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    SOURCE:Gildan Activewear

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    MONTREAL, September 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE), announced today that the Company has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Gildan has been included on the Dow Jones Indices.

    “We are proud to again be included on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index,” said Claudia Sandoval, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Gildan,  “Receiving this recognition as one of a small group of leading apparel companies is a great validation of the tremendous efforts of our people. Following a comprehensive materiality assessment with key stakeholders this year, we revised our Genuine Responsibility™ program  to focus on  three commitments, namely, caring for our employees, conserving the environment and creating strong communities.  The investments and efforts we make against these commitments further support our vision of Making Apparel Better™.”

    The Company has more than 50,000 direct employees worldwide and is driven to provide safe and healthy work environments, treat all employees with respect and to increase the prosperity of employees, their families and communities by offering fair wages, free medical clinics and medication, subsidized meals, free transportation as well as training and development programs.  

    The Company’s environmental goals include minimizing waste, decreasing emissions, optimizing the use of natural resources and pursuing continuous improvements in every aspect of its operations, from yarn-spinning and textile manufacturing to garment sewing. Since 2015, Gildan has decreased water usage intensity by 17% through investments in high-efficiency dyeing machines, water management systems and chemical innovation in wet processes. Gildan also recycled or repurposed 86% of its total Company waste last year and generated 43% of its total energy needs through renewable sources made possible through investments in Biomass steam generation systems, which burn agricultural and factory waste as a primary fuel source.

    In its communities, Gildan aims to strengthen social infrastructure and support local economic development through investments in youth education, active living, conservation of the environment and promotion of local entrepreneurship.

    The Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) was established in September 2005 to track the performance of companies from Canada and the United States of America that lead the field in terms of corporate sustainability.

    About Gildan

    Gildan is a leading manufacturer of everyday basic apparel which markets its products in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, under a diversified portfolio of Company-owned brands, including Gildan®, American Apparel®, Comfort Colors®, Gildan® Hammer™, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Therapy Plus™, Peds® and MediPeds®, and under the Under Armour® brand through a sock licensing agreement providing exclusive distribution rights in the United States and Canada. Our product offering includes activewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and legwear products sold to a broad range of customers, including wholesale distributors, screenprinters or embellishers, as well as to retailers that sell to consumers through their physical stores and/or e-commerce platforms. In addition, we sell directly to consumers through our own direct-to-consumer platforms.

    Gildan owns and operates vertically integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. With over 50,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive Genuine Responsibility™ program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuineresponsibility.com, respectively.

    Tweet me:.@GildanCorp has once again been included on the #DJSI, @RobecoSAM, underlining our commitment to operating responsibly. http://bit.ly/2NbH4Qd #Sustainability

    KEYWORDS: 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, DJSI 2018, Gildan, Gildan’s corporate social responsibility, Genuine Responsibility


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    SOURCE:Essity (Formerly SCA)

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    September is National Food Safety Month, and Tork is a proud sponsor once again! This year’s theme focuses on The Future of Food Safety. Celebrate throughout September as we explore how managers and employees can prioritize food safety while navigating through myriad changes within the foodservice industry.

    Visit foodsafetyfocus.com and share, by downloading the weekly activities from infographics to videos, free training activities and posters too—all created for the restaurant and foodservice industry to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. 

    Themes for each week include:

    • Week 1 (9/3): Regulation – Keep It Compliant!

    • Week 2 (9/10): Suppliers – Keep It Controlled!

    • Week 3 (9/17): Consumers – Keep It Safe!

    • Week 4 (9/24): Employees – Keep It Up!

    Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #NFSM2018 #FoodSafetyMonth #FoodSafetyFocus (reference Tork social media handles – Twitter: @torkusa; Facebook @torkNA and ServSafe’s social media handles – Twitter: @ServSafe; Facebook: @NationalRestaurantAssociationServSafe)

     

    Tweet me:September is National Food Safety Month http://bit.ly/2CxXEoy @torkusa explores how managers and employees can prioritize food safety while navigating through myriad changes within the foodservice industry.

    KEYWORDS: National Food Safety Month, tork, Essity, csr, The Future of Food Safety

     


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    Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one up to $5 million for a total of $7.5 million

    SOURCE:Walmart

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    BENTONVILLE, Ark., September 14, 2018/3BL Media/ – With a catastrophic storm, flooding and power outages hitting the Eastern Seaboard, Walmart and Sam’s Club are launching a customer campaign to assist impacted communities with hurricane relief. Walmart is matching customer donations to Foundation For The Carolinas. For each dollar you donate Walmart will donate 2 dollars ups two-to-one with cash donations up to $5 million for disaster response and recovery.

    “Our associates and friends have been significantly impacted by this devastating storm,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc. “We’ve seen over the years that our customers all across the country stand ready to help their fellow citizens when mother nature hits. So we’re proud to provide a way to support their generosity during this great time of need.”

    Starting Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, customers will be able to donate online and at Walmart and Sam’s Club registers. Amounts donated to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas will support organizations helping with local relief efforts including supporting shelter, food, comfort and emergency assistance for those in need. Walmart’s matching commitment is in addition to $500,000 of in-kind donations that Walmart has already committed for immediate relief. 

    • The company’s first priority is the safety of associates. Walmart and Sam’s Club work to take care of associates and their families by communicating with store and club location management teams, reminding associates of emergency procedures and what to do during and after the storm.
    • The company is providing support to associates who have been impacted with disaster-support assistance, setting up support centers in the impacted areas, providing hot meals to families and proactively calling associates to conduct wellness checks.
    • Providing prescriptions and immunizations to customers during and after this emergency through Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, which will be open as long as conditions are safe for customers and associates. In addition, a mobile pharmacy unit has been deployed to the impacted area and is ready to serve those affected by providing prescriptions, immunizations and general resources for those impacted. 
    • The company is working with suppliers to help stores and clubs stay in stock. Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will be prepared to open up as soon as possible so they can support communities in the affected area, and company pharmacies will also work with patients who might be displaced or have previously received prescriptions from another pharmacy. 
    • Centralizing relief efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and supporting associates’ needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts in the impacted regions.
    • Activating emergency support teams dedicated to helping stores and club locations during critical events such as this one and providing subject-matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist local emergency operations centers.

    Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

    Customer Campaign Details

    During the campaign, customers can donate to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at registers in Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs or on Walmart.com and Samsclub.com. For each $1 donated from September 15, 2018 to September 21, 2018, Walmart will contribute $2, up to $5M, to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at the Foundation for the Carolina.  This will fund efforts to prepare for, respond to and recover from Hurricane Florence and any other hurricanes that impact the U.S. and its territories this year.

    About Walmart

    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

    About Philanthropy at Walmart
    By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation

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    Tweet me:.@Walmart pledges to assist with 2018 U.S. hurricane relief by matching customer donations two-to-one up to $5 million http://bit.ly/2MCsYm4

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:WMT, Walmart, Walmart Emergency Operations Center, emergency support, hurricane relief


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    SOURCE:Ceres

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    BOSTON, September 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The nonprofit sustainability organization Ceres applauds Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass, efforts to advance legislation that directs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue rules requiring companies to disclose critical information about their exposure to risks posed by climate change. 

    The legislation, known as the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, introduced today, builds off existing investor and advocacy efforts to advance climate risk disclosure, ensuring that companies are more transparent in how they are addressing these risks.

    Ceres CEO and President Mindy Lubber issued the following statement:  

    Climate change — from rising sea levels and extreme storms to the rapid transition to new, low-carbon technologies — can pose significant material financial risks to companies across all sectors of the economy. Ceres commends Sen. Warren’s efforts to scale up action on climate change, pragmatically addressing climate-related financial risks, and ensuring a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy.

    The Climate Risk Disclosure Act will allow the market — via institutional investors and others — to better assess these risks, spurring both public and private sector actors to address climate change while promoting financial stability across the U.S. economy. Investors need this decision-useful information to manage the growing climate-related financial risks in their portfolios. 

    This legislation supports the work that Ceres and investors worldwide are engaged in with companies to accelerate the low-carbon future. In 2010, Ceres and a diverse group of investors successfully persuaded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue the first-ever disclosure guidance for corporate reporting on climate change risks. Ceres has long pushed the SEC to improve reporting standards on a broader range of material and financial sustainability risks. It is critical that the SEC acknowledges the importance of disclosing these risks to investors. 

    Investors have long recognized the threats and opportunities posed by a warming planet and the need for a low-carbon transition. However, corporate reporting on climate risk is still minimal and does not meet the needs of investors — and because the market is lacking this information, we could be dramatically undervaluing the financial impacts on the economy.

    Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. For more information, visit www.ceres.org and follow @CeresNews.

    Tweet me:New Climate Risk Disclosure Act, introduced today by @SenWarren, would require companies to disclose critical information about their exposure to climate-related risks and help investors better assess these risks. Read Ceres' statement: http://bit.ly/2QCotuI

    Contact Info:

    Helen Booth-Tobin
    Ceres
    +1 (617) 247-0700ext. 214
    booth-tobin@ceres.org

    KEYWORDS: CERES, Elizabeth Warren


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    Contributes immediate and long-term recovery assistance through a network of public-private partnerships

    SOURCE:UPS

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    ATLANTA, September 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced a more than $1 million commitment through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts following the devastating flooding, infrastructure damage and utility outages caused by Hurricane Florence. Through a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise, the company and The UPS Foundation will provide both urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance.

    “We’re seeing immediate needs in these communities across a wide range of humanitarian areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “UPS is collaborating with FEMA and its non-profit relief partners on multiple fronts to ensure help reaches those who need it urgently. Over the long-term, additional assistance will be required to help transform affected communities into resilient neighborhoods.”

    When a disaster strikes, The UPS Foundation moves quickly to mobilize its relief network in support of first responders and provides immediate in-kind relief to assist with response and recovery efforts on multiple fronts. The UPS Foundation is working with the American Red Cross, the CDC Foundation, FEMA, Good360, NVOAD, Operation Hope, SBP (Saint Bernard Project) , The Salvation Army, ToolBank Disaster Services, United Way and other humanitarian aid partners to provide immediate support and assess longer-term needs, committing additional funding and in-kind assistance for recovery needs that will be specified during the post-crisis recovery phase.

    Additionally, the company has deployed skilled volunteers with humanitarian logistics expertise to the American Red Cross and FEMA, to help transportation of needed supplies and to coordinate support with multiple partner agencies providing relief.

    UPS and The UPS Foundation have a history of leveraging the company’s logistics expertise and moving quickly to assist in delivering humanitarian aid and relief efforts globally after natural disasters. In fact, currently UPS is transporting relief supplies to impacted areas in the Philippines and Hong Kong hit this past Saturday by Typhoon Mangkhut, otherwise known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippines Disaster Resilience Foundation. Trucks have been deployed to transport more than 1,700 sacks of rice, 4,800 relief packs, 2,000 family food packs, 500 hygiene kits, 500 sleeping kits and 500 family kits.  

    Last year, The UPS Foundation responded to 26 major world disasters and invested more than $21 million in funding, in-kind, and technical support for community safety initiatives that included enhancing preparedness, urgent disaster response, recovery and public health strengthening. Building the resiliency that communities need to better withstand and recover from future disasters is an ongoing and strategically important aspect of UPS’s Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program. Also last year, The UPS Foundation provided in-kind support of humanitarian aid and relief across 53 countries – almost $6 million worth of in-kind services – including loaned experts and relief shipments leveraging UPS’s owned and contracted global network in the air, on the ground, over railroads and on the ocean.

    About The UPS Foundation

    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundationand @UPS Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

    Tweet me:The @UPS_Foundation today pledged $1 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts and has mobilized its #disaster relief network that includes @RedCross @CDCFound @FEMA @Good360 and more to provide #humanitarian aid http://bit.ly/2OxcI7k

    KEYWORDS: UPS, united parcel service, Hurricane Florence, American National Red Cross, NYSE:UPS


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    Doing Good Looks Different in 2018

    SOURCE:Benevity

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    Today’s leading CSR programs are shifting their approach to doing good by putting their people at the center—and they’re driving more employee engagement and social impact as a result. How are they doing it? 

    Join our webinar“Doing Good Looks Different in 2018: Strategies for a Successful Charitable Season” to learn how these companies are maximizing their impact by leveraging three key ingredients: responsiveness, democratization and inclusivity.

    Live: Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT

    You’ll also get:

    • The latest trends & data: the top charities that people support and more
    • Best practices: stories from leading companies in the CSR space who are taking this new approach and seeing increased participation rates, donation dollars and volunteer hours.
    • Proven strategies: tips to grow your own program and increase impact for your people, customers and communities this season and beyond

    Presented by: Anusha Srijeyanathan, VP of Client Success and Nicole Campbell, Principal, Goodness Consulting

    Live, Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT

    Register by September 19.

    Tweet me:Webinar Alert! This Thursday, Sept 20, join @benevity's VP of Client Success and Principal of Goodness Consulting to learn how #CSR pros are shifting their approach to drive more #EmployeeEngagement and social impact! Register now: http://bit.ly/2xhmzI4

    KEYWORDS: benevity, giving season, charitable season, csr trends, CSR Best Practices, Corporate Goodness


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    SOURCE:Whirlpool Corporation

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    September 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ - As part of its continued commitment to create an attractive workplace, Whirlpool Corporation today announced that it will open an employer sponsored child care facility to help working Whirlpool Corporation parents in our local community.

    This comes as a result of a survey that Whirlpool Corporation conducted to more closely understand the childcare needs of its employees. The survey found that there was a significant need among employees’ families for an on site employee child care facility in the Benton Charter Township-Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area.

    “We listen to our employees and we take their needs seriously,” said Carey Martin vice president, Global Human Resources at Whirlpool Corporation. “Providing our employees with the support they require to maintain a balanced life and take care of their families is paramount.”

    “This is an exciting development for our employees. World-class companies offer onsite employer-sponsored childcare and we made the decision that we should too. It’s important to our employees. The provider can match our hours of operation and offer the ability of our employees to see their children during the work day. We see this not only as an opportunity to support our existing employees, but to attract new talent to Whirlpool,” said Martin.

    Whirlpool Corporation understands that its greatest asset is people, and providing them with benefits that allow them to unleash their individual and collective talents helps to inspire a winning culture and creates competitive advantage.

    After extensive review, KinderCare was selected as the care provider. They are well known for creating an environment that encourages children to learn and for providing high-quality early childhood education and care programs.

    “KinderCare is honored to work with Whirlpool and other great employers that believe culture is the heartbeat of the workplace,” said Wei-Li Chong, President, KinderCare and KinderCare Education at Work. “Child care is a key building block of culture and we’re honored to support Whirlpool families by providing the very best care and education for their children. The future of the workforce starts with every child.”

    Whirlpool Corporation has been working with Benton Township to place the facility within its global headquarters campus. “We are proud to have Whirlpool Corporation World Headquarters in our township supporting high quality child care” said Kelli Smith, Benton Charter Township Superintendent.

    The company plans to break ground in November and open the child care facility in September 2019.

    For more than 107 years, Whirlpool Corporation has been invested in the local Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area through community engagement and offering an excellent workplace for the families it employs throughout the region.

    About KinderCare Education® at Work

    KinderCare Education and its family of brands partner with more than 490 organizations around the country to provide customized family-focused benefits for employers, including on-site and near-site early learning centers and back-up care for last-minute child care. To learn more, visit us online at www.kindercare.com/atwork.

    Tweet me:.@WhirlpoolCorp to open employer-sponsored child care facility to help working Whirlpool Corporation parents http://bit.ly/2NjJ6Oo

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:WHR, whirlpool, Child care, KinderCare


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    SOURCE:Goldcorp

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    At Goldcorp, we believe that developing our people enables them to achieve their ultimate potential and helps them exceed their goals. We are committed to investing in and developing all our employees. As an example, our StepUP program is designed to equip everyone to achieve results in a safe, productive and responsible way, by aligning our business and people practices around a core set of behaviours. Successful performance is a result of not just what we do, but also how we do it and the StepUP behaviours define what we can expect from one another at every level of the organization.

    It is also important for us to be looking to the future. We’re cultivating a pipeline of keen, engaged leaders who can help perpetuate our culture and our values, which is critical to ensuring our success going forward.

    As part of our overall approach to talent management, we’ve been improving our succession planning process for our Executives, Mine General Managers and other mission-critical roles, where we ask our leadership to identify people they believe have the performance and potential to step into their respective roles someday.

    We were incredibly pleased to find that this succession planning process last year exposed many people who have the potential to take on additional responsibilities, and we also selected our first group of participants for the Future Leaders Program from this process. The Future Leaders Program is a one-year development initiative that supports and accelerates growth and readiness for selected individuals to take on progressively more challenging leadership roles.

    There are four components to the Future Leaders Program:

    1. Assessment and development feedback
    2. Personalized development planning
    3. Leadership training
    4. Executive exposure

    The program also encompasses coaching and mentorship components that provide further guidance and exposure to the participants.  The various components of the program challenge participants in different ways. From assessing their current strengths and areas of development to participating in valuable learning and engagement opportunities, participants gain exposure in a way that allows them to stretch beyond their boundaries.

    We are fortunate to have a deep pool of exceptional talent upon which to draw. Of the individuals selected to participate in the first cohort, many have taken on more challenging projects and responsibilities that continue to add considerable value to the organization. Others have also assumed expanded leadership roles within the organization since participating in the program.

    The second cohort of Future Leaders has also been identified and the program is well underway for 2018. With programs like StepUP and Future Leaders, our aim is to develop our people by providing the right avenues that will help them further their skills and overall development. Our talent management practices strongly encourage all our employees to own their career by continuously challenging themselves and seeking opportunities to further their growth, and we are proud to call ourselves a talent house for developing exceptional individuals.

    To read more about our Future Leaders Program and StepUP, visit our 2017 Sustainability Report here.

    Tweet me:Our Future Leaders Program is a one-year development initiative that supports and accelerates growth and readiness for selected employees to take on progressively more challenging leadership roles. Find out more: http://bit.ly/2Oq32eP

    KEYWORDS: future leaders, NYSE:GG, Goldcorp


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    SOURCE:Goldcorp

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    September 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Goldcorp is pleased to announce the third annual #DisruptMining innovation challenge and live finale event will be presented on Sunday, March 3, 2019 during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, Canada. 

    Highlights:

    • Goldcorp and presenting sponsor KPMG will co-host the 2019 #DisruptMining innovation expo and "shark-tank" style live event at the Rebel Entertainment Complex 
       
    • Technology disruptors are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch to senior mining, technology and finance leaders in front of a live audience of mining influencers and decision-makers
       
    • Winning disruptor(s) can earn an opportunity to negotiate up to $1 million investment* from Goldcorp, one of the world's most innovative gold producers
       
    • Net proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will support innovation-focused scholarships and community-building initiatives
       
    • Spark your imagination with the #DisruptMining launch video
       
    • Deadline for Submissions: November 5, 2018

    Now in its third year as a catalyst for change in mining, the #DisruptMining innovation challenge has a track record of encouraging new ideas, identifying new opportunities and helping to accelerate the growth of new companies tackling challenges in mining in new and different ways.  Innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch in front of a live audience of over 500 industry leaders and a "shark-tank" style panel of cross-industry titans. The winner(s) will have the opportunity to negotiate up to $1 million investment* for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp's mines or direct investment in the winning technologies.

    "The mining industry today is collaborating and investing in technology and innovation like never before.  We have digitized, automated and applied new technologies to various aspects of the mining life cycle, but our industry needs to accelerate the cycle of innovation even more to stay competitive, deliver greater value to shareholders and be best prepared for our future," said Todd White, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp. "Goldcorp is amongst the most innovative companies in the gold business, and we see #DisruptMining as a catalyst that helps us identify and champion new ideas, new partnerships, new technologies and new thinkers. At least seven of our #DisruptMining alumni have launched to new levels. We believe there are a lot more great ideas out there, and we're ready to help make them happen." 

    Following the 2018 #DisruptMining challenge, winner Acoustic Zoom, an advanced geophysics company specializing in innovative seismic solutions, secured a $1 million investment in its business from Goldcorp and launched a $150,000 pilot program at Goldcorp's Red Lake Gold Mines in Ontario.  Other #DisruptMining alumni including: Enviroleach, LlamaZoo, Open Mineral, Bio-Mine, Cementation, Goldspot Discoveries, KORE Geosystems and Tradewind Markets have transformed their rogue ideas, become established start-ups, substantially evolved their services and operations, or have scaled their leading-edge technology solutions.

    "DisruptMining was truly a catalyst for our business and put us on the world stage," said Prof. Jacques Guigné, Chief Executive Officer, Acoustic Zoom. "We now have multiple international contracts with major mining companies and have accelerated the development of our technology with further innovations, in addition to building our ability to service with a growing equipment portfolio."

    Call for Disruptors across all industries

    #DisruptMining offers entrepreneurs a platform to bring disruptive and exponential technologies to the sector, whether it's unlocking exploration opportunities; finding operational and production efficiencies; reducing the environmental footprint and delivering on sustainability commitments; or developing alternative ways to finance capital projects.

    Any innovator interested in pitching their idea at the #DisruptMining innovation expo and "shark-tank" style live event is encouraged to submit an application. Full application details and requirements can be found at: www.disruptmining.com. Submissions will be accepted until November 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

    #DisruptMining 2019 Submission Categories:

    1. Mining Transformation: Operate and manage mines with increased productivity.
       
    2. Metallurgy Transformation:Decrease the mass, energy, water and chemical intensity required in metallurgical processes . 
       
    3. Sustainability Transformation: Move Towards Zero Water and sustainable energy usage.
       
    4. Digital Transformation: Create digital intelligence with new applications and integrated interfaces.
       
    5. Geology Transformation: Improve mineral mapping and measurement.
       
    6. "Go Rogue": An idea so out-of-the-box it deserves its own category.

    #DisruptMining Innovation Expo

    The #DisruptMining Innovation Expo will showcase the semi-finalists and other game-changing innovators who will demonstrate how they can help the mining industry accelerate the pace of technological advancement.

    "Shark-Tank" Style Live Finale

    Finalists will pitch their competing innovations to a "shark-tank" style panel of cross-industry titans and the winner will have the opportunity to negotiate up to $1 million* in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp's mines or direct investment in the winning technologies. More than 500 mining executives, investors and financiers will be in attendance, each looking for that one revolutionary idea that will get them to the future of mining, faster.

    Partner with #DisruptMining Challenge

    Are you committed to championing innovation in the mining industry? Would you like to be showcased at the #DisruptMining Challenge, one of Canada's largest gatherings for mining innovation? To learn how to become a sponsor of this trailblazing challenge and event, please e-mail disruptmining@goldcorp.com or connect on social media via #DisruptMining.

    Proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will invest in the future of the mining industry through innovation-focused scholarships.

    #DisruptMining Challenge Timeline

    • Monday, November 5, 2018: Deadline for submissions.
    • Friday, December 14, 2018: Selected disruptors notified.
    • Sunday, March 3, 2019: #DisruptMining Innovation Expo and Live Finale

    For more information and to review full submission details, please visit: www.disruptmining.com

    Tweet me:In the future, every mining company will be a #technology company. Submit your disruptive #tech to #DisruptMining and move the #mining industry to this future faster. Submissions now open until Nov. 5th. http://bit.ly/2xsudhV

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:GG, Goldcorp, disrupt mining


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    SOURCE:Subaru of America

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    A record number of visitors traveled to Interior Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve last year, but they left behind less trash than a few years before.

    A push to send less waste to the local landfill is working, officials say. Since 2016, Denali National Park has partnered with Subaru in a "zero-landfill" initiative aimed at turning trash into recycling.

    View the full article on the Anchorage Daily News website.

    Tweet me:Anchorage Daily News | Since 2016, #Denali National Park has partnered with @Subaru_USA in a zero-landfill initiative aimed at turning trash into #recycling. http://bit.ly/2CKOq8z @DenaliNPS @adndotcom

    KEYWORDS: subaru, Subaru Love Promise, Denali National Park & Preserve


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    Sodexo, Which Runs Dining Services at More Than 600 U.S. Colleges and Universities, Names Top Dining Trends

    SOURCE:Sodexo, Inc.

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    GAITHERSBURG, Md., September 18, 2018/3BL Media/ – College dining halls these days look more like the popular food halls in cities throughout the US and Canada then like the cafeterias that many alumni remember. Today’s students have sophisticated palates and dining services reflect this.

    “Our student customers have grown up eating a wide-variety of cuisine from around the world. They know what they like, but they are also adventurous and want to try new foods,” said Lisa Feldman, Sodexo’s director of recipe management. Sodexo provides food services for more than 600 colleges and universities across North America.

    Feldman has identified seven trends in university dining, including:

    1. Plant-Based Options: Students want food that supports a healthy environment and diet. Plant-based options, which may or may not be vegan, make vegetables the star of the show. Flavor, color and protein combine to show that vegetables no longer have to be relegated to side dishes.  Schools such as the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., label vegan options and offer vegan food stations.  The vegan stations are popular with both vegan and non-vegan students.  For example, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., offers a vegan pasta bar with homemade sauces. Other schools’ plant-based options include: Naked, Wild & Free Bowl; Jackfruit & Avocado Tortas; and Portobello Mushroom Poutine.
    2. Social Food Sized Right: Small, shareable plates - tapas, mezze and antojitos -  allow students to sample multiple dishes or share with friends. They can size their meals up or down, leading to less food waste. Examples of small plates at Sodexo university locations include: Tikka Masala Turkey Meatballs, Charred Lemon Chimichurri Tacos and Smoked Chicken Chili Mac.
    3. Global Flavors: With popular restaurants bringing international flavors home and social media making the world a smaller place, dishes from around the world are becoming popular options at university dining centers.  More and more international students are coming to the US and Canada to attend college and schools are bringing food these students love from home to campus. Schools are also catering to American students who crave new flavors from across the globe, such as Congee with Egg, Arroz Chufa and Beef Bulgogi.
    4. Bowls, Bowls, Bowls: Portable and customizable, bowls are taking over college dining. Grain, acai berry, smoothie, poke, ramen, rice and everything in between, bowls are easy to assemble quickly and allow for layering of a variety of ingredients. “There is something comforting about holding a bowl,” said Feldman.  Examples of bowls offered at some of Sodexo’s dining destinations include: Braised Korean Pork Bowl, Penne Pasta with Spinach and Chicken, and Mole BBQ Beef with Sweet Potato.
    5. Crazy for Customization: College students have grown up with fast casual dining options that allow for customization from Mexican to sandwiches to salads. This trend has made its way to campus with options including a pasta toss bar and the Boom Chica Bao Bar (playing off popular bao buns).
    6. High-end Restaurants Go to School: Many college students don’t have the money to eat at high-end, urban restaurants but by partnering with celebrity chefs, universities can serve a taste of them at affordable prices.  Sodexo has partnered with chef Art Smith to offer his famous healthy comfort food at dining centers across the US, rotating a different selection of dishes each season.  Florida State University students can also sample Art Smith’s cuisine at Bobby Bowdoin Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium, home to the FSU Seminole football team in Tallahasse, Fla.
    7. Avoiding Allergens: For those with food allergies, eating out can be stressful. Providing students with allergies a safe place to eat where they do not feel singled out socially is a priority at schools such as the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. These schools are among over 120 Sodexo university dining centers that offer the Simple Servings program, many of which include food stations with items prepared without common allergens like shellfish, wheat, dairy, eggs, milk and tree nuts. Some of the schools have pantries that stock gluten-free and nut-free snacks and bakery items. Kitchen staff are trained on safe food handling procedures to create an allergy-safe environment.

    Sodexo’s campus dining locations exemplify the company’s “Love of Food,” a consumer-centric approach that embraces fantastic food, healthy and balanced choices, and culinary innovation among our team of global chefs.  For more information about Sodexo’s “Love of Food,” visit SodexoUSA.com.

    Sodexo - Universities

    Sodexo provides food service, accommodations and facilities management services to over 600 universities, colleges and independent schools in the United States. With nearly 50 years of experience, Sodexo focuses on improving the student experience through integrated services that promote and enhance quality of life.

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    About Sodexo North America

    Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube

    Tweet me:From Tikka Masala to Congee, Campus Dining Trends Go Beyond Chicken Tenders & Pizza http://bit.ly/2xt3img

    Contact Info:

    Laurie Goldstein
    Sodexo, Inc.
    laurie.goldstein@sodexo.com

    KEYWORDS: universities, food, trends, dining, Sodexo, integrated, OTC:SDXAY

      


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    SOURCE:BSR

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    NEW YORK, September 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Three quarters of business leaders say that sustainability needs to be a cohesive element of business strategy, and companies are increasingly using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as their strategic north star, with more than 70 percent reporting they either currently use or intend to use them to set targets.

    These are some of the major findings of the 10th Annual BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business survey, which provides insight into the world of sustainable business and identifies common perceptions and practices of corporate sustainability professionals.

    In addition to measuring shifting priorities and challenges in corporate sustainability among sustainability leaders, this year’s survey presented a unique opportunity to understand how business is responding to the changing societal landscape. 

    “Many companies understand that contributing to achieving the SDGs is not only a responsibility, but also a business opportunity,” said Laura Gitman, BSR’s Chief Operating Officer. “These new findings are a strong indication that, more and more, they are also taking tangible steps to integrate sustainability into their core business strategies.”

    “However, deep engagement between the sustainability team and many other important functions is still fairly low, presenting challenges for deeper integration of sustainability into the core business,” said James Morris, Director at GlobeScan. “The business opportunity of sustainability can only be truly captured when the sustainability team is able to influence functions like marketing, product development, human resources, and investor relations.”

    Among other key findings:

    • Corporate integrity and diversity and inclusion, while longstanding corporate issues, are top priorities for sustainability efforts in 2018 — perhaps a reflection of recent political, technological, and social transformations that have accelerated socially responsible activism.  
    • Climate change and human rights remain in the top four sustainability priority issues, while less than half of companies are prioritizing inclusive growth or public policy frameworks.
    • 41 percent of companies report no change in their approach to women’s empowerment issues, despite mass social attention through movements like #MeToo.
    • Companies regard AI and disruptive tech, data security, and climate change as important megatrends, but less so the resulting economic inequality and political instability that cascades down as a result. This is a disconnect that doesn’t take into account the secondary impacts of these important megatrends.
    • Climate action (SDG 13), responsible consumption (SDG 12), gender equality (SDG 5), decent work, and economic growth (SDG 8) are the Sustainable Development Goals that receive the most corporate attention. Fewer than one in five companies are focusing commitments around no poverty (SDG 1), zero hunger (SDG 2), and reduced inequalities (SDG 10).
    • Companies have limited focus on value chain impacts: They take an inconsistent approach to addressing key issues across their value chains, with efforts to go beyond their own operations still limited.
    • In spite of the growing interest in aligning strategy with the SDGs, there is a need for more cross-functional collaboration: Sustainability teams still struggle to get traction with strategic planning and core business functions. There is surprisingly limited engagement with investor relations, marketing, or human resources—despite the recognized significance of investors, customers, and employees as key drivers of sustainability.

    The BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business survey was fielded fully online among the BSR member network, with responses collected between March 22 and May 16, 2018. All field work and stakeholder outreach was managed independently by GlobeScan. You can download the entire survey here.

    For more information contact:

    David Stearns, Director, Communications, BSR

    dstearns@bsr.org

    +1 718 501 8666

    Stacy Rowland, Director, Public Relations and Communications, GlobeScan

    Stacy.rowland@globescan.com

    +1 416 962 0707

    About BSR:

    BSR™ is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR™ develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Learn more about BSR’s 25+ years of leadership in sustainability.

    Follow up on Twitter and LinkedIn

    About GlobeScan:

    GlobeScan is an insights and strategy consultancy, focused on helping our clients build long-term trusting relationships with their stakeholders. Offering a suite of specialist research and advisory services, we partner with business, NGOs and governmental organizations to meet strategic objectives across reputation, sustainability and purpose.

    Established in 1987, GlobeScan has offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo and Toronto, and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a Certified B Corporation. Learn more at www.globescan.com.

    Tweet me:JUST IN: The results of the @BSRnews/@GlobeScan 2018 State of Sustainable Business Survey. http://bit.ly/2MJ65NI

    KEYWORDS: Human Rights, climate change, #MeToo, Artificial Intelligence, collaboration, BSR, globescan


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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    We ask ourselves this question all the time. While there are exceptions, at best community investment represents 1% of a company's pre-tax profit.

    If "how much" is the only priority, some will consider community investment insignificant as compared to any company's total operating budget.

    At LBG Canada, our priority is effectiveness, not how much companies give. Effectiveness can be measured by community partner impact, by employee and stakeholder engagement, or whether business benefits were achieved.

    We know that LBG Canada companies have invested $3.5 billion in community, averaging $412 million annually since 2012. Companies invest cash, in-kind, time and program management resources towards the goal of meaningful impact.

    Their stakeholders - employees, customers and governments - have chosen to participate, further contributing another $1.2 billion to company community initiatives.

    Does community investment matter? We know that some of that $4.7 billion of investment has paid the salaries of people on the front line of impactful program delivery. We know that community investment has deepened employer-employee relationships. We know that other stakeholder relationshipshave also been improved through community investment activities.

    For several years, the community investment budgets of many LBG Canada companies have been under pressure. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 we witnessed teams working with less and less resource. In late 2016 we began to see more predictions for busgets to be sustained. In 2017, 50% of LBG Canada companies predicted a budget increase.

    Most companies cite increased profits as a key factor leading to a budget increase. And yet, increased profits are no guarantee that senior leaders will decide to invest more in community.

    In addition companies link their participation in LBG Canada to increased understanding of the value of community investment at a senior level. This includes awareness of increased employee and other stakeholder interest in company activities. Overall, this leads to increased senior support for achieving community investment objectives.

    How do companies get the attention of senior leaders? They draw upon LBG tools and knowledge to clarify the characteristics of a company-specific community investment. They measure business, community and employee impact. They report on program results with greater clarity, credibility and confidence.

    The LBG Canada program has been informing the work of community investment professionals since 2005. Community investment matters. Have you joined the conversation?

    About LBG Canada

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

    Tweet me:Does #communityinvestment matter? Find out in #LBGCanada's Data Video Series http://bit.ly/2MH3Zht #CIMatters

    KEYWORDS: LBG Canada, Community Investment, Simpact strategy group


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  • 09/18/18--05:00: Fleet Efficiency
  • SOURCE:Republic Services

    DESCRIPTION:

    With the 7th largest fleet in the nation, we know it’s important for us to continuously leverage technology to reduce emissions and optimize collections while also increasing efficiency and improving safety. These solutions are making a difference in our daily operations and helping to decrease our carbon footprint.

    • Delivering Safer and Faster Route Solutions: About 75% of our residential routes are fully-automated with single-operator collection trucks. This allows for our drivers to remain in the cab with less fatigue, less exposure to the elements and better visibility for hazards, while reducing our fuel usage. We’ve also provided our drivers with technology that helps them immediately report any collection issues to dispatch so that we can deliver a quick solution. This enhancement has improved customer communications and operational efficiencies.
       
    • Improving Visibility with Cameras: To further improve the efficiency and safety of our fleet, we’re installing state-of-the-art cameras on some of our trucks to help drivers see more of their surroundings and access data, as needed. These cameras provide extra assistance to our drivers and allow them to effectively navigate their trucks to help see the unforeseen. From kids on bikes, backing into tight spaces, changing lanes and more, these cameras provide greater visibility and record what’s going on around our trucks for added safety and security.
       
    • Advancing Route Planning Technology: Every day our fleet is servicing communities across the country. Finding the most efficient route helps ensure we are protecting our Blue Planet. We continue to advance our route planning technology for the betterment of our drivers and environment. Calculating smart and efficient travel plans decreases vehicular emissions, travel time and fuel consumption.

    To learn more about Republic’s Sustainability initiatives, visit https://www.republicservices.com/sustainability

    KEYWORDS: sustainability, Compressed Natural Gas, cng, Republic Services, waste management, Fuel Efficiency, safe driving


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    SOURCE:Aflac

    DESCRIPTION:

    Aflac CEO Dan Amos made a special appearance on Good Morning America today to talk about how My Special Aflac Duck™ is helping bring smiles and comfort to children receiving cancer treatment.

    About Aflac

    Aflac is a Fortune 500 company, providing financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. When a policyholder or insured gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fairly, promptly and directly to the insured. For more than six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress.

    To learn more about My Special Aflac Duck and Aflac's other corporate citizenship initiatives, visit the company's website.

    Tweet me:.@Aflac #CEO Dan Amos shares how #MySpecialAflacDuck is helping kids with cancer on @GMA http://bit.ly/2QIqNkb @ChrisYoungMusic @ChaseBryant #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth

    KEYWORDS: Aflac, Dan Amos, Good Morning America, My Special Aflac Duck, childhood cancer, chris young, Chase Bryant


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    SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    SUMMARY:

    Yes, Hurricane Florence began to weaken as it approached the Eastern seaboard. It also began to slow down, but that isn’t a good thing. A slow-moving storm might hit less area, but the area it does hit suffers tremendously.

    DESCRIPTION:

    I know I said I would write about the Global Climate Action Summit this week, but I changed my mind. That can wait another week. There were some big things that happened there, and they’ll be just as big in a week.

    I want to talk about football and hurricanes (but not the Miami Hurricanes, so if you are a UF or FSU fan, please don’t click the little x at the top of your browser). Also, the football part of this isn’t terribly important. The hurricanes part is.

    As I’m sure you know, Hurricane Florence just brought some recent unpleasantness (quite an understatement) to parts of North and South Carolina. I was anxiously tracking the storm last week, because a few friends of ours had invited us to drive with them to Charlottesville to, in part, watch the University of Virginia home football game. At the beginning of the week, it looked like Charlottesville could get hit by Florence if she made landfall in North Carolina and then moved due north.

    We decided not to make the trip as eight hours of driving through rain on the way home sounded like precisely zero fun. Plus, the game wouldn’t even have been played in Charlottesville, as the university announced midweek that they were relocating it to Nashville, Tennessee in an abundance of caution. Apparently, that decision riled up a portion of Virginia’s fan base (based on the message board I read), especially when Florence’s projected path shifted south and spared Charlottesville from her impact.

    I find that unfortunate (that people grumbled about the game’s relocation, I mean). It seems to me both shortsighted and insensitive to complain about a football game that got moved unnecessarily. By sparing Charlottesville, it simply meant that all the rain and wind from Florence that were originally going towards Charlotteville went somewhere else.

    And with this storm, I mean ALL of it. Yes, Florence began to weaken as it approached the Eastern seaboard. It also began to slow down, but that isn’t a good thing. A slow-moving storm might hit less area, but the area it does hit suffers tremendously. Florence slowed to an absolute crawl, resulting in feet of rain and significant flooding. Swansboro, North Carolina set the state record for rainfall with 30 inches, and more than 20 people have lost their lives to the storm.

    According to this fascinating (and scary) article from FiveThirtyEight, atmospheric scientists are suggesting that slow moving storms (hurricanes and otherwise) are becoming more common. Storms are also becoming wetter as our climate changes. While the latter has clearly been linked to global warming, the former is still being studied. My guess is that slow-moving storms will eventually be linked to global warming as well.

    Hurricanes have always been dangerous, and it appears they are becoming more so. I’d say that caution is the right approach – especially when it involves packing thousands of people into a single stadium.

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    Tweet me:Yes, #HurricaneFlorence began to weaken as it approached the Eastern seaboard. It also began to slow down, but that isn’t a good thing. A slow-moving storm might hit less area, but the area it does hit suffers tremendously. http://bit.ly/2xCOzp1 #Ecocentricity

    Contact Info:

    Valerie Bennett
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation
    +1 (770) 317-5858
    valerie@raycandersonfoundation.org

    KEYWORDS: John A. Lanier, Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Hurricane Florence, Ecocentricity


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    Website provides a one-stop shop for information on the state’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

    SOURCE:General Mills

    DESCRIPTION:

    SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Maven’s Notebook, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford’s Program on Water in the West (WitW), launched a new website today at www.groundwaterexchange.org to provide a central hub of science-based information related to California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

    The Groundwater Exchange is a free, collaborative online platform designed to connect water managers, water users and community members with tools and resources to support successful implementation of SGMA.

    A webinar featuring a live demonstration of the Groundwater Exchange will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. To register, visit https://groundwaterexchangewebinar.eventbrite.com.

    “Information about SGMA is currently spread across dozens of different websites,” said Christina Babbitt, senior manager of EDF’s California Groundwater Program. “With the Groundwater Exchange, we’re consolidating that information onto one website where communities across California can learn more about the law and become more engaged in issues related to groundwater, which is vitally important to the health and resilience of our state.”

    “In addition to consolidating resources, water managers and community members involved in developing the site wanted to be able to share their experience and learning with one another. The Groundwater Exchange has an online forum to meet that need—here users can ask questions, share materials and engage with members of the water community,” added Tara Moran, the WitW Sustainable Groundwater Program lead. “We are really excited to be supporting a broader dialogue within the California water community.”

    Groundwater contributes 40 percent of California’s annual water supply in a normal year and more than 60 percent in a dry year, according to the California Department of Water Resources. During the historic drought that ended in 2017, the state's largest water users—agriculture and cities—over-pumped groundwater, which reduced river flows, caused land to sink faster than ever before, and left many poor communities without access to groundwater.

    Prior to passage of SGMA in 2014, groundwater was largely unregulated in California. This historic legislation presents a significant opportunity for California to protect this fundamental resource for future generations.

    SGMA led to the creation of more than 250 local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) tasked with developing and implementing plans to bring groundwater conditions into balance by as early as 2040. The California Department of Water Resources has provided substantial SGMA materials to the agencies, but many agencies have limited financial, technical and personnel resources. Moreover, additional SGMA resources have been developed by nonprofits and academic experts.

    “Given the complexity of groundwater management, the California Department of Water Resources greatly appreciates the collaborative efforts to develop the Groundwater Exchange, as it will help to ensure SGMA’s success,” said Taryn Ravazzini, the department’s deputy director, special initiatives. “The platform will undoubtedly serve as a valuable forum to promote information exchange among Groundwater Sustainability Agency members, decision-makers and local stakeholders.”

    Key features of the Groundwater Exchange include:

    • A forum to post questions, start discussions and share materials.

    • An introduction to SGMA, including frequently asked questions, publications on public engagement in English and Spanish, and links to organizations that help give community members a voice in water policy and decisions.

    • Searchable maps and a basin watch list that alerts users when new information about their basin becomes available.

    • A calendar and news section consolidating the latest content related to SGMA from across the Internet.

    • Weekly email updates featuring new content on the Groundwater Exchange and upcoming events.​

    “Sustainably managing groundwater is one of the most important and complex challenges that California will face in the coming decades,” said Andrew Fahlund, senior program officer at the Water Foundation. “The Groundwater Exchange brings together the best people and ideas to achieve this crucial goal.”

    “California’s agriculture industry is vital to the production of our ingredients, and we are committed to improving water sustainability in the state,” added Jeff Hanratty, applied sustainability manager at General Mills. “We are proud to support the Groundwater Exchange, which will help water managers implement their Groundwater Sustainability Plans, balancing water needs for people, agriculture and the environment.”

    The Groundwater Exchange was created with funding from the Water Foundation, General Mills and the California Department of Water Resources.

    To learn more about the Groundwater Exchange, visit www.groundwaterexchange.org.

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    Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law, and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF Growing Returns and Twitter.

    Water in the West (waterinthewest.stanford.edu) is a partnership of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Water in the West designs, articulates, and advances sustainable water management for the people and environment of the American West. Linking ideas to action, we accomplish our mission by engaging in cutting-edge research, creative problem solving, active collaboration with decisionmakers and opinion leaders, effective public communications and hands-on education of students.

    Tweet me:The Groundwater Exchange, created with funding from @GeneralMills, is a free, collaborative online platform to connect water managers, water users and community members with tools and resources to support successful implementation of California’s #SGMA http://bit.ly/2xtkmID

    KEYWORDS: groundwater, California, General Mills, Environmental Defense Fund, water in the west, Stanford, NYSE:GIS


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    This week I had the pleasure of attending our first liner recycling event at the New Gallery of Art, in the Xuhui district of Shanghai.

    SOURCE:Avery Dennison

    DESCRIPTION:

    Vice President & General Manager, Label & Graphic Materials North A

    This week I had the pleasure of attending our first liner recycling event at the New Gallery of Art, in the Xuhui district of Shanghai.  At the event, we recognised and celebrated By-Health Co. Ltd., a China health supplements company, as the first brand owner to partner in the Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Program in China.

    For those of you outside of the industry I should explain that traditionally, label liner recycling programs require a complex process of collection and sorting, which can be a deterrent for companies who want to recycle and therefore as part of our goal to eliminate 70 percent of liner and matrix waste from our value chain by 2025, we are building a network of recyclers to help converters and brands reduce and reuse label waste.

    Through this program, label liner is collected for recycling, thereby saving on waste disposal costs and preventing environmental impact from landfill or incineration.

    And the results are really encouraging - Since joining the program, By-Health has diverted over 100 metric tons of release glassine liner from landfills into recycled products such as corrugated boxes, through recycling partner Taiwan based Yuen Foong Yu Group.

    Reinforcing the value of partnership and finding solutions together,  Gang Jiang, deputy general manager of By-Health, commented:

    “By-Health focuses on improving the quality of life and we believe that maintaining environmental sustainability is central to increasing the quality and longevity of healthy life for society. Through Avery Dennison’s liner recycling program, we are making an active contribution to address today’s sustainability issues and contribute to a better future for our customers by making our world-class nutritional products available in packaging that fits our company culture and values.”

    As sustainability is key to the future of our industry, is core to the values of Avery Dennison, and is a huge personal motivator for me, I am committed to ensuring that our Liner Recycling program becomes available to all converters and end users, within North Asia.  

    I strongly believe that together we can reduce waste from our industry - and therefore If you want to become the next partner to join the program, or you would like to discuss and collaborate on further initiatives to reduce waste from our value chain, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me directly.

    Thanks, Roger

    Read more here:

    For more information on Avery Dennison’s commitment to sustainability visit:

    sustainability.averydennison.com

    Tweet me:Creating Value from Waste: Together We Can on @LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/creating-value-from-waste-together-we-can-roger-machado @AveryDennison #ADSustainability

    KEYWORDS: Recycling, NYSE:AVY, Avery Dennison

     


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    SOURCE:Bloomberg

    DESCRIPTION:

    Kiersten Barnet, Deputy Chief of Staff to Bloomberg LP Chairman Peter Grauer, spent the first half of her 13 years at the company without a job title. While that may sound downright bizarre to most professionals, Barnet is grateful for this Bloomberg norm: “I actually think a linear career path is an outdated concept,” she says. “You’re not restricted by job titles at Bloomberg.”

    Indeed, she has not been restricted in her career growth; rather, the absence of a predefined trajectory has allowed her to assume a leadership role in the company’s most cutting-edge projects. Today, Barnet oversees innovative and influential initiatives at Bloomberg, which arms investors around the globe with financial market data, news and analysis. This includes the company’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI) — a product that holds companies accountable for demonstrating diversity — as well as its involvement with the 30% Club, a group devoted to getting more women on corporate boards (When the club was established in the U.S. in 2014, members had an average of 21.7% women on their boards. Today, that number’s up to 30%).

    Barnet spoke about how and why these initiatives exist, the most valuable lessons she’s learned from her boss, and how she manages to balance her work and family time.

    Click here to read the full story. 

    This article originally appeared on FairyGodBoss.com and is republished by Bloomberg with permission.

    Tweet me:Meet the woman behind some of the most game-changing diversity initiatives at Bloomberg @bloomberg @KierstenBarnet #diversityandinclusion #BloombergGEI http://bit.ly/2MImGBg

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, Leadership


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    As movement to end “short-termism” gathers steam, companies address institutional investors representing more than $25 trillion AUM

    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good

    DESCRIPTION:

    NEW YORK, September 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ — CECP: The CEO Force for Good announced that its Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) will host the CEOs of GSK and NRG Energy as well as a senior executive from IBM Corporation at the next CEO Investor Forum (CIF) on September 20, 2018. This invitation-only event is SII’s fifth CEO Investor Forum and will take place at Convene at Condé Nast at One World Trade in New York City. The event is at capacity and will be live streamed at http://www.wsw.com/webcast/cecp5.

    Emma Walmsley, CEO, GSK; Mauricio Gutiérrez, President and CEO of NRG Energy; and Martin Schroeter, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets, IBM Corporation will present their respective company’s long-term strategic plans to a group of long-term-oriented institutional investors and pension funds. At previous CEO Investor Forums, this audience has collectively represented $25 trillion in assets under management and featured the CEOs of nearly 25 companies, such as Aetna, Allstate, Citi, Unilever, and Voya Financial.

    “More companies need to talk about their long-term planning more often,” said Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP. “Yet, these CEO Investor Forums are the only forum where investors can hear directly from the highest leaders of companies about how they manage for the long-term. As we look to scale, we need more CEOs to join in the effort to explain to investors why their companies are a good long-term investment.” 

    Bill McNabb, Strategic Investor Initiative Co-Chair and Chairman, Vanguard, will also speak with SII Director Mark Tulay about a letter recently sent to nearly 50 CEOs of major companies. The letter, signed with SII’s other co-chair Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson, encouraged the CEOs to prioritize the communication of long-term strategic plans to investors.

    “For too long,” said McNabb. “Companies have sacrificed long-term value creation to generate short-term results, which erodes the sustainability strategic investors seek.” 

    Harvard Business School Professor Dr. George Serafeim will keynote the event and present new research, “The Economic Significance of Long-Term Plans.” Additional speakers include: Morgan Williams, Foundational Data Product Manager, Bloomberg; Erika Karp, CEO, Cornerstone Capital; Cliff Young, President, Ipsos Public Affairs; Maggie De Pree, Global Co-Director, League of Intrapreneurs; Gib Bulloch, Founder, Accenture Development Partnerships; and Dana Bezerra, President, Heron Foundation.

    In addition to the recent letter sent by Gorsky and McNabb, earlier this year nine members of SII’s Board of Advisors including McNabb, sent a separate open “Investor Letter” to CEOs of major companies. The letter poses seven questions every CEO should answer when presenting publicly-disclosed, investor-facing long-term plans. The questions relate to how companies position themselves for long-term growth, strategy, and risk.

    “Our goal is to shift trillions in investor capital to companies who are able to best position themselves for long-term and sustainable financial results,” said Mark Tulay, Director of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. “We see tremendous movement in this effort to end the short-term focus of Wall Street. From the engagement efforts of these CEOs at our CEO Investor Forums to the active interest of our prominent co-chairs to our Investor Letter earlier this year – the momentum is gathering.”

    The sixth CEO Investor Forum will be held February 25, 2019, in New York. Confirmed speakers include Steven Collis, Chairman, President & CEO, AmerisourceBergen; Tim Hockey, President & CEO, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation; and Marco Tronchetti, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Pirelli. SII is still accepting companies to present long-term plans, but few spaces remain. Contact Mark Tulay for more information, mtulay@cecp.co.

    Investors and business leaders unable to attend the CEO Investor Forum can view the live webcast: http://www.wsw.com/webcast/cecp5

    Media can contact sadams@cecp.co for more information.

    The event is supported by KPMG, Ford Foundation, Bloomberg LP, and Heron Foundation.
     

    ABOUT CECP: THE CEO FORCE FOR GOOD

    CECP is a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success.  Founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders to create a better world through business, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies that represent $11.3 trillion in revenues, $23.8 billion in societal investment, 17.4 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management. CECP helps companies transform their social strategy by providing customized connections and networking, counsel and support, benchmarking and trends, and awareness building and recognition.

    ABOUT THE STRATEGIC INVESTOR INITIATIVE

    The Strategic Investor Initiative is a coalition of thought leaders committed to the long-term movement. Collectively, SII is developing a new platform for leading companies to create, convey, and deliver long-term plans to long-term investors. SII’s vision is to spark the movement of trillions of dollars of capital to companies demonstrating performance excellence over the long-term. SII provides tools and resources designed to introduce and support market behaviors that ultimately deliver sustained long-term value for all stakeholders.

    Tweet me:.@CECPTweets Strategic Investor Initiative convenes fifth CEO Investor Forum in New York City, with CEOs presenting long-term plans to investors repping $25T in AUM. Learn more about the event: http://cecp.me/2ke78Ir

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