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    Preparing high-achieving technical leaders to provide our clients with innovative solutions across our markets

    SOURCE:Tetra Tech


    On November 16, 2018, Tetra Tech recognized the accomplishments of its 2018 Leadership Academy class at its annual corporate meeting, where participants received their certificates of completion from CEO Dan Batrack. The Leadership Academy prepares project managers to become outstanding business leaders to better serve our clients.

    Participants from across the company and around the world completed three intensive modules throughout 2018 to expand their understanding of Tetra Tech’s global operations and hone their operational, financial, and interpersonal skills. This year’s class included attendees from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and the United States.

    Throughout the program, Tetra Tech’s senior leadership work directly with the participants, share insights, and facilitate group exercises on topics including financial and risk management, contract terms and conditions, strategic growth planning, business development, and situational leadership.

    This program is a cornerstone of Tetra Tech’s platform of Leading with Science® to provide its clients with industry-leading services. As participants expand their Tetra Tech networks, they can offer their clients additional expertise and local market knowledge, backed by the support and power of a 17,000-employee company.

    “The entire program far exceeded my expectations and the training,” said Brigid Moriarity, a 2018 Leadership Academy graduate from Melbourne, Australia. “The exposure to key Tetra Tech personnel, insight into Tetra Tech operations, and relationships established through this process have given me a real appreciation for the Tetra Tech brand, drive, and ethos.”

    Throughout the year, Leadership Academy participants shared and discussed best practices, with each employee contributing personal experience about the best way to approach situations. Participants report that learning directly from Tetra Tech’s executive management and from other participants encourages them to think creatively to find the best solution for each project, not just what has been done in the past.

    “The initiative, creativity, and motivation shown by the Leadership Academy participants reflects Tetra Tech’s core values,” said Tetra Tech CEO Dan Batrack. Since the program’s inception in 2013, nearly 200 employees have completed the year-long program. Alumni go on to be some of Tetra Tech’s top leaders and are tasked with special assignments, participate in corporate initiatives, and collaborate on strategic pursuits.

    We congratulate this year's graduates and look forward to seeing the great things they will accomplish for Tetra Tech.

    Tweet me:.@TetraTech’s Leadership Academy Class of 2018 Graduates at the Company’s Annual Meeting: #LeadingWithScience


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    SOURCE:Ethical Corporation


    For businesses to meet the challenges that lie ahead they have to move from incremental change to one that is large-scale and transformative. The Responsible Business Summit New York 2019 will give you the opportunity to learn new ideas and meet CEOs, heads of business and investors that are shaping ambitious strategies.

    For 2019 we’ve confirmed even more inspirational businesses to share their strategies on the key issues and opportunities that lie ahead for you and your business, including:

    • James F. Kenny, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
    • John Kern, SVP, supply chain operations, Cisco
    • Hervé P. Duteil, managing director, CSO, Americas, BNP Paribas
    • Jostein Solheim, executive vice president, Foods and Refreshments, Unilever
    • Sasja Beslik, head of group sustainable finance, Nordea
    • Andy Pharoah, vice president, corporate affairs, strategic initiatives & sustainability, Mars
    • Virginie Helias, vice president global sustainability, P&G
    • Judy Cotte, vice president & head, corporate governance & responsible investment, RBC Global Asset Management
    • Anne Van Riel, head of sustainable finance Americas, ING
    • Michael Garland, assistant comptroller - corporate governance and responsible investment, New York City Comptroller
    • Ernesto Ciorra, head of innovability, Enel
    • Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO, Aquafil
    • Tjeerd Krumpelman, head of reporting & stakeholder engagement, ABN AMRO
    • Carol Surface, SVP & chief human resources officer, Medtronic
    • Laura Palmeiro, senior advisor, UN Global Compact
    • Plus many many more…

    This year you too can be part of the change - Discover the full unrivalled agenda topics and speaker line-up here

    Best regards,

    Ed Long
    Project Director
    Ethical Corporation
    Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7188

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    Tweet me:Join @ethical_corp at the Responsible Business Summit New York 2019 for an opportunity to hear new ideas & meet the leaders who are shaping ambitious business strategies. Learn more and see the speaker line-up here:

    KEYWORDS: Ethical Corporation, Responsible Business Summit, New York

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    by Amy Brown



    With connected devices expected to top 11 billion in 2018, innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly driving business innovation.

    An overwhelming 97.2 percent of executives in the annual executive survey published by NewVantage Partners report that their companies are investing in building or launching big data and AI initiatives, including American Express, Capital One, Ford Motors, Goldman Sachs, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, and Verizon.

    The boost to the economy is predicted to be huge: McKinsey estimates that linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.

    But how are companies managing the balance between digital innovation and protecting the privacy of data? Digital technologies enhance convenience, efficiency and economic growth. At the same time, they require complex networking environments and use detailed data about individuals that can make protecting their privacy harder.

    Developing a U.S. privacy framework

    Unlike Europe, where the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable earlier this year, the U.S. federal government has yet to pass a GDPR-like mechanism.

    In the absence of such legislation, the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) in August released the first draft of a U.S. data privacy framework containing 12 principles that outline individual privacy rights and corporate accountability.

    The initiative informs the ongoing collaborative project announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in October to develop a voluntary privacy framework to help organizations manage risk.

    In announcing the framework, the nonprofit declared, “Consent is important but not enough.”

    The framework recognizes the great potential of data to innovate in sectors ranging from medicine, safety and education, to transportation and product development, while underscoring the responsibility of companies to leverage data responsibly.

    “This recognition requires organizations to be transparent about values, to use their values when driving innovation, and to make sure that people are the end and not the means,” the IAF states.

    Calling for ethics and transparency

    According to Martin Abrams, executive director of the IAF, the principles recognize that “thinking and learning with data is basic to mankind’s progress and that these learnings must be understood and applied in an ethical manner.”  

    “We’re focused on how you can use information to beneficial effect and do so in a fashion that is protective in world that is increasingly using technologies like artificial intelligence, things that rub hard against data privacy and privacy law,” Abrams told TriplePundit. “We look at how we can think outside box to use data in an innovative fashion.”

    Long history of innovating with data

    “Thinking and learning with data has been the single most important differentiator that has made American business the world’s data innovators,” Abrams says.

    There is a distinction between the two, he explains. “If there is a history of cancer in your family that is detectable from your gene pattern, the research that enables that insight is thinking with data. The decision that doctors make using that gene pattern is acting with data.”

    Abrams points out that in every other major privacy regime, every activity touched by data is a form of data processing that requires permission from either individuals or the law. “In the U.S., thinking with data is protected by data security rules but, in most instances, not by privacy rules,” he says.

    Data-driven innovation has been the spark that has driven the American consumer economy since the 1970’s, he argues. “This innovation is well worth preserving as we explore new privacy frameworks for the U.S.” 

    Corporate responsibility for data privacy

    The IAF framework’s 12 principles are divided into two parts: Four for individual rights and eight for accountability.  It is intended to meet several aims: Preserve America’s innovation engine; be interoperable with other new and emerging privacy regimes; protect individuals’ interests in privacy; and protect all the benefits of the 21st century information age. 

    The eight accountability principles form the stewardship role of those who must be accountable for the use of data, including companies. That includes ensuring data collection, use and disclosure complies with law; that data is secure; and that is used within an appropriate context and for legitimate uses.

    Some companies, Abrams says, are already using these principles around data accountability. That will ease their ability to meet the GDPR requirement of data privacy impact assessments. A survey by HyTrust, Inc., a workload security solutions firm, however, found that only 21 percent of organizations it surveyed were concerned about GDPR or had a plan in place. 

    The guidance offered by the IAF is a start to try to resolve these issues, Abrams says.

    “Back in the 1990s when the Internet became a consumer medium, we made a decision that observing individuals’ behavior online to understand how they behave online was part of the public commons, and that had huge implications for the expansion of observable data,” Abrams says. “It’s a concept we still struggle with. All the decisions we make are still based on the concept that the Internet is like the public commons and extends to putting tracking programs on our devices.

    “The question is, as the privacy debate heats up, are we going to conclude that all this observational data is in the public commons or in the private space?” Abrams reflects. “That is a really hard issue to resolve. Yes, the data opens up innovation but it reduces our ability to have privacy and to think and act in a way that is protected. You can say our organization was formed to deal with this conundrum.”

    Lawmakers want to protect innovation and consumers
    Some members of the U.S. Congress are ready to tackle the thorny issue of data privacy. As U.S. Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, wrote in The Hill

    “The time has come for Congress to work on putting consumer data privacy protections into law. For years, the wizards of the tech world have amazed all of us and helped fuel our economy with innovative products and services. No one wants that to end.

    “At the same time, mounting controversies have undermined public trust in the ability and willingness of leading technology companies to regulate themselves and enforce real privacy safeguards for the collection and use of our digital data. The question is no longer whether we need a national law to protect consumers’ privacy. The question is what shape that law should take.”

    Thune argues that a successful consumer data privacy law will “help consumers and reward organizations with little to hide, promote innovation, and force shady practitioners to clean up their act or fold up shop.”

    This article series is underwritten by Symantec and went through our normal editorial review process.

    Tweet me:In the absence of a U.S. equivalent of the #GDPR, @TriplePundit's@AmyBrownCSR looks at the work being done by @iaf_org to create a framework to ensure businesses can continue to use data to innovate and still protect #dataprivacy @Symantec

    KEYWORDS: Symantec, triplepundit, Amy Brown, Information Accountability Foundation (IAF), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Privacy

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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio


    If you're someone who's curious about the geopolitical implications of carbon fuel and the ecological havoc it wreaks, you've probably come across some of Richard Heinberg's work. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with this senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute who has authored over 13 books and regularly ponders the past and future of humanity and the earth in his Museletter. We discuss the global debt crunch, the search for tight oil, and the concomitant acceleration of climate change. Heinberg also tells us his thoughts on negative emissions technologies and regenerative agriculture, and explains why he refers to the past ten years as “our bonus decade.”

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - @RichardHeinberg of @PostCarbon on Our Bonus Decade

    KEYWORDS: sea change radio, carbon fuel, sustainability, Richard Heinberg, post carbon institute, climate change, oil

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    SOURCE:Black & Veatch


    Nations in Southeast Asia are working to balance energy security, environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness at a time when the financial sector is looking for bankable energy projects in which to invest. The region’s industrial growth in recent years has encouraged economic growth and urbanization that has expedited its consumption of energy.

    The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and the International Energy Agency (IEA) project that, by the year 2040, the energy needs of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states could grow by as much as 80 percent, as the region’s economy triples and its population rises by almost 25 percent to 760 million. The demand growth would be equivalent to 14 percent of all global energy demand.

    To support this growth, the region urgently needs easily available and affordable energy, as well as universal electricity access.


    One strategy to address rising electricity demand is to increase generation capacity. This would serve the growing urban middle class, which is increasingly demanding home appliances and cooling, marking not only a shift in quality of life but also a growing assumption that power is affordable and reliable.

    The IEA also expects demand to double in the industrial sector, driven by the growth of industries at the core of the region’s economic activity. By 2040, the IEA projects that power generation capacity will more than double to 565 GW, with coal and renewables accounting for almost 70 percent of new capacity. By 2040, the IEA anticipates renewables will account for the largest share of installed capacity (nearly 40 percent), but coal will still have the biggest role in the generation mix (40 percent). Seventy percent of new coal-fired capacity will use high-efficiency supercritical or ultra-supercritical technologies.


    In its search for affordable and available fuel sources, the region cannot ignore climate change. Indeed, much of Southeast Asia’s population lives in low-lying coastal regions that are vulnerable to flooding and typhoons caused by changing weather patterns. According to the ASEAN Centre for Energy, the region’s renewable energy sources include biomass in Thailand, geothermal potential in Indonesia and the Philippines, and wind power potential in Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

    Located near the equator, the region has good solar potential, and the decreasing cost of wind, solar and energy storage is making renewables an increasingly viable investment option. This ability to integrate more renewable energy should help ease the tension between the need for more energy and the need to manage greenhouse gas emissions.

    Significant investments in renewable energy would allow the region to balance out its current power generation portfolio, which skews heavily toward fossil fuels. Another benefit is that renewable energy sites are smaller in scale than conventional coal power stations, allowing for diffused placement on island nations. Even though baseload fossil fuel generation will remain necessary for the foreseeable future, the opportunity lies in deploying microgrids to help integrate intermittent renewable energy with fossil-fueled power to deliver a stable and widely accessible power  supply.


    Currently, 65 million people in Southeast Asia do not have access to electricity, making universal electricity access a critical goal. In spite of that, the growth in renewables is encouraging. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in 2016, Thailand became the first Southeast Asian nation to rank among the top 15 solar power generators worldwide. The region’s desire for energy development can be seen through its policy framework upgrade, fossil-fuel consumption subsidies reform, increased regional cooperation and encouraged investment in renewable energy.

    Emerging countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines are exploring the use of renewable energy to achieve goals of universal access to electricity. Incorporating renewable energy into the mix will give people living in remote areas the opportunity to rely less on expensive and polluting diesel generators, while bringing the region closer to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the commitments of the Paris Agreement.

    These countries are considering off-grid solutions, such as solar mini-grids and microgrids, to provide power to island communities and remote areas where expanding the existing grid is often economically unviable. In 2017, the World Bank reported many of Indonesia’s 6,000 inhabited islands use power from diesel-powered or small hydro-powered mini-grids, and a few are retrofitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to avoid using high-cost diesel fuel.

    According to IRENA, half of the Philippines’ power grid is powered by coal, while natural gas and renewables account for more than a fifth of the energy supply; oil accounts for the rest. The country expects its energy consumption to triple to 67,000 MW by 2040 and, as a result, is accelerating its renewable energy deployments to address this growth in demand.


    The IEA forecasts that Southeast Asia requires at least $2.7 trillion in energy investments by 2040. To meet these increased capacity targets, the region needs to attract large investments from the private sector and international financial institutions. Attracting the appropriate investment will depend largely on the incentives available to investors as well as their perceptions of risks. Investors today are more rigorous in assessing and pricing risk, and they’re quicker to switch asset allocations in response to changing circumstances, including perceptions of a country’s long-term potential.

    Japanese developers typically focus on traditional project financing and equity, while Chinese companies invest through engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts. For renewable energy projects, Chinese developers often act as suppliers for equipment such as solar panels.

    The opportunity to attract investment to the region lies in improving policy and framework certainty, greater efficiency and transparency, and smoothing out the permitting process while ensuring that projects are bankable. Opportunities are also available in reviewing existing policy and regulatory perspective to manage renewable power sources and battery storage together with traditional baseload generation, ensuring grid stability.

    To achieve this, Southeast Asian governments are offering feed-in tariffs and considering reverse auctions. With a feed-in tariff, utilities and power distribution companies are obligated to buy renewable electricity from eligible participants. The World Bank explains that the cost-based prices enable diverse projects to be developed and allow investors to obtain a reasonable return on investments. In 2012, Thailand became one of the first countries to offer feed-in tariffs to solar developers.

    Reverse auctions have also been considered to regulate renewable energy prices. In a reverse auction, sellers (such as generators) allow large consumers or distribution companies to bid for power contracts. The lowest offer is the winner. Policymakers find auctions attractive because they promote competition, push prices down and result in lower tariffs to end users.


    Cheaper renewable energy, together with increased efficiency measures and growing innovation in on- and off-grid energy storage systems, will hopefully make it possible for the region to achieve universal access to a reliable energy supply by the 2030s.

    The appropriate energy mix for each community will depend on its resource distribution, distance from existing demand centers and population density — but perhaps more important is the need for a flexible and pragmatic approach to governing energy access, which will help facilitate incorporating different forms of energy into the mix.

    Increased competitiveness in the renewable energy market will likely lead private developers to look for new growth areas. This, in turn, could lead to more investment in distributed energy and microgrids, improving quality of life on Southeast Asia’s archipelagos.

    Tweet me:By 2040 it's projected that 14% of global #energydemand will reside within Southeast Asia & meeting those demands will require major #energysector transformations. The @Black_Veatch Electric Report details the region's challenges & opportunities

    KEYWORDS: Black & Veatch

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    by Leon Kaye, Executive Editor, TriplePundit

    SOURCE:3BL Media, LLC


    What can a media company that owns a combined 126 television and radio stations do so that all citizens feel they have a voice in the future of the United States, even as the country continues its transformation into a far more diverse society?

    Univision – the leading media company serving Hispanic America with two broadcast networks, 11 cable networks and 15 mobile apps along with its television and radio stations – says it is doing all it can to use its position of trust to ensure Hispanic voices in communities around the country are seen, heard, and counted. According to the Spanish-language media giant, this campaign has two goals: Celebrate this country’s cultural, economic and social diversity, while giving a voice to citizens who want assurance that they will always be heard.

    Announced in May, the Rise Up: Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Counted campaign will use the strengths of mass media, from storytelling to gaming to digital technology, to boost the Hispanic community’s impact across the U.S. as part and parcel of Univision’s corporate responsibility efforts.

    As this campaign’s name suggests, its strategy rests on three pillars:

    BE SEEN is Univision’s directive to catalyze opportunities for the U.S. Hispanic community. Education is one pillar of this program; a drive to boost entrepreneurs is another. There is particular focus on families, including wellness programs to boost their health and that of the communities in which they live.

    BE HEARD offers a voice to the Hispanic community, in both English and Spanish, in the quest to diversify the U.S. media and technology sectors. Univision says it is offering financial support to academic programs coast to coast in a bid to develop more Latinix content creators and technology professionals.

    BE COUNTED focuses on the upcoming 2020 U.S. census. With federal representation and dollars at stake, Univision is pushing citizens to be sure they are not overlooked when it comes to the nation’s decennial population count.

    According to Stephen Keppel, vice president of social impact at Univision and the executive director of Univision Foundation, this campaign reflects a longstanding commitment to empowering communities so they have the tools they need to create a brighter future for themselves and their families. Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Counted not only represents the latest iteration of Univision’s mission to inform, empower, and entertain its audiences, but to stand with communities as they shape the future of the United States.

    “We recognize that there are many issues impacting our diverse communities. We embrace this initiative to celebrate our communities’ cultural, economic, and social diversity,” said Keppel during an interview with CR Magazine. “At the same time, we are listening to those who are encouraging corporations to take action and give voices to the communities.”

    At the heart of Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Counted is providing a platform and literally giving the mic to any voices that need to be amplified as they advocate for positive change.

    In order to allow these voices to be heard, Keppel explained how Univision is directing resources to help young Hispanics break into the media and technology sectors. For example, the company set up a technology center at its San Jose, California affiliate. Named the Univision Technology Center (UTEC), the state-of-the-art facility is designed to serve as a free educational space for the surrounding community.

    In addition, Univision has forged a number of partnerships that serve to train, mentor, and empower young journalists and media influencers. One such program at California State University, Fullerton organized a student video competition to showcase the work of young Latinix journalists, who explored topics including immigrant labor rights, juvenile justice, and violence against transgender immigrants.

    Giving young Latinixs the opportunity to amplify their voices ties in to a large component of Univision’s strategy: The dedication of resources and attention to the upcoming 2020 census. As part of its civic participation work, the company has already begun to raise awareness and encourage participation in the census, as eing counted is critical. Over 130 federal programs and almost $700 billion federal dollars in health, education, environment, workforce, and infrastructure investments will be at stake.

    Furthermore, the 2020 census will determine the future of Congress and how much representation communities will have in presidential and midterm elections. “As such, recognizing the power of the census and the challenges surrounded getting an accurate account, this effort is top of mind,” said Keppel. “We are also investing in efforts and partnerships that best position our diverse Hispanic communities for the future.”

    But Univision believes it cannot push these necessary changes on its own, which is why it is asking for allies. “Our audience is part of the young and rising mainstream of America but still they are often not given the attention they deserve, whether it is by corporations or political parties,” explained Keppel.

    Univision’s goal is not about speaking for this audience, instead the company insists it wants to lift these communities’ voices and help make them heard at a national level. “Our voting and census initiatives are designed to help the Hispanic community engage with the political process and literally be counted,” said Keppel as he ended his interview with CR Magazine. “Promoting civic participation is a great way to engage the Hispanic community, and we would love to encourage other companies, foundations, and partners to join with us in this effort.”

    Read more stories from CR Magazine here.

    Tweet me:See why @Univision wants everyone to be seen, be heard and be counted -- and how they are working to make it happen via #CRMagazine @LeonKaye @3BLMedia #2020Census

    KEYWORDS: Univision, 3bl Media, CR Magazine, Leon Kaye, 2020 census

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    RFK Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy, Human Rights Advocate Van Jones, March for Our Lives Youth Activist Naomi Wadler, Among Others Underscore the Importance of Community Engagement and Advocacy During Virtual Fireside Chat

    SOURCE:Discovery Education


    SILVER SPRING, Md., December 5, 2018 /3BL Media/  In celebration of Human Rights Day, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced an inaugural Speak Truth to Power Virtual Field Trip entitled For the Present and the Future: A Conversation on Human Rights. Together, with host Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and president of RFK Human Rights, the immersive educational experience will showcase established and rising human rights defenders for an inspiring conversation about activism on Human Rights Day, Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m.PT. During the immersion, middle and high school students will hear from defenders as they share inspiring stories and answer questions about what sparked their passion for activism and meaningful community involvement. Educators, parents, students and advocacy communities are invited to register for the Conversation on Human Rightshere.  Viewers are also encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd, @RFKHumanRights and other experts for a LIVE Twitter chat during the premiere of the Virtual Field Trip using #SpeakTruthtoPowerVFT.

    “‘Speak Truth to Power in School’ is focused on creating a new generation of student leaders who are not only aware of human rights abuses, but prepared to do something about them,” said President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Kerry Kennedy. “Our partnership with Discovery Education is vital and the ‘Speak Truth to Power’ Virtual Field Trip will engage students, connecting them to human rights issues that matter most, while inspiring them to be lifelong agents of change.”

    The immersive Virtual Field Trip experience will transport middle and high school students beyond the walls of their classrooms to explore why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ratified on December 10, 1948 – is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago.

    Students will also engage in an intimate conversation with established and emerging human rights defenders, including:

    • Kailash Satyarthi, children’s rights advocate and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    • Van Jones, social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor, and host of The Van Jones Show
    • Jazz Jennings, LGBTQ rights activist and star of TLC’s I am Jazz
    • Naomi Wadler, an Alexandria, Va. fifth-grader and March for Our Lives activist
    • Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    • Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Fencing Bronze Medalist and sports ambassador for the U.S. Department of State’s Initiatives to Empower Women through Sports

    “Discovery Education is honored to partner with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to engage classrooms across this country in a focused dialogue about the power of advocacy,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “By leveraging digitally immersive resources and one-of-a-kind experiences to break down barriers separating students worldwide, we hope to inspire a fearless generation of human rights advocates that are committed to lasting, positive change.”

    Speak Truth to Power in School offers immersive educational experiences and unique, multi-platform online learning tools, including: standards-aligned digital resources, video vignettes, an interactive map, biographies and thought-provoking classroom activities to tell the unforgettable stories of established human rights activists with the goal of helping students further explore pathways to become champions of justice in their own communities. RFK Human Rights’ collaboration with Discovery Education brings Speak Truth to Power to classrooms across the country with the goal of sparking a national dialogue about what it means to be a 21st century solution-seeker and human rights defender in our world today.

    “‘Speak Truth to Power in School’ inspires students, helping them to recognize and value their own agency to make a difference in the world,” said Karen Wells, Midland High School educator, Midland School District, Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. “The RFK Human Rights Virtual Field Trip is an invaluable resource and transforms the way my students think about problem-solving and solution-seeking, as it relates to showing empathy and taking meaningful action.”

    RFK Human Rights is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that engages with young leaders from around the globe and is a leading source of human rights education for young people worldwide. To date, the organization’s efforts have impacted an estimated 5.2 million students, teachers, community leaders and citizens. Twenty-eighteen marks 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy’s run for President, and on December 12, 2018, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will host their 50th Anniversary Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner. The event will celebrate Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy and honor leaders from the international business, public service, media and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

    This year’s laureates include, David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery, 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Bruce D. Broussard, CEO of Humana.

    Speak Truth to Power in School resources are available at no-cost at and are integrated into Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.




    About Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights: 
    Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. We work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Whether in the United States or abroad, our programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.


    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



    Max Burnes, RFK Human Rights

    Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education

    Tweet me:.@RFKHumanRights and @DiscoveryEd Launch Dec. 10th Virtual Field Trip to Inspire and Engage the Next Generation of Human Rights Defenders, #SpeakTruthtoPower

    KEYWORDS: discovery education, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Speak Truth To Power, NYSE:DISCA


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    SOURCE:Hallmark Corporation


    Did You Know? An EPA study found that every 10,000 tons of materials recycled supports nearly 16 jobs and $760,000 in wages. Recycling contributes to both the protection of our environment and American prosperity.


    Hallmark is permanently eliminating all Styrofoam products used in foodservice in its facilities.

    Styrofoam items, which don't readily decompose and are difficult to recycle, will be replaced by compostable paper and recyclable plastic. Emerging research also suggests that heating or consuming hot food in Styrofoam may have a detrimental health effect, so this move is two-fold toward the health of our environment and employees.

    This move by Hallmark facilities of replacing Styrofoam containers with safer, more earth-friendly products, will keep more than 350,000 Styrofoam cups and containers out of landfills each year.

    Download and read more from our full 2017 “Caring In Action” Social Responsibility Report here.


    About Hallmark

    For more than 100 years, family-owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing more than 30,000 worldwide, the approximately $4 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. Its global Hallmark Greetings business sells greeting cards and gift wrap in more than 30 languages with distribution in more than 100 countries and 100,000 rooftops. Hallmark Retail operates 2,000 Hallmark Gold Crown stores in five countries and Hallmark Home & Gifts sells a broad array of home décor and gift product throughout the U.S. Crayola® offers a wide range of art materials and toys designed to spark children’s creativity around the globe. Crown Media Family Networks operates three cable channels – Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama – in addition to Hallmark Publishing, the e-books division of the Hallmark channels, and Hallmark Movies Now, a subscription-based streaming service. Crown Center is a real estate development company that manages the 85-acre hotel, office, entertainment and residential campus surrounding Hallmark’s headquarters.

    For more information, visit

    Connect on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestLinkedIn and YouTube.

    Tweet me:.@Hallmark facilities eliminate Styrofoam containers and replace with safer, more earth-friendly products. This move will keep more than 350,000 Styrofoam cups and containers out of landfills each year #CaringinAction #recycle #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: eliminate Styrofoam containers, sustainability, recycle, Caring in Action, reducing landfills

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


    The Erb Institute is committed to both social and environmental sustainability and its dual-degree program provides students with the resources and tools to drive business sustainability impact within companies, but also field opportunities that offer meaningful engagement. 

    Earlier this year, Erb Institute student, Chris Owen, MBA/MS 2020, worked with Casa María Amor in Cuenca, Ecuador via an Erb Institute Impact Project. This video features such a project. Casa María Amor is a women’s shelter on the outskirts of Cuenca in the Andes Mountains.  Chris conceived, developed and launched an Erb Impact project to help the women of Casa María Amor develop skills aimed at achieving economic independence after leaving abusive relationships.

    The Erb Institute for Business Sustainability is a world-renowned dual-degree (MBA/MS) program that provides the practical tools, management approaches and real-world experience that business sustainability professionals need to respond to today's complex global risks and opportunities. Click here to contact the Erb Institute!

    Tweet me:WATCH: Looking to hire #MBAs who can drive #sustainable change? Are you a prospective #MBA looking to have positive #impact in your career? The @erbinstitute is your next step! Contact us here: #social + #environmental #sustainability @PeaceCorps

    KEYWORDS: Erb Institute, university of michigan, Ecuador, Casa Maria Amor

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    SOURCE:Antea Group


    Antea Group took part in the recent 26th annual NAEM EHS&S Management Forum in Louisville, KY. It was a gathering of some of the brightest and best global EHS&S leaders and NexGen Leaders.

    Although a difficult choice to make, Antea Group narrowed down the top 5 favorite takeaways-- like the challenges of leading a multi-generational workforce. Read the details here.

    About Antea Group

    Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure, urban planning and water. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Learn more at

    Tweet me:.@AnteaGroup's Top Take-Aways From The 2018 NAEM EHS&S Management Forum

    Contact Info:

    KEYWORDS: national association for environmental management, naem, EHS&S, sustainability, Environment Health & Safety, antea group

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  • 12/05/18--02:45: PNC December CSR Newsletter
  • SOURCE:PNC Financial Services Group


    Shopping Online? Foil the Fraudsters with These Tips

    There it is, that fantastic gift everybody wants but has been so hard to find. Your excitement builds as you take out your credit card and begin typing in the number and expiration date quickly...

    One of the biggest mistakes shoppers can make when buying online is failing to shop with legitimate online retailers. Instead of buying gifts, shoppers are handing over their credit card information to fraudsters.

    Read more from Trevor Buxton, fraud communications manager and Certified Fraud Examiner at PNC.

    PNC Crezca con Éxito and Hispanic Heritage Month

    Building on the success of the annual PNC Grow Up Great Day of service, PNC Crezca con Éxito Day brought together more than 150 employees across PNC markets to provide support for early childhood education initiatives during Hispanic Heritage Month.

    The Latino Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) led the effort and employees in other EBRGs, including Multicultural, African American, Women Connect, PNC Proud (LGBTQ+) and PREP (emerging professionals), joined in. The EBRGs are an important part of PNC's diversity & inclusion strategy and support employees with a shared heritage, gender, sexual orientation, background or interest in intergenerational connection, and are open to anyone who supports their mission.

    Throughout the month, these employees volunteered more than 500 hours at preschools in their communities. In addition to outdoor maintenance, landscaping playgrounds, cleaning up classrooms and painting, employee volunteers prepared emergency evacuation materials for classrooms, delivered school supplies and spent time with children and teachers.

    You can learn more about PNC Grow Up Great, our signature early childhood education initiative, in English or Spanish.

    Decorated Veteran Receives Keys to Mortgage- Free Home

    On November 7, Former Master Sgt. Michael Levine and his family received the keys to their new home in Stantonsburg, North Carolina. PNC Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation donated the four- bedroom, two-bath house to Levine, who was wounded during his second tour of Iraq in 2005. Levin is a 24- year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Iowa Army National Guard. He received the Purple Heart and many other commendations for his service.

    “We have our freedom today because of your sacrifice and your family’s sacrifice,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president of Eastern Carolinas, in opening remarks. “Welcome home.”

    Read more.

    It Took an Opportunity to Give Life to an Old Building

    The Opportunity Zone program, part of the federal tax legislation passed in December 2017, is the latest in a series of tax-incentive programs designed to encourage investment, jobs and economic growth in low-income or economically distressed communities across the country. The newly created PNC Opportunity Zone Investment, together with traditional Community Development Banking financing and the use of historic tax credits, is helping to breathe new life into a 125-year-old former ice plant and cold storage warehouse in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    “We view this program as a natural extension of what we do every day,” said Kevin Rogers, senior vice president of Community Development Banking at PNC Bank. “This supports our commitment to finding investment opportunities that provide affordable housing, economic development and revitalization in the communities in which PNC operates.”

    Read more. 

    Meet PNC's First Accessibility Officer

    As organizations deepen their commitment to diversity and inclusion, a best practice is emerging: companies like PNC are adding roles specifically focused on disability and accessibility.

    In late 2017, a team of leaders from around the company convened to form a ‘disability roundtable’ to advance PNC’s work around disability inclusion. As the team explored opportunities and needs, one recommendation was clear: hire an accessibility officer.

    “Leaders at all levels of the organization are committed to accessibility and disability inclusion,” says Greg Pollock, PNC’s first-ever accessibility officer, “and my position is proof of their commitment to this strategy.”

    Read more.

    It Takes a Village: Corporate Social Responsibility in Action

    PNC's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility depends on the everyday actions of our employees. Recently, two employees in our Camp Hill, PA office recognized an opportunity to better live our commitment to environmental sustainability while also eliminating an issue that wasted employee time and money.

    Every night, a set of 57 reports was automatically generated and sent to the Camp Hill office printer. The team only needed five of these 57 reports - in fact, the were shredding four inches of paper every day.

    Employees Jaylene Barnowsky, client solutions supervisor and Jack Dreibelbis, senior client solutions specialist, reached out to colleagues and a project team was formed. Working together, they found ways to access the reports virtually and eliminate the unnecessary printing of these documents.

    PNC's goal is to reduce our paper usage by ten percent each year. One component of reaching this goal is the efficient enterprise-wide management of our printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines. But meeting this goal would not be possible without the vigiliance, creativity and daily action of our employees.

    Learn more about PNC's commitment to environmental sustainability.

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    Visit PNC's Corporate Social Responsibility website at for more information, our latest CSR Report and more. Additional information on PNC is also available on our corporate website at

    Tweet me:.@PNCBank December #CSR newsletter foil fraudsters while online shopping, Decorated Veteran Receives Keys to Mortgage- Free Home, Hispanic Heritage Month and more

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    Want to ship more, with less impact?



    Our customers want to ship more, with less impact. We offer sustainable solutions to help minimize the environmental impacts associated with their supply chains.

    This infographic is from the 2017 UPS Sustainability Progress Report: On the Leading Edge. Visit to see the full Report, GRI Content Index, and other stories of innovation.

    Tweet me:.@UPS helps customers ship more with less impact this holiday season by providing #sustainable ways to get your #ecommerce and other #holiday shipping done. Learn more with this convenient guide to cut #carbon and stay on the nice list

    KEYWORDS: UPS, carbon neutral shipping, sustainability solutions, NYSE:UPS

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    BloombergNEF released its annual Climatescope report at the Shanghai Future of Energy Summit last week. Climatescope evaluates the investment conditions for clean energy and climate-related investments in 103 countries. For the first time Chile takes the number one spot in the country ranking from previously China.

    Check out the interactive findings on the Climatescope website

    Tweet me:The latest #ClimateScope report by @BloombergNEF details how emerging markets are leading the transition to a clean energy future – with the private sector playing an increasingly important role in spurring new investment.

    KEYWORDS: Bloomberg, Climate Scope

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    SOURCE:Duke Energy


    Contributions will benefit 14 organizations supporting environmental projects and programs across the Palmetto State


    GREENVILLE, S.C., December 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 14 South Carolina organizations that will fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the Palmetto State.

    "We are committed to investing resources and working alongside our community partners to ensure future generations enjoy the immeasurable benefits of the nature around us," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. "By supporting the organizations that do this honorable work, we can help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, and support quality environmental education programs in our state."

    The Palmetto Conservation Foundation received a grant to support training of and work by Palmetto Conservation Corps crews to protect and improve about 100 miles of public trails. These funds will allow the Corps to complete environmental projects in public lands across the Upstate.

    "Duke Energy's support of the Palmetto Trail and the Palmetto Conservation Corps exemplifies good corporate citizenry at its finest," said Natalie Britt, executive director of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. "The Corps is South Carolina'sonly trail-based AmeriCorps job-training program for young adults interested in careers in public land management, recreational trails and environmental stewardship. The Palmetto Trail is proud to call Duke Energy a partner."

    Carolina Waterfowl Rescue received funds to restore and enhance the habitat of a previous mining site in Marlboro County by providing refuge for protected and endangered wildlife.

    "This grant will enable us to provide an enhanced wildlife habitat for endangered and protected birds," said Jennifer Gordon, executive director of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. "We wouldn't be able to do the work we do without the support from Duke Energy."

    Environmental grant recipients
    These organizations received grants to improve the environment in their local communities:

    • Anderson County Library: To support the Fishing Tackle Loan Program, which in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources teaches library users about local fish habitats and the community's impact on water quality.
    • Carolina Waterfowl Rescue: To restore and enhance the habitat of a previous mining site in Marlboro County by providing refuge for protected and endangered wildlife.
    • Chesterfield Soil and Water Conservation District: To provide additional habitat for many wildlife species that depend on the longleaf pine ecosystem in Chesterfield County.
    • Friends of Paris Mountain State Park: To help with habitat restoration at Lake Buckhorn, originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939.
    • Kalmia Gardens of Coker College: To help restore, promote and protect natural habitats and wildlife by removing non-native plant species.
    • Lindsay Pettus Greenway: To develop the Environmental Education Center area with a baseline natural resources inventory, removal of invasive species and restoration of native habitat.
    • The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina: To support several priority stewardship projects including trail maintenance, signage updates and habitat enhancement at Nine Times Preserve in Pickens County.
    • Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District: To expand habitat management capabilities of U.S. Forest Service lands while continuing to assist private landowners in implementing habitat improvement practices.
    • Palmetto Conservation Foundation: To support training of and work by Palmetto Conservation Corps crews to protect and improve about 100 miles of public trails.
    • Partners for Active Living: To improve water quality along Spartanburg'sMary Black Foundation Rail Trail with innovative landscape elements designed to remove debris and pollution from surface runoff water.
    • South Carolina Aquarium: To support the traveling environmental education outreach program – Rovers – in Marion and Clarendon counties.
    • South Carolina Waterfowl Association: To support scholarships to Camp Leopold, a school year natural resource conservation and environmental education camp in Pinewood, S.C., that reconnects students to the land community through the use of hands-on environmental education programs.
    • Trees Greenville: To continue the "Energy Saving Trees" program, which gives residents trees and information that will help conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.
    • Trees SC: To support Florence County residents with free trees and education on strategic planting that will help save energy and money.

    The Foundation annually funds more than $33 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's seven-state service area. In 2017, the company donated more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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

    Ryan Mosier 
    Office: 864.370.5036 | 24-Hour: 800.559.3853 
    Twitter: @DE_RyanMosier

    Tweet me:.@DukeEnergy awards grants to SC organizations for the protection and restoration of #wildlife and #naturalresources, and support of environmental #education programs #CSR #philanthropy #conservation #DEPowerfulCommunities

    KEYWORDS: Duke Energy, South Carolina, Palmetto Trail, South Carolina Aquarium

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    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good


    This content was initially published in CECP's 2018 edition of Giving in Numbers, the industry-leading report on the corporate sector's continuous support of society.


    With over 25 million refugees around the world, we face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis for which there are no simple solutions. This crisis calls for innovative, collaborative solutions, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited has risen to this call to action. Deloitte’s core belief in action is that refugees are not just victims of unfortunate circumstance but are active members of society with potential and talent. Deloitte aims to unlock refugee potential and is working to understand the challenges refugees face as they seek employment in their new country. Through a study in collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (RSC), Talent displaced: The economic lives of Syrian refugees in Europe, Deloitte found that a significant number of surveyed Syrian refugees are highly educated and skilled, indeed 38% have university education—and yet the majority (82%) are unemployed. Deloitte’s findings suggest practical implications to better support the economic ambitions of refugees, from closing the language-training gap to providing mentorship opportunities.

    Deloitte has translated these findings to practice, supporting refugee-integration efforts throughout the company’s network. Deloitte in Germany has adjusted its hiring policies to provide the refugee community with employment and mentorship opportunities. Meanwhile, Deloitte in Canada has collaborated with public organizations to create a web portal that connects Syrian refugees with goods and services, particularly housing and employment.


    Symantec VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cecily Joseph, states that “as sustainability and impact professionals, we must recognize that equity is our joint responsibility and we have an opportunity to help lead our companies in making racial and gender equity the business norm.” Symantec demonstrates its investment in diversity and inclusion through its Symantec Cyber Career Connection (Symantec C3) program. Partnering with nonprofit training organizations that target underrepresented and under-resourced young adults and military veterans, Symantec C3 trains participants in cyber security fields for 26 weeks, with the end goal of job placement in the industry. As cyber security is one of today’s most in-demand fields, growing three times faster than other IT jobs, this is an incredible opportunity to fill a growing need—a need expected to reach a staggering 1.5 million open jobs by 2021. It’s also an opportunity to help change the trajectory of the tech workforce—specifically for women, minorities, and veterans. 

    The Symantec C3 curriculum focuses on both technical and soft skills, from training in cyber security software and computer programming to interview preparation. Program graduates have opportunities to interview with a network of companies and, in 2017, 82% of graduates were employed in cyber security positions or pursuing additional degrees. The resulting talent pipeline is a win-win for both a fast-growing field and underrepresented young adults.

    Symantec C3 partnerships with education-focused nonprofits including Year Up and NPower raise awareness of these plentiful career opportunities, and helped Symantec reach its goal of educating one million students in STEM education in 2017.


    Launched in 2014 in alignment with Mastercard’s commitment to gender diversity and equity, Girls4Tech is Mastercard’s signature STEM education program that inspires girls around the world to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girls4Tech leverages Mastercard’s own resources—showcasing its electronic payments technology and engaging its employees as role models and mentors—to engage girls ages 9 to 13 in a series of STEM challenges. Through stations showcasing algorithms, all things digital, fraud detection, local network intelligence, cryptology, and big data, girls gain exposure to fields they were unfamiliar with, and build skills needed to become problem-solvers. Mastercard is approaching gender diversity on a global scale and has reached 70,000 girls to date in 21 countries. The company is committed to reaching 200,000 girls worldwide by 2020.

    In addition to its external work, Mastercard leads by example through internal practice. As of the fourth quarter of 2017, it reported that nearly 40% of its global workforce and 30% of its senior management was female. It also reported that for every $1 earned by men, women employees earned $0.991. Mastercard is committed to the principle of equal pay for equal work and remains dedicated to practices to ensure pay equity.

    Interested in learning more about advancing Diversity & Inclusion through corporate social investment? Check out CECP's latest paper on Diversity & Inclusion here.

    Tweet me:What are leading companies doing to address issues of #diversity & #inclusion in their workplaces, communities, & around the world? Read the Trends in Action on D&I in @CECPTweets’ 2018 Edition of #GivinginNumbers18:

    KEYWORDS: 2018 Giving in Numbers, CECP

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    Employee Engagement and Fundraising in Support of Company’s 24th Annual United Way Campaign

    SOURCE:Ingersoll Rand


    December 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, initiated its 24th annual campaign with the United Way to address critical issues in America’s communities – hunger, housing and shelter.

    The company’s U.S.-wide fundraising campaign, which includes a company match for every Ingersoll Rand employee donation, directed its dollars toward United Way organizations that address homelessness and related economic stability needs. Some of these organizations include Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Life Span Services and Love, Inc.

    In addition, 1,800 employees in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee volunteered 4,000 hours in a single week with a range of United Way organizations to build a homeless center, prepare and serve meals, and organize snack packages for children. These volunteer hours contribute toward one of the company’s 2020 sustainability commitments, to dedicate 40,000 employee volunteer hours toward housing and shelter.

    “For Ingersoll Rand, our commitment to building better environments extends all the way from the products we create to how we improve the communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Scott Krull, vice president, global commercial leader, compression technologies at Ingersoll Rand and member of United Way of Central Carolinas’ Board of Directors. “The United Way’s unique model allows for an enormous, positive impact for individuals and families, and we are proud to be their partner in the local communities.”

    Ingersoll Rand employees from the six locations around Charlotte, N.C., volunteered at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen and Second Harvest Food Bank to cook, serve and organize food for local community members. Volunteers also spent time helping the Mooresville Christian Mission prepare for the holidays by decorating and helping to stock and organize the shelves for the Mission’s busiest season of giving.

    Employees at the company’s Club Car location in Augusta, G.A. provided more than 500 children in Columbia County with snack packs distributed through schools. The packs include nutritious snacks, stickers and inspirational notes written by company employees.

    The company’s Augusta team has two additional community engagement events in December making fleece blankets for the Salvation Army and hosting a toy drive for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

    Employees who work at the Trane plant in Clarksville, Tenn. helped Manna Café Ministries construct and clean its new complex, Manna Village. Manna provides meals and food boxes for the homeless, and is expanding together with other support agencies to create a one-stop destination for resources.

    In addition to the annual campaign, Ingersoll Rand’s engagement with the United Way is year-round. In 2017, Ingersoll Rand and its employees donated over $3 million to United Way chapters across the U.S.

    As a resource for company philanthropy and humanitarian work, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation enables Ingersoll Rand to advance its efforts in creating a world of sustainable progress. To achieve the goal of advancing the quality of life, Ingersoll Rand has developed charitable partnerships with organizations, such as the United Way, to help build comfortable, efficient and sustainable communities.

    Tweet me:One week. 1,800 employee volunteers. 4,000 hours supporting @UnitedWay in the communities where we live and work.

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:IR, Ingersoll Rand, United Way, Volunteering


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    Who cares what the CEO thinks? Not Millennials!



    Corporate bosses don’t motivate new generations of workers when it comes to philanthropy. Learn how to use viral engagement techniques to get your total workforce fired up about your programs. You will learn:

    • The raw facts about what motivates Millennials to act

    • How dashboards, gamification and online sharing work together to drive engagement

    • Most importantly, how to put these techniques to work for your organization

    Tweet me:Co-workers are 50% more influential than bosses when it comes to inspiring #philanthropy and #employeeengagement among #millennials. Learn #ViralEngagement techniques: @CyberGrants

    KEYWORDS: csr, corporate philanthropy, Grants management, Employee Engagement, Social Impact, millennials, employees, Cybergrants, viral engagement

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    SOURCE:3BL Forum



    Consumers Like Brands That Take Stands
    Almost every company’s website has a section called “Our Values.” Many have a section titled “Our Mission,” sometimes related to the values commentary, and sometimes a standalone section. These statements usually spell out a business’s commitment to its employees and community, to its standards in its practices, and to its general reason for being, usually in fairly generic terms. Occasionally, there are specific references to causes with which the company is engaged, usually local or national charities or non-profit partner organizations.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with these proclamations. But in these turbulent times, they don’t seem to rise to the higher expectations that consumers and communities have about the larger purpose of business within society.
    Some companies have stepped up their statements by using the term “purpose,” which implies a greater degree of engagement. This is where traditional corporate practice comes into the picture. Public companies have historically been very guarded about making any strong statement(s) that might offend customers, either existing or potential. “Taking sides” is seen as polarizing in itself, no matter the position taken.
    However, many of the basic points covered in corporate values, mission, and purpose statements come down pretty explicitly on one side of several major issues. Companies often announce that they do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity; that they respect human rights; that they do not tolerate harassment or hate speech; that they expect the highest level of conduct from employees; and that they work at being environmentally friendly.
    Ironically, many of these values, missions, and purposes actually describe what might be called “stands“ on issues from discrimination to social behaviors. Companies today are indeed taking positions on fundamental internal issues through policies that spell out their workplace codes of conduct, hiring practices, and supply chain sourcing, although perhaps not describing them as such. Whether acknowledged or not, much of business is trying to perform better. Taking explicit public stands on the big social and political issues of the day—immigration, climate change, gun control, and human rights—may be the most visible way in which change is transforming how companies do business, but it’s not the only choice. Progress is also being made internally, away from the media, by the thousands of people all around the world, from employees to consumers, who do the daily work and make daily choices about how to move business to better purpose.
    After three years of increasing activity in this area, we’re beginning to arrive at the facts that prove the case. The latest data comes from Accenture Strategy, which has just released its latest Global Consumer Pulse Research. Its bottom-line conclusion: “A majority of consumers globally prefer buying from brands that take a stand on issues they care about.”

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    Sustainability Leader Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Adds Up the Bottom Line
    As he steps down as chief executive of the food and personal care conglomerate Unilever, Paul Polman is being celebrated as a pioneer in putting corporate social responsibility into bottom-line action. Called “a champion of the multi-stakeholder model of capitalism, who dared [my italics] put environmental and ethical issues on the same footing as generating profits for shareholders” by the Financial Times, Polman was a highly visible C-suite driver of introducing sustainability into every aspect of the company’s operations, from sourcing to packaging to products. But his legacy also includes an approach to the bottom line that deserves attention. When he took the helm in 2009, Unilever was stagnant in growth and losing market share. Polman’s reaction to this situation in his first week on the job? To eliminate short-term quarterly reporting so that he could rebuild the company away from investor pressure. The bottom line as he leaves? “Unilever’s total shareholder returns over the period were 282 percent with dividends reinvested, according to Bloomberg, versus 182 percent for Nestlé, or 131 percent for the FTSE index.”
    The company’s stock price gain over Polman’s tenure is 184 percent versus rival Nestlé’s 104 percent advance during the same time period.
    Polman’s performance when measured financially as well as ethically, make his example a great model for future global CEOs.

    Opioid Crisis Initiative Adds to Bloomberg Policy Portfolio
    As the opioid crisis continues to blight the country with little attention from the federal government, the private sector is stepping in to take action. Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charity operation of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is donating $50 million over the next three years to 10 states to strengthen treatment programs and to address causes of addition.
    Bloomberg Philanthropies said it would help 10 states fight the causes of opioid addiction and strengthen prevention and treatment programs. Bloomberg’s charity said CDC data shows there were more than 70,000 U.S. drug overdose deaths last year, including more than 47,000 from opioids, the highest numbers on record.
    Speaking at the inaugural Bloomberg American Health summit in Washington D.C., Bloomberg said, “We are experiencing a national crisis: For the first time since World War I, life expectancy in the U.S. has declined over the past three years—and opioids are a big reason why. We cannot sit by and allow this alarming trend to continue—not when so many Americans are being killed in what should be the prime of their lives.”
    The opioid issue is the latest public policy marker laid down by Bloomberg. It follows his actions to lead on climate change and gun control. This portfolio of initiatives on major public issues is beginning to look like that of a potential presidential candidate,even if it harkens back to the days when the national political discourse focused on issues, not partisan warfare and personal insult. Bloomberg has said he is considering a 2020 presidential bid; he has previously registered as an independent and a Republican, but most recently has declared allegiance to the Democratic Party. He invested heavily in the recent 2018 mid-term elections to help elect Democrats. If he runs, even if only to ensure that the debates include addressing such large issues as public health, gun violence, and the environment, it would be the biggest step yet taken by business to drive progressive change in the social sphere.
    In addition, the defense contractor Leidos, which last year took the corporate lead on addressing the opioid crisis, has issued an update in the form of a white paper. “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” outlines the sobering news. Last month, Leidos chairman and CEO Roger Krone attended a White House event for the signing of the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act”, committing his support along with leaders from 20 other participating companies. Krone was given a CR Magazine Responsible CEO award at the 2017 3BL Forum for his leadership on the issue.

    Ford Announces First-Ever Human Rights Review by an Automaker
    There is some good news to note about the auto industry behind the recent headlines about layoffs and tariff wars. Ford has completed a “saliency assessment,” a review that identifies nine of the most important human rights issues relevant to the company. The issues described are those “at risk of the most severe negative impact through activities or business relationships.” They are: Product safety and quality; harassment and discrimination; responsible sourcing of raw materials; health and safety; climate change; air quality; access to water and sanitation; and forced labor and child labor. The assessment was conducted in line with the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework.
    The automaker says it will now develop an action plan to address these issues, through a specific filter of the link between environmental issues and the human rights issues that emerged from the review.
    “This is the first time that we at Ford have really started to combine human rights issues with environmental issues,” said Mary Wroten, director, corporate sustainability. “What we need to remember is that people and the planet are connected, and that’s what we need to talk more about.”
    News about the auto industry tends to focus on technological disruption: Electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and Internet-based functionality. I would argue that a holistic overview such as that of Ford’s review has the potential for introducing just as much meaningful change into the industry as any shift in energy sourcing or computer-driven features.

    December 7th: Day of Understanding
    On December 7th, CEO Action signatory companies will come together to take a bold action and host a daylong discussion on understanding within each of their respective companies in order to further embrace difference in our organizations, educate our people and build more inclusive cultures inside and outside of our workplaces.

    One of the core commitments within CEO Action is to make our workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion. By encouraging an ongoing dialogue, we are building trust, encouraging compassion and open-mindedness, and reinforcing our commitment to a culture of inclusivity across our companies.

    Each session will look different depending on the company, key issues it wants to tackle, nature and geography of its workforce (virtual, across multiple locations, all in one location etc.) Each session will be adapted to the organizational culture of the firm. However, the goal remains the same: Build a more trusting place to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion.

    For more information: click here.

    “I don’t think the next globally impactful company is going to be able to sit on the fence. I think it’s going to have to say: ‘This is what we believe in’.”
    —Tom Blomfield, CEO and co-founder, Monzo

    excerpted from Financial Times


    Kristie Middleton has been named vice president of business development for Seattle Food Tech. Middleton will lead a multifaceted branding, outreach, distribution, and sales effort to bring SFT’s plant-based chicken products to schools, hospitals, universities, and the military. She joins SFT from her position as managing director of farm animal protection at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). During her time at HSUS, she directed the group’s efforts to promote plant-based eating among food service management corporations and institutions across the United States. Middleton partnered with the nation’s biggest school districts including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Houston and major food companies to implement plant-based initiatives such as Meatless Monday.

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    Nestled in the grassy plains of Gabon’s savanna region, Lékédi National Park is home to several fisheries as well as monkeys, buffalo, antelopes and other wildlife indigenous to Central Africa. When they wanted to build a base camp to accommodate staff and visitors and needed a cost-effective, reliable, scalable solution for power and water supply, they called on Caterpillar.

    Click here to learn more about how the park worked with local Cat® dealer Tractafric Equipment to design and install two separate power solutions.

    Tweet me:When Lekedi National Park needed a cost-effective, reliable and scalable solution for power and water supply, they called on @CaterpillarInc. Check out Caterpillar’s 2017 sustainability report to learn more

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    PASADENA, CA, Dec. 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ - A new survey is upending common perceptions that younger people can be less focused on saving for the future.

    According to CIT Bank’s new 2018 Holiday Savings Survey[1], more than half of Gen Z and Millennial U.S. consumers will prioritize savings as a New Year’s resolution, compared to only about a third of Gen X and Boomer generations.[2]

    “Gen Z and Millennial generations are demonstrating how much they value preparing financially for future priorities,” said Ravi Kumar, head of Internet Banking at CIT Bank. “These generations are leading the way in setting consistent, manageable saving goals for 2019.”

    Getting Ahead of the Holidays

    When it comes to saving for holiday shopping, one in three consumers report they save consistently. Yet Millennial and Gen Z consumers still lead in staying prepared (37 and 36 percent), in comparison to Gen X and Boomer consumers (30 percent).

    Still, only one in ten have an established account specifically dedicated to holiday savings, suggesting more can be done to get ahead of anticipated seasonal spending. 

    Establishing a Smart Savings Strategy

    Despite variations in making saving a priority during the holiday season, three quarters of U.S. consumers are willing to stick to a strategy that encourages saving $100 each month. 

    “From working out to staying organized, the most popular resolutions have one thing in common, their focus on forming a habit,” mentioned Kumar. “CIT Bank’s Savings Builder account helps consumers kick start forming a habit of saving consistently by rewarding those who deposit at least $100 each month with a higher interest rate.”

    “Keeping a New Year’s goal is a challenge for most, however, automating your savings ensures you can stick to your goals without any added effort,” he continued.

    $100 Monthly Savings, 100 Meals

    Along with establishing a smart savings strategy, consumers can also give back to people in need this holiday season. For every Savings Builder opened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 20, CIT Bank is donating 100 meals to Feeding America as part of parent company CIT’s #GiveLikeYou campaign.

    For more information about CIT Bank’s new survey visit

    About CIT

    CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience, approximately $50 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2018, and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company’s commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, real estate financing, equipment financing, factoring and railcar financing. CIT’s consumer banking segment includes its national online bank, CIT Bank, and a Southern California branch bank, OneWest Bank. Discover more at

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    [1]© 2018 CIT Group Inc. All rights reserved. The survey was conducted online within the United States by Survey Monkey on behalf of CIT between Oct. 1 - 5, 2018 among 1,404 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

    [2] Gen Z is considered ages 18-24, Millennials are considered ages 25-36, Gen X is considered ages 37-51,

    and Boomers or older are considered +52.

    Tweet me:According to @CITGroup’s new 2018 Holiday Savings Survey, more than half of Gen Z and Millennial U.S. consumers will prioritize savings as a New Year’s resolution, compared to only about a third of Gen X and Boomer generations.

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