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Sian Lewis: Advancing Data Science and LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Booz Allen

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

“Algorithms help determine a lot of important aspects of our lives, such as job eligibility and access to loans and funding. Because of this, it’s important that people of all backgrounds have a role in making data-driven decisions.”

Sian Lewis is a specialist in deep learning, natural language processing, and predictive analytics. Recently receiving an award in the “Data” category in the 2019 DCFemTech awards, she’s also a committed advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and greater diversity and inclusion in the tech world.

At Booz Allen, “I’ve been able to combine both of my passions: data science and the ability to do social good in a big way.”

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Uniting Americans from Coast to Coast, Red and Blue and Every Color, to End Gun Violence

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

Gun Violence is a national problem that needs national solutions. Almost every day we hear of another mass shooting* in our country. But America’s gun violence epidemic is made up of much more than high-profile media events. Every 16 hours, a woman in America is shot and killed by a current or former intimate partner. Suicides account for 60 percent of all gun deaths. And there are many communities across the country where gun violence on their streets is an everyday reality. 

Started in New York, Gun Violence Awareness Month is a time to promote greater awareness about gun violence and gun safety, bringing citizens and community leaders together to discuss how to make all of our communities safer. One nonprofit leading this charge is the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence reduces gun violence using a tripartite strategy that incorporates litigation, legislation, and education. Our strategy focuses on the common ground shared by most Americans: we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. We accomplish this through three campaigns that 1) reduce the flow of crime guns into communities most heavily impacted by gun violence; 2) expand and protect the Brady background check system; and 3) change the cultural misconception that owning or carrying a gun makes you safer.

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PNC Supports ABLE Accounts: Tax-Advantaged Savings Accounts for People with Disabilities

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

PNC, in the role of custodian, proudly supports the ABLEnow Program offered by the Virginia College Savings Program; the largest independent ABLE Program in the country.  ABLEnow is a fast-growing national program available to eligible individuals residing in any state in the country.

What Are ABLE Accounts?

Signed into law in December of 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings programs for individuals with disabilities and their families. While ABLE programs are administered by states, individuals usually do not have to be a resident of a particular state to participate in its ABLE program.

Benefits of an ABLE Account

ABLE accounts allow eligible individuals in the disability community to build assets for today’s needs and invest for tomorrow. Monies placed into an ABLE Account permit a new way to save money without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

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Keep America Beautiful Launches #Beautiful4th to Encourage Consumer Responsibility on Independence Day

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

Happy Birthday, America! Independence Day is synonymous with fireworks, BBQs, and trips to the beach celebrating with family and friends. This year, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful® is launching the #Beautiful4th campaign to encourage those partaking in July 4th activities to celebrate responsibly by cleaning up after themselves, or even engaging in broader cleanup activities. The campaign will launch on July 1 and run through July 7. Participants can submit their social content using the hashtag #Beautiful4th.

On holidays, people often neglect the ‘leave no footprint’ mentality. This year, through #Beautiful4th, Keep America Beautiful is encouraging holiday celebrators to change their littering behaviors. The source of most litter at parks, beaches and open areas where people congregate for leisure activities is pedestrians – 98.5%. Small items, which represent about half of the litter, are most often cigarette butts and candy and confection packaging, while larger litter is mostly food related.

“We are challenging all Americans to take part in the campaign and share their efforts on social media using the hashtag #Beautiful4th,” said Helen Lowman, President and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “From coast to coast, we’d love to see how people are celebrating cleanly and even taking the next step to organize a cleanup effort.”

Keep America Beautiful and its more than 600 community-based affiliates strive to inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. For more than six decades, Keep America Beautiful has served as the country’s nonprofit steward in litter prevention. Litter is more than just a blight on our landscape; it is costly to clean up, impacts our quality of life and economic development, and eventually ends up in our waterways and oceans.

For more information on the #Beautiful4th campaign, visit Keep America Beautiful’s blog, here.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, 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. 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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

Contact Larry Kaufman +1 (203) 659-3014 lkaufman@kab.org Keep America Beautiful http://www.kab.org http://www.twitter.com/kabtweet http://www.facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful http://www.instagram.com/keepamericabeautiful http://www.youtube.com/kabnetwork

Pact-led Consortium, USAID Partner to Reach HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, Children and Adolescents

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:18am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Pact and a consortium of leading global HIV/AIDS partners a five-year, $195 million grant, Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE). ACHIEVE will focus on priority PEPFAR countries across Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. The Pact-led consortium includes core partners Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide, and WI-HER, and will be supported by a network of global and local strategic resource partners.

ACHIEVE seeks to achieve and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants, and children. It will work to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and empower youth to own their own future. To ensure that the consortium’s efforts are sustainable, the project will develop the capacity of local organizations to directly receive USAID funding in line with PEPFAR’s 70/30 localization goal and USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance. 

“Pact, along with our lead consortium members and resource partners, will optimize the response to  pediatric AIDS toward epidemic control in some of the highest burden areas around the world over the next five years,” said Mark Viso, Pact President & CEO. “This is also a significant opportunity to foster capable, vibrant local organizations that have the skills and resources to better serve their communities and take ownership of their futures.”

The ACHIEVE consortium will work with USAID Missions, national governments and existing response partners to identify gaps in HIV prevention and/or treatment programming among the target populations. The consortium will access best practices and expertise along with innovations, either through targeted technical assistance or through direct service delivery, to address critical gaps or deficiencies in meeting country-specific epidemic control goals.

“Pact has long been a leader in the community response to the AIDS epidemic, which continues to negatively impact the lives of mothers and children,” says Tom La Salvia, Senior Health Director. “This new award gives us the opportunity to take our decades of experience implementing innovative, community-based solutions to a new and exciting level and increase our collective impact for these vulnerable target populations.”

The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

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3M and Discovery Education Announce National Finalists and State Merit Winners in 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:18am

3M and Discovery Education today announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its annual 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The nation’s premier middle school science competition recognizes scientific thinking, communication and curiosity in students grades 5-8 who demonstrate a passion for solving everyday problems that could ultimately improve lives around the world.

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible innovation to solve an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition and were selected over hundreds of others, because of their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated.

“The ‘3M Young Scientist Challenge’ supports young innovators who have demonstrated a passion for science, the perseverance to see their creative discoveries unfold, and a desire to improve the world around us,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, corporate affairs, 3M. “We are excited to recognize this new generation of scientists as part of 3M’s ongoing commitment to STEM-equity and science advocacy for all students. We are really energized to play a part in shaping the next generation of change makers who will lead and mold our future.”

The top 10 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists – five boys and five girls, ranging in ages from 9-14 – include those from public and private schools across the nation. Each finalist will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during a mentorship program, where they will be challenged to bring their innovative concept to life. Students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance to help them move their innovation from concept to prototype – allowing for a complete experience in the scientific process. 

All 10 finalists will receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., where they will participate in the final competition on October 28 and 29. They will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000, a unique destination trip and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.

Top 10 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists are listed below in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Jaya Choudhary, Canton, Mich., Canton Charter Academy, Public Charter

  • Caroline Crouchley, Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Middle School, Garden City School District

  • Kara Fan, San Diego, Calif., Mesa Verde Middle School, Poway Unified School District

  • Yosef Granillo, University City, Mo., Remington Traditional Elementary School, Pattonville School District

  • Reshma Kosaraju, San Jose, Calif., Harker Middle School, Private

  • Nishant Lahiri, Corning, N.Y., Alternative School for Math and Science, Private

  • Jordan Prawira, Mountain House, Calif., Altamont Elementary School, Lammersville Unified School District

  • Camellia Sharma, Glen Allen, Va., George H Moody Middle School, Henrico County School District

  • Samyak Shrimali, Beaverton, Ore., Valley Catholic Middle School, Private

  • Faraz Tamboli, Plainsboro, N.J., Community Middle School, West Windsor-Plainsboro Region School District

In addition to today’s announcement of this year’s Top 10 finalists, 3M and Discovery Education recognized 20 young individuals as this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge State Merit Winners. These budding young scientists were chosen as a result of their passion for science, spirit of innovation and effective communications skills. Each State Merit Winner will receive special recognition on the challenge website, along with a technology prize pack.

Top 20 3M Young Scientist Challenge State Merit Winners are listed below in alphabetical order by state:

  • [Alaska] Anna Devolld, Connections School, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

  • [California] Aaron Chin, Marshall Middle School, San Diego Unified School District -Area 5

  • [Colorado] Olivia Deering, Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District

  • [Florida] Leonardo Ferraro, St. Rose of Lima School, Private

  • [Georgia] Vinod Ruppa-Kasani, Taylor Road Middle School, Fulton County School District

  • [Illinois] Emilia Dobek, Wilmette Junior High School, Wilmette Public School District 39

  • [Maryland] Amogh Kashyap, Urbana Middle School, Frederick County Public School District

  • [Maine] J.R. Tibbetts, Bruce M. Whittier Middle School, Regional School Unit 16

  • [Massachusetts] Preethika Vemula, Charles E. Brown Middle School, Newton Public School District

  • [New Jersey] Samhita Pokkunuri, Carl Sandburg Middle School, Old Bridge Township School District

  • [New Mexico] Timothy Ryer, El Dorado Community School, Santa Fe Public School District

  • [New York] Aarjav Brahmbhatt, Ardsley Middle School, Ardsley Union Free School District

  • [North Carolina] Riya Shah, Mills Park Middle School, Wake County Public Schools

  • [Oregon] Ekansh Mittal, Meadow Park Middle School, Beaverton School District

  • [South Carolina] Fatima Falah, As-Sabeel Academy, Private

  • [Pennsylvania] Pooja Menon, Collegium Charter School, Independent 

  • [Tennessee] Adithya Sastry, Ball Camp Elementary School, Knox County School District

  • [Texas] Caleb Wilson, The Branch School, Private

  • [Virginia] Samvrit Rao, Stone Hill Middle School, Loudoun County Public School District

  • [Washington] Sohil Bhatia, Redmond Middle School, Lake Washington School District

3M has sponsored the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for more than a decade, and the program has produced 11 brilliant winners and more than 100 finalists, some of whom have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider and more.

“3M’s leadership in applying science and innovation to make a real impact in the lives of communities across the globe is inspiring, and Discovery Education is proud to partner with the ‘3M Young Scientist Challenge’ to ignite a spark of STEM curiosity and wonder in kids,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Discovery Education. “Together, we hope to demonstrate for students that STEM can change the world.”

3M Young Scientist Challenge materials are available at youngscientistlab.com and through Discovery Education’s digital curriculum services. 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 $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at 3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, immersive STEM experiences and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com

Contacts:

3M
Rainah Chang-Faulk
rainah.chang-faulk@ketchum.com
(646) 773-7535

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173

Sustainable Insight Capital Management and Auriel Investors Announce Strategic Alliance

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:18am

Sustainable Insight Capital Management (SICM) and Auriel Investors are pleased to announce a partnership to integrate each manager’s unique alpha capabilities and sustainable expertise to offer bespoke, impact-heavy strategies. The portfolios will be managed against a benchmark (custom or otherwise) with a choice of ESG alpha overlays, creating an all-new class of ESG solutions.

SICM and Auriel’s partnership rests on the idea that high quality, authentic sustainable investing should be based on the same level of systematic data-driven research and quality portfolio construction which already exists in other areas of the institutional investment management industry.  The approach employed by SICM and Auriel will provide a scalable, commercial, and flexible approach to addressing pressing global challenges, such as climate change, through the capital markets.  

The new strategies will combine rigorous portfolio construction with a transparent approach to understanding and measuring key metrics to support its sustainability choices and performance. The disclosure will use the Impact Cubed portfolio model, a quantitative impact measurement and optimization tool invented by the team behind Auriel.

Bill Orum, a Partner at Capricorn Investment Group and a Director of SICM commented: “SICM and Auriel are world class leaders in integrating sustainability into public equities portfolios and Capricorn believes their partnership will set a new standard for what is expected in sustainable equity investing.”

Kevin Parker, Managing Partner of SICM, stated that “Auriel has proven itself to be one of the leading and most innovative investment firms in the area of sustainable and impact investing. We look forward to working with Larry and his team to offer a suite of bespoke equities strategies, especially in Europe where Auriel has been operating in the institutional market for many years.”

“We look forward to working with Kevin again, whose reputation and track record in long-only equities is well-recognized,” said Larry Abele, Managing Partner of Auriel. “Combining our approaches to ESG and quantitative investing should prove a big benefit to all of our clients.”

About SICM

SICM is a global long only equities manager based in New York, founded in 2012 by Kevin Parker, former CEO of Deutsche Asset Management. Backed by the Capricorn Investment Group and the Kresge Foundation, SICM offers a diverse range of strategies powered by a proprietary alpha database consisting of nearly twenty million analyst recommendations going back to 2000.

About Auriel Investors

London based Auriel Investors was the first hedge fund to integrate ESG and now boasts an 11-year track record of trading on environmental and governance as well as social indicators. Auriel's quantitative equity market neutral strategy invests in listed equity and focuses on impact with outperformance. The firm was founded by Larry Abele, previously the Global Head of Quantitative Strategies and Portfolio Engineering at Deutsche Asset Management.

Making Sustainable Homes a Reality

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:18am

TerraCycle, Rainforest Alliance, Coca-Cola, Lego and Nestle Inspire Transform Summit

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:18am

Ethical Corporation just released the agenda for the Transform Summit – the new and improved Responsible Supply Chain Summit (Amsterdam, October 16-17, 2019). Download your newly released brochure now!

Our deeply researched agenda will help you learn new strategies and practical ideas that will help transform your value chain, around the key social and environmental challenges that we face. We don’t promise to provide all the answers, but we do guarantee you’ll head back to your office with new ideas and connections to accelerate your supply chain ambitions

Some of the key issues that we cover include:

  • Tackle key climate impacts: Leverage new technologies and restorative strategies to deliver a positive impact on the environment across your operations

  • Gain greater traceability and transparency: Implement systems that will provide a complete understanding of inputs and impacts

  • Mainstream and scale circular innovations: Take pilots to scale and mainstream a circular system, learn key metrics for success

  • Transform through ambitious coalitions: Identify potential cross-industry partnerships that help you to achieve your ambitious environmental and social goals

  • Achieve a low-carbon supply chain: Successfully engage and support suppliers across the Tiers to reduce emissions and impacts

Download the newly released brochure today

2019 confirmed speakers include:

  • Tom Szaky, CEO, TerraCycle

  • Han De Groot, CEO, Rainforest Alliance

  • Robert Metzke, VP Global Head of Sustainability, Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy, Philips

  • Mario Abreu, VP Sustainability, Tetra Pak

  • Ulrike Sapiro, Senior Director, Water Stewardship & Agriculture, The Coca Cola company

  • Christine Schneider, Global Head Sustainable Raws Projects in Laundry and Home Care, Henkel

  • Andrew McMullen, Sr. Manager Environmental Supply Chain, LEGO

  • Wulf-Peter Schmidt, Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulations and Product Conformity, Ford

  • Robin Sundaram, Responsible Sourcing Lead, Nestle

  • Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition

  • Christian Galichon, Purchasing Director, LVMH

  • Geanne Van Arkel, Head of Sustainable Development, Interface EMEA

  • Clare Flannery, Responsible Sourcing Director, Ab-Inbev

  • Sonya Bhonsle, Global Head of CDP’s Supply Chain program, CDP

Download the newly released brochure today

And don’t forget – you can save €400 with our online  just-launched price which ends on 28th June 

I hope to see you in Amsterdam at our new flagship event Transform.

Best regards,
Brenda

Brenda Staines
Programme Manager
Ethical Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7527

Waving the Pride Flag

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 5:18pm
A Taste of General Mills

We’re committed to being a Force For Good at General Mills, and we believe that means being a force for inclusion, too.

We believe every employee should bring their authentic self to work every day, and we’re working to build a culture of belonging that embraces and celebrates employees’ differences.

And this week, if you drive past our world headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, you’ll spot a new symbol of our ongoing commitment to make General Mills a beacon of inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community.

This morning General Mills’ LGBTQ+ employee network group, Betty’s Family, partnered with our Veterans Network group for a monumental Pride flag ceremony. It was a historic moment for General Mills, as we’re among the first companies in Minnesota to fly the rainbow flag at their headquarters.

“After so many years of being a visible champion of the LGBTQ+ community, this will be the first year that we’ve raised the pride flag on our campus,” says James Momon, senior director for Global Inclusion at General Mills. “While this may pale in comparison to some of the things we’ve done in the past to support the LGBTQ+ community – like our vocal opposition to the Minnesota anti-marriage equality amendment – flying the Pride flag at our corporate headquarters for the first time is a really visible way to symbolize our ongoing commitment, and to have some of our veterans display this level of allyship is very meaningful.”

Read more on 3BL Media.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative Continues to Deliver for Women Business Leaders

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 5:18pm

The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ hosted the third Un-Mentorship Boot Camp for women business leaders and entrepreneurs yesterday in Waterloo, ON. This is the latest in a series of events to provide effective education and networking opportunities for women in business.

"Scotiabank had the pleasure of welcoming more than 50 women to our Un-Mentorship Boot Camp," said Gillian Riley, President and CEO, Tangerine and executive sponsor of The Scotiabank Women Initiative™. "These sessions are a critical part of how we deliver value to women business leaders. Participants discuss relevant business issues and challenges, gain insights from a skill build activity, and hear from and network with other women and Advisory Board members who have been successful in their fields."

Read more on 3BL Media.

Tetra Tech Recognizes International Women in Engineering Day 2019

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 5:18pm
Diversity & Inclusion

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019 on June 23rd, we are highlighting Tetra Tech’s female engineers from across our global operations until the end of June. We hope to raise the profiles of our extraordinary female engineers and encourage those who aspire to become engineers. Together, we can transform the future of engineering.

Read more on 3BL Media.

LA Galaxy Golf Tournament Raises More Than $215,000 for LA Galaxy Champion Project

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 5:18pm

AEG’s LA Galaxy recently raised more than $215,000 to benefit the club’s LA Galaxy Champion Project, which benefits elementary school students, during its annual LA Galaxy Golf Tournament presented by San Manuel Casino on June 10.

The event was held at Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles and welcomed more than 140 golfers, in addition to LA Galaxy celebrities including current players, alumni and coaching staff and was hosted by the LA Galaxy Foundation with official Galaxy partners Herbalife Nutrition, Dignity Heath and Alcatel.

The LA Galaxy Champion Project, which launched Spring 2019, focuses exclusively on local Carson elementary schools within a five-mile radius of Dignity Health Sports Park. Students at these 10 elementary schools receive various programming and support from the LA Galaxy throughout the year, including dedicated on-site events and specialized soccer items at each school. As part of the LA Galaxy Champion Program, nearly 5,000 Carson youth will have the opportunity and resources to play soccer throughout the entire school year.

Read more on 3BL Media.

United Nations Global Compact Launches Event Series to Accelerate Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals at the Local Level

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 5:18pm

The United Nations Global Compact will next week launch a series of events to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level.

Organized as part of the UN’s Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, these events will offer an opportunity for private sector leaders to share best practices and learn from others operating in the same business environment.

“We know that the only way to truly make the Global Goals a reality by 2030 is to focus on collaboration and impact on the ground,” said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “By taking conversations from the global to the national level, these Making Global Goals Local Businessevents will focus on how global strategies translate into local solutions to help achieve the Goals.”

Read more on 3BL Media.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Releases 4th Annual ESG Report

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 5:18pm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today released its annual Living Progress Report for 2018, demonstrating that leveraging technology to tackle our world’s major human and environmental challenges drives business value and can open new long-term economic opportunities.

“From protecting our environment to advancing human rights, it is imperative that we make progress for society by conducting our business in an ethical, sustainable, socially conscious way,” said HPE CEO Antonio Neri. “Technology and data are the key to solving our world’s biggest challenges. At HPE, we have dedicated ourselves to a clear, simple, and extremely important cause—developing and using technology to advance the way people live and work.”

Highlights of the report include:

Helping customers achieve their sustainable business goals

HPE continues to meet and exceed its customers’ business and sustainability goals by embedding efficiency, security, and reusability throughout the lifecycle of its products. In 2018, HPE launched its new Circular Economy Report, which helps IT organizations measure their contributions to corporate sustainability goals while returning value to their business when retiring end-of-use assets.

Other 2018 accomplishments include reducing customer energy use by as much as 60% using memory-driven computing, HPE’s ProLiant Gen10 servers remaining the most secure and energy efficient on the market, achieving an 89% refurbishment rate on the 4 million IT assets returned to HPE’s Technology Renewal Centers, and setting a new goal to reduce its operational emissions by 55% by 2025 compared to 2016 levels.

Watch the highlights from this year’s report

Generating revenue from sustainability-focused customer engagements

HPE has increasing evidence that its sustainability credentials contribute to its bottom line, attributing $312 million in net FY2018 revenue to customer engagements focused on HPE’s IT efficiency and sustainability credentials.

Investors are also taking note of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings due to risks associated with resource scarcity, fluctuating commodity prices, and increasing regulations. In 2018, HPE was the only company in its industry to receive MSCI’s AAA ESG rating, and ranked second out of all global companies in its industry on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Building the capabilities of the industry’s shared supply base

HPE leads the industry with policies and programs that reduce its suppliers’ environmental impacts and protect human rights through targeted capability-building. In 2018, 78% of HPE production suppliers, by spend, were engaged in HPE’s supply chain management program, which enables suppliers to set and achieve aggressive science-based climate targets for their own operations.

HPE audits its supply base annually to ensure compliance with its industry-leading standards. In 2018, HPE raised the bar significantly for suppliers doing business with HPE through new stringent requirements in its social and environmental responsibility scorecard, which directly inform HPE purchasing decisions.

Enhancing HPE’s Culture of Social Inclusion, Equality and Responsibility

In 2018, HPE continued to foster a people and values-driven company culture by investing in its employees, as well as the communities in which the company operates. Highlights include spending $1.3 billion with small enterprises and minority-owned businesses, and distributing $5.4 million to over 3,500 nonprofits worldwide. HPE also ranked third on the KnowTheChain benchmark of 40 ICT companies for efforts to address forced labor in the supply chain, and has one of the most diverse Board of Directors in the industry, with 62% of its directors identifying with a diverse group.

As a technology company with innovation at its core, HPE believes that technology and data will be key to addressing global challenges such as climate change, population growth, healthcare, food supply and security. In pursuing its mission of developing and using technology to advance the way people live and work, HPE’s Living Progress Report offers proof that being a purpose-driven organization fosters the kind of high-performance company culture and innovation capable of imagining breakthroughs that defy convention to create meaningful change.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global technology leader focused on developing intelligent solutions that allow customers to capture, analyze, and act upon data seamlessly from edge to cloud. HPE enables customers to accelerate business outcomes by driving new business models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and increasing operational efficiency today and into the future.

Technology and the Environment With Microsoft

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 2:18pm

To meet the 1.5-Degree target and reverse environmental impacts investments in innovation and technology are required. The advancements in technology alone present themselves as a solution to the environmental issues we face. But in practice, how can technology accelerate the move to a sustainable economy and conserve the natural environment? 

At The Responsible Business Summit West 2019 [San Diego, October 9-10], Ethical Corporation are delighted to welcome Lucas Joppa, Chief Environment Officer at Microsoft, who will be discussing the role of technology and innovation in solving environmental challenges.
 
Join Lucas, download your brochure today

He’ll be joined on stage with the CSO of FedEx and Chief Markets Officer of the Rainforest Alliance. A session not to be missed.  

#RBSWEST will bring together 250+ business leaders, investors, government representatives and NGOs including:

  • Assistant Secretary-General, UN Environment

  • State Controller, California

  • Chief Environment Officer, Microsoft

  • Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx

  • President & CEO, Oxfam America

  • Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • President & General Counsel, DSM North America

  • Chief Sustainability Officer, Mastercard

  • President, CDP North America

  • President & CEO, Fairtrade USA

  • Executive Vice President and Group President, Sempra Energy

  • Chief Markets Officer, Rainforest Alliance

  • Chief Operating Officer, Partnership on AI

Download your brochure today


Best regards,
Ed

Ed Long
Project Director
Ethical Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7188

Don’t Just Do Good Things. Do the RIGHT Good Things.

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 2:18pm
CyberGrants | Blog

You see it: The need for corporate philanthropy is skyrocketing. Worthy, urgent causes appear literally overnight. And enterprises like yours are responding in a big way, generating positive impact for a host of beneficiaries via grantmaking, employee donations and volunteer programs.

But today it’s no longer enough to simply put programs in place and then to contribute “XX” number of dollars or “XX” volunteer hours. We must direct dollars and resources strategically to where they’ll do the most good, and in a way that aligns with your organization’s missions and values

How do you do it? By achieving Agile Social Impact. Tightly align your philanthropy efforts with your corporate objectives, respond faster when the need is greatest, and maximize the impact of your donations.

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There’s No Place Like the Home Next Door

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 2:18pm
There’s no place like the home next door

In his teen years, Kenneth Martinez would often drive home after school, pull into his driveway, and see a familiar sight next door: His elderly neighbor, sitting in the shade of an old tree, waving at him.

He’d usually chat with the kindly gentleman, talk about their suburban Los Angeles neighborhood, and share a few laughs. The neighbor and his always-friendly wife were like extended family, and Martinez and his dad often helped them with their household needs.

Today, the couple’s old home is full of new electrical outlets, fire detectors, and other repairs or upgrades — courtesy of Martinez and his father.

Earlier this year, when the neighbor’s widow and daughter offered to sell the house to Martinez and his sister, Leah, they jumped at the opportunity to become first-time homeowners.

“The main reason my sister and I felt so comfortable getting that house is we knew it had been so well maintained,” said Martinez, 29, now a welder at an aerospace plant. “My dad actually did most of the work. I just helped. We’re a close family, and I always knew I wanted to live near my folks. I guess you can’t get closer than this. We’re next-door neighbors now.”

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Bees Help Grow Over 35 Percent of Our Food Crops. Meet the Woman Trying to Save Them.

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 2:18pm
Originally published by EatingWell

By Jane Black

One June day in 2014, Beth Robertson-Martin found herself standing on a dirt road dividing two California tomato fields. On one side sat a farm that was nothing more than a 300-acre carpet of dried-out dirt. "It looked like a scene from Mad Max," she remembers. "Everything was dead." On the other side was a 6-foot-tall hedgerow, a tangle of white-blossomed milkweed, sunflowers and elderberry bushes that General Mills had planted alongside the tomatoes to create a habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

"That was the moment I knew this was what I was meant to do for the rest of my life," says Robertson-Martin, who works with farmers and other suppliers to source organic, sustainable ingredients for GM's brands, including Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and Lärabar. "It wasn't just the vast field of tomatoes and that the flowers were blooming and gorgeous. I could hear the difference—the birds, the bees."

Her passion, approachability and disarming honesty are key traits that have made her such a successful advocate. On her watch, General Mills has invested more than $6 million to create and restore pollinator habitats on 73,000 acres of its suppliers' farms. She also helped spearhead a partnership with the Xerces Society and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab to contribute a total of $4 million to help farmers plant another 100,000 acres of bee-friendly habitat across the country by 2021. These initiatives make the Minneapolis-based company the biggest contributor to pollinator health in the U.S.

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Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart (Timberland): "The 'Boom' of Sneakers Is Not a Trend, but a Phenomenon."

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 2:18pm
Originally published on MDS

By Arturo Juárez

Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart is, since 2013, the president of Timberland for Emea (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). The German executive also worked for another brand of VF Corporation, The North Face, where he was the general manager of the brand for Europe for three years. His career, however, began in the US giant Nike, where he was in charge of different sales executive departments for seven years. Schmidt-Eisenhart has spoken about issues that affect fashion and the future of the sector at the inauguration of the new VF Corporation building in the heart of the city of London.

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