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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.

TAKE THE #BERECYCLED PLEDGE

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.

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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.

CONTACT

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.

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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.

Contacts:

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.

About NACAS

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.

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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.

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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:

Girl Scouts of the USA Press Room

media@girlscouts.org

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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

Contact: 
Dave Armon of 3BL Media
darmon@3blmedia.com
1.802.444.0177

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.

Costa Cruises Supports the "Pink Is Good" Project on Board Its Ships

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

Marking breast cancer prevention month, for the third year running,  Costa Cruises will be supporting the Umberto Veronesi Foundation and its  Pink is Good project, which aims to definitively defeat breast, uterus and ovarian cancer, promoting prevention and providing annual funding to doctors and researchers who have decided to dedicate their lives to studying and treating these diseases.

During the third week of October, a campaign will once again be run on board fleet ships sailing in the Mediterranean  to raise awareness about "Pink is Good": information material and further details will be distributed to every cabin to inform guests about the prevention of female cancers. This is essential in order to detect the disease in its earliest stages, with suggestions about healthy lifestyles and the regular tests and check-ups required.

Costa Cruises will also provide concrete support for scientific research, funding a research scholarshipfor a worthy Italian female researcher, who will be awarded following a public tender procedure run by the Umberto Veronesi foundation.

For further information contact:

Costa Cruises

Press Office -  Tel. +39  010 5483523 / 010 5483068 -  costapressoffice@costa.it
Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell +39 3497668013 - baroni@costa.it
Davide Barbano - Media Relations Manager  - +39 010.5483523  - +39 334.6525216 – barbano@costa.it

Press releases and photos available at www.costapresscenter.com 

FCA US Among the Leaders in Providing Quality Experience for Job Candidates

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

FCA US LLC is among the top companies in North America that provide a positive, transparent and insightful job candidate experience, earning the Company a 2018 North American Candidate Experience Award.

The Candidate Experience Awards are conveyed each year by Talent Board, a non-profit organization that focuses on benchmark research of quality candidate experience.

The Company also earned the award in 2016 and in 2017 and is the only automaker to achieve this important benchmark.

“FCA US understands that providing a high quality experience for job candidates is a key component of a world-class talent acquisition program,” said Stefanie Thornton, Head of Talent Acquisition, FCA US LLC. “Our consistent high performance reflects our passion and commitment to make our recruiting and onboarding processes among the best in the world.”

In the past year, FCA US has launched a reimagined new hire orientation program and continues to pursue strategies that enhance new hire engagement and integration.

Talent Board says more than 200 companies registered to participate in the 2018 awards program, which ultimately collected the thoughts and experiences of more than 130,000 job candidates.

Companies on the list of awardees represent a range of sizes and industries, from manufacturing, insurance, consumer products and others. The top companies were identified through a blind data analysis based on their candidate survey scores. The scoring focused on candidates' direct responses to “likely to apply again,” “likely to refer a friend” and overall ratings.

To qualify for the program, each participating company had to commit to provide a statistically significant number of candidate responses. Also, the proportion of respondents not hired had to exceed a set minimum. No other candidate experience research effort meets these strict standards, Talent Board says.

"Eight years ago, we never imagined seeing candidate experience continuously improved year after year by hundreds of companies of different sizes and across industry sectors," said Ed Newman, Talent Board Chairman and Chief Evangelist for Phenom People. "This year, the bar has been raised yet again with employers working hard to understand the business impact of their current recruiting practices. We are grateful for this year's North American CandE Award winner contributions and look forward to celebrating their efforts."
 
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Global Impact and KPMG LLP Release New Report Examining Tax, Fiduciary and Philanthropic Requirements in 60 Countries

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:16am

Global Impact and KPMG LLP have released a new report, the 2018 Giving Global Matrix: Tax, Fiduciary and Philanthropic Requirements, which provides a snapshot of the complex and varied tax laws that incentivize, or disincentivize, philanthropic giving in 60 countries across North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

A similar report was first produced by the two organizations in 2015. The updated 2018 Giving Global Matrix expands the focus from 40 to 60 countries and broadens the scope of research in each country from four to 10 questions.  The full report addresses:

  • Whether a country’s tax code allows tax deductions for charitable contributions;

  • If tax relief is available to individuals, organizations or both;

  • If charitable donations are restricted to local entities or if they can be made to U.S. charities as well; and if the latter, the steps a U.S. charity must take to receive tax deductible contributions and associated filing requirements;

  • And provides an overall assessment of the climate for philanthropy in each country.

“Increasingly corporations and charities are seeking to act locally as well as globally when it comes to their philanthropic engagement,” said Kathleen Lowenthal, Managing Director of Partner Solutions at Global Impact.  “As more organizations expand their reach as part of their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and in response to increased disasters and crises globally, we are pleased to be able to provide this much needed resource.”

“In today’s global environment, this updated report provides timely information to nonprofit and private sector entities who want to understand the different approaches to philanthropy that geographic regions and countries are taking, and be able to plan their engagement more strategically,” said Anita Whitehead, Tax Principal for KPMG’s Development and Exempt Organizations (DEO) practice. 

The report offers several high-level takeaways that U.S. entities should consider when expanding their philanthropy globally:

  • In-country tax regulations change frequently and, therefore, should be routinely revisited to ensure both compliance and favorable status;

  • When operating programs or raising funds abroad, recipients and donors should be vetted to verify alignment with the mission and objectives of an organization; 

  • The culture of giving in each country is distinct and should be individually evaluated to confirm the ideal approach to implementing an organization’s philanthropic vision.

To download the summary, full or regional reports, visit https://charity.org/2018-giving-global-matrix. For information about Global Impact’s and KPMG’s services supporting organizations looking to expand their global philanthropic engagement, contact solutions@charity.org and awhitehead@kpmg.com.

ABOUT KPMG

With our deep experience and innovative approaches, KPMG LLP can help your company by striking the right balance between preparing for tomorrow and delivering real results today. KPMG LLP provides audit, tax and advisory services and industry insight and can help organizations meet their compliance obligations, navigate risks and perform in today's dynamic and challenging environments.

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact partners with hundreds of public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 of the most respected international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips nonprofits, public sector and private sector organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also leads national marketing efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) and seven other CFC zones across the United States. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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UPS/Greenbiz Study Identifies Motivators and Barriers to Electric Fleets

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 4:14pm

Attaining environmental benefits and lower cost of ownership are driving more commercial fleets to electrify, according to a UPS (NYSE: UPS) and GreenBiz study released today. In the “Curve Ahead: The Future of Fleet Electrification” report, industry leaders identify the main motivations and barriers to electrification, as well as strategies to move the commercial electric vehicle market from niche to mainstream.

The top motivation to go electric for 83 percent of large businesses surveyed is sustainability and environmental goals. A lower total cost of ownership – factoring in both direct and indirect costs and savings over the life of the vehicle – is the second biggest driver, cited by 64 percent of respondents. In addition to the fuel savings, electric vehicles (EVs) typically require less maintenance than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, which means lower maintenance costs.

Despite an appetite for electrification, many fleet operators face challenges. Fifty-five percent of respondents cited the initial purchase price of electric commercial vehicles as the top barrier. Forty-four percent view inadequate onsite charging infrastructure as a barrier and 92 percent advise their facility is not “very well equipped” to accommodate commercial charging needs. Yet the study also found less than half of the companies surveyed are working with governments or utilities to address charging infrastructure.

“The challenges of cost and infrastructure requirements can be daunting, but we’ve begun to see solutions emerge,” said Scott Phillippi, UPS senior director of automotive maintenance and engineering. “In the U.S., we recently ordered 50 electric-powered delivery trucks that we anticipate will be at cost parity with conventional diesel-powered vehicles. And in London, we were able to find a solution for our charging needs through a collaboration between government and private organizations. The business case, combined with growing preference for EVs from cities and national governments, will help us to reach a tipping point to large-scale EV fleet adoption.”

Fleet managers and industry experts interviewed suggested strategies to overcome such challenges, including starting small. Instead of undertaking a large-scale fleet overhaul, many companies will prioritize electric options when replacing vehicles and even consider electric leasing options to mitigate the initial purchase price. Converting from internal combustion engines to electric depends on specific vehicle uses, the size and distribution of fleets across regions, the costs of electricity and access to charging infrastructure.

“Despite the complexity of transitioning commercial fleets to an electric future, the vehicle technologies and options to upgrade infrastructure are quickly improving,” said Paul Carp, GreenBiz Group’s director of research and senior analyst. “Continued industry collaboration will be critical to accelerate fleet electrification across a wide range of use cases.”

As the market for electric commercial vehicles matures, 70 percent of companies report working closely with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to identify the latest electric vehicle technologies and features. This communication is important given 32 percent of survey respondents cited inadequate product availability as a barrier. UPS is working with commercial vehicle manufacturers such as ARRIVALTeslaThor Trucks and Workhorse, providing data and performance feedback to help foster product availability and create fleet solutions that fit its unique needs.

UPS also works with manufacturers, governments and utilities to leverage innovative technology, such as smart grid charging in London that enables the company’s electric-vehicle fleet to charge without an expensive power supply grid update. The project, made possible by engaging UK Power Networks, Cross River Partnership and UK’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles, is an example of how collaboration can overcome vehicle electrification barriers.

The research findings will be explored in depth at the GreenBiz VERGE conference in Oakland, California on Oct. 16. To download the white paper, visit ups.com/sustainability.   

The 2018 UPS and GreenBiz “Curve Ahead: The Future of Fleet Electrification” study presents the findings of qualitative research, along with an online survey conducted by GreenBiz Group in June 2018 among more than 200 respondents within the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel.

UPS has a long history with electric vehicles, having first introduced them into its U.S. fleet in the 1930s. UPS now has more than 1,000 electric and hybrid electric vehicles deployed worldwide. The company’s fleet of approximately 9,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles now drives more than 1 million miles each day.

Since 2008, the company has invested over $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and infrastructure. This strategic investment redirects a purchase that would normally support the acquisition of a diesel or gas-powered vehicle to an alternative fuel vehicle. In fact, UPS has committed that by 2020, 25 percent of annual vehicle purchases will be alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicles. This shift toward alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure that supports them has helped UPS to drive the electric vehicle market to cost parity with conventional fuel vehicles, while also realizing both fuel and maintenance cost savings.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. Our new sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

Global Impact and KPMG LLP release new report examining tax, fiduciary and philanthropic requirements in 60 countries

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 4:14pm

Global Impact and KPMG LLP have released a new report, the 2018 Giving Global Matrix: Tax, Fiduciary and Philanthropic Requirements, which provides a snapshot of the complex and varied tax laws that incentivize, or disincentivize, philanthropic giving in 60 countries across North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

A similar report was first produced by the two organizations in 2015. The updated 2018 Giving Global Matrix expands the focus from 40 to 60 countries and broadens the scope of research in each country from four to 10 questions.  The full report addresses:

  • Whether a country’s tax code allows tax deductions for charitable contributions;

  • If tax relief is available to individuals, organizations or both;

  • If charitable donations are restricted to local entities or if they can be made to U.S. charities as well; and if the latter, the steps a U.S. charity must take to receive tax deductible contributions and associated filing requirements;

  • And provides an overall assessment of the climate for philanthropy in each country.

“Increasingly corporations and charities are seeking to act locally as well as globally when it comes to their philanthropic engagement,” said Kathleen Lowenthal, Managing Director of Partner Solutions at Global Impact.  “As more organizations expand their reach as part of their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and in response to increased disasters and crises globally, we are pleased to be able to provide this much needed resource.”

“In today’s global environment, this updated report provides timely information to nonprofit and private sector entities who want to understand the different approaches to philanthropy that geographic regions and countries are taking, and be able to plan their engagement more strategically,” said Anita Whitehead, Tax Principal for KPMG’s Development and Exempt Organizations (DEO) practice. 

The report offers several high-level takeaways that U.S. entities should consider when expanding their philanthropy globally:

  • In-country tax regulations change frequently and, therefore, should be routinely revisited to ensure both compliance and favorable status;

  • When operating programs or raising funds abroad, recipients and donors should be vetted to verify alignment with the mission and objectives of an organization; 

  • The culture of giving in each country is distinct and should be individually evaluated to confirm the ideal approach to implementing an organization’s philanthropic vision.

To download the summary, full or regional reports, visit https://charity.org/2018-giving-global-matrix. For information about Global Impact’s and KPMG’s services supporting organizations looking to expand their global philanthropic engagement, contact solutions@charity.org and awhitehead@kpmg.com.

ABOUT KPMG

With our deep experience and innovative approaches, KPMG LLP can help your company by striking the right balance between preparing for tomorrow and delivering real results today. KPMG LLP provides audit, tax and advisory services and industry insight and can help organizations meet their compliance obligations, navigate risks and perform in today's dynamic and challenging environments.

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact partners with hundreds of public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 of the most respected international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips nonprofits, public sector and private sector organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also leads national marketing efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) and seven other CFC zones across the United States. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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HP, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, UNICEF and Google.org Shine Spotlight on Education

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 1:14pm

Today, on the International Day of the Girl, HP Inc. launched a powerful new film titled A Generation Found. The film, narrated by George Clooney, tells the story of two young Syrian girls living in refugee settlements in Lebanon who regain access to quality education following years of uncertainty. It is the result of a unique partnership between HP, the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ), UNICEF and Google.org focused on improving educational opportunities and learning outcomes for underserved communities.

More than 65 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced, a record high since World War II, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. Five million of those have been displaced from Syria since 2011, and more than a million are now living in Lebanon. An estimated 200,000 of these refugees are children. Only a small number of refugees – less than one percent of 17.5 million in 2016 – will ever be resettled.

A Generation Found

Four years ago, Marah, a 12-year-old fourth grader, and her family were uprooted by the violence in Syria. And Rawaa, a 12-year-old second grader, was living with her family in the countryside near the southern Syrian city of Aleppo when the fighting broke out and forced their displacement. Marah and Rawaa were at risk of becoming part of the “lost generation” of Syrian refugees who might grow up without the basic human right of education.

But now, as the film reveals, thousands of young Syrians living in Lebanon are getting back to school. Education plays a critically important role in creating opportunities and enabling a more just, equitable and inclusive society. HP and its partners are supporting the broader goal to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.

Watch the new film here: https://youtu.be/BC-5pREVAhc

Through this unique partnership, new technology is being used in nine public schools across Lebanon, from Beruit to the Beqaa Valley, and will reach nearly 3,500 Syrian refugee students, as well as thousands of Lebanese students and teachers as the program is now deployed for its first full school year. The nine schools often serve Lebanese learners in the morning, and then operate a “second shift” to serve Syrian students.

HP is also providing teacher training, curriculum planning support and – a first for these students –  laptops, which will be used daily in every classroom. By equipping classrooms with the latest educational technology and giving teachers the proper training and tools, HP and its partners are providing new ways of learning for not just the students who attend second shifts in the afternoon, but for all of the students in each of the nine schools.

Today, with the culmination of more than a year’s work between the organizations in Lebanon, HP not only celebrates and amplifies the voices and stories of strong girls and refugees around the world, but it also seeks to shift mindsets and reinvent the way people think about refugees. Join us in changing perceptions – and changing the dialogue – as we highlight their stories, hopes and dreams.

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About the Clooney Foundation for Justice

The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in late 2016 by George and Amal Clooney to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms, and communities around the world. Having helped public schools in Lebanon open additional doors to Syrian refugee children for the past academic year, CFJ is proud to bring state of the art technology to those classrooms this year.  For more information on the Foundation and its work, please visit www.cfj.org

About HP

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.

HP and Girl Rising Celebrate International Day of the Girl with 12 Stories of Empowerment from Around the Globe

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 1:14pm

Today, in honor of International Day of the Girl, HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Girl Rising, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating poverty by providing education to girls, are celebrating 12 stories of female empowerment gathered from around the globe as part of the first ever Girl Rising Creative Challenge. Introduced on International Women’s Day in March, the challenge was a call-to-action to highlight storytelling that has the power to change the world. More than 880 stories were submitted from people in 110 countries who entered essays, videos, art and more about how they, or people in their communities, are working to make the world a better place for girls.

“HP and Girl Rising both believe in the power of stories to change mindsets and spark meaningful action,” said Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising. “During this Challenge, it has been incredibly inspiring to learn how all kinds of people - girls, boys, mothers, fathers, and teachers - are working every day to change the lives of girls and bring about a more gender-equitable world. It is my sincere hope that sharing their stories will inspire others to find ways they can make a difference in their own communities.”

Entries covered issues impacting girls and women globally, including access to education in conflict settings, combating gender-based violence, empowering girls through sports, and sexual and reproductive health.

The volume of story entries was culled to 40 finalists, of which an esteemed panel of judges chose the 12 winners. Among the judges: David Oyelowo, actor; Landry Bender, actor; Isha Sesay, journalist and activist; Sejal Kumar, YouTube influencer; Kat Gordon, founder, The 3% Conference; Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient; Andrew Robertson, president & CEO, BBDO; and Madonna Badger, co-founder & chief creative officer, Badger & Winters. 

“Gender-based discrimination keeps millions of girls and women from reaching their full potential. Today we honor these stories by spotlighting and sharing them,” said Karen Kahn, Chief Communications Officer, HP. “We were humbled by the volume and breadth of responses and are truly inspired by the entrants from across the globe who are using the power of storytelling to help change their world.”

The winners of the HP/Girl Rising Creative Challenge are:

  • Accelerated Secondary Education for Women from Africa Educational Trust (ASEW in South Sudan)Due to conflict, poverty and early pregnancy, many women in South Sudan, are unable to attend secondary school. The lack of education leaves them deeply vulnerable. ASEW, a project implemented by Africa Educational Trust in Yambio Town, South Sudan, is an accelerated secondary education program centered around flexible learning times and an active learning methodology with on-site child care. This unique approach to educating those in low- resource, high-conflict areas, resulted in a pilot where ASEW students achieved the highest grades in the state and the 9th highest grades nationally.

  • Brown Girls DO Ballet®, (USA): What began as a personal photography project to highlight girls of Hispanic, African, Asian, East Indian and Native American ancestry in ballet programs, has now transformed into an artistic movement celebrating the beauty and power of diversity. By redefining a classically Euro-centric art form, generations of diverse ballerinas, alongside their audiences, are now inspired and empowered.

  • Decisions – Cecelia Choices from Zenafri Limited (Nigeria): This multi-platform, interactive mobile game is targeted at young African women and aims to educate and empower them as they navigate the challenges of poverty, reduced access to education, sexual violence and teen pregnancy. The game series uses storytelling and interactive decision making to guide young women through the process. The combination of entertainment and education is a creative and compelling approach to empowering young women. 

  • Fear is a Liar from Remnant International (Uganda & Democratic Republic of the Congo): The lives of Congolese women in Uganda is often challenging. Many have been ripped from their homes by soldier husbands and brought to a new country where they are often ostracized and abandoned. Without a home, papers or a job, they are forced to sell their body. Remnant International created a program in 2010 that provides alternate sources of income through sewing and screen-printing trades. In addition, they provide vocational training, as well as tend to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the Congolese women through mentorships, financial training and health seminars. Their film, Fear is a Liar, is one of the many ways they inspire, empower and educate these women to strive for more.

  • Field of Dreams from Building Tomorrow (Uganda): In an effort to build greater self-esteem and confidence in the young girls of Uganda, two Building Tomorrow Fellows created the first of its kind: A football program for girls. Most of the girls, previously expected to rush home after their school day to clean and do domestic chores, can now learn teamwork, conflict resolution and communication skills outside of the classroom.

  • Free Women Writers (Afghanistan): The UN estimates that 90% of Afghan women are victims of violence. The Free Women Writers collective, comprised of Afghan writers and activists, is working to reverse this horrible statistic. Through published books, as well as an on-line platform to share poetry, narrative, journal entries, reports and articles, the group uses storytelling to educate, advocate and ultimately, change lives.

  • Girls Voices Initiative from Lucy Sananai (Kenya): The Girls Voices Initiative trains young girls to speak up and advocate for their rights against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Lucy Sananai is one of their candidates and shines a light on how her training and newfound voice has been used to educate other girls in Kajiado about their rights, the effects of FGM, as well as how to rise-up to eradicate it in Kenya.

  • My Life of Advocating for the Girl Child from Fatima Gebi (Nigeria): Fatima is a 17-year-old, self-described African girl-child advocate, stereotype breaker and student. To everyone else, she is an extraordinary wonder working tirelessly as a passionate activist. She leads multiple organizations and provides numerous seminars and talks to enlighten girls and parents about the importance of education. Additionally, she advocates on behalf of a group of abducted African girls to bring them home safely.

  • Safe Kicks Initiative - Adolescent Girls Against Sexual Violence from Girl Pride Circle (Nigeria): In Nigeria, one out of four girls fall victim to sexual violence. The Safe Kicks Initiative is an after-school program that equips adolescent girls with self-defense skills, alongside sexual violence education. To date, 270 adolescent girls have been trained. The same girls drafted an unprecedented community action plan for the prevention of sexual violence, which was adopted by the local government and implemented by Girl Pride Circle – a registered NGO in Nigeria advocating for girls’ rights and empowering them to transform their communities.

  • Swapn Pahte – I have a dream from Bright Future (India): Pooja is a young girl from a tribal village in Dalonda, Bhiwandi-Thane. To improve her family’s financial condition, she found a job with an NGO called Bright Future. This organization helps youth build their employable skills and transform their passions into employment. Pooja took this knowledge and brought it back to her village to spark a revolution. She now provides life, education and employment guidance to youth in her village.

  • They Say from All Girls Code (Lebanon): They Say is an inspiring film created by the All Girls Code initiative which introduces young girls to tech and STEM fields. The film inspires young girls to challenge cultural stereotypes and reach beyond the roles they’ve been limited to.

  • Turning Periods into Pathways from Days for Girls (Nepal): In Nepal, Chhaupadi is a long-held tradition in which girls banished from their homes while they menstruate, often relegated to isolated sheds or makeshift structures. Not only does the ritual keep girls out of school, which is the single most empowering factor in improving their lives, but they are subject to sub-human conditions. This program, implemented by Days for Girls.org, is working to end the tradition through education and DfG kits. The work empowers girls to defend their right to an education and drive change in their communities.

Beyond sharing the winners’ stories across their storytelling channels, HP and Girl Rising will provide the winners with microgrants and HP technology and services to continue and expand their important work to inspire change and reinvention.

Specifics about the Creative Challenge winning entries can be found at https://girlrising.org/challenge/. For a summary of the winning entries, visit here.

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  • Read more about the story behind HP and Girl Rising’s work to empower girls on the HP Garage
  • Read how HP, the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ), UNICEF and Google.org are partnering to eradicate poverty by providing education to girls here
  • About HP Sustainable Impact: www.hp.com/sustainableimpact

About Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a non-profit organization working to change the way the world values and invests in girls. GR uses the power of media and partnerships to inspire girls to create a different future for themselves and to engage those around girls – parents, brothers, teachers, and community leaders – to do their part in breaking down the barriers holding girls back.

About HP

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

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