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HP Inc. and IKEA Join Initiative to Develop First Global Network of Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chains

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 4:42pm

 NextWave Plastics announces two new member companies – HP Inc. and IKEA – are joining its consortium of worldwide businesses committed to scaling the use of ocean-bound plastics by developing the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. The addition of HP and IKEA marks 10 companies collaborating to “turn off the tap” of plastic entering the ocean.

HP and IKEA bring considerable leadership to addressing ocean-bound plastics that will contribute to all NextWave companies pushing the boundaries of what they know to be possible.

Since announcing in September 2016 that it would join the First Mile Coalition to clean up plastic waste and create economic opportunity for the people of Haiti, HP and its partners have successfully built a fully functioning ocean-bound plastics supply chain using bottles collected in Haiti. Today, the company announces it has sourced 250 tonnes of ocean-bound plastics from Haiti - more than 550,000 pounds - and created more than 600 income opportunities for adults in the country. That’s more than 12 million plastic bottles that have not entered the Caribbean Sea and instead are being upcycled into Original HP ink cartridges.

By opening a new market opportunity, generating a steady revenue stream and partnering to improve conditions for the workers, HP is helping to create sustainable jobs and bring opportunity and dignity to the collector community.

In June 2018, IKEA announced its updated sustainability strategy, with new commitments to become people and planet positive by 2030. Commitments included removing single-use plastic products across its stores by 2020 and designing all IKEA products with new circular principles by 2030, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials.

Both HP and IKEA recognize the importance of joining forces with other like-minded entities to not only scale their own ocean-bound plastics supply chain efforts, but to also extend across industries to make it commercially viable for all so maximum impact can be realized.  

“While HP has already demonstrated our commitment to sustainable impact by eliminating ocean-bound plastics and reusing them in our products, we firmly believe in the power of collaboration. We want to scale our collective efforts amongst industry leaders, work together to address barriers and engage others in the quest for an ocean free from plastic. We have a responsibility to take the critical steps necessary to reduce plastic pollution. Collaboration within and between industries is one of those critical steps.”-- Stuart Pann, chief supply chain officer

“The consequences of plastic pollution are severe and IKEA is determined to contribute to its solution in a positive and proactive way. Together with other NextWave companies we will be developing a global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains, learning from each other’s efforts and working together to ensure maximum business, community and environmental benefit. Our goal is to make ocean-bound plastic a commodity for the future, and we want to take initiatives to prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean in the first place. We hope this membership will lead to new learnings and new innovations and that we can inspire other companies to follow.” -- Lena Pripp-Kovac, sustainability manager, Inter IKEA Group

HP and IKEA will join founding members Bureo, Dell TechnologiesHerman MillerHumanscale and Interface at the fifth annual Our Ocean Conference, taking place Oct. 29-30 in Bali, Indonesia, where their engagement will be formally announced. Hosted by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, Our Ocean is focused on generating commitments and taking actions to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. NextWave member companies will share their current impact and their joint commitment to scale their impact and address the marine litter crisis at a global scale.

In 2017, as part of a United Nations commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 14, Dell Technologiesand Lonely Whale launched NextWave Plastics. The goal was to build on Dell’s ocean-bound plastic program launched in 2016 and bring together a cross-industry consortium of companies to work together in a collaborative, open-sourced and transparent fashion to create the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains and scale the use of ocean-bound plastics.  

“As we’ve become more engaged in the challenges facing our oceans, it’s become increasingly clear that the solution to marine plastic pollution requires bold innovation and open collaboration,” said Kevin Brown, chief supply chain officer at Dell Technologies. “No company can solve this issue alone, and we are excited to welcome new member companies to the cause and continue to encourage others to work together to further advance NextWave’s mission and prevent even more plastic from entering the ocean.”

Since its launch, NextWave member companies including BureoDell Technologies, General Motors,Herman Miller, Humanscale, Interface and Trek Bicycle, have each been developing their product use cases to demonstrate the viability of integrating ocean-bound plastics found in areas such as Indonesia, Chile, Philippines, Cameroon and Denmark, into their supply chains. The addition of new member companies supports greater demand for these plastics and strengthens supply chain stability.

NextWave has been noted as a 2018 Fast Company World Changing Idea and was recognized on October 20, 2018, as the winner of the P4G 2018 Circular Economy Award sponsored by the Danish Government for its commitment to the significant reduction of ocean-bound plastics. NextWave’s collaboration across and within industries, and their partnership with governments and NGOs, is a key feature of this recognition.

“If we sit on the sidelines or work within our own four walls, the fate of our ocean is well known to us,” said Dune Ives, executive director of Lonely Whale and managing director of NextWave. “With rising levels of plastic pollution, increasing warming and acidification, our ocean is in crisis. In turn, our future is at risk. Where others are planning for change, NextWave companies are making a difference today through the development of commercially viable and operational ocean-bound plastics supply chains and integration of this non-virgin material into products and packaging. Their work has only begun and the hill to climb is high, but by working within and across industries, these global leaders will inspire the change on and in the water that is necessary to ensure a healthy planet.”

NextWave member companies are currently sourcing verified ocean-bound plastics from Cameroon, Chile, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines. They are committed to expanding supply chain efforts in those countries and adding new sources of supply from a minimum of three additional countries including India, Taiwan, Thailand by the year 2025. Through these efforts, NextWave companies will also expand the types of material sourced and will work closely with other supply chain development initiatives to create scale within priority communities.

“It’s inspiring to see organizations from various industries and market competitors joining forces to innovate and improve the supply chain,” said Erik Solheim, UN Environment executive director and under-secretary-general of the United Nations. “The companies behind NextWave are bold leaders standing up for our ocean and battling against the millions of tonnes of plastics that end up in it each year.”

NextWave Member companies are committed to having maximum impact today and currently are on track, in alignment with UN SDG 14.1, to have diverted a minimum of 25,000 tonnes of plastics, the equivalent to 1.2 billion single-use plastic water bottles, from entering the ocean by the end of the year 2025. There is currently more than 86 million tonnes of plastic in our ocean. And each year, up to 12 million tonnes of new plastic will enter the ocean. Given this crisis, NextWave Members are continually looking for ways to have more impact.

For more information on NextWave, visit www.nextwaveplastics.org. You can also connect with NextWave on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Bureo

Bureo, based in the US and Chile, is focused on finding solutions for the growing issue of plastic pollution in our oceans and initiating social change. Bureo’s Net+Positiva program provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. Headquartered in California, Bureo is a certified B-Corporation, a member of 1% for the Planet, and is a participating company in Patagonia's Tin Shed Ventures Fund, an internal fund supporting likeminded start-up companies having a positive impact on the environment. To find out more visit: www.bureo.co.

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 99 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry's most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

About General Motors (NYSE:GM)

General Motors is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the CadillacChevrolet,BaojunBuickGMCHoldenJiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, Maven, its personal mobility brand, and Cruise, its autonomous vehicle ride-sharing company, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

About Herman Miller

Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the 113-year-old company has relied on innovative design to solve problems wherever people work, live, learn, and heal. With recognizable designs as part of museum collections worldwide, Herman Miller is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and has been ranked number one on Contract Magazine’s list of “Brands that Inspire” for four straight years. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has earned numerous global sustainability and inclusivity awards including the Human Rights Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index for 11 years in a row. In fiscal 2018, the company generated $2.38 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR. www.hermanmiller.com/about-us

About HP Inc.

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

About Humanscale

Humanscale leverages new technology and functional design to transform traditional offices into active, intelligent workspaces. As the leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic products, Humanscale improves the health and comfort of work life. Committed to making a net-positive impact on the earth as well as our customers, Humanscale offers award-winning products designed with a focus on function, simplicity and longevity. For more information, visit www.humanscale.com.

About IKEA

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently 419 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 48 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and strives to be an employer of choice. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com@IKEAUSA@IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on FacebookYouTubeInstagram and Pinterest.

About Interface

Interface Inc. is a world-leading modular flooring company with a fully integrated collection of carpet tiles and resilient flooring. Its modular system helps customers create interior spaces while positively impacting the people who use them and our planet.

Interface’s mission, Climate Take Back™, invites industry to join the company as it commits to running its business in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life. For additional information: interface.com and blog.interface.com. Follow Interface on TwitterYouTubeFacebookPinterestLinkedInInstagram and Vimeo.

About Lonely Whale

Lonely Whale is an award-winning incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Founded in December 2015 by Adrian Grenier and Lucy Sumner, Lonely Whale is inspired by the power of community to create the change needed to ensure a healthy planet. Lonely Whale is working towards a new era of radical collaboration, together facilitating the creation of innovative ideas that push the boundary on current trends in technology, media and advocacy that positively impact the health of our ocean. Lonely Whale’s work has been recognized by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, the Shorty Awards, and the ADDY Awards. Lonely Whale is a proud supporter of the UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign. To learn more and support, visit www.lonelywhale.org or follow @LonelyWhale.

About NextWave Plastics

NextWave Plastics is a collaborative and open-source initiative convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. Since its launch, NextWave member companies have been developing their product use cases to demonstrate the viability of integrating ocean-bound plastics found in areas such as Indonesia, Chile, Philippines, Cameroon and Denmark, into their supply chains. To learn more, visit www.nextwaveplastics.org or follow @NextWavePlastics.

About Trek Bicycle

Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Trek Bicycle Corporation is a global leader in bicycle design and manufacturing. From the original hand-built steel touring frames introduced in 1976 to the revolutionary OCLV Carbon first introduced in 1992, Trek’s passion for innovation, quality, and performance leads the industry with next-generation thinking and cutting-edge technology.

Nature-Inspired Reforestation Innovation Wins Ray of Hope Prize®

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 1:42pm

With deforestation contributing an estimated 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, countries, NGO’s, and innovators are mobilizing to restore our planet's forests as quickly as possible to avoid catastrophic global warming. A Brazilian team of entrepreneurs has won the 2018 $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize for the Nucleário, an all-in-one reforestation solution that mimics elements of natural forest progression to reduce maintenance costs and improve seedling survival rates. The team was awarded the prize at the National Bioneers Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

The Ray of Hope Prize is the top award in the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator program run by the Biomimicry Institute that supports entrepreneurs working to bring early-stage biomimetic, or nature-inspired, climate change solutions to market.

“This simple but impactful biomimicry-inspired innovation has the potential to transform reforestation efforts and help reverse global warming,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. "The six judges were impressed with all of the teams, but the Nucleário stood out because they have a clear understanding of path to commercialization.”

Nucleário, created by Bruno Rutman Pagnoncelli, Pedro Rutman Pagnoncelli, and Bruno Ferrari, is designed to be used in remote areas of the Atlantic rainforest. The device was created to function like leaf litter, preventing soil leaching and increasing soil moisture levels, and protecting seedlings from leafcutter ants and invasive grasses. It also mimics how bromeliads collect water from rain and dew to provide a microclimate that attracts biodiversity. By reducing maintenance costs and helping improve seedling survival rates, Nucleário can get more trees in the ground in less time, helping make it possible to achieve environmental goals like the Bonn Challenge and the Paris Agreement.

"30x30 -- land use being 30% of climate change solutions by 2030 -- is the most promising news on the horizon because it is highly feasible. Reforestation is a real part of this plan and yet most efforts on this front are failing because young saplings need extra help to survive,” said Beth Rattner, Biomimicry Institute executive director. “Nucleário has captured proven strategies straight from the forest to make their product, which is something no one else has tried before. We are immensely hopeful about the impact this will have.”

A $25,000 second prize, funded by an anonymous donor, went to a team with members from Mexico and the U.S., who created BioThermosmart, a thermal management system that harvests waste heat from large commercial buildings and cycles it back into the system. Their design was inspired by elephants, crocodiles, toucan beaks, and the human circulatory system to create a system of heat transfer patches that help facility directors manage excess heat.

A total of six international teams spent the past year in the Biomimicry Launchpad, the world’s only accelerator for early-stage, nature-inspired innovations. More about each of the finalists’ innovations can be found here. The Launchpad is part of the Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a global competition sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation that asks innovators to create radically sustainable climate change solutions inspired by the natural world. As winners of the Challenge, these teams were invited to join the Biomimicry Launchpad to get support in testing and prototyping their ideas, with the ultimate goal of bringing their climate change solutions to market.

This year marks the third year that the Ray of Hope Prize was presented at the National Bioneers Conference. The conference, held this year from October 19-21, 2018, is a yearly gathering of dynamic changemakers dedicated to solving our world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

“Since it was founded 29 years ago, Bioneers has held a lasting belief and reverence for lessons we can learn from nature and a firm commitment to empowering leadership in tomorrow’s leaders,” said Bioneers Executive Director Joshua Fouts. “We are inspired and honored to host these awards, which look to the natural world and youth for vision and wisdom to solve some of our planet’s most vexing problems.”

A new round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge has just launched, focused again on finding nature-inspired climate-change solutions. It is a new opportunity for teams to join and compete for the annual $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®. Individuals and teams can learn more about the Challenge at challenge.biomimicry.org

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Nestlé Waters North America Signs Renewable Energy Agreement with ENGIE Resources

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 1:42pm

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), together with ENGIE Resources, today announced that they have signed a renewable energy agreement through which ENGIE will supply over 50 percent of the energy needed for NWNA’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in Texas. With this agreement, NWNA operations in Travis, McLennan, Dallas, and Harris counties will be supplied by renewable wind energy from the Midway Wind Farm in San Patricio County, Texas, supporting Nestlé’s global goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy use in its operations.

NWNA will use clean, renewable energy to produce sustainably sourced beverage options for Texans, including the company’s Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water and Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water. The agreement will include up to 70,500 renewable energy certificates (RECs) per year from Midway Wind LLC. Based on current electrical usage, by transitioning its electrical power needs to renewable sources, the carbon footprint from the company’s Texas factories will be reduced by more than 44,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year. This is the equivalent of taking 9,500 vehicles off the road for one year.

“At Nestlé Waters North America, we are committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future for individuals and families, communities and the planet. Transitioning our factories to clean, renewable energy is one important way we can achieve this goal,” said Alexander Gregorian, Vice President, Head of Technical and Production at Nestlé Waters North America. “We are proud to partner with ENGIE and Midway Wind LLC here in Texas, as we continue our journey toward achieving 100 percent renewable energy use in our operations.”

“We’re pleased to offer a suite of sustainability solutions that make it easy to be green,” said Graham Leith, Senior Vice President of ENGIE Resources. “In this case, NWNA took advantage of ENGIE’s EasyRE product, which allows our customers to take service directly from an existing renewable energy source. EasyRE differs from traditional PPA via competitive pricing, shorter contract terms and right-sized volumes.” 

Earlier this year, Nestlé Waters North America transitioned its facility in Sacramento, California to 100 percent renewable energy, and announced, along with its parent company, a 15-year power purchase agreement with ENGIE Resources that will provide approximately 80 percent of the electrical load for five Nestlé facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result of these recent milestones, by 2019, over 20 percent of the electricity Nestlé uses in the U.S. will be from renewable sources.

About Nestlé Waters

Nestlé Waters North America offers an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration, including Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Perrier® and S. Pellegrino®. The company also owns and operates ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé®, a customizable water and beverage delivery service. Just Click and Quench™

Based in Stamford, Connecticut with some 8,500 associates, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint across our operations. As a natural resource company, we sustainably manage 47 spring sources and conserve nearly 21,000 acres of natural watershed area. We are also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where we operate in the U.S. In Texas, Nestlé Waters North America conserves more than 7,500 acres of land and operates four bottling facilities that employ more than 700 people. For more information, visit us at www.nestle-watersna.com/en and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @NestleWatersNA.

About ENGIE Resources LLC

ENGIE Resources is a subsidiary of ENGIE North America and part of the international energy group ENGIE.  As the fourth-largest electricity supplier to non-residential consumers in the United States, we deliver a combination of products and services, highly rated customer service, and financial strength that provides unique and compelling value to our customers.  Now offering solar and other renewable energy options, demand response, and on-bill financing, we assure our customers that they can count on us to create effective, customized plans for them.  Our in-house energy experts work with customers to understand their operations, tailoring products and services specific to their business and budget. For more about ENGIE Resources, visit www.engieresources.com or call 1-866-999-8374.  Follow ENGIE Resources on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

About ENGIE North America Inc.

ENGIE North America manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including clean power generation, cogeneration, and energy storage; retail energy sales; and comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense.  Nearly 100 percent of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable.  Globally, ENGIE is the largest independent power producer and energy efficiency services provider in the world, with operations in 70 countries employing 150,000 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers. For more information, please visit www.engie-na.com, @ENGIENorthAm, and www.engie.com.


Burt’s Bees Joins E.O. Wilson in Moonshot Goal to Conserve Half the Earth for Biodiversity

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:41am

Burt’s Bees will partner with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to map 6,000 bee species worldwide, supporting one of the grandest conservation efforts of our time. The partnership was announced during the second annual Half-Earth Day celebration, this year held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. With species extinction rates currently 11,000 times higher than any prior time in human history, the Burt’s Bees Foundation’s move to support pollinators through the lens of biodiversity comes at a critical juncture – particularly as bee populations, recognized as so-called “keystone species” which are central to many ecosystems worldwide, continue to decline. 

“We should forever bear in mind that the beautiful world our species inherited took 3.8 billion years to build,” explains E.O. Wilson in his book, Half Earth. “The intricacy of the planet’s species we know only in part, and the way they work together to create a sustainable balance, we have only recently begun to grasp.” 

 “Mapping the known species of bees is the first step in their conservation – and ultimately the conservation of much of the flowering plant life and plant-dependent species worldwide,” said E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation President and CEO Paula Ehrlich. “Burt’s Bees commitment to the mapping of the bees is a critical step towards our goal of conserving the most vital half of the Earth’s natural resources for the sake of the planet as a whole.”   

With Burt’s Bees support, the Half-Earth Project will map approximately 6,000 species of small but vital bee populations. By understanding the abundance, occurrence and diversity of bee populations, we can prioritize where and how we manage the land that they call home. While bees remain vastly under-researched, their continued declines impact the reproduction of the majority of plants and the many species, including us, that rely on those plants for food and survival.

Burt’s Bees founders imparted a lasting passion for biodiversity and conservation: Burt Shavitz, a beekeeper with a deep appreciation for wilderness, and Roxanne Quimby, a lifetime conservationist. As a proponent of honeybee health for over a decade since the onset of Colony Collapse Disorder, Burt’s Bees initiatives have spanned research, education, and conservation, ultimately impacting over 145,000 acres of healthy pollinator forage on farms. The brand’s commitment to nature extends into their ongoing business practices through carbon neutral certification since 2016, land-fill free operations since 2010, and responsible sourcing programs focused on key ingredients and communities. In 2018, Burt’s Bees was recognized as the #1 brand in the US considered to take the most concrete action to respect people and biodiversity by the Union for Ethical Biotrade Biodiversity Barometer. 

 “Our passion and support for the Half-Earth Project stems from an undeniable fact: human and honeybee health are intrinsically linked to the health of the natural world as a whole,” says Paula Alexander, Director of Sustainable Business at Burt's Bees. “Healthy ecosystems have been central to our journey as a company, right down to our co-founder Roxanne’s belief that, because we take from nature, we must protect and provide for it.” 

To learn more about the Half-Earth Project and biodiversity, visit www.halfearth.org where people are invited to take the Half-Earth pledge to protect half the Earth for the long-term health of the planet and all who call it home. In celebration of the partnership, people can also purchase a Limited Edition “Earth’s Bees” Lip Balm ($3.30) on www.burtsbees.com while supplies last.  


Burt’s Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. Formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing. To find out more, please visit www.burtsbees.com.

With science at its core and our transcendent moral obligation to the rest of life at its heart, the Half-Earth Project is powering one of the grandest conservation efforts of our time, advancing the urgently needed research, leadership and knowledge necessary to achieve Half-Earth. The Half-Earth Project is an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation fosters a knowing stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage. For more information, visit www.half-earthproject.org and www.eowilsonfoundation.org.              NYSE: CLX CLX-B

Global Sustain: The Sustainability Forum 2018 Was Successfully Completed

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:36am

The “Sustainability Forum 2018”, a training, networking and professional development event, took place on October 5 for the seventh consecutive year. The event was organized by Global Sustain and held at the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel. 

For another year, world renowned speakers and sustainable development experts from high profile organizations participated in the event and through special sessions, shared their knowledge and experience with the attendees. Speakers came from the following organizations: Cambridge University, AHC Group, Trucost - S & P Dow Jones Indices, Rockwool Group, Carbon Clear, AstraZeneca, FMC Corporation, Osiris Labs, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, Trillium Asset Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance and GRI. Attendees had the opportunity to be informed about critical issues but also about international trends while participating in an all-day networking.

Among topics discussed were:

  • Rewiring the economy – A 10-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy

  • Unlocking business value from the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • TCFD Recommendations – Overview, latest developments and best practices

  • Setting corporate targets in line with science and not with fiction: all you need to know about Science-Based Targets (SBTs)

  • AstraZeneca sustainability programme

  • Sustainability Advisory Councils – How do they add value

  • Establishing External Councils at major firms: Ways to Integrate ESG, social brand and social response capitalism

  • Organisational responsiveness to human rights issues

  • Environmental policy & risk: Transition to a low carbon economy

  • How ESG investing creates value and return

  • Building sustainable communities

  • Business reporting on the SDGs: Measuring & managing impacts on the SDGs

Τhe SF Tour was held for another year, offering participants a complete sustainability experience through educational activities, networking and leisure. This year's destination was Chania, Crete, and the participants had the opportunity to visit traditional olive oil production facilities, handmade soap from organic pure materials production facilities, and a recycled glass blower factory.

The next Sustainability Forum will be held on October 4, 2019.

For more information about the event, please visit www.sustainabilityforum.gr

Supporters & Sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsor: Generation Y

  • Silver Sponsors: Alpha Bank, Genesis Pharma

  • Supporters: European Reliance, ICAP Group, KPMG, TUV Austria

  • Graphic Designer Partner: Greenmind

  • Printing Partner: Pressious Arvanitidis

  • Carbon Offset Partner: Green Evolution

  • Web Partner: Think Plus

  • Coffee Sponsor: Nespresso

  • Supporters: American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Union of Listed Companies, Alliance for Greece, Hellenic- Dutch Association of Commerce & Industry, CEO Clubs, Hellenic Advertisers Association

  • Communication Partners: Daily Fax, Marketing Week, Plant, Re:CSR, CSRweek, csrnews.gr, capital.gr

What's Hot - and What's NOT - in Workplace Giving Technology

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:36am

New research by Deloitte shows that nearly 9 out of 10 working Americans believe that companies that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those that do not, and 77 percent say that volunteering is essential to employee well-being. But companies by and large are still struggling to get the full benefit from employee volunteering programs. How can we use technology to make it fun, easy and compelling to activate and engage employees in community efforts?

In this 45-minute Q&A format Town Hall, you’ll get a glimpse into what’s happening now in innovative workplace giving technology, plus ask questions and get advice on some of your most pressing technology challenges. You’ll learn:

  • What’s happening in technology today that promises to make it easier to do more good and seamlessly give to more causes than ever before 

  • Fun ideas for managing volunteers, shift schedules, and pre- and post-event logistics (including those much loved / equally hated post-event surveys!) 

  • How advancements in reporting and events management can save program managers up to 1.5 days a week in administrative time

  • Why new ways of thinking about systems are making it possible for small businesses to take advantage of workplace giving and volunteering (finally!) 

Join Laura Plato, President & COO of Causecast, for an engaging shared learning experience featuring real use cases from customers using Causecast’s Community Impact and Impact AI platforms, listed in “HR Technologies to Watch” in 2016 and 2017.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2uyfAtd

The Consumer Goods Forum, in Partnership With Capgemini, Publishes Its Global Health and Wellness Digital Framework

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 4:35am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Health and Wellness Digital Framework, developed in partnership with Capgemini. The aim of the Framework is to provide CGF members and stakeholders with a guide to how digital can support the goal of positively impacting behavioural change to help people live healthier lives.

The new framework outlines the role that digital technology can play for companies as they build tailored roadmaps for their health initiatives. The framework includes five steps to move the goals of any individual initiative to a portfolio of prioritised interventions to help drive behavioural change. 

With case studies from CGF members, including the Migros Wellbeing Journey, Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices®, L’Oréal’s Digitising Human Experiences and Danone’s Chatbots, as well as Spoon Guru’s Artificial Intelligence-based Food Search and Discovery, and Yuka’s app to keep consumers informed about the food they eat, the Framework also provides examples of how digital is already driving positive changes in consumer behavior.

Sharon Bligh, Director, Health & Wellness, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “Members of The Consumer Goods Forum are committed to driving positive change on a global scale. It is part of what makes us unique as an organisation. With an increased focus on digital we hope this framework will help inspire retailers and manufacturers around the world to pick up the baton and join us on this collaborative and digital journey to empower healthier people. Thank you to all CGF members who leaned in to help us co-build this with Capgemini”. 

Behavioural Change and Digital as an Enabler
Digital communications are now an essential part of everyday life and one of the most effective ways to reach consumers with accurate and personalised information. Digital is seen as a critical component for CGF members if they are to achieve their aim of taking a proactive, leadership role in empowering consumers to live healthier lives and drive shared business value, while providing transparent information and improving trust in the industry.

Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Global Consumer Products & Retail Sector, Capgemini said, “Capgemini is pleased to have partnered with The Consumer Goods Forum and its members to develop a Digital Framework that will serve as a guide for companies all over the world embarking on a transformation journey for their business. Using our knowledge and experience working with clients across the industry, we see digital playing an important role for retailers and manufacturers in enabling healthier lives.” 

For more information, please see the Global Health and Wellness Digital Framework.

About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

About Capgemini
A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.

Visit us at www.capgemini.com. People matter, results count.

 /CONTACT: Capgemini press contact - Michele Moore, +44 370 905 3408 or michele.moore@capgemini.com; or CGF press contact - Lee Green, l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com /

American Social Entrepreneur, German CEO Launch Social Purpose Consultancy

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:34pm

The president of Oliver Russell, a purpose-driven creative agency with global clientele, has teamed up with the former CEO of one of Europe’s largest private label cosmetics and personal care manufacturers, to launch Humanista. Humanista is a consulting firm dedicated to transforming business, investing, and cities through social purpose. 

Humanista focuses on transforming people through social purpose by implementing tangible impacts that can be put into practice every day. Markus Kessler, a former manufacturing CEO, will operate from Munich, Germany. Russ Stoddard, founder of Oliver Russell and author of “Rise Up – How to Build a Socially Conscious Business,” will maintain the company’s United States presence in Boise. Humanista has already begun working with a health tech startup based in Silicon Valley.

“We help leaders integrate social purpose into the core of their organizations,” said Stoddard. “Markus and I each bring 30 years of real-world experience running organizations large and small and building socially responsible companies from the ground up.”

Kessler currently advises and is an investor in several startup social enterprises that make sustainable packaging as an alternative to plastic and construction materials from textiles, including Ecovision and manaomea GmbH.

“After years of working with mainstream companies on CSR and sustainability, I decided that this area needs to improve and grow,” said Kessler. “I want to take this to the next level, removing it from a siloed cottage industry filled with jargon to something all employees can embrace and fully understand. That starts at the top, with the CEO.”

Working with companies, cities, and investors, Humanista creates actionable plans for a wide variety of organizations. The consulting firm owns and partners with several social enterprise labs, where clients can see firsthand what social purpose and sustainability looks like in action, and the economic opportunity presented by the circular economy.

Services offered by Humanista will include:

  • Social impact education and corporate trainings

  • CEO coaching

  • Impact investing and raising capital for social enterprises

  • Strategic partnerships for collective impact

  • Interactive workshops

  • Speaking engagements

“We’re both really excited about where this venture will take us,” said Stoddard. “Changing the world through business is our passion, and at this moment in history, it is a more important calling than ever.” 

About Humanista
Founded in 2018, Humanista is a social consulting firm that educates companies, cities, and investors on the importance of social purpose, and how to implement social practices to ensure long-term growth and sustainability. Operating from Boise, ID, USA, and Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Humanista’s global reach connects clients to the world’s most dedicated leaders in social responsibility. 

About Russ Stoddard & Markus Kessler
Russ is the founder of Boise, Idaho-based Oliver Russell, a certified B Corporation and legal public benefit corporation that builds brands for purpose driven companies. He is a leader in the Certified B Corporation community and author of the Amazon business bestseller, Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscious Business. Russ is also a regular featured contributor to Sustainable Brands, Conscious Company Media, and the Forbes Agency Council.

Markus jumped overboard from the corporate world after a career highlighted by his leadership as CEO of Europe’s largest private-label manufacturer of detergent/cleaning products, personal care, cosmetics and organic cosmetics. He brings a keen understanding of the unique challenges facing enterprise-level CEOs as they implement sustainability initiatives. Markus is also an active impact investor in several social enterprise startups and a partner in GENIC GmbH.

CapitaLand Secures First and Largest S$300 Million Sustainability-linked Loan in Asia’s Real Estate Sector

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:33am

CapitaLand has secured a S$300 million multi-currency sustainability-linked loan from DBS Bank (DBS).  The five-year term loan and revolving credit facility is the first and largest sustainability-linked loan in Asia’s real estate sector. It is also Singapore’s largest sustainability-linked financing provided by a sole lender.

This sustainability-linked loan extends beyond the conventional concept of being ‘green’ or attaining a green rating.  The loan is explicitly linked to CapitaLand’s listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), which tracks the performance of the world’s leading companies in environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts.  CapitaLand is the highest ranked Singapore company, and one of only two Singapore companies that are listed on the 2018 DJSI World.  With this sustainability-linked loan, CapitaLand has the flexibility to use the loan for general corporate purposes, unlike green loans where proceeds are applied towards the funding of specific projects.

In addition, interest rates on the sustainability-linked loan will be further reduced on a tiered basis, contingent on CapitaLand’s ongoing performance measured against a robust set of ESG indicators based on RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), and a retained listing on the DJSI World.  RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.  Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM also publishes the globally recognised Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), including the DJSI World. 

Mr Andrew Lim, Group Chief Financial Officer for CapitaLand Group said: “CapitaLand’s ESG achievements distinguish us in Asia’s real estate sector.  Dovetailing CapitaLand’s ESG efforts with our cost of funding further demonstrates our commitment to embed sustainability into our business in the long run and is core to CapitaLand’s role as a responsible real estate company.”

“With growing public expectations and deeper focus on sustainability, embracing sustainability is not only good for our shared communities, but also beneficial for business.  By working with committed partners such as DBS and RobecoSAM, we aim to identify and capture the tangible benefits of good sustainability practices.  As we seek to continually deliver long-term value for our stakeholders, we remain guided by our credo, ‘Building People. Building Communities.’, to improve the economic, environmental and social well-being of the communities we operate in,” he added.

Mr Chew Chong Lim, Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate at Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank said: “There are growing expectations for corporates to adopt more sustainable practices. A focus on financials, while important, will no longer suffice. We need to magnify the overlapping interests among the financial bottom line, the environment and our society. Together with like-minded partners like CapitaLand, DBS is committed to developing banking solutions that will help us contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and craft a sustainable future for all.”

Mr Edoardo Gai, Head of Sustainability Services of RobecoSAM said: “CapitaLand is at the forefront of Singapore’s real estate sector in securing this sustainability-linked loan.  The Group has consistently shown that investing in sustainability is good business.  At RobecoSAM, through our rigorous assessment and ranking of ESG global practices, we have advocated, and assisted investors to seek better value from ESG investing.  We believe that this landmark collaboration between CapitaLand and DBS should inspire others in Asia to emulate.”

CapitaLand’s Track Record in Sustainability

CapitaLand and DBS are among the founding members of the Singapore Circle of Practice for Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) which was launched in April 2018.  The first in Asia, the A4S seeks to adopt, learn and improve on addressing social and environmental risks and opportunities through financial processes and decision making.

In September 2018, in addition to being one of only two Singapore companies to enter the DJSI World, CapitaLand was the only company in Asia amongst the top 10 real estate firms in the index this year.  CapitaLand has been included in the index for seven years in a row.  CapitaLand is also the longest-standing Singapore company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for a decade consecutively.  In the same month, CapitaLand was also ranked amongst the Top 100 and the highest ranked Southeast Asian company in Forbes’ 2018 Global 2000: Top Regarded Companies.

In February 2018, CapitaLand was the only Singapore company to receive the “Silver Class” distinction in real estate, in RobecoSAM’s The Sustainability Yearbook 2018.  In addition, CapitaLand was the highest ranked real estate management company in the 2018 Global 100 World’s Most Sustainable Companies Index.  CapitaLand has also been included for the 5th consecutive year in the FTSE4Good Indices which comprise companies that have demonstrated strong environmental, social and governance policies and practices.

CapitaLand is also consistently transparent with its ESG efforts, being one of the first companies to voluntarily publish its first annual sustainability report in 2009.  This is before the reporting guidelines and requirements by Singapore Exchange (SGX) in 2011 and 2016 respectively.  CapitaLand’s Global Sustainability Report is also externally assured with all figures, statements and claims related to sustainability, validated.

In its latest Global Sustainability Report, CapitaLand reported a 29.4% reduction in carbon emissions intensity since 2008, exceeding its 2020 target of 23%.  It has achieved 23.4% and 24.1% energy and water reduction (per m2 from base year 2008) respectively, exceeding its 2020 target of 20%.  This resulted in S$140 million in utilities cost avoidance since 2009.  In Singapore, 93% of CapitaLand’s existing buildings (by m2) has at least a Green Mark Gold rating.  For more on CapitaLand’s sustainability efforts, please refer to the CapitaLand 2017 Global Sustainability Report.

About CapitaLand Limited (www.capitaland.com)  

CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies.  Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it is an owner and manager of a global portfolio worth over S$93 billion as at 30 June 2018, comprising integrated developments, shopping malls, lodging, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds.  Present across more than 150 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia.   

CapitaLand’s competitive advantage is its significant asset base and extensive market network.  Coupled with extensive design, development and operational capabilities, the Group develops and manages high-quality real estate products and services.  It also has one of the largest investment management businesses in Asia and a stable of five REITs listed in Singapore and Malaysia – CapitaLand Mall Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

About RobecoSAM and the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.  It offers asset management, indices, impact analysis and investing, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services.

The RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) methodology is based on the application of general criteria, applicable to all industries, and industry specific criteria, applicable to companies in a specific industry, to assess the opportunities and risks deriving from economic, environmental and social challenges.  Currently, over 4,600 global companies are assessed annually.  Each assessed company is assigned corporate sustainability performance scores (Score levels: Total, Dimension (Economic, Environmental, Social) and industry specific criteria/themes in each dimension) which provide the company with an opportunity to understand in detail its sustainability performance relative to its peers.

For each company, the input sources of information for the corporate sustainability assessment consist of the responses to the corporate sustainability assessment questionnaire, submitted documentation, policies and reports, publicly available information and personal contact with the company.  In addition, RobecoSAM monitors media and stakeholder information to analyse a company's involvement in critical social, economic and environmental issues and its management of these situations.

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Retail Business Services Commits to Removing Artificial Ingredients from All Private Brand Products for Consumers by 2025

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 4:32pm

(Globe Newswire) - Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, today announced a landmark commitment to make the private brand products it provides to local brands and their customers cleaner and more natural by 2025. The company, which provides private brand products as a service to Ahold Delhaize USA brands Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop & Shop, has committed to removing all of the following from all of its private brand product lines:

  • Synthetic colors

  • Artificial flavors

  • Artificial preservatives

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • MSGs

  • High fructose corn syrup

As part of this commitment, Retail Business Services also plans to continue product innovations that reduce salt and sugar, advance transparency and sustainable chemistry practices used in products and packaging, and dramatically reduce plastic and packaging waste. The company also plans to produce more allergen-free products and will further strengthen its guidelines for Nature’s Promise, its free-from and organic brand.

“We’re extremely proud to make this commitment and deliver cleaner, more transparent, and more nutritious private brand products, while preserving the great value, taste and quality consumers expect and deserve on these items,” said Juan De Paoli, senior vice president of Private Brands for Retail Business Services. “At our core, we are about making it easier for everyday shoppers to buy better, and this initiative does just that.” 

Retail Business Services is one of the grocery retail industry’s largest providers of private brand products. Its private brand lines include: local brand namesake lines, Nature’s Promise, Taste of Inspirations, CareOne, Smart Living, Always My Baby, Etos, Companion, Limited Time Originals, Guaranteed Value and Cha-Ching.

Considered together, the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize, comprise the fourth largest grocery retail group in the United States. 

About Retail Business Services
Retail Business Services, LLC, is the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, currently providing services to six East Coast grocery brands, including Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN'S, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, as well as the country’s largest online grocery retailer, Peapod. Retail Business Services leverages the scale of the local brands to drive synergies and provides industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to local brands to support their strategies with services including Information Technology, Merchandising & Marketing Services, Private Brand Products, Pharmacy Services, Sourcing, Not for Resale, Store Services, Financial Services, Legal Services, Communications, Supply Chain and People Systems and Services. For more information, visit www.retailbusinessservices.com

Keep America Beautiful Advances Effort to Recycle More and Recycle Right Ahead of America Recycles Day

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:32pm

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative that takes place on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15, recognizes the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling, and provides an educational platform to raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.

Local organizations, including Keep America Beautiful’s national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates, governmental institutions, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and other community partners, schedule educational workshops and recycling collection events in communities throughout the fall in celebration of America Recycles Day.

“America Recycles Day educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman. “This national initiative also highlights how we can be more mindful about using or purchasing products made with recycled content and to do all we can to reduce contamination in the waste stream by recycling right.”

Event organizers can access valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event on the America Recycles Day website where there are guides for hosting events, activity ideas, media outreach tools, and more. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled in their local communities.


Keep America Beautiful encourages people to #BeRecycled in every aspect of their lives. Available online and via paper pledges at events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle.” in all aspects of one’s daily life:

  • Recycling at home, work/school and on the go;

  • Buying products made with recycled content; and

  • Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.

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

Aside from the #BeRecycled Pledge, people can be part of the recycling solution by participating or hosting their own America Recycles Day event. Here is a sampling of creative events taking place in different regions of the country:

America Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest
Brazos, Texas

Nov. 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Keep Brazos Beautiful is conducting an America Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest in which participants can learn about recycling, visit booths of various companies that can help residents and businesses implement recycling, and view various forms of recycled art made by community members.

Fall Into Recycling
Urbana, Illinois

Nov. 3, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the Anita Purves Nature Center to swap Halloween costumes, compost leftover pumpkins, create autumn-themed works of art using recycled materials, and learn more about recycling. Make your own creation from reused or repurposed materials at home before the event and enter to win an award in the fifth annual Creative Reuse Competition!

Saving the Atlantic!
Dover, Delaware

Nov. 13, 4:00 p.m. to Nov. 14, 8:00 p.m.
To help save the sea life and marine birds living on the East Coast, volunteers will put more of the right recyclable items in the right place — and committing to do so into the future.

Light The Way 5K
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Nov. 16, 11:18 p.m.
Keep Sevier Beautiful will be hosting one of its biggest fundraisers, Light The Way 5K at Dollywood. Light the Way 5K participants are treated to a unique race course decorated by Dollywood’s 4 million Christmas lights, which will illuminate the path throughout the park. From 5:00-10:00 p.m., the KSB Teen Advisory Board will be handing out Candy Canes with recycling messages and facts on them to all participants.

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

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


JetBlue Scholars Named a Winner of the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘2018 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge’

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:32pm

JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and its employer-sponsored college degree program – JetBlue Scholars – was recently named a winner of the U.S. Department of Education’s “2018 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge.” The U.S. Department of Education announced the winners last week at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. JetBlue Scholars offers the airline’s crewmembers the opportunity to earn a fully-accredited associate or bachelor’s degree with JetBlue covering most of the cost.

JetBlue Scholars was also one of two programs that received the “People’s Choice” award after receiving the highest score during public voting period. The JetBlue Scholars program features high-quality online courses at a fraction of the cost of traditional college. Since the program launch in 2016, 135 JetBlue crewmembers have earned college degrees. Forty additional crewmembers are slated to receive their degrees from program partner – Thomas Edison State University by the end of this year.

The Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge welcomed bold visions for an educational ecosystem that would broaden access to post-secondary education and provide critical opportunities for all learners to gain the skills they need to thrive among rapidly changing economic conditions. The U.S Department of Education called upon educators, students, policymakers, industry leaders, technology developers, and the public for ideas that ensure equity of access to transformative learning experiences enabled by technology.

“We’re in a competitive industry and we want our crewmembers to also be competitive for positions within JetBlue and beyond,” said Rachel McCarthy, Senior Vice President Talent and Learning, JetBlue. “Our goal is for crewmembers to continue to grow and earning their degree helps open up additional opportunities.”

Aligned with JetBlue’s mission of inspiring humanity, JetBlue Scholars is making the process of earning a college degree more inclusive and accessible than ever. The cost of college is at an all-time high, and more than 31 million Americans have some college education and no degree. JetBlue recognized the dilemma faced by many of its own crewmembers and charted a new, low-cost, high-quality path to make college affordable again.

JetBlue Scholars utilizes low cost, high quality alternative college credit options including new technology-based learning platforms like Study.comSophia.org and StraighterLine.com. These courses are accepted for college credit at Thomas Edison State University, and are a fraction of the cost of traditional college classes. JetBlue covers the full cost of the degree up to the final semester.

This program gives crewmembers the flexibility to learn at their own pace. The program offers step-by-step support to make it easier for crewmembers who have some previous college credit but do not know how to move forward to complete their degree. JetBlue’s goal is to make higher education more inclusive and affordable so that any crewmember who wants a college degree is able to earn one.

How it Works – Once enrolled in JetBlue Scholars, crewmembers are assigned a Success Coach and share their education background, including transcripts from previous coursework, copies of licenses or certifications held, records from past military, police or fire training and any other experiences or documentation that demonstrates past college-level learning. Many crewmembers already hold special licenses or professional certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) much of which is worth college credit. The crewmember then takes online courses as guided by their coach. 

When crewmembers have earned 114-117 credits, they enroll for the final semester online with JetBlue’s launch partner – Thomas Edison State University. When 120 credits are reached, the bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State University is conferred. Scholars are able to obtain degrees in aviation, liberal studies or business through JetBlue Scholars.

JetBlue Scholars has proven to be a valuable retention and development tool, leading to increased crewmember engagement and loyalty, resulting in a greater return on investment for JetBlue. For more information, visit www.jetbluescholars.com.

U.S. Department of Higher Education Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge –More than 160 teams responded to this challenge, providing bold visions and transformative pilots for new pathways for postsecondary education and lifelong learning, a marketplace to search for innovative educational providers; and new technologies including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. View the full list of the 25 finalists at https://tech.ed.gov/challenge. Over the coming months, the U.S. Department of Education intends to continue to work with all 25 finalists, supporting these teams to launch pilots that will transform the ecosystem of the future.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 103 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit www.jetblue.com.


JetBlue Corporate Communications +1 (718) 709-3089 corpcomm@jetblue.com

Seventh Grader Aims to Improve Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Using Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:31am

Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) have named 13-year-old Rishab Jain the winner of the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). Rishab created an algorithm to make pancreatic cancer treatment more effective by using artificial intelligence to accurately locate and track the pancreas in real-time during MRI radiotherapy.

Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to pancreatic.org. An inherent challenge of radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer resides in targeting the pancreas itself. Firstly, it is often obscured by the stomach or other nearby organs, making the pancreas difficult to locate and second, breathing and other anatomical changes may cause the pancreas to move around in the abdominal area. As a result, radiotherapy treatment can inadvertently target and impact healthy cells.

Rishab developed and tested his algorithm using images of the human digestive system, and found it could correctly detect the pancreas with a 98.9 percent success rate. The innovation aims to improve accuracy, reduce invasiveness and increase efficiency during treatment, resulting in better quality of life and chance for survival among patients.

A seventh-grader at Stoller Middle School in Portland, Ore., Rishab competed alongside nine other finalists during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. He was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” and received a $25,000 prize.

During the summer, the finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work with 3M scientists to develop their innovations as part of a unique mentorship program. Rishab was paired with Dr. Döne Demirgöz, a 3M corporate supply chain black belt and product development and research expert who takes the products developed in 3M labs and brings them to the marketplace.

The finalists presented their inventions to an esteemed panel of scientists and leaders from both Discovery Education and 3M. In addition, they competed in two other challenges that combined multiple 3M technologies to solve a real-world problem.

“All of the finalists for America’s Top Young Scientist embody the same curiosity, creativity, and passion that 3M uses when we apply science to life,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president, business development and marketing-sales, 3M. “These talented young men and women are just beginning their lives as scientists.  I am excited by the endless possibilities that await each of them. We wish them all the joy and success that comes from a lifelong journey of exploration.”

The nine finalists received $1,000 and a variety of prizes from Discovery Education and 3M. The second, third and fourth runners-up also received a trip to a taping of a show on Discovery’s family of networks.

These finalists include:

In second place: Mehaa Amirthalingam, an eighth-grader at Sartaria Middle School from Sugar Land, Texas, developed a toilet flushing system that uses both fresh and recycled water to reduce water consumption in the home.

In third place: Leo Wylonis, an eighth-grader at Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School in Berwyn, Pa., designed a device for airplane wings that mimics the twisting motion of a bird in flight, increases fuel efficiency and reduces carbon emissions.

In fourth place: Sriram Bhimaraju, a sixth-grader at Harker Middle School in Cupertino, Calif., developed an Archery Assistant app that improves an archer’s accuracy by correcting form in real-time using a Bluetooth sensor.

The fifth through tenth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a $500 excitations gift card. These finalists, in alphabetical order by last name, are:

Anna Du, a sixth-grader from Andover School of Montessori in Andover, Mass. Anna created an underwater device that uses infrared light to detect harmful microplastics in the ocean.

Julia Gelfond, a seventh-grader at Silver Creek Middle School in Chevy Chase, Md. Julia invented an innovative use for dissolvable gel that can fill a tooth hole after it has been extracted to alleviate pain, infection and suffering.

Zachary Hessler, a seventh-grader at Gifford Middle School in Vero Beach, Fla. Zachery developed a method using light technology to reduce noise pollution.

Theodore Jiang, an eighth-grader at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Santa Monica, Calif. Theodore invented Textricity, a smartphone case that harvests energy from finger taps on the screen to charge the phone’s battery.

Cameron Sharma, an eighth-grader at George H Moody Middle School in Glen Allen, Va. Cameron created uFlu, an algorithm that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify personalized flu vaccines.

Krish Wadhwani, an eighth grader at DeSana Middle School in Alpharetta, Ga. Krish developed a medication that could potentially cure Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative condition in the brain that currently has no known cure.

“Inspiring millions of students over the past decade to develop new innovations and solutions that solve real-world problems, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has encouraged kids to gain valuable critical-thinking and solution-seeking skills for life,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Congratulations on our newest Top Young Scientist Rishab and all 2018 YSC finalists on their incredible efforts. Discovery Education is honored to be a part of a partnership that not only encourages, but provides the tools necessary for the next generation of young innovators to be successful in their pursuit of learning how to make the world a better place.”

Since its inception, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national television programs such as ABC World News TonightFox & Friends, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The annual premier competition recognizes scientific thinking and imagination in students grades 5-8 who dream up a solution to an everyday problem that ultimately could reshape and improve the way we live our lives. To download hi-res images of the science competition, click here. For more information on the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and to learn more about this year’s finalists, go to www.YoungScientistLab.com.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge materials are also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.


About 3M:

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About Discovery Education:

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


Katie Alper, for 3M

646-935-4325, Katie.Alper@ketchum.com

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education

240-274-2173, Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com

Sodexo Named 2018 Business Partner of the Year by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:28pm

 Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today it was named 2018 Business Partner of the Year by The National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS).

Each year, the NACAS Business Partner Advisory Group, which consists of a group of board members, auxiliary representatives, and industry leaders, evaluates business partners within the higher education community to determine the partner that embodies the ideals of outstanding customer service, supports the educational process at NACAS institutions, and has contributed most significantly to the success of NACAS through creative and generous means.

“We are excited to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to both our clients and the NACAS organization,” said Aubry Wooten, senior vice president, Universities, Sodexo North America. “We are always looking for opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and make a positive impact in communities where we operate.”

Sodexo was nominated as, and ultimately named, Business Partner of the Year NACAS West by two of the company’s clients, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and New Mexico State University. Clients saluted Sodexo for its partnership and contributions to student well-being and engagement.

“Sodexo leaders repeatedly lend their time and talent to ensure the success of our events and programs,” said Kelsey Harmon Finn, NACAS CEO. “We are thrilled to recognize their efforts and we look forward to our continued partnership for years to come.”

Sodexo has been a repeat sponsor of NACAS West’s C3X, an annual conference that convenes leaders from more than 700 higher education institutions and nearly 200 NACAS Business Partners to showcase the most inclusive and modern perspective of how auxiliary services enrich the campus experience. Additionally, Sodexo has been a consistent business partner sponsor, presenter and participant for the regional and national conferences. These efforts led to their recent recognition as NACAS West Business Partner of the Year.


Founded in 1969 as the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, NACAS is a professional trade association that supports the non-academic segment of higher education responsible for generating business through a diverse array of campus services that students need and value – such as food services, bookstores, housing, and transportation. NACAS Members work at a leadership level within 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities located worldwide and oversee multiple auxiliary services, making executive decisions that shape them to create hospitable and well-rounded campus communities. As the leading organization supporting all campus services, NACAS is the community-of-choice for strategic leaders who advance campus environments to improve the quality of life for students.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.comSodexoInsights.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

Image Caption: Sodexo was named Business Partner of the Year by The National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). Aubry Wooten, SVP, Sodexo Universities accepted the award from David P Wahr, CASP, Director of Business Operations, Owens Community College and 2017-18 NACAS President.

Magenta Goes Greener: T-Mobile to Power HQ with Renewable Energy by 2021; Receives Recognition for Green Leadership

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:28pm

And America’s Un-carrier is crushing it on the environmental front, too. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced it has signed on to Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Green Direct program, giving the company access to a blend of local wind and solar renewable energy sources, which will be used to power its Bellevue, Wash., headquarters with 100% renewable energy by 2021. This move will help the Un-carrier save millions of dollars in energy costs, while also putting it one step closer to its RE100 clean energy commitment to use 100% renewable energy across the entire company by 2021.

“At T-Mobile, we really mean it when we say we're going to clean up wireless for good … and in this case that means cleaning up our impact on the planet by making a BIG commitment to renewable energy,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “We've put a stake in the ground to go 100% renewable by 2021 -- because it's the right thing to do and it's smart business.”

T-Mobile is the only wireless company to be approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in the second round of offerings for PSE’s Green Direct program. With Green Direct, T-Mobile will purchase clean energy from dedicated local wind and solar energy resources, with the solar project being the largest ever built in the state of Washington.

As the company pushed forward with its already-strong commitment to renewables, it was also recognized by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) for its industry-leading green energy initiatives.

At the Green Power Leadership Awards in Houston, the EPA recognized the Un-carrier for “exemplary action and dedication to significantly advance the development of U.S. renewable energy markets through voluntary green power use.” Plus, the CRS also named T-Mobile “as an industry leader that is innovating and championing renewable energy and whose actions are supporting the accelerated development of green power markets.”

“T-Mobile’s choosing green power because it makes sense for the planet and for our customers — plus it's helping grow America’s green energy market big-time,” said Legere. “I'm incredibly proud of our team for earning recognition for their hard work -- but there's lots more to be done and you can be sure, we won't stop!"

For more information on TMO’s Sustainability efforts, visit: www.t-mobile.com/responsibility/sustainability.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 75.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

Media Contacts
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SC Johnson Is One of the 2018 World’s Best Workplaces

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 1:26pm

SC Johnson today announces it has been named as one of the 25 World’s Best Workplaces by the largest global annual study of workplace culture. Out of more than 7,000 eligible organizations, SC Johnson earned the 18th spot in the 2018 ranking by Great Place to Work®. It is the company’s sixth year on this prestigious list.

“I am proud of SC Johnson people around the world who contribute to making the company a great place to work,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “In each of the countries in which we operate, SC Johnson teams are characterized by a genuine camaraderie, a strong sense of purpose and a commitment to solving problems. We’re honored that SC Johnson has once again been named a World’s Best Workplace.”

Since 2011, Great Place to Work® has identified the top organizations that create great workplaces in multiple countries in which they operate through the publication of the World’s Best Workplaces list. To be considered, companies must appear on a minimum of five national best workplaces lists, have a minimum of 5,000 employees worldwide, and 40 percent of their workforce must be based outside of the country in which they are headquartered.

The results of those national lists, in addition to extra points awarded for the number of countries and regions an organization surveyed employees in, and the percentage of the company’s global workforce represented by those surveys, are combined to create a top 25 ranking of elite, multinational workplaces. More than 7,000 organizations participated in this year’s survey process, representing the voices of 12 million employees worldwide.

“Congratulations to the World’s Best workplaces,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. “It is a big challenge to build a high-trust culture that is great for employees in many countries across the globe. These organizations have bold leaders who have risen to the challenge – they are the vanguard showing millions of organizations worldwide that is possible and desirable to create a great place to work for all.”

Best Workplaces Around the World
This recognition is the latest in a series of recognitions that SC Johnson has received from Great Place to Work®. The company earned awards in the following countries/regions between September 2017 and August 2018:

  • Argentina  
  • Australia
  • Brazil  
  • Canada
  • Central America/Costa Rica
  • Germany  
  • Greece
  • India
  • Italy
  • Mexico  
  • Nigeria  
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey 
  • United Kingdom
  • Venezuela  

SC Johnson was also included in Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies” list for the 30th time in 2018, and received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index in 2017.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Great Place to Work®:
Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes produce better business results by focusing on the work experience for every employee – our research shows there’s a clear and direct relationship between employee engagement and financial performance. Emprising™, our unique Software-as-a-Service survey platform, enables organizations to assess and improve their culture and has proven to help them achieve business success. Through our certification programs, we survey more than 100 million global employees each year to recognize outstanding workplaces in over 60 countries.

Girl Scouts of the USA and Discovery Education Launch National Initiative to Inspire Young Girls to Pursue Careers in STEM

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:26am

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist – a national initiative to spark girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The program will provide educators, Girl Scout troop leaders, and families with standards-aligned curriculum aimed at addressing gender equity in STEM education through a series of girl-led, girl-tested and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.

The initiative launches with the Unleash Your Citizen Scientist Virtual Field Trip, premiering on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, and will transport students and their teachers from the walls of their schools to a STEM-focused adventure camp alongside the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at their STEM Center of Excellence. The girl-led adventure will inspire the use of scientific method by all students to help build a better world. Educators, parents and students are welcomed to register for the virtual event here. Viewers are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd@GirlScouts, and other experts for a LIVE Twitter chat during the premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #CitizenScientistVFT.

“We are excited to collaborate with Discovery Education to inspire young students to dream big as they explore all of the amazing opportunities available to them in STEM fields,” said GSUSA CEO and former rocket scientist Sylvia Acevedo. “We know how important it is to introduce girls to STEM at a young age so that they can see themselves as the scientists, engineers, astronauts, designers, programmers, coders, and creators of the future—and so they know that the possibilities are truly endless.”

Recent findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute’s Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math show 92 percent of girls interested in STEM fields believe they are smart enough to have a career in STEM. However, women continue to be underrepresented in these fields. Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist aims to change this trend by cultivating girls’ early interest in STEM and associated careers.

“We are proud to join Girl Scouts of the USA in their important work to open STEM pathways for girls by increasing their exposure to STEM’s role in making the world a better place,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist is designed to build girls’ confidence in their problem-solving abilities, and together, we will inspire a new generation of women leaders to pursue careers in STEM.”

Leveraging no-cost, digitally immersive, standards-aligned curriculum – including educator resources and virtual experiences – Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist will spark girls’ interest in STEM and prepare them for the future. Girl Scouts has been the preeminent leadership development organization for girls for over a century, offering opportunities to explore fields like STEM and entrepreneurship in which women are traditionally underrepresented, in a safe all-girl space where they can build confidence and take healthy risks.

“‘Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist’ will encourage all students—including girls—to see themselves as emerging solution-seekers who aspire to make positive change,” said Karie Hutner, Education Technology Coach, Verona School District, Wisconsin. “Discovery Education and Girl Scouts’ collaboration to ensure that a new generation of young scientists are intrigued by real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math will equip young innovators with the tools needed to advance our world.”

Resources to expand STEM opportunities and create a more equitable future are available at no cost at GirlsLeadSTEM.com, they will also be available through Discovery Education Streaming. Additionally, these resources are available for use in and out of the classroom. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest@DiscoveryEd.

To join or volunteer for Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org.


About Girls Scout of USA:

We're 2.6 million strong – 1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L.™, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, where she organized the very first Girl Scout troop. Every year since, we’ve honored Daisy’s vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, and with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.

About Discovery Education:

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

Press Contacts:

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Charmion Kinder, Discovery Education


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Global Sustain: 3rd ESG Responsible Investments, Green Finance & Brands Forum

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:26am

 Global Sustain organised with great success in a full hall for 3rd consecutive year in cooperation and partnership with Forum for Responsible Investment (FNG), Investment Bank Berlin (IBB) and International Bankers Forum (IBF) the 3rd ESG Responsible Investments, Green Finance & Brands Forum 2018 (http://sustainabilityforum.de/) in Berlin on 26.9.2018 at the Conference Center of Investment Bank Berlin, with the motto this year “ESG, from Niche to Mainstream?”. Seniors from investment, funds & banking industries as well as from corporations, startups, service providers, associations, policy attended the forum and interacted with speakers and panelists. At the forum spoke seniors from different organisations, which represented European Investment Bank, BP, Trucost -part of S&P Global-, Investment Bank Berlin, Arabesque Asset Management, German Council for Sustainable Development, RMA Asset Management, Forum for Responsible Investment, Investment Bank Berlin, International Bankers Forum, ESMT Berlin.

The Forum was supported by Allianz Representation Büsch, Talenteco, Handelsblatt Sustainable Investments Edition, Absolut Research, Business Wire and CAPITALS Circle Group and was featured on several international English and German media from investments and finance segment.

A common conclusion and signal from all speakers and panels was, that the ESG / SRI Investments is something very positive, that is something not only for the institutional and retail investors but also for the private investors, that many ESG Indexes and funds outperform in comparison to mainstream indexes and funds (therefore the not good performance of ESG is a myth). Europe is ahead of USA and Asia regarding ESG Investments, ESG can be part of a mainstream portfolio and it does not mean that a fund has to invest 100% of the portfolio in an ESG way. 

There are many different ESG Investment Strategies and ESG Investment Score Models and we have to be careful, which ones we use, how we use them and how we evaluate them, therefore there is a need for a very careful approach to the ESG Investment process and techniques and a need for an expert advisory regarding the ESG integration process, since every mistake can have financial impact. There are also many European and international regulation-oriented initiatives either EU driven (EU legal framework proposal for the Sustainable Finance), state driven (e.g. in France) or market driven (e.g. TCFD), that try to support and will some new KPIs and a kind of classification in the ESG industry. Though these initiatives do not solve the important problem of the lack of common international standardization in the ESG industry. The long transition period of some of the initiatives (e.g. EU proposal), can have as an effect to be potentially outdated, when it will become effective after a few years, since we do not know at what stage will be the market at that time.  

On the topic of regulation, of what kind of regulation we need and if the proposed by EU regulation is enough or is too much, there were different approaches by the various forum speakers. ESG Integration is not relevant only for Investors and financial institutions but also for corporations, especially the listed ones, ESG is correlated with TCFD, Sustainability reporting but also SROI. Germany, although it is the largest economy in Europe, it lacks behind, in comparison to France or UK regarding ESG Investments. Although it was a common estimation, that, ESG Market looks like, that it will continue to grow next years at a stable pace, meaning the trend is positive, there were different approaches regarding if it can become a potential market bubble or not, but for sure there is no risk for a bubble in a short term. ESG Investments is still a niche, with a positive trend and it can under conditions turn after a few years to a potential mainstream.

The above Forum that has been established as a high-level communication and dialogue platform in the investment and finance industry connecting ESG Investments, Green Finance & Banking with Sustainable Brands is going to take place again next year in Berlin but also in Frankfurt. 

See you all again in 2019

3BL Media to Host Corporate Responsibility Stories, Nov. 8, Near New York’s High Line

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:26am

3BL Media, the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations, will host the next in its series of Corporate Responsibility Stories after-hours events on Nov. 8 at the headquarters of Delos, near Manhattan’s High Line. 

The event will feature Delos Director Janna Wandzilak, Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly, and a special guest, each of whom will share their perspectives on sustainable business from the perspective of the practitioner. 3BL Media CMO Dave Armon will act as moderator.  

“We are thrilled to convene the growing community of sustainability and CR professionals, and those who partner with them, to enjoy a cocktail reception and engage with peers who are driven by purpose,” said Armon. 

Corporate Responsibility Stories will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Delos, 860 Washington St., just a block from the High Line in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. 

The event is free and open to professionals focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) functions, including communications, marketing, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, foundation, human resources, investor relations, community relations, public affairs, supply chain and diversity & inclusion. 

This forum will feature the following business leaders:

  • Janna Wandzilak, Director, Delos

  • Danielle Holly, CEO, Common Impact

  • Special Guest

Moderated by Dave Armon, CMO, 3BL Media

About the Panel:

Janna Wandzilak: In her role at Delos, Wandzilak works to transform indoor environments to focus on the people that spend time within them. She enjoys working with members of project teams to advise them about healthy and sustainable design, operations and policies. Additionally, as the Materials Specialist, Wandzilak draws upon her knowledge of healthy and sustainable materials/products to offer clients the best solutions when designing and constructing their buildings. She also serves as a Steering Committee Member of mindful MATERIALS, through which she strives to forward the healthy and sustainable materials industry and provide access to healthy materials for everyone.

Prior to joining Delos, Wandzilak was a senior sustainability consultant at Closed Loop Advisors, where she advised clients on sustainability strategy, monitoring and analytics, and green building and certifications. Wandzilak received her Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology. She serves as vice chair of IFMA NYC’s Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Living Building Challenge NYC Collaborative. Wandzilak has her WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C and is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.

Danielle Holly: Holly is dedicated to creating previously unseen pathways for individuals to meaningfully contribute to making their communities thrive.  She envisions a world where every person is able to bring their values and personal mission to their day jobs, integrate healthy and sustainable personal lives and, as a result, have the drive and energy to make our communities more equitable and vibrant.

As CEO of Common Impact, Holly has supported hundreds of nonprofit organizations on positioning and branding strategies to more effectively scale their models of social impact.  In addition, Danielle has helped numerous corporations navigate the new era in corporate social responsibility and skills-based volunteering, including global powerhouses JPMorgan Chase, Charles Schwab, Marriott International, and Fidelity Investments. She is a contributing writer for Nonprofit Quarterly on strategic corporate engagement.  She is a member of the NationSwell Council, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Net Impact NYC.

To RSVP visit http://go.3blmedia.com/cr-stories-after-hours

About 3BL Media

3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multimedia promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled audience that is passionate about sustainable business.

About Delos

As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, design, consulting, research, and an array of innovative solutions and technologies designed to improve health and well-being. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com

Dave Armon of 3BL Media

Walmart, Walmart Foundation, Sam’s Club and Foundation For The Carolinas Announce $2.5 million to Assist with Hurricane Michael Relief and Recovery

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:16pm

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and the Walmart Foundation are committing up to $1.5 million of cash and in-kind support for relief and recovery. In addition, $1 million from the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund held at Foundation For The Carolinas will support Red Cross efforts for those most impacted in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.   

“Our friends and family in the Florida Panhandle are experiencing tremendous loss as a result of this catastrophic storm,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart. “We are actively supporting local relief efforts and will continue to help communities as they recover.”   

This commitment will support organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope to help meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Michael. In addition, Walmart customers will have the opportunity to give online as part of the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas, helping communities within the U.S. with hurricane relief and recovery needs. All funds donated through the donation site will go into a donor advised fund being managed by Foundation For The Carolinas and will be granted out from that fund for hurricane relief to nonprofits working on the response.

In emergencies like this the company’s first priority is the safety of associates. Walmart and Sam’s Club work to take care of associates and their families by communicating with store and club location management teams, reminding associates of emergency procedures and what to do during and after the storm. Other company efforts in response to the storm include:

  • Providing support to associates who have been impacted with disaster-support assistance, setting up support centers in the impacted areas, and proactively calling associates to conduct wellness checks.
  • Providing prescriptions and immunizations to customers during and after this emergency through Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, which will be open as long as conditions are safe for customers and associates.
  • Working with suppliers to help stores and clubs stay in stock. Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will be prepared to open up as soon as possible so they can support communities in the affected area, and company pharmacies will also work with patients who might be displaced or have previously received prescriptions from another pharmacy. 
  • Centralizing relief efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and supporting associates’ needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts in the impacted regions.
  • Activating emergency support teams dedicated to helping stores and club locations during critical events such as this one and providing subject-matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist local emergency operations centers.

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation.


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