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    By Fortune Editors

    SOURCE:Mars, Incorporated


    It’s that time of year again to name the world’s best workplaces, and in order to do that, Fortune partner Great Place to Work surveyed employees working for companies around the globe.San Francisco’s Salesforce tops the list once again after leading last year’s list. It is accompanied by Hilton Worldwide, DHL, and more. To learn more about Great Place to Work’s methodology, read here. You can also learn more about how the rankings are determined here. Read on for the full list of 25 companies below.

    1. Salesforce

    Headquarters Country: United States
    Industry: Information Technology
    No. of Employees: 32,000
    Countries where it ranks near the top: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

    What employees say: “There is a sense of inspiration that comes from the leadership taking strong positions on social issues and making volunteerism such a key part of our culture. This sustains us during the difficult times.”

    2. Hilton

    Headquarters Country: United States
    Industry: Hospitality
    No. of Employees: 161,000
    Countries where it ranks near the top: Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Greater China, India, Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Peru,The Netherlands,Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, United States

    What employees say: “We embody the hospitality that we show to our guests. This allows for a very friendly culture. Our leaders are approachable and accessible and someone you can relate to. For being almost a 100-year-old company, we act like a start-up fostering and nourishing new ideas and innovation and being quick to market with those ideas.”

    Read Great Place to Work review.

    3. Mars, Inc

    Headquarters Country: United States
    Industry: Manufacturing and Production
    No. of Employees: 100,000
    Countries where it ranks near the top: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Central America & Caribbean, Denmark, Finland, France, Greater China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

    What employees say: “The work environment is one of a kind. We bring our pets to work, all of our desks are open layout,and everyone is like a family in this together. We have the freedom to come and go as we please and no one is micro-managing us or checking to make sure we are doing what is expected. the 5 principles drives everything we do and that has stayed consistent since day 1.”

    Read Great Place to Work review.

    4. Intuit Inc.

    Headquarters Country: United States
    Industry: Information Technology
    No. of Employees: 8,781
    Countries where it ranks near the top: Australia, Canada, France, India, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States

    What employees say: “Intuit will do the right thing EVERY time, not when it suits their needs, but every time. When you work for a company like this, you make decisions based on doing it right and you don’t have to worry about how it will be received, perceived or questioned because it was the “right thing” to do for the company, the customer, the partner, the shareholders or the employee.”

    5. The Adecco Group

    Headquarters Country: Switzerland
    Industry: Professional Services
    No. of Employees: 34,000
    Countries where it ranks near the top: Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands United Kingdom (4)

    What employees say: “Feeling part of a “family” and a woman feeling free to embrace motherhood without any repercussion is really rare in today’s world of work. I’m able to balance my private and professional life.”

    Read Great Place to Work review.

    Read the full article via Fortune

    Tweet me:Today is an exciting day to be a Martian – @MarsGlobal has been named #3 on @FortuneMagazine’s list of #WorldsBestWorkplaces 2018! Congratulations to Mars and all their Associates!

    KEYWORDS: Mars Incorporated, Great Place to Work, Fortune

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    SOURCE:General Mills


    Walmart’s Project Gigaton is a supplier-focused initiative to prevent one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions across their global supply chain over 15 years (2015-2030). Project Gigaton aims to inspire suppliers to reduce emissions across their own operations and supply chains.

    There are six pillars of Project Gigaton through which suppliers can reduce emissions: energy, agriculture, forests, packaging, waste, and product use. World Wildlife Fund works with Walmart on several of these pillars to help suppliers reach their sustainability targets, and, in turn, further WWF’s conservation mission. In this blog, Sandra Vijn, Director of Dairy at WWF, shares why the agriculture pillar is so important to Project Gigaton.

    How does agriculture contribute to climate change and emissions outputs within a company’s supply chain?

    Most greenhouse gases from the production of meat, dairy or eggs are emitted before the products leave the farm gate. Emissions are released by beef and dairy cows when they digest feed. Growing feed crops for animals also contributes to the GHG footprint, of which the majority comes from the production and application of fertilizer as well as the plowing of land for crop production. Lastly, manure from these animals releases significant amounts of GHG emissions.

    Cows, however, can also help increase soil’s capacity to store carbon through managed grazing of perennial forage crops and native grasses. Feed crops, including corn, soy, and wheat, can also be managed in ways to improve soil health and store carbon through practices such as no-till, cover cropping and optimized fertilizer use. Opportunities and solutions exist today to reduce emissions from manure and enteric fermentation, which could be scaled up through knowledge sharing, financial support, and other incentives from processors, traders, and other supply chain stakeholders. Project Gigaton could be a platform where learnings about solutions can be shared.

    Continue reading on World Wildlife Fund's "Sustainability Works" blog


    Tweet me:How does agriculture contribute to climate change and emissions outputs within a company’s supply chain? @Walmart's Project Gigaton is a supplier-focused initiative to address this problem: @GeneralMills

    KEYWORDS: carbon footprint, sustainable agriculture, Project Gigaton, Walmart, General Mills, NYSE:GIS

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    When Lazon was down on his luck, Goodwill's job training program helped him get back on his feet. Now, he's a valued team member who's dedicated to showing his daughter that anything is possible with a little hard work. Learn more about eBay Impact and watch more stories here:

    Tweet me:.@eBayNewsroom Everyday Heroes | Second Chances video

    KEYWORDS: eBay Everyday Heroes, Goodwill, job training, csr, ebay impact

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    SOURCE:Essity (Formerly SCA)


    Here’s why clean hands should be at the heart of your business. Better hand hygiene can boost your business. Learn More

    The link between hand hygiene and public health is undisputed, but what role do clean hands play in business? As a hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being, Essity set out to answer this question by surveying thousands of consumers and professionals from different countries and industries. Our main finding? The simple act of washing hands can boost productivity, increase employee satisfaction, and even help businesses attract and retain customers. Here are five reasons for why clean hands should be at the heart of your business:

    1. Employees want you to prioritize hand hygiene

    We live in times of widespread hygiene worries, particularly among working people. More than 4 in 10 full-time employees said they always or often worry about becoming ill due to poor hygiene, and just as many wanted hand hygiene to be given higher priority at work. While it comes as little surprise that half of all restaurant workers wished for improved hand hygiene, they were not alone. Industry workers and people working in sales were also just as keen on putting hand hygiene higher on the corporate agenda.

    2. Investing in hand hygiene means investing in productivity

    If you want to keep your employees productive, you should start by providing them the means and knowledge to maintain safe hand hygiene at work. Regular handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and avoid getting sick, thus enabling employees to stay healthy and attend work. In the U.S. alone, approximately 17 million workdays are lost per year due to the flu – many of which could be prevented by the help of handwashing with soap.

    3. Implementing hand washing routines can boost employee satisfaction

    Knowing that everyone at work washes their hands properly would have a positive impact on the well-being of almost 8 in 10 full-time employees. 4 in 10 would feel more comfortable and secure, and 3 in 10 would feel more satisfied. Promoting hand washing at work could even make employees happier (23%) and less stressed (14%), according to the survey.

    4.Proper hand hygiene can bring more customers and boost loyalty

    Half of respondents said they usually notice when people don’t maintain proper hand hygiene, and poor hygiene can be a critical deal breaker in a buying situation. 1 in 10 have refrained from staying at a specific hotel or visiting the doctor due to hygiene concerns, and more than half of respondents said they have avoided a food establishment because of the overall hygiene and the hygiene of the employees. While poor hand hygiene can make a company lose a potential customer, proper hand hygiene can in fact boost customer loyalty. Noticing that the staff at a restaurant have clear routines for hand washing would make almost half of the respondents more willing to eat there again.

    5. Clean hands makes people more likely to trust you

    Maintaining proper hand hygiene can also influence how you are perceived by others. A vast majority of respondents – more than 8 in 10 – considered people who regularly wash their hands to be more highly regarded. Proper hand hygiene was associated with being more professional (26%), more trustworthy (26%), more considerate of others (42%), and more conscientious (50%) – all of which are typically mentioned as keys to success in networking and sales.

    To sum up, improved levels of hand hygiene can work wonders both for productivity, employee satisfaction and sales. So what can you do to unlock the benefits of clean hands? First of all, give hand hygiene higher priority at work. Secondly, ensure that all employees have access to soap and water. Finally, promote regular hand washing among your employees – and don’t forget to let your customers know about it.

    Learn more about our partnership with Global Handwashing Day:

    Tweet me:Here’s why clean hands should be at the heart of your business. Better hand hygiene can boost your business. #GlobalHandwashingDay @EssityUSA @torkusa

    KEYWORDS: global handwashing day, Essity, hand hygiene

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  • 10/16/18--06:40: Running a Clean Fleet
  • SOURCE:Republic Services


    Running a clean fleet means reducing our footprint. It requires a tremendous amount of technology, commitment and vision — all of which we have relied on to expand our fleet of clean-powered collection vehicles.

    • Retreading Tires for an Extended Life: A tire tread can be recycled about 2.3 times beyond its initial tread. Retreading tires is a complicated process, but we know the value of recycling resources wherever and whenever possible. We save roughly 200,000 tires per year with our retreading program. It’s beneficial for our business, but more importantly, it’s good for the environment.
    • Getting the Most from Our Oil: Oil never really wears out — it just gets dirty — so recycling it creates a valuable resource while preventing it from impacting our ecosystem. As stewards of our planet, we responsibly handle the motor oil used by our fleet. We partner with a leading oil recycling company to collect and refine about 1.2 million gallons of oil each year. We’ve also decreased our oil drain intervals by 200%, reducing our own consumption of oil resources by 50%.
    • Clean is Now Cleaner: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) has one of the lowest carbon intensities of all the alternative fuel technologies on the market. In fact, using trucks powered by RNG helped us meet our emissions goals earlier than expected. In addition, our investments in CNG trucks and fueling stations over the past 14 years made the use of RNG seamless. Best of all, in some cases, the source for our RNG-powered trucks originates at our own landfills.

    For more specifics on how Republic Sevices is keeping it clean on America's roads, visit our blog.

    To learn more about Republic’s Sustainability initiatives, visit

    KEYWORDS: RNG, Republic Services, NYSE:RSG

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    Annual awards honor outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations in promoting green power

    SOURCE:Center for Resource Solutions


    October 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) presented the 18th annual Green Power Leadership Awards on Wednesday October 10, awarding eight organizations and one individual for their roles in promoting and expanding the use of clean, renewable energy. The awards were presented at the Renewable Energy Markets 2018 conference in Houston, TX in the categories of Green Power Market Development, International Green Power Market Development, Leadership in Green Power Education, and Green Power Leader of the Year.

    “The impact our winners this year have made in advancing clean energy is incredible,” said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin. “From innovative ways to promote and market renewables, to the sheer volume of new generation in the ground, they are true leaders in making green power the fastest growing energy source in the nation.”

    The U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership also recognized 10 winners in three categories: Excellence in Green Power Use, Direct Project Engagement, and Green Power Partner of the Year. More information about EPA’s recognition is available at

    Center for Resource Solutions Market Development Awards

    Green Power Market Development: Microsoft Corporation, Puget Sound Energy, Silicon Ranch, and T-Mobile US, Inc.
    International Green Power Market Development: Apple Inc., and Google Inc.
    Leadership in Green Power Education: Cornell University, and The Redford Center
    Green Power Leader of the Year: Janet Napolitano, University of California

    Renewable energy is the fastest-growing source of energy generation in the country, with renewable energy sources providing more electricity than nuclear power in over half of U.S. states and more electricity than coal in a third. Nationwide, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable sources now account for 21% of the total available installed generating capacity. That is more than double the generating capacity of the nation’s nuclear power plants, and rapidly approaching the capacity of the nation’s coal plants (23%), which has dropped 5% in the last five years. In the first half of 2018, solar energy output grew 25%, followed by 11% for wind. Renewable energy currently accounts for 13% of domestic energy production.

    For more information about the 2018 Green Power Leadership Award winners, visit

    About the Green Power Leadership Awards
    The annual Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. By choosing green power instead of conventional electricity, consumers, businesses, and organizations can support increased deployment of renewable energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation and increase energy security. The GPLAs are presented by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Learn more at

    About Center for Resource Solutions
    Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a national nonprofit with global impact. CRS brings forth expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Its leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets. For more information about its programs, visit

    About Renewable Energy Markets
    The annual Renewable Energy Markets conference convenes a broad spectrum of industry professionals who are rapidly transforming the global clean energy marketplace. Now in its 23rd year, REM remains the leading forum for promoting and accelerating the clean energy economy. REM 2018 was held October 9-11, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Houston. Learn more at

    Tweet me:.@CRS_org presents 2018 Green Power Leadership Award Winners, including @microsoft, @PSETalk, @SiliconRanchCo, @Apple, @Google, @TMobile, @Cornell, @redfordcenter, and @UofCalifornia president Janet Napolitano at #REM2018

    Contact Info:

    Jeff Swenerton
    Center for Resource Solutions
    +1 (415) 561-2119

    KEYWORDS: Center for Resource Solutions, green power leadership awards, Leadership

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    SOURCE:SCS Global Services


    Hear the latest about healthy indoor air quality. See how major manufacturing companies are meeting demands for low emitting products to contribute to LEED, WELL & other green building rating systems with SCS Indoor Advantage Certification. Learn more

    Tweet me:See how companies are meeting demands for healthy products with verified indoor air quality to contribute to #LEED #WELL & other #greenbuilding rating systems with @SCScertified #IndoorAdvantage

    KEYWORDS: scs global services, indoor air quality, All Steel, KI, Kielhauer, Godrej interio, Clarus, National office furniture, Humanscale, Gunlocke, Herman Miller, Tuohy furniture, Surface works, Hon, Steelcase, Sileather, kwalu, OFS, indoor air quality certification, safe indoor air

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    Matt Pakula, Senior Manager of Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility

    SOURCE:Tyson Foods


    Today is World Food Day.

    It’s a reminder that the ache of hunger is present for millions of people around the globe. But while we live in a world that often seems more focused on large-scale solutions, when it comes hunger relief, sometimes it's the simplest solutions that can transform seemingly small ripples into waves of impact.

    Solutions can take many forms. Sharing knowledge to give a hand-up, not a hand out, is one example. Another is the small acts of neighborliness and kindness that allow people to keep their dignity.

    Caring runs deep at Tyson Foods. For nearly 20 years, we’ve worked to provide hunger relief in the communities where we live and work. Grants and product donations to strategic food banks and nonprofit organizations are the bulk of this support.

    Through growth and acquisitions, we have become neighbors to more and more people every year, and we’re adding to our neighborhood every day. This not only helps us grow our business, but also allows us to bring hunger relief to even more people.


    What many people may not realize is that our efforts to feed the hungry already span around the globe.

    In partnership with OneEgg, Tyson is now helping more than 8,000 kids in developing countries receive an egg a day. These eggs give them the protein they need to grow strong physically and cognitively. We now have projects with OneEgg in six countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Haiti, and most recently Ethiopia, Honduras and Nepal.

    When we help launch a One Egg chapter, we do it with the understanding that philanthropy alone will not solve the need for more protein. So we use our resources to help kickstart operations for small, local farmers who can use a business model to become sustainable over time.

    That model includes supplying eggs to hungry kids, strengthened by technical assistance from our Tyson Foods Fellows, who mentor these farmers in poultry production best practices. This small act of neighborly know-how helps people keep their dignity and provides a sustainable way to feed the people in their communities.

    For the Fellows, sharing their expertise may seem like a simple solution. But for the communities on the receiving end, this simple solution makes an immeasurable impact.

    On World Food Day and year-round, these projects are one more way we’re raising the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. We’ll continue to learn and evolve in the hope that we’ll turn these simple solutions, these small ripples, into big waves of lasting impact.

    Tweet me:.@TysonFoods and @OneEgg are creating waves of impact with simple solutions for #HungerRelief #WorldFoodDay #WFD2018

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:TSN, Tyson Foods, OneEgg, World Food Day


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    SOURCE:Sappi North America



    Our focus on energy and emissions extends beyond our mill gates. Since 2009, Sappi has participated in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the EPA and companies that provide freight delivery services. In support of the partnership, we include the SmartWay specifi cation in our carrier bid contracts, and since 2013, approximately 95 percent of our cumulative domestic ton-miles have been shipped by SmartWay carriers.

    Data show that the US transportation sector uses more energy than the entire industrial sector. Every day billions of dollars in goods are in transit, and the logistics industry moves more than 56 tons of freight per person per year. While the transportation sector consumes roughly 29 percent of the total energy, it’s responsible for over 50 percent of NOx emissions and over 30 percent of VOC emissions, pollutants that contribute to smog and poor air quality.

    IT Infrastructure

    Our South Portland corporate office houses our data center. The information technology group constantly monitors the efficiency and costs associated with running the data center. Results show that we routinely keep our cooling requirements below 25 percent of the total power demand demonstrating best practices. In 2013, the group installed flywheel technology as an alternative to lead acid batteries for an uninterrupted power supply (UPS). We were the first company in the State of Maine to implement this technology in a data center which has enabled Sappi to realize a 95 percent improvement in UPS availability.

    Read more from Sappi North America's 2017 Sustainability Report here:

    Tweet me:Sustainability goes beyond the paper mill. Learn more about how @SappiNA invests in its supply chain infrastructure to ensure limited environmental impact:

    KEYWORDS: Sappi, paper, pulp, maine, transportation, information technology, JSE:SAP

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    New program has potential to save 55-60 million pounds of food per year

    SOURCE:General Mills


    October 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Today, on World Food Day, Feeding America announced the national expansion of a pilot program to rescue food, in partnership with manufacturers and their carriers on the road. Each year, 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste. This program, known as MealConnect Logistics, has already facilitated the donation of more than 580,000 pounds of food to the Feeding America network of food banks in the pilot phase.

    After partnering together for nearly four decades addressing hunger, Feeding America and General Mills joined forces last fall to get more meals to families in need. By recognizing there was food to be rescued within the delivery chain, the two organizations developed a smart solution to fight both food waste and hunger.

    “This program is the definition of innovation,” said Feeding America Chief Supply Chain Officer Blake Thompson. “We’re rescuing food in an outside-the-box way and that means more meals on the plates of hungry Americans. Everybody wins.”

    In piloting the program, General Mills connected Feeding America with their carriers on the road. In complex supply chains, not every delivery to a grocery store, wholesaler or food service provider is flawless. Incorrect quantities or slightly damaged packages can result in a product that is commercially unsalable, but perfectly safe to consume. When a trucker finds oneself on the road with surplus food, his carrier company utilizes MealConnect to find the nearest food bank and quickly reroutes the driver to donate the surplus food.

    “We believe that good business means finding every opportunity possible to help communities in our daily processes,” said Mary Jane (Melendez) Laird, Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation. “In MealConnect Logistics, we see the perfect opportunity to partner Feeding America’s technology with our carriers and find a way to feed more hungry Americans.”

    MealConnect is a technology platform developed and established by Feeding America in 2014 that prevents perfectly good food from going to waste by directing it to Feeding America food banks in real-time. The program ensures that valuable food ends up with families in need, where it can be best used.

    “Each year, we distribute more than 81 million meals to Minnesotans in need,” said Rob Zeaske, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland. “This program means that we will be able to serve even more meals and connect more families with healthy, nutritious rescued food.”

    The program that began with one manufacturer will expand to manufacturers and their carriers, nationwide. Food banks around the country will benefit from the rescued food, immediately.


    Please contact one of our media representatives or call 800-771-2303

    About Feeding America

    Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Tweet me:.@FeedingAmerica and @GeneralMills joined forces last fall to get more meals to those in need. By recognizing there was food to be rescued within the delivery chain, they developed a smart solution to fight #FoodWaste and #hunger #WorldFoodDay

    KEYWORDS: General Mills, Feeding America, Food Recovery, MealConnect, World Food Day, NYSE:GIS

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    SOURCE:America's Charities


    Every year in the U.S., 27,000 children are diagnosed with critical illnesses. That’s 27,000 families whose lives are turned upside down. Play dates, soccer games, and sleepovers are replaced with doctor appointments, hospital stays and medical treatments.

    But, when they arrive at Give Kids The World, families are transported to a storybook world straight from a child’s dreams. At this 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida, critically ill children and their families receive weeklong, cost-free vacations complete with accommodations, transportation, meals, donated attraction tickets and so much more.

    The Village features …

    • 166 two-bedroom villas
    • A carousel
    • A child-size train
    • Wheelchair-accessible pools
    • A CANDY LAND playground
    • A dinosaur-themed mini golf course
    • An ice cream palace

    And that’s only the beginning. There are parties every day, including weekly celebrations of Halloween and Christmas, complete with costumes, parades and even snow!

    At Give Kids The World Village, children are immersed in magic and fun, while their parents get to relax, with a week free of scheduling, cleaning, cooking or paying bills. It’s a week of laughter, fun, and time together.

    How You Can Help

    Central Florida is the number one destination for critically ill children taking a wish trip. Whether they go to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando or other Central Florida attractions, Give Kids The World Village is a perfect home-away-from-home.

    The Village can serve those children and families only because generous individuals and companies – often through workplace giving campaigns – donate to make their wishes come true.

    Every donation helps make magic for children battling critical illnesses. And, when you donate to Give Kids The World Village, rest assured your money is being used responsibly. Give Kids The World has been recognized as a top-performing, Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator for 13 consecutive years. For every dollar donated, more than 93 cents goes directly to the programs for the children and families.

    Here are just a few examples of how employee donations can help Give Kids The World create an unforgettable experience for children and families:

    • $25 can provide a family with unlimited ice cream for a week from the Village’s beloved Ice Cream Palace.
    • $50 can help support horseback riding and fishing programs.
    • $100 can help fund daily parties such as Halloween, Winter Wonderland, or BBQ pool parties.
    • $250 can support the gift-giving program. Every day while families visit the theme parks, Give Kids The World “Gift-Giving Fairies” visits each villa and leave special surprises.

    $6,800 can provide a family’s weeklong, cost-free trip to Give Kids The World Village. 

    Support Give Kids The World Village through your employee giving program:

    As a donor, you can support GKTW by donating to them through your employer’s workplace giving program (CFC#11874 if you're a military or federal employee participating in the Combined Federal Campaign). Payroll pledges made through employer-sponsored charitable giving programs represent a cost effective and near effortless way to support your favorite charities.

    As GKTW's workplace giving partner, America’s Charities can help your company design and implement a program centered on supporting their work - through workplace giving campaigns, employee fundraising, cause-focused signature programs, volunteerism, donation drives, matching gifts, Dollars-for-Doers, In-Kind Giving and other employee engagement and philanthropic initiatives. Click here to request a demo and learn how we can help you do this.

    Tweet me:.@AmerCharities: @GKTWVillage works w/more than 250 wish-granting organizations to fulfill the wishes of critically ill children who wish to visit Central Florida. #1DollarBringsUsCloser to Creating Magical Memories for Children with Critical Illnesses.

    KEYWORDS: America’s Charities, workplace giving, employee giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, charity vetting, Fundraising, Give Kids the World Village (GKTW), wish granting

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    SOURCE:America's Charities

    DESCRIPTION: are more than 250,000 women living in the United States today who were diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger (U.S. Census). These women represent 5-7% of all breast cancer patients diagnosed, annually, in the United States.

    This year alone:

    1. Approximately 26,393 women under age 45 will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. (National Cancer Institute).
    2. Of that group, almost 3,000 of them will die of the disease this year.
    3. 1,000 will be under the age of 40 (American Cancer Society).

    The biological and psychosocial needs of young women with breast cancer often differ from older, postmenopausal women. For example, a breast cancer diagnosis early in a woman’s adult life can derail her career path, affect her ability to bear children, impact relationships and for many, lead to premature death. This population often feels isolated and alone because they can’t find other young women to connect with in their community.

    Facing Breast Cancer Together:

    Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, is the voice for thousands of young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.  YSC works with survivors, co-survivors, and the medical and research communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer age 40 and under.

    Having served these women since 1998, YSC provides the most comprehensive programmatic offerings to meet the unique needs of all young women affected by breast cancer.  Understanding how important it is for a young woman to have targeted resources and information, as well as be supported by her peers and have access to relevant experiences and insights of others, YSC focuses on issues specific to women at every stage of diagnosis, implementing a specialized track of programming geared towards women with metastatic disease, a particularly underserved group. In addition to providing national programs, YSC also has a large grassroots network of volunteer groups across the country where young women connect through support and networking opportunities. Furthermore, YSC has financial support programs in place to ensure that all young women have access to its services regardless of economic circumstances.

    Support Young Women with Breast Cancer

    Donations from individuals make a powerful statement of support for young women with breast cancer and help ensure no young woman faces breast cancer alone.

    • $1,200 could pay for two young women to travel to YSC’s annual conference for young women affected by breast cancer.
    • $500 could fund a Young Empowered Survivor (YES) educational program.
    • $250 could allow YSC to train 4 survivors to serve as peer supporters.
    • $100 could provide a Newly Diagnosed Navigator to six women when they need it most.

    To learn more about YSC and to support their work, visit

    Support Young Survival Coalition (YSC) through workplace giving:

    As a donor, you can support YSC by donating to them through your employer’s workplace giving program (CFC#11518 if you're a military or federal employee participating in the Combined Federal Campaign). Payroll pledges made through employer-sponsored charitable giving programs represent a cost-effective and nearly effortless way to support your favorite charities.

    As YSC's workplace giving partner, America’s Charities can help your company design and implement a program centered on supporting their work - through workplace giving campaigns, employee fundraising, cause-focused signature programs, volunteerism, donation drives, matching gifts, Dollars-for-Doers, In-Kind Giving and other employee engagement and philanthropic initiatives. Click here to request a demo and learn how we can help you do this.

    Tweet me:.@AmerCharities @YSCBuzz: Three Key Stats You Should Know About Young Women with #BreastCancer and How You Can Help Them #1DollarBringsUsCloser to ensure no young woman faces breast cancer alone. #EmployeeGiving

    KEYWORDS: America’s Charities, workplace giving, employee giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, charity vetting, Young Survival Coalition (YSC), breast cancer

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    See What’s Currently Shaping Employee Giving



    Each year at Benevity, just before the biggest giving months of the year, we release data showing the top charitable causes that enterprise companies and their people are supporting through our platform… and the results are in!

    Last year, we reported a major shift in giving, with employees rapidly responding to the issues that matter to them. In 2018, we continue to see the momentum flourish. Find out the top 10 charitable causes corporations are supporting and what factors are driving a shift in giving from the bottom up. 


    Tweet me:New #CSR trend data! Just before the biggest giving months of the year, we release data showing the top causes that companies + their people are supporting through our platform… and the results are in! See "The Top Ten" @benevity

    KEYWORDS: benevity, Volunteering, purpose driven, trends, increase participation, Community Investment, Open Choice, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, SDGs, giving season, Software, causes, Pro-social action

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    By Boma Brown-West and Alissa Sasso

    Retail demand for safer products is not only here to stay – it’s now a source of competition in the evolving marketplace. Amazon is the latest retailer to join Walmart, Target, CVS Health, Home Depot, and Rite-Aid by publishing a chemicals policy and a public Restricted Substances List. Amazon and several of the above-mentioned companies represent half of the top ten retailers in the US. Amazon’s new policy is a big deal: not only is Amazon the third largest retailer by sales in the US, it is the first primarily ecommerce retailer to create a chemicals policy. Ecommerce represents a challenge in terms of implementing such a policy, but as shoppers increasingly turn to online retailers for many of their purchasing needs, this also presents a major opportunity to increase the availability of safer products.   

    While Amazon’s and others’ policies have room for improvement, we’re excited about many of the common elements reflected across these policies. These retailers are sending a strong and consistent demand signal throughout the value chain to remove toxic chemicals from products and to ensure that new ingredients used to reformulate products are truly safer.

    What are these common elements and why are they important?

    • Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) Leadership Group Participation: In its policy Amazon announced joining the BPC Leadership Group. Walmart, Target, and CVS already participate, as does Walgreens, Sephora, EDF, and numerous product manufacturers. The BPC product scorecard consists of uniform criteria to define safer and more sustainable beauty and personal care products. Amazon’s participation in the group, and future implementation of the scorecard, strengthens the BPC criteria. For the first time, we are witnessing significant market agreement on a common standard for a “sustainable” beauty and personal care product. As industry shifts towards using the BPC critera, other retailers and product manufacturers will be pushed to rise to this standard.
    • Removing chemicals of concern: Walmart released its first policy in 2013 and defined a priority chemical as “a chemical that meets the criteria for classification as a carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive toxicant, or is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic; or any chemical for which there is ’scientific evidence of probable serious effects to human health or the environment which give rise to an equivalent level of concern‘. Amazon’s policy uses the same definition for chemicals of concern. And, like Walmart, Target, CVS, and Home Depot, Amazon has initially prioritized the following chemicals for removal from products: parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPEs), toluene, and triclosan.

    Amazon is amplifying the message that suppliers and product manufacturers should restrict and eliminate these chemicals from their products -- meaning that products throughout the value chain, and not just those sold by these retailers -- will be safer. This also reinvigorates the call for innovation of truly safer alternatives to these priority chemicals.

    • Focusing on hotspot product categories: Amazon’s policy applies to its private brand formulated baby, household cleaning, personal care, and beauty products. Walmart, Target, and CVS have also prioritized these categories (Walmart and Target go further by tackling national brand products too). These are products that are used frequently, many daily, across all consumer segments. Driving change in these categories ensures safer products for all, especially those that are most vulnerable among us, like babies and children.
    • Increasing the assortment of safer products: Most of the retailers encourage the use of credible certifications for products in these categories, particularly the US EPA Safer Choice and Cradle to Cradle certification programs. These certifications communicate to customers that products have met rigorous ingredient selection criteria and make it easier for customers to make informed purchasing decisions.
    • Promotion of the use of safer alternatives: Amazon is encouraging its private brand suppliers to “phase out potentially hazardous chemicals and adopt green chemistry alternatives”. Like Walmart, Target, the Home Depot, and Rite-Aid, Amazon also promotes the use of the US EPA Safer Chemicals Ingredient List (SCIL) to facilitate improvement. This creates a greater demand for safer alternatives, spurs innovation for new alternatives, and provides innovators with the ability to scale these chemicals for commercial use.

    With these policy elements in place, retailers have set the foundation to ensure that their policies translate into real results in stores and online. Here is EDF’s take on what steps these retailers should to take to ensure success:

    • Use a data-driven approach to tracking progress: Developing a meaningful process for measuring their chemical footprint is critically important to ensuring progress in reducing the use of harmful chemicals in products. It also allows retailers to identify products and suppliers that represent hotspots in need of faster improvement and support. Importantly, it will help retailers ensure that products used frequently by consumer segments disproportionately impacted by chemicals exposures, e.g. children and women of color, keep up with improvements happening across product categories more broadly.  
    • Support suppliers and buyers with tools to implement their policies: Successful outcomes will require direct engagement and collaboration with suppliers and buyers. This support involves working with suppliers to develop supplier-specific implementation plans as part of the retailers’ larger goals, encouraging suppliers and holding them accountable to these goals, and sharing supplier success stories. Retailers can bring buyers into this process by educating them about chemical policies as well as the steps that suppliers are taking to improve products. This will encourage buyers to seek out and feature safer products thereby further increasing the demand signal for these products.
    • Accelerate the availability and uptake of verified safer ingredients: Collectively the retailers are increasing the demand for safer alternatives. Though there are some resources for alternatives, like the SCIL, there are chemicals and functional classes that would benefit from innovation to identify alternatives. The retailers can continue to support initiatives that spur innovation, like the GC3 preservatives challenge, and can help bring new alternatives to scale.
    • Report progress and results publicly: Amazon, as well as some of the other retailers, should create measurable goals based on their commitments, as well as the metrics they plan to use to track progress. Meaningful, time-bound commitments hold retailers and suppliers accountable. Reporting goals and progress shows customers that retailers are actually creating change in store and online.   

    Through EDF’s work with Walmart, we’ve seen the hard work needed to implement a chemicals policy and to bring stakeholders along for the journey. Ultimately, Amazon’s policy and the actions taken by other retailers will result in a safer marketplace. We will continue to support and challenge companies as the market moves towards mainstreaming safer products.

    Tweet me:Amazon joins Walmart, other major retailers on safer chemicals

    KEYWORDS: EDF+Business

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    Scotiabank is thrilled to have been named one of the 25 World's Best Workplaces for 2018 by the Great Place to Work institute. This is a fantastic recognition of the diversity of our global team who speak more than 100 languages and have backgrounds from more than 120 countries. Congratulations to all of the Scotiabankers who every day contribute to making Scotiabank a great place to come to work.

    The full list is available here.

    Tweet me:.@ScotiabankViews named one of the World's Best Workplaces 2018 via @GPTW_US recognizing Scotiabank's diverse global team of employees who speak more than 100 languages and have backgrounds from more than 120 countries

    KEYWORDS: World's Best Workplaces 2018, Scotiabank, csr

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    New Mexico NeighborhoodLIFT® program awards local initiative grants to three nonprofits

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., October 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced $200,000 in donations to three local nonprofits to support housing, education and small business programs for New Mexico residents.

    “It’s always a great day when we see positive and lasting change taking place,” said David Hockmuth, New Mexico region bank president. “The meaningful work being done by these nonprofits will improve lives and strengthen communities, and that is what we all want. Together, we are committed to making progress.”

    The Wells Fargo grants are intended to support neighborhood revitalization efforts through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

    The NeighborhoodLIFT program local initiative grants will be awarded to the following New Mexico nonprofits:

    • Fathers Building Futures will receive $75,000 to provide fathers with strong financial oversight, woodshop training, a financial training program and help with setting up Individual Development Accounts through a partnership with Prosperity Works and Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team Corp (WESST).
    • Saranam will receive $50,000 to assist families experiencing homelessness with safe, stable, and fully furnished transitional housing and a small stipend for up to two years so they can concentrate on breaking down barriers through education, heal from abuse, interact with positive role models, and find hope and opportunity for their future. Saranam takes a two-generational approach that meets the needs of children and parents together to enable families to build education, economic assets, social capital, health and well-being, for one generation and passes to the next.
    • Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team Corp (WESST) will receive $75,000 to provide start-up and existing entrepreneurs in New Mexico with high-quality training, one-on-one consultations, access to capital and business incubation services for small businesses in New Mexico. This work with small businesses will concentrate on business finances, marketing and management. The project will incorporate several WESST initiatives as a means to facilitate business start-up and growth. Over the one-year project period, goals include to provide 500 business consultations; 750 training participants; 25 business startups; and create 25 new jobs.

    More than 400 homeowners created in New Mexico

    The New Mexico NeighborhoodLIFT program local initiative grants are part of a $4.6 million commitment by Wells Fargo to boost local homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods in New Mexico. LIFT programs have assisted 430 New Mexico homeowners by offering homebuyer education plus down payment assistance grants. The 2018 New Mexico NeighborhoodLIFT program is a collaboration with NeighborWorks® America and its network member, Homewise.

    Since February 2012, LIFT programs have helped create more than 18,600 homeowners in 63 communities. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on Wells Fargo Stories.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,950 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.



    Michael English, 505-318-8156


    KEYWORDS: Grants, New Mexico, NeighborhoodLIFT® program, NYSE:WFC, Wells Fargo & Company

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    Handcrafted, hard-to-find items, and vendors wanting to increase product exposure find a home on Albertsons Companies’ new site

    SOURCE:Albertsons Companies


    BOISE, Idaho, October 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Albertsons Companies today announced that Albertsons Digital Marketplace now offers over 40,000 specialty products to customers nationwide, like hard-to-find spices and condiments, specific flavors of coffee, unique health and beauty products, and other health and wellness items. The newly launched site plans to offer more than 100,000 products by the end of the calendar year.  

    “Albertsons Digital Marketplace helps customers discover exciting new products from innovative manufacturers that are then shipped directly to them, creating an infinite aisle,” said Narayan Iyengar, SVP Digital and eCommerce at Albertsons Cos. “This marketplace is just another example of how we are using digital technologies to reinforce and extend our core capabilities of offering exciting new products and a wide assortment. Our infinite aisle also helps a large number of specialty sellers like small businesses and budding entrepreneurs get exposure to our vast customer base.”

    Two of the key innovators behind the Marketplace are Karl Varsanyi, GVP of Digital Product Management, and Jon Fahrner, Head of Marketplace. Prior to joining Albertsons Companies, Varsanyi helped turn into the one of the largest ecommerce sites in the United States and an omnichannel retailing leader. Fahrner, who was part of’s founding team, saw the similarities between his past work and the vast product opportunities in food retail.

    Fahrner said, “Our digital team is focused on removing the limits on how people shop for food. Today, people are trying to squeeze the best out of each day in their busy lives. While some customers want an extended selection or unique specialty products, there are other customers who simply prefer to have bulky items like pet food shipped straight to their front doors. This is just the beginning. We are excited to continue to innovate new models to better fit people’s lives.”

    Eclectic and exciting merchandise differentiates the Marketplace. One artisan seller that is gaining exposure is Spicemode, which crafts simmer sauces and spice blends. The hand-made, all-natural products are inspired by homemade meals prepared by the founder’s mother as well as his years operating a food truck, the Curry Cruiser, in the City of Chicago. Spicemode has been available online and in select retail stores, yet the company was looking for even more exposure. The Marketplace now gives the product national scale. 

    “We started this company on the premise that global flavors should be available to everyone,” said Amar Singh, Chief Flavor Officer of Spicemode. “Albertsons Digital Marketplace lets even more customers begin their flavor journey with small-batch cooking sauces and spices.” The Marketplace is powered by Mirakl and can be accessed at

    Media Contact:
    Lynda Friesz-Martin
    Director of Integrated Communication, Albertsons Companies

    About Albertsons Companies 
    Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2017 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

    Important Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
    This release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements contain information about future operating or financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions about market conditions and its future operating performance which we believe to be reasonable at this time.  The words “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions indicate forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions (including assumptions about general economic, market, industry and operational factors), known or unknown, which could cause the actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated.  A further list and description of risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 24, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other documents that the Company may file or furnish with the SEC, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate only to the date they were made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to pdate forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made except as required by law or applicable regulation.

    Tweet me:.@AlbertsonsCos Digital Marketplace goes live with over 40,000 specialty products and handcrafted, hard-to-find items

    KEYWORDS: Albertsons Companies, marketplace, natural, SWY:SWY

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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio


    Voting. It’s the fundamental premise underpinning our governmental system. There shouldn’t be disagreement about that, irrespective of political party, right? Why, then, across the nation, are we seeing Republican-run state governments purging voter rolls and erecting barriers to prevent people from exercising their franchise. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Raven Brooks, the COO of Vote.Org, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to getting more Americans to vote. We discuss Vote.Org’s approach to voter registration, how the organization persists in the face of voter suppression tactics, and as we approach the midterm election on Nov. 6th, what’s happening with the vote in places like Florida, North Dakota, Georgia, Kansas, and Texas.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - host @SweetAl speaks with the COO of @VoteDotOrg (and former Exec. Dir. of @Netroots_Nation), @RavenB, on efforts to get folks out to the polls around the country on Nov. 6th.

    KEYWORDS: sea change radio, Voting,

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    SOURCE:Caterpillar Inc.


    At Caterpillar, we know what it means to be bold. It’s appropriate, then, that in 2017, for the first time, Caterpillar served as an International Women’s Day partner; and the 2017 theme was #BeBoldForChange.

    Click here to learn more about the number of programs Caterpillar has to build our talent pipeline of strong female leaders -- Women in Leadership, Breakthrough Leadership for Women, Breakthrough Leadership Men as Allies, reverse mentoring programs and the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) employee resource group.

    Tweet me:In 2017, @CaterpillarInc partnered with International Women's Day and committed to #BeBoldForChange. Check out their 2017 #sustainability report to learn more about the company's programs designed to build a #talent #pipeline of strong #female leaders.

    KEYWORDS: Caterpillar, women in leadership, Piracicaba Distribution Center, NYSE:CAT


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, October 2018, Booz Allen is spotlighting women in cybersecurity. This piece profiles Dianna Carr, who is a Lead Associate in privacy and cybersecurity strategy. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Dianna was the Deputy Director for the Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate. She has a B.S. in finance from Lehigh University.

    How did you get started in cybersecurity?

    If someone told me that I would end up working on privacy and cybersecurity issues for the federal government, I don’t think I would have believed them. But during my first internship, which was at a consulting firm supporting a large financial services company, my summer project focused on privacy. That’s where I found my calling.

    What do your day-to-day responsibilities look like?

    Every day is different. From conducting risk assessments and writing policies to handling the latest data breach, there’s always something new and challenging around the corner.

    When I was a federal employee, I led several awareness events and communications activities at my agency. With Booz Allen, I serve as the security/privacy training and incident reporting lead for one of our major federal clients. I also presented at a National Cyber Security Awareness Month event last year, giving practical tips for protecting privacy at work and home.

    I’m a part-time employee with two small kids. Thanks to the work-life balance Booz Allen offers, I’m able to make an impact for clients in a way that meets my family’s needs. It’s the best of both worlds.

    How can employees make their workplace more secure?

    Privacy and cyber principles need to be reinforced on a regular basis through reminders, newsletters, tip cards, posters, and activities. You can organize or host a team awareness event, and don’t even need to be a cyber or privacy subject matter expert to do so. There are a number of great free resourcesout there.

    Read more about Booz Allen’s cyber practice here.

    Tweet me:Spotlight on @boozallen’s Dianna Carr, #privacy #cybersecurity

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, women in cybersecurity, cybersecurity, privacy, Women in Technology, career, Innovation, NYSE:BAH

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