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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio


    This week, as we inventory the things for which we are thankful, many of us may include some of the midterm election results in our accounting. Today on Sea Change Radio, we hear the second half of our discussion with John Stoehr, of the New Haven Register and The Editorial Board newsletter. We examine how Democrats have handled the gun debate over the past couple of decades, and talk about the possibility of Beto O’Rourke running for president in 2020. Then, we hear from Emily Atkin, a staff writer for The New Republic, who thinks that while there were victories for which environmentalists can be thankful, the failure of three different states to pass climate change-related bills on November 6th was a troubling reminder of the hard work that lies ahead.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - a conversation with @emorwee of @TheNewRepublic + part 2 of host @sweetal talking with @johnastoehr:

    KEYWORDS: midterm elections, sea change radio, John Stoehr, Emily Atkin, New Haven Register, The Editorial Board, Democrats

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    UPS is thankful for the outpouring of support our employees give to our communities



    As with our business, the scope and scale of volunteer efforts at UPS have the potential to make a significant impact. We never lose sight, however, that our collective impact is the result of individual commitment. Those commitments are on full display each October during our annual Global Volunteer Month.

    For Global Volunteer Month’s 15th year, UPS encouraged global employee volunteering to help advance the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which lay out global priorities for economic, social, and environmental development. The Global Volunteer Month volunteer hours, which totaled 408,000, helped UPS surpass its goal of 2.15 million volunteer hours in 2017. This achievement puts us 78 percent of the way toward our goal of volunteering 20 million hours by the end of 2020.

    Volunteering is one way that The UPS Foundation gives back. See the infographic from the 2017 UPS Sustainability Progress Report: On the Leading Edge to learn more.

    Tweet me:What are you #thankful for this year? @UPS is thankful for the outpouring of support @UPSers give to communities around the world:

    KEYWORDS: The UPS Foundation, UPS, NYSE:UPS

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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group


    Does an executive champion really make a difference? The data says YES!

    LBG Canada companies with an executive champion in place reported an average participation rate, in corporately organized giving campaigns, 11% higher than those without.

    Interested in learning more? Join the conversation! 

    About LBG Canada

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

    Tweet me:Does an #ExecutiveChampion really make a difference? The data says YES! Learn more here: #CIMatters

    KEYWORDS: LBG Canada, Executive Champion, Senior Leadership Buy In, Community Investment, employee giving, Employee Engagement, Simpact strategy group, Executive Leadership

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    SOURCE:Keep America Beautiful


    STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Each fall, thousands of communities across the country participate in America Recycles Day (ARD), a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, which takes place on and surrounding Nov. 15. Through ARD, Keep America Beautiful, along with its community-based affiliates, ARD sponsors and partner organizations, inspires communities to directly engage their residents to recognize the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling, and provide an educational platform to raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.

    Keep America Beautiful, and presenting sponsor Keurig Dr Pepper, conducted the “State of Recycling” Forum in Washington D.C. on ARD, which focused on the topic “Cleaning Up Recycling: Motivating Individuals to Recycle.”

    The annual Forum, for the first time, featured a facilitated Town Hall Focus Group Panel of consumers who shared their views about the difficulties of recycling at home and on the go directly with industry leaders who play specific roles in each step of the recycling process. The group discussion included individual recyclers and nonrecyclers, MRF operators, haulers, recycling end-market and local government officials with recycling programs. Prior to the focus group panel, Wesley Schultz, Ph.D. Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, California State University, presented "Promoting Recycling Behavior:  What Works." Presentation slides and videos of the focus group sessions can be viewed here.

    In addition, Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman was one of 44 U.S. recycling industry stakeholders who signed a pledge on ARD to “work together to build on our existing efforts to address the challenges facing our nation’s recycling system and identify solutions that create a more resilient materials economy and protect the environment." The commitment was made at the inaugural U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Summit, “Building a More Resilient System Together,” hosted by Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

    As it has under Republican and Democratic Presidents throughout the history of ARD, The White House Office, through the Office of the Press Secretary, issued a formal statement to recognize the economic and environmental impact of recycling.

    Keep America Beautiful’s ARD receives tremendous support from many industry associations who use ARD to heighten awareness about recycling stream contamination, among other issues pertinent to their constituents, as well as ARD sponsors and other major brands who announce new consumer-facing initiatives on ARD. For example, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) served as a key organizer of the EPA Summit, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) hosted a U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill. And America Recycles Day sponsor International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) hosted Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman on its “H2O In the Know” podcast.

    “Keep America Beautiful is greatly encouraged and pleased that so many Americans are stepping up and taking the challenge to be more mindful of what they consume, where and how to recycle properly, and pledging to recycle more and recycle right,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “We’re also thankful to our many sponsors and partners whose direct support of America Recycles Day helps us educate our citizens – who are their consumers – about the importance of recycling to our economy and our country’s environmental well-being.”

    Thousands of individuals took the #BeRecycled Pledge (online and at events), bringing the total pledge count (print and online) to over 270,000 since 2011. With the support of ARD sponsor Carton Council, eight percent of the people taking the pledge committed to recycle cartons in the first year carton pledges were measured.

    Local organizations, including Keep America Beautiful’s national network of 611 community-based affiliates, governmental institutions, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and other community partners, conducted thousands of educational workshops and recycling collection events across the country, encouraging nearly 2 million individuals to recycle.

    In addition, here is a selection of creative ARD events and announcements that took place on and around Nov. 15:

    Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program
    Stamford, Connecticut

    Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2018 Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program on ARD with applications being accepted through Dec. 30 (11:59 p.m. EST). More information about the program and how to apply can be found at

    Amazon e-Waste Collection Events
    Dallas, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

    In celebration of ARD, Amazon partnered with e-waste recycler ERI to conduct free electronic waste collection events in four cities, inviting residents to bring their old or unwanted television sets, computer monitors, cell phones, faxes, printers and other consumer electronics to event locations. Amazon also launched a new portal on ARD – Amazon Second Chance– to provide customers with an opportunity to recycle, repair and return devices.

    Get off Your Glass
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted a major glass recycling event in which local residents could drop off glass bottles and jars from home to recycle at Bearden Beer Market and get a “thank you” beer from Sierra Nevada (when purchasing a pint) from the market, according to NBC affiliate WBIR.  

    Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful ARD Drop-Off Event
    Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, along with Gwinnett County Solid Waste Authority, hosted a major ARD drop-off event at Coolray Field with 1,600 participants. The lines were long, the results significant. See more here.

    ACUA Open House
    Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

    Atlantic Counties Utility Authority (ACUA) conducted an open house on Nov. 17 in celebration of ARD. Activities included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Recycling Center (ages 10 and up); Touch-A-Truck, featuring the line of ACUA trucks; recycling games; and a visit from ACUA’s mascot, Supercan!

    Keep America Beautiful is pleased to lead this effort to heighten awareness of the benefits of recycling and appreciated the nearly 5,000 media mentions that occurred during the primary period of the program.

    Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include American Chemistry Council, Carton Council, H&M, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Keurig Dr Pepper and Northrop Grumman.

    About Keep America Beautiful
    Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

    Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at


    Tweet me:.@kabtweet, sponsors and partners celebrate another successful #AmericaRecyclesDay with "State of Recycling" Forum and thousands of community-based events. #BeRecycled #DoBeautifulThings

    Contact Info:

    Noah Ullman
    Keep America Beautiful
    +1 (203) 659-3008

    Larry Kaufman
    Keep America Beautiful
    +1 (203) 659-3014

    KEYWORDS: Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day, American Chemistry Council, Carton Council, H&M, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Keurig Dr Pepper, Merrell, Northrop Grumman

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    More than 1,200 U.S. Veterans and families from neighborhoods adjacent to L.A. LIVE will be served free Thanksgiving meals as part of AEG’s Season of Giving



    This Thanksgiving, more than 1,200 local residents - including 300 U.S. military veterans and their families - along with 900 members of the Pico Union, Downtown and South Los Angeles communities - will be served a FREE traditional Thanksgiving meal by AEG community volunteers. The Thanksgiving Celebration is part of AEG’s annual Season of Giving, the company’s holiday initiative that encourages its employees throughout the world to engage in charitable activities with local nonprofit organizations. The full course Thanksgiving meal will be catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

    Participating non-profit organizations include A Place Called Home, All People’s Community Center, Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, Central City Neighborhood Partners, Hope Street Family Center, Ketchum Downtown YMCA, Olympic Primary Center, Salvation Army Red Shield Center, Tenth Street Elementary, U.S. Vets – Los Angeles and U.S. Vets – Long Beach.

    Media Contact
    Michael Roth

    Tweet me:.@aegworldwide’s 7th annual #Thanksgiving Celebration at @TheNovoDTLA tomorrow will serve more than 1,200 U.S. Veterans and families from participating non-profit organizations as part of AEG's #SeasonofGiving!

    KEYWORDS: AEG, Thanksgiving, L.A. LIVE, Season of Giving, Wolfgang Puck, The Novo by Microsoft

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    SOURCE:3BL Media, LLC


    Being with loved ones is the cornerstone of any holiday celebration, so Thursday and Friday of this week our 3BL Media family is taking a break, taking some time away from our daily work to reflect and refresh. Some of us will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, some will do volunteer work, and some will just take the time to relax or give thanks in other ways.

    An important part of a company’s culture and health is the culture and health of the people who work there. This cannot be measured in the same way we measure monthly metrics, online traffic, or content clicks and views. This can be measured by the way a team pulls together to collaborate with and care for one another.

    Happy Thanksgiving from 3BL Media.

    Tweet me:Happy Thanksgiving from @3BLMedia

    KEYWORDS: 3bl Media, volunteerism

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    At Goldcorp, we recognize that our approach to water management is a significant concern shared by our company and our stakeholders.  The world’s population growth will result in increased competition for resources, and to that end, the mining industry needs to continuously improve our stewardship of all the natural resources that support our operations.

    Water is a valuable resource required in mining processes, and as one of the most important resources in the world, there is growing scrutiny of its use in all industrial applications, including mining.  Our recently published 2017 Corporate Water Summary provides an overview of Goldcorp’s water stewardship: performance, context, challenges, and opportunities for our active operations during 2017. In line with Goldcorp’s membership to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), we are committed to disclosing our company’s water performance in line with ICMM’s “A practical guide to consistent water reporting”.

    In addition, Goldcorp’s H2Zero strategy aims to substantially reduce the company’s fresh-water consumption and ultimately move away from the use of traditional slurry tailings, currently the largest store of unavailable water in the mining process.

    Our immediate goal is to reduce “high-calorie water” extraction from the environment which we define as water extraction beyond what is necessary for dewatering of our mines or the inadvertent capture of precipitation by the existing facility footprint.  Ultimately, we will attempt to eliminate all “high-calorie water extraction” entirely at our operations.

    The elimination of traditional, slurry tailings facilities is also a long-term goal of the H2Zero vision.  A significant amount of water is “lost” each year in slurry tailings facilities, either through evaporation or due to the water that is trapped within the pore spaces of the tailings.  The ongoing practice in the mining industry of managing slurry tailings facilities will continue to result in the need for mines to add or make up water back into the system and our view is that development of technology and improvements in this area merits focus.  There are many other reasons to pursue the elimination of slurry tailings practices which are related to reduction of risk and liability at closure.

    There are three tactical layers in our approach to reducing our water withdrawals: continuous improvement, breakthrough use of improved technology, and finally moonshot step-changes of our methods of mining, processing and depositing and managing tailings.  This will be Goldcorp’s focus for the next ten years or more, depending on the rate of technology development.

    Many continuous improvement efforts have been initiated in areas such as waste reduction (eg, reduced fresh water use), increased recycling (eg, truck wash recyclingprocess changes) and improved strategy.

    While Goldcorp has immediately focused on the continuous improvement opportunities of our water management, it is important to pursue the breakthrough use of improved technology, as well as research into achieving our overall moonshot vision in parallel.  We are focused on innovation and research in various areas including:

    • Less or no water use during comminution
    • Less or no water use in mineral extraction processes
    • Less or no water use in dust control practices
    • Reduction of dewatering water brought to surface
    • Dewatering of tailings

    We have defined and set some milestones to measure our progress over time, some of which have been disclosed in our recently released 2017 Sustainability Report and further information is available in our 2017 Corporate Water Summary.  We anticipate these milestones will evolve over time as we see success, and also as we confront challenges.

    Tweet me:Goldcorp recently published their 2017 Corporate Water Summary which provides an overview of their water stewardship: performance, context, challenges, and opportunities for their active operations during 2017. Learn more:

    KEYWORDS: Goldcorp Corporate Water Summary, NYSE:GG, Goldcorp

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    Emphasizing smarter lifecycle designs to ensure our clients’ projects will thrive and endure

    SOURCE:Tetra Tech


    Increased climate variability and surging population growth are placing greater demands on limited resources such as water, energy, and physical space. Our teams are considering how buildings and infrastructure can be designed to more effectively cope with these stresses and perform well into the future. Facilities need to be built not only to operate in greater harmony with nature but also to withstand the forces it may unleash.

    Tetra Tech understands the value of resiliency planning and sustainable design in addressing emerging risks associated with a changing world. We develop unique solutions to some of the toughest problems—using both cutting-edge technologies and commonsense approaches.

    As conceptual frameworks, resilience and sustainability increasingly guide decisions in the planning, design, and engineering of our projects. Resiliency emphasizes robustness and the ability to recover, while sustainability considers measures of environmental impact and resource conservation. Both concepts share common end goals in contributing to society’s capacity to thrive in a meaningful way. In this Sustainable Design article series, we highlight Tetra Tech projects that represent some of the industry’s very best examples of resiliency planning and sustainable design.

    Sustainable Design

    Where resilience asks how to build infrastructure that can withstand a changing environment, sustainability considers how facilities can be designed to integrate with their surroundings—minimizing environmental impacts, waste generation, and energy consumption. Tetra Tech’s growing global sustainable infrastructure practice is using innovative design approaches to control temperature, reduce energy costs, and conserve water.

    Reaching new heights of sustainable design in Shanghai

    Halfway around the world from the Wilshire Grand stands the Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world. The Shanghai Tower rises 632 meters (128 stories) and encompasses more than 5,500,000 square feet, including Class A office space, retail space, a boutique hotel, and cultural venues.

    The high-profile project has received global acclaim for its novel architectural design and use of sustainable technologies and renewable energy systems. Rainwater harvesting, a blackwater treatment system, cogeneration, ice storage, a geothermal system, 270 wind turbines, and a bioclimatic design featuring a double-skin facade for reducing heating and cooling loads count among the impressive features that have helped Shanghai Tower achieve LEED Platinum certification—a rare designation for a supertall building. But what might be less known is the sheer impact of the underlying engineering of the tower’s systems and designs on energy savings.

    Shanghai Tower & Construction Co., Ltd. selected Tetra Tech to provide MEP, fire protection, telecommunications, audiovisual, and security system engineering design for the tower. Our team collaborated with the project architect, Gensler, to develop an MEP strategy that would create a new regional benchmark for building systems design.

    “Based on the architect’s concept of splitting the tower into nine vertical neighborhoods, we began viewing the structure as several smaller buildings stacked on top of each other,” said Edward Barbieri, PE, LEED AP, principal engineer. “That became the basis for the MEP design.”

    Working closely with the architect, our team helped develop an atrium buffer zone to reduce cooling costs. The building design incorporated 15-story, 360-degree atriums for the entire height of the tower, and Tetra Tech developed an HVAC design that minimized energy use by dual purposing the building’s spill air to provide conditioning to these zones. We also integrated efficient strategies into the building design such as heat recovery systems, multiple central plants for low-energy transport and effective heat transfer, and overhead variable air volume air conditioning systems with demand-control ventilation.

    In approaching the project, Ed said his team had four main goals: to create an energy-efficient design based on high-quality and high-efficiency equipment; to reduce source energy consumption; to design a building automation system with control strategies to minimize energy consumption while maintaining user comfort and system reliability; and to ensure a high indoor air quality environment.

    Compared to base scheme estimates, the building achieved 45 percent lower lifecycle energy costs and 25 percent overall energy savings, 70 percent of which came from the MEP equipment designs.

    “Sustainability goals should be established at the beginning of a project, with owners and architects strategizing with the MEP engineer early in the design process to review options and incorporate the best systems to meet those goals,” Ed said. “We believe in taking a holistic approach to sustainability, specifying efficient systems that reduce a building’s environmental impact while also looking at resiliency and hardening methods,” he said. “We must design better buildings for a better future.”

    A commitment to our future

    A city is the sum of its parts—buildings, communities, coastlines—and efforts to enhance long-term resilience and sustainability must reach across all of them. Tetra Tech’s community resiliency specialists and global sustainable infrastructure teams are demonstrating what can be achieved through collaboration, creativity, and an unwavering dedication to the highest principles in planning, design, and engineering. By leading in projects that advance resiliency and sustainability, we can continue to deliver the most effective solutions to our clients and help ensure a vibrant and enduring future.

    Tweet me:Reaching new heights of #SustainableDesign in #Shanghai: #LeadingWithScience #ShanghaiTower


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    Wells Fargo team member and U.S. Air Force veteran Mark Durazo knows what it’s like to transition from military to civilian life, and he enjoys sharing his experience — and support — with fellow veterans.

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company


    When Wells Fargo team member Mark Durazo was 18 years old and growing up in the small, mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, he wasn’t sure what to do with his life, but he knew he needed to find some kind of purpose. His dad had been a cook for the U.S. Army, and his uncle had retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for more than 25 years, so he decided to follow in their footsteps. 

    “Those two inspired me to want to serve my country,” Durazo said. “I wanted to give back what they had given.”

    He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 19 and served from 1987 to 1991 during the Gulf War. He left the military at a time when many of his friends were graduating from college and starting careers, and he felt behind.

    “One of the challenges I faced when leaving the military was I didn’t know how to connect my skills to the right position,” Durazo said.

    He spent the next 13 years trying to find the right career fit. When he applied for a job with Wells Fargo in 2004, he interviewed with a fellow veteran who helped Durazo realize that his skills from the military — such as discipline, adaptability, teamwork, and trust in others — were transferrable to a role with the company.

    Today, Durazo is a business banking manager for Wells Fargo in San Diego. For more than five years, he has been an active member of Wells Fargo’s Veterans’ Team Member Network, which is focused on advocacy and community involvement to improve the lives of veterans, service members, and their families.

    Durazo also helps with recruiting veterans and service members. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has hired more than 8,300 veterans.

    “Helping individuals to find their next role and develop their skillset is something I love,” Durazo said. “Wells Fargo offers tremendous benefits to our team members. Those individuals who transition from military life really need those resources and to know their company is behind them. When a company makes a commitment to recruiting veterans, I think it’s important that they have veterans help with transitioning.”

    Wells Fargo has an ongoing relationship with Zac Brown Band, working with the multiplatinum group to support veterans, service members, and their families. Over the last few years, Wells Fargo and Zac Brown Band have honored veterans at concerts, met with wounded veterans to talk about difficulties military service members face in transitioning to civilian life, and awarded veterans with mortgage-free homes.

    As part of Wells Fargo and Zac Brown Band’s long-standing commitment to U.S. military members, Durazo and his partner were invited as special guests to attend the Grammy Award-winner’s concert in San Diego on Sept. 22.

    “Having this experience with Zac Brown Band and Wells Fargo has been an amazing demonstration of the dedication they both have for veterans and the veteran community,” Durazo said. Visit Wells Fargo Stories to watch the video.

    Tweet me:U.S. Air Force #veteran and @Wells Fargo team member helps fellow veterans transition from military to civilian life

    KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, Veterans, Military Veterans, U.S. Air Force

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    November for GRI has been about cooperation, working with companies to kick-off or improve their reporting, and with other frameworks to achieve better alignment. From GRI in the Corporate Reporting Dialogue, to its participation in P4G in Denmark, the emphasis is on alliance and collaboration.

    For many companies, November marks the start of the reporting season and for some inspiration we have stories from SMEs in Ghana, as well as more information about GRI Services that companies can use to improve their reports.

    And finally, don't forget to check out the upcoming events where you can engage with GRI personally!

    Access the full newsletter here. If you'd like to receive it monthly in your inbox, sign up to subscribe here

    Tweet me:Latest from @GRI_Secretariat in November: Exciting cooperation projects, inspiration for the next reporting season from #SMEs, and upcoming events. Read more:

    KEYWORDS: GRI, global reporting initiative, GRI Standards, GRI Newsletter, sustainability reporting, Corporate Responsibility, SMEs, harmonization

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    To make real gains in supply chain transparency, it’s important to keep these two perspectives in mind.



    Kelly Barner | Buyers Meeting Point

    Procurement and supply chain management are logical functions. Work through a process, and you can bring spend and transactions into a managed state.

    Apply a framework, and you can bring structure to seemingly disorderly activity. Implement technology, and tasks will be completed faster and more efficiently than ever before. Centralize and cleanse data, and you can answer any query.

    It was from that point of view that I read a recent Wall Street Journal article, which described working conditions of the “cresseurs” – freelance Congolese miners (some of which are children) – who work underground without basic safety equipment to retrieve cobalt, a metal used to conduct heat in lithium-ion batteries. Because these batteries are used in consumer goods ranging from smartphones to automotive batteries, cobalt is in high demand.

    Sixty-seven percent of the world’s cobalt is produced in Congo. It is a scary reality for companies with global raw material supply chains that the data does not always exist to verify the source of the metals they and their suppliers buy. We can invest in supply chain risk management and compliance solutions and regularly audit our supply chains, but reliable visibility remains elusive.

    This is not just a challenge for small or growing companies. The firms named in the Wall Street Journal article include Fortune Global 500 regulars. If they cannot keep conflict minerals out of their high visibility supply chains, how can any company hope to?

    The pervasive nature of the challenge seems to stem from three primary sources: location difficulties, multi-tier international processing and consumer expectations.

    Location, location, location

    When companies talk about supply chain audits, the effort is usually as analytical as the term audit suggests. Based in safe, comfortable conference rooms, companies and their consultants gather and review data, make phone calls and perform research.

    This is inadequate when trying to uncover violations that exist in conditions that are neither data nor reporting driven.

    In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal article, the company hired to audit the supply chain of a Belgian chemical company didn’t even visit the Congo. Their goal was to ensure compliance with the company’s own framework, not actually prove it was free from conflict minerals.

    If companies want to assure the exclusion of material from non-compliant mines, someone has to take on the dirty and dangerous task of monitoring where the work takes place.

    Globe-trotting supply chains

    Supply chain managers know full well just how reliant their company is on the performance of third parties. It is a challenge to get visibility through the multiple tiers of the supply chain. Crossing geographic borders and cultural boundaries only makes the task more complex.

    After leaving mines in Congo, cobalt is traded by Swiss and Chinese companies to manufacturers all over the world. Cresseur-mined cobalt is untraceably mixed with cobalt from fully mechanized mines, making it nearly impossible to certify that any cobalt-containing product is conflict free.

    While consumers want to buy from companies that share their standards and ethics, they are also highly logical creatures.

    They see supplier ethics statements and supply chain disclosures and are satisfied that companies are keeping conflict minerals out of the supply chain. And while corporations are making significant efforts, the complexity of the situation and the variable nature of conditions on the ground keep adherence to these policies and frameworks in flux.

    A truer policy would have to reflect the reality of uncertainty while stressing that the company is doing everything they can.

    Two perspectives

    Anyone who studies supply chains can see this daunting challenge from two perspectives: as a professional with supply chain responsibilities and as a consumer of goods that may or may not contain conflict minerals.

    The best way for us to serve our company and those toiling at the far reaches of the supply chain is to maintain both views at all times. It’s about doing our best to act in accordance with ethical principles and emphasizing the need for transparency – prioritizing results over the appearance of control.

    Where have the challenges of supply chain risk management caused your company to work toward policy rather than verified practice? Are those policies having the desired effect?

    This article originally appeared on All Things Supply Chain and was republished with permission.

    Tweet me:As consumers demand #transparency across the global #supplychain, it remains difficult to provide visibility every step of the way. To make real gains, @UPSLongitudes suggests it’s important to keep these two perspectives in mind.

    KEYWORDS: UPS Longitudes, Conflict Minerals, Buyers Meeting Point, UPS, NYSE:UPS

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    Robotic Duck That Helps Children Cope with Cancer Named One of The 50 Best Inventions of 2018



    COLUMBUS, Ga., November 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States and a committed leader in seeking a cure for childhood cancer, today announced that its innovative “smart” robot My Special Aflac Duck™ has been named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 50 Best Inventions for 2018. My Special Aflac Duck, designed by Sproutel, is a social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement, and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer care. Earlier this year, My Special Aflac Duck was named Best in Show and received the coveted Tech for Good Award at the Consumer Electronics Show.

    Aflac is providing My Special Aflac Duck, free of charge, to children between the ages of 3 and 13 who are newly diagnosed with cancer across the United States. The company has invested millions for the program and will continue to invest at least $3 million annually for this ongoing philanthropic campaign. The cost of each duck is $200.

    “Recognition from TIME Magazine is the ultimate validation of the power of doing ‘good’ in the community,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. “It has been our goal to help children and families who are facing a terrible diagnosis cope with the treatments during their cancer journey. Our hope is that someday children won’t need My Special Aflac Duck, but until childhood cancer is cured, Aflac and our duck will be there.”

    “We are incredibly proud of Aflac’s innovative approach to helping children cope with treatments for cancer,” Aflac President of U.S. Operations Teresa L. White said. “Treating a disease like cancer is about more than just medicine; it is about helping provide comfort to people who need it most. My Special Aflac Duck represents how technology will not only help us serve our communities more effectively, but it will [also] help us lead the way in our desire to make the entire world a better place.”

    According to TIME, to assemble the 2018 list, they solicited nominations across a variety of categories from editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. Each contender was then evaluated on key factors, including originality, creativity, influence, ambition and effectiveness. The result: 50 groundbreaking inventions that are changing the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.

    “We are truly honored that Aflac invited Sproutel to join in their commitment to helping children and families by enabling us to do the work we love and design My Special Aflac Duck,” Sproutel CEO Aaron Horowitz said. “This has been the most rewarding experience for our company, and seeing Aflac's true heart and commitment to making My Special Aflac Duck a child-centric program has assured us that there is good in corporate America and that helping others truly matters.”

    Since 1995, Aflac has contributed more than $128 million to the pediatric cancer cause, including more than $500,000 donated each month by 17,000 independent agents licensed to sell Aflac products. To see My Special Aflac Duck in action and to learn more about this important cause, please visit

    About Aflac 

    When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, for eligible claims, Aflac U.S. can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 12 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2018, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the 20th consecutive year and included Aflac on its list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 17th time. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit or

    Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York. WWHQ | 1932 Wynnton Road | Columbus, GA 31999.

    Tweet me:.@Aflac's My Special Aflac Duck™, designed and built to help children with cancer by offering comfort and joy, named one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2018 by @TIME

    Contact Info:

    Jon A. Sullivan
    Media contact
    +1 (706) 763-4813

    David A. Young
    Aflac analyst and investor contact
    +1 (706) 596-3264

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:AFL, Aflac, My Special Aflac Duck™, Time Magazine

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    Aviation is one of the most polluting industries on the planet–but a groundswell of innovation in alternative fuels, and investments from major airlines, could set it on a path to carbon zero.

    SOURCE:JetBlue Airways



    For most flights, the industry is beginning to turn to new fuels. In September, JetBlue made its first flight using a renewable blend fuel. Though chemically identical to regular jet fuel, 15.5% of it came from used cooking oil from restaurants, which otherwise would have been wasted. Next year, the airline will begin buying around 33 million gallons of biofuel a year, or about 20% of the fuel it uses annually at JFK.

    Click here to read the full article

    Tweet me:Airlines like @JetBlue are investing in electric planes and #biofuel via @fastcompany

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:JBLU, Jetblue, Jet Fuel

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    Nearly 5 million children lack access to musical instruments across the U.S.. On, Tuesday, November 27th VH1 Save The Music (STM) and Viacom are partnering to help change that in honor of #GivingTuesday -- a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

    For over 20 years, VH1 Save The Music Foundation has been committed to helping kids, schools, and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. The benefits of music education are well-known, from improved academic performance to stronger self-esteem.

    The VH1 Save The Music Foundation builds sustainable music programs in public elementary middle, and high schools to ensure every child in America has the opportunity to play an instrument and thrive in a music program led by teachers who have access to the necessary training and resources.

    Learn more about upcoming performances by STM grantee schools at Viacom offices across the country and celebrate #GivingTuesday with an online donation to VH1 Save The Music at or Facebook.  

    New York City

    Save The Music grantee school: PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington from Brooklyn.  

    These students received a Core Band Grant from Save The Music Foundation in 2017. The choir performing on #GivingTuesday will be led by music teacher, Thiessen M. Charles.

    Success story from music teacher:“Lena is in 4th grade and is new to our school this year. During music class one day she approached me and said that she was interested in joining band and playing flute. Even though it was a little later in the year I couldn't deny a student's willingness to learn. Lena has now been playing for over a month and comes to my room during lunch to practice whenever she gets the chance. She often motivates and encourages other students to do the same. Lena has repeatedly told me that she wants to be a musician and a music teacher one day just like me. Without the help [from Save The Music] my students may never have gotten the experience to play these instruments and discover their interests.”

    Save The Music grantee school: Park Place Community Middle School from Brooklyn.

    These students received a Core Band Grant in 2014 and a supplemental instrument grant in 2016. The choir performing on #GivingTuesday will be led by music teacher, Mark Sackmann.


    Save The Music grantee school: Amelia Earhart Elementary from Hialeah, FL.

    These students received an Intro To Music grant this past September 2018. The fifth grade choir performing on December 13th will be led by music teacher, Kristy Pagan.


    Save The Music grantee school: Stoddard Elementary in Anaheim, CA.

    These students received a Core Band Grant this past September 2018. The Stoddard Elementary Choir is a group of 45 talented and enthusiastic 5th& 6th graders from Anaheim who will be performing on December 7th, led by music educator Grace Kwon. They are looking forward to spreading holiday cheer in Hollywood.


    Click here for VH1 Save the Music’s Fundraising Disclosure

    Tweet me:.@VH1SaveTheMusic helps @Viacom employees celebrate #GivingTuesday

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:VIA, Viacom, VH1 Save The Music, #givingtuesday

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    SOURCE:Caterpillar Inc.


    Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria became household names in 2017 during a hurricane season that brought historic floods and caused immeasurable damage. As the areas surrounding Houston, the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and many other impacted Caribbean islands responded to the storms and began the long process of recovery, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers were there each step of the way with equipment, hands-on support and donations that helped those affected get back on track.

    Click here to learn more about how Caterpillar and Cat dealers helped customers weather the storms.

    Tweet me:As the impacted areas responded to the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, and began the long process of recovery, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers were there each step of the way. Check out their 2017 sustainability report to learn more

    KEYWORDS: Caterpillar, # sustainability, Assurance of Supply Center, Cat Rental Power, Caterpillar Foundation, Mustang Cat, Holt Cat, Carolina Cat, RIMCO Cat, Kelly Tractor and Monark Equipment, Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center, Cat Financial, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, hurricane relief, Natural disaster, natural disaster response

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    By Steve Stouffer, Group President, Tyson Fresh Meats

    SOURCE:Tyson Foods


    Collaboration and inclusion. They’re important in many aspects of life, and vital if you’re a large employer in a small town.

    That’s why we’re pleased and humbled by a recent report by the Center for American Progress that mentions Tyson Fresh Meats’ part in helping two small Nebraska communities successfully manage immigration and demographic change.

    The meat industry has historically attracted immigrants because it offers stable, entry-level jobs with good pay and benefits. Our company’s presence in the towns of Lexington and Madison over the past several decades has resulted in a very diverse population.

    While the report notes that it hasn’t been easy, the two communities have taken intentional steps to adapt and now “boast successful schools, revitalized downtowns, booming housing markets, and sustainable population growth.” And, it adds, they offer a “road map for other small, rural communities” facing similar changes.

    As these communities have navigated the challenges and opportunities that go with demographic transformation, we’ve been right there with them.

    The author writes that Tyson meat processing plants have “emerged as important players in fostering inclusion in both communities,” and that “programs designed by Tyson to support its diverse employees reap benefits beyond the plants.”

    We’ve stepped up involvement in our plant communities as part of our efforts to promote sustainability and transparency. Specifically cited in the report: “Tyson translators, liaisons, and chaplains are filling resource gaps at schools and city hall. Funds from Tyson have subsidized housing developments in both communities. Tyson has purchased school equipment…sponsored sports teams and donated thousands of dollars’ worth of in-kind products to community fundraisers.”

    Not listed in the report, but equally important, are the steps we’ve taken to help our team members succeed on the job. We’ve increased wages and benefits, and we’ve boosted communication and training by adding more interpreters and trainers. Signage in our plants is often in multiple languages and we typically offer food in our cafeterias that immigrant team members are accustomed to. We also employ community liaisons who help new team members adjust to community and plant life, and diversity trainers who are available in the plants to address cultural issues.

    These measures are among the reasons we have such strong worker retention rates and have team members who are inviting their friends and family to apply for jobs with us.

    We’re proud of our progress and plan to do more. For example, we continue to expand Upward Academy, an in-plant education program that provides classes at no cost to our frontline workers. We’re partnering with local community organizations to offer classes in such areas as English as a Second Language, General Education Development (GED), financial literacy and citizenship.

    All of this collaboration and inclusion make sense. Our team members are essential to the continued success of our company, and so are plant communities, like Lexington and Madison.

    Tweet me:A recent @amprog report highlights @TysonFoods' part in helping two small Nebraska plant communities successfully manage immigration & demographic change. Collaboration and #inclusion in #TysonCommunities are essential #RaisingExpectations

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:TSN, Tyson Foods, center for american progress, Upward Academy

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    SOURCE:American Express


    “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey

    “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A few weeks ago when I wrote about The Four Ps of Leadership (Purpose, Plan, People, Power), I heard from a number of people that I should have included Passion or better yet, have substituted Passion for Purpose as the first P. (I also heard that I should have included Patience and Persistence, but that’s another story.) More recently, I attended an American Express Leadership Academy in London where participants — emerging, high potential leaders from charitable organizations in the U.K. — were asked to rank themselves on a passion-to-purpose continuum. Many were unsure where they fit.

    Philosophers and poets (and consultants) have debated the tension between purpose and passion for years. Some have argued that passion is about your emotions while purpose is the reason behind those emotions. Or, that passion is about the “what” (I’m passionate about ___”) and purpose is about the “why” (“I am here to accomplish___”). Or, that passion is about yourself while purpose is about others. Or, that passion is the result of doing meaningful work, not the reason for doing that work.

    Aristotle spoke of the “function of man” as being a “rational animal” linked to reason and language as distinguishing characteristic of humans. He only considered passion in terms of pleasure and pain. Socrates believed that passion imprisoned the soul to the body. And, Plato believed that the dispassionate, rather than the passionate, self should be our goal as humans. When passion does enter the picture, Plato argues that it requires mastery and discipline to control it.

    While there is no single unified tradition for Eastern philosophies, many religious leaders speak of the “meaning of life” being self-awareness, enlightenment and consciousness rather than rational or worldly pursuits. In Buddhism, cravings or desires are thought to be the cause of suffering so they should be avoided.

    In our society, how often have you heard someone say, “Follow your passion!” rather than “Find your purpose!”? Passion is often seen as an antidote to seemingly boring careers or something that every person needs in order to be happy in their work. But, the truth is that not everyone has a true passion or the ability to pursue it as a vocation. In fact, following one’s passion may be a dangerous career choice because passions can come and go while purpose is (hopefully) more permanent.

    There’s a story about someone asking Eleanor Roosevelt about her “passionate interest” in a piece of proposed social legislation. “Yes,” she did support the cause she said. “But, I hardly think the word ‘passionate’ applies to me.” Indeed, like Plato, some writers have argued that the best leaders are dispassionate about their causes. A contrary opinion was expressed by American philosopher Thomas Nagle who believed that human flourishing involves the well-functioning of all of our essential capabilities-both subjective and objective.

    Whatever your point of view, leaders need a guiding direction. If that direction is the result of a true passion in life, and that passion can translate into worthwhile action, then all the better. But, if that direction comes from a dispassionate view that things can be better with a different approach, the resulting purpose can be a lasting noble pursuit.

    Either way, leaders need to recognize where they fall on the passion-to-purpose spectrum in order to effectively marshal the resources (and energy) to chart their own paths. As a leader, I tend toward the purpose end of the continuum, but there are many truly inspiring leaders who are driven by passion first.

    Portions of this blog post first appeared on

    If you have a comment or question, please follow me on Twitter at @timmcclimon and start a conversation there. Thanks for reading and sharing this blog posting with friends and colleagues.

    Tweet me:In this week's #CSR Now! @TimMcClimon talks about passion vs purpose for leaders

    Contact Info:

    Amelia Woltering
    American Express
    +1 (212) 640-7034

    KEYWORDS: American Express, NYSE:AXP

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    The report highlights examples of Local Networks and UN Global Compact participating companies taking action to advance human rights around the world

    SOURCE:United Nations Global Compact


    GENEVA, November 26, 2018 /3BL Media/— In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Global Compact has released a new report — Human Rights: The Foundation of Sustainable Business — showcasing opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors to strengthen and scale up their efforts on human rights.

    Launched at the 2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, the report highlights how the UN Global Compact is working with its business participants and other partners to advance human rights, featuring a compilation of company examples, key resources and relevant activities at the global and local levels.

    “The Universal Declaration has particular relevance to the business community,” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We have called on businesses to adopt a principles-based approach that places human rights at the centre of their strategy. Meaningful business action on the Global Goals is not about just finding an easy entry point. The deep changes needed to achieve the Goals will require transforming value systems, establishing a culture of integrity and aligning business practices with universal principles.”

    The report celebrates the important progress that has been made by the business community on human rights, while at the same time recognizing there is still a long way to go before respect for human rights is truly universal. In highlighting the critical human rights challenges that we continue to face today, the report points to the 40 million people still in modern slavery around the world, as well as the widening economic gender gap.

    Building on the findings of the 2018 UN Global Compact Progress Report — where only 27 per cent of companies reported performing risk assessments directly linked to human rights, and only 17 per cent reported conducting impact assessments linked to human rights — the report challenges companies to move from commitment to action by deepening their efforts to respect and support human rights throughout their supply chains and operations.

    The report also presents snapshots of how the UN Global Compact has worked to elevate and scale its engagement with business in the area of human rights in the lead up to the 70th anniversary — ranging from working with the UN Global Compact Board to stand up for human rights, to hosting training sessions on the Academy learning platform including with the former High Commissioner for Human Rights, to convening human rights-focused CEO Roundtables around the world.

    More Information

    The Human Rights: The Foundation of Sustainable Business report celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and builds upon the UN Global Compact Progress Report. The report highlights insight and initiatives by Global Compact Local Networks around the world, presents snapshots of current practices from companies participating in the UN Global Compact and showcases initiatives that are advancing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    About the United Nations Global Compact

    As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

    For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at Join the conversation with us on social media by using the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights.

    Tweet me:In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the #UDHR, new UN @globalcompact report showcases examples of how businesses around the world are taking action to #StandUp4HumanRights. Explore now:

    Contact Info:

    Leila Puutio
    UN Global Compact
    +1 (646) 884-7523

    KEYWORDS: UN Global Compact, Human Rights

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    With AIDAnova and the concept of Green Cruising, AIDA sets new standards – that’s what the jury says.

    SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc


    ROSTOCK, Germany, November 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ On the evening of November 22, 2018, the associations of the gas industry presented the German Gas Industry Innovation Award for the 20th time in Berlin. AIDA Cruises was honored in the category Mobility & Transport for building the world’s first LNG cruise ship, AIDAnova, as part of its “Green Cruising” concept.

    In their statement, the jury explained that AIDA Cruises is a trailblazer for the use of low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the cruise industry. With AIDAnova, the company is putting the world's first ship into service that can be powered with LNG both ashore and at sea. At present, LNG is the lowest emission fossil fuel available for ships.

    AIDA Cruises has been researching and exploring the practical use of low-emission LNG in the cruise industry for over 10 years.

    Year after year, the company invests millions of euros in the development and implementation of new, more efficient environmental technologies on board its ships. As early as 2011, AIDA Cruises commissioned the construction of the world’s first cruise ships that can be supplied with LNG at port. Following this, in 2015, the decision was made to build the first cruise ships that can be powered with LNG at port and at sea.  

    In addition to AIDAnova, to be put into service in December 2018, two more of these innovative cruise ships will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg by 2023. The use of LNG virtually eliminates emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides. Nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions are sustainably reduced.

    At the “Zukunftswerkstatt ERDGAS – Marktplatz der Innovationen” (Natural Gas Future Workshop – Marketplace of Innovations), which also took place on November 22, 2018, in Berlin, AIDA Cruises informed audience members from government, business and science about the use of LNG for cruise ships and the subject of shoreside power. The company plans to retrofit all ships in its fleet for supply with shoreside power by 2020 – another important “Green Cruising” initiative.

    More information on AIDA’s commitment to environmental protection can be found in the annually published sustainability report “AIDA cares” at

    Information on AIDA Cruises’ diverse cruise program is available at travel agencies, at the AIDA Customer Center at +49 (0) 381/20 27 07 07, or online at


    About the German Gas Industry Innovation Award:

    Currently under the auspices of Anja Karliczek (CDU), Federal Minister of Education and Research, the German Gas Industry Innovation Award has been presented for twenty years now. The award categories are innovative products, efficient energy concepts, research and development, and mobility and transport. There is also a special award for start-ups. The award aims to recognize developments and concepts that prove to be exceptionally innovative for industry, trade, or science. The gas industry associations include the Association for the Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Use of Energy (ASUE), the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW), and the initiative Zukunft ERDGAS e. V.

    Tweet me:.@aida_de receives the Innovation Award of German Gas Industry, setting new standards in Green Cruising.

    Contact Info:

    Claire West
    +1 (214) 208-3718

    KEYWORDS: green cruising, Innovation Award of German Gas Industry, Mobility and Transport, liquefied natural gas (LNG), low emissions, AIDA Cruises, Carnival Corp, NYSE:CCL

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    By Deborah Holmes



    Science, technology, engineering and math is everywhere around us, from the complex to the simple. Take your smartphone, for example. This device wouldn’t be possible without the brainpower of engineers. Additionally, improved treatments and cures for diseases are possible because of scientists and medical professionals who have a deep understanding of the human body, but you can find STEM in something as simple as a water fountain.

    While many STEM professionals are working toward technological and scientific breakthroughs every day, we’re still faced with a lack of qualified candidates to fill a growing number of jobs in STEM fields. This year alone, it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled — and this growth isn’t expected to stop anytime soon. In fact, St. Louis can expect a 12.4 percent increase in STEM jobs by 2022.

    Keep reading on 


    Tweet me:By partnering with @STEMPactSTL, @MilliporeSigma is helping to connect students and teachers with real-world #STEM applications. See how they’re helping to #SPARKCuriosity via @stltoday:

    KEYWORDS: MilliporeSigma, STEM Education, St. Louis, STL, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, STEMpact, STEM Teacher Quality Institute

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