GreenBiz Group announced today the appointment of Mark Tulay to support the company’s growing focus on finance and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
Tulay, who brings 25 years experience advancing ESG metrics, measurement and sustainable investing, will provide valuable insight and connections in support of the company’s GreenBiz 20 event, as well as the accompanying GreenFin Summit, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in February. GreenBiz 20 is the premier annual gathering of sustainable business leaders from the world’s largest companies.
As Head of ESG for Risk Metrics Group (now MSCI), Tulay helped create an ESG fund for the largest 400 companies in Japan, launching emerging markets structured investment products and customized enterprise risk management research programs. He also served as the first full-time employee of Ceres, a global network of investors, nonprofit organizations and corporations.
“Corporate reporting on ESG data has moved from the margins to the mainstream and now sits squarely on Wall Street, where it is factoring into a growing number of investment portfolios, as well as the strategies of pension funds, university endowments and other large investors,” said GreenBiz chairman and executive editor Joel Makower. “Mark will be instrumental in bringing together corporate reporters, institutional investors and ratings organizations to ensure that proactive companies are being rewarded for their leadership.”
GreenBiz 20 will feature a Finance & ESG track, focusing on a broad range of issues and innovations at the intersection of sustainability and investing, from ESG reporting to green bonds to climate risk.
The second annual GreenFin Summit, taking place Feb. 3-4, is an invitation-only event aimed at bringing together a unique mix of stakeholders to align ESG reporting with what investors need to make risk-based asset-allocation decisions. The Summit is produced in partnership with S&P Global, which publishes financial research and analysis on stocks, bonds and commodities.
“I am pleased to join the GreenBiz team and look forward to mobilizing key players in sustainable finance to drive innovation and sustainable value creation,” said Tulay. “In a world fraught with uncertainties, GreenBiz is a key player in the global effort to help deliver a new operating system for business that points the way to a brighter future for generations to come.”
Among the topics that will be explored are which ESG ratings investors use to evaluate corporate sustainability performance, equipping boards of directors to address investors’ growing ESG focus, and how sustainability executives can communicate more effectively with their investor relations teams as well as with outside investors.
For more info about GreenBiz 20 or the GreenFin Summit, visit https://www.greenbiz.com/events/greenbiz-forum/phoenix/2020.
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Youth sports participation rates nationwide are in decline and ESPN is addressing the crisis and bringing awareness to the issue by exclusively launching the Don’t Retire, Kidcampaign, in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Project Play. The goal is to help increase sports participation rates among youth in the United States. In 2018, only 38% of kids aged six to 12 played team sports on a regular basis, down from 45% in 2008, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.
“At ESPN we believe sports should be available to every child,” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of ESPN. “We want to shed light on this important issue so that kids can take advantage of the benefits of sports, from increased health to better outcomes in school. ESPN, together with our league and business partners, have committed to working together to address this issue.”
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The Don’t Retire, Kid campaign will exclusively launch on ESPN Sunday, Aug. 4, during the 8 a.m. ET SportsCenter with a PSA of a young boy announcing his retirement from sports. The PSA will simultaneously air on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPNU, and will be followed by an interview onSportsCenter with Kobe Bryant, lead spokesperson for the Don’t Retire, Kid initiative.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls participate in sports at lower rates than boys, with urban and rural girls dropping out of sports at twice the rate. An additional PSA highlights the fact that 69% of girls do not play team sports on a regular basis. Both PSAs, as well as the campaign creative, were developed by Arnold Worldwide, and will run across ESPN and ABC.
In addition, ESPN networks will air a series of vignettes with sports stars discussing why youth sports are important and addressing the reasons kids are not participating. Featured vignettes include:
Kobe Bryant, former NBA star
Wayne Gretzky, former NHL star and head coach
Sue Bird, WNBA player for Seattle Storm
Mookie Betts, right fielder for the Boston Red Sox
Sloane Stephens, American professional tennis player
Geno Auriemma, head women’s basketball coach of the University of Connecticut
Muffet McGraw, Hall of Famer and head women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame
Julie Foudy, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist
ESPN will incorporate campaign messaging and discuss the importance of youth sports during live MLB, Little League World Series and X Games telecasts. Additionally, the network will share youth sports stories across its digital and linear platforms featuring kids, parents and athletes digging into the issues and highlighting success stories. ESPN, ESPN commentators and athletes across multiple sports will also post unique spots on their social handles to discuss the importance of youth involvement in sports with the hashtag #DontRetireKid.
“In addition to coverage on our media platforms, ESPN also is investing in nonprofit organizations to help break down the barriers to participation, especially for the most vulnerable populations,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “This initiative is part of ESPN’s Access to Sports program, which has already enabled over 1.4 million people to participate. We will continue to invest in youth sports programming so that everyone can keep playing.”
Don’t Retire, Kid
The Don’t Retire, Kid campaign is part of the Aspen Institute’s Project Play 2020. ESPN alongside a consortium of 20 organizations have aligned their missions to help combat attrition rates among youth. To learn more about the initiative and organizations involved, please visit https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/project-play-2020.
“Parents are the game-changers in youth sports,” said Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program. “To keep kids playing longer, we need to help parents ask the right questions of themselves, their child, and their local sport providers. I commend the organizations at the center of Project Play 2020 for showing the leadership to keep sport in the lives of more children.”
Resources are available on www.ProjectPlay.us, where parents can find a host of resources to help them navigate the often confusing and frustrating world of youth sports. Among them: Project Play’s playbook with eight strategies to keep kids in the game; how to find the right sport based on health benefits and risks; free online training on how to coach kids more effectively; and checklists for parents based on a child’s age and activity level.
About ESPN Corporate Citizenship
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.
About Project Play
An initiative of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, Project Play develops, applies and shares knowledge that helps stakeholders build healthy communities through sports. For more information, visit ProjectPlay.us.
About The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Based in Washington DC, the Institute also has campuses in Aspen, CO, and on the Wye River in eastern Maryland, and maintains offices in New York and several other cities. For more information, visit AspenInstitute.org.
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DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation launched a national campaign today aimed at providing access to sports for 1 million young athletes nationwide by 2024. The campaign’s TV spot is set to debut on Sunday, August 4 with additional campaign support on digital, social media and in-store. The 30 and 60 second ads, “To Whom it May Concern,” feature youth athletes and teams that are representative of communities around the country currently facing the youth sports budget crisis head-on, along with a call to action to “help us, help them.”
DICK’S customers can now donate to The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter program in a number of ways including at the store checkout, on sportsmatter.org, by texting key word “SPORTS” to 20222 or through a “donate now” button on Facebook. All donations will directly support youth sports programs across the country. Additionally, DICK’S is matching up to $1 million in donations made by customers to The DICK’S Foundation through September 13, 2019.
“All over America, in the communities that need it most, fewer sports team are being offered, fields are being neglected and kids are left with little to no resources to play sports,” said Ed Plummer, Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and a member of the Board of Directors of The DICK’S Foundation. “This campaign provides a powerful reminder that a big issue remains, and we are partnering with the communities we serve to help provide much needed funding and solutions.”
The TV spot was filmed in Birmingham, AL and many of the athletes featured in the ad hail from nearby Fairfield High School. The school’s athletic department will receive a $25,000 grant on behalf of the DICK’S Foundation Sports Matter program. Additionally, The DICK’S Foundation will fully-fund all Sports Matter projects currently on DonorsChoose.org totaling more than $450,000 and impacting nearly 40,000 youth athletes.
Since 2014, DICK’S and the DICK’S Foundation have pledged more than $100 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need. The Sports Matter program strives to increase awareness for the growing issue of underfunded youth athletics nationwide and provide much-needed support through equipment, uniform and monetary donations.
For more information on Sports Matter, visit SportsMatter.org.
About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.
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Your company is dedicating time and resources to be a responsible corporate citizen. Are those efforts working? Are they having an impact? Does anyone care if they are or aren't? How do you communicate the importance of measurement to stakeholders who don't see the value, and how do you communicate your impact to those who do?
We're bringing together corporate social responsibility and social impact measurement experts to grapple with these questions and more at our upcoming Innovations in Social Impact Measurement Symposium in San Francisco. The symposium will consist of a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and a skills development workshop where we will explore simple and effective ways to improve impact measurement for your organization's CSR programming.
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OneWest Bank, CIT’s Southern California retail bank division, today launched Bank on Building a Brighter Community to support and give back to local area school children as they head back to school. For every new qualifying checking account opened before October 15, OneWest will donate two-and-a-half hours of homework assistance to the Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Moorpark & Simi Valley Boys & Girls Clubs.
As part of the promotion customers are also eligible to receive a $250 checking reward when they open a qualifying checking account and meet the requirements. 
“We believe investing in our local students and our customers leads to a brighter community,” said Heather Ellison, head of Retail Banking for OneWest Bank. “We are honored to extend our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club to help get kids off to a strong start this school year.”
OneWest has been an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs since 2010 through volunteerism, grant funding and financial education.
“We all agree that this is a wonderful opportunity for our kids in Pasadena, Santa Monica, Moorpark and Simi Valley, and are grateful to partner with OneWest Bank. It will enhance all our efforts toward academic success for our kids,” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier.
Bank on Building a Brighter Community runs August 1 to October 15 and is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to build strong Southern California communities. Learn more about the company’s efforts to support Southern California.
About OneWest Bank
OneWest Bank is committed to helping Southern California consumers and small businesses meet their financial goals by offering a variety of personal and small business banking and lending solutions. We are passionate about serving the Southern California community and are proud to invest in the neighborhoods where we live and work. OneWest Bank is a division of CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender), a subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT). Founded in 1908, CIT Group Inc. has approximately $50 billion in assets. For more information, visit OneWestBank.com and follow us on Facebook.
 Donations will be divided evenly among the three locations.
 A qualifying checking account is one opened under the 2019 Checking for a Brighter Community Promotion. For terms and conditions visit http://www.onewestbank.com/brighterchecking.
The Business Intelligence Group today named Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities use energy and water, and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, winners of the Sustainability Service of the Year project for Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World. The 2019 Sustainability Awards program honors those people, teams and organizations who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice or overall mission.
“Itron is committed to inspiring future generations to help create a more resourceful world and we are delighted to be awarded ‘Sustainability Service of the Year’ recognition for our collaboration with Discovery Education,” said Marina Donovan, vice president of global marketing and public affairs, Itron. “We are thankful to the Business Intelligence Group for this esteemed recognition. By engaging young people in learning pathways that help them ideate solutions for the most pressing resource challenges of our time, we are driving a real shift for the future of sustainability.”
Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World aims to encourage a national dialogue on the importance of students’ understanding of current and future energy needs, resource utilization and conservation. The program material dives into the relationship between energy and water, and how innovative technologies are working to conserve both resources through the core pillars of resourcefulness: effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
“Discovery Education is proud to partner with forward-thinking organizations like Itron,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Discovery Education. “What makes earning this award special is that it underscores our shared vision to best prepare young people to build a better tomorrow, and conserving natural resources through sustainable energy practices is critical in furthering this mission. Thank you to the Business Intelligence Group for this recognition.”
Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group continued, “we are proud to reward and recognize Itron and Discovery Education for their sustainability efforts. It was clear to our judges that their vision and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner, more sustainable world. Congratulations!”
Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World resources are available at no-cost at learntoconserve.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.
About Business Intelligence Group:
The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.
Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com. Itron® is a registered trademark of Itron, Inc. All third-party trademarks are property of their respective owners and any usage herein does not suggest or imply any relationship between Itron and the third party unless expressly stated.
About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, immersive STEM experiences, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.
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ENGIE Storage has unveiled a new, highly-integrated supply and services offering for developers of in-front-of-the-meter (IFOM) solar and energy storage projects in New England and emerging markets. Comprising energy storage system design support, supply, operations, performance guarantees, and payments for rights to participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets, the offering dramatically improves project economics, reduces risk, and enhances bankability for solar + storage projects. ENGIE Storage is developing similar products for other wholesale power markets. ENGIE Storage’s first contract to deliver this offering is in connection with a 19 MW/38 MWh six-site portfolio of community solar and energy storage projects in Massachusetts, which was also announced today.
“ENGIE’s ambition is to lead the zero-carbon transition as a service for our customers, and here we’ve worked to create a compelling solution that brings to the table an unparalleled depth of capability and experience relevant to in-front-of-the meter energy storage development in Massachusetts,” said Christopher Tilley, chief executive officer at ENGIE Storage. “ENGIE is uniquely positioned to provide such an offering given the company’s experience operating assets and trading in ISO-NE, our recent acquisition of distributed energy power marketer Genbright, and our experience developing and operating energy storage assets including the largest IFOM solar + storage project operating in Holyoke, Massachusetts.”
“This product uniquely addresses the needs of the emerging energy storage market in Massachusetts and the ISO-NE territory, and should be attractive in other wholesale power markets as they open up to energy storage asset participation under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 841,” continued Tilley. “We have had that belief validated through discussions with many of the leading solar developers in the region. We have more than 100 MWh of storage coupled with solar production facilities in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program under contract now, and we expect that volume to increase substantially within the next few years.”
Key features of ENGIE Storage’s wholesale market participation offering include:
Development Services: ENGIE Storage will evaluate the feasibility and economics of energy storage co-location with a solar development project, advise on storage project design and integration with solar, and contribute technical support through the permitting and interconnection process.
Equipment Supply: ENGIE Storage will provide complete integrated energy storage systems warranted by ENGIE for 20 years.
Operations and Maintenance: ENGIE Storage will deploy its GridSynergy® software platform to operate and dispatch storage systems, and will provide ongoing maintenance and warranty service.
Performance Guarantees: ENGIE Storage will guarantee the energy storage system’s compliance with Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and Investment Tax Credit charging requirements, backed by liquidated damages for failure to perform.
Market Participation Fees: ENGIE Storage will pay fixed-price fees to the project owner, either up-front or annually, for the rights to participate with the storage systems in wholesale electricity markets.
For more information about ENGIE Storage’s Wholesale Market Participation Offering please visit: https://www.engiestorage.com/solar-developers-contact.
About ENGIE Storage Services NA LLC
ENGIE Storage helps power the world more efficiently and sustainably. As the United States’ number one distributed energy storage company, it serves energy producers, distributors, and consumers, including utilities, network operators, and energy consumers in business and government. Visit www.engiestorage.com to learn more.
ENGIE Storage is part of ENGIE North America Inc., which offers a range of capabilities in the U.S. and Canada to help customers decarbonize, decentralize, and digitalize their operations. These include clean electricity generation, cogeneration, and energy storage; retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options, and comprehensive services that help customers run facilities more efficiently and optimize energy 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 a leading energy efficiency services provider in the world, employing 160,000 people. For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook pages or the www.engie.com and www.engie-na.com web sites.
Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that for the fifth consecutive year, the automaker will partner with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to broaden students’ worlds with the study of science, engineering and innovation through the Subaru Loves Learning initiative. Developed in conjunction with the Subaru Love Promisevision, this annual initiative brings together Subaru retailers across the country, as well as AAAS’s 120,000 members and 262 affiliated societies to increase access to beloved science books. Since 2015, Subaru has partnered with AAAS through the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to donate over 187,000 science books to schools in communities across the country.
This year, more than 540 Subaru retailers will donate a diverse array of award-winning science books to local schools with the goal of engaging K-12 students. The donated books are selected from the winners and finalists of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, an award that emphasizes the importance of science books for both information and enjoyment. This year’s selection of books exemplifies outstanding and engaging science writing and illustration for young readers. More than 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and only 36% of high school students are ready for college-level science. With the inclusion of outstanding K-12 science trade books in the classroom, teachers can help bridge the gap.
“A love of learning, rooted in the disciplines of science, engineering and innovation, is a fundamental element of our Subaru Love Promise,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Subaru of America. “This year, we hope our partnership with AAAS continues to bring the joy of learning to students everywhere, inspiring them to broaden their knowledge with the books essential to growing the minds of our future leaders and innovators.”
Consumers are invited to visit participating Subaru retailers throughout August to have a book donated in their name and to write a personalized note on a bookmark to be placed inside each donated book.
For information about Subaru Loves Learning and to find out more about the partners that Subaru supports, visit www.subaru.com/loves-learning.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, see www.aaas.org.
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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced $500,000 in donations to four local nonprofits to support housing, education and neighborhood revitalization for Chicago residents.
“The work being done by these nonprofits will empower families and individuals by providing new opportunities in key areas such as housing, education, community resources and more,” said Nirag Patel, Wells Fargo community banking district manager in Chicago. “We’re hopeful this effort will make a positive impact in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.”
The Wells Fargo grants are intended to support neighborhood revitalization efforts through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.
NeighborhoodLIFT local initiative grants will be awarded to the following Chicago nonprofits:
Austin Coming Together will receive $50,000 to organize local leaders and organizations to implement Year 1 of the Austin Quality-of-Life Plan, a comprehensive five-year plan designed to improve the neighborhood by addressing key areas such as economic empowerment and education.
Jane Addams Resource Corporation will receive $50,000 for its Careers in Manufacturing Program to provide low-income adults with technical skills training combined with support services such as asset- and credit-building strategies; public benefits screening; and employment coaching to develop skills needed for life and work.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation - Chicago will receive $100,000 for technical support and capacity building in support of development projects identified by the Austin Quality-of-Life Plan, particularly for economic revitalization; a revitalized community spirit built on cultural and recreational assets; and a vibrant real estate market that supports homeowners and affordable housing.
Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago will receive $300,000 for the Austin Community Revitalization Initiative to provide significant home repairs to 25 owner-occupied, low- to moderate-income households in the Austin community. This initiative will leverage continued efforts to reduce neighborhood blight, increase community investment, and bring the total number of homes served by the initiative to more than 200.
More than 900 homeowners created in Chicago through LIFT programs
The Chicago NeighborhoodLIFT program local initiative grants are part of an $18 million commitment by Wells Fargo to boost local homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods in Chicago.
The NeighborhoodLIFT program, and other LIFT programs, have assisted more than 900 Chicago homeowners by offering homebuyer education plus down payment assistance grants. The 2018 Chicago NeighborhoodLIFT program was a collaboration with NeighborWorks® America and its network members Westside Housing and Beyond Housing.
As the single largest corporate philanthropic effort in Wells Fargo’s history, with a $474 million investment, LIFT programs have created nearly 22,000 homeowners at 73 events nationwide since 2012 by offering homebuyer education plus home down payment assistance grants. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on Wells Fargo Stories.
This follows Wells Fargo’s recent announcement of an evolution of the company's philanthropic strategy that includes a $1 billion commitment to address the housing affordability crisis, a $20 million challenge grant aimed at accelerating housing solutions nationwide and an increased focus on financial health and small business growth.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,600 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 32 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
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For the beverage industry, as for all industries, the ability to make informed decisions on GHG reduction efforts and climate change mitigation is dependent upon an accurate inventory of all relevant GHG emissions associated with a company, its value chain, and the life cycles of its products. The BIER Sector Guide is intended to provide supplementary guidance to primary global GHG protocols, with the objective of creating beverage sector consensus and consistency on inventory scoping, calculation steps, and data use.
BIER identified that this was an important time to update the previous version of the sector guidance as members further addressed complex aspects of GHG accounting and reached consensus approaches.
Key updates were made to:
• Appendix E (How to Report Purchased CO2),
• Appendix G (Calculation Examples for Emissions from Spirits Production),
• Appendix H (Guidance for Calculation of Packaging Materials Emissions), and
• Appendix J (Guidance for Calculation of Cooling Emissions).
These updates provide additional guidance and calculation examples, as well as textual revisions in various sections to clarify guidance and further align with the latest versions of leading protocols and beverage category rules.
“The BIER member’s desire to maintain this as a living and continuously evolving Sector Guide is testament to the leadership of these companies, and to our realization that pursuing environmental sustainability is a journey. Complacency is not an option,” says Nick Martin, Executive Director of BIER.
The complete guidance document is available for download at: http://bit.ly/GHGEmissionsGuidance
HanesBrands, a socially responsible leading global marketer of everyday basic apparel under world-class brands, has voluntarily disclosed its carbon emissions and related information for the CDP 2019 Climate Change Report.
The disclosure shows progress toward the company’s 2020 goals for use of renewable energy, total energy use and carbon emissions.
Hanes, which has participated in the initiative since 2010, earned an A- score and a leadership position in the CDP 2018 Climate Change Report. The company scored in the top 6% of nearly 7,000 companies that participated in last year’s report and achieved the highest score in the apparel industry. Receiving nearly across-the-board scores in the A range, Hanes’ performance was also higher than the company’s reporting sector average (B) and regional average (C-).
The disclosure for 2018 performance, including updated data to reflect the integration of recent acquisitions, continues to demonstrate that Hanes is making significant progress against it goals, including:
Renewable energy sources accounted for 40% of the company’s energy use, up 7 percentage points compared with 2017. The company’s level of renewable energy reliance met the 2020 goal of 40% two years early.
A 22% reduction in energy use per pound of production versus its 2007 baseline and against a goal of 40%. To date, the company’s energy reduction efforts have delivered a cumulative total cost avoidance of more than $220 million.
A 34% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions versus its 2007 baseline, nearing its 2020 goal of a 40% reduction. Bolstered by the significant jump in Hanes’ use of renewable energy, the company posted a nearly double-digit decrease versus 2017.
A 31% cut in water use against the company’s 2020 goal of 50% compared to its 2007 baseline. Hanes’ water use was down 2% versus 2017.
An 86% diversion of supply chain waste, or 107 million pounds, from landfills while working toward a 2020 goal of 100%.
“Our company is intensely focused on making significant strides each year to protect the environment we share and enhance our business competitiveness,” said Mike Faircloth, group president, global supply chain, information technology and e-commerce. “Transparently reporting progress against our goals is an important part of our efforts and culture. We have made significant progress in reducing our environmental footprint since 2007, and we remain committed to being an international business leader in energy management and eco-friendly business operations.”
In 2018, this commitment also earned Hanes its 10th consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence/Partner of the Year award. The company was recognized for its 2018 environmental stewardship performance.
Also in 2018, the company developed the capability to convert wastewater sludge to energy, installed waste heat recovery equipment to preheat process water, retrofitted facilities with LED lighting and improved water efficiency in boiler operations with reverse osmosis technology.
For more information on Hanes’ commitment to environmental sustainability, visit Hanes For Good.
HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI) is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Bonds, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bras N Things, Nur Die/Nur Der, Alternative, L’eggs, JMS/Just My Size, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom at https://newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Connect with the company via social media: Twitter (@hanesbrands), Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc), Instagram (@hanesbrands_careers), and LinkedIn (@Hanesbrandsinc).
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ENGIE North America Inc. announced the acquisition of Genbright LLC of Hingham, MA, a company pioneering the integration of distributed energy resources into wholesale electricity markets. The purchase enables ENGIE and its DER businesses, including ENGIE Storage, to further the adoption and growth of DERs within markets throughout the United States. ENGIE Storage has been working with Genbright since 2017 to unlock the full potential of energy storage by establishing the capability to deliver valuable competitive services into wholesale electricity markets. ENGIE’s purchase of Genbright enables the full integration of wholesale market bidding, scheduling, and dispatch optimization capabilities into ENGIE Storage’s GridSynergy® platform. Genbright currently manages a portfolio of more than 50 MW of DERs, including front and behind-the-meter solar, demand response and energy storage, using its proprietary wholesale market platform. The purchase was finalized on May 10, 2019.
“This acquisition coupled with ENGIE Energy Marketing NA’s power market operations allow ENGIE Storage to deliver co-optimized energy storage services seamlessly that span from behind-the-meter peak demand shaving and energy arbitrage to in-front-of the-meter wholesale electricity market capacity, energy, and ancillary services, all from a single energy storage asset,” said Christopher Tilley, chief executive officer of ENGIE Storage. “This unique, integrated capability allows us to unlock significant additional value for our customers.”
Distributed energy storage and grid storage can improve the reliability, resiliency, and stability of the electricity grid, and enable the adoption of more renewable energy resources such as wind and solar. Recognizing these benefits, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order for electric grid operators across the country to establish rules allowing the full participation of energy storage resources in regional wholesale electricity markets. ENGIE’s acquisition of Genbright ensures that ENGIE Storage is positioned to deliver capacity, energy and ancillary services effectively in markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators as these rules are rolled out across the United States.
“This acquisition paves the path toward realizing the stacked-value stream potential of energy storage referred to by so many in the energy industry,” said Tim Larrison, chief financial officer of ENGIE Storage who along with Tilley will serve as a director on the Genbright board. “Working with Genbright will further support both ENGIE Storage’s market offerings and asset management of ENGIE North America’s generation portfolio.”
“ENGIE has played a leading role in market development from shaping policy to new business models designed to get more storage on the grid.” said Joseph G. Crespo, chief executive officer from Genbright. “We look forward to supporting ENGIE North America’s energy storage and generation portfolio.”
About ENGIE in 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 a leading energy efficiency services provider in the world, with operations in 70 countries employing 160,000 people, including 1,100 researchers in 12 R&D centers. For more information on ENGIE North America, visit our Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook pages or www.engie-na.com web site.
About ENGIE Storage Services NA LLC
ENGIE Storage helps power the world more efficiently and sustainably. As the nation’s number one distributed energy storage company, it serves energy producers, distributors, and consumers, including utilities, network operators, and energy consumers in business and government. Visit www.engiestorage.com to learn more.
Freeport-McMoRan’s 2018 Working Toward Sustainable Development report, titled “Proven Assets. Fundamental Value.” provides information on the company's sustainability programs – including approach, focus areas and performance– and highlights the progress made on key issues affecting the company and its stakeholders.
During 2018, 81 percent of the water used by Freeport-McMoRan came from recycled or reused sources with an 86 percent rate of water-use efficiency. The company also purchased 83 percent of its power from renewable and clean energy sources.
Since 2005, Freeport-McMoRan has sought independent verification of its annual sustainability reports.
Fair Trade USA®, the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in North America, has certified Afritex Ventures, headquartered in Mauritius, with operations in Mozambique, Africa. The species certified according to Fair Trade USA’s Capture Fisheries Standard (CFS) include mahi-mahi, swordfish, and yellowfin and bigeye tuna. It will be sold at retailers in the United States by Margaritaville Foods.
The newly-certified fish come from the waters of Beira, the Mozambican port city that was ravaged by Cyclone Idai in March of 2019. Fair trade is an especially meaningful program to the fisherman in Beira, as it will allow them to regularly earn Community Development Funds that they can invest in projects that will greatly benefit their community, families, and lives.
The Fair Trade Certified™ seal spans more than 30 different product categories and can be found in nearly every aisle of the grocery store and beyond. Since inception in 2014, more than 5,000 fishermen and workers now benefit from the Capture Fisheries Standard, harvesting and processing a wide variety of Fair Trade Certified seafood, such as yellowfin tuna, wild shrimp, and Pacific salmon. Cumulatively, fishermen in the program have earned an additional $1.25M in Community Development Funds in addition to the price paid for their catch for product sold on Fair Trade terms. These funds are spent on democratically-selected projects for the good of their fishery and community.
"We welcome Afritex Ventures to Fair Trade USA’s family of certified suppliers as they expand their commitment to sustainability and bring the benefits of Fair Trade Certification to the fishermen and processing workers who are an integral part of their success" said Julie Kuchepatov, Fair Trade’s Seafood Director. “We are excited to see how the fishermen will invest their Community Development Funds and the ultimate impact these funds will generate.”
David Diamond, Executive Chairman of Afritex commented, “We are exceptionally proud of our Mozambique-based team and to be the first company globally to offer Fair Trade Certified mahi mahi and swordfish. Our tuna will complement existing Fair Trade Certified™ tuna products and broaden awareness of the principles of Fair Trade. We are privileged to have launched five Margaritaville branded items – (incorporating all three species) in the United States with sustainability conscious retailers such as Safeway and Giant Eagle and will be extending our market reach over the coming months.”
Tom Keane, President of Margaritaville Foods added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Afritex Ventures on this new line of premium ahi mahi, tuna and swordfish. We believe that these Fair Trade products deliver bold and unique island inspired flavors, ease of preparation, and premium quality to our loyal Margaritaville consumers. We look forward to working in partnership with the Afritex team to grow this exciting new product line”.
Recognition and awareness of the Fair Trade Certified seal has reached 60% amongst U.S. consumers and continues to grow with increased on-shelf visibility. The fair trade designation ensures that products sold under its label meet the highest standards for environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and fair labor practices. Fair Trade Certified seafood signals to consumers that the product they are purchasing comes from a responsible supplier of ethically and environmentally responsibly sourced products.
About Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization and the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, protection of the environment, and strong, transparent supply chains. Rather than creating dependency on aid, Fair Trade USA’s model empowers farmers, workers, and fishermen to fight poverty and earn additional money to improve their communities. Recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation, and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also helps brands and retailers tell their stories of impact and educates consumers about the power of their purchase.
About Afritex Ventures
Afritex Ventures is a global producer and marketer of seafood primarily caught in the southern Indian Ocean. With operations in Mozambique, Mauritius and the United States, the company targets tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi, langoustine, lobster and prawns. Afritex is a leader in responsible and sustainable fishing practices and has implemented an integrated traceability program on all fish caught. The company has also achieved several certifications including Fair Trade, Dolphin Safe and BRC certifications. Headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius, Afritex offers its fish in a variety of wholesale and value-added retail products to customers in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
About Margaritaville Foods
Margaritaville Foods markets an island inspired collection of food products including Margaritaville seafood, BBQ sauces and rubs, drink mixes, salsa, chips, snack mixes and more, which provide consumers with an “escape to paradise”.
Margaritaville is an expanding lifestyle brand including hotels, resorts, casinos, vacation ownership properties, restaurants, consumer products, retail shops, and a national radio station on SiriusXM®. Margaritaville delivers a tropical experience where guests can enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of their favorite destinations, regardless of their current latitude.
Consumers can also escape everyday through a collection of Margaritaville lifestyle products including apparel, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor, a satellite radio station and more. Additionally, the spirits lines – including Margaritaville tequilas, rums, LandShark Lager and a bestselling cookbook – deliver authentic, tropical escapism to fans around the world. Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977.
CONTACTKatie Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org Fair Trade USA http://www.fairtradecertified.org Adriana Sanchez, Seafood BD Manager email@example.com Fair Trade USA
As more corporate leaders pledge their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, they need a way to fulfill their promises. FSG’s new primer, Reckoning, Repair, and Change: How Business Leaders Can More Effectively Advance Racial Equity and Competitive Advantageis designed to help companies transform those pledges into action.
“There is a lot of evidence that businesses are facing increasing pressure to engage on social issues. And they will benefit, as companies with diverse workforces gain from increased innovation,” said the primer’s author, Veronica Borgonovi, FSG’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “Businesses have significant assets and power and therefore play a critical role in contributing to systemic changes that allow everyone to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. A wide range of strategies are available, including recruiting and retention efforts; reducing income and wealth disparities via employee compensation structures; designing and delivering products and services that meet the needs of all customers; and leveraging businesses’ influence to inform public opinion and policy,” said Borgonovi.
The primer builds on FSG’s research from earlier this year on health care and financial services and shares additional examples across several industries. The discussion centers around three core actions for business leaders:
1). Understanding history and the racialized impacts of their company and industry;
2). Repairing relationships and rebuilding trust; and
3). Changing business practices to advance racial equity while improving the company’s competitive advantage.
The entire primer is available for download here: Reckoning, Repair, and Change: How Business Leaders Can More Effectively Advance Racial Equity and Competitive Advantage
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership, and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at www.fsg.org.
Influential investors and companies called on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission today to accelerate the state’s transition to clean transportation and adopt a strong standard that would increase the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on Colorado’s roads.
The Commission is set to vote on the standard, known as the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, during a hearing held between Aug. 13 and Aug. 16. The ZEV program is part of California’s Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) program. If adopted, the ZEV program would require about 7% of new vehicle sales be zero-emission or plug-in electric vehicles by 2025. It also would instruct automakers to invest in marketing EVs to the general public and make a wide range of EV models available to consumers.
In a letter delivered to the Commission this week, 21 investors and companies, including Alterra Mountain Company, First Affirmative Financial Network, IKEA US and New Belgium Brewing emphasized their support for a strong ZEV program. “Cleaner, more efficient vehicles help organizations like ours cut costs, avoid the volatility of fossil fuel prices and achieve our climate goals. . . Increased deployment of EVs will be a boon to the state, through substantial cost savings and health benefits from improved air quality and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions,” they wrote.
“IKEA is committed to accelerating electric vehicle deployment. We’re investing in widespread electric vehicle charging at our stores and planning for 100 percent of our home deliveries to be made by zero emission vehicles by 2025,” said Lisa Davis, Sustainability Manager at IKEA US. “We do this because we see the benefits electric vehicles provide to our business, from employee recruitment and retention to increased visitation. Policies that increase the availability of and access to electric vehicles will help us achieve our goals.”
“Reducing transportation-related emissions is critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change and improving Colorado’s air quality,” said Steve Fechheimer, CEO at New Belgium Brewing. “While we have made great strides in our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, our corporate fleet remains a major contributor to GHG emissions and air pollution. A strong ZEV program presents a significant opportunity to accelerate the uptake of EVs and help Colorado companies transition to a clean transportation future.”
“As a Colorado Springs firm, we at First Affirmative Financial Network understand the significant economic opportunity that electric vehicles present,” said George Gay, CEO, at First Affirmative Financial Network. “As the rest of the world shifts toward electric transportation, forward-looking policies like a strong ZEV program provide companies and investors with the policy certainty needed to enable long-term investments in this rapidly growing industry, spur innovation, and generate more local jobs for Colorado’s residents.”
Ten other states have adopted the ZEV program to date, and it has proven to be a strong driver of the development and availability of EVs in those states. An analysis found that the ZEV program would bring $7.6 billion in benefits to Colorado by 2050 in the form of lower electric bills, annual vehicle operating costs and reduced GHG emissions. It also would support the state’s electric vehicle plan, which established a goal for the state to have a million EVs on the road by 2030.
In 2018, Colorado adopted the Low-Emission Vehicle GHG standard (another aspect of the ACC program), which limits GHG emissions from passenger vehicles and is especially important in light of the proposed rollback of the federal fuel efficiency and emissions standards.
Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.
Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has been recognized in the fall issue of Professional WOMAN’s Magazine (PWM) as a Top Employer, Top Supplier Diversity Program and Top LGBT-Friendly Company.
“At the core of our business is our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Rohini Anand, PhD, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo. “We are proud of this recognition which pays tribute to our work as an employer and LGBT-Friendly company as well as our award-winning supplier diversity program.”
As part of Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan, the company is committed to partnering with vendors led by minorities, women, service-disabled veterans, LGBTQ and people with disabilities across the U.S. Beyond the company’s own supplier diversity initiatives, Sodexo has its own Vendor Partner Award Programwhich recognizes the contributions of companies whose efforts play a vital role to support Sodexo’s mission to enhance the Quality of Life.
In addition to being named as a Top Employer, Top Supplier Diversity Program and Top LGBT-Friendly Company by Professional WOMAN’s Magazine, Sodexo was named to Bloomberg's 2019 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE'S 2019 list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
The goal of the annual evaluations, as seen in the Best of the Best lists, is to not only bring the latest information and guidance to Professional WOMAN’s Magazine’s readers, but also encourage active outreach and diversity policies among corporations and government agencies. The lists were compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses that were performed by DiversityComm’s agents and/or affiliates. This year, more than 415 companies and institutions participated.
About Professional Woman’s Magazine (PWM)
PWM covers news information ranging from professional concerns to civic affairs, trends, diversity careers and business. Every issue includes education, finance, health, technology, travel, the arts and family issues that impact the professional woman. PWM is a WBENC and DOBE-certified company.
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 160,000 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 $19 billion in goods and services from small to large 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., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
CONTACTHeidi Bullman Heidi.Bullman@sodexo.com Sodexo
America’s Charities today announced that it has acquired the Causecast giving platform, further strengthening its ability to help employers achieve their giving, engagement, and social impact goals, and better help nonprofits fundraise unrestricted, sustainable dollars through the workplace. The acquisition, which was completed on July 26, is a natural next step for America’s Charities and helps expand its already robust suite of giving and engagement solutions offered to the stakeholders of social change.
“I speak for the entire America’s Charities team when I say I am proud to expand our comprehensive charitable giving and volunteerism portfolio, and excited to get to work,” said Jim Starr, America’s Charities president and CEO. “We know the Causecast platform well and love its robust yet uncomplicated feature set that drives employee engagement and social good. We also understand the legwork that goes into implementing and sustaining an employee giving program, and the ability to shape the platform means we can better shape the experience employees and volunteers want and have come to expect from their employers.”
America’s Charities has 40 years' experience in employee giving and engagement, resulting in more than $700 million raised for more than 20,000 nonprofits addressing a range of charitable causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, animal welfare, veterans, disaster relief, and health services. America’s Charities first partnered with Causecast in 2015, and spent the past four years servicing clients using the Causecast technology. Together with America’s Charities’ full-service support and the Causecast SaaS technology, America’s Charities is providing a true All-in-One Giving solution.
“I am thrilled to leave the Causecast giving platform in America’s Charities capable hands,” stated Ryan Scott, founder and CEO of Causecast. “I am satisfied knowing the company I created will continue to serve the greater good and help businesses and employee donors change the world. America’s Charities’ extensive giving and engagement experience, combined with their commitment to philanthropy and social impact, makes them an ideal long-term partner for the philanthropic sector – and to carry this legacy forward.”
America’s Charities also offers Quick Start, Simply Giving, and Modern Giving solutions to employers, helping a business of any shape and size scale its giving program and achieve its giving, volunteering, and social impact goals. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of America’s Charities’ new partnership with SmartSimple, in which America’s Charities will distribute and track charitable funds, and manage and report giving, engagement, and impact, across SmartSimple’s CSR clients.
“America’s Charities, at its core, is not changing – simply growing,” added Starr. “With the ability to better shape and drive the powerful technology behind our 50 plus clients’ philanthropy programs, we can more effectively help them make a difference inside and outside the walls of the workplace. This news is equally important to our more than 130 nonprofit members. Now that we have acquired the Causecast platform, we have better opportunities to promote and position our members in more giving and volunteering campaigns that we directly manage. Our purpose is to inspire employees and organizations to support causes they care about, and this is an important step in our evolution as an organization.”
For more information about the Causecast technology or the America’s Charities All-in-One Giving solution, please visit www.charities.org/causecast.
About America’s Charities
America’s Charities is a 501(c)(3) membership-based nonprofit that inspires employees and organizations to support causes they care about. America’s Charities’ deep expertise in workplace giving and employee engagement is anchored in its history in helping private and public sector employers support charities of their choice, which in turn provides more sustainable, unrestricted revenue to nonprofits that are changing our world. Since 1980, America’s Charities has raised more than a half billion dollars in corporate, federal, state and local government workplace giving campaigns, benefiting tens of thousands of nonprofits addressing causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, research, animal welfare, veteran assistance, disaster relief, and health services. More information about America’s Charities is at www.charities.org, as well as on our social media networks.
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Throughout the year, MilliporeSigma employees volunteer their skills and expertise to make a difference in their communities across the globe. This shared commitment to giving back brings employees together each quarter during a designated “SPARK Week,” in which they participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities. During MilliporeSigma’s latest SPARK Week, June 1–9, employees brought impactful hands-on science experiences to students.
Volunteering through SPARK has been particularly meaningful for Sandy McNorton, senior scientist, Process Solutions Upstream R&D at MilliporeSigma, based in Lenexa, Kansas.
“I was involved with going to schools and doing career and cell culture talks before SPARK existed, so when the Curiosity Labs™ program became available and then the Curiosity Cube®, it was a no-brainer to volunteer to help,” said McNorton. “I’ve done all the Curiosity Labs™ and most of them multiple times. My current favorite one is Flavors and Fragrances.”
During this Curiosity Labs™ lesson, MilliporeSigma volunteers teach students that humans can recognize more than 10,000 scents. Students smell different scent sticks, and then learn how their body recognizes and interprets scents. The focus is on how the structure of the chemical is what causes the unique flavor or fragrance based on how it interacts with human sensory receptors. Students are then tasked with designing a unique fragrance for a particular purpose and presenting it to the class.
“To see the students go from ‘Yuck this stinks!’ to ‘Hey, would you like to buy my product?’ is a lot of fun,” explained McNorton. “It doesn’t really matter which lesson we are teaching, I am always amazed and thrilled at how engaged the students are with the topic. For that day, they are scientists!”
These reactions and a newfound interest in science are exactly what MilliporeSigma hopes to achieve through these hands-on experiences. This transformation and exposure is made possible through its employee volunteers, who work to spark curiosity in the next generation of scientists.
“I am a true believer that it is important to give back to the community and get kids involved in science, so SPARK is the perfect program. I am thankful to be a part of the SPARK program in Lenexa and the surrounding communities,” said McNorton.
The experiences available through SPARK not only leave a positive lasting impact on the students involved, but also on the MilliporeSigma volunteers who lead the experiments.
“While I end the day exhausted, I go back to work the next day renewed that we have inspired a new generation of scientists,” said McNorton.
Since 2016, the SPARK Global Volunteer Program has engaged more than 8,500 MilliporeSigma employees, who volunteered 76,900 hours across 36 countries — reaching more than 213,000 students. To learn more, visit https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/globalCitizenship2019/community.html#spark.
Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, and NAACP ACT-SO (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics), a major youth initiative of the NAACP that is a year-long achievement program, awarded top culinary competition students scholarships to attend the Culinary Institute of America. Gold medal winners from local competitions tested their skills against peers during the 41st Annual National NAACP ACT-SO competition and awards ceremony held in Detroit, Michigan July 18 - July 21.
ACT-SO was designed to identify, encourage, reward and showcase the academic and artistic achievements of high school students of African descent. ACT-SO provides students with an opportunity to work with professionals in their area of interest.
Students receive mentoring and coaching from Sodexo chefs to create and develop individual projects for local competitions. Sodexo and ACT-SO have had a long-standing partnership since 2009 when the idea to develop the Culinary Arts Competition Category was initiated. It nourishes the culinary talent among high school students, from inner-city schools nationwide. In 2015 Sodexo was approached by ACT-SO to support them in adding a Hospitality category. These students build a team of three or four and develop a business plan on a new concept related to Hospitality.
ACT-SO has impacted thousands of students nationwide. “Each year we look forward to working with the many talented high school students interested in the culinary arts and hospitality fields. With the support of our leadership and mentoring efforts of Sodexo chefs we strive to create opportunities for students to challenge themselves to express the best of their talent” said Sodexo VP of Global Diversity and Inclusion Lourdes Diaz. “In partnership with CIA and NAACP ACT-SO, we are able to nurture an ongoing relationship among the students and inform them about all of the career opportunities they can enjoy within our company- nationally and internationally.”
Approximately 200 programs are sustained by ACT-SO nationally, providing a platform for professional and educational enrichment that has proven to be an impactful model for creating a pipeline to successful careers.
Sodexo partners with the Culinary Institute of America to provide scholarships to winning students. To date, more than $300,000 in scholarships and educational credit have been awarded to culinary and hospitality students.
2019 NAACP ACT-SO Competition Winners
Olathe East High School
NAACP Kansas City Chapter
Westside High School
Project name: Mad Batter
NAACP Houston Chapter
Bladensburg High School
NAACP Prince George’s County Chapter
St. Michaels Archangel High School
Summer Academy of Arts & Science
Lincoln College Preparatory School
Blue Springs South High School
Project name: Paws and Claws
NAACP Kansas City Chapter
Northside High School
NAACP Houston Chapter
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 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.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.