia (Italy), LNG operation is scheduled to open in 2018.

    Talks are also being held with the ports of Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Kiel (Germany).

    First fully LNG-operated cruise ship in 2018

    In November 2018, AIDA Cruises will commission AIDAnova – the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered entirely with low-emission LNG both in port and at sea. By 2023, two more AIDA ships of this new generation will follow, which will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg (Germany).

    Of all the fossil fuels available, LNG is currently the most environmentally-friendly option for reducing emissions that can be used in practice. Together with partners from the worlds of research, science and business, the company has been doing pioneering work for many years in the area of research into and the use of alternative propulsion technologies and state-of-the-art environmental technology and continues to pursue this path consistently. Apart from researching the possibilities of CO2-free production of LNG from renewable sources we are, for example, currently exploring the use of fuel cells or batteries.

    2020 every AIDA ship fitted for shoreside power / 9 out of 12 ships in the AIDA fleet currently fitted with shoreside power connection 

    Today, nine out of the AIDA fleet’s 12 ships are already fitted with or are technically prepared for a shoreside power connection.

    At present, Hamburg is the only port in Germany that can provide shoreside power. Following the successful conclusion of the trial phase in 2016, since April 2017 AIDAsol has been supplied in Hamburg-Altona with green power via a shoreside power plant. Shutting down the main engines of the ship during docking times (about 40 percent of the operating time of a cruise ship) reduces emissions to virtually zero. In 2018 AIDAsol is due to make 22 calls at the Port of Hamburg-Altona.

    Apart from AIDAsol, AIDAprima and AIDAperla are also fitted with shoreside power connections. Two more ships (AIDAbella and AIDAluna) will be fully equipped by the end of 2018 and four vessels of the AIDA fleet are already technically prepared for shoreside power (AIDAdiva, AIDAblu, AIDAmar, AIDAstella).

    In April 2018, AIDA Cruises entered into a modernization partnership with the Port of Kiel, the City of Kiel and the state government of Schleswig-Holstein to build up a shoreside power infrastructure in the Port of Kiel from 2019. Corresponding talks are also being held with the Port of Rostock with the aim of making shoreside power and LNG supply available there.

    AIDA Cruises' declared goal is to fully equip all ships with a shoreside power connection by 2020.

    The decisive factor for the use of shoreside power is that it is produced in a more environmentally friendly manner on land. Shoreside power makes a contribution to environmental protection if it is green electricity from renewable energies.

    8 out of 12 ships of the AIDA fleet are fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system today – planned completion of retrofitting program by 2020

    For all AIDA ships that cannot be fully operated with LNG, exhaust gas cleaning systems are currently the most environmentally-friendly alternative that can be used in ship operations. In 2013, as part of a comprehensive investment program, the company began retrofitting exhaust gas cleaning systems on the ships of its existing fleet.

    8 of the AIDA fleet’s 12 ships are currently fitted with modern exhaust gas cleaning technology: AIDAprima, AIDAperla, AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAmar and AIDAvita, as well as AIDAblu and AIDAbella (commissioning in 2018).

    Apart from an exhaust desulfurization unit, the exhaust gas cleaning systems on board our two new-builds, AIDAprima and AIDAperla, also feature an SCR catalytic converter and a particulate filter. These are test systems currently in trial operation.

    AIDA Cruises is successfully deploying it exhaust gas cleaning technology in its global travel destinations, with the exception of a few ports where the permission to operate is still pending.

    AIDAsol will be the next ship in the AIDA fleet to be fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system at the end of 2018. AIDA Cruises has set itself the goal of fitting all ships of the existing fleet built after 2000, which cannot be fully operated with LNG, with appropriate systems by 2020.

    Further measures to increase energy efficiency (examples)

    For AIDA Cruises, the best ton of fuel is the one that is not consumed at all.

    Today, the fleet’s consumption is already significantly below the industry average. Thanks to numerous measures to increase energy efficiency, in recent years AIDA Cruises has reduced fuel consumption on board its fleet by more than one third per person per day. This means that an AIDA cruise ship today now consumes an average of only three liters of fuel per person for a journey of 100 kilometers. This was achieved with a number of measures including:

    • Optimized route management: Optimizing our routes by adjusting schedules, laytimes and the speed profiles of our ships.
    • Improved hydrodynamics: New ship design to reduce friction resistance.
    • Modern ventilation systems and waste heat recovery reduce energy consumption in staterooms by 20 percent.
    • Optimized lighting management (including the use of LED lamps) means around 30 percent less energy is required for lighting.
    • Apart from the propulsion engines, air-conditioning is the biggest consumer of energy on board. By using absorption refrigerators, surplus waste heat is transformed into cooling for the air-conditioning systems.
    • On board all ships of the AIDA fleet we use ABB’s innovative energy monitoring and management system EMMA to support efficient ship operation.

    Since 2007, AIDA Cruises has documented its commitment to the environment and society in a transparent manner in its annual Sustainability Report AIDA cares, which also contains all relevant environmental figures.

    AIDA Cruises has published further information on its commitment to the environment and sustainability in the current Sustainability Report AIDA cares 2018 at

    Tweet me:.@aida_de provides update on environmental and sustainability commitment in 2018 AIDA cares report and gives a look into future projects

    Contact Info:

    Claire West
    +1 (214) 208-3718

    KEYWORDS: CO2 and CO2e emissions, Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, AIDA Cruises, Waste Reduction, NYSE:CCL, Carnival Corporation & plc

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    SOURCE:World Environment Center


    People and economies thrive when micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are empowered to reach their full potential. These enterprises create 75% of all jobs in Latin America, but many need better connections to markets, information, and supportive policies. They need support and incentives to access new markets, adopt sustainable practices, and strengthen workers’ rights.
    The U.S. Department of State funded the WEC and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée, Context Partners, and EarthShift Global, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America. Because of this work, more than 300 micro, small and medium enterprises in have benefited from technical assistance, 1,800 people have found new or better employment, and more than 4,400 farmers have improved their operations.
    WEC is proud that Phase I of La Red was considered as relevant and highly satisfactory overall when evaluated in accordance with OECD evaluation criteria. The recently approved program assessment report can be accessed at: The Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge/La Red.

    Tweet me:Learn how @WorldEnvCenter + partners found local solutions that have supported #sustainable #economicgrowth in the Evaluation Report released. @contextpartners @EarthShiftGlbl #Baastel #Sustainability #SME

    KEYWORDS: agroindustria, World Environment Center (WEC)

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    SOURCE:National Grid


    WALTHAM, Mass., August 3, 2018/3BL Media/ – National Grid issued a statement today responding to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule.

    “National Grid continues to support the existing vehicle emission and fuel economy standards for vehicles made from 2022 to 2025 in order to reduce reliance on imported fuels, maintain a balanced energy mix, and reduce greenhouse gas and criteria air emissions. Greater adoption of electric vehicles and plug in electric hybrids is paramount in order to achieve all of these goals. For this reason, National Grid joined other utilities and states in challenging EPA’s determination that the existing emission standards for cars and trucks must be revised. The proposed rule released yesterday, the Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, takes a significant step backwards. National Grid firmly believes that the existing standards are an integral component of decarbonizing the transportation sector and achieving a clean energy future.”

    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.


    CONTACT: Media Relations – 781-907-3980

    Tweet me:.@nationalgridus joins other utilities and states in challenging @EPA's revisions to current emission standards. National Grid believes that the existing standards are an integral part of achieving a #CleanEnergyFuture

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:NGG, National Grid, NHTSA, EPA, fuel economy standards, transportation, Clean Energy

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    SOURCE:21st Century Fox


    To celebrate Pride Month and the FIFA World Cup in June, FOX Sports teamed up with Play Proud to share the stories of three remarkable young LGBTQ+ athletes who found support and community through the sport of soccer.

    Play Proud is an initiative of Streetfootballworld, a global coalition of nearly 130 soccer-based nonprofits in 80 countries working to address social issues impacting youth, from homelessness to gender-based violence to gang influence. Play Proud aims specifically to make soccer more inclusive by helping coaches protect and empower their LGBTQ+ players to reach their full potential, both on and off the field.

    FOX Sports helped broadcast this work by airing a mini video series multiple times during their coverage of the World Cup semi-finals and finals. The clips follow three LGBTQ+ soccer players—WilliamMelina, and Bella— as they share their stories of coming out in a challenging environment while finding a trusted support system in their soccer coaches and teammates. “Everyone deserves—no matter what you identify as, or who your partner is—at the end of the day, to go to a community and know that you’re loved, cared for, and supported,” concludes Bella in their video.

    At a time when 73% of LGBTQ+ youth feel that the sports world is not a safe or welcoming environment, FOX Sports and Play Proud are changing the experience of those who believe their identities as LGBTQ+ and as athletes are diametrically opposed. “We believe you can be an out gay athlete,” says Streetfootballworld regional manager Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe. “For so many young LGBTQ youth, there is no safe space to be themselves and to be heard. We believe soccer can fill that void. Play Proud can save lives, literally.”

    Learn more about FOX Sports Supports’ nonprofit partners and programming, as well as parent company 21st Century Fox’s commitment to Sports & Well-Being.

    Tweet me:.@FOXSports marks #PrideMonth and #WorldCup2018 with video stories of three inspiring young LGBTQ+ athletes:

    KEYWORDS: FIFA World Cup, LGBT Athletes, fox sports, Pride Month, NYSE:FOX, 21st century fox

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    WINSTON-SALEM, CAROLINA DEL NORTE, 7 de agosto, 2018 /3BL Media/ – La revista Forbes reconoció a HanesBrands, empresa socialmente responsable líder en el mercado prendas para vestir de uso cotidiano, como una de las compañías más admiradas de Centroamérica y el Caribe. Hanes es la única compañía del rubro textil y de confección que forma parte de este primer ranking realizado en la región.

    Para identificar y seleccionar a las 30 empresas más admiradas, Forbes realizó una encuesta con públicos de interés, estudiantes y consumidores en siete países. La encuesta evaluó los distintos atributos claves de cada compañía, incluidos el valor de la marca; la reputación; la calidad de los productos y servicios; el compromiso medioambiental; la innovación; la imagen corporativa, la inclusión de mujeres; la presencia local y global; y la responsabilidad social.

    "Es un honor para HanesBrands ser reconocida por nuestras operaciones que más allá de tener un impacto directo en la vida de nuestros empleados y sus familias, también lo tiene en las comunidades donde operamos", dijo Javier Chacón, director global de operaciones para HanesBrands. "Especialmente estamos muy orgullosos de los más de 30,000 empleados que trabajan en nuestras operaciones en Centroamérica y el Caribe, quienes son finalmente los responsables de nuestro desempeño estelar en la región durante los últimos 45 años."

    A diferencia de la mayoría de las compañías en la industria textil y de confección, Hanes manufactura principalmente en plantas propias en 20 países alrededor del mundo, incluyendo en la República Dominicana, El Salvador, Honduras y Puerto Rico. La compañía ha obtenido múltiples premios y reconocimientos internacionales, entre ellos:

    • Ser nombrada una de las 25 mejores compañías multinacionales para trabajar en América Latina por el Great Place to Work Institute en 2015 - la primera clasificación de este tipo para cualquier fabricante de ropa.
    • Obtener el Sello FUNDAHRSE de Empresa Socialmente Responsable durante ocho años consecutivos, así como ser premiada cinco veces por el Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía por sus prácticas y programas de responsabilidad social.    
    • Recibir el Premio de The Ethical Corporation de Empresa Responsable por el compromiso de sus empleados en el 2016. El innovador programa filantrópico de Hanes, Viviendo Verde (Green for Good) en Centroamérica y el Caribe, abarca tres de los pilares de responsabilidad social corporativa de Hanes: compromiso ambiental, voluntariado y desarrollo de las comunidades.

      El programa utiliza los ahorros de la gestión energética y reciclaje para financiar proyectos comunitarios enfocados en educación, salud, protección medioambiental y socorro en casos de desastres naturales, todos apoyados por empleados voluntarios.

      Desde 2010, más de 15,000 empleados de Hanes han donado 600,000 horas de su tiempo para completar un total de 70 proyectos realizados con el apoyo de U$ 4 millones de dólares en fondos aportados por la compañía. Los proyectos incluyen renovaciones de escuelas y hospitales, clínicas médicas, proyectos de potabilización de agua, siembra de árboles y limpieza de playas.

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    HanesBrands es una empresa socialmente responsable, líder en el mercado de ropa interior y de uso cotidiano a lo largo de las Américas, Europa, Australia, Asia y el Pacífico. La compañía comercializa camisetas, sostenes, ropa interior, fajas y moldeadoras, calcetines, medias y ropa deportiva bajo algunas de las marcas más reconocidas globalmente incluyendo a Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, y Bras N Things. Para más información sobre la compañía y sus galardonadas iniciativas de responsabilidad social corporativa, visite o la sala de prensa Conéctese con HanesBrands a través de nuestras redes sociales, en Twitter y en Facebook.


    Carole Crosslin

    Mariana Mora (Español)
    O’Malley Hansen Communications

    Tweet me:.@HanesBrands_ESP Reconocida Como Una de las Compañías Más Admiradas de CentroAmérica Y El Caribe

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., August 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Forbes magazine has recognized HanesBrands, a socially responsible manufacturer and marketer of leading everyday basic apparel, as one of the most-admired companies in Central America and the Caribbean. Hanes is the only apparel company included in the region’s inaugural ranking.

    To identify and select the 30 most-admired companies, Forbes conducted a survey with stakeholders, students and consumers in seven countries. The survey evaluated company attributes, including brand value; reputation; quality of products and services; environmental commitment; innovation; corporate image; female inclusion; local and global presence; and social responsibility.

    “HanesBrands is honored to be recognized for our operations, which have a direct and positive impact on our employees and their families, as well as the communities where we conduct business,” said Javier Chacon, chief global manufacturing operations officer for HanesBrands. “But, most of all, we are incredibly proud of the 30,000-plus employees in our Central America and Caribbean operations who ultimately are responsible for our stellar performance in the region for 45 years.”

    Unlike most companies in the apparel industry, Hanes primarily manufactures its garments in company-owned plants in 20 countries across the globe, including in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Puerto Rico. The company’s supply chain operations have earned multiple awards and international acclaim, including:

    • Being named one of the 25 best multinational companies to work for in Latin America by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2015 – the first such ranking for any apparel manufacturer.
    • Earning the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility Seal for eight consecutive years and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Award five times for socially responsible practices and programs.  
    • Receiving a 2016 Responsible Business Award for best employee engagement from The Ethical Corporation. Hanes’ innovative Viviendo Verde (Green for Good) philanthropic program, which operates in Central America and the Dominican Republic, mobilizes three of Hanes’ corporate social responsibility pillars – environmental commitment, employee volunteerism and community improvement.

      The program utilizes savings from energy-management and landfill-diversion efforts to fund community projects focused on education, health, environmental protection and disaster relief that are conducted by employee volunteers. Since 2010, more than 15,000 Hanes employees have donated 600,000 hours to complete 70 projects supported by $4 million in company funding. Projects have included school and hospital refurbishments, medical clinics, clean water projects, tree plantings and beach cleanups.

    For more information, visit


    HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, and Bras N Things. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at Visit our newsroom. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook.



    Carole Crosslin

    Mariana Mora (Spanish language)
    O’Malley Hansen Communications

    Tweet me:See why @HanesBrands has been recognized as a most-admired company in #CentralAmerica + #Caribbean

    KEYWORDS: HanesBrands, the Caribbean, central america, NYSE:HBI

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