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    From Nov. 13 through Dec. 31, Wells Fargo branches will double as holiday food banks to collect food and donations in a joint effort with Feeding America® to fight hunger.

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    Wells Fargo is doubling as a food bank this holiday season in a joint effort with Feeding America to fight hunger.

    The Wells Fargo Holiday Food Bank program, now in its second year, allows people to donate both food and money to local food banks nationwide through Wells Fargo. Visit Wells Fargo Stories to watch the video.

    From Nov. 13 to Dec. 31, Wells Fargo’s 5,700 bank branches will collect nonperishable foods in specially marked bins and deliver them to Feeding America’s member banks. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and provides more than 4 billion meals to people facing hunger each year.

    The holiday food bank program is also branching out beyond the bank branches. A pop-up food bank tour will debut on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Nov. 14, and make stops throughout the U.S. as part of the effort. Participants can also donate money to Feeding America through Wells Fargo ATMs or online at

    Wells Fargo’s ties with Feeding America include local donations to 126 Feeding America member food banks, and 26 current or former Wells Fargo team members serving on food bank boards. More than 6,700 team members volunteered 31,554 hours for 128 Feeding America member food banks in 2017.

    The hope for the program, Wells Fargo and Feeding America leaders say, is to have a nationwide impact on a pervasive problem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that one in eight Americans are food insecure— meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

    “The problem of hunger is everywhere, and close to home. Hunger could affect one of your child’s classmates, the person driving next to you in your morning commute, or a neighbor down the street who lost their job,” said Mary Mack, head of Wells Fargo Consumer Banking. “By bringing together our customers, team members, nonprofits, and others again through the Wells Fargo Holiday Food Bank, we’ll help people through difficult times and make it easier for everyone to enjoy holiday meals together.”

    About 40 million people are believed to be food insecure, according to the USDA, including more than 12 million children.

    “It’s important for everyone to join the fight to end hunger,” said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. “We must work together to end hunger — no one can do it alone.  Businesses as well individuals, charities, and local, state, and national governments all have a role to play in getting more food to more people.”

    Housing, food, and self-sufficiency

    One of the nonprofits that will benefit from the Holiday Food Bank is Outreach United Resource Center Inc., or OUR Center, in Longmont, Colorado, which provides access to food and other resources to help people become self-sufficient.

    “One of our main activities in helping people be self-sufficient is establishing their housing,” said Edwina Salazar, executive director for OUR Center. “For a family of four having trouble paying their rent or utilities, $200 saved from not having to buy groceries is money they can put toward their rent instead — stabilizing their housing situation and preventing homelessness.”

    OUR Center provides groceries and hot meals onsite to 18,000 households each year, Salazar said. In 2017, OUR Center distributed over 1 million pounds of groceries and served 108,000 hot meals.

    More than half of its food comes from Community Food Share, a Feeding America member food bank in Louisville, Colorado, she said.

    New program features for 2018

    The inaugural 2017 Holiday Food Bank program collected more than 251,000 pounds of food and provided more than 433,800 meals, said Wells Fargo Chief Marketing Officer Jamie Moldafsky. The support also comes during the crucial winter months, which often force people to choose between buying food or paying to heat their homes.

    “Turning America’s largest bank into America’s largest food bank, and further focusing on hunger this year by teaming with Feeding America, will allow us to touch more lives, fill more pantries and plates, and create another way for people to give a very meaningful gift — food and relief from hunger — this holiday season,” Moldafsky said.

    Wells Fargo officially kicks off this year’s program Nov. 13 with the announcement of a $4 million grant to Feeding America. Wells Fargo will match monetary donations up to $1 million for a total possible grant to Feeding America of $5 million — which helps to provide 50 million meals. $1 contributed to Feeding America helps member food banks provide at least 10 meals.

    “The most significant aspect of the Wells Fargo Holiday Food Bank program is that it will help every single food bank in the Feeding America network,” said Babineaux-Fontenot. “It will provide thousands of pounds of food to people in need and will raise more than $5 million in donations from Wells Fargo and the public to support local and national hunger-relief efforts.”

    Supporting communities year-round

    Although the USDA’s estimated number of people who are food insecure is declining year over year, it is still higher than pre-recession levels, said Babineaux-Fontenot, citing the USDA’s “Food Security in the United States” report. Food insecurity rates for African American households, Latino households, households with children, and those households with children headed by a single parent in particular remain well above average, she added.

    “When the recession began, the number of people facing hunger skyrocketed to 52 million,” she said.  “We’re heartened by the news that more people have the meals they need, however there is still a lot of work to be done. In a country as abundant as ours and with such remarkable generosity, there are still people who are forced to make tough choices. Not even one person should be without enough to eat or have to choose between heat and food.”

    The Holiday Food Bank program adds to Wells Fargo’s year-round philanthropic support of nonprofit organizations and volunteerism by the company’s more than 260,000 team members. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated a total of $286.5 million to more than 14,500 nonprofits, and team members volunteered a record 2 million volunteer hours to their favorite charities. The support is part of Wells Fargo’s pledge to increase its corporate giving to nonprofits to $400 million in 2018— up 40 percent from 2017.

    This year, from Nov. 13 to Dec. 31 alone, Wells Fargo volunteers will support hundreds of food-related nonprofits — delivering meals, sorting food, and working to fight hunger in the United States and around the world.

    “At Wells Fargo, we believe we’re in a position to help move people and families out of poverty and build financial stability. It starts with ensuring that all people have access to basic human needs like food, stable housing, employment, and education — which all contribute to improved well-being, and quality of life,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. 

    “Thanks to the generosity of our team members, customers, and Feeding America, we’ll be able to make the holiday season a little brighter for many people this year.”

    How to participate

    Tweet me:Join @wellsfargo in helping the 1 in 8 Americans who rely on food banks. Find out how you can help:

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, Feeding America, Food Insecurity, Hunger, Food Bank, holiday food bank


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    Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit cash and product to assist local organizations with recovery and relief services



    BENTONVILLE, Ark., November 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $500,000 to organizations in response to the severe wildfires that are impacting California. As part of this commitment, Walmart is working closely with local officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected.

    “As the wildfires continue to spread through California our hearts go out to each and every person impacted,” said Julie Gehrki vice president, programs for Walmart. “We’re proud to support the heroic efforts of first responders and will continue to help with relief efforts, working with non-profits, local officials and governmental organizations to identify needs and provide additional support.”

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

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

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

    To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit


    Tweet me:.@Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are donating $500,000 worth of cash and products to aid organizations fighting the #CaliforniaWildfires

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:WMT, Walmart, California, walmart foundation, wildfires

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    SOURCE:Lockheed Martin


    Lockheed Martin is now accepting applications for its “AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge” through February 28, 2019 on the HeroX platform. Lockheed Martin launched the challenge in September in partnership with The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global professional circuit for drone racing.

    AlphaPilot applicants will be asked to create the artificial intelligence required to race a fully autonomous drone against a pilot-operated drone on a challenging, multi-dimensional course – and win. Participating teams will compete in a series of workshops and races for their share of over $2 million (USD) in prizes.    

    "At Lockheed Martin, we are working to pioneer state-of-the-art, AI-enabled technologies that can help solve some of the world's most complex challenges – from fighting wildfires and saving lives during natural disasters to exploring the farthest reaches of deep space," said Lockheed Martin CEO Keoki Jackson. "Now, we are inviting the next generation of AI innovators to join us with our AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge. Competitors will have an opportunity to define the future of autonomy and AI and help our world leverage these promising technologies to build a brighter future."

    Undergraduate and graduate students, drone enthusiasts, coders and other technologists interested in learning more and applying are encouraged to visit

    About Lockheed Martin
    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year, the company received three Edison awards for groundbreaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.

    Tweet me:.@LockheedMartin is now accepting applications for its “AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge” through February 28, 2019 on the HeroX platform

    KEYWORDS: Artificial Intelligence, HeroX, Lockheed Martin, LMT, The Drone Racing League

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    SOURCE:Taproot Foundation


    Taproot has long made the case that a strong corporate pro bono program is a triple win—nonprofits receive the support they need, companies build deeper relationships with their communities, and employees have the opportunity to apply their skills in new and meaningful ways. While there is a robust foundation of evidence supporting the claim that pro bono is a powerful social impact strategy, practitioners often struggle to articulate the business case for pro bono.

    Through Taproot’s work developing pro bono programs across the corporate sector, we’ve learned that pro bono can help companies meet key HR objectives like attracting, retaining, and developing their employees. In this paper, we explore how pro bono practitioners can align their pro bono efforts with their company’s HR strategy to create shared value across the company.

    Case Study: Prudential Financial's PruBono Programs

    Prudential has built a suite of pro bono programs offered annually, including a one-day pro bono marathon that provides intensive strategic support to local nonprofits as well as two long-term programs that match employees to local nonprofits and small businesses to provide consulting support over a three-month period. All three PruBono programs are designed as intentional leadership development opportunities and are run in partnership by Prudential’s Office of Corporate Social Responsibility and Talent Management Center of Expertise.

    Prudential's Approach

    Prudential’s CSR team sought a partnership with their Talent Management counterparts from the very outset of program development, identifying colleagues who were passionate about the potential connection to pro bono. Once engaged, they established working sessions with their Talent Management partners to understand Prudential’s talent objectives, find opportunities for alignment, and establish shared goals. These touch points served to build rapport between teams and position pro bono as a truly shared talent development strategy.

    In order to make the PruBono Programs a compelling and feasible investment, Prudential incorporated a focus on talent development that would provide a strategic value-add to the company’s HR initiatives. The CSR team prioritized engaging high-potential senior leaders and focused the talent development components of their pro bono program on key skills that weren’t addressed in other programs, such as agile thinking and comfort with ambiguity. According to Beverly Wallace, Prudential’s Vice President of Executive Development, the successful partnership between Prudential’s Talent Management and CSR teams stems from shared alignment on the firm’s overall business strategy, co-ownership of the PruBono programs, and integrated measures demonstrating impact on overall leadership development. 

    Read the full case study in Pro Bono as a People Strategy

    Tweet me:See how @Prudential is engaging more women, people of color, and millennials through their #probono programs in @taprootfound Pro Bono as a People Strategy report. #PruCARES

    KEYWORDS: Taproot Foundation, Prudential

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    SOURCE:PNC Financial Services Group


    Working Mother’s first annual Best Companies for Dads recognizes the companies that help dads succeed at home and work, with paternity leave, adoption leave, surrogacy and fertility benefits, phase-back-to-work programs, childcare options and employee-resource groups for men.

    Check out this year’s winners

    Tweet me:.@PNCBank Recognized Among @_workingmother_’s 2018 Best Companies for Dads #paternityleave

    KEYWORDS: Best Companies for Dads, paternity leave, csr, employee resource groups, families, phase-back-to-work programs

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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    In spite of improving conditions for veteran employment, more than half of veterans still feel that HR professionals do not understand their military skills, according to a 2018 Monster survey of more than 300 veterans.

    Veteran-founded Booz Allen is committed to improving this situation—and continues to see results for its efforts. For the fourth year in a row, the firm has made the Best Companies for Veterans list assembled by global employment company Monster and, a division of Monster that specifically supports military members, veterans, and their families.  

    “We’re honored to receive this recognition and aim to strengthen our long-standing commitment to those who’ve served even more,” said Andrea Inserra, senior vice president at Booz Allen. “This year, 31 percent of our new hires were veterans. Next year, we hope to achieve a goal of 35 percent new hires being veterans.”

    To create the Best Companies for Veterans list, Monster and asked a panel of veteran-hiring experts for their nominations of best-in-class companies with proven veteran hiring and retention practices. Nominated companies were then ranked on criteria including veteran hiring stats, veteran retention rates, and veteran recruitment plans and practices. 

    “The companies on this year’s list are exemplary employers when it comes to their veteran hiring,” Steve Jordon, a member of the panel of judges, said in the press announcement by Monster. Jordon is a retired U. S. Navy Captain and Executive Director of Veterans Employment Initiative for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). “They put in place specific strategic plans and policies to ensure their veteran recruitment, onboarding, and retention programs were scalable and effective.  Plus, they have shown their ability to understand where the gaps are in the hiring and retention process and innovate to close those gaps.”

    Read about Booz Allen’s support for veterans and military families, the 2018 Best Companies for Veterans list, and other recent recognitions.

    Interested in a career at Booz Allen? See, here.

    Tweet me:.@monster and @militarydotcom name @boozallen among best companies for #veterans

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, NYSE: BAH, Veterans, awards, Ratings & Rankings, Careers, military, recruitment, workforce

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    IWBI Joins USGBC, UVA School of Medicine, RWJF in Recognizing Projects Advancing Health and Well-Being

    SOURCE:International WELL Building Institute


    CHICAGO, November 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Recognizing leadership in places and spaces that advance people’s health and well-being is the goal of a new awards program for 2019 announced today at Greenbuild in Chicago. 

    The USGBC Health Leaders Awards will become an annual recognition of projects across the world that use design, construction and operations as an antidote to a wide array of issues that impact health, such as obesity, asthma, and social isolation. The awards will be presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the International WELL Building Instituteä (IWBIä) and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, with financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. dedicated solely to health.

    “We’re excited to be part of these new awards,” said Rachel Gutter, president of IWBI.  “This gives the movement a way to celebrate those who are leading this ‘second wave’ of sustainability, by focusing on the intersection of human health and planetary health, because at scale these things are one and the same.”

    “At IWBI, we believe that green building certification and WELL Certification must go hand in hand – this is yes/and, not either/or.  The majority of buildings that have achieved WELL Certification to date have also received a green building certification. That’s why we have collaborations in place with USGBC, GBCA, ILFI, BRE and GIGA to help streamline and incentivize dual certifications.

    “We are also deeply committed to moving the market to a state of continuous monitoring because we aspire to a future where people and buildings are in dialog in real time.  I’m looking forward to working with USGBC, UVA and RWJF to celebrate these leaders as a yet another way to advance buildings that help people thrive,” Gutter said.

    About the International WELL Building Institute

    The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.  The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, and, along with the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities, they provide a suite of tools focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness.  IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.

    Tweet me:.@WELLcertified Joins USGBC, UVA School of Medicine, RWJF in Recognizing Projects Advancing Health and Well-Being

    KEYWORDS: Delos, International Well Building Institute (IWBI), USGBC, UVA, RWJF

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    Access to safe, voluntary family planning can empower women and helps support optimal health decision-making for themselves and their families.

    The Pfizer Foundation* is proud to support the Healthy Families, Healthy Futures grants, an innovative integrated healthcare delivery program that enables women to receive family planning at the same time their children are vaccinated, reducing clinic visits and creating opportunities to access care where there may be limited resources and women have little time to spend on healthcare.

    With partners CAREInternational Rescue CommitteeSave the Children and World Vision, we are helping to create catalytic change through the delivery of these integrated services in the lives of women, children and their communities.

    To better understand what drives the effectiveness of this integrated care model, we worked with our partners and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to evaluate the pilot programs and are encouraged by the high-level insights from the study, which found that the unique context of each country influences how integrated family planning and immunization services are delivered successfully. However, there were four overarching themes identified across all five countries that served as possible barriers or facilitators to family planning uptake and acceptance. These include:

    • The socio-cultural context of the country, factors such as religion, food security, societal structure and beliefs about family planning
    • Colocation of services, meaning family planning messages are delivered regardless of explicit requests for them
    • Community engagement through health workers, health volunteers, influential community members, expert clients and religious leaders
    • A woman’s individual decision-making regarding her health and the health of her family

    Learn more about the Healthy Families, Healthy Futures grants and explore the initial findings:

    *The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions.

    Tweet me:The #PfizerFdn is proud to partner with @CARE, @theIRC, @SavetheChildren and @WorldVisionUSA to provide catalytic grants through the Healthy Families, Healthy Futures program in Africa. Learn about the impact:

    KEYWORDS: Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Health, Pfizer Foundation, women’s health, Pfizer, family planning


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    SOURCE:Bacardi Limited


    The Bacardi Women in Leadership initiative brought fashion to life during a cocktail event for a great cause. The team hosted an “Evening of Art & Fashion” to serve as the official kick-off celebration for the 25th anniversary of Dress for Success Miami, which provides a network of support, professional attire and development tools, to help women thrive in work and in life. The celebration included an exclusive fashion show featuring a Rene by RR collection, from famed Cuban fashion designer Rene Ruiz. Hosted at the American Museum of Cuban Diaspora, guests​ enjoyed a portfolio of Bacardi brands, a preview of an exhibit from the private collection of Celia Cruz, music and prizes. Artist Alejandra Estefania painted a portrait of Doña Amalia, wife of Bacardi Founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó.

    About Bacardi Women in Leadership:

    Get Involved with Dress for Success Miami:

    Tweet me:.@BacardiWIL brought fashion to life during a cocktail event to support @dfsmiami, which provides a network of support, professional attire and development tools, to help women thrive in work and in life #dfsmiami #women #leadership #Bacardi

    KEYWORDS: Bacardi, Dress for Success, Bacardi Women in Leadership, Suited for Success, Miami

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    11 organizations will benefit from environmental grants

    SOURCE:Duke Energy


    CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Duke Energy is providing more than $1.1 million to support 11 North Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations to preserve, protect and enhance natural heritage across the state.

    "North Carolina is home to some of the nation's most beautiful and treasured natural resources," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "We are proud to support initiatives that protect wildlife and natural resources and encourage people to enjoy and care for their surrounding environment."

    Each organization received a $100,000 grant to support environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and educational programs that will improve the environment in their communities.

    The Conservation Trust of North Carolina, for example, will use its grant to provide service opportunities for diverse youth and young adults to complete high priority conservation projects across the state.

    "Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) is honored to continue our partnership with Duke Energy Foundation for a fourth year," said Chris Canfield, CTNC Executive Director. "The Youth Conservation Corps program is an integral part of CTNC's mission to engage North Carolina's young people in community-based conservation projects. Their participation builds a sense of pride and ownership in preserving their natural and public lands for years to come."

    Here is a complete list of the 11 grant recipients with project summaries.

    The Foundation annually funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's seven-state service area. In 2017, the company donated more than $19 million to nonprofit organizations in North Carolina.  

    Duke Energy Foundation
    The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More information about the Duke Energy Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

    The Duke Energy Foundation is solely funded by Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) shareholder dollars.

    Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

    A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

    More information about the company is available at The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

    Meredith Archie
    24-Hour: 800.559.3853

    Tweet me:.@DukeEnergy is supporting 11 NC #environmental #nonprofits with $1.1M in grants to preserve, protect and enhance natural heritage across the state #DEPowerfulCommunities #CSR #conservation #wildlife

    KEYWORDS: Duke Energy, North Carolina, Preservation, Environmental Stewardship

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    Collins’ Leadership Showcased at Greenbuild with SCS Global Services and the Forest Stewardship Council®

    SOURCE:SCS Global Services


    CHICAGO, November 14, 2018/3BL Media/ - Collins, a forest management and wood products company operating in California, Oregon and Pennsylvania, is pleased to celebrate 25 years of responsible forest management recognition, including independent certification under the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) program.  Third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) and FSC paid tribute to Collins’ precedent-setting efforts at Greenbuild 2018, the U.S.’ largest green building event of the year.

    With over 311,000 acres of FSC certified timberlands, the rich biodiversity in Collins’ forests was showcased in a photo presentation at Greenbuild, prepared by Collins Wildlife Biologist Bennie Johnson. 

    Collins was the first privately held company in the US to receive certification in 1993 for its Almanor Forest and sawmill facility operation in Chester, California, initially under SCS’ Forest Conservation Program and soon afterward by SCS under the newly released FSC standard. Since then, all of Collins’ forests have achieved and continuously maintained certification by SCS under the FSC program. Collins also maintains an FSC multi-site Chain of Custody certification for wood sourced from 20 states in the US.

    “We are honored to celebrate 25 years of third-party certification at Greenbuild,” said Collins Vice President Larry Broadfoot. “Highlights of our sustainability efforts include achieving certification of our NAF Pine Particleboard and having an FSC-certified siding panel, TruWood Sturdy Panel, exclusive to The Home Depot in the western United States. Collins looks forwards to continuing to innovate within our sustainability initiatives.”

    “What a milestone! Long before the emergence of forest certification, Collins recognized the importance of establishing responsible forest management practices. Their precedence setting readily translated into pioneering leadership in FSC forest certification, which carries forward to today,” said Dr. Robert J. Hrubes, SCS Executive Vice President Emeritus, and former head of SCS forestry operations. “This commitment has created benefits not only in terms of the many ecosystem services delivered by the forests, but also for the communities in which they operate.”

    Collins earned an FSC leadership award in 2015 for being a founding member of FSC in 1993 and maintaining a long-term commitment to certified responsible forest management for over 20 years.

    “FSC applauds Collins’ longstanding commitment to supplying construction markets around the country with climate-smart, forest friendly wood products,” said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. “With so many builders and architects looking to make a difference, this leadership in the marketplace is critical,” he added. 

    SCS Global Services is a global leader and the top FSC Chain of Custody certifier in the U.S., with more than 41 million acres of forestland FSC certified. To learn more about FSC Chain of Custody and Forest Management certifications, contact Joseph Kochanski.

    View the Full Press Release Here

    View Wildlife Photos from Collins' Forests


    About Collins.

    Headquartered in Oregon and family-owned since 1855, Collins produces wood products that include: various species of softwoods and hardwoods, NAF pine particleboard, engineered wood siding and trim. Collins upholds their long-standing commitment to land and resource stewardship with over 311,000 acres of FSC certified forest lands in CA, OR, PA, 6 manufacturing facilities (CA, OR, PA, WV) and one retail yard in California.

    For more information: or 800.329.1219


    • 500 Main Street, Chester, CA (sawmill facility/forest lands)
    • 540 Main Street, Chester, CA (retail yard)
    • 95 Hardwood Drive, Kane, PA (sawmill facility/forest lands)
    • 1600 Missouri Ave., Lakeview, OR (sawmill facility/forest lands)
    • 6410 HWY 66, Klamath Falls, OR 97601 (2 engineered wood facilities)
    • 108 East Main Street, Richwood, WV 26221 (sawmill facility)
    • 29100 SW Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, OR 97070 (Corporate HQ)

    About SCS.

    SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation, retail, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to many environmental NGOs due to its dedication to quality and professionalism.  SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

    About FSC.

    The Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s most trusted forest certification, is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forests. FSC was created in 1993 to set the standards by which forests are certified, offering assurance to consumers and businesses that the wood products they buy originate from well-managed forests. More than 5,000 companies and nearly 170 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC in the United States and Canada. For more information visit

    Tweet me:Congratulations to @CollinsWood1855, celebrating 25 years of FSC certification with SCS Global Services at Greenbuild! View their story and the forests’ rich biodiversity: @FSC_US #SCSGB18 #Greenbuild2018

    Contact Info:

    Nikki Helms
    SCS Global Services
    +1 (510) 914-3239

    KEYWORDS: Collins, SCS, scs global services, FSC, FSC certified, SCS Certified, Forest Stewardship Council, Responsible Forestry, chain of custody, forest management

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    SOURCE:3BL Forum



    Sustainable Investing Moves the Mainstream Market with Big Numbers

    We may be heading into the cold, dark days of winter, but my inbox has been glowing red-hot with a blast of news about sustainable finance. Updates are coming from every area of the category, from giant global entities to funds offering niche investment products, and services aimed at millennials and women. The volume and the variety of this news demonstrate that ESG-driven metrics are now becoming widely accepted as material factors in mainstream investment decision-making. Investing for/with a purpose is on a meteoric rise, with big implications for public companies taking public positions on social and political issues.
    Once again, it’s BlackRock CEO Larry Fink who has appeared as the socially responsible investment oracle. Almost a year after his “paradigm shifting” letter--a call for social purpose in the 4,000+ companies in which the $6.3 trillion fund invests--Fink has issued a definitive follow-up statement on the subject. Speaking at a New York Times DealBook conference, he marked another “inflection point”: “I do believe that the demand for ESG is going to transform all investing. That may be one or five years away from now, but it’s not that far away,” he said.

    When asked whether his comments were “just” PR, and if business should be involved with issues beyond the bottom line, Fink responded, “I’m not a nanny. I’m not telling companies what their purpose should be. But I do believe it’s up to the company to identify what their purpose is.”
    That’s a cosmically huge claim—“to transform all investing”—but when the chief executive of the world’s largest investment entity says it’s going to be so, there’s a good chance it’s an accurate prediction. And it’s clear—again—that Fink believes a company should have a purpose beyond a bare bones, numerical P & L, whatever that social good mission might be.
    In a small but telling walk-the-talk example of a buy-in, BlackRock Real Assets has partnered with CleanCapital to acquire 60 operating solar projects in a transaction valued at $120.9 million. This acquisition was managed through CleanCapital’s diligence software platform and supported by BlackRock funds. “Investors are increasingly interested in the investment opportunities presented by the rapidly changing clean energy space, and we’re pleased to invest in solar assets that are well-positioned to capitalize on those trends,” said David Giordano, managing director and head of renewable power, Americas and APAC at BlackRock. With this example leading the way, you can bet on more partnerships between large investment firms and up-and-coming innovators in the renewable energy field.
    Other numbers tell the story of the rapid growth in mainstream capital now flowing into sustainable investing. The U.S. SIF Foundation's 2018 Biennial Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, just released, found that sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) assets now account for $12 trillion—or one-in-four dollars—of the $46.6 trillion in total assets under professional management in the U.S. This represents a 38 percent increase over 2016. Here are some additional highlights by the numbers: 

    • Much of this growth is driven by asset managers, who now consider environmental, social or corporate governance (ESG) criteria across $11.6 trillion in assets, up 44 percent from $8.1 trillion in 2016.
    • From 2016 through the first half of 2018, 165 institutional investors and 54 investment managers controlling $1.8 trillion in assets under management(AUM) filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues.

    As the report outlines, the massive sums now moving into various areas of social finance are having a profound effect on the investment market. The survey covered a large swath of activity: 496 asset owners, 385 asset managers, and 1,145 community investing financial institutions. 

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    New Standards Released for Measuring Value in Companies

    How to satisfy that hoary canard, “you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” in the wide-ranging, inclusive sustainability area, which includes many qualitative factors?  The question is particularly acute for investors, who rely on facts and figures to guide their decision-making. One good answer has just been proposed by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), which has launched new standards in 77 industry-specific metrics to provide investors with in-depth information about the impact of a company’s actions on society and the environment. The release comes at a time of increased investor concern about companies’ business practices, reports WSJ.

    “Companies and investors around the world now have codified, market-based standards for measuring, managing, and reporting on the sustainability factors that really drive value and affect operational performance,” SASB Chair Jeffrey Hales told WSJ.
    The goal is for companies to provide reliable statements to capital providers, he added. Companies including General Motors Co., Nike, Inc. and Diageo, plc have begun using provisional versions of the standards that have been phased-in since 2012.
    In a related development, a group of international corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers has announced a two-year project “to make it easier for companies to prepare effective and coherent disclosures that meet the information needs of capital markets and society.” Launched simultaneously at the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit in London, and in Sydney during the World Congress of Accountants 2018, Corporate Reporting Dialogue participants committed to “driving better alignment of sustainability reporting frameworks, as well as with frameworks that promote further integration between non-financial and financial reporting.”
    Corporate Reporting Dialogue includes the major players in setting standards and outlining frameworks. It comprises CDP, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board*, the Global Reporting Initiative, the International Accounting Standards Board, the International Organisation for Standardisation, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and is convened by the International Integrated Reporting Council.

    Post-Election “Voting” by Consumers Urged by B Lab

    At the time of this writing, the midterm elections are still going on, with a number of congressional seats still in question awaiting recounts. B Lab, the organization that awards B Corp certification, wants to extend this election season for the next two years, until the general election of 2020. To achieve this goal, B Lab has launchedthe “Vote Every Day” campaign to promote Certified B Corp, to help “consumers learn the power of their daily choices “to change capitalism from a system that benefits the few to one that benefits all.” A Certified B Corp company is “committed to building a better, more inclusive world through all levels of its business.” Taking a stand is baked into a Certified B Corp brand’s strategy and practices.

    While many B Corp companies are start ups and/or small-to-medium-sized businesses, the category also includes the likes of the $6 billion Danone North America, whose CEO, Mariano Lozano, was the winner of the CR Magazine Award for Responsible CEO, Public Benefit Corporation, at the recent 3BL Forum.
    How About a Successful, Mission-Driven CEO for President?

    If a chief executive who is a known failure in business (a $900 million bankruptcy) can be elected president, could a CEO who has demonstrated immensely profitable success on a global scale earn the job? Former Starbucks CEO and Founder Howard Schultz has hired a high-powered PR team to explore a presidential bid. Under his leadership, Starbucks grew to a $22 billion in annual revenue behemoth, with over 28,000 shops worldwide, and has recorded a 21,000 percent gain in its stock price. In the past ten years Starbuck’s stock has risen 1,350 percent, against a 208 percent gain in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. The company is also known for its generous benefits for its diverse workforce, and for its leadership on race issues.
    “For some time now, I have been deeply concerned about our country, the growing division at home and our standing in the world.” Schultz told the New York Times in June. “One of the things I want to do in my next chapter is to figure out if there is a role I can play in giving back.”
    Schultz is preparing a publicity campaign for the obligatory pre-campaign book, a statement of his principles--From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America, to be published in February, reports Fortune.

    Rumors also abound that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering a presidential bid. Founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., a privately held global financial services, mass media, and software company reporting annual revenue of $9 billion (2014), Bloomberg currently supports many global initiatives including several environmental projects focused on climate change, and is Chair Emeritus of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (see above item).


    “My company is still trusted in many parts of the world, but we have to be honest—trust in Shell has faded over the decades in western Europe. Today it doesn’t take decades for trust to fade.
    Society’s expectations are rising. Even if we believe a deal should be legal at this point in time, if society somehow believes that a deal isn’t ethical, they will hold you to account. And that’s exactly what’s happening to us.
    You really want to get the basics right, you really want to get your products right, and you really want to stay in step with society. Or you can take it from me, society will leave you right behind.”
    —Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
    Excerpted from remarks at Web Summit.


    Linda Kim has been named by One Legal as the company’s first executive director of corporate social responsibility. Kim will lead One Legal’s philanthropic endeavors, partnering with nonprofits to support social good. Prior to joining One Legal, Linda dedicated her career to social justice as a legal aid lawyer and nonprofit director.

    Cisco Systems Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins has been elected as a member of the Ford Foundation's board of trustees. In addition to leading Cisco, Robbins is a member of the board of the Business Roundtable, where he chairs its immigration committee, and serves on the board of directors at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. He is also a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum and serves as chairman of the US-Japan Business Council. He previously served on the board of Business Executives for National Security, an organization of executive leaders who volunteer their expertise to help enhance the nation’s security.

    John Weston has been appointed senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer of City of Hope, the Duarte, CA cancer research and treatment center.  He had been managing director at Fulcrum 2020.

    Rasmus Valanko has been named head of corporate responsibility by Kemira, the Helsinki-based chemical company,. Rasmus is currently the director of climate and energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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    Tweet me:This week's @BrandsTkgStands newsletter looks at #sustainableinvesting moving into the mainstream, @BCorporation wants you to #BtheChange and #HowardSchultz is looking at bid for #2020election #ESG #socfin #BrandsTakingStands @3BLMedia

    KEYWORDS: Brands Taking Stands, john howell, Howard Schultz, 3bl Media, B Corp Certification, Dannone North America, BlackRock, Larry Fink


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    NeighborhoodLIFT program will offer homebuyer education plus $15,000 down payment assistance grants available for eligible homebuyers in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties; special parameters for veterans, military, teachers and first responders

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    ORLANDO, Fla., November 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), NeighborWorks® America, Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (ONIC), and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) today announced the NeighborhoodLIFT® program will launch for Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties with a $6.3 million commitment by Wells Fargo to boost local homeownership.

    “The City of Orlando is committed to ensuring that our residents have access to safe, high-quality housing they can afford, and a key piece of this is to develop new policies and partnerships that remove barriers for residents who would like to pursue the American dream of homeownership,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “That is why we are pleased to welcome Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program to Orlando. Through NeighborhoodLIFT, residents may qualify for down payment assistance grants and educational and counseling services that can help them achieve the goal of owning a home.”

    The 2018 Orlando NeighborhoodLIFT program follows the 2012 program that created 205 homeowners in the greater Orlando area. Overall, Wells Fargo has conducted 65 LIFT program events in the U.S. since 2012 that have created nearly 19,000 homeowners.

    Walk-ins are welcome for the free NeighborhoodLIFT event in Orlando Nov. 30–Dec. 1

    More than 360 interested homebuyers are registered to attend the free event on Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton SeaWorld, located at 10100 International Dr., Orlando. Walk-ins also are welcome while grants are available for reservation. Those intending to walk in should be prepared with documents required to reserve funds posted at

    Participating homebuyers can obtain mortgage financing from any participating lender, and ONIC and NHSSF will determine eligibility, administer the grants, and provide homebuyer and financial education. Approved homebuyers will have up to 60 days to finalize a contract to purchase a home in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

    “The NeighborhoodLIFT program is another example of our commitment to Central Florida and our efforts to build better communities through sustainable homeownership,” said Derek Jones, Wells Fargo North Central Florida region bank president. “The program will help hardworking families and individuals get on the path to achieve successful and sustainable homeownership.”

    To be eligible, annual incomes must not exceed 80 percent of the local area median income in the county where the home is being purchased to reserve $15,000 down payment assistance grants. In addition, there are special parameters for veterans and service members, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who may reserve $17,500 down payment assistance grants within eligibility requirements including earning up to 100 percent of the area median income.

    In addition, Wells Fargo has committed $225,000 for up to 450 consumers to receive complimentary face-to-face homeownership counseling. Interested homebuyers can receive a voucher at the Orlando NeighborhoodLIFT launch event that will provide in-person homeownership counseling at no charge with a participating HUD-approved housing counselor in the Orlando area. The complimentary Home Ownership Counseling grant program is an additional resource to the homebuyer education required for a NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance grant.

    “This innovative public-private collaboration will create about 325 more homeowners in the greater Orlando area,” said Donald Phoenix, regional vice president, Southern region, NeighborWorks America. “The required homebuyer education classes provided by certified professionals better prepare NeighborhoodLIFT homebuyers to achieve their goal of sustainable homeownership.”

    Approved homebuyers must be approved for home financing with an eligible lender and be in contract to purchase a home in Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole County. To reserve the full grant amount, participants buying a primary residence with the NeighborhoodLIFT program must commit to live in the home for five years.

    “The NeighborhoodLIFT program will provide homebuyer education and down payment assistance to help families become homeowners,” said Robert Ansley, president of ONIC. “We are excited to team up with Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America to make this opportunity available for so many deserving families.”

    Since February 2012, LIFT programs have helped create nearly 19,000 homeowners in 65 communities. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on Wells Fargo Stories.

    About ONIC, NHSSFand NeighborWorks America

    Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (ONIC) has been developing affordable housing in Central Florida since 1989. Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida has worked to strengthen communities and create affordable housing for over 30 years. Both organizations are chartered members of NeighborWorks America, a national organization that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. NeighborWorks America supports a network of more than 245 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Visit,, or to learn more. 

    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.

    Tweet me:.@WellsFargo commits $6.3MM to boost homeownership in #Orlando area via NeighborhoodLIFT program, which will offer homebuyer education & $15k down payment assistance grants in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties of #Florida

    Contact Info:

    Stephanie Grant
    +1 (760) 432-5440

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo & Company, NYSE:WFC, NeighborhoodLIFT, affordable housing, Down Payment Assistance

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    JetBlue provided $75,000 in grants to Behind the Book in New York City; Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s Sisterhood: No Boundaries Program; and Heal The Planet in Fort Lauderdale

    SOURCE:JetBlue Airways


    NEW YORK, November 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Yesterday in celebration of World Kindness Day and as part of JetBlue For Good Month, JetBlue (Nasdaq:JBLU) announced the winners of the JetBlue For Good Grants contest – Behind the Book in New York City, the Detroit Public Safety Foundation for the Detroit Police Department’s Sisterhood: No Boundaries Youth Program and Heal The Planet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Selected from thousands of entries from community members, each of these nonprofit organizations received a $25,000 grant from JetBlue to continue their work helping others within their local communities. The designated charities each represent one of JetBlue For Good’s three pillars: youth and education, the community, and the environment.

    “JetBlue For Good Month is an exciting celebration of service, kindness and good deeds that lives well beyond just 30 days,” said Icema Gibbs, director corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “We took time on World Kindness Day to spread even more good and honor three deserving charities. Aligned with our mission of inspiring humanity, these grants will provide much-needed funds to help these organizations continue to make an impact in their local communities and beyond.”

    JetBlue For Good Grant recipients include:

    • Behind the Book – New York: Aligned with JetBlue For Good’s youth and education pillar, Behind the Book brings authors and their books directly into New York City public school classrooms as part of a comprehensive literacy program to get students excited about reading and writing. Through a series of workshops, students read a book, meet that book's author, learn about the writing process and create final art and writing projects. Since the organization's founding in 2003, they’ve served more than 14,500 students and donated more than 40,000 books.
    • Heal The Planet – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Much like JetBlue For Good’s environmental pillar, the mission of Heal The Planet is to educate and inspire the next generation of children and adults about the power of their daily choices and the huge impact these choices have on their own health and the well-being and sustainability of the planet. The organization creates innovative partnerships and education and community programming aimed at inspiring a generation of leaders empowered to Heal The Planet.
    • Sisterhood: No Boundaries – Detroit: Aligned with JetBlue For Good’s community pillar, the mission of Sisterhood: No Boundaries Program is to prevent violence in Detroit through positive youth development and engagement.  In collaboration with the Detroit Police Department and the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Sisterhood is a female youth development program designed to promote resilience and positive life outcomes for girls age 14-19 living in extremely challenging environments. With help from this grant, this program will utilize prevention and intervention strategies and community partnerships to support high school girls and their families. The program will mitigate the number of risk factors for violence that these girls face and strengthen protective factors.

    The JetBlue For Good Grants were the latest efforts of JetBlue For Good, the airline’s platform for social impact and corporate responsibility. During November, JetBlue hosts JetBlue For Good Month, a month of kindness and good deeds. This year’s celebration included the JetBlue For Good Grant contest which also builds on the airline’s Destination Good trip that will fly a plane full of winning do-gooders to a mystery location for a four-day volunteer experience departing on Giving Tuesday, November 27.

    Giving back is part of JetBlue’s DNA and is core to its mission of Inspiring Humanity®. Centered around volunteerism and service, JetBlue For Good focuses on the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crewmembers – Community, Youth/Education and the Environment.

    JetBlue’s core programs and partnerships directly impact the areas where its customers and crewmembers live and work by enhancing education and providing access to those that are traditionally underserved. Signature programs include the award-winning Soar with Reading initiative which has provided more than $3 million worth of books to kids who need them most; Blue Horizons For Autism which helps introduce air travel in a realistic environment to families and children affected by autism; and Swing for Good which has raised more than $6.1 million to date for education and youth focused non-profits.

    The airline is also committed to helping create a cleaner earth for future generations. JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. Customers, crewmembers and community are key to JetBlue's sustainability strategy. Demand from these groups for responsible service is one of the motivations behind changes that help reduce the airline’s environmental impact.

    For more information about JetBlue For Good, visit and join the #JetBlueForGood conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

    About JetBlue

    JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit

    Tweet me:.@JetBlue celebrated #WorldKindessDay2018 by awarding grants to three nonprofits: @Behind_the_Book, @healplanetnow, and Sisterhood: No Boundaries

    Contact Info:

    JetBlue Corporate Communications
    +1 (718) 709-3089

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:JBLU, Jetblue, Behind the Book, Heal The Planet, Sisterhood: No Boundaries, jetblue for good, JetBlue for Good Month


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    SOURCE:Mohawk Industries


    CHICAGO, November 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ —For the second year at Greenbuild, Mohawk Industries will showcase from both residential and commercial divisions sustainable flooring solutions designed to minimize impact on the planet. The world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, Greenbuild takes place Nov. 14–16, 2018, in Chicago at McCormick Place, with Mohawk brands exhibiting in booth space 1503. This year’s theme is “Human by Nature” and focuses on the intersection of humanity and the built environment.

    Mohawk’s showcase includes Living Products Nutopia carpet plank and Pivot Point Red List-free enhanced resilient tile, from Mohawk Group, Mohawk’s commercial division; Mohawk Flooring’s Air.o Unified Soft Flooring (USF) for residential interiors; and an array of elegant, sustainably sourced tile products from Daltile. Each story demonstrates how Mohawk is continuously leading the flooring industry into the next chapter of sustainable design and manufacturing across residential and commercial products.

    “We are always energized and encouraged by the inspiration and action generated each year at Greenbuild. We are proud to be part of this movement through a commitment to sustainable flooring solutions, driven by innovation and transparency, so that our design and manufacturing processes ultimately create better products,” said George Bandy Jr., Mohawk Industries’ vice president of sustainability and commercial marketing. “With a strong tradition of doing the right thing and doing better together, we work to create a world where all people are valued, where health and well-being are prioritized and where a sustainable use of resources drives every action. Simply put, we believe in handprints over footprints.”

    Bandy will be honored during Greenbuild by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of the distinguished recipients of the 2018 Leadership Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement. He will join five other honorees, including NIKE, at a special ceremony that will celebrate individuals and organizations representing diverse expertise from across the green building industry.

    In an ongoing effort to increase its positive handprint, Mohawk is the largest recycler of PET soda and water bottles in North America. In 2017 alone, the flooring manufacturer diverted more than 6.2 billion plastic bottles from landfills to be recycled into EverStrand carpeting. Mohawk has reduced its amount of water consumption by more than 450 million gallons since 2010. Additionally, since 2007, more than 150 million pounds of used carpet have been diverted from landfills through Mohawk’s ReCover recycling program.

    Mohawk’s leadership in sustainability extends across its portfolio of brands, including those on display at Greenbuild 2018. Last year, Mohawk Group debuted the world’s first Living Product Challenge Petal certified flooring, Lichen carpet plank, designed to give more back to the environment than it takes during its entire life cycle. With the creation of Air.o, Mohawk Flooring introduced a new residential flooring category—Unified Soft Flooring (USF)—which is completely recyclable at end of life. As the largest manufacturer of ceramic tile and natural stone products, Daltile utilizes only natural materials in their tiles, and more than 98 percent of the company’s manufactured products contain some level of pre-consumer recycled material.

    To learn more about Mohawk Industries and its corporate commitment to believe in better sustainability, visit

    About Mohawk
    Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include Mohawk, American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Pergo, Unilin and Quick-Step. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

    About Greenbuild
    Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will attend Greenbuild’s three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. More than 600 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology will exhibit at Greenbuild. The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us. The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility.

    # # #

    Tweet me:For the second year at Greenbuild, @mohawkgroup will showcase from both residential and commercial divisions sustainable flooring solutions designed to minimize impact on the planet.

    Contact Info:

    +1 (762) 204-5607

    KEYWORDS: Mohawk Industries, NYSE:MHK, Greenbuild

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    Peaceful Fruits is a social good snack company with a mission to empower people and do business the right way.



    Millions of people from all around the world connect on eBay. Each time that happens, something positive happens in the world. These are the stories of everyday people on eBay making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

    Returning to Akron, Ohio from the Amazon Rainforest, where he spent time as a Peace Corps volunteer, Evan Delahanty wanted to continue to empower the communities he had worked with there. So he founded a social good snack company.

    “Peaceful Fruits is all about connecting with the people in the Amazon and using the fruit that grows wild there—that’s fair trade sourced, ethical, and sustainable—and paying these communities a fair wage to harvest this renewable product,” said Evan.

    Apart from the social good his company works to attain, Evan works with The Blick Center to employ individuals who have developmental, behavioral, physical and mental health conditions.

    “It is good business to employ a diverse workforce,” said Evan. “It’s good business to employ motivated employees that motivate people around them.”

    Evan’s employees are not only paid a fair market wage, but are given the opportunity to apply their skills in an environment that is flexible and nurturing. Because tasks are modified and adapted to meet the capabilities of every worker, those with disabilities are able to perform at a higher level.

    “It’s just a wonderful opportunity for me to raise my self-esteem and be able to be proud of myself,” said Lindsey West, who works in product packing and shipping. “I like making other people happy, so making Evan and the customers happy is really important to me.”

    Peaceful Fruits is one of more than a hundred retailers in Akron, Ohio, participating in the eBay Retail Revival program.

    Through November 2018, the company will donate 50% of every sale on eBay to The Blick Center.

    Click here for more stories of Everyday Heroes, who are using eBay to make a difference in other's lives.



    Tweet me:Peaceful Fruits is a social good snack company with a mission to empower people and do business the right way @eBay #retailrevival #CSR

    KEYWORDS: eBay, A Snack with Purpose, every day heroes, eBay Retail Revival

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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group


    Technology has dramatically changed how companies engage employees in CSR. For example:

    • Realized Worth's Voyager platform is enabling volunteer leaders to create more impactful and meaningful experiences for volunteers, company-wide.
    • The United Way now offers companies and individuals a more personalized giving experience, in partnership with the Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud.

    On November 20 Chris Jarvis, Co-Founder of Realized Worth and Lesa George, Director of Digital Business Development, United Way of Calgary and Area will share insights into the customer experience and how technology can enable companies to meet impact and engagement objectives. 

    To register, please visit:


    SiMPACT (social + impact) Strategy Group Inc. is a niche consultancy leading conversations in social impact, CSR, community investment, employee volunteering and giving practices, and social return on investment (SROI). The LBG Canada Network has been a flagship SiMPACT project since 2005. Since launch, LBG Canada companies and stakeholders have contributed more than $5 Billion to community. For more information, please visit

    Tweet me:CSR technology for employee engagement - learn about 2 exciting tech innovations changing the way you can engage your employees in #community. Its happening November 20 at 1 pm EST. With #LBGCanada, @RealizedWorth @UnitedWayCgy #CIMATTERS

    KEYWORDS: LBG Canada, Realized Worth, United Way of Calgry and Area, Community Investment, employee giving, employee volunteering, Employee Engagement, Technology, Simpact strategy group

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    SOURCE:Rebuilding Together


    For our neighbors in need, a home can mean uncertainty and hopelessness rather than happy memories and security. Rebuilding Together’s vision is to secure safe homes and communities for everyone, and our repairs are changing lives one home, one community at a time. Thanks to the help of almost 100,000 volunteers each year, we are:

    •          Fixing leaking roofs
    •          Repairing doors and windows
    •          Repairing HVAC systems
    •          Installing smoke detectors
    •          Painting home interiors
    •          Mowing and maintaining yards

    Will you join us? Rebuild a House. Create a Home. 
    Donate to complete one of the projects on our list:

    Tweet me:Between repairing leaks and HVAC systems to painting interiors and installing smoke detectors, @RebldgTogthr has a pretty full to-do list! Donate here and cross a project off their list: #RebuildAHouse

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    Three SCS Global Services Clients Are Among FSC® Leadership Award Recipients

    SOURCE:SCS Global Services


    CHICAGO, November 15, 2018 /3BL Media/ - SCS Global Services (SCS) extends congratulations to the 16 individuals and organizations honored by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) during the 2018 FSC Leadership Awards ceremony in Chicago. Among the recipients were three of SCS’ longstanding certification clients:

    The award ceremony, which took place Wednesday at Greenbuild 2018, is an annual event to recognize those individuals and entities that have had an enduring influence in forest conservation and the production of wood and paper products derived from responsibly managed forests.   

    “We commend all of the award recipients, who have demonstrated leadership in responsible forestry and wood-product supply chain sourcing,” said Dave Bubser, SCS Vice President of Forestry Services. “These recipients are doing the hard work on both the supply and demand sides of the equation that are essential to sustain our precious forest resources and the many ecoservices they provide.”

    Additional honorees included: Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Burton Snowboards, Certified Wood Products, Inc., The Forestland Group, JRA Green Building, Kimberly-Clark and World Wildlife Fund, Knoll, Inc., The Nature Conservancy, Uniboard Canada Inc., Mike Kopetski & Frances Seymour, Tom & Marti Burbeck, and Architectural Resource, LLC, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and HRA, and City of Dublin, CA and Dahlin Group Architecture Planning.

    “Now more than ever it is critical to recognize and support organizations promoting responsible management of working forests,” said Corey Brinkema, president of Forest Stewardship Council U.S. "We applaud the efforts by all the 2018 FSC Leadership Award winners, as well as the critical role of the certification bodies that ensure these companies are operating in line with FSC’s world-leading certification,” he added.

    The awards celebration was hosted by FSC at the Glessner Coach House in Chicago during Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building event. Winners were selected by a jury panel of professionals, FSC staff and board members. Learn more about FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody Certification here.

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    Nearly 300 domestic violence nonprofits urged people to donate funds to provide critical support services

    SOURCE:Allstate Foundation


    November 15, 2018 /3BL Media/ - On a single day in 2017, more than 11,000 calls for help from victims went unanswered due to the lack of resources and staff at domestic violence nonprofits. To address these immense funding gaps, The Allstate Foundation rallied nearly 300 domestic violence nonprofits across the country to participate in its fifth annual Purple Purse® Challenge during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Together, the organizations raised more than $3.5 million, which will be used to provide life-changing services for survivors and their families, including emergency shelter, child-care, food and transportation.

    Since 2014, the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge has enabled domestic violence nonprofits to raise more than $10 million for critical services. In addition to the funds raised during the Purple Purse Challenge, The Allstate Foundation contributed nearly $800,000 in incentive grants, including grand prizes for the nonprofits that raised the most in their division. WINGS Program, Inc.; Partners for Women and Justice; and FreeFrom topped the fundraising leader boards in their respective divisions and each received a $100,000 grand prize grant from The Allstate Foundation.

    "We understand how vital funding is to domestic violence nonprofits so each one can provide the care and services necessary to victims in our communities,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate's senior vice president of corporate relations. “While we’re extremely pleased by the amount of critical donations raised during the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, we know funding alone is not enough. We need everyone – men and women – to continue to join us in standing up for the victims of domestic violence so we can break the cycle for future generations.”

    Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $60 million to help empower more than 1.3 million domestic violence survivors through Purple Purse, one of its signature programs. The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and financial abuse through financial empowerment. In 99 percent of all domestic violence cases, victims experience financial abuse. Examples of financial abuse may include ruining a partner’s credit, restricting a partner’s access to money, preventing a partner from having a job, or tightly monitoring a partner’s spending. Financial abuse traps victims in abusive relationships, making it very difficult to leave.

    The top five winners from each division in the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge follow below.


    • First Place: WINGS Program, Inc., Rolling Meadows, Ill.

    • Second Place: YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Evanston, Ill.

    • Third Place: YWCA Greenwich, Greenwich, Conn.

    • Fourth Place: YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

    • Fifth Place: The Center for Women and Families, Louisville, Ky.


    • First Place: Partners for Women and Justice, Montclair, N.J.

    • Second Place: House of Ruth, Inc., Pomona, Calif.

    • Third Place: liveSAFE Resources, Inc., Marietta, Ga.

    • Fourth Place: Between Friends, Chicago, Ill.

    • Fifth Place: Jewish Women International, Washington, D.C.


    • First Place: FreeFrom, Los Angeles, Calif.

    • Second Place: Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Cherryville, N.C.

    • Third Place: Beyond Violence, Inc., Berwick, Pa.

    • Fourth Place: Family Justice Center Foundation, Nampa, Idaho

    • Fifth Place: Dover Center Inc, St. George, Utah

    In addition to its work to break the cycle of domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation creates more prosperous communities where people are empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by inspiring the next generation of leaders, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. For updates on Allstate Foundation initiatives, follow The Allstate Foundation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available at

    If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.


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