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Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Break Ground on Largest Renewable Natural Gas Project in North Carolina

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 7:17pm

 Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. are pleased to announce that the companies are breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)SM. Located in Duplin and Sampson counties, this project will generate enough energy to power more than 3,500 homes annually upon completion. Align RNG is a multi-state joint venture between Dominion Energy and Smithfield that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into RNG to power homes and businesses.

“Breaking ground on this project with Dominion Energy is an exciting first step in bringing Align RNG to life,” said Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production environmental affairs for Smithfield Foods. “This project implements proven ‘manure-to-energy’ technology across a number of farms to produce reliable renewable energy for our community and contributes to our company’s ambitious goal to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2025.”

As part of this initiative, technology will be installed across as many as 19 area farms to transform manure into RNG that will be processed and injected into existing natural gas distribution systems to serve local homes and businesses. This project is modeled after the Optima KV project, which captures biogas on five Smithfield contract farms in North Carolina, and similar projects on Smithfield farms in Northern Missouri and Utah.

“What we are starting today is truly transformational,” said Gary Courts, Dominion Energy’s general manager of new gas business development. “We’re using the power of innovation to make our energy cleaner and our farms more sustainable than ever before,” Courts continued. “With renewable natural gas, everyone wins. It’s good for the environment and our planet. It’s a huge win for the farmers. And it’s around-the-clock renewable energy for consumers.”

The 300,000 MMBTU of renewable energy this project is estimated to produce will play a key role in the state of North Carolina’s historic initiative to reduce GHG emissions over the next decade and will help expand the state’s energy portfolio with a reliable source of renewable energy. The sale of RNG generated by these projects will also provide family farmers with an additional source of revenue.

“This project is providing an incredible opportunity to turn one of our largest cost drivers – manure management – into a new revenue stream,” said Terry Tate, manager of DM Farms of Rose Hill and a Smithfield contract grower. “Working with Dominion Energy and Smithfield on this project was an easy choice. I’m proud to be part of an initiative that is improving both the viability and durability of our farms while benefiting the local community with a renewable energy source.”   

“Dominion Energy and Smithfield are supporting the growth of agriculture in North Carolina, the state’s leading industry,” said North Carolina Rep. Jimmy Dixon. “This project forecasts an exciting shift in the role that farmers play by providing opportunities within the energy sector that expand their capabilities and improve their bottom line.”

This is the first “manure-to-energy” project to begin construction under Align RNG since the joint venture was announced in late 2018. Additional projects are planned in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, and are projected to produce enough energy to power 14,000 homes and businesses in total. The emissions reduction associated with these projects equate to planting 7.8 million new trees or taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road.

For more information about Align RNG, visit alignrng.com.

About Dominion Energy
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. The company expects to cut generating fleet carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 percent by 2030. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Image (above): Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy are breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project through the companies’ joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)℠. Technology will be installed across hog farms in Duplin and Sampson counties to transform manure into RNG that will be processed and injected into existing natural gas distribution systems to power more than 3,500 homes annually upon completion.

Costa Crociere Foundation and Sahara Forest Project Join Forces for Sustainable Farming in the Desert of Jordan

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 1:16pm

Costa Group, the leading cruise company in Europe, through its Costa Crociere Foundation, joins forces with the Sahara Forest Project Foundation to enlarge the scope of the innovative initiative to revegetate the desert in Jordan with sustainable technologies.

The agreement was signed recently by Lars Myren, Chairman of the Sahara Forest Project Foundation, and Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia, onboard the historic sailing ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl at Arendalsuka.

The mission of the Sahara Forest Project -inaugurated under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in September 2017 - is to green desert areas and create local green jobs through production of food, freshwater and clean energy, using saltwater and sunlight as the main input factors.

The partnership between the Sahara Forest Project Foundation and Costa Crociere Foundation represents a concrete step forward for the project in Jordan. The support from Costa Group - through its two brands Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises - will allow to scale-up the project to 20 hectares of commercial facility, realizing the exciting potential where every vegetable produced will suck out CO₂ from the atmosphere and store it in revegetated land. This initiative fits perfectly with Costa Group’s commitment to sustainable innovation and value creation, as well as with the Costa Crociere Foundation’s mission to promote social and environmental improvement.

An important part of the agreement is represented by the involvement of Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises guests: guests cruising on Costa and AIDA ships calling at Aqaba will have the unique chance to taste, for the very first time in the world, at least ten different environmentally friendly vegetables produced by using solar power and saltwater in the Jordan desert, through special recipes created by the Executive Chefs of the two cruise companies to emphasize their taste and quality.

“The Sahara Forest Project is very proud to join forces with a global leader within the tourism industry. The new long-term agreement for the supply of vegetables to Costa and AIDA ships will pave the way for an expansion of our project in Jordan, while raising international awareness for the need to scale-up innovative solutions to combat global warming and create local jobs in desert areas.” - said Mr. Myren of the Sahara Forest Project. “In 2050 there will be almost 10 billion people on the planet who will need sustainably produced food, freshwater and clean energy. It is urgent to prove that it is possible to shift away from current agricultural practices traditionally using 80% of scarce freshwater resources and contributing with 25% of CO2 emissions in many dry countries and scale up concepts that are good for the environment, social development and business.”, said Mr. Myren.

“We are proud to support this path-breaking project that represents a model for future sustainable farming in desert areas” stated Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia. “By supporting the Sahara Forest Project, we serve our guests vegetables grown in a way that fights the spread of deserts and creates a sound livelihood for the local population, in line with our sustainable development strategy and our concrete commitment to creating a greener planet. Costa Group is leading the cruise industry when it comes to sustainability, as demonstrated by the introduction of the first ever LNG powered cruise ship earlier this year and by the significant investments in shore power and innovative technologies for a zero-emission future”.

Currently, the Sahara Forest Project operates 3 hectares-commercial size facility 12 kilometers north of the port of Aqaba, combining saltwater-cooled greenhouses, solar energy panels and different techniques for outdoor revegetation in dry areas. The governments of Jordan and Norway, the European Union Commission and USAID have been crucial in financing and supporting the unique facility.

From October 2019 to October 2020, four Costa ships (Costa Mediterranea, Costa Victoria, Costa Diadema and Costa Deliziosa) and four AIDA ships (AIDAvita, AIDAbella, AIDAprima and AIDAblu) will be visiting Aqaba, for a total of 20 calls, bringing more than 45,000 guests.

About Costa Group

The Costa Group is the leading cruise company in Europe and China, headquartered in Genoa (Italy). The 28 ships of the brands Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia together have a total capacity of more than 85,000 berths. The fleet will be further strengthened by 5 new vessels by 2023. The company has a global workforce of more than 31,500 employees. It is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.

About Costa Crociere Foundation

The Costa Crociere Foundation was established in 2014 and has funded 30 projects since then, costing over 4 million euros, which have benefited over 35,000 people. The Costa Crociere Foundation is an independent organization that aims to guarantee every individual's right to happiness by improving the social and environmental conditions. The Foundation is involved in many social and environmental projects that make use of the resources made available by the Company and its partners.

About The Sahara Forest Project

The Sahara Forest Project Foundation is a Norwegian non-profit established to enable sustainable and profitable innovation and deployment of environmental technologies within the food-, water- and energy-sectors. Core elements of the SFP technology are a saltwater infrastructure combined with solar energy, greenhouse-based cultivation and outdoor food and biomass production. The Sahara Forest Project is currently operating a small-scale facility in Aqaba, Jordan and is working toward realizing a large commercial-size desert farm.

Media contacts:

Sahara Forest Project Foundation
Mr. Magnus Borgen, Head of Communications, +47 977 28 476, magnus@saharaforestproject.com

Costa Group
Costa Cruises Press Office
Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – M +39 3497668013  baroni@costa.it
Davide Barbano – Media Relations Manager – M +39 334 6525216 barbano@costa.it
Cristiano de Musso – Head of Communication – M +39 334 6805095 demusso@costa.it
Press Office: T +39 010 5483523  - costapressoffice@costa.it  -  www.costapressoffice@costa.it

AIDA Cruises Press Office
Hansjörg Kunze - Vice President Communication & Sustainability
Tel. : +49 (0) 381 / 444-8021
Mail: presse@aida.de
http://www.aida.de/

Sustainability Group Awards Two Wind Energy Projects in Iowa With Highest Ratings

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 1:16pm

Of the many wind energy projects in the United States, only three are verified as sustainable by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Recently, two of them -- developed by power generation and distribution provider Alliant Energy with support from Black & Veatch as owner’s engineer – were the first wind projects ever to achieve the Envision Platinum rating, the highest rating from the Institute.

The Upland Prairie and English Farms wind energy projects were recently evaluated by the Institute using a framework called Envision to measure the projects across economic, social and environmental indicators. Envision is used by owners to promote informed choices about sustainability and resilience in each phase of an infrastructure project.

The Upland Prairie and English Farms projects have a total of 190 turbines with a combined capacity of 470 megawatts, enough to meet the yearly power needs of approximately 168,000 average Iowa homes. In its evaluation, the Institute said the projects went “above and beyond” in terms of their community, quality of life, planning, management, materials, energy, emissions and water indicators.

Notable was the selection of high-performance and low-noise turbines that served to reduce the number of turbines required per project and minimize disturbances to nearby communities and the surrounding environment. The benefits extend to farmers who earn income by leasing land to the projects and to the local counties and schools via increased property taxes due to the improved land.

These and other elements, including road improvements and locally appropriate landscaping, helped the projects earn Envision Platinum awards. Black & Veatch led the Envision application strategy and coordinated the efforts of the various project participants. Upland Prairie and English Farms are also the only wind energy projects to date that have achieved Platinum status.

“The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure provides an uncompromising, independent review and verification of a project’s impacts,” said Matt Barbian, who served as the project manager for Black & Veatch. “Using Envision helped Alliant Energy develop truly sustainable assets with measurable economic, community and environmental benefits.”

Editor’s notes:

  • The Envision framework evaluates project sustainability across five categories – quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and resilience – to drive positive social, economic and environmental impacts.
  • The Upland Prairie and English Farms projects are part of Alliant Energy’s strategy to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 33 percent by 2024, including investment of $1.8 billion in wind energy through 2020. Project components include turbines, substations, operations centers, electrical collection lines, access roads, and meteorological towers.
  • For each project, Black & Veatch served as the owner’s engineer, White Construction as the contractor, General Electric as the turbine supplier, and OPN Architects as the operations center designer.
  • Black & Veatch has been supporting onshore and offshore wind project development and implementation since 1975 and is executing balance of plant EPC scope for a 150 MW wind farm in Illinois. The company is also serving as owner’s engineer for multiple wind repower programs.

About Black & Veatch 
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

Media Contact Information:

CHRISTOPHER CLARK | +1 913-458-2778 P | +1 816-674-0572 M | ClarkCA@bv.com

24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149

Cupanion Offers Double Win for Thirsty Travelers Flying Through SFO Airport

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 4:15pm

On Tuesday, August 20, 2019 San Francisco International Airport’s groundbreaking ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles goes into effect. Airport officials estimate this will remove four million plastic bottles from the waste stream annually. Over 100 filtered water stations exist throughout the facility and the airport encourages travelers to plan ahead and pack refillable beverage bottles. CUPANION (www.cupanion.com), with Fill it Forward technology, is the only company offering a refillable bottle that donates to water charities supporting access to clean water-challenged populations worldwide every time you refill.

CUPANION is the ideal bottle for travel. Its lightweight, sleek ergonomic design has flat sides for easy packing. It looks like glass but is made in the U.S. from unbreakable, BPA- and bisphenol-free TritanTM. This material allows for hot and cold, flat or effervescent beverages with no flavor transfer between fillings. Bottles are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. 

Beyond the product features, CUPANION lets people travel and hydrate with purpose. Using its user-friendly app, accessed via a barcode accompanying each bottle, with each re-fill you Fill it Forward for others around the world who don’t have access to clean, safe water. CUPANION donates to established water charities including Water Aid, charity: water, Dig Deep, Water.org and Water First. The app also allows users to track water consumption and personal impact on the environment, including reduction of CO2 emissions and electricity, ocean pollution and landfill waste as well as watch progress in clean water given to those in need. 

CUPANION has been partnering with forward-thinking companies, universities and institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the U.S. for years to help them meet their sustainability goals.

“Like-minded organizations everywhere can contact CUPANION at www.cupanion.com to learn how to work together to help individuals, employees and students travel with purpose and stay hydrated,” said Matt Wittek, CEO of CUPANION. “San Francisco International Airport’s move is likely to ignite a travel industry-wide movement on the ban of single-use plastic water bottles. Why not do good for others with every sip? We make it possible.”

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Image 1: Cupanion’s calculation of the positive environmental impact of San Francisco International Airport’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, estimated to be a savings of four million bottles a year. Illustration mirrors Fill it Forward app that calculates an individual’s environmental savings footprint with each Cupanion bottle refill.

Image 2: The ideal travel bottle, Cupanion’s lightweight, sleek ergonomic design with flat sides makes for easy packing. Made from unbreakable Tritan (TM) material, it allows for hot or cold, flat or effervescent beverages without flavor transfer between fillings. Free of BPA and all other bisphenol compounds. Dishwasher safe. 

Reputation Institute, in Partnership With PRWeek, Explores The 5 Pillars for a Successful Corporate Responsibility Strategy

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 4:14am

Corporate Responsibility (CR) is not a “nice to have”. It cannot be a siloed programme isolated from the rest of a business. Reputation Institute (Ri) data shows that responsible business practices make people 9.4% more likely to purchase a firm’s products or services, 8.1% more likely to work for that company and 7.7% more likely to invest in it.

Here are the five top things that make successful Corporate Responsibility programmes work:

  • Leadership is actively engaged. Gone are the days of a head of sustainability making a company feel good about itself by tacking a recycling initiative or charity partnership onto the serious business of making money. Behind the quality of its products or services, a company’s corporate responsibility is the second biggest driver of its reputation, Reputation Institute research shows. Just as your company wouldn’t (or at least, it shouldn’t) push forward with launching a major new product without C-suite buy-in, so it shouldn’t accept board indifference towards a CR strategy.

  • Alignment with brand purpose. There’s nothing wrong with allowing staff to pursue favoured causes at an individual level. But for a company-wide responsibility initiative to work, it has to align in a meaningful way with the company’s brand purpose. By doing so, you ensure responsibility permeates everything you do. This connection is most easily established through a link to a company’s core products and services.

  • Action, not rhetoric. All talk, no action. That’s exactly what business must avoid – be it in product delivery, employee engagement, or CR. It’s one thing claiming to care about, for example, your industry’s lack of social mobility – it’s another thing entirely to tackle it and another still to achieve results. Companies need to actually take action, rather than have good intentions, to improve their reputations.
  • A driver of internal and external engagement. While the essence of responsibility is action rather than rhetoric, this certainly doesn’t mean that a business talking proudly about its activities is a bad thing. A business shouldn’t be ashamed of being keen to install responsible business practices as a means to improve its image – just as long as its authentic and transparent in its communications.
  • A focus on human and social interest. Yes, many CR programmes have global issues – climate change, global poverty, women’s rights – at their core. But you can’t generate engagement or create meaningful change for a company’s reputation if they stay at the macro level. Instead, they need to be made relevant to individuals in a world where we’re spoilt for choice with so many messages, pieces of content and ideas coming at us through multiple channels. Only then will they achieve cut-through.

Access the complete report for more information regarding each of the five pillars, and to learn which companies are succeeding in corporate responsibility.

About Reputation Institute 

Reputation Institute (Ri) is the leading data, analytics, and insights platform powering global companies to build credibility worldwide. Experts in the business for over 20 years, Ri helps leaders at the world’s largest companies build credibility with the people that matter most to them by delivering data-driven insights about how they are truly perceived. Ri does this with RepTrak®, an unrivalled technology that provides actionable insights across industry, competitor, and company analysis.

Smithfield Foods Donates 40,000 Pounds of Protein to Utah Food Bank

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 4:14pm

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Smith’s Food & Drug, joined forces to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to the Utah Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across the state.

“Here at the Utah Food Bank, we understand that hunger is all around us, but that getting food to hungry Utahns requires considerable resources,” said Ginette Bott, president and CEO for Utah Food Bank. “We’re grateful for partners, like Smithfield Foods and Smith’s, who provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This donation will support many in our community, and we are pleased to continue working to alleviate hunger in our great state.”

Representatives from Smithfield and Smith’s, presented the donation to Utah Food Bank at an event at the food bank this morning where members of each organization discussed the issue of food insecurity and the significance of the donation, which will provide much-needed protein for the 382,000 individuals facing hunger throughout the food bank’s service area. After the donation, employees from Smithfield and Smith’s volunteered their time to support the food bank’s efforts by helping to pack, label, and organize product. 

“We know that one in eight Utahns struggle with hunger, and at Smith’s, we’re working to change that statistic,” said Aubriana Martindale, division corporate affairs manager for Smith’s Food & Drug. “Partnerships with companies like Smithfield are invaluable because we know that together, we can truly impact the lives of so many in our local communities.”

This is the 38th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 130 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we’re dedicated to feeding people, especially in the communities we call home,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We’re humbled to provide this donation to support our neighbors in need throughout Utah, and we’re pleased to partner with like-minded organizations like Smith’s as we work to alleviate food insecurity for all Americans.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

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About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.   

About Utah Food Bank
Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but remains true to its mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 150 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 43.3 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 36.1 million meals, to families and individuals in need.  For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.

About Smith’s Food & Drug 
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest retail grocers. Smith’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan is aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home, and eliminating waste across the company by 2025, in keeping with the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit. Visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com for more information.

Ørsted Switches to 100% Electric Vehicles

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 1:14pm

Over the past decade Ørsted has transformed its energy generation from fossil fuels to renewables faster than any other energy company. The company has reduced its carbon emissions from energy generation by 83% and is on track to meet its target of a 98% reduction of carbon emissions by 2025. Its offshore wind farms today bring clean energy to more than 12 million people.

Denmark-headquartered Ørsted has now taken another step in tackling carbon emissions by committing to phase out diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles in the company’s car fleet and replacing them with electric vehicles (EVs), including battery-powered and hybrid vehicles.

“We’ve made great strides in switching power generation to green energy, and the next big challenge will be the transport sector, which at the moment is predominantly based on fossil fuels. Fortunately, big technological advances are being made at the moment, making electric vehicles competitive. That is why we’ve decided that, from 2021, we’ll only buy and lease electric vehicles, and that our entire fleet will be electric by 2025,” says Jakob Askou Bøss, Head of Strategy & Communication at Ørsted.

Ørsted’s car fleet consists of 340 utility vehicles and passenger cars, of which 22% are EVs. Ørsted will also install and upgrade EV charging points and associated infrastructure at its largest office locations and continue to collaborate with car-sharing companies that offer shared EVs.

First Danish company in EV100
With its commitment to a 100% EV fleet, Ørsted becomes the first Danish member of EV100, a global initiative for companies working to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles towards 2030. EV100 was founded by The Climate Group, which welcomes Ørsted as a member:

"Ørsted is showing how large businesses can deliver the dream of truly clean transport, electric vehicles powered by renewable energy, in a matter of years not decades. We’re thrilled to welcome Ørsted onboard as the first Danish company within the EV100 initiative. Climate action requires more urgency, and Ørsted’s targets to achieve a 100% EV fleet within five years is showing impressive leadership in the energy sector and across global business more widely," says Luke Herbert, International Communications Director at The Climate Group.

Ørsted’s plan for a 100% EV fleet in 2025 is based on battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that live up to EV100’s requirements for EVs.

About Ørsted
Ørsted’s vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. The company develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers.

  • Operates in Europe, East Asia and the US, where Ørsted has recently been awarded about 2 gigawatts of offshore wind projects in New Jersey and New York states.

  • By mid-2019, 82% of the company’s energy generation was based on renewable energy sources. The figure will rise to 99% in 2025.

  • Ranked most sustainable power company and fourth most sustainable company in the world in the 2019 Global100 index.

Reporting19: New Speakers, New Sessions – Exciting New Updates

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 7:14am

Ethical Corporation have just published the newly updated brochure for this year’s market-leading Sustainability Reporting and Communications Summit (16-17 Oct, Amsterdam)

To be one of the first to see the latest agenda, speakers and exclusive discounts click here

This year’s event is built to provide you and your peers with the networking and learning that you need. The event features more workshop sessions on Investor engagement and delivering more accurate disclosures. New speakers include senior executives from the likes of; BlackRock, IIRC, Kingfisher, UN Environment, Merck and Moody’s Investment Service to name a few.

Newly confirmed event sponsors include Datamaran and Given London – joining Flex, S&P Global and MSCI. All will be sharing their expert insights and solutions to improve the reporting process.

Click here to access the newly updated brochure

Previous event feedback:

“The event is a useful platform for anyone working in corporate responsibility – it brings together all major players in the field to debate and align on the most pressing sustainability issues”
Tim Mohin, Chief Executive, GRI
 
“This is truly an inspirational event - perfectly combining best cases on complying with the requirements of CR reporting and exploring the diverse chances of CR communication. It is a great opportunity to meet with peers and learn from their experiences.”
Michael Goebbels, Director Corporate Responsibility, METRO AG
 
For more information about the event contact:

Liam Dowd
Managing Director
Ethical Corporation

ON Semiconductor Sponsors IEEE Empower a Billion Lives Competition

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), energy efficient innovations, announced a sponsorship to IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL), an interdisciplinary, biennial global competition to identify and promote innovative solutions to energy poverty. EBL seeks solutions from innovators of all backgrounds that leverage cutting-edge technologies and are designed to scale.

Increasing energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions are driving global mandates for energy efficiency and reduced emissions, including the replacement of fossil fuels by clean energy sources. ON Semiconductor’s comprehensive portfolio of power, analog and intelligent sensors, and connectivity products are intended to minimize power consumption and improve energy efficiency.

“ON Semiconductor prioritizes addressing the challenge of achieving a high level of performance and power efficiency to enable carbon footprint reductions. The solutions seeded by EBL are fundamental to scaling clean energy in a commercially viable way,” said Ali Husain, senior manager, corporate marketing and strategy at ON Semiconductor. “We are excited to assist these novel and creative businesses which focus on providing energy access to all and look forward to the innovative technologies that might emerge.”

“We hope Empower a Billion Lives will accomplish a lot of vetting and due diligence in the energy access market, and let investors and other interested parties identify great companies to work with,” said Dr. Deepak Divan, Empower a Billion Live’s Chair. “We also want to give innovative teams the resources and profile they need to succeed.”

Twenty-three teams from around the world have been named Global Finalists in IEEE’s Empower a Billion Lives, an innovation competition to identify and promote cutting-edge, high-impact solutions to extreme poverty and lack of access to energy in the developing world. Having succeeded in two previous stages of Empower a Billion Lives – including regional “pitch” competitions, the last of which was at IEEE Power Electronics Society’s Decentralized Energy Access Solutions workshop in Atlanta – these teams will now undertake a field test to prove their solutions in advance of the Global Final in Baltimore in September of this year.

About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.

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ON Semiconductor and the ON Semiconductor logo are registered trademarks of Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC. All other brand and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. Although the company references its Web site in this news release, such information on the Web site is not to be incorporated herein.

Duke Energy Invests More Than $150,000 in South Carolina Programs That Will Build Diverse, Talented Workforce

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to four South Carolina organizations to fund strategic initiatives that will help enhance and diversify the energy industry’s workforce of tomorrow.

“We are making strategic investments in South Carolina to help build a talented workforce that drives economic prosperity for all,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, South Carolina state president for Duke Energy. “We have a long history of targeting investments to have the greatest impact for our communities. These grants continue that tradition and will help strengthen the workforce pipeline needed to fuel the Palmetto State’s economic engine now and in the years to come.”

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Clover School District: Creates a first-of-its-kind program in the state – a partnership with York Technical College, Clover School District and York District 1 to implement a utility lineworker certification program for high school students.

  • S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities: Provides nine $5,000 scholarships to junior or senior engineering students at qualifying independent colleges and universities in Duke Energy’s service areas.

  • Tri-County Technical College: Supports a marketing program aimed at increasing the number of women, minorities and veterans pursuing engineering and mechatronics degrees.

  • Florence-Darlington Technical College: Supports an effort to recruit and retain women and minorities in the field of engineering technology through a mentorship program that pairs students with leaders in the engineering field.

The Florence-Darlington Technical College program will provide students with networking opportunities with current leaders, workshops on how to find the right mentors and what to expect in the first five years in the engineering workforce.

“FDTC is happy to have Duke Energy’s support of our pilot Women and Minorities in Engineering Technology Leadership Program,” said FDTC Interim President Edward Bethea. “We’re not only educating the future workforce, but also the leaders for that workforce. This program will make the transition into leadership roles within the engineering field much smoother for these bright, accomplished students.”

The partnership between Clover School District, York School District One and York Technical College will make for a unique effort establishing the first high school lineworker certification program in South Carolina.

“The support of the Duke Energy Foundation and our collaborative partners will help ensure that students in this program exit high school ready for careers as utility line workers, meeting the  labor market needs in our community and helping ensure success for our students,” said Carrie Bolin, executive director of career and technology education for the Clover School District. “This program is a win for students and our community.”

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. In 2018, the company donated more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.

More information about the foundation can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains 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.

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Detroit Tigers Negro Leagues Weekend Honors Detroit Stars and Legacy of African Americans in Detroit Baseball History

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

The Detroit Tigers Negro Leagues Weekend, a celebration that pays homage to the prominent legacy of African Americans in the game of baseball, took place August 7-9 at Comerica Park during a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals. Comerica has served as a long-time partner supporting the most extensive and longest-running event of its kind in Major League Baseball.

This year’s celebration honored the 100th anniversary of the Detroit Stars, which was one of the eight charter members of the first established Negro baseball league, the Negro National League.

Negro Leagues Weekend got underway with the annual luncheon, sponsored by Comerica Bank and held at Comerica Park, on Friday, Aug. 9 that not only recognized several past members of the Negro Leagues but also honored former Tigers outfielder and current Fox Sports Detroit studio analyst Craig Monroe as the 2019 Detroit Tigers Willie Horton African American Legacy Award. The annual award identifies African Americans who have strengthened the legacy of baseball in the African American community and who have contributed to the rich history of the Detroit Tigers.

Several events, including the Detroit Stars singing competition, “Passing of the Bat” ceremony, ceremonial first pitches, distribution of 10,000 Detroit Stars replica jerseys presented by Comerica and pre-game field ceremonies were among the numerous events during the extensive weekend celebration.

“These special events allow us to reflect together on this historic period of professional baseball, that was not only important for the game, but also represents a period when exceptional people persevered through adverse times,” said Cassandra McKinney, Comerica senior vice president and director of retail bank administration.

“This year is also a momentous occasion, as we pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Detroit Star in conjunction with the pride associated with the Negro Leagues.”

Comerica was not only instrumental in partnering with the Tigers on Negro Leagues Weekend, but the bank also used the opportunity to give back to the community.

During the pre-field festivities prior to the 25th Negro Leagues Tribute Game, Comerica Bank presented Alternatives For Girls a check for $38,000 that will help support numerous outreach services the organization provides for young women in 2019.

Alternatives For Girls is a metro Detroit, nonprofit organization that helps girls and young women by providing them with vital resources like shelter, counseling and education. The organization serves homeless and at-risk girls who do not have support systems in place.

Comcast Announces Largest Ever Expansion of Its Internet Essentials Program

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

Comcast announced today it is significantly expanding eligibility for Internet Essentials, which is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in America, to include all qualified low-income households in its service area. The expansion is the most significant change in the program’s history. The Company estimates that more than three million additional low-income households, including households with people with disabilities, are now eligible to apply. It estimates a total of nearly seven million households now have access to low-cost Internet service, which literally doubles the total number of previously eligible households. In addition, the company announced that, since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than eight million low-income individuals, from two million households, to the Internet at home, most for the first time in their lives. Today’s announcement follows 11 prior eligibility expansions, including last year’s extension of the program to low-income veterans.

“This expansion is the culmination of an audacious goal we set eight years ago, which was to meaningfully and significantly close the digital divide for low-income Americans,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal.  “The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history, and it is unacceptable that we live in a country where millions of families and individuals are missing out on this life-changing resource.  Whether the Internet is used for students to do their homework, adults to look for and apply for new jobs, seniors to keep in touch with friends and family, or veterans to access their well-deserved benefits or medical assistance, it is absolutely essential to be connected in our modern, digital age.”

To be eligible to apply to the program, low-income applicants simply need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs.  These include: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  A full list of these programs can be found at www.internetessentials.com.  The Company already accepts applications from households that have a student eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, live in public housing or receive HUD Housing Assistance, including Section 8 vouchers, or participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors and community college students in select pilot markets. 

According to U.S. Census data, households living in cities with the highest poverty rates, are up to 10 times more likely than those in higher earning communities not to have fixed broadband at home. For example, in Palo Alto, California, or Bethesda, Maryland – where poverty rates are very low – only about six percent of households do not have a broadband Internet subscription – 94 percent are connected. But in Trenton, New Jersey, and Flint, Michigan – where poverty rates are way above the national average – 60 percent or more of households do not have fixed broadband at home – that is, less than half are connected. That gap of more than 50 points defines the digital divide in this country.

Internet Essentials has an integrated, wrap-around design that addresses each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified.  These include: a lack of digital literacy skills, lack of awareness of the relevance of the Internet to every day life needs, and fear of the Internet, the lack of a computer, and cost.  As a result, the program includes: multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in person, the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150; and low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax.  The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners.  For more information, or to apply for the program in seven different languages, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.  Spanish-only speakers can also call 1-855-765-6995.

The most significant barrier to broadband adoption in low-income communities remains a basket of digital literacy deficits, lack of digital awareness, and fear of the Internet.  To help address this barrier, since 2011, Comcast has invested more than $650 million to support digital literacy training and awareness, reaching more than 9.5 million low-income Americans.  In addition, the company has either sold or donated more than 100,000 discounted and heavily subsidized computers to families and veterans that need one.

AccountAbility Releases Korean Translation of the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018)

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

 AccountAbility has released the Korean translation of its latest sustainability management framework and guidance document – the AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018). The AA1000AP (2018) serves as the foundation of the AA1000 Series of Standards, and offers an informed update to the firm’s internationally accepted, principles-based approach to sustainability management for the 21st century.

The second language version of the AA1000AP (2018) to be translated, the Korean version extends the accessibility of the AA1000AP (2018), which organisations of all sizes, and across industry sectors, have successfully applied to identify, prioritise and respond to sustainability challenges to improve their overall, long-term performance – for over two decades.

"South Korea is a vibrant and growing market which includes a large number of organisations that have benefited greatly from applying the AccountAbility Principles over the years. We welcome the addition of the local language version of the AA1000AP (2018) for the region. We hope that it will enable more organisations in the region to access and adopt our tried and tested approach to sustainability management," said AccountAbility CEO, Mr. Sunny Misser.

Mr. Dongsoo Kim, Director of the Sustainability Management Center at the Korea Productivity Center (KPC), and AA1000 Standards Board member, commented, “Over the past decade, the AccountAbility Principles have played a pivotal role in establishing a solid foundation for Korean organisations’sustainable management reporting. Amid the changes and innovation over time, AA1000AP has also evolved and we are pleased to share the developments through the revised version as well as the Korean translation. AA1000AP (2018) serves as a blueprint that renders the future direction of sustainable management reporting, through which we hope the Korean organisations construct superior reporting practices.”

Korean translation of the AA1000AP (2018) is available for download here - AA1000AP (2018) Korean version.

All latest versions of the AA1000 series are available for download at http://www.accountability.org/standards/

About AccountAbility
AccountAbility is a global consulting and standards firm that works with business, governments and multi-lateral organisations to advance responsible business practices and improve their long term performance. Since 1995, we have been helping corporations, nonprofits and governments embed ethical, environmental, social and governance accountability into their organisational DNA.

Rebuilding Together Elects New Members to National Board of Directors

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs and revitalizing our communities today announced the election of two members to its national board of directors. Letitia (“Tish”) King, communications consultant for the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University and Bob Miller, Chairman and Owner of The Schulte Group were elected unanimously to the organization’s governing body.

“We are delighted to have these two individuals with such diverse backgrounds join our board,” said Kevin Rafferty, Chairman of Rebuilding Together’s board of directors and Executive Vice President of Hancock Whitney Bank. “As we look towards the future of the organization, I’m sure they will bring invaluable contributions to solve the urgent housing needs facing our communities across the country.”

Letitia (“Tish”) King is a nonprofit leader and communications consultant including for the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University. She previously served as the Senior Vice President for Communications at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Working closely with the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, she designed and managed CPB communications programs and media activities. Tish worked more than 15 years in international broadcasting, serving as spokesperson and Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the independent agency that oversees all U.S. government funded, civilian international broadcasting. Prior to joining USAGM, Tish served as the Acting Staff Director for the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a presidentially appointed board with oversight of this prestigious international exchange program. She joined the government as a Presidential Management Fellow on a two-year management development program. Tish completed her Masters at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her Bachelors in International Relations and French at Colgate University.

Bob Miller is a seasoned general contractor and licensed realtor currently serving as Chairman and Owner of The Schulte Group, a professional mentoring group working with professional speakers to provide learning opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs. Bob started his career in 1972 at First Florida Industries as a Superintendent, Estimator and Project Manager, retiring from the company in 2017 as President and Owner. During his tenure the company built 15,000 affordable and market rate apartment units in addition to commercial real estate projects. Bob is co-Chairman of the School of Construction Management at the University of Miami School of Architecture where he helped create the curriculum to receive necessary accreditation and start the Masters of Construction Management program. He previously served as past President and member of the Board of Directors of The Associated General Contractors of South Florida and Chairman of Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade’s Board of Directors. A native Miamian, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami.

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About Rebuilding Together:

Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit organization with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize our communities. Each year, Rebuilding Together affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects. Learn more and get involved at rebuildingtogether.org.

Carnival Corporation Promotes Chris Donald to Senior VP, Corporate Environmental Compliance

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm
 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest leisure travel company, yesterday announced the promotion of 
Chris Donald to senior vice president of corporate environmental compliance. Donald will continue to serve in his role as the company's corporate compliance manager, reporting directly to 
Peter C. Anderson, the newly appointed chief ethics and compliance officer for Carnival Corporation.

In his new role, Donald will continue leading Carnival Corporation's ongoing corporate environmental compliance efforts. His scope includes an expansion of strategic programs to continuously improve environmental training, operations and reporting across the company's nine global cruise line brands, and overseeing the company-wide commitment to environmental compliance, excellence and leadership.

Donald is also responsible for the development and ongoing management of Operation Oceans Alive, the corporation's environmental commitment and stewardship program, officially launched in 2018. Designed to promote a culture of transparency, learning and commitment within Carnival Corporation, Operation Oceans Alive ensures that employees receive environmental education, training and oversight, as part of the company's ongoing commitment to protecting the oceans, seas and destinations in which it operates.

Serving for the past two years as vice president of corporate environmental compliance, Donald plays an integral role in leading environmental compliance initiatives, including enhancing procedures, developing training, installing equipment, improving audit processes and implementing multiple programs that improve operations related to environmental compliance, operations and commitment.

"I feel fortunate to have worked with Chris over the last several years in multiple roles related to environmental compliance and safety," said 
Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation. "Chris has played a key leadership role in helping us further our commitment to protecting and preserving the oceans, seas and destinations we visit around the world. In this expanded capacity, I am confident he will continue to successfully lead our ongoing efforts to be proactive stewards of our environment and improve our operations with a relentless focus on environmental compliance, excellence and leadership." 

Since joining Carnival Corporation in 2007, Donald has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility, including positions supporting the company's policy development, internal audits and investigations. He previously served as senior director of safety and occupational safety, and director of safety policy, focused on enhancing the company's fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.

Donald began his career as a marine engineer in 1997, serving at sea for 10 years, including engineering positions at ExxonMobil, Windstar Cruises and Carnival Corporation's Holland America Line brand. Since 2007, Donald has served within various shore-side management positions in the areas of Health, Environmental, Safety and Security compliance.

Donald is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). He holds an associate degree in marine engineering from Glasgow College of Nautical Studies in Scotland.

About Carnival Corporation & plc 
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Together, the corporation's cruise lines operate 103 ships with 243,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

With a long history of innovation and providing guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, Carnival Corporation has received thousands of industry awards – including recognition by the Consumer Technology Association™ as a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for the OceanMedallion™. A revolutionary wearable device that contains a proprietary blend of communication technologies, the OceanMedallion enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform transforming vacation travel on a large scale into a highly personalized level of customized service. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.comwww.princess.comwww.hollandamerica.comwww.seabourn.comwww.pocruises.com.auwww.costacruise.comwww.aida.dewww.pocruises.com and www.cunard.com.

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Village Capital, MetLife Foundation, and PayPal Launch Finance Forward

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

Village Capital today announced the launch of Finance Forward — a global coalition created with MetLife Foundation, PayPal, and local partners to support more than 100 early-stage entrepreneurs building tech-enabled solutions around financial health in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and India.

Finance Forward will provide capacity-building support for entrepreneurs in the program, as well as $850,000 in capital through grants and direct investments. Based on the past results of Village Capital accelerator programs, the coalition is aiming to drive at least $10 million in follow-on funding to program participants over the next five years.

Finance Forward will feature nine regional accelerator programs and boot camps over the next two years. Each program will drive investment to entrepreneurs building solutions to improve the financial health of low- and medium-income people and small business owners. Participating companies will be eligible to receive capital ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 to help support the growth of their company. 

Village Capital runs the most active financial health accelerator in the world, with 22 past programs that have supported more than 200 startups, many in collaboration with PayPal or MetLife Foundation. In Finance Forward, PayPal and MetLife volunteer leaders will help shape the thesis for each program and provide 1-1 mentorship to entrepreneurs in each region alongside other deeply engaged, industry-leading partners, including Moody’s Corporation for the program in Latin America.

“We’re excited to continue our long-standing work with these two industry-leading partners to broaden the scope of our Financial Health practice,” said Allie Burns, CEO, Village Capital. “We’ve seen real progress on financial inclusion in the past few years, thanks in large part to mobile phones, a changing regulatory environment, and a new generation of companies creating true technology innovation in fintech. But simply being included is only the start; now that people are in the system, we need to make sure they can actually use the system to build their financial health: the ability to manage your income, get a loan when you need it, and plan for your financial future.”

“The onset of fintech has brought new possibilities to the design and delivery of financial services, and broadened aspirations for our work to build financial health for all,” said Sarah Willis, Director, Financial Health at MetLife Foundation. “The Finance Forward coalition stems from a belief that with the right mentors, investments and an emphasis on locally-relevant solutions, tech entrepreneurs will continue to transform the way low-income people benefit from the financial sector.”

“Even with the rapid increase in bank accounts in emerging markets, many people remain significantly underserved by the financial system today,” said Tyler Spalding, Director, Corporate Affairs at PayPal. “We’re excited to build on the last five years of impact with Village Capital to continue supporting entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to improve the financial health of individuals and businesses around the world. This is PayPal’s purpose, and we’re proud to work with Village Capital and their global community of entrepreneurs to democratize financial services for the underserved.”

In total, Finance Forward aims to improve the financial health of 700,000 low-income people and 10,000 micro and small businesses owners. The initiative will also convene meetings with industry leaders in each market; support five accelerators and incubators through Village Capital’s VilCap Communitiesoffering; produce a series of reports on trends and best practices that will be made available to the public; and host a global alumni summit for Village Capital program graduates.

Past participants in Village Capital programs include Indian startup Loans4SME, a platform for small businesses to raise debt capital that has contributed $35 million of working capital to more than 70 businesses, and Mexican startup ePesos, a mobile payments startup that secured one of the largest-ever startup equity raises in Mexican history shortly after participating in the program.

For more information, reach out to Ben Wrobel at Village Capital (ben.wrobel@vilcap.com).

Finance Forward Founding Partners 

About Village Capital

Village Capital helps entrepreneurs bring big ideas from vision to scale. Our mission is to reinvent the system to back the entrepreneurs of the future. Our vision is a future where business creates equity and long-term prosperity. Since 2009, we have supported more than 1,000 early-stage entrepreneurs through our investment readiness programs. Our affiliated fund, VilCap Investments, has invested in more than 100 program graduates, including 8 early-stage US fintech companies like VaultFig Loans, and Finix.

About MetLife Foundation

At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2018, MetLife Foundation provided $822 million in grants and $85 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. To date, our financial health work has reached 9.9 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit metlife.org.

About PayPal

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 277 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo, Xoom and iZettle, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal Holdings, Inc. financial information, visit investor.paypal-corp.com.

Finance Forward: Latin America Regional Partner

Moody’s Corporation

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $4.4 billion in 2018, employs approximately 13,200 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 44 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

Moody’s believes in a world where more people have access to opportunity, and where everyone has what they need to grow and thrive. We are committed to opening the door to a better future through our global corporate social responsibility programs empowering people around the world with the knowledge, resources and confidence they need to succeed. For more information visit moodys.com/csr.

Carnival Corporation Names Peter C. Anderson as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest leisure travel company, today announced the appointment of 
Peter C. Anderson to the newly created position of chief ethics and compliance officer. Based at the company's headquarters in Miami, Anderson will be a member of the executive leadership team and report directly to Carnival Corporation President and CEO 
Arnold Donald.

Anderson is a former federal prosecutor with over 20 years of experience in corporate compliance. He had previously been the head of the White Collar and Compliance Group at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and was initially engaged by Carnival Corporation to conduct a compliance program assessment. Anderson also led the environmental compliance team on the Volkswagen monitorship over the past two years.

In this new role for Carnival Corporation, Anderson will direct strategy for and drive a culture of compliance and integrity that ensures adherence to legal and statutory requirements and the highest ethical principles. He will also lead the effort to develop new compliance training programs for the company's 120,000 employees around the world and be responsible for making significant contributions to the company's compliance risk management program, including identifying potential areas of risk in operations and implementing risk management plans.

Additionally, Anderson will oversee Operation Oceans Alive, Carnival Corporation'senvironmental commitment and stewardship program, officially launched in 2018. Designed to promote a culture of transparency, learning and commitment within the corporation, Operation Oceans Alive ensures that all employees receive environmental education, training and oversight, while continuing the company's commitment to protecting the oceans, seas and destinations in which it operates.

"I am honored and privileged to serve in this important role, and look forward to continuing to work with our leaders, and most importantly, our team of dedicated employees to help build an ethics and compliance program that is truly world class," said Anderson. "Our strategic plan involves goals and key actions to build a strong and proactive compliance culture that is based on open communications – both listening and responding – as well as adequate resources and improved tools."

Donald added: "Our commitment is to excellence in safety, environmental protection and overall compliance while delivering joyful vacations and great shareholder returns. Pete understands what it takes to help build a corporate compliance effort that is effective, and will help lead us to pursue compliance-related goals through pragmatic solutions that achieve measurable results – another important step in our firm commitment to sustaining long-term environmental compliance, excellence and leadership. Pete's knowledge of global environmental law and corporate compliance makes him a valued addition to our leadership team, and we look forward to him playing a strong role in helping us consistently achieve and exceed our compliance objectives."

After studying law at the University of Virginia, Anderson clerked for a federal district judge in Charlotte, North Carolina before joining the Honors Program at the Environmental Crimes Section at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He later became an Assistant United States Attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina. After leaving government service, Pete's law practice involved both reactive defense and proactive compliance counseling services. He was also an adjunct professor at the Charlotte School of Law from 2010-15, teaching classes in fields including environmental law, corporate compliance, federal criminal law and compliance risk assessments.

Anderson received his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He was previously board-certified in corporate compliance through the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of corporate compliance issues and best practices. 

About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Together, the corporation's cruise lines operate 103 ships with 243,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

With a long history of innovation and providing guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, Carnival Corporation has received thousands of industry awards – including recognition by the Consumer Technology Association™ as a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for the OceanMedallion™. A revolutionary wearable device that contains a proprietary blend of communication technologies, the OceanMedallion enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform transforming vacation travel on a large scale into a highly personalized level of customized service. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.    

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.comwww.princess.comwww.hollandamerica.comwww.seabourn.comwww.pocruises.com.auwww.costacruise.comwww.aida.dewww.pocruises.com, and www.cunard.com

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Nespresso Takes Recycling up a Gear With Coffee Capsule Bike

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

Nespresso is partnering with Swedish bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, demonstrating both brands’ commitment to a circular economy.

1000 limited edition RE:CYCLE bikes made from over 300,000 recycled Nespresso Arpeggio capsules will be available from August 12, sold exclusively on Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform velosophy.cc

Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources, because it can be re-melted and reused infinitely. Designed to highlight the potential of recycling Nespresso’s aluminum capsules, RE:CYCLE encourages consumers to consider how they can make a positive impact.

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said: “Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminum Nespresso capsules. By using recycled capsules to make beautiful bicycles, Vélosophy brings sustainability and style together to create a truly meaningful experience, bringing to life the importance of recycling.

“We have been inspired by working with Vélosophy, and I hope the RE:CYCLE bicycle inspires people to recycle,” Jean-Marc Duvoisin added.

Jimmy Östholm, CEO and Founder of Vélosophy, said: “We created Vélosophy with a clear purpose: to have a positive impact on the world. This purpose drives everything we do, from our promise to give a bike to a schoolgirl for every Vélosophy we sell, to producing our stylish city bikes from recycled aluminum.”

“I see in Nespresso a strong commitment to sustainability, which is why this has been the dream partnership. We are proud to have co-created a bike that takes on the future. It is beautifully designed, responsibly sourced and sustainably produced,” he added. 

CBRE's Deputy General Counsel Elizabeth Atlee Named A Most Powerful Latina In Corporate America

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that Elizabeth Atlee, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) in collaboration with Fortune magazine. 

As Deputy General Counsel, Ms. Atlee is responsible for managing CBRE’s litigation worldwide; oversees employment, intellectual property and data governance legal issues; manages outside counsel; and updates business and senior management on current litigation and potential future risks.

In addition, she serves as executive sponsor of CBRE’s employee network group HOLA – Hispanics Organized to Leverage Our Advantage and serves on CBRE’s Executive Inclusion Council.

“We are very proud of Liz and this well-deserved recognition of her professional accomplishments,” says Larry Midler, CBRE’s General Counsel. “She is a savvy attorney who combines a sharp legal mind with a deep understanding of our business. Despite her very heavy responsibilities she also finds time to mentor our younger colleagues and provides a strong voice advocating for the advancement of our Hispanic and Latin professionals. Liz is not just a leader in our Legal group but company-wide, serving as an influential member of our Executive Inclusion Council.”

Ms. Atlee is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

HOLA supports CBRE’s Hispanic and Latino professionals globally by providing opportunities for members to develop their business and career. The group started in 2012 and now has more than 675 members from every line of business and many corporate functions. HOLA has 15 active local chapters, with more being added each quarter.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Scotiabank Unveils Public Legacy Space in Partnership With The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:13pm

Scotiabank has unveiled its second Downie Wenjack Legacy Space in Toronto, further signifying its commitment to promoting education and discussion around reconciliation.

"We are thrilled to open a second Downie Wenjack Legacy Space, this one fully accessible to the public," said Jon Davey, National Director, Aboriginal Financial Services at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is proud of its history with Indigenous peoples but recognize that there are opportunities to do more to partner with Indigenous communities and work towards their respective visions for future generations. Through our Legacy Spaces we are committed to creating experiences that foster productive conversations around reconciliation." 

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) was created to continue the conversation of reconciliation that began with Gord Downie's 2016 album The Secret Path. The album tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year old boy who died while fleeing a residential school. A Legacy Space is a dedicated space in an office, school, or restaurant where people will have the opportunity to learn Chanie Wenjack's story, see the history he represents, and be inspired to act in the name of reconciliation.

"We are so honoured that Scotiabank has furthered their commitment to reconciliation through opening a second Legacy Space in a public branch. These spaces provide an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to engage and learn about the history and legacy of residential schools. The Scotiabank Legacy Space is an important step in the journey to reconciliation and we are so grateful for their commitment towards building a better Canada." Sarah Midanik, President and CEO of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

The DWF Legacy Space located within the Scotiabank branch at 392 Bay Street in Toronto is marked with a DWF plaque, a framed Legacy Room print featuring Gord Downie's call to action and an image of Chanie Wenjack, and information about the Fund and creating acts of reconciliation. It also features two original pieces by local Indigenous artists.

For further information 
Krista Stewart
Senior Manager, Canadian Banking Communications
Krista.Stewart@scotiabank.com
647-299-4182

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