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    SOURCE:Subaru of America

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    At Subaru, our passion for the outdoors never hibernates. That’s why we created Subaru WinterFest, a one-of-a-kind concert and mountain lifestyle tour featuring live music, Subaru swag, free snacks and beverages, daily giveaways, gear demos, dog activities at select stops and much more at some of the nation’s top resorts. Gather your tribe, head to WinterFest and make memories that last forever.

    Learn more about the events at WinterFest: www.subaru.com/winterfest.

    Discover more information about Subaru's use of sustainable practices during WinterFest. 

    About Subaru of America, Inc. 
    Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

    For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

    Tweet me:.@Subaru_USA partners with @TerraCycle and @leavenotrace to promote responsible recreation & #recycling at the 2019 #SubaruWinterFest http://bit.ly/2A6Lj7g #SubaruLovestheEarth #DontFeedtheLandfills

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:FUJHF, Subaru of America


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    By Mark Solomon

    SOURCE:General Mills

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    The U.S. wastes edible food at an alarming rate. Each year, about 72 billion pounds of otherwise consumable foodstuffs never make it onto store shelves, according to estimates from Feeding America, a large hunger-relief group. Annually, that amounts to roughly 40 percent of all food in the US, the group said. Those figures don’t include the volumes of food that spoil either at rest or in transit. Nor does it cover the mountains of scraps thrown away every day by hotels, restaurants, consumers and the like.

    There are several reasons for this. Overproduction sometimes leads to surpluses that distribution center space aren’t able to accommodate. Miscommunication among supply chain partners can push orders of incorrect quantities on facilities that aren’t expecting them. Slightly damaged shipments can result in products that are deemed commercially unsaleable but that are still consumable, nutritious, and pose no health risk. A food supply chain trained only to move goods in the forward direction may find it simpler to just dump rejected products rather than to reposition them through complex and mostly unfamiliar reverse logistics processes.

    Read the full article here

     

    KEYWORDS: Trucker Project, General Mills, Meal Connect, Feeding America, Food Waste


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    By: John A. Lanier

    SOURCE:Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    SUMMARY:

    Recently, one particular gauntlet was thrown down by an unlikely challenger, and it was a weighty one at that. About a month ago, Xcel Energy became the first major utility in the United States to commit to providing 100% carbon-free energy to its customers by 2050.

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    I’ve never known anyone to own a pair of gauntlets, much less wear them. I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that heavy metal gloves don’t serve much of a purpose in modern day society. Maybe some aspiring knight is roaming the English countryside while sporting a pair, but I’ll probably never meet the chap. Too bad.

    That said, the expression “throw down the gauntlet” persists in our common language. It means to issue a challenge to someone, referring to the medieval practice of a knight tossing a gauntlet at the feet of an opponent he wished to confront. That practice then evolved to using gloves as a way to initiate pistol duels, and I like to think that it continues today in the form of hockey players getting into fisticuffs.

    Recently, one particular gauntlet was thrown down by an unlikely challenger, and it was a weighty one at that. About a month ago, Xcel Energy became the first major utility in the United States to commit to providing 100% carbon-free energy to its customers by 2050. Here’s a link to information about the commitment on their website, and another link to Greentech Media’s article about the pledge.

    I have a few observations. First is that it’s about dang time we saw a utility thinking this way! Anyone who looks at the current business model of utilities must be a bit concerned, especially in light of our changing climate. Here, finally, we have a utility publicly declaring how much transformation we need from them. I hope more follow suit.

    Second, I don’t love that the goal is carbon-free energy. I would strongly prefer renewable energy, as I’m not in favor of nuclear power in general. But I won’t complain too much in this space, as nuclear is still better than fossil fuels, and their plans don’t call for additional nuclear capacity. They’ll maintain current nuclear plants while investing new dollars in renewables.

    Lastly, I applaud that they have set an intermediary goal of 80% carbon-free by 2030. It is an ambitious goal in its own right, but also one that they can see their way through to achieving. They admit that they don’t currently know how to achieve the last 20%, but they took the pledge anyway. More companies should be willing to make pledges, even if they have to figure out along the way how the goals can be achieved.

    To be clear, the pledge wasn’t actually a challenge that Xcel was issuing to any other utility. I just want to think of it that way. When Ray Anderson declared that Interface would pursue environmental sustainability, he wasn’t challenging his competitors – he was just doing the right thing. After he proved that sustainability was good for business though, his competitors had to catch up all the same. Here’s hoping that Xcel Energy is just as impactful.

    This blog is also available via email subscription.

    Click here to subscribe and to receive Ecocentricity automatically every Wednesday morning via email.

    Tweet me:Recently, a gauntlet was thrown down by an unlikely challenger; a weighty one at that. @XcelEnergyMN became the 1st major utility in the United States to commit to providing 100% carbon-free energy to its customers by 2050. #Ecocentricity @johnalanierRCAF http://bit.ly/2C7gtvw

    Contact Info:

    Valerie Bennett
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation
    +1 (770) 317-5858
    valerie@raycandersonfoundation.org

    KEYWORDS: carbon-free energy, John A. Lanier, Ray C. Anderson Foundation, #Ecocentricity, XCEL ENERGY


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    SOURCE:Antea Group

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    Well run environment, health and safety (EHS) programs at technology companies improve worker safety, cut costs, ensure regulatory compliance and boost company image. Use Antea Group’s EHS checklist to measure your company’s EHS preparedness and performance.

    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 https://us.anteagroup.com.

    Tweet me:.@AnteaGroup's EHS Checklist for Low-Risk Technology Facilities http://bit.ly/2RPHom1

    Contact Info:

    katie.nordenson@anteagroup.com

    KEYWORDS: EHS manager, technology company, low EHS risk, evacuation route, fire safety, chemical management, call center EHS, office EHS, data center EHS, antea group


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    "Only when a diverse workforce is fully embraced and empowered... can we tap into the creative genius that lies within all of us," says Marva Smalls, executive vice president, global head of inclusion strategy for Viacom.

    SOURCE:Viacom

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    By Marva Smalls

    Diversity and inclusion are words that are used a lot these days. But what do they really mean? Are they just talking points? Window-dressing to create a better image? Just a way to claim “political correctness”? Or do they go to the core of corporate culture and practices? For a rapidly growing number of businesses, it’s the last question that’s producing an emphatic answer of “yes!” Because in today’s America—and around the globe—diversity and inclusion are the keys to long-term success for any company seeking to appeal to customers and audiences in a time of rapid demographic, generational, societal, and attitudinal change. Ethnically diverse companies are 33% more likely to outperform their peers and gender diverse companies are 21% more likely to do the same, according to Mckinsey & Company.

    That’s because more diverse companies are better able to win top talent and improve customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision-making. At the same time, diversity requires inclusion. Because the former without the latter is just tokenism. Only when a diverse workforce is fully embraced and empowered—and located at the center rather than the sidelines of corporate culture—can we tap into the creative genius that lies within all of us.

    That’s exactly the course we have chosen to pursue at Viacom, where I’ve worked for more than 25 years, and where I’ve served as Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy for the past 12 years. Affirming the findings of independent experts, we know from firsthand experience that the wider we cast our nets, the better decisions we make, due to the wisdom and ingenuity of those who accomplish despite adversity. With a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment, we can achieve not only cultural diversity but cognitive diversity, which leads to out-of-the-box ideas and prevents the groupthink that is the Achilles heel of even the most successful enterprises. We can enrich our content with the full range of perspectives that are experienced and expected by our audiences —ensuring that anyone who’s felt like an “other” can feel like they belong.

    As Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has said, “we fundamentally believe that to entertain diverse audiences it requires a diverse notion of ideas.” As a result, Viacom is trying to weave diversity and inclusion into every strand of our DNA. That’s apparent in our leadership; we’re one of only 16 companies with female-majority corporate boards in the Russell 3000 Index. Our leadership is accountable, too, as senior vice presidents and above are required to go through inclusive leadership training. And putting our money where our mouths are, their compensation is tied to their ability to create inclusive working environments. Another way we are practicing diversity and inclusion is by empowering members of our workforce through Employee Resource Groups (ERGS). Our eight employee-led constituencies—including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ employees, working parents, and nextgeneration leaders—drive Viacom’s growth by fostering community and professional development. They are fully embedded throughout our business. They’ve been launched internationally, where they are organized in culturally-appropriate ways. And they are responsible for the success of some of our most important initiatives.

    Our objective is to create a working environment where every single employee brings their whole self to work each and every day. Because we do our best work when we’re true to who we are. This philosophy gives employees agency over their performance and the success of the company overall.

    This is absolutely essential because if the people who fill our conference tables, writing rooms, and production studios are homogenized or feel marginalized, we can’t possibly create content that will be culturally relevant today or in the years ahead. And we won’t be able to earn the trust of marketing partners whose bottom line depends on reaching savvy, diverse consumers. We also have a legacy to live up to.

    We operate the most prominent and oldest cable network devoted to black audiences and were the first to create an ad-supported cable network devoted to LGBTQ+ audiences. Our animated shows—from “Hey Arnold!”’s stereotypedefying cast to “Loud House”’s historymaking inclusion of a biracial gay couple—have given generations of children the opportunity to see their experiences reflected on-screen. We were the first to have a female head writer of a late night talk show. Our talent, including Trevor Noah, Abbi Jacobson, and Ilana Glazer have changed the face of comedy. Globally, we operate more than 290 locally programmed channels in more than 40 countries and are one of the largest producers of Spanish-language programming.

    We’re not doing this alone. We joined forces with the Association of National Advertisers to support its #SeeHer initiative. We’ve joined minority-focused councils like Disability:IN and the women’s business council WBENC. And we continue to partner with organizations including NAMIC, ADCOLOR, GLADD, and the NAACP, which are dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and just as importantly, ensure that we at Viacom are walking the walk as well.

    The truth is that we are on a journey, we’re far from perfect and we haven’t reached our destination yet.

    But we are making progress and we are committed to doing better each and every day. There is too much at stake—not only the success of Viacom but the lives of our audience and the future of our nation and our world—to do anything less.

    Tweet me:"Only when a diverse workforce is fully embraced and empowered... can we tap into the creative genius that lies within all of us," says @Viacom's Marva Smalls. Learn how Viacom is working to weave diversity and inclusion into its DNA http://bit.ly/2sgWRk8

    KEYWORDS: Viacom, NASDAQ:VIA


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    By Andy Balaskovitz

    SOURCE:Consumers Energy

    DESCRIPTION:

    “We need to sacrifice to mitigate climate change”: The Adrian Dominican Sisters have poured efficiency savings into renewable energy.

    “Sacrifice” is not a word Sister Corinne Sanders takes lightly.

    It’s taken on additional meaning the past two years as the Adrian Dominican Sisters have worked to fight climate change.

    The southeastern Michigan congregation in 2016 approved a sustainability enactment that says violence against the planet puts it in “dire jeopardy and worsens suffering of people on the margins, future generations, and all creation.”

    “We need to sacrifice to mitigate climate change,” Sanders said last month.

    Click here to read more

    About Consumers Energy

    Consumers Energy is one of the nation's largest combination utilities, providing electricity and/or natural gas to 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

    Check out Consumers Energy on Social Media Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

    For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    Tweet me:Sacrifice is necessary to mitigate #ClimateChange according to the Adrian Dominican Sisters http://bit.ly/2SO5UUY @ConsumersEnergy

    KEYWORDS: Consumers Energy, NYSE:CMS, Adrian Dominican Sisters


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    SOURCE:Domtar

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    The American Forest & Paper Association recently recognized our Hawesville Mill in Kentucky for its water conservation efforts with a 2018 Leadership in Sustainability Award. Hawesville water conservation efforts will save nearly 3.2 million gallons of water per day.

    We are committed to being a good steward of the water we use. Our pulp and paper mills rely on having an uninterrupted flow of water to produce cost-effective, high-quality products. Every day, our mills use millions of gallons of water, which are cleaned before use and again before being returned to their source, in many cases cleaner than when they entered our process.

    Hawesville Mill applied continuous improvement principles to make small, relatively inexpensive upgrades, repairs and process changes that not only save money but, more importantly, also conserve vital water resources for our operations and the ecosystem around our facility.

    Continue reading about Domtar's conservation efforts here.

    Tweet me:.@DomtarEveryday's Hawesville Mill recognized by the AF&PA with the 2018 Leadership In #Sustainability Award! Learn about the company's water conservation plan that will save 3.2 million gallons of water per day. http://bit.ly/2LZaGMV #WaterStewardship

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:UFS, Domtar, Water Conservation, American Forest & Paper Association, 2018 Leadership in Sustainability Award, Hawesville Mill


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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio

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    The average US resident heads out to the grocery store 1.6 times a week, and over the course of a year uses well over 1,000 plastic shopping bags there – bags which, on average, are used for a mere 15 minutes but will stick around on the earth for hundreds of years. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Catherine Homsey, is fed up with the status quo and has changed her food shopping habits to better reflect her values. She gives us insight into the plastic habit of food retailers, talks about what to do about it, and tells us of her particular annoyance with Trader Joe’s, the popular grocer that was once her favorite.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - Catherine Homsey talks about the over-abundance of plastic at Trader Joe's http://www.cchange.net/2019/01/08/homsey/

    KEYWORDS: Seachange radio, Catherine Homsey, Trader Joe's, Plastic bags, Plastic


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    SOURCE:Amgen Foundation

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    Héctor L Ayala-Del-Río recently received an unexpected thank you card: It was from a local high school science teacher, explaining that she was having a challenging time in her classroom, but how a recent event that Ayala-Del-Río and his team organized made all the difference. She had attended an Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) teacher appreciation event at the Caguas Science Center, and the act of being recognized “made her feel that everything was worth it and that she should keep going,” says Ayala-Del-Río of the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao.

    Participating in hands-on science labs like ABE in Puerto Rico is no easy task, especially over the last year -- a year that Ayala-Del-Río calls the most challenging in his 10 years directing the ABE Puerto Rico program. Under the best of circumstances, it is difficult for teachers on the island to get the equipment they need to undertake the advanced labs, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, it became monumentally more challenging. Power outages not only disrupted communications between participating high schools and the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao but also meant that key lab reagents could not stay cool enough for their use.

    Despite these challenges, the ABE Puerto Rico program is still going strong and was a proud participant in the recent Bioscience Week of Puerto Rico, which celebrated biotechnology on the island. Local biotechnology companies, such as Amgen, Eli Lilly, AbbVie, and others, came together to help raise awareness of their contribution to the economy. “Even though they are competitors, the sector came together to educate the public on the importance of biotechnology, which is necessary to develop a prepared workforce,” he says.

    It was during that week that ABE brought together their local teachers in appreciation of all their hard work. The event including speed mentoring, a session on problem-based learning, and lots of time to connect with other educators.

    “Our goal was to recognize as many teachers as possible,” Ayala-Del-Río says. “ABE teachers go above and beyond and are often not recognized by their school systems, so we wanted to change that.”

    Ayala-Del-Río always finds it rewarding to interact with ABE teachers. Having run professional development institutes over the last 10 years to train almost 550 teachers and almost 50,000 students in Puerto Rico, he sees their growth over time. “It’s so important to make them feel comfortable with lab skills in the classroom, so that they can transfer them to their students.”

    In his own classes at the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao, Ayala-Del-Río sees the big difference that prior lab experience has on his students’ preparedness. “A challenge we encounter every year with new freshman is that many lack basic laboratory skills; they are brilliant but if they get a few more skills before reaching university, it makes their lives easier in the laboratories,” he explains. “If I am not showing them a pipette for the first time, it helps -- because students can review what they learned and improve their skills rather than learn the instruments for the first time.”

    When Hector was young, he was fascinated by the potential of microbes to help with a variety of societal problems, such as environmental contamination. This passion took him first to the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao for undergraduate studies and then to Michigan State University for his Ph.D in microbiology.

    “It was a whole new world -- we had more resources than we have here, and we had so many opportunities at our fingertips to conduct high-impact research,” he explains. Geography poses a major challenge, he says: For example, if he ran out of a reagent at Michigan State, he could easily get more the same day, but in Puerto Rico, getting the same reagent could take a week or two.

    While he valued his time in Michigan, he ultimately wanted to return to Puerto Rico to give back. “I wanted to try to make things better here with what I learned there, not just science but everything I gained from being in a different environment,” he says. That experience now informs everything he does, from his microbiology research and teaching to his time leading the ABE program on the island.

    Ayala-Del-Río was himself recognized at the teacher appreciation event in October for his tremendous contributions to the ABE Puerto Rico program. Amgen Foundation President Eduardo Cetlin recognized him for his more than 10 years of dedication to ABE. In addition, the Industry University Research Center awarded him the Faces of Bioscience on Puerto Rico award for his contributions to the biosciences on the island.

    To learn more about the Amgen Biotech Experience, visit amgenbiotechexperience.com and follow @AmgenFoundation on Twitter. 

    Tweet me:Learn how @AmgenFoundation is supporting teachers and giving in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. http://bit.ly/2SyyAS7

    KEYWORDS: Amgen, Amgen Foundation, Amgen Biotech Experience, Puerto Rico, philanthropy, Purpose, Teacher Recognition, Teacher program, teacher support, teacher training, ABE, STEM, STEM Education, science education, Science, NYSE:AMGN

     


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    SOURCE:NRG Energy

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    PositiveNRG, our corporate philanthropy program, enriches the communities we serve by supporting initiatives that address education, human welfare, the environment, and health and wellness. Learn more about positiveNRG here.

    The mission of our giving programs, including NRG Gives and Reliant Gives, is to support causes that are important to our employees and communities. Through this crowd-sourced charitable giving program, employees nominate nonprofits, narrow the list of potential recipients down to three, and then the public at large votes for the organizations to receive up to a $100,000 donation. Since the programs began in 2016, nearly two million public votes were received, and the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation donated $840,000 to 26 charities in the communities that Reliant and NRG serve.

    Click here to read more in our 2017 Sustainability Report.

    Tweet me:PositiveNRG, @nrgenergy's corporate philanthropy program, enriches the communities by supporting initiatives that address education, human welfare, the environment, and health and wellness. Learn more http://bit.ly/2rMOdt8 #CSR

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:NRG, csr, NRG Energy, Community Engagement


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    Unrivaled inquiry into corporate social engagement practices goes live, continuing to serve as go-to guide for corporate giving professionals.

    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good

    DESCRIPTION:

    NEW YORK, January 9, 2019 /3BL Media/CECP: The CEO Force for Good is celebrating the launch of the 14th annual Giving in Numbers Survey, the unrivaled leader in benchmarking on corporate social investments, in partnership with companies. The survey is open to companies with revenues of US $2 billion or more, including companies not yet affiliated with CECP. CECP is a coalition of 250 of the world’s largest companies that represent more than $6.6 trillion in revenues, $21.2 billion in social investment, 14 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management.

    CECP has the largest and most robust data set on trends in the industry, shared by more than 500 multi-billion-dollar companies over nearly 15 years, representing more than $250 billion in corporate social investments over that time span. The analysis of the data, the Giving in Numbers report, is embraced by professionals across all sectors globally to understand how corporations invest in society, with topics ranging from cash and in-kind/product, employee volunteerism and giving, and impact measurement.

    From quick questions, to presentations to company teams, boards, and CEOs, CECP is a trusted advisor to companies, analyzing Giving in Numbers data to provide customized insights to advance strategy and measure the business value. Last year, 252 global companies participated, including 68 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, submitting data on their corporate giving and employee engagement programs.

    “As the premier body of research in the corporate social investment field, CECP’s annual Giving in Numbers Survey provides standard-setting criteria that have defined the field and advanced the movement,” said Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP.“And this year’s survey is the best yet, featuring a set of refreshed questions, including our cutting-edge Total Social Investment analysis, the next wave of benchmarking that seeks to holistically capture the depth of company investments in society.”

    This year, CECP monitored trends related to non-cash social investments as an indicator of deeper integration of social value generation into business strategy, as well as tracking any changes in the proportion of matching employee giving within corporate social investments overall, noting that leading companies have continued to evolve their approach to human capital.

    Since 2001, CECP has collected data on corporate social investments globally to provide professionals with the benchmarking and reporting tools necessary for making data-driven decisions about their company’s social strategy. Results of the survey will be available at the CECP Summit, May 21-22, 2019.

    Note to Editors: CECP can coordinate interviews with Daryl Brewster, CEO, and André Solórzano, the report author and Manager, Data Insights, who are available for comment on the Giving in Numbers survey and trends. Please contact Jackie Albano, jalbano@cecp.co to arrange interviews.    

    # # #

    About CECP’s Giving in Numbers

    CECP’s Giving in Numbers is the unrivaled leader in benchmarking on corporate social investments, in partnership with companies. It is the premier industry survey and research, providing standard-setting criteria in a go-to guide that has defined the field and advanced the movement. CECP has the largest and most historical data set on trends in the industry, shared by more than 500 multi-billion-dollar companies over nearly 15 years, representing more than $250 billion in corporate social investments over that time span. The report is embraced by professionals across all sectors globally to understand how corporations invest in society, with topics ranging from cash and in-kind/product, employee volunteerism and giving, and impact measurement. From quick questions to presentations to company teams, boards, and CEOs, CECP is a trusted advisor to companies, analyzing Giving in Numbers data to provide customized insights to advance strategy and measure the business value.

    About CECP: The CEO Force for Good

    Founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders 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 $6.6 trillion in revenues, $21.2 billion in social investment, 14 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.

     

    Tweet me:.@CECPTweets launched the 14th annual Giving in Numbers Survey, the unrivaled leader in benchmarking on corporate social investments. Learn more about the survey and how your company can participate: http://cecp.me/CECPGIN

    KEYWORDS: surveys, benchmarking, benchmarking CSR, benchmarking data, CECP, Giving in Numbers, Employee Engagement


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    SOURCE:Ethical Corporation

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    A leading US Treasurer, Kurt Summers, City of Chicago will share the stage with the Mayors of Hoboken and New Bedford to discuss the role of cities in the fight against climate change. Treasurer Summers runs 100% of Chicago’s corporate investments through an ESG filter and will be providing valuable insight on how to deliver the city of the future.

    Treasurer Summers will be joining CEOs and business leaders from North America’s most innovative, responsible brands to discuss how to lead the change to a sustainable future through investments, collaboration and innovation at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit New York, March 18-19.

    The two-day conference, taking place March 18-19, will host 500 CEOs, business leaders, investors, government representatives and NGOs from the likes of;

    • Jostein Solheim, executive vice president, F&R, Unilever
    • Satya Tripathi, assistant secretary-general, UN Environment
    • Ernesto Ciorra, chief innovability officer, Enel
    • John Kern, senior vice president, supply chain operations, Cisco
    • Chairman & CEO, Cummins
    • Marilyn Ceci, managing director, head of green bonds, J.P. Morgan
    • Andy Pharoah, vice president, corporate affairs, strategic initiatives & sustainability, Mars
    • Virginie Helias, vice president global sustainability, P&G
    • John Hocevar, ocean campaign director, Greenpeace

    Public-private partnerships are essential in tackling the unprecedented environmental threats that the planet faces. It’s up to businesses, investors, NGOs and local and state governments to step up when others aren’t showing leadership. Shape the future and collaborate with the best at #RBSNY19

    The latest agenda, along with the up-to-date speaker line-up, can be seen here.

    The Responsible Business Summit is the USA’s premier platform where senior practitioners from across the country meet and share practical ideas on how their businesses can lead the change to a new sustainable future. There is no fluff, just actionable insights and honest discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

    More information about the event can be found here. Currently, passes for the event our discounted by $400. To confirm a place at next year’s event click here.

    For further details contact Ed Long, Project Director at Ethical Corporation at ed.long@ethicalcorp.com or call +44 (0) 207 375 7188.

    [Ends]

    Ethical Corporation’s mission is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. We believe this is not only how to ensure a future for all but makes good business sense. We serve CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places.

    We provide business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year. Our customers are also NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and consultancies. We publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and research reports. Our conferences are widely recognized as the best in the field.

    Tweet me:Treasurer of the City of #Chicago to share the stage with leading Mayor’s in North America at @Ethical_Corp #RBSNY 2019. Download the full agenda here: http://1.ethicalcorp.com/LP=18563

    KEYWORDS: Treasurer Summer, Chicago, rbsny, Responsible Business Summit, Ethical Corporation, Unilever, UN Environment, Cisco, Enel, Cummins, J.P. Morgan, Mars, P&G, Greenpeace


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    Presenting for the first time at the annual event on Sunday, the CPG giant detailed factors that lead it to think differently about brand innovation.

    SOURCE:P&G

    DESCRIPTION:

    "Two-thirds of the global population will experience water stress by 2025," Fish said, appearing to cite UN data. "The water crisis and other environmental challenges will change the way people live and consume, which brings massive opportunities for innovation."

    Part of P&G's answer to the problem is a new home and personal care brand called DS3, which currently has a campaign running on IndieGoGo. The label, spanning hand soap to shampoo and laundry detergent, is billed as "liquid-free"— meaning the products can work without water —  and aims to eliminate "80% of the waste, 70% of the space and 75% of the emissions" that go into producing similar offerings, according to Fish.

    "This technology could transform many product categories," Fish said.

    Click here to continue reading

    Tweet me:"Two-thirds of the global population will experience water stress by 2025," Kathy Fish, @ProcterGamble's chief research development and innovation officer. http://bit.ly/2SNawec #PGLifeLab @CES

    KEYWORDS: water stress, ces, Procter & Gamble, NYSE:PG


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    One year after taking the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show by storm, Aflac's comforting robotic duck is helping kids across the nation cope with cancer treatments

    SOURCE:Aflac

    DESCRIPTION:

    COLUMBUS, Ga., January 9, 2019 /3BL Media/ -- One year after being introduced to Americans at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, My Special Aflac Duck, a robotic comfort provider modeled after the famed Aflac Duck, is helping provide comfort and joy to thousands of children across the country. With more than 100 hospitals and childhood cancer care facilities in the United States registered to order ducks, to date, 2,063 have been distributed to children facing cancer. My Special Aflac Duck is Aflac's latest innovation in its 24-year commitment to children with cancer.

    In December, My Special Aflac Duck was named to Time Magazine's list of the Top 50 Inventions of 2018. Additional accolades include several notable awards from CES 2018, including:

    • Engadget's Best of Show in the Unexpected Product Category.
    • Tech for a Better World Innovation Award.
    • IHS Markit Showstoppers Award for Robotics.

    "The incredible reception that My Special Aflac Duck has received from people who face the reality of childhood cancer on a regular basis has exceeded all of our expectations. We are so pleased that caretakers, parents and children are finding comfort in this very special companion," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "This program has become a labor of love for Aflac, our employees and the independent sales agents licensed to sell our products. It has gained the attention of media, industry groups, the childhood cancer community, regulators and even members of Congress because it is a great way to demonstrate the need to focus on childhood cancer on behalf of those who are impacted most: the children."

    While the prototype of My Special Aflac Duck debuted at CES in January 2018, actual delivery of ducks began in September 2018. Since the initial delivery event, which took place at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, more than 2,000 ducks have been ordered through an online intake system available at AflacChildhoodCancer.org. Health care professionals who treat children with cancer can go to this site to register and order the ducks, free of charge. Aflac has invested more than $3 million to date on the development, creation and delivery of My Special Aflac Duck, which was invented by Sproutel, a health care research and development business based in Providence, Rhode Island, that specializes in robotics. Each duck costs Aflac approximately $200 to build and deliver.

    "It is an indescribable feeling to see the smile on children's faces when they receive My Special Aflac Duck," Sproutel CEO and Co-Founder Aaron Horowitz said. "It is wonderful to know that they enjoy the functions of the duck that we designed specifically for them. We're honored to work with Aflac and see this grow from a concept to a program that is impacting the lives of children across the country."

    My Special Aflac Duck uses medical play, lifelike movement and emotions, and an augmented-reality app to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer treatment. Features of the duck include:

    • Emotional expression: Seven emoji cards help children communicate as the duck acts out a given feeling when that emoji card is tapped to its chest.
    • Medical and nurturing play: The duck's chemotherapy port allows children to mirror their care through play. What's more, the duck's no-cost mobile app allows children to give it a virtual bath, "feed" it and give it medicine.
    • Music, singing and nuzzling: The duck sings when music is played. Customizable sounds include gentle waves, wind and a farm.
    • Breathing and heartbeat: This lively duck produces a heartbeat and deep breathing, which caregivers can incorporate into calming routines and exercises.
    • No waiting required: Batteries and accessories accompany the duck so it is ready to use right away.
    • Convenience: The duck features a removable skin that can be washed to ensure hospital hygiene standards are met.

    "Our goal is to see the day when My Special Aflac Duck is no longer needed to help children with cancer, but until we find a cure, Aflac's commitment remains strong – because all children deserve a lifetime," Amos said.

    Since 1995, Aflac has contributed more than $131 million to the treatment and research of childhood cancer. The company currently collaborates with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and the Children's Oncology Group to help promote and distribute My Special Aflac Duck across the country. For more information, visit AflacChildhoodCancer.org.

    About Aflac  

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

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

    Tweet me:One year after taking the 2018 @CES by storm, @Aflac's My Special Aflac Duck™ is helping kids across the nation cope with cancer treatments http://bit.ly/2SQjGH2

    Contact Info:

    Jon Sullivan
    Media contacts
    +1 (706) 763-4813
    jsullivan@aflac.com

    David A. Young
    Analyst and investor contact
    +1 (706) 596-3264
    dyoung@aflac.com

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:AFL, Aflac, My Special Aflac Duck™, childhood cancer


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    SOURCE:HP, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    What would you do if you only had 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change? At COP 24 in Poland earlier this year, 200 nations formed plans to collectively tackle this issue, and their message is clear: as nations, we will go beyond our commitments and ambitions from the 2015 Paris Agreement to further reduce emissions and tackle one of the world's greatest challenges.

    Multinational agreements are a fantastic way to spark progress, but as HP’s own commitment to the pledges set out in Paris shows, the torch must also be carried by business leaders, who can set an even higher bar to reduce their footprint and create a sustainable impact which is larger than themselves and their companies.

    Everything from day-to-day business practices to more energy efficient ways of designing, building, and delivering products or services should be under review. Why? Because it’s not only the right thing to do, but sustainability can be a business driver and differentiator. Last year we saw a 38% increase in deals where sustainability was a requirement – and we expect that to grow as consumers and business place even higher expectations on corporations. Companies and customers want to buy goods and services from entities that they trust to do the right thing for the environment, for their employees, and create a positive impact in their communities.

    Not only is sustainability something to embrace in the short-term, but corporations must invest in longer-term initatives and push their entire supply chain towards reinventing how to explore, make, and source products.

    Looking back at history, innovative solutions that shift towards low-carbon methods and embraced the concept of a circular economy, have not only spurred social change, but build entirely new industries. Take modern recycling which rapidly grew from the 1970s and today provides a sustainable method for businesses and consumers to take an active role in creating a cleaner environment, employing people, and safeguarding our world and future resources. Well, it’s now being super-charged for the 4th Industrial Revolution – at HP, for example, we’ve recycled over 271,400 tonnes of hardware and supplies since 2016, and are aiming for 1.2 million tonnes by 2025.

    That’s not the only way that new technology is driving sustainability in business. 3D printing will completely revolutionize the manufacturing process in coming years, reducing emissions, eliminating waste, and enabling new economies in remote parts of the world. The possibilities are limitless. 3D printing will make manufacturing much more localized and much more on-demand, which will provide real benefits to the planet. Applied across nearly every industry, from medical to infrastructure - digitization of the supply chain enables just-in-time delivery, helping to create a world one day without warehouses, without inventory, and without waste.

    Take the automotive industry as an example. 3D printing enables factories to print out a bespoke hubcap, rather than having to ship it in from a factory half a world away – taking days or weeks to reach them and burning fossil fuels in the process. The result of 3D printing produces a series of positive outcomes – cutting time, increasing efficiency, reducing inventory and capital tied up, and eliminating exorbant transport – a very real example of how businesses can reap the rewards of embracing sustainability.

    Businesses can embrace sustainability across the entire supply chain while supporting the communities around them. By adopting a circular economy into their business and embracing an attitude of repairing, reusing and recycling as opposed to disposing of their products, this can help create new jobs and opportunities for individuals while helping the environment. Just recently, HP joined NextWave Plastics, a consortium of worldwide businesses who are scaling the use of ocean-bound plastics, and decreasing the volume of plastic waste before it enters the oceans.

    Embracing sustainability is an effort which requires collaboration between businesses, governments and consumers, who all must take on an increasingly active role. Nonetheless, it’s our responsibility and duty as business leaders to be out front driving change and leading by example. Afterall, we need to make huge strides in sustainability in the next 12 years in order to help save our planet.

    For us, sustainability is not only the right thing to do, it’s a business imperative, and good for our consumers, our employees, our communities, and for our world. Ensuring our global operations product portfolio are sustainable, prioritizing diversity and inclusion, and investing our time and resources in building vibrant and resilient communities are fundamental to our vision for HP’s sustainable impact – and we will continue our commitment to this in 2019 and beyond.

    Nick Lazaridis

    Nick Lazaridis is HP Inc’s president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Globally, HP has already hit its science-based target to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 25% against a 2015 baseline.

    Tweet me:In 2019, Businesses Will Need to Embrace #Sustainability, or Risk Being Left Behind via @HPSustainable http://bit.ly/2D19t4V

    KEYWORDS: HP, sustainability


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  • 01/09/19--08:35: Solar Decathalon 2.0
  • Building Up the Base of the Pyramid

    SOURCE:PYXERA Global

    DESCRIPTION:

    Imagine groups of college students, working together with community leaders around the globe, in a contest to develop cutting edge, small, affordable, solar-powered homes for a pre-determined location. 

    Imagine 20 of those teams assembling their homes on a micro-grid and opening them for inspection by architects, engineers, and leaders from the community where they will be located, along with thousands of visitors interested in learning more about how they were built and where they will be used. 

    Imagine a jury comprised of building professionals and representatives from the target community ranking the contest submissions, with the highest ranked designer then partnering with homebuilders and private sector investors committed to mass producing their homes using local materials and labor. 

    Finally, imagine, those homes being built by a tri-sector partnership of business, government, and nonprofit leaders in slums or refugee camps around the world or on Native American reservations in the United States, where they would be used to help address the crippling levels of homelessness through a micro-financing lease-to-own program. 

    Imagine this, as the next chapter of the Solar Decathlon. 

    The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The benefits of Solar Decathlon in its current model are three-fold in that it:

    1. Educates student participants and the public about the many cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energy products;
    2. Demonstrates the opportunities presented by cost-effective houses that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems available today; and
    3. Provides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter the clean-energy workforce.

    Judges select the winner at each Solar Decathlon as “the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.” While collegiate teams built 114 homes for the U.S. Solar Decathlon between 2002 and 2015, only 37 of those homes were being used for permanent residential or guest housing as of May 2017. The remainder have been converted to office space or cannibalized for use in new homes.

    Continue reading on PYXERAGlobal.org

    Tweet me:Imagine a competition with the goal to design & build an inexpensive, solar-powered home that can be replicated with support from a tri-sector partnership in regions lacking housing & electricity. Bob Bissen (@libcam) says this can be @SolarDecathalon 2.0. https://bit.ly/2GV1w5o

    KEYWORDS: Partnership, Energy, Solar, solar power, Affordable Energy


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    SOURCE:Duke Energy

    SUMMARY:

    • Grants to support 11 projects spanning 58 counties across North Carolina and South Carolina
    • Investment is part of Duke Energy's $10-million multiyear commitment to protect and improve the environment

    DESCRIPTION:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 9, 2019 /3BL Media/ -- Eleven organizations spanning 58 counties in North Carolinaand South Carolina will receive more than $800,000 in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs.

    The fund is a $10-million multiyear commitment from Duke Energy to help local organizations continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states. To date, the fund has invested more than $9 million to support 113 projects to protect natural resources, including more than $1.5 million in the Dan River Basin.

    "Our region is home to some of the nation's most beautiful and treasured waterways," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "We are proud to support the water stewards in our communities who are implementing innovative projects that protect our natural resources."

    "Water is life. The Great Coharie River Initiative is committed to be responsible stewards of our many waterways here in Sampson County," said Greg Jacobs, tribal administrator for Coharie Intra-Tribal Council, Inc. "We desire that our present and future generations be afforded the same quality of life as our ancestors enjoyed in the Great Outdoors. We understand that our Rivers have always provided healing medicine for all who will partake."

    "Water is a shared natural resource that connects us all," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. "These grants are supporting projects that will benefit our communities now and for many years to come."

    "We are grateful for Duke Energy's leadership in and commitment to keeping Carolina waterways clean through their Water Resources Fund," says Mark Robertson, state director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina. "This grant will help us make critical improvements to Vaughn's Creek in our Blue Wall Preserve, which provides clean, clear drinking water to Landrum, S.C."

    Grants are selected by an independent panel with diverse environmental expertise. The panel includes five external members and two Duke Energy representatives. View an interactive map showcasing all 113 grantees at duke-energy.com/H2O.

    Additional details on the grants follow:

    North Carolina

    Coharie Intra-Tribal Council Inc. (NC) The Great Coharie River Initiative – $82,150to restore environmental, educational and cultural significance to Native American communities by enriching water quality and public access.

    North Carolina Coastal Land Trust (NC) Salter's Creek Landing Project – $100,000 to purchase 5,500 acres of ecologically significant land, including 11 miles of "Down East" scenic waterfront for recreation.

    North Carolina State University (NC) Ecosystem Services Provided by Freshwater Mussels: Impacts on Water Quality and Public Awareness – $70,408 to quantify mussels' pollutant removal and educate the public about conservation issues.

    The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Chapter (NC) Evans Easement Project on the Black River – $100,000 to purchase a conservation easement over 89 acres of floodplain forest and riparian buffer along the Black River.

    Town of Mesic (NC) Town of Mesic Public Water Access Project – $50,000 to provide picnic and fishing areas, kayak/watercraft launching infrastructure and space for community gatherings along Vandemere Creek. 

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) New River Estuary Oyster Highway – $100,000 to increase the oyster population and enhance habitat and water quality-related services in the New River Estuary.

    Wilmington Children's Museum, Inc (NC) Explore Water – It's Quality, Quantity, and Conservation – $19,000 for a water table exhibit, educating visitors about the water cycle and importance of treating and reclaiming water.

    Yadkin-Pee Dee Water Management Group (NC) Dills – Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin Long-Term Water Resources Planning – $100,000 to support developing the river basin's Long-Range Water Supply Master Plan.

    South Carolina

    Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group (SC and NC)– Basin-wide Water Loss Management Program – $100,000 to implement best-management practices for water loss control among CWWMG's 19 distribution systems.

    The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina (SC) Improving Water Quality at Blue Wall Preserve – $35,000 for abatement of water quality threats to Vaughn's Creek, Landrum City's primary drinking water source.

    Tyger Watershed & Quality of Life Fund #2019 (SC) Tyger Blueways Coalition Project 5: ADA Docks at Lake Cooley & Tygerberry Landing – $65,000 for two ADA accessible docks so all people can access the water, participate in environmental education and paddling programs.

    About 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 duke-energy.com/foundation.

    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 duke-energy.com. 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.

    Contact
    Candice Knezevic
    Office: 980.373.6408 | 24-Hour: 800.559.3853
    Twitter - @CandiceKnez

    Tweet me:58 counties in NC and SC will receive more than $800,000 in new grants from @DukeEnergy's #WaterResourcesFund to support #environmental and #wildlife programs http://bit.ly/2M2UU3w #conservation #sustainability #CSR

    KEYWORDS: Duke Energy, Water Resources Fund, Conversation, North Carolina, South Carolina


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    Cultivating an inclusive, diverse, and healthy workforce is foundational to our Mission and essential for innovation.

    SOURCE:Medtronic

    DESCRIPTION:

    Working together is our model for success. And no partner is more important to Medtronic than our employees. We work hard to fulfill the fifth tenet of our Mission — to recognize the dignity and the personal worth of all employees. We value an inclusive and diverse global workforce and strive to advance employees’ professional growth, support their health and wellness, and reward them with competitive compensation, benefits, and recognition. In Fy18: 

    • 54% of new hires and 37% of management positions globally are women
    • 21% of U.S. management positions are held by ethnically diverse talent
    • $78.5M invested in employee training and development
    • 57,000+ global employees took part in our wellness program

    Tweet me:When it comes to building a vibrant and healthy workforce that reflects our diverse world, @Medtronic is all in. http://bit.ly/2BA3KlK 

    KEYWORDS: global workforce, Integrated Performance Report, Medtronic


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    SOURCE:LG Electronics USA, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2019 /3BL Media/ – LG Electronics USA has been recognized for responsible electronics recycling leadership by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LG received the highest-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

    Highlighting the company’s dedication to environmental sustainability at CES® 2019, William Cho, president and CEO, LG Electronics North America, applauded the EPA SMM Electronics Challenge program, which encourages responsible recycling. “By using third-party certified recyclers, we’re proud to help drive the use of environmentally protective practices,” he said.

    The EPA’s Gold Tier Award recognizes LG’s significant contributions to the SMM Electronics Challenge goals by collecting a substantial amount of used electronics for reuse and recycle, sending 100 percent of used electronics to certified third-party recyclers, and publicly sharing detailed information about its electronic management practices.

    According to the EPA, LG’s Gold Tier SMM Challenge Award recognizes the collection and responsible recycling of more than 21,000 tons of used electronics, diverting solid waste from landfills in the past year. This avoided the equivalent of more than 55,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

    “The commitment of leading companies like LG to sustainable management of electronics proves that innovative business practices and environmental stewardship can go hand-in-hand,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “LG and the other participants in the Electronics Challenge saved roughly 276,000 tons of electronics from going to landfills and instead diverted it to certified recyclers.”

    Supporting its commitment to responsible recycling, LG Electronics Inc. is the world’s first “Global e-Stewards Enterprise.” The e-Stewards standard, developed by the Basel Action Network, is the world’s most rigorous certification program for electronics recyclers. It prevents the export and dumping of toxic electronic waste in developing countries and calls for safeguards to protect private data and ensure that recycling plant workers are not exposed to toxic materials.

    The EPA’s 2019 SMM recognition comes on the heels of LG being first to receive the EPA’s 2018 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for breakthrough technologies in super-efficient room air conditioners and LG receiving the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award for leadership in developing and promoting energy efficient home appliances and consumer electronics products.

    “Sustainability is a core business principle at LG Electronics, and we believe LG has a shared responsibility to protect the environment by reducing our environmental impact while enhancing the quality of life for consumers. We call this ‘Innovation for a Better Life,’ and it means both responsible recycling and developing innovative products with the environment in mind,” Cho said.

    Learn more about LG’s responsible electronics recycling programs and overall sustainability efforts by visiting www.lgrecyclingprogram.com/ and www.LG.com/energy-star.

    About LG Electronics USA

    LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $55 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing. In the United States, LG sells a wide range of innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, solar energy solutions and vehicle components. The “Life’s Good” marketing theme encompasses how LG is dedicated to people’s happiness by exceeding expectations today and tomorrow. LG is a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. www.LG.com.

    Tweet me:.@LGUS honored by @EPA for responsible electronics #recycling leadership http://bit.ly/2LToEQz #sustainability

    Contact Info:

    John I. Taylor
    Media contact
    +1 (202) 719-3490
    john.taylor@lge.com

    KEYWORDS: KRX:066570, LG Electronics, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge


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    How employees create positive change through volunteering

    SOURCE:PYXERA Global

    DESCRIPTION:

    As the Vice President and Director of Scientific and Public Health for GSK’s Vaccines practice, Dr. Len Friedland has a very rewarding job, but his sense of purpose extends beyond his day job to support people in poor health as well as those with limited access to quality healthcare, as a volunteer. “Helping patients feel better and live longer aren’t just words to me—they’re part of who I am. The way I see it, having great science at the company is fantastic, but it means nothing unless we make sure this science benefits the right people,” said Len.

    "Helping patients feel better and live longer aren’t just words to me—they’re part of who I am. The way I see it, having great science at the company is fantastic, but it means nothing unless we make sure this science benefits the right people."

    Len trained as a physician in pediatrics and emergency medicine and worked in pediatric clinics in Cincinnati, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before joining GSK in 2003. Even then, his passion for patient care led him to pursue work in a local hospital. However, as his responsibilities at GSK grew, so did the demand on his time, making it progressively more difficult to allocate time to work at the hospital. This is how Len came across the NGOs Rotaplast International and Partner for Surgery, which send volunteer doctors abroad to help children and their families affected by cleft lip, cleft palate, burn scarring, and other deformities.

    Each year, Len spends two weeks of his personal vacation time volunteering with Rotaplast or Partner for Surgery in locations including India, Bangladesh, Venezuela, and Guatemala. For each trip, he joins a team that performs surgery on up to 15 patients per day. For the last two years he has been working with a team of pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthodontists, nurses, and speech pathologists all from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he did pediatric training. The Philadelphia team includes non-medical volunteers, including Deena, his wife, who oversees medical records and project management.

    Continue reading on PYXERA Global.org

    Tweet me:Len Friedland’s commitment to volunteering outside his job @GSK is representative of a larger corporate culture of pro bono service. Read this “Faces of GSK” spotlight and explore the annual impact report. Proud to partner with GSK! https://bit.ly/2Rg2jy8  #CSR @PYXERAGlobal

    KEYWORDS: global pro bono, Global Health, GSK, Preventable Disease, sustainable development goals, Volunteering, Pyxera


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