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- 09/03/18--03:05: The Future Is Sweet — and Sustainable — for Allbirds
- 09/04/18--04:55: NRG Helps Businesses Reach Their Sustainability Goals
- Foresight: the ability to review each customer’s portfolio, optimize existing systems and strategies, decipher market complexities and provide a roadmap of integrated energy solutions
- Diligence: the follow through to design sustainable energy goals and strategies, perform an integrated solutions option analysis and identify a sustainable energy action plan
- Strategic: a wide-ranging energy initiative resulting from an intensive review and engagement with each customer’s business, overall energy approach and daily energy consumption
- Tactical: a recommendation that is quickly executed, provides clear ROI value and can become the foundation for a larger-scale energy approach to follow
- Electricity and Natural Gas Supply: analysis, planning and contract structures create a sound and sustainable energy management plan
- Demand-Side Management: helping businesses reduce their energy usage during times of high demand creates a win-win result for customers and the grid
- Distributed Energy Resources: bringing resilient, measurable and sustainable value to customers through onsite, behind-the-meter solutions matched to their energy use
- Skybox Datacenters When Skybox began developing a new data center, they were looking for a way to power it with a new level of efficiency, reliability and sustainability. To do that, the NRG Business Solutions team developed a multi-faceted energy solution that includes: •
- Solar: photovoltaic panel on the outside parking canopy and berm provide enough capacity to power the center’s office suite
- Backup generation: dual 2MW backup generators with 96- hour onsite fuel supply, operational in five seconds for an enhanced level of reliability
- Demand response program: reduces power needs on the grid during high-demand periods in exchange for financial incentives, bringing a revenue stream into the center’s overall energy approach
- Cooling efficiencies: dual 400-ton chillers with Evaporcool® technology that provides a 30% efficiency increase, plus decreased electricity usage and maintenance
- Electricity: a 100% green (wind) power electricity contract that avoids 12.4M lbs. CO2 annually and helps the datacenter reach its sustainability goals
- 09/04/18--05:15: Sysco's Commitment to Protecting the Planet
- 09/04/18--06:35: Carbon Reduction Challenge Awards Top Prize to Chick-Fil-A Intern
- 09/04/18--08:35: Feeding the World: IoT and the Intelligent Edge
- 09/04/18--08:35: Making the UPS Smart Logistics Network a Reality
- 09/04/18--09:30: Using Skills-Based Volunteerism to Diversity STEM Leadership
- Reaching more than 48,000 people through digital literacy programs
- Reducing greenhouse emissions intensity by 24 per cent
- Helping around one million vulnerable customers to stay connected
- Extending mobile network coverage to reach 99.5 per cent of the Australian population
- Being recognised on the CDP 2017 Climate A- List
- Collecting 3,871 tonnes of e-waste, with a recycling rate of 99.9 per cent
- Achieving an employee sustainable engagement score of 74
- Being named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency
- Providing $130 million of value through social and community investment programs
- 09/05/18--03:15: Ecocentricity Blog: Hey, Can I Borrow That?
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- 09/05/18--04:40: Reducing Environmental Impact From our Operations
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- We have the most advanced and innovative companies leading on social purpose and climate leadership – new speakers include Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of San Jose, C-Suite at Microsoft, Chief Sustainability Officer of UCLA, CEO of iHealth, Chief Innovation Officer of Sierra Club and VP of Sustainability at AMD.
- Our sessions hero practical roadmaps and solutions with in-depth case studies and honest discussions around what’s working and what’s not, so that you go back to the office with pragmatic advice to implement in your organization.
- Networking takes center stage with a variety of formats like 2-hour roundtables, fireside chats, social meet and greet activities and panel discussions so that you make new connections and can find opportunities to collaborate with key stakeholders.
Reducing waste and conserving natural resources on job sites are increasingly important goals of many of Caterpillar’s customers as they seek to realize the full value of their assets on the job site. Click here to learn more about how our Job Site Solutions team works in partnership with Cat® dealers to help customers find innovative ways to improve their operations and be more competitive in the marketplace.
KEYWORDS: Caterpillar, Technology, Job Site Solutions, NYSE:CAT, Natural Resources, Conservation
If you take a quick look around your office, it probably won’t be hard to spot a pair of shoes made by Allbirds, the San Francisco-based footwear company that makes its products using materials like wool and eucalyptus fiber. The two year-year old company aims to make comfortable, sustainably-made shoes – and they seem to be everywhere.
Listen in as EDF+Business vice president Tom Murray chats with Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown to learn more about his approach to design and innovation and to look behind the sustainability curtain at Allbirds.
"We believe sustainability should be a non-negotiable for everyone in business today. We all win when we stop talking about this topic, and that evolution is taking place today,” says Allbirds Tim Brown.
Tweet me:New @EDFbiz podcast: Co-founder of @Allbirds Tim Brown talks about the footwear company's mission saying "We believe #sustainability should be a non-negotiable for everyone in business today." Listen to the podcast here: http://bit.ly/2PGHGLk
KEYWORDS: Allbirds, EDF+Business, Tim Brown, sustainable shoes
Hospitals search for ways to reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill, discarding blue wrap, trays, Tyvek and other materials as “clean” medical waste in large volumes. However, oftentimes the closed system of a hospital or operating room presents a unique opportunity for collection, segregation and recycling of these materials.
HPRC identified two recycling partnerships (Kaiser Permanente with Goodwill Industries and the Cleveland Clinic’s with Rumpke Recycling and Buckeye Industries), and put together best practices for implementing a program like this, as well as a deeper dive into the specifics of each hospital’s partnership, their methods for recycling and transportation, and the lessons learned.
Read more about HPRC’s study of these recycling programs.
HPRC is a private technical coalition of industry peers across healthcare, recycling and waste management industries seeking to improve recyclability of plastic products within healthcare. HPRC is made up of brand leading and globally recognized members including Baxter, BD, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, Ravago Recycling Group, and ThermoFisher Scientific. The council convenes biannually at meetings hosted by an HPRC member that regularly include stakeholder engagement events and facility tours to further learning and knowledge sharing opportunities through first-hand demonstration of best practices in sustainable product and packaging design and recycling processes. For more information, visit http://www.hprc.org and follow HPRC on LinkedIn.
KEYWORDS: hospital waste, hospital plastic, hospital recycling, Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, Waste
Download and read our full 2017 Sustainability Report here.
Business Solutions Overview
The Business Solutions team makes sustainability a reality for organizations by developing unique energy solutions based on each customer’s needs. These solutions include demand response, commodity sales, access to renewable energy, asset-backed distributed energy systems, energy efficiency measures and energy management services. Responding to the demand of ROI-driven companies, our projects span multiple industries and an equally diverse range of solutions. See a complete list of offerings here.
Access drives solutions:
Our belief is that the best path to an optimal, sustainable energy solution starts with access to energy expertise and experience. For our business customers, this takes hold in a number of ways:
Our experts work with businesses to help them capture the full power of sustainable energy, from idea to implementation. Their consultative approach is backed by an integrated platform of solutions as well as perspective that includes:
We make energy efficiency a reality for businesses through a proven audit process designed to uncover specific improvement measures and actions. The audit is objective, thorough and becomes the foundation for an informed recommendation that can be:
Energy optimization-based approach
We are committed to providing customers with the most comprehensive energy usage consultation in the industry. This area’s focus begins with in-depth load analysis and strategic energy supply review. That review leads to customized energy management strategies for each customer, including:
Perhaps the best way to demonstrate our ability to deliver sustainable energy to businesses and communities is through the specific solutions we have recently put in place. Here are four examples:
Cisco’s sustainability vision has become a reality through our offsite solar solution – helping the company meet its 2017 sustainability goals to reduce GHG emissions by 40% and to use renewable energy for at least 25% of its power needs each year. The offsite nature of the solution was uniquely suited for both financial and logistical considerations. It leveraged the renewable power produced by the Blythe II solar project, located 550 miles away, to meet 10% of Cisco’s electricity needs each year. The actual energy created by the facility powers the local grid while Cisco receives renewable energy credits (RECs) that go toward its sustainability goals.
Toshiba collaborated with us to deploy a new, cutting-edge battery energy storage system within the Texas (ERCOT) grid. The Elbow Creek Energy Storage project is a lithium-ion-based Toshiba battery system capable of storing and delivering up to 2 megawatts (MW) of electrical power. The system, located near the Elbow Creek Wind Farm in Howard County Texas, is designed for applications that enhance the stability of the electric grid. The project is expected to demonstrate the environmentally beneficial impact and commercial viability of siting energy storage technology amidst the growing hub of renewable generation in West Texas. The project was funded in part by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, as part of their Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.
Community Solar – Farmington, MN
Community Solar is an idea that took hold in 2017 at several locations in three states: New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota. At the Farmington, MN location, in addition to bringing a renewable solution to businesses and homes who may have thought their location precluded them from considering solar, another environment benefit has also taken hold. Here, native flowers and meadow grasses have become an abundant habitat for pollinators – the bees and other insects that move pollen between flowering plants. To make it happen, NRG planted pollinator-friendly seed mixes in the land under and around the solar farm and also contracted with a local firm to jumpstart the growth of the plants by installing mature plants as well. From here, bee hives for honey production (apiaries) have co-located on the site producing an end product known as “solar honey.” All in all, it represents a sustainable success story on many levels. In terms of the solar installation itself and the renewable energy generated, the Farmington facility is comprised of nearly 20,000 solar panels and has 191 residential customers enrolled along with two commercial subscribers. To date, the farm has produced more than 1M kWh of clean, renewable energy. The site is one of 10 community solar installations NRG has put in place in Minnesota alone. Among the well-known corporate subscribers are U.S. Bank, Ecolab, Macy’s and Land O’Lakes.
Download and read our full 2017 Sustainability Report here.
Tweet me:.@NRGenergy Business Solutions Team work on demand response, access to renewable energy, asset-backed distributed energy systems, energy efficiency measures and energy management services http://bit.ly/2PtayH0 from the 2017 #sustainability report
KEYWORDS: sustainability goals, NRG Energy, Sustainability Report, Efficiency-based approach, electricity, natural gas
Sysco is committed to protecting the planet by advancing sustainable agriculture practices, reducing the company’s carbon footprint and diverting waste from landfills, in order to protect and preserve the environment for future generations.
For more information on Sysco’s 2025 Responsibility Goals, visit www.Sysco.com/2025Goals.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With more than 67,000 associates, the company operates approximately 330 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 600,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2018 that ended June 30, 2018, the company generated sales of more than $58 billion.
For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sysco. For important news and information regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations section of the company’s Internet home page at investors.sysco.com, which Sysco plans to use as a primary channel for publishing key information to its investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information. Investors should also follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock and download the Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. In addition, investors should continue to review our news releases and filings with the SEC. It is possible that the information we disclose through any of these channels of distribution could be deemed to be material information.
Tweet me:.@Sysco is committed to protecting and preserving the environment for future generations by advancing #sustainable agriculture practices, reducing the company’s #CarbonFootprint, and diverting waste from landfills http://bit.ly/2N4INGd #DeliveringABetterTomorrow
KEYWORDS: NYSE:SYY, Sysco, carbon footprint, Waste Diversion
SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation
A Georgia Tech undergraduate student teamed up with Chick-Fil-A staff over the summer to reduce millions of pounds of heat-trapping greenhouse gases while delivering significant cost savings. Casey Erb, a third year environmental engineering student, worked on a diverse set of carbon-saving projects, ranging from LED lightbulb retrofits in Chick-Fil-A parking lots to changes to the company’s car rental program. Directed by Prof. Kim Cobb (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and director of the Global Change Program) and Prof. Beril Toktay (Scheller College of Business and faculty director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business), the annual Carbon Reduction Challenge attracts interns and co-op students from across campus to participate in the 3-month-long competition, as they work to identify win-win strategies for carbon reduction within their host organization. This year’s cohort included 23 students from Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, and Emory University who worked on projects with more than eight organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, an elementary school, as well as the students’ own campuses.
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
+1 (770) 317-5858
KEYWORDS: Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Carbon Reduction Challenge, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Chick-Fil-A
North Florida customers, crewmembers and community overwhelmingly voted, Jacksonville to receive $25,000 worth of children’s books and a celebrity reading room makeover courtesy of JetBlue
NEW YORK, September 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ – JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced Jacksonville, Fla. as the winner of the #BookWithUs online vote, part of this year’s annual Soar with Reading literacy initiative. Thanks to support from the local community in North Florida, Jacksonville bested JetBlue’s other 101 cities, receiving 38 percent of the votes. Throughout the summer, customers were invited to vote for their favorite city to win $25,000 worth of children’s books and a “reading room makeover” by celebrity interior designer Tyler Wisler for a local organization. More than 544,300 online votes were cast.
“We were excited to see the Jacksonville community rally together to win the #BookWithUs vote”, said Icema Gibbs, director, corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “JetBlue is working to make a direct impact in the communities we serve. We look forward to working with local community leaders and partners to find a location in Jacksonville that will truly benefit from this donation and join in our mission to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading.”
Additionally, three runner-up cities – Cleveland; Long Beach, Calif.; and Burlington, Vt. will each receive a donation of $5,000 worth of children’s books. JetBlue will work with local community leaders and organizations for these donations and the Jacksonville reading room.
“Great design makes you happy and sparks creativity,” said Interior Designer Tyler Wisler. “I am excited to transform a local space and help make reading even more appealing to kids and families. I’m looking forward to creating an inviting reading room that helps young people envision all of the possibilities that are imaginable.”
Why Books? Soar with Reading primarily focuses on book deserts - areas with limited access to age appropriate books for children. Children in these areas lack an essential ingredient in learning and thus their educational growth can be stunted. This summer, JetBlue and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing donated 100,000 books to children in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. The books were distributed through five custom vending machines, free of charge. Children and families were encouraged to take as many books as they wanted as often as they wanted, to start their own home libraries and to help alleviate the summer slide, loss of knowledge during the summer months.
Since 2011, JetBlue has donated more than $3 million worth of children’s books in areas of need. As the program continues to grow JetBlue is dedicated to finding innovative solutions, such as free book vending machines, to tackle the issue of book deserts. Over the past four years, Soar with Reading has placed free book vending machines in Washington, DC; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.
Soar with Reading is a signature JetBlue For Good® program, JetBlue’s platform for social impact and corporate responsibility. Giving back is part of JetBlue’s DNA and is core to its mission of inspiring humanity. Centered around volunteerism and service, JetBlue For Good focuses on the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crewmembers - community, youth/education and the environment. Combining JetBlue’s corporate efforts with its customers’ and crewmembers’ passions, the common theme is Good – JetBlue For Good. Join the #JetBlueForGood conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, check for regular updates and get involved.
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 102 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit www.jetblue.com.
JetBlue Corporate Communications
+1 (718) 709-3089
KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:JBLU, Jetblue, soar with reading, Jacksonville, #BookWithUs
by Victoria Glazar, Verizon Corporate Social Responsibility
A recent report by the Institute for the Future notes that the ability and motivation to self-direct one’s learning path will be among the most important traits of successful workers in the future. Because advancements in technology will change jobs and create new ones at such a rapid pace, future workers will be in a continual state of on-the-job-training. “By 2030,” the report states, “in-the-moment learning will become the modus operandi, and the ability to gain new knowledge will be valued higher than the knowledge people already have.”
With this in mind, some innovative middle schools are putting students in the driver’s seat, using technology and a transformative curriculum to implement a student-driven approach to learning. In the process, students are becoming more engaged, creative and persistent – skills that will put them on the path to success in an increasingly tech-dependent job market.
The schools are participants in Verizon Innovative Learning, a program that provides a free tablet and internet access to every student and teacher, along with comprehensive teacher training and support. The program, recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for improving digital learning opportunities for students, will have reached 100 middle schools by fall of 2018.
In Braddock Hills Middle School, a Verizon Innovative Learning school near Pittsburgh, PA, teacher Amber Bittiger says traditional student-teacher conferences have been replaced with student-led meetings. Students use tablets to create digital portfolios filled with artifacts that act as evidence of their learning, and then present them in a collaborative session with teachers and parents/guardians. “It's amazing to see our students use these resources to take ownership and pride in their learning. It has made a lasting impact on our school community,” she says.
Students at Austin Middle School in Irving, Texas, use tablets to record their teacher’s explanations of complicated Algebra concepts. They reference the video later, while doing homework, to make sure they’re getting it right. “I was impressed by the students’ initiative. They came up with the idea on their own, and I think that was one reason it was so effective,” says Phyllis Ethridge, who teaches Algebra 1 and Geometry. The result was higher quiz scores, showing that students had mastered the objective, she notes.
John Russell, another Algebra teacher at Austin Middle, says his students are taking the reins, as well. They are proactive in emailing him and communicating via Google Classroom to get extra help in the evenings. “They send me questions and photos, so I can tutor them effectively,” he says. He notes that without the tablets and internet access provided by Verizon Innovative Learning, this would not be possible, as many students in his under-served community don’t have reliable internet access at home.
Another Verizon Innovative Learning school, San Francisco’s Herbert Hoover Middle School, is embracing a shift away from traditional “top-down” learning toward a student-driven model. Teacher Thad Austin explains that as early as sixth grade, students are encouraged to decide for themselves how to tackle teacher-posed challenges with the help of digital tools provided through the program. Recently, a duo of sixth-grade students created a video about the effects of smoking menthol cigarettes. “They wanted to create something that would not just satisfy the teacher's required assignment, but in their words, ‘make something that would have an impact on their peers and others outside of school,’” Austin says. “And they did. They entered their video in a national anti-smoking contest and won First Place!”
By putting technology into students’ hands, providing opportunities for hands-on learning, and supporting their efforts to drive their own learning paths, these Verizon Innovative Learning schools are helping students become engaged and confident lifelong learners.
Verizon Innovative Learning
Millions of American students lack the access to technology and the skills they need to succeed in the digital world1. Since 2012, Verizon has been working to help solve this problem holistically through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning.
Verizon Innovative Learning provides free technology, free internet access, and hands-on learning experiences to help give under-resourced students the education they deserve. Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum that fundamentally changes the way teachers teach and students learn, Verizon Innovative Learning is giving kids the ability to do more in this world. Students are showing improvement in math and reading2, and they’re more engaged in school3.
1Pew Research Center Analysis of 2013 American Community Survey (IPUMS).
2Westat March 15, 2017 Research.
3Across all VIL programs that reported data in 2017.
Tweet me:#VerizonInnovativeLearning schools are putting students in the driver’s seat. In the process, students are becoming more engaged, creative and persistent – skills that will put them on the path to success in an increasingly tech-dependent job market. http://bit.ly/2oD8RKP
KEYWORDS: NYSE:VZ, Verizon, Verizon Innovative Learning School
U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) released the results of its highly anticipated 2018 evaluation of the nation’s Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, Top Supplier Diversity Programs, Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies, and Top Veteran-Friendly Schools. Brown-Forman among those listed for Top Veteran-Friendly Companies.
KEYWORDS: NYSE:BF-A, Brown-Forman Corporation
HPE is partnering with Purdue University to uncover digital technologies with the potential to transform agricultural research. The objectives are increased crop yields with reduced inputs—and therefore less environmental impact. The partnership is exploring the potential for IoT and intelligent edge computing to revolutionize agricultural research practices and ultimately, farming efficiency. Instead of manually sampling crop and soil conditions, IoT sensors can measure numerous characteristics in real time, while the plants are still in the field, making it possible to optimize water and chemical inputs for an immediate impact on the crop.
“Purdue is the test bed for digital agriculture IoT to enhance discovery and economic development. We’re working to transform agriculture in America and globally.” - Karen Plaut, Ph.D. Interim Dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture
Read more about how HPE is harnessing IT for a better world in the new Living Progress Report
KEYWORDS: IoT and the Intelligent Edge, HPE, Living Progress, sustainability
Technology is improving every movement in the UPS network for efficiency and sustainability
UPS’s smart logistics network refers to our digitally and physically connected facilities, fleet, and information systems. Using real-time data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technology, we will optimize tracking and processing of packages and freight, and synchronize our transportation fleet. The Smart Global Logistics Network enables us to drive operational and sustainable improvements for our business, and provide greater accuracy and speed for our customers from pickup to the final mile.
KEYWORDS: UPS, NYSE:UPS, real-time data, Artificial Intelligence
by Krista Van Tassel
Through our work developing strategic partnerships that engage business professionals to create positive community change, we see two major STEM education challenges that skilled volunteerism can help address. Last week, we wrote about how skills-based volunteerism can help build capacity within the social sector to effectively deliver STEM education. Today we are sharing our perspective on how STEM education and volunteering can increase representation for women and diverse communities in both the social and corporate sector.
STEM education holds great promise in helping to achieve gender equality and workforce diversification for both the corporate and social sector. One great example of this work in action is through a Common Impact brokered partnership between Fidelity Investments and FIRST North Carolina.
A Greensboro-based nonprofit, FIRST North Carolina was planning to rapidly scale its STEM education programs across the state, but recognized that in order to do so, they needed a centralized and sophisticated database that could effectively grow with the organization. At the same time, Fidelity was seeking an opportunity to cultivate and retain its talented female technology team. Fidelity’s female employees were struggling to achieve the highest levels of leadership within the organization and, as a result, were becoming harder to retain. Fidelity recognized this challenge and actively sought an opportunity to build confidence, presence and leadership skills for these talented female technologists.
From these two needs, a partnership was forged. The all-female Fidelity team engaged on a four-month volunteer project designed to empower them as community leaders and provide opportunities to form new relationships with colleagues, ultimately supporting their upward mobility at the company. In return, FIRST North Carolina received a new database that effectively tracks and reports on critical program data, saving countless hours of staff time, enabling leadership to have a clear dashboard on program outcomes and creating the necessary foundation for growth. The Fidelity team reported that their involvement on the project was a useful professional development opportunity and made them more inclined to recommend the company as a great place to work. FIRST North Carolina reported a marked difference in data and program growth thanks to the project and their estimated social return on investment was $58,950.
“Our team was very passionate about empowering females to become leaders within their fields.” -- Fidelity Associate
Recent volunteer trends point to a rise in interest for skills-based engagements with more than 50% of companies with skilled volunteer programs in place and more than 4 million professionals expressing interest in pro bono service via LinkedIn. Given the success we’ve seen in technology-focused partnerships, this innovative and cross-sector approach to nonprofit capacity building can help to address the STEM education gap and build a new generation of diverse and qualified STEM leaders.
Tweet me:Skills-based volunteerism can help our communities address #STEM education challenges. See how @CommonImpact partnered with @Fidelity & @FIRSTNC to increase representation for women & diverse communities in both the social and corporate sector. http://bit.ly/2Pj31d0 #probono
KEYWORDS: FIRST North Carolina, Common Impact, Fidelity Investments, Women's Leadership, skills-based volunteering, pro bono
Telstra has released its Bigger Picture 2018 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s progress in implementing its Sustainability Strategy– aimed at helping everyone to thrive in a digital world – and in responding to the issues that matter most to its stakeholders.
In what has been a year of significant change for Telstra, the company remains committed to supporting its communities, connecting regional Australians, and serving the needs of its vulnerable customers.
Highlights in 2018 include:
Telstra’s Bigger Picture 2018 Sustainability Report was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Reporting Standards: Core Option. Limited assurance over specified data and related performance disclosures throughout Telstra’s reporting has been provided by Ernst & Young, in accordance with the ISAE 3000 assurance standards. The report also details Telstra’s progress in implementing the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and their work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Telstra welcomes feedback on its sustainability reporting, approach and performance. Please email Tim O’Leary, Sustainability, Government and Regional Affairs Executive, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Telstra Corporation (ASX:TLS) is Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company. Telstra employs over 32,000 people across more than 20 countries, facilitates over 2,000 network points of presence around the world, and has one of Australia’s largest shareholder bases, with around 1.3 million shareholders. Utilising its world leading networks, Telstra provides 4.9 million retail fixed voice services, 3.6 million retail fixed data services and 17.7 million domestic retail mobile services in Australia, as well as connectivity and enterprise services globally.
Chris Marks, Media Manager
+61 8 8433 4951
Tweet me:.@Telstra is making progress in implementing its #Sustainability Strategy and working toward achieving the UN #SDGs. Learn about the company's goal to help everyone thrive in a digital world http://bit.ly/2oBBF6e via @reportalert
KEYWORDS: ReportAlert, Telstra
By: John A. Lanier
SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation
As an environmentalist, I am pulling for the growth of this movement. For every person who chooses to borrow or rent a tool, that’s one fewer tool that has to be built. For every person who chooses to buy clothing on the second-hand market, that’s one fewer garment that has to be created.
Today was a fun parenting day. For the past several weeks, our two-year-old son has been going to preschool, but I had not yet been able to go with my wife to drop him off or pick him up. I finally tagged along today to learn the school’s procedures.
Chantel and I were a few minutes early, so we didn’t want to disturb his class’s last song of the day. There I was, peeking in through the class window to catch a glimpse of my son. My feelings were surprisingly complex at that moment, ranging from excitement just to see him to fear that he would have tears streaming down his face. He was just sitting quietly in the circle of kids, listening to his teachers enthusiastically singing to them. Pretty standard for him when music is involved.
When we opened the door, he looked up and saw us, excitedly jumping to his feet. I was proud of him in that moment, because instead of barreling through the other kids to get to us, he slowly and gently stepped around them. He can be a bull-in-a-China-shop at home, so I’m glad to see he exercises more care in his class.
Preschool has been good for him, and that will only continue to be the case. I know he is learning something new every day. That got me thinking about all of the lessons we learn as young children that, ideally, will endure for the rest of our lives. Obvious examples are manners and patience. An important one is that we do not always get what we want. For my money though, the most enduring lesson from preschool is how important it is to share with others. I hope my kid is taking notes.
Increasingly, the practice of sharing is becoming common in our economic system. You might have heard the term “sharing economy” or “shared economy” before. In general, the idea is that technological advancements in communications technology (i.e. smart phones) are allowing people with underutilized assets (i.e. personal automobiles) to be shared with people in need of the assets (i.e. me when I travel to other cities). Behold, I give you Lyft and Uber.
And Airbnb and eBay and Craigslist and TaskRabbit and Poshmark and Lending Club. Related concepts include co-working spaces and crowdfunding platforms. All of these companies provide a digital bridge that connects everyday people together, so that goods, services, money, and time can be shared as people desire.
Perhaps my favorite term for this movement in our economic system is “collaborative consumption.” Tip of the cap to Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers for introducing me to that term, which they describe in detail in their book What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live. This book is worth a read if you are interested in learning more about…well…“how collaborative consumption is changing the way we live.” It is a great read.
As an environmentalist, I am pulling for the growth of this movement. For every person who chooses to borrow or rent a tool, that’s one fewer tool that has to be built. For every person who chooses to buy clothing on the second-hand market, that’s one fewer garment that has to be created. For every person who joins a CSA (community-supported agriculture), that’s one fewer consumer beholden to industrial agriculture.
Add it all together and you end up with an economic model predicated on one of the earliest lessons we all learn – that sharing is good.
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KEYWORDS: sharing economy, Ray C. Anderson Foundation, John A. Lanier, Ecocentricity, Collaborative Consumption
by Marjie Bland
In June, Common Impact worked with our corporate partner S&P Global to deploy a team of skilled volunteers in Charlottesville, VA. The volunteer team was eager to share their expertise in data management with a nonprofit partner seeking to better communicate their stories of impact through data. SARA or the Sexual Assault Recovery Agency was excited to work with S&P experts to help organize their existing metrics and identify key data to highlight the effectiveness and importance of their prevention and response activities. While we’ve worked on data management engagements in the past, what made this particular project unique was the participation from the of an entirely female volunteer team working with a nonprofit whose mission, although not exclusive to women, was timely and focused on issues critical to women.
SARA is an organization that works to eliminate sexual violence and its impact. SARA achieves this mission through education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. The organization envisions a community free from sexual violence and their efforts support more than 550 survivors each year. In addition to counseling and crisis services, SARA also focuses on the prevention of sexual violence through several education and outreach programs, which reach an estimated 6,000 – 8,000 students each year.
For this skilled volunteer project, the team focused on helping SARA share success metrics and stakeholder stories from their middle school to junior high curriculum, which partners with schools to offer teacher training and classroom-based violence prevention education. Tailored to each school’s need, the program covers several key themes such as understanding boundaries, addressing gender myths and emphasizing clear partner consent. SARA’s leadership team was keen to work with outside experts to use data to craft compelling stories and share the organization’s impact on their community, hopefully, attracting new funders and schools in the process. SARA Director of Prevention Laurie Jean Seaman perhaps said it best when she described the project as “turning data into stories.”
The S&P team supported SARA through a Day of Service event, in which a small team of volunteers work quickly but intensely alongside the nonprofit to develop a solution in the course of one day. What’s amazing about a day of service is just how quickly trust and expertise is established between the nonprofit and the corporate volunteer team. In order to be successful, you absolutely have to rely on the knowledge of each partner and the power of the team. This project proved no different.
To frame the day, the team heard a brief presentation on the sexual violence prevention work that SARA leads, which proved to be eye-opening for the S&P team. In light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the team was inspired to hear that this prevention work took place as early as 6th grade and was so successful in not only reducing sexual assault but also fostering healthy relationship development. With this new knowledge, the volunteers dove into SARA’s already robust database to help the organization highlight metrics that best crafted a compelling story around their prevention work. Within a day, the volunteers identified new opportunities to utilize data collected from the school-based program and recommended innovative ways to incorporate these metrics to support new outreach and relationships for the nonprofit.
SARA Executive Director Becky Weybright summed up the day’s success by declaring,
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team from S&P Global. They were interested in our work, invested in helping us, and ready and willing to share. I know that we will take feedback from this day and use it as we move forward.”
All told, the social return on investment for this day of service project was estimated at $105,000. But the professional development opportunities for both the S&P volunteers and the leadership team at SARA go far beyond just a day. The organizations will remain connected – not only to continue work on data management and other pro bono service projects but also to further support each other professionally and personally as they develop new skills and refine existing expertise through collaboration.
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KEYWORDS: Common Impact, S&P Global, Sexual Assault Recovery Agency
Our friends at FB Heron recently published a summary of how they arrived at their current ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) investment process. It should be interesting for anyone who is trying to bring ESG factors into their own framework.
Six years ago when Heron declared its intention to invest 100% of its assets for mission, they needed to find new ways to track and visualize the portfolio as it changed over time.
As is true for many foundations, FB Heron invests both directly and via outside managers. The article starts with a four box screening system that sought to remove “bad” companies and portfolios and focus investment on “good” ones. We then see that there is a broad distribution of good and bad performance—even after this type of screening.
The largest segment of their endowment is invested in publicly traded companies, so it was extremely important to find a data partner that had social performance data on that universe. Heron works with a few data providers to do so, including CSRHub, oekom, and others.
Heron uses CSRHub’s percentile rankings to help keep comparisons consistent and account for inherent differences across industries. The 0%-100% score can be applied to all of their corporate holdings.
Heron uses the CSRHub scores of the commonly associated benchmarks (like the S&P 500). The weighted average helps them get a sense of how much of the fund was allocated to higher scoring companies, relative to the benchmark.
Heron has attempted to convert their scoring into a -5 to +5 scale. For now, the percentile scores are scaled so the average enterprise (50th percentile) receives a score of 0. They believe this scale is overly simplistic — however view it as a step in the right direction. Heron has achieved “relative” goodness—a distribution that is markedly superior to that of the market. But, it continues to struggle with “outliers.”
Please see the FB Heron piece for their thought leadership in forming their evolving portfolio.
Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.
CSRHub provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information. It covers over 18,400+ companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 556 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers, API partners and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance.
KEYWORDS: CSRHUB, Heron, FB Heron, esg investment, esg, Bahar Gidwani
We seek to make insurance simple and accessible by offering useful products and services through convenient channels. We are achieving this objective by broadening access to affordable products and services, offering insurance to middle-class and disadvantaged populations and establishing a presence in countries where protection products are difficult to obtain.
In many of our markets, we distribute insurance through partnerships with organizations such as banks, retailers, mobile phone operators and affinity groups to overcome barriers to access. We also develop partnerships with microfinance institutions, which provide affordable financial products and services to low-income people in rural areas. The simplified administration, issuance and claim-settlement processes we have developed for these partnerships support our mutual mission of creating greater financial inclusion in developing markets.
Some of Our Products and Initiatives that Expand Access and Improve Ease of Use
Problem: Reaching customers in Colombia who have no access to insurance products.
Solution: A local financial institution, Credivalores, provides access to voluntary accident & health insurance products for lower-income customers via specialized agents.
Problem: Customers in Nepal who are economically disadvantaged have limited access to financial products.
Solution: MetLife offers products in rural areas. Products like Credit Life provide low-income people in Nepal insurance on microloans through microfinance institutions.
Problem: Women who contract illnesses are often financially responsible for raising families.
Solution: “Eve” is the only critical-care product in Lebanon designed to empower women affected with cancer, by paying a lump sum upon diagnosis which can help them cover medical costs and other expenses.
Learn about more of our products and solutions in our full CSR report. To view either the Overview or the full report, and to learn more about MetLife’s corporate responsibility activities, please visit www.MetLifeGlobalImpact.com.
KEYWORDS: access to insurance, MetLife, employees, access for women, Reaching customers in Colombia
Funds provide domestic violence survivors with vital financial empowerment tools to help them break free from abusive relationships
NORTHBROOK, Ill., September 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Allstate Foundation announced today it is awarding $1.25 million in Moving Ahead grants to state domestic violence coalitions under its Purple Purse® initiative. The grants will enable the coalitions to provide financial empowerment resources for nearly 500,000 domestic violence survivors to help them break free from abuse.
“People often wonder why victims don’t just leave their abusive relationships, but often it’s the tremendous financial challenges that keep them trapped,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate responsibility. “Without financial resources, victims are unable to care for themselves and their families, find employment and housing, or save for the future. By getting these much-needed funds in the hands of community organizations that help domestic violence survivors every single day, we hope to empower them to provide the tools and education survivors need to overcome abuse and reclaim their lives.”
The Moving Ahead grants are awarded to 24 state domestic violence coalitions across the country. The funds will support job training, matched-savings programs, zero or low-interest loans, credit-building services and financial education to help domestic violence survivors prepare for a safe way out from abusive relationships. The primary financial empowerment tool used to teach these financial literacy skills is the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Moving Ahead curriculum, available for trainers and advocates to download for free in English and Spanish on PurplePurse.com and espanol.PurplePurse.com.
“We’ve had the much-needed support of The Allstate Foundation since the beginning as we developed innovative approaches to financial empowerment for survivors,” said Mary O’Doherty, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s deputy director. “The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Moving Ahead grants helped us start micro loan and matched savings programs for survivors who need to purchase cars. These critical resources have a huge impact on the ability of survivors to achieve a better future, and we’re grateful for the continued support as we continually look to expand our impact.”
According to a 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse national survey, nearly half of Americans aren’t familiar with financial abuse as a form of domestic violence, even though it occurs in 99 percent of abusive relationships and it’s one of the top reasons why victims can’t “just leave.” Financial abuse tactics include preventing victims from working or keeping them from accessing bank accounts, credit cards or cash. In addition to a lack of public awareness of financial abuse, only 34 percent of Americans would know how to help if they suspected a family member or friend were a victim of financial abuse as part of a domestic violence situation.
Started in 2005, The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program, has invested over $60 million to raise public awareness of financial abuse and provide critical financial empowerment services. For over a decade, the program has empowered more than 1.3 million survivors on the road to safety and security through educational resources.
Purple Purse is a signature program of The Allstate Foundation, an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by breaking the cycle of domestic violence, inspiring the next generation of leaders, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available at AllstateFoundation.org.
If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
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KEYWORDS: Allstate foundation, The Purple Purse, domestic violence survivors
from the Northern Trust 2017 CSR report
Northern Trust’s Corporate Services Group, charged with management of our real estate portfolio, procurement and facilities services, executes Northern Trust’s objective of reducing or eliminating negative environmental impacts from our supply chain. We detail our environmental expectations of vendors by providing them our Supplier Code of Conduct. Vendors’ sustainable practices are factored into our selection process, and we regularly review suppliers’ adherence to the Supplier Code of Conduct and pursue corrective measures when necessary, as noted in our Global Procurement Policy.
Northern Trust recognizes that the long-term viability of our business and that of our clients is tied to the health and well-being of our planet. We therefore commit to protecting and preserving the environment and to eliminating or mitigating any negative environmental impacts from our operations.
We align our business with the fundamental principle of sustainability—meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We do this by integrating environmental considerations into our company-wide decision-making processes, committing to improving continually our business practices and delivering tangible, positive results related to the environment.
We use energy to power our data centers and facilities, the majority of which are located in North America. As a result, the bulk of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stem from our North American operations. We first started tracking our carbon footprint, comprised of the carbon dioxide equivalent of all GHGs produced in our operations, in 2006. Since then, we have improved our data collection processes and calculation methodologies to align with the GHG Protocol.
Working closely with our building managers, Northern Trust follows the best environmentally friendly building strategies and practices outlined by The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Among our offices in North America and APAC, we have received two LEED platinum certifications, seven gold certifications, one silver certification and one general certification. In addition, we use reliable and sophisticated tracking programs to monitor and manage our environmental performance and to calculate our annual carbon footprint.
After the completion of a comprehensive study in 2015, we set a goal to reduce our total Scope 1, Scope 2 (using the market-based approach) and Scope 3 carbon emissions by 3 percent per full-time employee (FTE) by 2020, using our 2015 emissions as a baseline. By the end of 2016, we had already exceeded that goal, reducing our emissions by 9.65 percent. As result, we have set a new goal to reduce our emissions by 25 percent from our 2015 baseline by the end of 2020.
KEYWORDS: greenhouse gas emissions, Northern Trust, sustainability, eliminating or mitigating any negative environmental impacts, operations
September 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The 2nd Responsible Business Summit West (San Diego, Nov 13-14) will bring together 300 senior global businesses to tackle the three core pillars of digitally-driven business. Leaders from Microsoft, Experian, TransWestern, Macquarie Investments, HP, Domtar, Greenpeace USA will discuss and share their insights on climate action, social impact and data privacy & trust.
Here are 3 reasons why you need to attend:
Don’t be left behind– make sure you register your place now and be at the most impactful social purpose conference out there.
Head of US Strategy | Ethical Corporation
0207 375 7508
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