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    August 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Nehemiah Manufacturing’s Boogie Wipes and Kandoo are teaming up with Nickelodeon to promote healthy habits and ensure preschoolers are prepared for school through an on- and offchannel co-branded marketing campaign. Kicking off this summer and extending through March 2019, the campaign is in partnership with the net’s Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack, an initiative which champions kindergarten readiness and provides fun, simple and unique tools to lead to educational success.

    The parent-directed campaign includes: the distribution of Nehemiah’s Healthy Habits booklets, which feature the Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack toolkit, to 5,000 pediatricians’ offices across the country from September to December 2018; a printable potty training chart on; product sampling at Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack on-theground events throughout the 2018-2019 school year; and an on-air spot that will air on the Nick Jr. preschool block on Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. channel through March 2019.

    Eric Wellinghoff, VP of Marketing at Nehemiah Manufacturing, notes: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Nickelodeon. Driving awareness of these amazing, free resources is a great fit for our mission at Boogie Wipes and Kandoo to help create healthy habits for children.”

    “We’re extremely excited to be teaming up with Nehemiah Manufacturing’s Boogie Wipes and Kandoo,” said Jennifer Tracy, Senior Vice President, Partner Marketing and Creative Advertising, Nickelodeon Group. “These exceptional brands share Nickelodeon’s commitment to kids and families, making them an ideal partner.”

    Kandoo and Boogie Wipes products are made especially for kids, designed to help them stay healthy and clean all on their own. Both brands also offer a variety of free online resources ranging from potty training tips to handwashing and bath time, promoting toddler independence, school readiness and much more.

    Kandoo Flushable Wipes are easy to use with a refillable tub and clean up to 30% better than toilet paper. Kandoo also offers a portfolio of fun and colorful Bath & Body products, getting kids excited about cleaning while also encouraging them to clean themselves.

    Similarly, kids and parents alike love Boogie Wipes. They’re made with natural saline, which cleans and dissolves dried on, crusty snot and boogers caused by colds and allergies. They can be used as a gentle alternative to dry tissues, cleaning the most sensitive noses.

    Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack helps families build a solid foundation for childhood education by offering tips, activities and resources on, which focus on five major areas critical to kindergarten readiness: Family Engagement, Health & Wellness, Literacy Skills, Social & Emotional Skills and STEM Skills. Additionally, on the website, parents and caregivers can create customized learning plans full of games, videos and printable activities featuring their children’s favorite Nick Jr. characters.

    Kandoo and Boogie Wipes products are available at all major retailers and online. - -

    Kandoo and Boogie Wipes products are manufactured by the Nehemiah Manufacturing Co., in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nehemiah is a second chance company with the mission to build brands, create jobs and change lives. Many employees who come to Nehemiah Manufacturing just need a chance to prove themselves. They may show up with a spotty work history – or no work history – or a record blemished in some way. These hard-to-hire candidates are invisible to most companies. But not to us. Because we know giving people a chance is the right thing to do.

    Tweet me:Nehemiah Manufacturing’s @BoogieMom and @kandookids team up with @Nickelodeon to promote healthy habits and school readiness

    Contact Info:

    Eric Wellinghoff

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:VIA, Viacom, Nick Jr., Boogie Wipes, Kandoo, Nehemiah Manufacturing, Beyond the Backpack

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    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    The Wells Fargo D&I Champions Recognition Program was established 10 years ago as a way to recognize team members for the work that they were doing to further the diversity and inclusion agenda at Wells Fargo. Since then, it has grown to recognize six individuals and six groups annually, receiving as many as 250 nominations in a single year. The D&I Champions Recognition Program has become a cornerstone of the D&I team’s efforts to help team members understand what leading inclusively looks like, and to reinforce the behaviors the company would want to see.

    To ensure this, the eligibility criteria aligns to the three Wells Fargo D&I pillars:

    • Team members: We strive for a culture with inclusive policies and programs that attract, develop, engage, and retain the best talent.
    • Marketplace: We integrate diversity and inclusion into the business decisions we make every day, including how to increase work with diverse vendors and suppliers.
    • Advocacy: We demonstrate leadership and commitment through our interactions in both the workplace and in our communities.

    This alignment reinforces the significance of the work the D&I team is doing, the goals it is working to achieve, and reinforces the overall vision the team is moving the company toward.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Tweet me:.@WellsFargo shares best practices in employee recognition for #Diversity&Inclusion

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, D&I, NYSE:WFC, D&I Champions Recognition Program

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    By: Vienna McLeod and Victoria Malloy

    SOURCE:International WELL Building Institute


    We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Chairman and Founding Director of Sports and Sustainability International, about the intersection of sports, sustainability and health. This discussion comes at an incredible moment for both health and sustainability, which have never been more of a polarizing force in our economic, cultural and political discussions. We talked with Allen about the power and responsibility of sports industry leaders to connect their communities to the issues that matter most to the health of our people and planet.

    What brought you to the sports industry?

    I am an environmental scientist, so the question is - why am I so involved in sports and entertainment? The short answer is that 16% of Americans follow science and 80% follow sports. People are not reading the journals of the National Academy of Science, but they are reading the sports pages of their local paper. That’s why I shifted my focus from working in scientific forums towards an engagement with sports. If you want to influence behavior you need to work where people are. Through engaging with organizations like the USTA, the NHL, NASCAR, the NBA and MLB, I’ve been able to reach communities that were not accessible through traditional scientific platforms.

    How do you instigate cultural shifts through the platform of sports? What is the potential impact?

    There are various platforms available to influence culture and behavior: government, science, religion, film and music. Sport is a powerful social unifier. If you want to influence behavior and instigate a cultural shift in thinking, sport is an effective way to reach people and businesses alike. Sport is non-partisan. Sport brings people together, despite their racial demographic, socioeconomic status, their gender or political orientation. Billie Jean King on gender equality, Mohammed Ali on civil rights, Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics challenging the Aryan supremacy myth, Magic Johnson de-stigmatizing HIV infection - these are just a few of many examples of how sports have helped change cultural values.

    "Fundamentally, unless we all come together culturally and unite in response to the great ecological challenges of our time, we are not going to make the type of progress we need to make."

    As an economic force, sport is about a 1.3 trillion-dollar industry. Every industry meets on a professional sporting field; The food industry, the energy industry, the water industry, the plastics industry, the chemical industry, the textile industry, the transportation sector, all of these industries are either sponsors to sport or suppliers to sport. If sports organizations acknowledge that climate change is a real threat, that promoting renewable energy and healthy indoor spaces is important, the supply chain will take notice, and that supply chain is global, so from a cultural and economic perspective sport is enormously powerful.

    Are building owners in the sports industry changing their mindsets to shift towards healthier design choices?

    Sports are all about performance. Without clean air, without clean water, without healthy food performance, sport, is impossible. Which is why, bringing health and wellness into alignment with sports is just a natural fit. If sports venues, clubhouses, locker rooms, aren’t healthy, that threatens literally billions of dollars of assets - the athletes and the huge market they support. Healthy locker rooms matter to athletes. If a sports venue is the healthiest venue in the world, that team will have a competitive advantage in being able to attract top athletic talent. The owners of teams are economic and cultural elites, they’re influential. If we can educate them about health, well-being and ecologically intelligent stewardship, if we can start integrating WELL into the suites and eventually other sectors of the venue to get better food, better lighting, better air, encourage movement, that’s where we’ll see impact.

    What insights can the health and wellness movement draw from the sports and sustainability movement?  

    Venue operations offer important opportunities to advance more sustainable and healthy practices. We’ve made meaningful progress promoting energy efficiency, recycling and composting, healthier food options, water conservation and smarter transportation options. One of the reasons why many sustainability initiatives have been successful is because they save money. The challenge for WELL and the healthy building movement more broadly is to validate and communicate its ROI.

    Where do you see the healthy building movement evolving in the next 5 years?

    This movement has gone global. One of the most satisfying offshoots of my work with sports is affiliating with the International WELL Building Institute and trying to enhance the health and well being of the millions of people who attend sport events every year and the health of the hundreds of thousands of athletes who work in these venues. I don’t know if there is a market platform that could be more influential than the alignment of sports and wellness. The objective of sustainability is to protect life. I’ve been doing this work for over 35 years and frankly the WELL Building Standard is one of the most exciting and necessary innovations in the history of sustainability.


    Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is an environmental scientist, visionary, activist, writer, lecturer and strategic sustainability advisor. Blending technical expertise with the influence of iconic cultural sectors, Dr. Hershkowitz leverages the cultural and market influence of sports and entertainment organizations to promote environmental literacy to mass audiences. Dr. Hershkowitz advises numerous NGOs, corporations, professional sports federations, leagues and teams in the United States and Europe, including the NBA, the USTA, the NHL, NASCAR, MLB, Roland Garros, and the IOC.

    Dr. Hershkowitz serves currently as Chairman of the Board and Founding Director of Sport and Sustainability International, a global non-profit organization with membership in more than 50 countries comprised of the world’s leading sports federations, leagues, teams and venues focused on creating sustainable, healthy and just communities. Prior, he co-founded and served as President of the USA-based Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit bringing together U.S. sports teams, leagues and venues to integrate environmental stewardship throughout their operations. Dr. Hershkowitz also co-founded the Broadway Green Alliance, an organization comprised of Broadway theaters and touring productions committed to using the visibility of theater to promote responsible environmental stewardship. He also co-founded the Environmental Paper Network, a coalition of international environmental organizations focused on promoting sustainable paper production and use.

    A native of New York, Dr. Hershkowitz received his Ph.D. in political economics, specializing in energy resources economics, from the City University of New York Graduate School in 1986. He earned a M. Phil. in political economics in 1982, a B.A. (cum laude) from the City College of New York in 1978 and a Certificat D’assiduite from the University of Grenoble in 1975. He shares his time between his home in New York State, Europe, and California and is the father of three children.

    Tweet me:.@WELLcertified dives into the connection between #sports, #sustainability and #health

    KEYWORDS: International Well Building Institute, sustainability, Sports and Sustainability International, Allen Hershkowitz, sports medicine

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    SOURCE:Duke Energy


    • Garner distribution center to host truck electrification facility in Wake County, North Carolina
    • Project to save roughly 80,000 gallons of fuel a year


    GARNER, N.C., August 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- A total of 32 electric power outlets will help trucks at the Golden State Foods (GSF) distribution center cut costs and lower air emissions as part of a Duke Energy electrification project.

    As one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice and retail industries, GSF will allow cargo trucks to stop idling their engines to keep food cold, and instead plug into power outlets at the facility. The $300,000 project will help lower exhaust emissions, and is cheaper than the practice of running trucks on diesel fuel. SafeConnect® Systems installed the power outlets.

    "Duke Energy is a strong believer in the benefits of electrification for our industrial customers," said Clark Gillespy, senior vice president, Economic Development at Duke Energy. "At Golden State Foods, truck idling will be lessened – saving money, lowering noise levels and reducing air emissions."

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), long-duration truck idling results in more than 1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 11 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. On average, an hour of idling uses a gallon of fuel.

    "Incorporating renewable energy at all GSF facilities and fleets is a priority, and part of our fundamental values and GSF's 2020 sustainability goals," said Gregg Tartlon, general manager, GSF Garner. "These new electric power outlets are estimated to save Garner nearly $110,000 a year, resulting in 80,000 gallons of fuel saved for our 65 trucks. There are 15 GSF and Quality Custom Distribution (a GSF-owned company) centers currently leveraging this type of technology."

    This is Duke Energy's third project in North Carolina using electricity to power trucks instead of idling engines. The company has funded other projects at MDI Distributors in Catawba County and at Big Boy's Truck Stop in the Johnston County town of Kenly.

    "Because of Golden State Foods' pursuit of new solutions to realize internal carbon emission reduction goals, lower overall energy costs and keep drivers safe, we've had the privilege of installing our innovative electric standby connection system at more than 10 of their distribution facilities over the last three years," said Bob Provencher, Director of Technology and Sales, SafeConnect.

    Duke Energy funding for the project is available by a 2015 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

    NOTE TO EDITORS: A "plug-in" event at the GSF Garner distribution center will occur Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. Experts from all companies will be available for interviews. To attend, please contact Ashley Blua;;  818.326.5369.

    About Duke Energy
    Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at

    The Duke Energy News Center serves as a multimedia resource for journalists and features news releases, helpful links, photos and videos. Hosted by Duke Energy, illumination is an online destination for stories about people, innovations, and community and environmental topics. It also offers glimpses into the past and insights into the future of energy.

    Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

    About Golden State Foods
    Golden State Foods is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the quick service restaurant (QSR) and retail industries. Established in 1947, the company is values-based with proven performance in superior quality, innovation and customer service throughout the QSR industry. With 7,000 employees worldwide, GSF services more than 125,000 stores on five continents from its 50 facilities. Its core businesses include processing of liquid products, protein, produce, dairy and full-line logistics services to the foodservice and retail industries. The company also runs the GSF Foundation, a national nonprofit organization to help children and families in need. For more information, please visit

    About SafeConnect Systems
    SafeConnect Systems is the developer and manufacturer of an innovative, control-circuit enhanced electric standby connection system for hybrid (diesel-electric) Transport Refrigeration Units (e-TRUs). The company's six-pin control circuit system, safeguards people and equipment from the dangers of high-voltage electricity commonly associated with human error and traditional connection systems. SafeConnect has earned EPA's coveted SmartWay® Verified Technology status, to make it a quickly emerging new standard for electric standby connection systems. For more information visit or call 844 R U SAFE 2 (844.787.2332).

    Media Contacts:
    Duke Energy: Randy Wheeless
    Office: 704.382.8379
    24-Hour: 800.559.3853
    Twitter: @DE_RandyW

    Golden State Foods: Ashley Blua
    Office: 949.247.8000
    Cell: 818.326.5369

    Tweet me:.@DukeEnergy and Golden State Foods implement #electrification project to save 80,000 gallons of fuel per year #renewableenergy #emissions #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Duke Energy, Golden State Foods, Air Quality, Emissions, sustainability

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    SOURCE:Ethical Corporation


    We’re on the threshold of a new era, where rapid advances in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, cloud computing, and automation will transform how we live and work.

    Ethical Corporation has just published a new 40-page briefing that delves into the impact of AI on business and society and I wanted to send this across to you -you can access the report here.

    There’s 40-pages of expert response and analysis from the likes of Danone, Nike, Flex, AT&T, PwC, Infosys, Microsoft, Sodexo and many more on:

    • All change: How AI is disrupting business
    • The reskilling challenge: Who will mind the robots?
    • Apocalypse soon? Fears rise of AI arms race
    • AI for good: How tech could transform sustainability
    • Machine learning: Automation case studies

    Click here to receive the 40-page briefing

    Media Contact:
    Ed Long
    Project Director
    Ethical Corporation
    +44 (0) 207 375 7188

    Tweet me:.@Ethical_Corp latest 40-page briefing delves into the impact of #AI on #business and society & how tech could transform #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Ethical Corporation, Artificial Intelligence, sustainability, case studies, AI, tech for good

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    SOURCE:Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE)


    CHICAGO, August 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) will be holding an unprecedented second session of its Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018, in Toronto, October 25-26, 2018.  April’s training was sold out, requiring several participants to go on a waiting list.

    Why all the interest in Sustainability Practitioner training? 

    For example, Alphabet, Inc. (Google) has agreed to invest $50 million into planning Sidewalk Toronto.  The waterfront project envisions a high-tech community, prioritizing sustainability.  Innovative technologies include: self-driving vehicles, underground garbage collection, green energy, snow-melting sidewalks, modular construction, and a lot of data collection.

     Built “from the Internet up,” connected sensors will enable extensive data collection, allowing residents and workers access to customized programs and services. The waterfront community may ultimately reach over $1 billion invested. 

    What about the toxic blue-green algae in Humber Bay, 10 km from Sidewalk Toronto? 

    Canada must prepare for “hotter, wetter and wilder” weather.  Scientists, urban planners, and engineers need a strong sustainability foundation to help mitigate the inevitable – whether preparing for eco-migrants or garbage-smelling algal blooms.

    Toronto boasts over 800 sustainability-related job listings, across many disciplines, with over 3000  openings throughout Canada (Indeed).  Sustainability experts are required who understand finance, government, and law.  Companies will face ever-changing regulations, reporting requirements and CSR expectations.

    Sustainability and finance converge with Toronto being the second Canadian city to issue a green bond,  raising $300 million.

    Sustainability practitioners will be best positioned to meet these needs. 

    CSE has trained over 5000 executives, many from Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, with more than 1400 certified practitioners.  Corporations across many industries, local governments, NGOs and academia have trusted CSE for advanced training.

    CSE will deliver its Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018, for a second time this year in Toronto, October 25-26, 2018

    Register now for early bird pricing or contact for group pricing discounts.

    Tweet me:.@CSE_network is returning to #Toronto to hold an unprecedented second session of its Certified #Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018. Learn more about the training set for Oct. 25th-26th:

    KEYWORDS: Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE), sustainability practitioner training


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    SOURCE:Brown-Forman Corporation


    LOUISVILLE, KY, August 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur is proud to announce its partnership with Alteristic, a national organization of social accelerators dedicated to reducing power-based personal violence, to provide a series of Bystander Intervention Training workshops for the bartending community. Chambord will host the first training session with 100 of the country’s top bartenders at Camp Runamok in Kentucky on Tuesday, August 7.

    “There is a national discussion on the role alcohol can play in incidences of sexual assault and harassment and Chambord wants to take a stand to pioneer change within the industry,” says Chambord Brand Manager Emma Gardner. “We are partnering with Alteristic because their revolutionary approach is designed around cultural change that reinforces standards where violence is not tolerated, and everyone is expected to do their part to keep each other safe.”

    Through Bystander Intervention Training workshops, communities are better equipped to respond when a potential act of violence is present. Alteristic’s evidence-based strategy is proven to significantly decrease not only acts of sexual violence, but also other forms of interpersonal violence and victimization. Chambord’s role is to facilitate and fund a series of training workshops tailored to the bartending community across the U.S. The sessions will provide these critical stakeholders in the beverage industry the tools they need to make bars a safer and more enjoyable environment - for their patrons and themselves.

    For more information on Chambord visit or follow on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @ChambordChannel. High-resolution images, interview opportunities and samples available upon request.

    About Chambord Liqueur

    Chambord is a premium black raspberry liqueur, where every drop is produced at a chateau wholly dedicated to Chambord in Cour Cheverny in the Loire Valley of France. Chambord is an infusion of 100% natural ingredients including the world’s finest raspberries and blackberries. These are blended with the exotic flavors of black raspberry, black currant, Madagascan vanilla and XO Cognac. Chambord was inspired by a luxurious raspberry liqueur that, according to legend, was produced for French royalty to commemorate their visits to the Loire Valley in the 17th century. Today, Chambord continues to inspire cocktail creations around the world.

    About Brown-Forman

    For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,800 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company and its corporate responsibility efforts, please visit  

    About Alteristic

    Alteristic is a non-profit organization that tackles societal issues at local, national, and global levels. Alteristic provides comprehensive prevention education, consultation, and training that addresses sexual assault, harassment, dating and domestic violence, stalking, suicide and other issues. Committed to optimizing and activating inherent human good, Alteristic equips and mobilizes communities to create social norms that ensure safety, respect, and the opportunity to thrive for all people. For more information, please visit

    Tweet me:Chambord joins forces with Alteristic to provide bystander intervention training for bartenders. @ChambordChannel

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:BF-A, Brown-Forman Corporation

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    Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Wiggle for Westmead’ Raises Funds to Purchase Vital Equipment for the Grace Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

    SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc


    August 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Thanks to the generosity of Carnival Cruise Line’s guests and the success of the Wiggle for Westmead program, Carnival donated new medical equipment to the Grace Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

    To celebrate the donation, Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke and Carnival Spirit Captain, Vittorio Marchi joined Medical Director for the Grace Centre, Professor Nadia Badawi in a celebratory Wiggle for Westmead.

    Carnival Cruise Line Australia Vice President, Jennifer Vandekreeke, and crew joined by Professor Nadia Badawi, Dietician of Respiratory Medicine Andrea Kench and patients Charlotte Canestro, Molly Croft, Madeline and Briella Luk

    Since the partnership commenced two years ago, almost 6,000 cruisers have participated in the Wiggle for Westmead during Carnival cruises. To date, guests have collectively helped Carnival raise over $130,000. All donations provided by guests during the Wiggle for Westmead are passed directly on to the Hospital.

    The funds donated by Carnival purchased the Grace Centre’s new state-of-the-art ventilator for critically ill and at-risk newborns, as well as two bedside monitors – the latest in medical monitoring technology – crucial for the care of seriously ill babies.

    The Grace Centre is a neonatal intensive care unit specialising in caring for newborn babies with complex medical conditions, and serious cardiac and surgical disorders.

    In addition, donations from Carnival have also funded a new part-time dietitian for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. This role will help the Hospital to provide nutritional advice to patients and families, specifically children with respiratory conditions and Cystic Fibrosis.

    Vandekreeke said, “Our partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead embodies two of our core values – giving back to the local community, while at the same time having fun. We’re thrilled that our guests continue to support this partnership, joining with us to help donate much-needed equipment for the Hospital.

    “The wonderful work the team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead do is a cause close to our hearts and we are delighted and proud to be continuing this partnership.”

    Professor Nadia Badawi said, “The support we receive from partners such as Carnival Cruise Line is invaluable, because it ensures we have the very best equipment possible to care for more than 600 of the sickest babies who come to us from all over New South Wales each year.”

    Carnival’s partnership with the Hospital involves a number of ongoing initiatives to raise funds, the most popular being the Wiggle for Westmead. This is an onboard activity whereby passengers participate in an exclusive Wiggle for Westmead dance, raising funds and awareness of the important work carried out by the Hospital.

    To learn more about the partnership, please click here.

    Tweet me:.@CarnivalPLC donates new medical equipment to neonatal intensive care unit at Australian Children's Hospital

    Contact Info:

    Claire West
    +1 (214) 208-3718

    KEYWORDS: Children's Hospital at Westmead, the Grace Centre, Wiggle for Westmead, medical monitoring technology, neonatal, life-threatening medical conditions, newborn health, Medical Equipment, New South Wales, respiratory conditions, Cystic Fibrosis, giving back, giving back to the community, Community Partnerships, NYSE:CCL, Carnival Corporation & plc


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    SOURCE:Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable


    Twice a month the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is highlighting their members' beverage industry sustainability insights and ideas in their BIER Member Spotlight series. These spotlights include their answers to questions about their company's sustainability achievements and strategy, practical insights from BIER, interesting facts, and more.

    This month's BIER member spotlight focuses on Rick Price, Director of Global Environment, Health & Safety at Beam Suntory and participant in BIER's Water and Benchmarking working groups.

    Learn more about Rick in the first BIER member spotlight.

    About BIER

    The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Jackson Family Wines, New Belgium Brewing, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and PepsiCo. For more information, visit

    Tweet me:Meet Rick Price, a beverage industry #sustainability leader in @BIERoundtable in their first member spotlight blog

    KEYWORDS: beverage industry, beverage, sustainability, member spotlight, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Water Sustainability, Carbon

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    by Emilio Tenuta – Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

    SOURCE:World Environment Center


    To nominate a company for the WEC Gold Medal Award or for more information, click here.


    It’s been three months now since Ecolab had the honor of receiving the WEC Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. And while the afterglow of that evening is fading – slowly – and the photos of our team receiving the award have come down from digital signage screens in the lobby of our headquarters building in Saint Paul, Minn., our efforts in sustainability aren’t slowing down. Quite the contrary.
    If anything, winning the Gold Medal has strengthened our conviction that we have a unique role to play in advancing sustainable practices in today’s global corporate landscape. Shortly after the WEC award ceremony in Washington, D.C., we published our annual corporate sustainability report, entitled “Catalyst for a Better World.” That phrase encapsulates our purpose and our ambition going forward.
    In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a reaction. Ecolab plays that role in business, because our work helps our customers around the globe achieve their sustainability goals. That’s why our impact in the world is orders of magnitude greater than what would ordinarily be expected of a company our size.
    The World Environmental Center’s jury of independent experts, in its official award citation, said much the same: “Ecolab’s sustainability goals cover not only on its own footprint, but are mainly focused where its impact can make the most difference – reducing its customers’ water and energy consumption.”
    To give you an idea of how that plays out in the real world, here are some numbers from our sustainability report, which covers our results in 2017. In that year, we helped our customers:
    • Save more than 171 billion gallons of water, equivalent to the drinking water needs of 590 million people, as well as 12 trillion BTUs of energy.
    • Generate more than 20 percent of the world’s power, safely produce 25 percent of the world’s processed food, and support clean restaurant kitchens serving 45 billion meals.
    • Prevent more than one million foodborne illnesses and reduce the risk of Hospital-acquired infections for as many as 10,000 people.
    Meanwhile, we are on track toward our goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations by 10 percent by 2025 and conserving 300 billion gallons of water within our own and our customers’ operations by 2030. That’s equivalent to the annual drinking water needs of more than one billion people.
    The good news is that sustainability is gaining importance as a business driver around the world. Companies everywhere strive to lower their impact on the planet and positively benefit the communities in which they operate.  The good intentions are there, but the fact is that many companies are still in the process of determining how to turn these ambitions into tangible reality.
    That’s where Ecolab comes in. With the solutions we offer, we enable the customers we serve at nearly three million locations in more than 170 countries around the world reduce costs and boost operational efficiency, while cutting water use, energy and waste at the same time.
    When the profit motive and the good of the planet come together, positive change is ready to happen. All that’s needed is a catalyst to bring the elements together in the right configuration and speed up the reaction. That’s the role Ecolab has carved out for itself. Being awarded the WEC Gold medal was not only much appreciated recognition for us – it’s also an impetus to redouble our efforts.  

    Tweet me:Considering applying for the @WorldEnvCenter Gold Medal? See lessons learned from @Ecolab, the 34th Gold Medal winner. #WECGoldMedal #Sustainability #SustainabilityAwards

    Contact Info:

    Smitha Konduri
    World Environment Center
    +1 (202) 939-3852

    KEYWORDS: World Environment Center, Gold Medal Award

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    An environmental experiment along 18 miles of Georgia highway helps bring eco-friendly technology to pavement across the country.

    SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation


    The Ray, an environmental experiment along 18 miles of Georgia highway helps bring eco-friendly technology to pavement across the country.


    By Emme Hall

    Car manufacturers are hard at work making their new vehicles as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. But what about the roads themselves?

    The Ray, a non-profit foundation for efficient infrastructure and sustainable highways named for CEO Ray C. Anderson, is looking to change the way humans interact with roads. The organization's lofty goal? Zero deaths, zero waste and zero carbon emissions on the highways of the future. The Ray is using an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in Georgia as its incubator, starting at Exit 1, just past the Alabama state line.

    Read the full story on CNET.

    Tweet me:An environmental experiment along 18 miles of Georgia highway helps bring eco-friendly technology to pavement across the country. @TheRayHighway #RidetheRay @CNET road show

    Contact Info:

    Valerie Bennett
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation
    +1 (770) 317-5858

    Anna Cullen
    The Ray
    +1 (404) 405-2685

    KEYWORDS: Ray C. Anderson Foundation, The Ray

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    SOURCE:3BL Forum



    Stand-Off in Refusal of Salesforce Grant for Immigration Relief

    Under the leadership of Marc Benioff, Salesforce has been viewed as one of the more progressive tech companies in a sector now widely criticized for its disengagement from social concerns. The fourth largest software firm (market cap: $79 billion) has established a strong reputation for both its innovative savvy within an innovation-driven field and for promoting social causes while doing so. “Many [of its] customers like to feel they are not only buying software but doing good for the world,” Keith Weiss of Morgan Stanley told The Economist.

    Benioff has taken emphatic public positions on several social causes, ranging from gay rights to equal pay for women. At his direction, the company has handed out $168 million in philanthropic grants. After building the tallest office tower west of Chicago, he has reserved its top floor with its sweeping views of the Bay Area for meetings by nonprofits. He has announced a $3 million donation to fight homelessness in San Francisco. He often speaks as a high-level consigliere to the entire tech sector, encouraging other tech companies to join his social activist and philanthropic efforts, and challenging tech companies for donations to a $200 million fund to eradicate homelessness from San Francisco streets. “Instead of seeing us as part of the problem in technology, tech wants to be part of the solution,” Benioff said, speaking on behalf of the entire industry.

    His reasons for social activism are based in a fundamental belief that as “political leaders become weaker, chief executives have to become stronger.”

    So Benioff must have been surprised then, to hear that RAICES, a small Texas-based nonprofit raising funds to cover the legal costs of Latino families separated by ICE at the border, was refusing a $250,000 grant from Salesforce. In a Facebook post, RAICES (which means “roots” in Spanish) declined a $250,000 donation from the company saying that the company’s cloud software is the “operational backbone of the agency [Customs Border Patrol] and thus does support in implementing its inhumane and immoral practices.” (CBP uses Salesforce’s cloud software in its hiring process.)

    RAICES said it would accept the donation only if Salesforce “would commit to ending [its] contract with [CBP].” To date, Salesforce has said it will not do so.

    This standoff has its roots in an earlier request by Salesforce employees that the company cancel its contract with the federal agency, as Jan Lee, writing in Triple Pundit, noted:

    “In June, some 650 employees signed an open letter to the CEO Marc Benioff calling on him to reconsider allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to use the company’s cloud software in hiring processes. While the company declined to say at the time whether it would cancel the contract, it did take what some might consider innovative steps to dispel the controversy, by donating a quarter-million dollars to RAICES.”

    Lee explains that “Tech companies that specialize in surveillance and cloud-based services are discovering an uncomfortable truth about this century’s new economy: Today’s skilled workers aren’t afraid to speak up, and speak up loudly, if they feel their employer isn’t living up to its ethical potential.”

    You can bet that senior leadership at Microsoft, Google, and Amazon—all of whom have received letters from their employees questioning the companies’ decisions to enter into contracts that provide services to federal agencies—are watching the final outcome of this standoff over how to take a stand.


    ELLE UK Dedicates September Issue to Sustainability

    ELLE UK will create a fall issue dedicated to encouraging a more environmentally friendly fashion industry. “The issue addresses how the fashion industry and consumers can make meaningful changes to the way they work and shop to help the environment.” It’s the latest effort to support sustainability in the fashion industry which has been slow to change, but which now seems to be moving into high fear, as reported in a previous BTS Newsletter. The issue will be printed on 100% recycled paper, and contains “a collection of easy but meaningful changes that all of you can adopt to help make ethical consuming part of your day.” To support the issue, ELLE conducted research to assess the level of awareness among young women in the UK. Key findings: 62% are more likely to buy an item of clothing from a brand that values sustainability, and 51% want to know what they can do to become more sustainable. Said contributor Stella McCartney, “The fashion industry has been using the same ten materials for the past 200 to 300 years—come on guys: the food industry is changing, the fashion industry is doing the same old stuff, and getting away with it.”

    Thomas Cook Cancels SeaWorld Trips Due to Orca Welfare Issues

    Viewers of the 2013 documentary Blackfish saw a dismaying exposé about the horrific treatment of captive killer whales by their owners, SeaWorld. The brutal treatment of the animals led to the death of a trainer, which SeaWorld attempted to spin as a tragic accident rather than an inevitable outcome of its poor treatment of the animals. Five years after the PR disaster, the company seems to be recovering: revenues have risen as has attendance, and the stock price is up 80%.
    The recovery could be attributed to SeaWorld’s ending of the breeding of orcas in captivity and of orca shows in its San Diego park (they continue elsewhere), and its emphasis on wildlife conservation efforts and investment in new rides, park experiences, and marketing.
    For Thomas Cook, that shift in focus is not enough. The holiday travel agency giant has announced it will stop selling trips to animal parks that keep killer whales. "We have actively engaged with a range of animal welfare specialists in the last 18 months, and taken account of the scientific evidence they have provided,” chief executive Peter Fankhauser told the BBC. “We have also taken feedback from our customers, more than 90% of whom told us that it was important that their holiday company takes animal welfare seriously.”
    Last year, Thomas Cook began an audit of 49 animal parks to see if they met its policy on animal welfare, based on standards set by ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents). Some 29 failed, and the travel firm stopped selling tickets.

    Athletes Speak Out on Social Issues

    At a time when star professional athletes compete with their leagues with identities as brands, complete with individual lucrative contracts and product endorsements, it makes sense that they would defend their brand reputation if challenged.
    The brand “LeBron James” is arguably as large and influential as that of the NBA itself. When brand James was criticized by President Trump, it stirred a hornet’s nest of support from his fellow athletes. The speed and volume of these protests is a recent phenomenon, as noted by the Washington Post: “When it comes to political and social activism, athletes of all colors and genders are finding their voice and refusing to remain silent, whether in vocal, physical or social media demonstrations. The activism may not please the president or owners like the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, but it is cascading.” The latest, strongest statement came from ESPN’s Randy Moss on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he wore a tie bearing the names of young African-Americans shot by police: “With great powers come great responsibility.” With the new NFL season starting up with a continuing controversy over protests in the offing, it’s a reminder that “sports as usual” now includes comments on social issues as part of the game.

    3BL Forum’s Brands Taking Stands™ Conference Registration Open

    On October 23-25, 2018, 3BL Forum will once again convene a diverse group of business, policy and NGO leaders to share insights, advance best practices and workshop forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time.
    3BL Forum 2018 will feature the theme, Brands Taking Stands™ with a focus on 'The Long View – The Role of the Corporate Responsibility Professional as Companies Build for the Future Amid Pressure to Prioritize Profit Today.' The event will be held just outside Washington DC, at MGM National Harbor.

    Click here to register.


    “The images portrayed in advertising matter. They unconsciously embed bias. I think the days of general audience and general marketing are gone—and I think that’s a good thing. What people want is to see themselves. This is not a time to be unclear on what your point of view is [and] what side of history you choose to be on.”

    —Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer, P&G 

    Source: 3BL Media


    Indra Nooyi is stepping down as PepsiCo chief executive in October. She will remain as chairman of the company until 2019. Nooyi led the company for the past 12 years, directing the shift towards more health-focused foods and beverages. Since 2006, the company has reported an 80 percent rise in revenue and shareholder return of 162 percent under her leadership. “Nobody’s going to remember you for delivering earnings to stockholders; they will remember you for the lasting impact you made on society,’’ Nooyi has said. Ramon Laguarta, a 22-year company veteran, and currently president, will assume the chief executive role.

    Want to receive this 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:In this week's #BrandsTakingStands: @RAICEStexas refusal of @Salesforce grant; @ELLEUK plans #sustainability issue; @KingJames uses his brand for #socialimpact ‏ via @3BLMedia Also mentioned: @ThomasCookUK

    KEYWORDS: Thomas Cook, Brands Taking Stands, 3bl Media, 3BL Forum, lebron james, seaworld, P&G, indra nooyi, Pepsico, Salesforce, RAICES


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    Women comprise 47 percent of the U.S. workforce, but they hold only 24 percent of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), according to research from the Economics and Statistics Administration. Though women are earning a greater share of undergraduate degrees overall, they are less likely to pursue STEM-related education.

    Booz Allen is on a mission to close the STEM gender gap. Enter STEM Girls 4 Social Good (SG4SG), an initiative that empowers middle and high school-aged girls to learn STEM concepts and apply them to society's most pressing problems. The signature event of SG4SG, which ultimately seeks to inspire early excitement around science, math, and technology, is a week-long learning experience each summer. Now in its fifth year, SG4SG is tackling the social good challenge of public health safety to empower the next generation of women to pursue careers in STEM.

    "In just 5 years, SG4SG introduced more than 200 DC-area middle and high school-aged girls to STEM concepts and empowered them to explore social good problems from new angles," said Cheryl Wade, Booz Allen’s diversity & inclusion lead and co-creator of SG4SG. "This innovative initiative breaks down barriers, builds confidence, and shows the next generation of STEM women leaders what's possible."

    This summer's SG4SG program, which is a joint effort between Booz Allen and Girls Inc., featured an exciting new element: a partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This year’s social good challenge aligned with the FDA’s mission of public health safety. From July 23 to 27, participants visited multiple FDA locations to learn about topics ranging from clinical drug development to regulating color additives.

    Participants had the chance to explore research laboratories related to veterinary medicine, learn about food safety and foodborne outbreaks, and discover how biotech medicines are manufactured and tested. SG4SG participants also gained exposure to experts from Booz Allen and the FDA, who shared their experiences as women in STEM.

    SG4SG participants gain hands-on STEM experience and apply their knowledge to real-world social good problems. In past years, they tackled topics such as human trafficking and food deserts. Last summer, young women involved in SG4SG used STEM methodologies to study the intersection of cybersecurity and safety, a crucial topic for the next generation.

    The best part? SG4SG has concrete results. Past participants reported increased interest in pursuing STEM-related coursework and careers, as well as increased confidence in STEM subjects.

    SG4SG is bridging the STEM gender gap—one girl at a time.

    To learn more about SG4SG, visit

    Tweet me:Learn how @BoozAllen, @US_FDA & @GirlsIncDC are empowering girls to learn about public health safety #STEM #SG4SG #girlsinSTEM

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, SG4SG, STEM, Innovation, women, girls, NYSE:BAH

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    How Sustainable Events Can Change the World



    In the aftermath of ‘Larry’s letter’—when BlackRock’s powerful chief executive Lawrence Fink demanded a shift in CEOs’ priorities toward more than just profit—as global businesses look for new ways to deepen their social impact, there lies a high-potential solution routinely lost in everyone’s blind spot: making all events, from Monday morning team meetings to weekend barbeques to convenings on the global stage, sustainable.

    In advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is an elegant opportunity to make the medium the message. SDG # 17—more partnerships—is often described as the goal that makes all the other goals possible, and the action that makes partnerships possible is meeting—collaborating, connecting, engaging, inspiring, and educating. Basically, it encapsulates the magical potential of what happens when people come together, face to face.

    SDG # 17—more partnerships—is often described as the goal that makes all the other goals possible, and the action that makes partnerships possible is meeting.

    What if meetings themselves, in the way they are planned, conducted, and followed up, were examples and sources of inspiration for sustainable development? According to data from the association Meeting Professionals International, the event industry is equivalent in size to the agriculture industry in the UK or the automobile manufacturing industry in the United States. This industry can be a powerful catalyst for achieving the SDGs and creating a world that works for everyone. Imagine if every meeting in the world—from work meetings to local community festivals, pop concerts, or family gatherings—was created with consideration for its social, environmental, and economic impacts.

    Continue reading on

    Tweet me:Meetings are the foundation of world-changing collaboration. Fiona Pelham, CEO of Positive Impact Events, explains the global implications of a mindful approach for sustainable events. Read @PIevents @FionaPelham @PYXERAGlobal #GEFLive

    KEYWORDS: impact, Innovation, SDGs, sustainable development goals, PYXERA Global

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    Kinross Gold Corporation is pleased to present its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, a comprehensive and transparent account of the Company’s health and safety, socio-economic, community and workforce engagement, ethical conduct and environmental performance across its global operations.

    “Corporate Responsibility (CR) is engrained into our core business and every facet of our operations at Kinross,” said J. Paul Rollinson, President and CEO. “Our approach to CR continues to focus on the well-being of our employees, host communities and surrounding environment, which includes generating sustainable benefits in the host countries and communities where we operate, and acting ethically and transparently. This report, which marks ten years of our formal CR reporting, provides important details about our strong performance and the measures we take to ensure we meet our commitments as a leading responsible mining company.”

    Key elements of Kinross’ 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, which is available at, include:

    Putting People First – Health & Safety

    • A tragic fatal accident at the Kupol mine in Russia is a stark reminder of the utmost importance of keeping safety as a first priority. This was the first employee fatality at a Company mine site since 2012. The Report describes measures that have been implemented to improve safety, including a critical risks and controls program and improved reporting of high potential incidents.
    • Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 0.32, the lowest in Kinross’ history.

    Generating Socio-Economic Value

    • $2.8 billion spent in host countries through wages and procurement of goods and services, including $800 million spent in local areas around our sites on wages, goods and services, and local taxes.
    • 79% of goods and services sourced in-country, working with more than 3,500 suppliers.

    Empowering our Communities

    • 112,000 stakeholder interactions at operating sites.
    • Reached more than 850,000 beneficiaries through community programs.

    Managing our Environmental Footprint

    • 82% of water from operations recycled.
    • Among the lowest carbon footprint in comparison with our peers.
    • Further strengthened tailings dam management and monitoring program.

    Engaging our Workforce

    • 97.7% of Kinross workforce hired in host countries.
    • 33% of board of directors are women.
    • Promoted employee development through core values, new 8 People Commitments, leadership development model, and the new online Kinross University.

    Ethical Conduct

    • Zero cases of corruption or allegations of human rights violations.
    • Continued to improve processes and policies, including updating the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and publishing a new Working with Integrity guidebook for employees.

    The Report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, fulfills Kinross’ commitments as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact by publishing a “Communication on Progress” report, and includes coverage of how Kinross has linked business performance to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    The Report also documents key stakeholder issues and Kinross’ responses on a site-by-site basis, and provides results from a recent socio-economic study examining how mining contributes to sustainable development in the rural areas around our Tasiast mine in Mauritania. The study demonstrates the significant reductions in poverty in the region around the Tasiast mine between 2011 and 2017.

    Four case studies in the Report illustrate specific examples that relate to environmental stewardship through water conservation and world-class reclamation, and support for programs that empower Indigenous groups and women in communities around our mines. The case studies include:  

    Kinross has also continued to evolve and improve how it approaches its Corporate Responsibility strategy. The Company updated its Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility after a cross-discipline review to ensure there is operational accountability through relevant metrics that track performance against each Principle. You can find Kinross’ Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility here.

    Corporate Responsibility Contact
    Ed Opitz
    Vice-President, Safety and Sustainability
    phone: 416-369-6476

    Media Contact
    Louie Diaz
    Director, Corporate Communications
    phone: 416-369-6469

    Read the Report

    Tweet me:.@kinrossgold's approach to #CorporateResponsibility focuses on the well-being of employees, host communities & surrounding #environment. Learn more about their goals in their latest report via @reportalert

    KEYWORDS: ReportAlert, Kinross Gold Corporation

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    In your fifties, you’re clearer about who you are, what you want and what matters most. Here are some tips to help make sure your finances are keeping pace with your plans.

    The dos:

    ✔ Ramp up your savings. Contributing as much of your income as possible will help boost your retirement savings. If you follow the 50/30/20 rule of thumb, at least 20% of your income should go towards savings (and the remaining 50% towards necessities and 30% towards discretionary items). If you’re playing catch up, the more of your income you can direct towards your savings the better. The good news is that you should be earning more than your earlier years.

    ✔ Review your asset mix. Asset allocation is widely considered the most significant driver of investment returns, and should be adjusted as you age. A common rule of thumb to getting the right mix is holding a percentage of stocks equal to 100 minus your age. So, for example a 55-year old could hold a mix of 45% equities and 55% bonds. Discuss with your financial advisor what asset allocation is best for your needs, after weighing all the necessary factors.

    ✔ Prepare to leave a legacy. Estate planning is a critical component of leaving an inheritance for your family and loved ones – first and foremost it involves having an up-to-date Will. If you have neglected writing a Will, like many Canadians, now is a great time to do so. Discussing your wishes with family will avoid any confusion later on.

    The don’ts:

    ✘ Rack up unnecessary debt. As much as one-third of retired people over 55 are still carrying debt,1 and seniors are increasing their debt loads at a much faster pace than other Canadians.2 Longevity risk, the risk of outliving your savings, has increased with increased lifespans and is amplified further when debt also needs to be repaid.

    ✘ Neglect to discuss retirement with your spouse. Discussing money matters with your partner is important throughout a relationship, but perhaps most important when retirement planning. You may have modest plans to spend more time with family, while your spouse may be dreaming of travelling the world. Retirement planning needs to be part of the conversation, the earlier the better. Visiting your financial advisor together can help ensure you’re travelling the same path and have prepared to reach your shared retirement goals.

    ✘ Assume your house is your retirement. Many people expect to rely on their homes for retirement income. Not surprisingly, a home is one of the largest assets people own. While the last decade has seen home prices rise across Canada, which has likely increased the value of your home, if there’s a correction when you choose to sell, this could put a significant dent in your expected nest egg. If you are downsizing, moving to a smaller home or condo may free up less home equity than you’re anticipated, particularly if you don’t want to adjust your lifestyle. Where you will want to live is a huge part of your retirement plan, make sure to talk this over with your partner and check in with your financial advisor to discuss options that will work for your future.

    Check out how to plan your financial future in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s.

    1 Statistics Canada, April 27, 2011. (most recently available data)

    2. Equifax report, September 2015.

    Legal Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only.  It is not to be relied upon as investment advice or guarantees about the future, nor should it be considered a recommendation to buy or sell.  Information contained in this article, including information relating to interest rates, market conditions, tax rules, and other investment factors are subject to change without notice and The Bank of Nova Scotia is not responsible to update this information. All third party sources are believed to be accurate and reliable as of the date of publication and The Bank of Nova Scotia does not guarantee its accuracy or reliability.  Readers should consult their own professional advisor for specific investment and/or tax advice tailored to their needs to ensure that individual circumstances are considered properly and action is taken based on the latest available information.

    Tweet me:How to plan your financial future in your 50s #financialplanning @ScotiabankViews, tips to help make sure finances are keeping pace with your plans

    KEYWORDS: financial planning in your 50's, Scotiabank, sustainability

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    By Laura Zelenko



    Research has shown over and over again that building a diverse workforce isn’t only the right thing to do, but it also gives businesses a competitive advantage. Diversity encourages innovation and creativity, enables discussions and decision-making drawing on a broad range of perspectives and helps to develop and retain versatile talent. Newsrooms globally still have a long way to go in creating and maintaining diversity, and that is a cause for concern.

    In a fundamental way, diversity both in our staff — who reports, writes and edits the stories —and in the sources we choose to interview and bring on air is imperative for staying competitive today, for making sure we are choosing the right, most important stories to tell, and for ensuring what we report and write is always fair and balanced. Given media’s powerful role in helping shape the public discourse and influencing the decisions investors and corporate executives make, this obligation can’t be overstated.

    Click here to read the full story. 

    Tweet me:Diversity in the newsroom: Time to address the elephant in the room @bloomberg @lszelenko #diversityandinclusion

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, bloomberg news, Bloomberg Media, Laura Zelenko

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    SCE’s pilot program would add approximately 370 charge ports over two years.

    SOURCE:Edison International


    Southern California Edison is seeking state approval for a two-year pilot program to add hundreds of new electric vehicle charging stations at schools and state recreation area parking lots.

    The plan, submitted July 30, 2018,  to the California Public Utilities Commission, would include as many as 250 new charging ports at 40 elementary schools and another 120 ports at more than two dozen state park or beach sites.

    “By bringing EV charging to Southern California schools and recreation areas, we are addressing barriers to EV adoption and helping the state meet its climate and air quality goals,” said Katie Sloan, SCE’s director of Transportation Electrification. “We are partnering with our local communities and organizations to help more people drive electric and breathe clean air.”

    Recent state legislation authorizes investor-owned utilities like SCE to put EV charging stations at schools, state parks and beaches. SCE has been coordinating with state school and park officials to determine interest and specific site opportunities. Priority is being given to communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution and economic hardship.

    The approximately 370 charging stations for schools and recreation areas would be in addition to the 48,000 charging stations included in a request submitted by SCE to the commission last month to expand its popular Charge Ready program.

    The charging stations at the schools would serve faculty, staff, student and visitor cars; the park and beach charging stations would serve fleet, employee and visitor parking.

    Today’s $20 million proposal also includes funding to produce print and online educational materials about EVs for schools and to build public awareness of the availability of charging at state parks.

    Through its Charge Ready program, SCE recently helped to install 44 charging stations at El Monte Union High School District schools. Shawn Cun, energy manager at the district, says he is already seeing the benefits of the charging stations at schools.

    “Current electric vehicle owners can now charge at our high school sites and more staff, faculty and students can consider EVs for their next vehicle purchase,” Cun said. “All members of our community will benefit from higher EV adoption and lower emissions from these vehicles.”

    In addition to the recently submitted EV charging proposals, SCE is also launching a number of other approved EV charging pilots and programs that support medium- and heavy-duty trucks, transit buses, port equipment and other industrial vehicles, as well as public and home-based charging for cars.

    More than 1,000 charging stations have already been installed throughout SCE’s service territory through the Charge Ready program.

    Tweet me:.@SCE seeks CA state approval for a two-year pilot program to add hundreds of new #EV charging stations at schools and state recreation area parking lots #sustainability #renewableenergy

    KEYWORDS: Edison International, Southern California Edison, Charge Ready, charging stations, transportation electrification

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    SOURCE:Cisco Systems Inc.


    by Tae Yoo, SVP Corporate Affairs

    When you think back to the first time an experience inspired you to take action, you’d likely point to your adolescent years. An engaging teacher, a passionate parent, an enthralling book, or a movie that you watched time and time again. In that moment you may not have realized, but as you look back, you clearly see that your perspective on the world—and a belief in your ability to shape it—were being formed.

    Like any muscle, our capacity to think strategically and creatively to solve all types of problems must be formed, exercised, and used time and time again. Starting young, we can shape this muscle so that it becomes part of us, creating a new digital-savvy individual—a global problem solver who recognizes the power of technology, social awareness, and creativity to create an inclusive and sustainable future.

    For more than two decades, Cisco has built a world-leading IT training program, Cisco Networking Academy, which has empowered millions around the world. Now we are taking this experience to younger learners with Global Problem Solvers: The Series (GPS: The Series), a new animated web series for kids exploring entrepreneurship, life skills, and how to use technology for social good.

    Through this new initiative, we aim to demystify the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) to accelerate impact and, most important, make learning fun and unforgettable for students.

    GPS: The Series features a team of superhero teens tackling potential real-world social, economic, and environmental challenges across the globe. In the first season, they work to develop a solution to provide clean drinking water to communities in Malawi. In the second season, the team problem solves how kids can continue learning when schools are closed after a hurricane hits the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    Structured around the key steps of social entrepreneurship—from articulating a problem to leveraging data and analytics to measuring impact—each season includes a series of short animated episodes accompanied by a teacher’s guide that provides discussion prompts, worksheets, and suggested follow-on activities. Students learn that coming up with an idea is just the first step in problem-solving—solutions need to be designed, funded, manufactured, deployed, maintained, and measured. By approaching social change as an entrepreneur and applying technology to accelerate the difference they can make, students can learn to find solutions that are scalable and sustainable.

    Why have we chosen to focus on youth? Compelling research, along with a growing number of young, socially minded entrepreneurs making headlines, tells us that the middle school years might just be the perfect age to engage youth in social consciousness and entrepreneurship as well as to educate them on the expanding role of technology for social good.

    For example, research shows that entrepreneurial skills such as problem solving and teamwork may be best taught during adolescent years. An experimental study conducted at schools in the Netherlands by the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany) found that an entrepreneurship program implemented in the middle grades (with students as young as 11 and 12 years old) helped students engage and succeed in school as well as aided them in developing other skills, including self-efficacy, achievement orientation, and collaboration, all of which are critical for successful entrepreneurs.

    Furthermore, a study by the Australian Computer Society and the University of Canberra in 2013 found that students’ interest in studying information and communication technology (ICT) seems to peak between the ages of 12 and 15, and waiting to introduce students to ICT subjects until they are older could be counterproductive and a missed opportunity.

    Consider the story of Anushka Naiknaware, an American teen who at 13 was the youngest winner of the Google Science Fair, with her invention of a bandage with digital sensors that wirelessly alerts caregivers when it needs to be changed. Or Julián Ríos Cantú of Mexico, who after nearly losing his mother to breast cancer as a teen, channeled his passions to create Higia Technologies at 17, a biosensors company supporting early detection of breast cancer.

    Students piloting GPS: The Series are well poised to follow in their footsteps. Inspired by the series, students came up with IoT-based solutions addressing issues in their communities ranging from water purification to waste reduction services to devices for veterans suffering from PTSD.

    It is easy to overlook that these powerful adolescent years are a critical period of development. However, intellectually, cognitively, psychologically, socially, and emotionally, youth at this age are changing at a rapid pace. What they learn during this period can have a significant impact on their future.

    Research by Cisco in partnership with Oxford Economics, further shows that entrepreneurial and human skills will be increasingly in demand as technology changes the way we live and work. So how can the education system breed a new generation of socially conscious and entrepreneurial-minded professionals who also have the skills needed for the future? How can we build excitement for learning and inspire today’s youth to channel their passions and skills into a solution—or a career—that leverages technology to accelerate impact?

    Exposing and engaging students early is one of the best chances we have, and it benefits everybody. We encourage you to explore Cisco’s Global Problem Solvers: The Series here. Share materials with your children, schools, and educators in your community, and provide us with feedback so we can improve the series.

    Help us build a pathway for in-demand entrepreneurial and life skills, growing the impact that the participants can have now and hopefully for years to come.

    Read More:

    • Learn more about Global Problem Solvers: The Series here.
    • Download the teacher’s guide in English, Spanish, French, or Hindi now to see for yourself how Global Problem Solvers: The Series can complement your existing curriculum and engage your students in an exciting new way.
    • Cisco is leveraging technology to accelerate global problem solving and solve our world’s greatest challenges. Find out more by visiting our CSR website.

    Tweet me:Learn about @Cisco's a new animated web series for kids exploring #entrepreneurship, #lifeskills, and how to use #technology for #socialgood @CiscoCSR

    KEYWORDS: Harvard Business Review, global problem solvers, cisco csr

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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio


    As wildfires rage out of control for yet another summer and the Mueller investigation inches ahead at a seemingly glacial pace, there’s a lot to be down about when it comes to politics and the environment. But this week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to a journalist who’s trying to look at things through a more upbeat lens. By delving into things that should encourage us about our future on this planet, Geoff Dembicki offers plenty of reasons to keep fighting the good fight against climate change. Dembicki sheds some light on issues like housing, education and the hope of converting climate change deniers in an effort to put a spring in our collective steps, even in the face of some pretty dark times.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - Geoff Dembicki: A Glass Half-Full Approach To Climate Change

    KEYWORDS: sea change radio, Geoff Dembicki, climate change

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