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    Aramark joins forces with Back on My Feet to combat homelessness

    SOURCE:Aramark

    DESCRIPTION:

    Back on My Feet, the national nonprofit organization committed to addressing homelessness, has announced that Eric J. Foss, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aramark, has joined its national board of directors.
     
    Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources in 12 cities across the country, including Philadelphia, Aramark’s headquarters city. 

    “I am honored to join forces with Back on My Feet to help strengthen local communities in Philadelphia and around the country,” said Foss.  “A vital element of Aramark’s mission to enrich and nourish lives, includes supporting and empowering people to succeed through education and employment. Back on My Feet has a proven track record, using the passion of running, to galvanize people to move from homelessness to economic independence, and we are excited to lace up together.”

    View the entire article on Aramark.com

    Tweet me:CEO Eric Foss joins board as @Aramark joins forces with Back on My Feet to combat homelessness. http://bit.ly/2yd4GdI

    KEYWORDS: Aramark, homelessness, back on my feet, workforce, NYSE:ARMK

      


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

    DESCRIPTION:

    During Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2018, Booz Allen is spotlighting women in cybersecurity. This piece profiles Booz Allen’s chief information security officer (CISO), Rebecca McHale. She oversees Booz Allen’s strategy for protecting information and technology assets. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Rebecca was the CISO for Blackboard Inc., a global educational technology and services company. She also held senior cybersecurity leadership roles at Novetta and CSRA. Read more about her career reflections and advice for women joining the field, below.

    What cyber accomplishment are you most proud of?

    I’ve overseen response efforts for significant security incidents. These are chaotic periods. Managing the chaos, focusing on communication and collaboration, and emerging as a more cohesive team is a good feeling—so is putting together protection measures that make organizations stronger in the end.

    How did you get started in cybersecurity?

    It all started with an interest in math and crypto. I was a math major in college, and my senior year, I did an independent study in cryptography. That was the gamechanger for me.

    What advice do you have for others interested in a cybersecurity career?

    You don’t need to have a traditional technology degree to have great success. I’ve worked with people encompassing a full range of professional backgrounds—from international affairs to graphic design. Engaging staff with a wider variety of experiences has opened the door to new talent and enabled fresh ideas derived from diverse perspectives. 

    Surround yourself with people who are knowledgeable and from whom you can learn. This will enable you to approach conversations without hesitation, use your voice, and share your viewpoint.

    Read more about Booz Allen’s cyber practice, here.

    Rebecca earned a B.S. in mathematics from University of Mary Washington and an M.S. in discrete mathematics and computing applications from Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Tweet me:What is Rebecca McHale’s advice for women in cybersecurity? Meet the @boozallen #cybersecurity CISO: http://bit.ly/2E0Ib1a

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, cybersecurity, women in cybersecurity, Women In Tech, career, NYSE:BAH


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    By Cean Burgeson — Whirlpool Corporation

    SOURCE:Whirlpool Corporation

    DESCRIPTION:

    Southwest Michigan — more specifically the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph — houses Whirlpool Corporation’s global and North American headquarters, as well as several technical, research and customer service facilities. The area is also the focus of the first episode of the “Places that Matter” photojournalism project launched this fall from the corporate newsroom at Whirlpool Corporation.

    Read More

    Tweet me:The St. Joseph and Benton Harbor region in Southwest Michigan is the focus of the first episode of “Places that Matter,” a photojournalism project profiling the people and communities of Whirlpool Corporation. http://bit.ly/2OcjZNX

    KEYWORDS: places that matter, st joseph, Benton Harbor, southwest michigan, whirlpool corporation, photojournalism

       


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    SOURCE:Sysco

    DESCRIPTION:

    September was Hunger Action Month! Associates at our Enclave and Cypress campuses were given the opportunity to volunteer with various hunger organizations across the Houston area.

    "I'm extremely proud that during Hunger Action Month, we successfully came together as OneSysco to compile, serve and/or donate close to 100,000 meals to those underserved in our own community and beyond. While it's been a goal of ours for several years to focus 75 percent of donations of volunteer hours toward supporting organizations that work to eliminate hunger, we've stepped up our focus and commitment with our recently announced 2025 CSR goals."

    - Catherine Kayser, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

    For more information on Sysco’s 2025 Responsibility Goals, visit: www.Sysco.com/2025Goals.

    About Sysco

    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 employees united to provide nearly 100,000 meals during #HungerActionMonth http://bit.ly/2OdrBzD

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:SYY, Sysco, Hunger Action Month


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    Taproot Foundation webinar: Use your skills to make an impact

    SOURCE:Taproot Foundation

    DESCRIPTION:

    Tuesday, October 23rd at 10 AM PT // 12 PM CT // 1 PM ET 

    REGISTER NOW

    Drive social change with what you do best and donate your time and professional skills to nonprofits in need of your expertise. On the free online platform, Taproot+, thousands of nonprofits and skilled volunteers are connecting each day for marketing, IT, HR, business strategy, finance projects and more.  

    Take this opportunity to join the Taproot+ community during a free Pro Bono Week webinar on October 23 where our staff will guide volunteers through:

    • Browsing available projects to find a nonprofit that you’re passionate about and whose needs match your unique skills
    • Putting together a strong volunteer application for that project
    • And talking strategies for how to best manage pro bono projects once you’re matched with a nonprofit 

    If you’re a business professional interested in donating your HR, IT, marketing, strategy, or finance expertise to a nonprofit—this webinar is for you, so REGISTER NOW!

    Can’t attend live? Go ahead and sign up anyway—we’ll be sending out a recording to all registrants. 

    Tuesday, October 23rd at 10 AM PT // 12 PM CT // 1 PM ET 

    REGISTER NOW

    Tweet me:#Volunteer more than just your time, give back using your professional talents. Learn how to get started doing #probono at @taprootfound free 10/23 webinar https://goo.gl/z9KG7A

    KEYWORDS: National Pro Bono Week, Taproot Foundation


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    Raising awareness about the value of water and sustainable water infrastructure through Imagine a Day Without Water

    SOURCE:Tetra Tech

    DESCRIPTION:

    October 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - On October 10, 2018, Tetra Tech is participating in the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a day of education and advocacy sponsored by the Value of Water Campaign.

    Tetra Tech is among hundreds of organizations that are raising awareness about the importance of water in daily life and the crucial need for investment in water infrastructure to ensure that no community is left without safe and reliable water.

    According to the Value of Water Campaign, USD$4.8 trillion needs to be invested over the next 20 years to ensure U.S. water infrastructure is in good repair. As Engineering News-Record’s #1 Water firm for 15 years in a row, Tetra Tech helps communities across the United States and around the world address critical water supply and water infrastructure challenges. Tetra Tech also supports water education through its year-round Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program.

    “Tetra Tech is participating in Imagine a Day Without Water because we understand that providing safe and affordable water is critical to communities worldwide,” said Jill Hudkins, Tetra Tech’s national practice leader for water programs. “To help reinforce the importance that water plays in our daily lives, we are asking our employees to submit a short statement highlighting how their life and work would be impacted without access to water. As a leader in water for more than 50 years, Tetra Tech works with its clients to find innovative water infrastructure solutions that are both cost-effective and sustainable for the future.”

    To learn more about the state of water infrastructure and economic opportunities related to investing in water infrastructure, visit the Value of Water Campaign.

    Visit us on Twitter or Facebook to join our employees in examining how clean, safe water is an essential part of our daily lives.

    Tweet me:What would a day without #water look like? Join @TetraTech and @TheValueofWater in talking about it. #ValueWater http://bit.ly/2PqtxS9

    KEYWORDS: Tetra Tech, NASDAQ:TTEK


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    SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    SUMMARY:

    We still have a chance of reaching the aspirational goal, but we need to move quickly. I urge you not to lose hope. Losing hope is futile, especially when what we need now is action.

    DESCRIPTION:

    Ready for the hardest trivia question of all time? I’m pretty sure Google is your only hope.

    What do Kiane de Kleijne of the Netherlands, Katja Mintenbeck of Germany, Priyadarshi R. Shukla of India, Mikiko Kainuma of Japan, Keywan Riahi of Austria, Panmao Zhai of China, and Michael Taylor of Jamaica have in common?

    I’ll save you from Googling. They are all drafting authors of the latest special report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on October 6. If you knew the answer to that question, you were also probably a drafting author of the special report. In that case, cool! Thanks for reading my blog!
     
    It’s worth reading through the Summary for Policy Makers issued by the IPCC. You can also find a lot of coverage of the report in various places, but there is nothing like going directly to the source. It isn’t short, but then again it shouldn’t be. This is a complicated topic, and their report is the end-result of 30 months of work.
     
    The report is focused on the impacts in our world that will stem from global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In case you do not recall, the 1.5°C threshold was adopted as the aspirational goal of the Paris Agreement late in 2015. Essentially, the IPCC wanted to know what bad things would happen even with 1.5°C warming, so that we can all understand in greater detail how desperately we need to curb our planet’s warming.
     
    Here are a few highlights (but again, please go read it yourself!):
     
    • Humanity is likely to have caused about 1.0°C of warming already, and the IPCC projects Earth to likely reach 1.5°C of warming between 2030 and 2052 if it warming continues at its current rate.
    • Things will get steadily worse (my language). They observe that risks for natural and human systems are higher than present day if we hit 1.5°C, but that risks at 1.5°C are also lower than those at 2.0°C. That may seem obvious, but good science requires evidentiary support for even the obvious things. This is good science.
    • Global warming’s impacts are already being felt. From page 8, “Many land and ocean ecosystems and some of the services they provide have already changed due to global warming.”
    • An increase of 1.5°C of global mean surface temperature does not mean that we will feel 1.5°C warmer at all times. Remember, that is an average, and extreme temperatures will be magnified further. For instance, from pages 8-9, “[E]xtreme hot days in mid-latitudes warm by up to about 3°C at global warming of 1.5°C….”
    • We are currently emitting about 42 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. There is a lot of variability in our remaining carbon budget depending on models used (and they have a lot of uncertainty), but we seem to have between 420 and 570 gigatons left to have a 66% chance of keeping warming to 1.5°C.
    • I’ll stop there and emphasize the last point. We still have a chance of reaching the aspirational goal, but we need to move quickly. I urge you not to lose hope.
     
    Losing hope is futile, especially when what we need now is action. All that you can do is what you can do, so do it. Make some climate friendly decisions today. It really will take all of us!

    Tweet me:.@johnalanierRCAF: There is still a chance of reaching the aspirational goal, Move quickly. Don't lose lose hope. Losing hope is futile, especially when what is needed now is action. #climatechange @ProjectDrawdown #drawdown http://bit.ly/2ywY8pG

    Contact Info:

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

    KEYWORDS: Ray C. Anderson Foundation, UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Global Warming, Ecocentricity


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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio

    DESCRIPTION:

    One thing that we are consistently reminded of during election season is that each and every person can make a difference – whether it’s casting a vote in a super tight election, or confronting a US Senator in an elevator, the power of one can’t be easily dismissed. This week on Sea Change Radio, we explore how even someone who may not have lots of money or technical know-how but cares deeply for the environment can have an impact. Today we are speaking with Steve Seeger, the creator of Steve’s Weave, a new environmentally-focused community website which he hopes will soon be known as the “Green” Craigslist. We learn about what inspired Steve to embark on this project, hear about how his passion for recycling began at a young age, and discuss his new way of connecting eco-conscious individuals to each other, to opportunities, and to action. Then, we turn to the Sea Change Radio archives and meet Doniece Sandoval, the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit which provides shower-equipped buses to the homeless.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio "Steve Seeger + Doniece Sandoval: Power of One" http://www.cchange.net/2018/10/09/seeger/

    KEYWORDS: Recycling, homeless, sea change radio


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    SOURCE:Duke Energy

    SUMMARY:

    • About 300 megawatts of battery energy storage slated for the Carolinas
    • Battery storage in region will increase almost twentyfold, delivering system benefits to customers and communities
    • Filing recently made with regulators for Madison County, N.C., project

    DESCRIPTION:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Duke Energy's advancement of battery energy storage technologies in the Carolinas includes $500 million of projects in the company's 15-year forecast – continuing the company's industry-leading deployment of the technology.

    "Duke Energy is at the forefront of battery energy storage, and our investment could increase as we identify projects that deliver benefits to our customers," said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. "Utility-owned and operated projects in North Carolina and South Carolina will include a variety of system benefits that will help improve reliability for our customers and provide significant energy grid support for the region."

    In the company's recent Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Duke Energy outlined plans to deploy $500 million in battery storage projects in the Carolinas over the next 15 years – equal to about 300 megawatts of capacity. Combining battery storage from all utilities, North Carolina has only about 15 megawatts of battery storage capacity in operation, and far less in South Carolina.

    As the grid operator, Duke Energy can maximize the versatility of storage beyond storing and dispatching of energy to include other customer and system benefits such as system balancing and deferral of traditional grid upgrades.

    This week, the company filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a solar facility in the Hot Springscommunity of Madison County as part of a microgrid project.

    The Hot Springs Microgrid project will consist of a 2-megawatt (AC) solar facility and a 4-megawatt lithium-based battery storage facility. The microgrid will provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable grid solution for serving the Hot Springs area, and provide energy and grid support to all customers. The project will defer ongoing maintenance of an existing distribution power line that serves the remote town.

    The Hot Springs project is part Duke Energy's Western Carolinas Modernization Project, which involves on-going conversations with community partners to help advance a cleaner energy future for the region. It includes closing a half-century-old, coal-fired power plant in Asheville in 2019. The plant will be replaced with a cleaner natural gas-fired plant and distributed energy resources like solar power and battery storage.

    Other Projects
    In addition to battery storage projects planned or operating in Florida, Indiana, Ohioand Texas, Duke Energy is also operating and pursuing other projects in the Carolinas.

    In the city of Asheville, a 9-megawatt lithium-ion battery system will be placed at a Duke Energy substation site in the Rock Hill community – near Sweeten Creek Road. The battery will primarily be used to help the electric system operate more efficiently and reliability for customers.

    In Haywood County, Duke Energy has an innovative zinc-air battery installation that was recently highlighted nationally. The 95-kilowatt-hour zinc-air battery and 10-kilowatt solar installation serving a communications tower on Mount Sterling in the Smoky Mountains National Park has been operating for more than a year.

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

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

    Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

    Contact: 
    Randy Wheeless
    Office: 704.382.8379
    24-Hour: 800.559.3853
    Twitter: @DE_RandyW

    Tweet me:.@DukeEnergy to advance #energystorage in Carolina's with $500M investment in battery technology http://bit.ly/2yb0FGD #sustainability #renewableenergy#energyefficiency

    KEYWORDS: Duke Energy, North Carolina, South Carolina, energy storage


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    Women’s representation and civic engagement take center stage in high profile campaign and upcoming event

    SOURCE:Conscious Company Media

    DESCRIPTION:

    NEW YORK, October 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - At a time when women are rising up to run for office in record numbers, and we head towards a pivotal mid-term election, today, journalist Marianne Schnall announced two timely initiatives to highlight the need for women’s political leadership, civic engagement and get out the vote.

    Both the event and video campaign were organized in partnership with Schnall, author of What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power (recently recommended by Beyoncé) and founder and CEO of What Will It Take Movements which works to inspire a new generation of women leaders.

    “Gender equality is not a women’s issue, it is a human issue,” said Schnall. “Both the campaign and this event serve as a call to action for women to use their voices and exert their important influence as leaders, as voters, and as engaged citizens. We all benefit from more equal and diverse leadership.”

    Upcoming event: October 15, 2018 - Women's Political Leadership: What Will It Take?
    In partnership with NYU's Skirball Center this free event will be hosted prior to the midterm election to rally support and highlight the need for women's political leadership and to inspire women to realize their own agency and power, and get out the vote. Journalist and What Will It Take Movements founder Marianne Schnall and Media Industry Leader Pat Mitchell will be moderating, and speakers include Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Strategist/Political Correspondent Symone Sanders, Activist/Educator/Writer Brittany Packnett, Democratic Candidate for NY State Senate Alessandra Biaggi, and Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts/Political Parity Cofounder Kerry Healey. The event will connect people to What Will It Take’s Women & Politics initiative guiding voters towards sites and resources to register to vote and find their polling place, as well as groups that offer trainings on running for office.  The event will be live streamed to reach a wider audience.

    This timely event is part of Intentional Media’s Year of Women campaign, inspired by Schnall’s viral CNN article, 2018 Will Be the Year of Women. More information and registration information can be found at the link below (tickets are free):  https://nyuskirball.org/events/skirball-talks-womens-political-leadership

    What Will It Take to #RepresentHer? campaign
    Celebrities and activists includingLarry Wilmore, Tarana Burke,and Sophia Bushreleased a video launching the “What Will It Take To #RepresentHer” campaign, an effort to break down gender stereotypes and promote women in leadership.  This initiative was created in partnership with filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom’sThe Representation Project, journalistMarianne Schnall’s What Will It Take Movements, and the Berkowitz brothersproduction company Not A Billionaire and features interviews with a diversity of notable figures including Valerie Jarrett, Tarana Burke, Sophia Bush, Dolores Huerta, Pat Mitchell, Tina Tchen, Gabrielle Reece, Ai-Jen Poo, Monica Ramirez, Brittany Packnett, Sarah Eagle Heart, Patrisse Cullors, Amanda Seales, Stoneman Douglas students, Larry Wilmore and others.

    You can see the video and website featuring additional tools here:

    https://www.letsrepresenther.org

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    About Marianne Schnall: Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose work has been featured in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, CNN.com, TIME.com,Refinery29, Forbes, EW.com, the Women’s Media Center, Huffington Post, and many others. She is the co-founder and executive director of the women’s website and non-profit organization Feminist.com and founder of What Will It Take Movements. She is the author of “What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power.” www.marianneschnall.com

    About What Will It Take Movements: What Will It Take is a media, collaboration, learning, and social engagement platform that inspires, connects, educates and engages women everywhere to advance in all levels of leadership and take action. What Will It Take acts as a connective tissue bringing together existing stakeholders and champions of women’s leadership across industries on a single platform to foster collaboration and coordination.  www.whatwillittake.com

    About Year of Women: Year of Women is an inclusive, international movement built through an integrated digital, media, and event campaign that will facilitate the critical conversations, connections, and actions needed to elevate women in business, finance, and politics. What Will it Take’s partners on the YOW campaign include Conscious Company Media, SOCAP, and Good Capital Project.  www.yearofwomen.com

    About Intentional Media
    Year of Women is an initiative of Intentional Media, a family of brands — including SOCAP, The Good Capital Project, Conscious Company Media, and What Will It Take Movements — catalyzing the transition to an economy that ensures our social, environmental, and economic systems thrive together. We have a network of investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, advisors,, philanthropists, foundations, and thought leaders across the world helping us achieve this mission. www.intentional.co

    Media Contact:
    lzizumbo@intentional.co
    801-671-1018

    Tweet me:What will it take? Journalist Marianne Schnall announces two initiatives highlighting the need for women's political leadership: http://bit.ly/2y8XsaU @WhatWillItTakeM #RepresentHer

    KEYWORDS: Intentional Media, Conscious Company Media


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    SOURCE:Shire Pharmaceuticals

    DESCRIPTION:

    Shire conveys our gratitude to clinical research study participants, very important people who are directly responsible for helping potential new medicines become available to patients in need.

    Learn more about Shire’s approach to clinical trials at https://www.shiretrials.com/

    Tweet me:.@Shireplc says thank you to patients and families who volunteer for #clinicalresearch http://bit.ly/2PrOqwf #healthcare #raredisease

    KEYWORDS: Shire, clinical research


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    SOURCE:Scotiabank

    DESCRIPTION:

    Congratulations Barbara Mason, Group Head & Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank, for receiving the first Canadian Employment Equity Champion Award! This award recognizes an executive leader for their proven track record of championing employment equity within their organization, as well as their overall contribution to diversity in the workplace.

    About Scotiabank
    Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 96,000 employees and assets of $947 billion (as at July 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

    Tweet me:.@ScotiabankViews' Barbara Mason, Group Head & Chief Human Resources Officer Receives First Canadian Employment Equity Champion Award http://bit.ly/2OloHsZ #womeninbanking

    KEYWORDS: Scotiabank, csr, Canadian Employment Equity Champion Award, women in banking


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

    DESCRIPTION:

    Although STEM employers spend billions of dollars to improve gender equality in their fields, women still face huge obstacles. Many highly-qualified women feel stuck in their careers, and more than half quit their jobs over time, according to Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) research. To address this, CTI’s new study, “Wonder Women in STEM and the Companies that Champion Them,” uses a data-driven approach to identify strategies linked to increased retention and career advancement for women, and shares insights from women who have achieved success in STEM careers. Booz Allen is one of the sponsors of this research.

    “Our participation in the Wonder Women in STEM study is a reflection of our continued commitment to empower women who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields,” said Cheryl Wade, diversity and inclusion lead at Booz Allen. “We want to champion the STEM women leaders in the workforce today and create a multiplier effect for those in the next generation.”

    The study, which surveyed 3,212 respondents between the ages of 21 and 65 with STEM credentials, ranks ten company-led initiatives by their effectiveness in retaining and advancing women in STEM roles:

    1. A commitment to pay equity
    2. An opportunity for employees to connect with female and minority consumers
    3. Time outside of core job functions for innovative side projects
    4. Sponsorship programs
    5. Management training on empathy, integrity, or inclusion
    6. Mentorship programs
    7. Leadership development programs for women or people of color
    8. Concierge services or family care
    9. Employee resource groups
    10. Anti-bias policies or trainings

    “Companies can now prioritize specific interventions that effectively advance and retain women,” says Pooja Jain-Link, senior vice president and head of research at CTI. “At the same time, individual women can also drive their own outcomes of success—regardless of whether or not STEM companies have these interventions in place.”

    To that end, the study also identifies six strategies used by successful women in STEM, independent from any employer-led initiative—including likelihood to invest in peer networks and confront situations when their contributions are ignored.

    “This research is so important because it moves from examining the problem to sharing solutions,” commented Lea Hurley, a Booz Allen participant in the research study and a leader in the firm’s cybersecurity practice. “While we are nowhere near where we need to be as an industry, my experience as a cyber leader at Booz Allen offers me access to all of the critical components of how to successfully navigate a career in STEM as a woman. We have the right diversity and inclusion programs and we are investing in the right areas that will give our experts the opportunity to help our clients solve both current and future problems.”

    The complete list of research sponsors includes Audible, Bank of America, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, GE, Genpact, Intel, New York Life, PepsiCo, and Sanofi U.S.

    About the Center for Talent Innovation:

    The Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) is a New York City–based think tank that focuses on global talent strategies and the retention and acceleration of well-qualified labor across the divides of demographic difference including gender, generation, geography, sexual orientation, and culture. CTI’s research partners now number more than 85 multinational corporations and organizations.

    For more information on “Wonder Women in STEM and the Companies that Champion Them,” please visit http://ow.ly/mNED30m9fRE

    Tweet me:.@BoozAllen is proud to partner w/ @TalentInnovate on a study on #women in STEM. #WWinSTEM will identify data-driven solutions to improve gender equality in the STEM fields http://bit.ly/2yxo5W2

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, Center for Talent Innovation, NYSE:BAH, women in stem


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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    October 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Take the LBG Canada Mini Survey and tell us how your company acknowledges Executive interest in community!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/295NZH9

    The LBG Canada program provides community investment professionals with data analytics to inform long term strategy, daily work, impact measurement and corporate reporting.

    Some of this information is traditional "benchmarking", ie. comparing budget size, % profit (or similar) ratios, and employee participation. Yet, the bulk of LBG Canada analytics focuses upon the "how" of community investment, employee volunteering and giving, ie. strategic choices, resourcing decisions and management practices that contribute to overall program success.

    We are energized by the feedback from companies using this information to inform and support their work. The data set has been growing for 12 years, and is very often enriched by the good ideas and innovations offered by participating companies.

    This mini survey is one such example. In responding to a request for data analysis about how companies acknowledge executive interest in community, we seized the opportunity to go further & deeper. We look forward to analyzing and sharing your responses to the five key questions within, and to incorporating them in the LBG Canada program on an on-going basis.

    Thank you for your participation. As ever, all company responses remain confidential. Please let us know how you have put the results to good use!

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    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:Take the #LBGCanada Mini Survey and tell them how your company acknowledges Executive interest in community! #CIMatters http://bit.ly/2OktZVm

    KEYWORDS: LBG Canada, Community Investment, employee giving, employee volunteering, Executive Spend, Senior Leadership Team, Corporate Social Responsibility, Simpact strategy group


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    SOURCE:Essity (Formerly SCA)

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    October 11,2018 /3BL Media/ - The hygiene and health company Essity, maker of the Tork brand, opened the annual meeting of the United Nations Foundation’s dialogue on the UN’s sustainable development goals on October 10th. The meeting was held at the UN headquarters in New York and brought together the business community, governments, authorities, civil society and NGOs to exchange experiences and perspectives on how to achieve the global sustainable development goals.  

    Essity’s products, knowledge and commitment contributes to raising the hygiene and health standard throughout the world. Last year, the company educated 2.5 million people about menstruation, puberty, hand hygiene, incontinence care and parenting. For the third consecutive year, Essity was the convening partner to the UN Foundation global dialogue, where the partnership aims to increase well-being through hygiene and health. Essity also invited a number of customers to create a common understanding of the development goals and the responsibility we can take together. 

    “The global dialogue is important for sharing knowledge and identifying further concrete opportunities progressing from words to action. When UN launched its 17 sustainable development goals three years ago, a clear framework was established to meet the challenges of the world. For Essity, six of the goals are closely linked to our hygiene and health business,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

    The dialogue included a number of separate seminars, with Essity leading one entitled “The power of partnership to save lives from preventable deaths: the business case for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)”. 

    Tweet me:Dialogue with UN Fdn's #SDG's, Essity leading: “The power of partnership to save lives from preventable deaths: the business case for WASH (#water, #sanitation and #hygiene)”. http://bit.ly/2yfRXam @EssityUSA @torkusa

    KEYWORDS: hygiene and health, Essity, United Nations sustainable development goals, UN Foundation


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    SOURCE:General Motors

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    General Motors North America was recently awarded the 2018 SmartWay Excellence Award, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest honor for leadership in freight performance. The award recognizes the top two percent of SmartWay Partners with superior environmental performance. This year, GM is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) represented on the list.

    “Driving efficient supply chain logistics is not only important to the environment, but also good for business," said Vijay Bharadwaj, manager of global logistics engineering and strategic solutions for GM. “As an industry, we need to constantly look for synergies that allow us to improve efficiency across our individual supply chains and optimize our freight logistics.”

    A key part of our holistic approach to minimizing our impact is identifying the right partners to help us move closer to our vision of a world with zero emissions. Our partnership with the EPA SmartWay is a great example of this. Since 2013, we’ve worked with the organization to find ways to cut emissions from our freight shippers and carriers, ultimately reducing our carbon footprint. Between 2015 and 2017, we have saved more than 224,600 tons of carbon emissions – the equivalent of growing 5.8 million trees for 10 years – through our efforts.

    Here are some of the ways we’re working to improve the efficiency of our transportation and logistics operations:

    • Collecting data to reduce emissions: We launched our frequency project three years ago with the intention of collecting data from our shipping activities to maximize efficiency. Today, we track shipping activity, including the carriers we use to ship freight, the number of miles traveled, and the freight weight. Combining this information with carrier data, including equipment and service type, allows us to develop plans to further reduce carbon emissions. We have used this data to reduce the number of trucks that are in our network which leads to a reduction in miles, congestion and emissions.
    • Turning off trucks: We work with our manufacturing plants to make sure everything runs as efficiently as possible. When a truck arrives at one of our facilities, instead of keeping them running, we have a process in place to ask carriers to turn off the trucks and hand over their keys. This process of making sure trucks are not running idly every time they arrive at a GM facility helps reduce our environmental impact.
    • Engaging the industry: We are committed to localizing our supply chain and sharing best practices. We do so through forums, such as Suppliers’ Partnership for the Environment, the Automotive Industry Action Group and the EPA ENERGY STAR® program. We see industry collaboration as crucial to reducing emissions and congestion. By working together, we can help identify areas of improvement, reduce miles driven and increase overall efficiency within the industry.

    We’ll continue to improve in this space and advance our leadership in freight performance by focusing on energy efficiency and leveraging our innovative mindset across our facilities and supply chain. We hope to make improvements by working with suppliers that are closer in proximity to our operations and leveraging technology to drive efficiencies.

    To learn more about the SmartWay awards, click here. For more information about our supply chain and sustainability efforts, click here.

    View the original article here

    Tweet me:.@GM awarded #Smartway partner award for supply chain environmental and energy efficiency https://bit.ly/2OUB3aJ

    KEYWORDS: GM, General Motors, EPA, SmartWay Partnership, supplier, enegy efficiency, NYSE:GM, zero emissions


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    “Once-in-a-generation project” awarded prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture

    SOURCE:Bloomberg

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    Bloomberg’s new European headquarters has been named the UK’s best new building the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) after an expert jury reached a “unanimous” decision. The prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize was awarded at a televised ceremony in London where the judges called the building a “once-in-a-generation project” that has “not just raised the bar for office design and city planning but smashed the ceiling.”

    Conceived in collaboration with Foster + Partners, the building is the first wholly owned and designed Bloomberg building in the world and brings Bloomberg’s 4,000 London-based employees together in a dynamic, innovative workplace designed to inspire collaboration and to push the boundaries of sustainable office design.

    The building achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating against the BREEAM sustainability assessment method, with a 98.5% score. This is the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development and recognizes the development’s innovative environmental strategies, which deliver a 73% saving in water consumption and a 35% saving in energy consumption compared with a typical office building.

    Click here to read the full story. 

    Tweet me:.@Bloomberg European HQ architected by @FosterPartners named UK’s Best New Building as part of the 2018 @RIBA #StirlingPrize #sustainabledesign http://bit.ly/2ysmZuS

    KEYWORDS: bloomberglondon, Bloomberg, fostersandpartners, sustainabledesign


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    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company

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    It’s easy to take for granted how significantly computers, tablets, and mobile devices have changed our jobs and lives — offering nearly instant access to an endless array of tools and information whenever and wherever we need it.

    For the 253 million people around the world with visual impairments— of whom 36 million are blind — all that information is sitting there at their fingertips, but without the proper accessibility tools, it might as well be a million miles away.

    Fortunately, there are people like Jeremiah Rogers who advocate for improving and enhancing online accessibility for the blind and visually impaired community. Watch the video at Wells Fargo Stories.

    Rogers himself was born blind. His parents instilled in him the importance of not letting that dictate what his life could become. Today, Rogers continues to embody that self-sufficient determination both in his professional life as a digital accessibility consultant for Wells Fargo and as a husband and father of three.

    “I’m not ashamed of being blind. Most of the time I’m not even inconvenienced by being blind,” said Rogers. “Sometimes blindness very much impacts the methods or tools that I use to do my job, but at the end of the day, being blind should not define who I am.”

    Rogers considers himself a puzzle solver. He uses tools like a Braille display or a screen reader to access online information, and at work, helps Wells Fargo develop accessibility enhancements for things like the company’s iOS apps and online bill pay services.

    “I’m not a trained computer programmer or web designer — what makes me employable and what keeps me around is the ability to take different pieces of information and put them to work in other places,” Rogers said. “My strength is communication and helping different people understand what they need to build a functional puzzle.”

    Rogers has extended his advocacy for assistive technology outside the workplace, too, educating teachers on its importance and speaking to individuals with vision-related disabilities about maximizing their knowledge of assistive technology as part of a strategy for independence.

    “Assistive technology and what are called the skills of blindness are synonymous to me with what a driver’s license and a car provide to a sighted person — freedom and self-reliance,” said Rogers. “I feel like Wells Fargo’s leadership genuinely supports and pursues accessibility in our digital and online banking products and services. And I’m proud to contribute to it in some way.”

    In 2017, Careers & the disABLED magazine recognized Rogers as one of ten recipients of its Annual Employee of the Year Awards.

    Kathy Martinez, who leads Wells Fargo’s Disability and Accessibility Strategy and is also blind, said the recognition for Rogers is well-deserved and critical to building a society that is physically and digitally accessible for people with disabilities.

    “Not only is Jeremiah a wonderful colleague, he is a role model for everyone — whether living with a disability or not — in the way he seeks to improve both himself and the world around him,” said Martinez. “In leading by example, Jeremiah is helping change attitudes about the capabilities of people with disabilities and our desire to contribute to our communities and corporations.”

    Tweet me:.@WellsFargo team member and accessibility advocate says "being blind should not define who I am." http://bit.ly/2yzZIHg

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, Disabilities, Accessibility, NYSE:WFC, blindness, visual impairments


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    Awareness-raising activities have been launched on the Costa fleet operating in the Mediterranean to support the Umberto Veronesi Foundation "Pink is Good" project for the prevention of female cancers.

    SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc

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    GENOA, Italy, October 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Marking breast cancer prevention month, for the third year running,  Costa Cruises will be supporting the Umberto Veronesi Foundation and its  Pink is Good project, which aims to definitively defeat breast, uterus and ovarian cancer, promoting prevention and providing annual funding to doctors and researchers who have decided to dedicate their lives to studying and treating these diseases.

    During the third week of October, a campaign will once again be run on board fleet ships sailing in the Mediterranean  to raise awareness about"Pink is Good": information material and further details will be distributed to every cabin to inform guests about the prevention of female cancers. This is essential in order to detect the disease in its earliest stages, with suggestions about healthy lifestyles and the regular tests and check-ups required.

    Costa Cruises will also provide concrete support for scientific research, funding a research scholarship for a worthy Italian female researcher, who will be awarded following a public tender procedure run by the Umberto Veronesi foundation.

    For further information contact:

    Costa Cruises

    Press Office -  Tel. +39  010 5483523 / 010 5483068 -  costapressoffice@costa.it
    Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell +39 3497668013 - baroni@costa.it
    Davide Barbano - Media Relations Manager  - +39 010.5483523  - +39 334.6525216 – barbano@costa.it

    Press releases and photos available at www.costapresscenter.com 

    Tweet me:.@CostaCruises to support the "Pink Is Good" project on board its ships for third year in a row. http://bit.ly/2ydr32C

    Contact Info:

    Claire West
    +1 (214) 208-3718
    claire@ldwwgroup.com

    KEYWORDS: pink is good, Mediterranean, Umberto Veronesi Foundation, breast cancer awareness, uterus cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer prevention, female cancers, NYSE:CCL, Carnival Corporation & plc


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    Fleet owners are drawn to sustainability benefits and lower ownership costs Infrastructure and vehicle availability remain challenges

    SOURCE:UPS

    DESCRIPTION:

    Attaining environmental benefits and lower cost of ownership are driving more commercial fleets to electrify, according to a UPS (NYSE: UPS) and GreenBiz study released today. In the “Curve Ahead: The Future of Fleet Electrification” report, industry leaders identify the main motivations and barriers to electrification, as well as strategies to move the commercial electric vehicle market from niche to mainstream.

    The top motivation to go electric for 83 percent of large businesses surveyed is sustainability and environmental goals. A lower total cost of ownership – factoring in both direct and indirect costs and savings over the life of the vehicle – is the second biggest driver, cited by 64 percent of respondents. In addition to the fuel savings, electric vehicles (EVs) typically require less maintenance than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, which means lower maintenance costs.

    Despite an appetite for electrification, many fleet operators face challenges. Fifty-five percent of respondents cited the initial purchase price of electric commercial vehicles as the top barrier. Forty-four percent view inadequate onsite charging infrastructure as a barrier and 92 percent advise their facility is not “very well equipped” to accommodate commercial charging needs. Yet the study also found less than half of the companies surveyed are working with governments or utilities to address charging infrastructure.

    “The challenges of cost and infrastructure requirements can be daunting, but we’ve begun to see solutions emerge,” said Scott Phillippi, UPS senior director of automotive maintenance and engineering. “In the U.S., we recently ordered 50 electric-powered delivery trucks that we anticipate will be at cost parity with conventional diesel-powered vehicles. And in London, we were able to find a solution for our charging needs through a collaboration between government and private organizations. The business case, combined with growing preference for EVs from cities and national governments, will help us to reach a tipping point to large-scale EV fleet adoption.”

    Fleet managers and industry experts interviewed suggested strategies to overcome such challenges, including starting small. Instead of undertaking a large-scale fleet overhaul, many companies will prioritize electric options when replacing vehicles and even consider electric leasing options to mitigate the initial purchase price. Converting from internal combustion engines to electric depends on specific vehicle uses, the size and distribution of fleets across regions, the costs of electricity and access to charging infrastructure.

    “Despite the complexity of transitioning commercial fleets to an electric future, the vehicle technologies and options to upgrade infrastructure are quickly improving,” said Paul Carp, GreenBiz Group’s director of research and senior analyst. “Continued industry collaboration will be critical to accelerate fleet electrification across a wide range of use cases.”

    As the market for electric commercial vehicles matures, 70 percent of companies report working closely with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to identify the latest electric vehicle technologies and features. This communication is important given 32 percent of survey respondents cited inadequate product availability as a barrier. UPS is working with commercial vehicle manufacturers such as ARRIVAL, Tesla, Thor Trucks and Workhorse, providing data and performance feedback to help foster product availability and create fleet solutions that fit its unique needs.

    UPS also works with manufacturers, governments and utilities to leverage innovative technology, such as smart grid charging in London that enables the company’s electric-vehicle fleet to charge without an expensive power supply grid update. The project, made possible by engaging UK Power Networks, Cross River Partnership and UK’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles, is an example of how collaboration can overcome vehicle electrification barriers.

    The research findings will be explored in depth at the GreenBiz VERGE conference in Oakland, California on Oct. 16. To download the white paper, visit ups.com/sustainability.   

    The 2018 UPS and GreenBiz “Curve Ahead: The Future of Fleet Electrification” study presents the findings of qualitative research, along with an online survey conducted by GreenBiz Group in June 2018 among more than 200 respondents within the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel.

    UPS has a long history with electric vehicles, having first introduced them into its U.S. fleet in the 1930s. UPS now has more than 1,000 electric and hybrid electric vehicles deployed worldwide. The company’s fleet of approximately 9,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles now drives more than 1 million miles each day.

    Since 2008, the company has invested over $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and infrastructure. This strategic investment redirects a purchase that would normally support the acquisition of a diesel or gas-powered vehicle to an alternative fuel vehicle. In fact, UPS has committed that by 2020, 25 percent of annual vehicle purchases will be alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicles. This shift toward alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure that supports them has helped UPS to drive the electric vehicle market to cost parity with conventional fuel vehicles, while also realizing both fuel and maintenance cost savings.

    About UPS

    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. Our new sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

    Tweet me:New #research just released from @UPS & @GreenBiz: “Curve Ahead: The Future of Fleet Electrification." Learn more about the top barriers & motivators to commercial #fleet #electrification: http://bit.ly/2ydC6cb

    Contact Info:

    Kristen Petrella
    UPS
    +1 (404) 828-4182
    kpetrella@ups.com

    KEYWORDS: UPS, Greenbiz, NYSE:UPS


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