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    By Andrew Hoffman

    SOURCE:University of Michigan: Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability


    Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé S.A., is confronted with an Internet firestorm after a comment made by his predecessor, Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, in a 2005 interview resurfaces. In the interview Brabeck-Letmathe calls the human right to water an “extreme solution.” Bulcke must make recommendations to lay the foundation for the company’s future direction relevant to water use at its shareholder meeting the next day. The main questions facing him are: How should Nestlé frame its approach to water resource management? And, what type of public relations campaign should Nestlé engage in to counter the negative perception of its water rights policy? In their reading and discussion of the case, students are asked to outline the implications of water being deemed a human right as well as develop and defend a corporate water strategy.

    Teaching Note: Available to Registered Educators. Please login to view it.

    Teaching Points: After reading and discussing this case, students should be able to:

    • Develop and defend a corporate water strategy.
    • Explain why water stress is a material concern for a growing number of companies around the world.
    • Contrast different approaches to dealing with water-related concerns.
    • Outline the implications of water being deemed a human right.

    Download the full report here.

    Interested in having your company  featured in a case study? A successful case study requires three key components: at topic that fits the pedagogy of a business school classroom, a protagonist around which the story centers and a central tension or question to focus discussion. Once these components have been established, faculty and select students will work with the company to develop the storyline and the necessary data. Please contact the Erb Institute for more information.

    Tweet me:CASE STUDY: How can companies counter negative perceptions tied to their resource management? @erbinstitute @Nestle

    KEYWORDS: university of michigan, Erb Institute, resource management, water rights

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    PayPal has proudly partnered with #GivingTuesday and its founding organization, the 92nd Street Y, since its inception in 2012, supporting charitable giving by creating safe, secure and convenient touch-points for customers to contribute to their favorite charities online. Year-after-year we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community as millions of global customers turn to our platform to connect with and give to the causes they care about most. In 2012, PayPal processed approximately $16 million in donations on the first #GivingTuesday. In 2015, we set a Guinness World Record by raising more than $45 million, the highest amount raised online for charity in a 24-hour period. And last year, we enabled more than 715,000 people to contribute $64 million to their favorite causes. 

    Today, I’m pleased to share that the PayPal community helped to take #GivingTuesday 2018 to new heights of charitable giving, with over 1 million PayPal customers across 180 markets donating nearly $98 million to charitable causes. This is an extraordinary 51% increase in #Giving Tuesday contributions year-over-year. 

    Its truly inspiring to see how the generosity of our customers and the power of our platform creates such enormous opportunity and positive impact for so many non-profits and charitable causes. 

    Many thanks to the PayPal community for its generosity on #Giving Tuesday — and all best wishes for the holiday season. 

    Franz Paasche, SVP,Corporate Affairs & Communications, PayPal

    Tweet me:.@PayPal reports extraordinary 51% increase in #GivingTuesday contributions year-over-year #holidaygiving #CSR #philanthropy

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    SOURCE:HP, Inc.


    • HP pledges to empower 100,000  learners across Africa in next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs) program
    • HP opens a tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa, aimed at supporting local entrepreneurs
    • Commitment supports HP’s goals to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025, and to enroll a million HP LIFE users between 2016 and 2025 

    Palo Alto, California and Johannesburg, S.A , December 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ - At the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, HP (NYSE: HPQ) announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program, and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa. HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and furthers the company’s goals to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025 and to enroll a million HP LIFE users between 2016 and 2025, as outlined in the HP 2017 Sustainable Impact Report.

    By 2030, Africa will be home to 32% of the population under the age of 30, and the largest working age population by 2035. Yet, today’s youth unemployment in Africa is up to 3x higher than adult unemployment. HP LIFE offers free, online learning for users to gain the skills to start and grow their own business or improve their employment opportunities. Building on the success of this global program, HP is working with partners to open technology-enabled HP LIFE innovation centers to further support entrepreneurship and workforce development across the continent.

    “We believe that education is a human right, that technology in the classroom is a critical component for a 21st century education, and that in today’s economy our learning is never done,” said Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP. “Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization and digitization—and it’s essential that people have access to learn skills for the work of tomorrow. This new HP LIFE Center provides a launchpad for innovation and opportunity across the continent.”  

    In 2017, on the global stage at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, HP announced a commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. The commitment to education is a part of HP’s broader Sustainable Impact strategy – a strategy to use the scope, scale and expertise of HP to drive positive, lasting change for the planet, its people and the communities where we live, work and do business.

    “Sustainable Impact is fundamental to our reinvention and core to achieving our vision – to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere,” said Hurst.


    In collaboration with institutions such as the Ekurhuleni West TVET College in Katlehong and its Centre of Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator, HP opened the HP LIFE Center in South Africa on November 30, a technology-enabled hub to facilitate learning, collaboration and entrepreneurship in a physical, face-to-face setting.

    Built on the belief that entrepreneurs are the backbone of the global economy, HP LIFE offers 30 free, online courses focused on business and IT skills – from business planning and marketing, to raising capital and design thinking. To date, HP LIFE has reached 744,000 learners in 200 countries and territories. All users need is a computer and Internet connection to access HP LIFE, and the new, physical center in South Africa will create a more formal educational environment. HP LIFE has an enrollment goal of 1 million users between 2016 and 2025.

    At the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in January, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) and HP Foundation announced a new 3D printing course to be delivered through the HP LIFE platform. 3D printing will fundamentally change the manufacturing industry. $4 to 6 trillion (USD) of the global economy will be disrupted in the next five to 10 years, shifting economic value and jobs across the globe. This new course is helping individuals to learn how to use 3D printing and create entrepreneurial opportunities.

    HP and Global Citizen in South Africa

    HP has been a proud partner of the Global Citizen movement since 2013, including supporting the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, a first for South Africa. Ahead of the December 2 festival in Johannesburg, HP ran several awareness and engagement building activities to highlight the partnership and HP’s commitment to Sustainable Impact, and to engage customers, employees and the public in acting on pressing global issues.

    Additional Resources:

    About the HP Foundation

    The HP Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that funds philanthropic programs for underserved communities where we live and work by supporting technology-related learning, charitable giving, volunteering, and disaster relief. Along with HP employees, the HP Foundation creates programs that make life better for underserved and underrepresented communities by providing technology-related learning experiences and opportunities.

    About HP

    HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at

    Tweet me:HP opens a tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa, aimed at supporting local entrepreneurs @HPSustainable

    KEYWORDS: HP, South Africa, csr, Entrepreneurship in South Africa, hp life center

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    Video appears courtesy of USGBC.

    SOURCE:Mohawk Industries


    Last month, Mohawk Industries VP of sustainability and commercial marketing George Bandy Jr. was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with the prestigious USGBC Leadership Award. Bandy was presented with the accolade by Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC president and CEO, during a special ceremony in Chicago that coincided with the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

    Watch this clip to learn why Bandy was inspired to pursue a career and calling in sustainability and how his role at Mohawk has allowed him to continue on his own personal journey to believe in betterClick here to read more about Bandy’s recognition.

    To learn more about Mohawk’s corporate commitment to sustainability, please visit

    Tweet me:WATCH: @MohawkGroup's George Bandy Jr. was recently recognized with a prestigious @USGBC Leadership Award during #Greenbuild18. Meet George in this clip and learn why he was inspired to pursue a career and calling in #sustainability #handprintsoverfootprints

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:MHK, mohawk group, George Bandy Jr., U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC Leadership Award

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    The financing makes possible the new construction of more than 300 affordable housing units for families in the community



    CLEVELAND, Ohio, December 3, 2018 /3BL Media/—KeyBank provided and arranged both construction and permanent financing supporting AVS Communities’ plan to construct The Villas at Arlington, a 312-unit, mid-rise apartment complex with 17 three-story residential buildings. The property is subject to Section 42 of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and will make affordable housing options available to families earning less than 60% area median income (AMI) in Arlington, WA. 

    KeyBank’s Community Development Lending & Investment (CDLI) team provided a $65.3 million construction loan which will be taken out by a $51.5 million Freddie Mac TEL permanent loan provided by KeyBank’s Commercial Mortgage Group. The Freddie Mac fixed-rate permanent loan was a 24-month forward commitment; upon conversion, the permanent loan will have a 15-year term and 35-year amortization schedule.

    The Washington State Housing Finance Commission provided the tax-exempt bonds for the project and Alliant Capital, Ltd. is the LIHTC investor.

    Victoria Quinn of KeyBank’s CDLI team and Fred Dockweiler of KeyBank’s Commercial Mortgage Group partnered to coordinate the financing.

    About Key Community Development Lending/Investment

    KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) helps fulfill Key’s purpose to help clients and communities thrive by financing projects that stabilize and revitalize communities. Experts in complex tax credit lending and investing, Key is one of a handful of affordable housing lenders in the country with a platform that brings together balance sheet, equity, and permanent loan offerings. For its ability to lend to, invest in, and serve its communities – especially low-to-moderate income communities – KeyBank has earned nine consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    About KeyBank Real Estate Capital

    KeyBank Real Estate Capital is a leading provider of commercial real estate finance. Its professionals, located across the country, provide a broad range of financing solutions on both a corporate and project basis. The group provides interim and construction finance, permanent mortgages, commercial real estate loan servicing, investment banking and cash management services for virtually all types of income producing commercial real estate. As a Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriter and Servicer, Freddie Mac Program Plus Seller/Servicer and FHA approved mortgagee, KeyBank Real Estate Capital offers a variety of agency financing solutions for multifamily properties, including affordable housing, seniors housing and student housing. KeyBank Real Estate Capital is also one of the nation’s largest and highest rated commercial mortgage servicers.

    About KeyCorp

    KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $138.8 billion at September 30, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.



    KEYWORDS: affordable housing, keybank, Community Development Lending and Investment, CDLI, NYSE:KEY

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    SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation


    As many nations are meeting about climate impacts in Katowice, Poland, for COP24, and just over a week after the release of the  U.S. National Climate Assessment Report, nonprofits and university leaders in Georgia are choosing not to take the "wait and see" position.  Instead, they are forging ahead to ensure that Georgians are educated on the issue and provided with the best tools and research to take the lead in climate action.


    ATLANTA, December 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $650,000 grant to Emory University to advance the Georgia Climate Project, a state-wide consortium co-founded by Emory, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and joined by Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, and the University of North Georgia. 

    This foundational grant will support efforts to build a network of experts who can improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions and better position Georgia to respond to a changing climate.  Working with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the Georgia Climate Project recently released a 40-question Georgia Climate Research Roadmap. Planned upcoming activities include a Georgia Climate Information Portal, a collection of Georgia Climate Stories, expanded support for student-driven climate solutions, and a Georgia Climate Conference November 7-8, 2019.

    “Our universities have tremendous expertise to examine and explore solutions for climate change in the State of Georgia,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. “This grant offers Georgia institutions an opportunity to leverage our shared research expertise to address one of this century’s defining challenges.”  

    The Georgia Climate Project is focusing on the practical risks and opportunities associated with a changing climate. “This partnership, which is generously supported by the Anderson Foundation, demonstrates the commitment of Georgia’s universities to the health and economic vitality of our state,” says University of Georgia Interim Provost Libby V. Morris.

    “Climate change has been and continues to be a priority and focus for our students,” says Georgia Tech Provost Rafael L. Bras. “By engaging them we can prepare a new generation of leaders to work with partners across the state to develop innovative solutions to an incredibly difficult set of challenges.” 

    “In the Georgia Climate Project we see a great opportunity to continue Ray Anderson’s legacy of Georgians leading by example to create a better world for future generations,” says John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

    More information about the Georgia Climate Project is available at

    About the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    The Ray C. Anderson Foundation was created in honor of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), founder of Interface, Inc. During his time at Interface, Ray championed the notion of businesses doing well by doing good. It’s these noble qualities of advancing knowledge and innovation around environmental stewardship and sustainability that led to Ray’s recognition as a pioneer in industrial ecology. The purpose of the Foundation is to perpetuate these shared values and continue the legacy that Ray left behind. 

    Tweet me:The Ray C. Anderson Foundation @RaysLegacy and @EmoryUniversity @universityofga @georgiatech announce @GAClimateProj to fund research, education and #climateaction specific to Georgia with @UNG_News @SpelmanCollege @AgnesScott @GeorgiaSouthern

    Contact Info:

    Valerie Bennett
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation
    +1 (770) 317-5858

    Holly Korschun
    Emory University
    +1 (404) 727-3990

    KEYWORDS: Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Emory University, The University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech, University of North Georgia, Agnes Scott College, Spelman College, Georgia Southern University, climate change

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    By Hazel Henderson

    SOURCE:Ethical Markets


    We humans are at the absurd stage in our technological evolution when we seem to have abandoned our common sense.  Billions are spent by governments, corporations and investors in training computer-based algorithms (i.e. computer programs) in today’s mindless rush to create so-called "artificial" intelligence, widely advertised as AI.  Meanwhile, training our children and their brains (already superior to computer algorithms) is under-funded, schools are dilapidated, sited in run-down, often polluted areas while our teachers are poorly paid and need greater respect.  How did our national priorities get so skewed?

    In reality, there is nothing artificial about these algorithms or their intelligence, and the term "AI" is a mystification! The term that describes the reality is "Human-Trained Machine Learning", in today’s mad scramble to train these algorithms to mimic human intelligence and brain functioning.   In the techie magazine WIRED, October 2018, we meet a pioneering computer scientist, Fei-Fei LI, testifying at a Congressional hearing, who underlines this truth. She said, "Humans train these algorithms" and she talked about the horrendous mistakes these machines make in mis-identifying people, using the term "bias in—bias out" updating the old computer saying, "garbage in—garbage out".

    Professor LI described how we are ceding our authority to these algorithms to judge who gets hired, who goes to jail, who gets a loan, a mortgage or good insurance rates --- and how these machines code our behavior, change our rules and our lives.  She is now back at Stanford University after a time as an ethicist at Google and has started a foundation to promote the truth about AI, since she feels responsible for her role in inventing some of these algorithms herself.  As a celebrated pioneer of this field, Professor LI says "There’s nothing artificial about AI.  It’s inspired by people, it’s created by people and more importantly, it impacts people".

    So how did Silicon Valley invade our culture and worldwide technology programs with its short-term, money -obsessed values: "move fast and break things"; disrupt the current systems while rushing to scale and cash out with an IPO?  These values are discussed by two insiders in shocking detail, by Antonio G. Martinez in "Chaos Monkeys" (2016) and Bloomberg’s Emily Chang in "Brotopia" (2018).  These authors explain a lot about how training these algorithms went so wrong: subconsciously mimicking their mostly male, misogynist, often white entrepreneurs and techies with their money-making monopolistic biases and often adolescent, libertarian fantasies.

    I also explored all this in my article "The Future of Democracy Challenged in the Digital Age", CADMUS, October 2018, describing all these issues of the takeover by AI of our economic sectors; from manufacturing, transport, education, retail, media, law, medicine, agriculture,  to banking, insurance and finance.   While many of these sectors have become more efficient and profitable for the shareholders, my conclusion in "The Idiocy of Things" critiqued the connecting of all appliances in so-called "smart homes" as quite hazardous and an invasion of privacy.  I urged humans to take back control from the over-funded, over-invested, over-paid computer and information science sectors too often focused on corporate efficiency and cost-saving goals driven by the profit targets demanded by Wall Street.

    I have called for an extension of the English law, settled in the year 1215: "habeas corpus" affirming that humans own their own bodies.  This extension would cover ownership of our brains and all our information we generate in an updated "information habeas corpus".  Since May 2018, European law has ratified this with its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which stipulates that individuals using social media platforms, or any other social system do indeed retain ownership of all their personal data.

    So, laws are beginning to catch up with the inhuman uses of human beings, with our hard-earned skills being used to train algorithms that then replace us!  The computer algorithm trainers then employ out of-work people surviving in the gig economy on Mechanical Turk and Task Rabbit sites, in minimum, hourly- paid data entry tasks to train these algorithms!  

    Scientist Jaron Lanier in his "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Now" (2018) shows how social media are manipulating us with algorithms to  engineer changes in our behavior, by engaging our attention with clickbait and content that arouses our emotions, fears and rage, playing  on some of the divisions in our society to keep us on their sites.  This helps drive ad sales and their gargantuan profits and rapid global growth.  Time to rethink all this, beyond the dire alarms raised by Bill Gates, Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking that these algorithms we are teaching will soon take over and may harm or kill us as did HAL in the movie "2001".

    Why indeed are we spending all this money to train machines while short-changing our children, our teachers and schools?  Training our children's brains must take priority!  Instead of training machines to hijack our attention and sell our personal data to marketers for profit --- let's steer funds into tripling efforts to train and pay our teachers, upgrade schools and curricula with courses on civic responsibility, justice, community values, freedoms under habeas corpus (women also own their own bodies!) and how ethics and trust are the basis of all market and societies.

    Why all the expensive efforts to enhance machine learning to teach algorithms to recognize human faces, guide killer drones, falsify video images and further modify our behavior and capture our eyeballs with click bait, devising and spreading content that angers and outrages --- further dividing us and disrupting democracies?

    Let's rein in the Big Brother ambitions of the  new techno-oligopolists.  As a wise NASA scientist, following Norbert Weiner's Human Use of Human Beings (1950),  reminded us in 1965 about the value of humans   :   "Man (sic) is the lowest-cost, 150 pound, nonlinear all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by un-skilled labor", quoted in Foreign Affairs, July-August, 2015, p. 11.  Time for common sense!

    For additional information visit

    Tweet me:Hazel Henderson of @ethicalmarkets explores the importance of prioritizing education over AI:

    KEYWORDS: Ethical Markets, AI, Artificial Intelligence

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    International Day of People with Disabilities is today and the Scotiabank DiversAbility Alliance Employee Resource Group, led by Executive Champion David Dame are working hard to champion a culture of inclusion where all Scotiabankers can reach their infinite potential & thrive. The ERG advances awareness, access to accessible environments, and digital accessibility strategies for both employees & customers. It is also important to remember that not all disabilities are visible.

    #idpwd2018 #successisaccessible

    Watch the video

    Tweet me:“We are conditioned not to look vulnerable in the workplace. But, we all bring something different, everybody has had their own struggles @DDame @ScotiabankViews' Head of Agile, on the power of empathy. #idpwd2018

    KEYWORDS: International Day of People with Disabilities, csr, sustainability, employee resource groups

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    The financing allows for the preservation of more than 200 units of affordable housing serving seniors in the community



    CLEVELAND, Ohio, December 3, 2018/3BL Media/—KeyBank provided and arranged both construction and permanent financing to support the Senior Housing Assistant Group (SHAG) with the acquisition and rehabilitation of Sunset Garden Apartments, an affordable seniors housing property serving those aged 62 or older in Puyallup, WA. The 276-unit community is reserved for seniors making between 50 – 60% area median income (AMI), given its Section 42 designation under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

    KeyBank’s Community Development Lending & Investment (CDLI) team provided a $28.5 million construction loan and KeyBank’s Commercial Mortgage Group arranged the permanent takeout loan, a $24 million fixed-rate, Fannie Mae loan with a 24-month forward commitment. The mortgage loan includes a 15-year term with a two-year interest only period and 35-year amortization.

    The Washington State Housing Finance Commission issued the tax-exempt bonds, with KeyBank’s public finance group serving as bond underwriter.

    Victoria Quinn of KeyBank’s CDLI team and Fred Dockweiler of KeyBank’s Commercial Mortgage Group partnered to coordinate the financing.

    About Key Community Development Lending/Investment

    KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) helps fulfill Key’s purpose to help clients and communities thrive by financing projects that stabilize and revitalize communities. Experts in complex tax credit lending and investing, Key is one of a handful of affordable housing lenders in the country with a platform that brings together balance sheet, equity, and permanent loan offerings. For its ability to lend to, invest in, and serve its communities – especially low-to-moderate income communities – KeyBank has earned nine consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    About KeyBank Real Estate Capital

    KeyBank Real Estate Capital is a leading provider of commercial real estate finance. Its professionals, located across the country, provide a broad range of financing solutions on both a corporate and project basis. The group provides interim and construction finance, permanent mortgages, commercial real estate loan servicing, investment banking and cash management services for virtually all types of income producing commercial real estate. As a Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriter and Servicer, Freddie Mac Program Plus Seller/Servicer and FHA approved mortgagee, KeyBank Real Estate Capital offers a variety of agency financing solutions for multifamily properties, including affordable housing, seniors housing and student housing. KeyBank Real Estate Capital is also one of the nation’s largest and highest rated commercial mortgage servicers.

    About KeyCorp

    KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $138.8 billion at September 30, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

    Media Contact: Laura Mimura, 216.471.2883



    Tweet me:Helping to preserve more than 200 units of affordable senior living, @KeyBank provided financing to support the Senior Housing Assistant Group rehabilitation of Sunset Garden Apartments, serving seniors 62+ in Puyallup, WA #affordablehousing #seniorshousing

    KEYWORDS: keybank, NYSE:KEY, Senior Housing Assistant Group, affordable housing

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    Study finds people want fulfilling experiences at work; willing to switch to jobs with lower pay to find fulfillment

    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good


    NEW YORK, December 3, 2018 /3BL Media/—According to a new report Making work more meaningful: Building a fulfilling employee experience, published by CECP: The CEO Force for Good, Imperative, and PwC, the early days of a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” require a new standard for the employee experience around higher meaning and fulfillment at work. A staggering majority of employees believe that achieving fulfillment at work is possible– 96% of those surveyed. Nearly 80% are willing to find their own path to fulfillment, and 45% cite themselves as a major barrier to achieving that fulfillment. The research also found that seven out of ten employees surveyed said they’d consider leaving their current role for a new, more fulfilling job opportunity, with one-third willing to consider lower pay for it.

    The study revisits the existing paradigm and corporate assumptions about the employee experience as a top-down approach to employee engagement. Through the work, fulfillment was defined as a feeling we have when we are working in alignment with our intrinsic motivations and gain a sense of purpose. The authors of the research report note that expectations of employees are trending toward a more human, personal workplace despite increasing digitization.

    “Leaders need to focus on humanizing work in the digital age so individuals can flourish” said Shannon Schuyler, Principal, Chief Purpose Officer, and Responsible Business Leader at PwC; President of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. “New technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation will change how we all work, while fulfillment--the ability to feel a personal sense of purpose and meaning--will set a new standard for why we work.”

    Business leaders who want to help their workforce find greater meaning in their jobs can focus on three things: Relationships, Impact, and Growth. These three core elements of an experience, the study says, generate the neurochemicals that help individuals feel more fulfilled in their work. Neuroscience reveals that we are hard-wired to thrive when we experience connection and a sense of belonging (relationships); create value outside of ourselves (impact); and challenge and develop ourselves in meaningful ways.

    “In the last decade, we’ve seen a shift in what defines success at work,” said Aaron Hurst, CEO of Imperative.  “Employees are demanding a more human workplace.  In order to compete for talent, organizations must respond with a new employee value proposition, one rooted in individual fulfillment.”

    Senior leaders can be a powerful ally or a speed bump in helping employees experience greater meaning and fulfillment. While an organization’s culture is one of the primary ways to reinforce and create norms around a fulfilling work experience, employees also need explicit permission, tools, and active support to find purpose at work. The research notes that nearly one-third of employees named senior leaders as a barrier to them finding fulfillment.

    To overcome these obstacles, senior leaders can enable individual ownership of finding fulfillment through role-specific, exemplary behaviors, and create an environment with relationships, impact, and growth at its core. Senior leaders can also measure the extent to which their current employee base feels fulfilled at work. An easy way to accomplish this is to include three simple questions in an employee survey: Do you have meaningful relationships at work? Are you growing personally and professionally at work? Is your work making an impact that is meaningful to you?

    “As a coalition of CEOs, we see how the executives of some of the world’s leading companies are adapting to the needs of the changing consumer marketplace,” said Daryl Brewster, CEO ofCECP. “The insights in this report demonstrate the power of purpose—a remarkable opportunity for business leaders to enhance their culture to meet the demands of today’s talent. Purpose can help employees find deeper meaning and drive superior performance in the daily work.  Purpose can help align a company to advance its goals.”

    Making work more meaningful: Building a fulfilling employee experience is based on a literature review, an eight-city listening tour, dozens of executive interviews, and a survey of 2,100 part- and full-time workers by Ipsos. The report is available for free download on

    Sara Adams, CECP 

    Sarah Tropiano, PwC
    Erin Reiner, Imperative 

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



    Imperative is a B Corporation founded in 2015 to connect people to their purpose on a massive scale. We created the first online talent assessment platform for individual and team purpose that is used for career and leadership development at organizations with 50 people to 100,000+ people. Find out more about how we can help your people discover and act on their purpose at



    At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We're a network of firms in 158 countries with over 250,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at

    Tweet me:We are experiencing a fundamental transformation in the way we work--to fulfillment. Read all about the new report by @CECPtweets @Imperative and @PwC here: #Purpose #Fulfillment

    KEYWORDS: Purpose, Work Life, Careers, CECP, Imperative, PwC

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    SOURCE:Shire Pharmaceuticals


    On November 14, 2018, Shire was honored with the 2018 SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for its leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

    The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards celebrate companies that embrace ethical responsibility to drive environmental leadership and change. The 2018 Award specifically recognized companies for their environmental impact, innovation, investment, and insight.

    Environmental sustainability is a core aspect of Shire’s broader Responsibility strategy. As the global biotechnology leader serving patients with rare diseases and specialized conditions, we believe there’s a clear relationship between operating sustainably at a time of significant environmental and social change and being a responsible, global leader in developing breakthrough therapies. The 2018 Award recognized Shire for its development of a strong energy and climate program.

    To demonstrate its commitment to reducing its impact on climate change, Shire has committed to setting science-based climate change goals through the Science Based Targets Initiative. These goals are supported by several key programs across Shire. For example, our Global Energy Program works to achieve continual improvement in energy conservation, reduce associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase the use of renewable energy, and lower utility expenses and related costs at our manufacturing facilities. All of Shire’s manufacturing sites have developed local sustainability teams and long-range sustainability plans to identify climate initiatives. Additionally, we have improved our Scope 3 GHG data collection by surveying 77% of strategic suppliers to determine their approach to combating climate change.

    Focusing on environmental challenges, such as climate change and the consumption of natural resources, not only helps protect our environment and our communities for future generations, but also improves our long-term business performance.

    We thank all our team members across Shire who contributed to these efforts and helped Shire achieve this industry recognition.

    To learn more about our environmental initiatives, please visit Shire’s Annual Responsibility Review at

    For the full list of award winners, please visit: To learn more about the SEAL Awards, please visit:

    To learn more about Shire’s Responsibility commitments and goals, please visit Shire’s Annual Responsibility Review at or view its latest video on Responsibility.

    For more information, please visit Follow Shire on Social Media: Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

    Tweet me:.@Shireplc receives 2018 SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for development of strong #energy and #climateaction program @SEALAwards #sustainability #carbonemissions

    KEYWORDS: SEAL Awards, Shire


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    SOURCE:SCS Global Services


    MIAMI, Fla., December 4, 2018/3BL Media/Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley) has received the organic handler certification at its warehouse and distribution center in Miami Florida.  The certification was issued by SCS Global Services (SCS).

    “Crystal Valley Foods has achieved organic handler certification at their Miami, Florida facility, having demonstrated full compliance with USDA National Organic Program standards.” said Brandon Nauman, SCS’s Associate Managing Director, Organic and Non-GMO Programs.

    The company is currently offering year-round organic French beans as well as seasonal organic asparagus, blackberries, and Florida-grown blueberries. Crystal Valley also has a variety of other organic specialty products in the pipeline.

    “Consumption of organic produce has been steadily increasing for the past decade,” said Katiana Valdes, Director of Marketing, Crystal Valley Foods.  “As we continue to diversify and expand our product line, we are focused on making sure that it includes organics as well. This trend will only keep growing in popularity and we fully expect to offer more organic products in order to be able to continue to meet the demands of our customers and today’s consumer,” said Katiana.

    About Crystal Valley Foods Founded in 1994, Crystal Valley Foods is a leading grower and importer of top-quality produce from Central and South America. With offices and facilities in Miami and Los Angeles, the company is one of the largest importers and distributors of asparagus in the USA. Its extensive product line also includes baby vegetables, peas, beans, berries, baby lettuces, peppers and other specialty crops.

    About SCS Global Services.  SCS ( has been providing global leadership in third-party food quality, environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development since 1984, with programs spanning a wide cross-section of industries including food and agriculture, green building, consumer product manufacturing, natural resource management, retail services, and more. SCS is accredited to provide services under a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized certification programs. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

    Tweet me:Congratulations to Crystal Valley Foods Miami operation for achieving the Organic Handler Certification with SCS Global Services!

    KEYWORDS: USDA Organic Certified, SCS, Organic Handler Certification, scs global services, Crystal Valley Foods Miami, Crystal Valley Foods

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    SOURCE:Black & Veatch


    By Deepa Poduval, Senior Managing Director, leading the Oil & Gas and Mining practice within Black & Veatch Management Consulting. 

    Increasing global gas supply from newer producers like the United States, demand growth from developing economies in Asia, policy choices supporting cleaner energy sources the world over, lowered costs of renewables, and significant geopolitical shifts are reshaping the global natural gas market.

    But the rise of renewables holds a special footing in this conversation. Renewable energy sources are the darling of the global discussion around sustainable power generation. As their prices drop and capabilities mature, solar, wind and other distributed energy technologies are taking an increasingly prominent position in the energy mix and creating new dynamics for stakeholders to consider. At a recent conference of oil and gas industry participants in Spain, we posed three blunt questions:

    Is natural gas the bridge to our energy future— a cleaner-energy connection that helps move us from fossil-based generation sources to a future of global energy primarily sourced from renewables?

    Is it the destination— an acknowledgment that natural gas is here to stay, given its extended low-price cycle, abundance, mature supply chains and ability to complement a renewables strategy?

    Or is it a has-been— a solution whose need has been surpassed by the increasingly robust toolsets of renewable energy resources?

    We can say with some certainty that the “has-been” label is too strong and vastly understates natural gas’ current global importance. Natural gas is attractive to developing economies and emerging markets in ways that renewables cannot currently match, particularly in price and potential access

    to supply. Competing factors make answers to those questions less than absolute, however, and what is clear is that the long-term dominance of natural gas is in question and bears watching by stakeholders.

    An Approaching Solar Storm?

    A growing concern among industry players is unmistakable. Respondents to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report survey appear more bullish on the near-term growth potential than the long term. While optimism is dominant in both windows, neutral and pessimistic outlooks arise the further respondents look into the horizon.

    Clean energy-driven public policy goals across the world, combined with perceptions of falling renewable and energy storage costs, present a displacement scenario for natural gas. A major factor is government-driven sustainability mandates. Africa, Europe and India have all set aggressive renewable energy targets by 2030. In China, where air quality concerns are driving power generation away from fossil fuel sources, the government is pursuing wider adoption of renewables, although its near-term roadmap relies significantly on LNG imports to create distance from coal.

    Within the U.S., the “has-been” argument is strongest in California, which recently passed policies requiring renewables to account for 60 percent of power generation by 2026, and 100 percent by 2045. Renewable sources already served 50 percent of California’s total electric load in 2017, and in some scenarios, solar photovoltaic (PV) has already begun displacing midday natural gas generation.

    Meanwhile, there is a sustained trend of declining renewables and storage costs. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global solar capacity is expected to reach 740 gigawatts by 2022, with nearly half of installed capacity and a third of electric generation coming from wind and solar sources by 2040. Energy storage, the key to fully harnessing intermittent power generation, will continue to gain momentum and catalyze the growth of renewables.

    Natural gas, however, is anything but diminished on the global stage. Key factors will both keep natural gas as a global energy centerpiece for the foreseeable future but also shift the market and stoke lingering questions about long-term investment (Figure 3).

    Demand in Emerging Markets: The IEA forecasted in its Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017 that demand for natural gas will grow by 60 percent by 2040, due to rising consumption in power generation and industry. One estimate holds that by 2035, more than half of the region’s gas demand will be met by LNG. Demand growth for natural gas from India and China, despite each country’s renewable energy targets, reflects an “all of the above” approach to meeting energy demand that should keep natural gas in the discussion far longer than many anticipate.

    LNG Infrastructure is Heating Up: With abundant supply from major sources such as the United States and the Middle East and rising import appetites elsewhere, LNG’s future is robust. LNG production and shipping technologies, particularly FLNG, are maturing and more quickly moving supply to demand- heavy markets, which should prompt more players — and regional consumers — to step up. More than ever before, today’s technological advancements offer the ability to monetize stranded gas resources and to serve isolated demand pockets.

    Trade Dispute: In late 2018, the specter of an all-out trade war was looming large over the global gas market, particularly for LNG. China responded to U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods by targeting $60 billion in U.S. exports, including a 10 percent tariff on U.S. LNG. It didn’t take long for the moves to change the global conversation around LNG shipments. Citing difficulties in arranging Chinese customers because of the trade dispute, Australia-based LNG Ltd said it was delaying a final decision on whether to build its U.S.-based Magnolia LNG plant in Louisiana.

    Tariffs on U.S.-produced LNG would raise the cost of transporting natural gas to Chinese customers, dramatically changing the fortunes of U.S. producers counting on Asian demand. The dispute also challenges the natural gas investment market, as tariffs stood to jeopardize proposed gasification facilities and open the door for competitors in other regions to fill the gaps.

    Ramping Up Renewables: Momentum for renewables remains tempered by the scalability challenges when higher penetration is targeted. Energy storage has yet to fully resolve seasonality and intermittency issues, and, despite falling costs, financial investments required for large-scale deployments aren’t trivial. More broadly, uncertainty persists about how quickly electrification can be achieved. Despite California’s accelerated renewables roadmap, the question is especially relevant given that power generation (which is targeted by the 100-percent renewables mandate included in the recent state law) only accounts for one-third of California’s natural gas use with residential, commercial and industrial uses accounting for the remaining two-thirds of natural gas consumption. The state’s switchover is expected to be complex, time-consuming and potentially expensive.

    Building a Bridge

    It is believed that a significant component of the world’s energy demand will, over the long term, depend highly on natural gas in roles ranging from primary to complementary. In Europe, for instance, BP’s recent Energy Outlook shows natural gas holding and even gaining market share, as gas and renewables are each projected to contribute a share equal to oil in the energy mix.

    Economic development and industrialization within the emerging economies of Asia and Africa are creating a thirst for energy. Demand in China, India and other Asian countries that are not members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) account for two-thirds of this growth in energy consumption, drawing strongly upon natural gas.

    The link between gas and renewables can be stronger than mere siloed parts of a diverse power portfolio. For example, new scenarios are emerging that pair storage with conventional gas turbine generation to deliver more rapid response, milder ramp rates, fewer starts and stops, and emissions reductions. Battery storage-augmented gas turbines are being explored by some American utilities.

    With reliability and responsiveness driving investment, cost-effective natural gas assets will continue to have a place in meeting global energy needs — especially in emerging markets where energy needs are immense and all options are on the table. And in regions where renewables are maturing, their increasing penetration still requires an increase in the amount of natural gas- red backup to accommodate the faster up and down ramping requirements of electric generation caused

    by distributed energy resources. Additionally, although much of the current discussion is on the use of natural gas for power generation and its interplay with renewables growth, natural gas demand for industrial uses and transportation is also expected to grow significantly.

    Global market forces demonstrate that natural gas is neither an absolute solution nor a “has-been.” It’s a major, clean-burning catalyst for reliable energy across the globe, and its expanding role in key markets, both on the import and export sides, confirms that.


    Deepa Poduval is a Senior Managing Director, leading the Oil & Gas and Mining practice within Black & Veatch Management Consulting. She has advised various clients on strategic responses to key issues impacting their business including growing gas-electric interdependencies and related implications for participants in both industries, the evolving role of natural gas in the global energy mix, emerging commercial trends in the global LNG market, and implications of sustained low energy prices on project viability, risk and future growth. 

    Tweet me:.@Black_Veatch Strategic Directions Report has three tough questions for an uncertain natural gas market. See more:

    KEYWORDS: Black & Veatch

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    Minnesota mill reaches over 2 million man hours without loss-time injury

    SOURCE:Sappi North America


    Sappi North America’s mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, reached a company milestone of over 2 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.

    This achievement comes on the heels of the mill’s achievement of 1 million hours worked without injury.

    Under the leadership of President and CEO Mark Gardner, safety has become a top priority for Sappi North America. While all three mills emphasize safety, the Cloquet Mill’s performance is exemplary. Some of this can be attributed to four initiatives implemented in the past year.

    The See-it, Own-it, Solve-it (SOS) initiative allows employees to take ownership of a safety issue and see it through to completion.

    The Fit for Work program trains employees on reducing the risk of injury from ergonomic interactions in their day-to-day work (pushing, pulling, bending).

    Cloquet Safety School classroom training offers a unique methodology for safety education and touches on physical safety, health and other topics pertinent to maintaining a safe work environment. This program is mandatory for all employees, regardless of their department.

    Finally, the Cloquet Mill ties these safety programs together with its collaborative Safety Leadership Council that meets monthly. The council, a collaborative team of management and union leaders, works to create and sustain safety standards.

    Sappi ensures that all its mills are a safe place to work; however, the Cloquet Mill has gone the extra mile to train, educate and engage its employees on the proper protocol for a safe work environment.

    The results speak for themselves with the accomplishment of this exemplary safety milestone. 

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

    Tweet me:In 2017, @SappiNA's #Cloquet Mill won an award for a safety milestone of 2M man hours without a loss time injury:

    KEYWORDS: Sappi, paper, pulp, Training, Loss Time Injury, manufacturing, Industry, safety programs, safety training, Cloquet, Minnesota, employee, JSE:SAP

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    SOURCE:National Diversity Council


    HOUSTON, December 4, 2018 /3BL Media/- The National Diversity Council and Southwest Airlines are proud to close out the 2018 year by announcing their new partnership. Southwest has been named National Diversity Council’s official airline, enabling the company’s consultants and certified diversity professionals to travel the world demonstrating the importance of inclusive work environments.

    “This partnership with Southwest has come just in time to end our 10-year anniversary with a bang,” said Angeles Valenciano, Chief Executive Officer of National Diversity Council. “It will ensure our continued mission of transforming workplaces and communities into inclusive environments where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.”

    This partnership has been established at the perfect time as both companies have gone global in the past few years. National Diversity Council has expanded events and services to Europe and Mexico and Southwest Airlines now offers flights to Latin America and the Caribbean. Working together to move beyond domestic lines creates an opportunity to serve more diverse groups and create a culture of global unity.

    “It is such an honor to align with such an impactful organization,” said Ellen Torbert, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Southwest Airlines. “Southwest Airlines has always had a Culture of Inclusion and our partnership with National Diversity Council allows us to further enrich our appreciation of diversity.”

    To kick off this partnership, Southwest Airlines will be featuring National Diversity Council’s Founder & Chair, Dennis Kennedy, in the December edition of their magazine. This article highlighting Kennedy’s journey to creating an international diversity advocacy organization is now available to all Southwest Airlines passengers and can be found online at

    “We are very excited to name Southwest as our official airline,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “Together, we will create an international platform to promote diversity and inclusion in workplaces and communities across the world.”

    About National Diversity Council

    A non-profit organization celebrating 10 years of commitment to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

    More information about the National Diversity Council is available at

    About Southwest Airlines

    In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 55,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 115 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

    Book Southwest Airlines' low fares online at or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

    Media Contact:

    Jasmine Mack
    Communication Specialist
    National Diversity Council

    Tweet me:.@DiversityFIRST is extremely excited to announce that they are featured in the December edition of @SouthwestAir: The Magazine! Be sure to check it out the next time you take a flight with their preferred airline. #JourneyTo10

    KEYWORDS: Naitonal Diversity Council, Southwest Airlines, Dennis Kennedy, diversity, inclusion, equality, Angeles Valenciano

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    SOURCE:Lockheed Martin


    PALMDALE, Calif., December 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ – High-school students took a virtual field trip today to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works where they learned about five advanced technology developments being pioneered by the Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists, or “skunks,” who work there. The virtual learning experience was designed to introduce students to the exciting work a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can offer.

    “STEM education is critical to America’s national security and economy – without the right technical talent, we risk losing our competitive advantage,” said Jeff Babione, vice president and general manager of Skunk Works. “Technology companies like Lockheed Martin play an important role in helping to inspire and encourage the next generation of technical talent. With our ‘Generation Beyond’ program, we're challenging high school students to think differently, take risks, innovate and collaborate – skills that are necessary to succeed in a fast-moving, global high-tech economy.”

    The virtual field trip is part of Generation Beyond, Lockheed Martin’s free digital STEM education program used in thousands of U.S. classrooms. Launched in 2016 in partnership with Discovery Education, a global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms, Generation Beyond puts students in the shoes of scientists and engineers to tackle real-world technology challenges and demonstrate the exciting work that a STEM education and career can offer.

    “Discovery Education is proud to partner with Lockheed Martin to engage a new generation of innovators in STEM learning experiences that inspire youth to take an interest in space exploration and aviation,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “‘Generation Beyond in School’ demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to advancing technologies that form the future and the initiative encourages students everywhere to push boundaries that advance future of STEM.”

    In addition to developing career-focused STEM education programs like Generation Beyond, Lockheed Martin has also invested $50 million in tax-reform savings to fund STEM scholarships and additional education initiatives, as well as $100 million to ensure our existing employees are prepared for jobs of the future through education and training opportunities.

    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. Learn more at

    About Discovery Education:
    As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at

    Tweet me:High-school students take a virtual field trip to @LockheedMartin Skunk Works to about five advanced technology developments: #STEM #technology #space #aviation

    KEYWORDS: Lockheed Martin, Skunk Works, aviation, space exploration, discovery education, Generation Beyond


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    SOURCE:SiMPACT Strategy Group


    Between 2013 and 2017, Co-op contributed over $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross to help with Western Canadian relief efforts. In 2018, Co-op renewed this partnership with an agreement to donate up to $1.5 million over five years to support disaster preparedness in Western Canada.

    "It's important to help out communities in any way we can," says Natasha Ford, Federated Co-operatives Limited's Social Responsibility Manager. "The ability of the Canadian Red Cross to respond quickly at the local level is part of what makes it a great fit with Co-op."

    While being in a position to increase contributions is a good thing, FCL's social responsibility team faced a dilemma: we know the Canadian Red Cross is going to continue to experience demand. What more can we do, over and above contributed corporate funds, to help them meet their objectives?

    The answer was to invite Co-op members, customers and employees to participate in a cause marketing campaign that will lead to increased resources for the organization to operate with. 

    Learn more about the Co-Op GIve Card Campaign here.


    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:#LBGCanada company @CoopFCL is inviting their members, customers & employees to participate in a #causemarketing campaign to build awareness around the long-term partnership w the Canadian Red Cross. Learn more about the Co-Op Give Card Campaign! #CIMatters

    KEYWORDS: LBG Canada, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Community Investment, social responsibility, cause marketing, Stakeholder engagement, Employee Engagement, Simpact strategy group

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    This new partnership responds to a request for training and capacity building from the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to support its decentralization strategy for non-communicable disease services.



    We are pleased to announce that and The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) have come to an agreement to train hospital and health center staff at 60 sites across Ethiopia, ensuring that patients no longer need to travel long distances to seek treatment against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

    NCDs are a significant concern in Ethiopia. Almost 300,000 premature deaths a year are due to chronic diseases like diabetes, respiratory and heart conditions, and over four in ten Ethiopians will die due to a non-communicable disease (NCD). By 2040, NCDs are projected to cause almost 70% of Ethiopia's disease burden, up from 17% in 1990.[1],[2] 

    NCDs are a particular concern in Ethiopia’s rural areas. Rural patients, many of them very poor, face long journeys to hospitals and health centers in difficult conditions and at high cost. They need access to NCD services closer to their homes.

    The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) asked for training and capacity building to support its decentralization strategy for NCD services. THET has worked for over 20 years in Ethiopia, successfully decentralizing NCD diagnosis, treatment and care in the region.

    This new program, which will be implemented with catalytic funding from Novartis Social Business and the support of Health Poverty Action (HPA) on the ground, will help train and build capacities of healthcare workers of multiple cadres in 60 primary hospitals and health centers selected by the FMoH for its next phase of decentralization for hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy and chronic respiratory disease. Once trained as trainers, hospital staff will support the training of health center staff on the diagnosis and treatment of NCD patients, ensuring community members no longer need to travel far for their regular treatment.

    Through the project, 2,250 health extension workers will also be trained so they can bring NCD prevention and management education directly to local communities and to refer them appropriately.


    “The Ethiopian government remains committed to scaling up NCD decentralization and is delighted to announce a further expansion to THET’s programme. This is one of the most challenging projects we have undertaken as we transform Ethiopia’s healthcare system, but we believe that THET, Novartis and Health Limited have the required experience and expertise to deliver this programme successfully.”
    Dr Liya Tadesse, State Minister of Health

    “THET is delighted to announce a new partnership with Novartis Social Business and Health Poverty Action in Ethiopia, in response to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health’s (FMoH) request for support with its decentralisation strategy for NCD services.  This exciting new initiative represents an important expansion in our NCD programme and we look forward to building upon our success with this new collaboration.”
    Ben Simms, THET’s CEO

    “We are happy to support the efforts put in place by THET and HPA to help the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health decentralize health through catalytic funding and by bringing our experience from our capacity work in other countries.  Providing funding to reinforce local health systems can only work if is it aligned with a government’s strategy. We hope this collaboration will provide earlier and more effective diagnosis and care to patients with chronic diseases, improving the likelihood for better health outcomes.”
    Dr. Nathan Mulure, Head of the East African cluster for Novartis Social Business

    Learn more about Novartis Social Business:

    Novartis Social Business | LinkedIn

    Novartis Social Business | Twitter

    Tweet me:.@Novartis_NSB joins forces with @THETlinks to train hospital and health center staff in Ethiopia



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    SOURCE:Moody's Corporation


    Moody’s will support “Accelerate Women’s Entrepreneurship: Supporting Migrant Women-Owned Businesses,” a Shanghai-based program helping migrant women grow their businesses through a tailored training program of coaching and networking.

    Moody’s Selects Partners for Reshape Tomorrow, Aiming to Help Small Businesses Thrive

    Tweet me:.@MoodysCorp welcomes The Asia Foundation as a Reshape Tomorrow™ Partner #MoodysCSR a Shanghai-based program helping migrant women grow their businesses #womeninbusiness

    KEYWORDS: Reshape Tomorrow, The Asia Foundation, moodys, csr

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    SOURCE:SCS Global Services


    EMERYVILLE, Calif., December 5, 2018 /3BL Media/—Following on the heels of the historic 16th Annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, SCS Global Services (SCS) has become the first certification body in North America accredited to conduct assessments under the stringent new RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) Standard. This accreditation sets the stage for SCS to certify sustainable palm plantations and mills internationally.

    Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in food production, found in nearly half of all packaged food items on store shelves.  The 2018 P&C Standard, which earned the overwhelming support of international delegates, incorporates important new safeguards for palm oil production aimed at halting deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife and peatlands, strengthening human rights, and protecting workers.

    SCS’ accreditation was conducted by Accreditation Services International (ASI), including a review of its audit performed in Guatemala in May 2018 with Nacional Agro Industrial S.A. (NAISA). The audit scope included around 9,000 hectares of agricultural operations as well as the palm oil mill, utilizing the Identity Preserved Supply Chain Model. “We are proud to work towards RSPO certification, as we strive for sustainable development with transparent processes and raw materials produced for food product manufacturers in an environmentally and socially responsible way,” said Romeo Estuardo Gramajo Leal, NAISA Director of Certifications. “SCS conducted a very thorough audit, guided by the RSPO Principles & Criteria. The auditing team was highly objective and professional.”

    Matthew Rudolf, SCS’ RSPO Program Manager, said, “SCS looks forward to continuing to build our presence globally, especially in the Latin American, West Africa, and Asian regions. With SCS RSPO auditors strategically located in all three regions, we are dedicated to encouraging palm growers and smallholders to get RSPO certified to demonstrate sustainable palm production across the globe.”

    In addition to being accredited to the RSPO P&C Standard, SCS has been an accredited certifier to the RSPO Supply Chain Standard since January 2017. For more information about RSPO certification, visit or email Matt Rudolf at


    About SCS Global Services

    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 the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

    The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from the seven sectors of the palm oil industry including oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs, and social or developmental NGOs.



    Learn more about RSPO Certification

    Tweet me:SCS Global Services becomes the first accredited North American-based certifier for the recently updated #RSPO Principles & Criteria Standard. Read more #sustainablepalmoil #palmoil #NoDeforestation @RSPOtweets

    Contact Info:

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

    KEYWORDS: RSPO, Palm Oil, Palm Plantation, Palm Mill, Oil Palm, Sustainable Palm, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, SCS, scs global services, NAISA, Nacional Agro Industrial S.A.


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