General Motors is investing $22 million at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, manufacturing complex to enable the engine plant to build 6.2L V-8 engines with GM’s advanced Dynamic Fuel Management technology. With this announcement, GM has invested more than $2 billion in the Tennessee complex since 2010.
“This investment will enable our Spring Hill team to continue building our award-winning engines enhanced with technology that will improve fuel efficiency and performance for our customers,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra during a visit to the plant to meet with employees and community leaders to celebrate the new Cadillac XT6. “This investment reflects our commitment to vehicles and technologies our customers desire today and in the future.”
For several years, General Motors has been transforming its business to win in the core automotive business and the future of personal mobility. The new investment is a testament to the company’s commitment to optimize its core business to meet strong customer demand.
GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management technology is the industry’s first cylinder deactivation technology, which enables the engines to operate in 17 different cylinder patterns to optimize performance. DFM enables only the cylinders needed to deliver the power a customer wants.
In addition to the new investment, GM is completing a previously announced $300 million investment at the complex for production of the all-new Cadillac XT6. Spring Hill will be adding more than 200 jobs for the all-new, three-row Cadillac crossover.
GM’s Spring Hill Manufacturing complex consists of a flexible vehicle assembly plant and an engine plant. On the vehicle side, the plant produces the GMC Acadia, Holden Acadia and Cadillac XT5. In addition, Cadillac just unveiled the all-new Cadillac XT6 and the plant will begin building the vehicle later this year. The engine plant builds four- and eight-cylinder engines.
The Spring Hill complex opened in 1990 and currently employs about 3,800 people.
GM has a strong presence in Tennessee with more than 4,000 employees working in the state. In addition to the Spring Hill complex, GM has a parts distribution center in Memphis. Tennessee is home to more than 200 suppliers and GM spends more than $700 million annually with those suppliers. GM currently has 78 independently owned dealerships across the state that employ about 4,800 people. Nearly 11,000 GM retirees currently call Tennessee home.
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Cadillac, Chevrolet, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, Maven, its personal mobility brand, and Cruise, its autonomous vehicle ride-sharing company, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
Jam Muhammad Saleem is a smallholder cotton farmer who lives near the village Jhangar Marha, in the remote, rural district of Muzaffargarh, in Pakistan’s Punjab province. When his eldest son, Muhammad Umar, turned 12, Saleem — considering Umar old enough to work — saw no choice but for him to leave school to work on their farm. But just a year later, Saleem’s outlook changed completely.
The reason? After participating in BCI Decent Work training sessions implemented by our on-the-ground partner, WWF-Pakistan, Saleem’s perceptions about the importance of children’s education, including his son’s, shifted for good.
Defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as work that provides opportunities for people to work productively in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity, Decent Work is central to achieving a BCI licence. A key component of BCI’s Decent Work training is eliminating child labour, particularly where children are involved in heavy or hazardous tasks, such as working with dangerous tools or applying pesticides.
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Jam Muhammad Saleem’s story is not unique. By 2020, we will train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices.
“I saw tears in my son’s eyes when I told him we were going to buy him some shoes… school shoes. Now, he is happy, healthy and confident that his dreams will be fulfilled.”
— BCI Farmer Jam Muhammad Saleem. Jhangar Marha, Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, 2018.
“The BCI Programme was like a beam of hope for me. I would like to support all my children in achieving higher education and I believe we have a bright future. I want to extend a big thank you to WWF-Pakistan and the Better Cotton Initiative for this programme, which has changed my life in so many ways.”
— BCI Farmer Jam Muhammad Saleem. Jhangar Marha, Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, 2018.
About the Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) — a global not-for-profit organisation — is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Last year, together with our partners we provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 1.6 million farmers from 23 countries. We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands to civil society organisations, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. Thanks to the support of partners and members, Better Cotton accounts for around 19% of global cotton production, and by the end of 2020, we aim to train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices and ensure that Better Cotton accounts for 30% of global cotton production.
Our industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect our industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.
However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and our Sustainable Retail Summit , there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labor, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, announced that Blommer Chocolate Co. and the Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) project, implemented by CNFA, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Jan. 7 aimed at improving the cocoa value chain in Côte d’Ivoire.
MOCA, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, provides capacity-building, training and other support services to Côte d’Ivoire cocoa producers, cooperatives and exporters in order to boost stakeholder productivity and efficiency, improve farm incomes, and increase the supply of high-quality cacao beans.
Under the new agreement, Blommer—the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America—will partner with MOCA to work with farmers and cooperatives to strengthen the production of sustainable cacao beans.
To drive those efforts, Blommer and MOCA will collaborate over the next year to increase cooperatives’ management capacities, launch pilot mobile money solutions with selected cooperatives, and improve distribution channels for agricultural inputs.
“Blommer is a recognized leader in advancing sustainability efforts in cocoa communities,” said MOCA Chief of Party Marc Steen. “We look forward to working closely with them, and to leveraging our joint expertise to improve Ivorian farmers’ incomes and livelihoods through the sustainable production of high-quality cocoa.”
“Blommer is excited to launch this new partnership and pilot introducing new approaches to identified bottlenecks” said Kip Walk, Senior Director, Sustainability. “Finding ways to improve management capacities and instituting systems supporting mobile money are critical to the long-term success of the cocoa farming sector.”
CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latina America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.
Blommer Chocolate Company: Blommer Chocolate Company is the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America. With over 800 employees and five strategically located manufacturing facilities in North America and China, the company provides comprehensive business solutions for domestic and international customers of all sizes in the confectionery, baking and dairy industries. Among Blommer’s core competencies are cocoa bean processing, chocolate manufacturing, commodity risk management, and product and process R&D. The company is a leader in advancing sustainable cocoa farming as a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation, a member of the Cocoa Action sustainability initiative, a member of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative and through its privately managed global farmer programs. Founded in 1939, the company has developed and maintains an outstanding reputation for customer service and quality.
Today, The Partnership for Male Youth, a national non-profit organization, announced the release of Voices of Male Youth, a series of unfettered and unscripted conversations among male youth exploring the beliefs and feelings they grapple with in today’s society. The purpose of the series is to encourage young males and others in their lives to challenge traditional or uninformed views and to spark conversations about a range of topics from consent to health care. The series is also available on our YouTube channel Partnership for Male Youth.
The first installment of Voices of Male Youth explores four subject areas: mental health, health care, norms of masculinity and consent. The participants in the first installment are in their early twenties and from a number of cultural backgrounds. Filming took place in November 2018 in New York City. The video package includes trailers as well as full video segments.
“Today, discussions about masculinity and what it means to be a young male often leave out the voices of young males themselves,” said David Bell, MD, MPH, Board Chair of the Partnership. “It is the goal of this series to encourage other young males to speak about issues which are often sensitive, while at the same time educating those they interact with about the complexities of being a young male today,” he said.
The series is a part of the Partnership’s Campaign for Male Youth, a movement of over 50 organizations to elevate the visibility of current challenges to the health and well-being of today’s adolescent and young adult males.
Voices of Male Youth is sponsored by The Partnership for Male Youth, founded in 2013. The Partnership is the only national organization whose sole focus is on the health and well-being of adolescent and young adult males, or males between the ages of 10 and 27. Since its inception the Partnership has launched a number of educational initiatives, including sponsorship of the 2018 National Summit on Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health.
The Soil Health Institute (SHI), the nonprofit organization charged with safeguarding and enhancing soil health, hosted a two-day scientific workshop for more than 80 scientists who are partnering with SHI to evaluate 31 soil health indicators across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Soil sampling will begin by March 2019, according to Wayne Honeycutt, SHI President and CEO.
The workshop included site leaders from almost 120 long-term research locations throughout North America, Honeycutt said. Sites were selected based on their management history and value for assessing the effectiveness of soil health indicators.
“These sites have appropriate experimental designs and documented management histories that will allow us to apply the appropriate statistical tests to determine which indicators are effective and how to interpret the results across a wide range of soils, climatic zones, production systems, and management practices. This will give us the scientific evidence we need to recommend which soil health measurements farmers and ranchers should use in order to assess the health of their soils and monitor their progress at improving that health. We frequently hear farmers, scientists, consultants, and many others say that they don’t know how to measure the health of their soils. With this project, we intend to change that,” Honeycutt said. “We recognize every field or pasture is different, and a research site is very different from what happens on a farm or ranch. Farmers and ranchers will still have to make management decisions based on each field, yet this ambitious project will allow us to move to a higher level of sound soil health system management, using scientific evidence to give farmers the tools they need to measure soil health.”
In 2018, SHI issued a “Request for Applications”, asking scientists across North America to partner with the Institute on this ambitious project.
“We were elated by the positive reactions and offerings to contribute to this project,” Paul Tracy, Project Manager, said. “In fact, the site selection process itself was challenging because so many excellent sites were offered. We solicited the help of an expert panel of scientists to assist with the recommendation process.”
“At the recent workshop it was clear that the level of enthusiasm by these partnering scientists is off the charts,” Honeycutt reported. “I think we all realize what a unique opportunity we have to enhance soil health by giving farmers and ranchers the science-based measurements they need for evaluating the health of their soils. Because improving soil health provides so many environmental benefits, we also have an opportunity to address several natural resource issues, such as water quality and greenhouse gas emissions.”
The workshop follows SHI’s announcement that it selected six project scientists and a statistician/database manager to lead the evaluation of soil health indicators. The scientists will be in charge of regional engagement and project coordination with long-term agricultural site leaders. They will evaluate soil health measurements and their relation to productivity, economic and environmental outcomes; developing critical analysis and review of measurements, soil health evaluation indices and programs at regional and North American levels, partnering with site leaders and selected scientific laboratories.
The North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements is supported through the generosity of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and General Mills. To learn more about the project, visit https://soilhealthinstitute.org/north-american-project-to-evaluate-soil-health-measurements/. For further information about SHI, visit www.soilhealthinstitute.org.
About the Soil Health Institute
The Soil Health Institute (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) is a non-profit whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. The Institute works with its many stakeholders to identify gaps in research and adoption; develop strategies, networks and funding to address those gaps; and ensure beneficial impact of those investments to agriculture, the environment, and society.
The list combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgments from nominations and insight from a global 87-member expert panel comprising leading investors and experts from corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the cleantech innovation ecosystem. The list is sponsored by Chubb. To qualify for the Global Cleantech 100, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies not listed on any major stock exchange.
“Our tenth edition is dominated by innovations for the future of food and mobility, and a decentralized and digitized future not only for energy, but for the industrial world more generally,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “This is a far cry from the dominance of hardware, solar and biofuels in the inaugural Global Cleantech 100 in 2009.”
Solidia’s disruptive technologies cure concrete with carbon dioxide (CO₂) instead of water and use a sustainable cement as binder, reducing the carbon footprint of cement and concrete products up to 70 percent and fresh water use 100 percent, lowering production costs, and enhancing product performance. Solidia is pursuing the application of its technologies in the $1 trillion global concrete and $300 billion global cement markets.
Solidia Concrete™ offers broader application choices in durability, strength, material reduction, and casting over products made with Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), while using the same raw materials and equipment but less water, energy and time. Current investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, Lafarge Holcim, OGCI, Total, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors.
“We are bringing one of the world’s oldest and most ubiquitous industries into the 21st century,” said Solidia CEO Tom Schuler. “We have taken a very complex technology and made it simple, not only to ease adoption around the world, but also to provide the construction and building materials industries a real competitive edge, with immediate cost savings, superior performance, and an enhanced sustainability profile."
Already the second most utilized substance in the world after water, demand for concrete is rising in step with global urbanization. Cement, the critical binding element in concrete, is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gas, responsible for approximately five to seven percent of global emissions. Solidia provides the cement industry a profitable path to sustainability and a remedy as it faces carbon taxes and increased regulation.
The complete list of 100 companies was revealed on 28 January at the 17th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco. For detailed information on Solidia Technologies’ outlook as an innovator, visit Cleantech Group’s market intelligence platform i3 and search for Solidia Technologies.
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About Cleantech Group
Cleantech® Group provides research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, we bring corporate change makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the access and customized support they need to thrive in a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient futureThe company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, is based in Chicago.
About Solidia Technologies®
Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Solidia’s patented processes start with an energy-saving sustainable cement. They then cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduce carbon footprint of cement and concrete up to 70%, and recycle up to 100% of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours. Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors. Follow Solidia Technologies at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.
Covestro and the United Nations are again calling for nominations for Young Champions of the Earth, the prestigious prize for environmental entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30, who have big ideas for the world’s future.
Each of seven winners in the 2019 program, the third year of the global competition, will receive $15,000 seed money to invest in their projects, invitations and funding to attend high-level UN meetings to share their ideas with the world, training and mentorship.
Submissions will be accepted now through March 31, 2019. Visit the website to apply: http://web.unep.org/youngchampions/apply.
Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann says: “Engaging with the Young Champions from the past two years has demonstrated the concern and commitment they have over the future of our planet. Their passion is very much shared by Covestro, and I am delighted to help launch a further round of this global competition, which is a brilliant platform to help young professionals make their dreams become reality. Together, we can make the world a brighter place.”
Joyce Msuya, UN Environment Acting Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, adds: “The Young Champions of the Earth prize combines two ingredients that are critical to save our planet – innovation and the drive of young people. We need both in equal measures to address the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.”
With climate change threatening the existence of our natural ecosystems and societies, the competition’s organizers hope to find individuals who see beyond the crisis and have the courage to invent the future by carving their place in a new, greener economy.
Following an open call for applications, a global jury will select the seven 2019 winners. Each winner will be expected to implement their idea and keep UN Environment and partners updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs.
For further information, visit: www.unep.org/youngchampions
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.
Find more information at www.covestro.us
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Green Mountain Energy today announced it has entered into a sustainability partnership with The Hill, a unique, eco-friendly shopping and dining destination in the heart of Dallas. The organizations have teamed up to explore and implement sustainability upgrades for the property and power common areas of the development with 100 percent renewable energy. This agreement represents the first Sustainability Partnership between Green Mountain and a mixed-use project in Dallas.
“The Hill is a shining example of the power of sustainability and the benefits it can yield to a shared community,” said Mark Parsons, vice president of Green Mountain Energy. “The development’s unique transformation of retrofitting an existing midcentury modern shopping center into a vibrant, walkable marketplace is testament of our shared commitment to preservation, sustainability and the environment.”
By powering the current common areas of the existing restaurants and shops with renewable energy, Green Mountain estimates The Hill will avoid 2.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over the life of the partnership, which is like taking 250 cars off the road for a year.
“Our focus on conservation makes our partnership with Green Mountain a natural fit as we aim to provide a true sense of community for DFW residents and business-owners,” said Matthew Gilmore, senior vice president of EB Arrow and asset manager for The Hill. “It is our hope that this partnership will drive more energy-conscious retailers, restaurants and visitors to our eclectic, environmentally-friendly community.”
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 63 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.
The Hill is a modern mixed-use retail and restaurant development located at Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway in Dallas. The Hill is owned by an affiliate of CAPREF Manager, LLC, which manages a private equity fund comprising assets valued in excess of $1.2 billion and encompasses a portfolio of 5.8 million square feet of retail and mixed-use properties across the United States. For more information on The Hill, please visit thehilldallas.com.
SC Johnson today announced plans to support the development of an additional 40 health posts throughout Rwanda, expanding access to health care and malaria education for more than 200,000 people. This expands on the company’s 2018 investment, which established 10 health posts in rural Rwanda in July, bringing the total to 50.
“We want to see an end to malaria and all mosquito-borne diseases,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We’re continually working to get people educational information and products that may help protect them from mosquito-borne illness. Beyond helping local families, this partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Society for Family Health Rwanda is providing insights and best practices that will help our efforts to fight malaria in other countries around the world.”
Partnering for Public Health
The health posts will be operated by the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Society for Family Health Rwanda in an expansion of the successful four-year partnership launched in 2018. Their goal is to help address public health issues in Rwanda including malaria, HIV/AIDS, family planning, access to clean water and nutrition.
“We are thankful for SC Johnson’s investment in the health of our communities, and for the continuing partnership in establishing best practices on issues such as malaria,” said Dr. Diane Gashumba, Rwanda Minister of Health. “With the additional health posts, Rwanda can further support health care needs for the 50 percent of our communities that are in rural, hard-to-reach areas, and significantly reduce the distance families need to travel for care.”
Since opening the initial health posts in 2018, the partnership has created access to health services for more than 60,000 people. Prior to that, it was estimated that the average Rwandan in search of health care needed to walk up to three hours to reach the nearest services.
“I am very excited about our partnership with SC Johnson particularly in the fight against malaria,” said Manasseh Gihana Wandera, Executive Director, Society for Family Health Rwanda. “With the support of SC Johnson, we are able to reach rural communities, educate about ways to prevent malaria and provide a holistic approach to accessing health care services.”
Tackling Malaria Together
Studies have shown that using spatial repellents can reduce the frequency of mosquito bites and may reduce new malaria occurrences – a vital public health need considering that the World Health Organization reported 219 million cases of malaria globally in 2016. By making malaria education and mosquito repellent products available at community health posts, SC Johnson helps more people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
The partnership between SC Johnson, the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Society for Family Health Rwanda also includes developing national standards to address mosquito-borne diseases and set local safety and efficacy standards for pest products. The national standards will focus on the distribution and use of mosquito spatial and personal insect repellent products, as well as the encouragement of positive behavioral changes to reduce the potential risk of mosquito-borne disease.
“Visiting one of the health posts, the stories I heard from the staff and patients were moving and powerful,” said Johnson. “Access to malaria education is vital and access to health care overall is transformative. We’re thrilled SC Johnson can help as we continue our work to fight mosquito-borne diseases and provide more families with access to a better life.”
Working to Improve Communities at the Base of the Pyramid
SC Johnson has provided sustainable business solutions for decades to raise the standard of living and provide opportunities for a better quality of life for the 4 billion people who occupy the base of the world’s economic pyramid. Focusing on insect-borne disease education, the company aims to reduce the percentage of malaria cases globally by increasing access to pest control products and insect-borne disease education including:
Launching an unprecedented partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Society for Family Health Rwanda in 2018 to build 10 health care posts and provide health care services in rural areas of Rwanda to help address public health issues like malaria.
Partnering with The Coca-Cola Co. in 2017 as a part of the EKOCENTER program. This program provides safe drinking water, sanitation, solar energy and wireless communication to countries including Rwanda and Vietnam. The centers are modular retail experiences, run by women operators, that provide commerce of basic goods including OFF!® mosquito repellent lotion, Baygon® mosquito coils and KIWI® shoe polish.
Working with Cornell University’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in 2012 to launch the WOW™ club pilot in Ghana to explore new ways to help families reduce the transmission of malaria with a business model that brings repellents and insecticides to rural families. The resulting efforts have helped low-income homemakers care for their homes and families.
Administering a study in 2010 with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the effects of spatial repellents in fighting malaria-infected mosquitoes in Sumba, Indonesia.
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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-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
*Image 1) Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, visits an SC Johnson-sponsored health post in Rwanda. SC Johnson will support the development of 40 new health posts across Rwanda.
Image 2) Manasseh Gihana Wandera, Executive Director, Society for Family Health Rwanda (far left), and Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson (center right), help to build a health post in Rwanda – continuing a four-year partnership that provides insights and best practices to help fight malaria around the world.
Image 3) Dr. Diane Gashumba, Rwanda Minister of Health (far left), and Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson (center right), discuss the benefits of SC Johnson-sponsored health posts in Rwanda. The additional health posts SC Johnson is supporting will expand access to health care and malaria education for more than 200,000 people.
The basis of an effective EHS program is the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results. Attend the EHS Compliance Management conference for case studies and interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including EHS auditing, data management, risk management, and staffing challenges.
How are you shaping the inclusive workforce of the future? According to a 2017 survey, 57% of Fortune 1000 employees think companies need to take a more active stance on social issues. And, this is regardless of political affiliation. Understanding how employees who identify as “activists” are thinking and feeling, and uncovering ways to build this into culture strategies will be critical to teams seeking to create more inclusive workplace experiences.
Sign up for this webinar with Tony Calandro, SVP at Povaddo, and Laura Plato, President and COO of Causecast, on July 27 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, and you’ll learn:
- Why engaging activist employees is essential for recruiting and retention
- How companies can leverage this data to take more effective action
- Ideas for key stakeholders to engage with internal activists more effectively
- What CEOs can do to unlock the enthusiasm of corporate activist employees
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced today the launch of a new three-year strategic plan. The 2019-2021 Strategic Plan builds on more than a decade of Field to Market’s role as the leading multi-stakeholder organization committed to defining, measuring and advancing sustainability in commodity crop production in the United States. The food and agriculture industry faces increasingly complex challenges to produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for a growing and more affluent global population, while conserving our natural resource base and adapting to a changing climate. A major premise of the new plan involves leveraging the collective influence of Field to Market’s diverse membership to meet this challenge and drive continuous improvement in environmental outcomes.
The priorities outlined in the new plan will enable Field to Market to implement its commitment to deliver sustainable outcomes for agriculture:
Convene Diverse Stakeholders to facilitate multi-sector collaboration, advance shared learning, and drive collective action.
Provide Science-Based Leadership to develop and strengthen resources for measuring sustainability performance and assessing opportunities for improvement.
Scale Impact Through Partnerships by developing a flexible program framework, facilitating partnerships, and leveraging capacity to support farmers in delivering improved environmental outcomes at the field and landscape levels.
Enable Credible Communications that facilitate and improve supply chain and industry reporting, showcase leaders in sustainability, and strengthen public confidence in the food and agriculture system.
“The food and agriculture industry in the United State continues to undergo rapid and profound change,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “Field to Market’s new strategic plan will position us over the next three years to realize a future in which the entire agricultural supply chain supports resilient ecosystems and enhances farmer livelihoods.”
On January 30, Field to Market will welcome new members to its Board of Directors, comprised of three representatives from each of the five membership sectors of Field to Market: Affiliate, Agribusiness, Brands & Retail, Civil Society and Growers. At this first meeting of 2019, the Board will be charged with overseeing the implementation of the new strategic plan.
“I am delighted to welcome these new members whose experience and skills complement the strengths of our current Board and will assist us as we guide this next chapter in Field to Market’s future,” said Stefani Millie Grant, chair of Field to Market’s Board of Directors and senior manager for external affairs and sustainability, Unilever. “The diversity and expertise of our leadership is one of the Alliance’s greatest assets, and there is no greater time than the present to leverage these strengths as we move forward with the implementation of our three-year strategic plan.”
Joining the 2019 board are:
Michelle Bubniak, corporate sustainability manager, Archer Daniels Midland
Keira Franz, environmental policy advisor, National Association of Wheat Growers
Diane Herndon, senior manager of sustainability, Nestlé Purina
Brandon Hunnicutt, farmer & board member, National Corn Growers Association
Mark Isbell, farmer & sustainability and conservation committee member, USA Rice Federation
Debbie Reed, executive director, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
Ryan Sirolli, global row crop sustainability director, Cargill
Jun Zhu, director of waste management, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas
Zhu, Reed, and Franz were each re-elected to a second three-year term on Field to Market’s board, while Bubniak and Herndon are newly elected members. Isbell was elected to fill a vacancy, and Sirolli and Hunnicutt will serve as new representatives for their respective organizations. To learn more about our Board of Directors, please visit https://fieldtomarket.org/the-alliance/governance/board-of-directors/.
ABOUT FIELD TO MARKET
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 140 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.5 trillion.
Pact, an international, nonprofit development organization, announced today it has named Michelle Jones as its new chief human capital officer, where she will lead the ongoing transformation of Pact’s global human capital strategy.
Jones brings close to two decades of experience leading the design and execution of the human capital elements of major organizational changes. Most recently at Humentum, she served as global director of organizational development and talent and led the human capital function through a significant merger. Prior to Humentum, Jones was vice president of human resources at Envision, a leading experiential education organization.
Jones expressed optimism about her new role, and noted that Pact’s dedicated and impactful staff would play a key role in her success.
“I have had the privilege of helping lead major organizations through periods of change, and I am eager to play a role in helping make Pact’s culture one of its competitive advantages. There is such a talented and experienced human capital team in place, I know we are up to the task of building infrastructure and systems that make us an even a more agile workforce that can mobilize globally.”
Pact president and CEO Mark Viso welcomed Jones’ addition to the organization’s executive leadership team, noting that Pact’s 5,000 staff were “eager to have an experienced leader drive a concerted global human capital strategy, provide vision in this area and be a vocal participant in determining what the future will look like at Pact. Michelle is exactly that leader.”
Jones joins Pact as the organization undergoes its own transformation—an organizational, cultural and systems shift in how the organization can continue working toward its ultimate mission of ending poverty in a rapidly changing world.
According to Viso, traditional assistance “is necessary but not sufficient. How we do international development now will not end global poverty and marginalization - even though our generation has the means to make sure that every individual on earth lives in thriving, resilient communities where they are heard, capable and vibrant.”
In fact, funding for the Sustainable Development Goals will fall short by an estimated $2.5 trillion. In response, Pact is evolving into a fourth-sector organization—one that leverages positive attributes of the private and social sectors to drive systems change by creating shared-value platforms where businesses, governments, NGOs and the people we serve work together for change.
“We have to correct imbalances of power in traditional development, including how NGOs operate internally. At Pact, that means becoming a ‘wholly local and wholly global’ organization—taking talented, dedicated and experienced local staff from any of the 40 countries where we work and deploying them globally. That is the future of development, and how Pact can keep fulfilling its ultimate mission to create a world where everyone owns their future,” said Viso.
About Pact – Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow for communities challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable and vibrant. On the ground in nearly 40 countries, Pact’s integrated, adaptive approach is shaping the future of international development. Visit us at www.pactworld.org.
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Seven international entrepreneurial teams will take the stage at GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 19 event in Minneapolis this June to find out who will win the world’s premiere biomimicry design prize.
The $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, will be awarded to one of seven finalist teams in the Biomimicry Institute’s Launchpad, an accelerator program for early-stage, nature-inspired innovations. A $25,000 second prize from an anonymous donor will also be awarded.“Awarding the Ray of Hope Prize is one of the highlights of our year,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. “We get to see the best of the best when it comes to aspiring entrepreneurs who understand the importance of harmonizing business and the environment. They share the same values that Ray Anderson held dear, values also embraced by the outstanding team at GreenBiz.” From June 18-20, 2019, GreenBiz’s Circularity 19 event will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy, a transformational business strategy focused on designing and manufacturing products and materials that have continuous lifecycles. Biomimicry, a foundational principle of the circular economy, is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies. “The transition from a linear to circular economy is ultimately a design challenge,” said Lauren Phipps, Director and Senior Analyst of Circular Economy at GreenBiz Group. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Biomimicry Institute to elevate innovations that demonstrate the potential of using biomimicry to tackle the world’s thorniest problems.” The Biomimicry Launchpad was created to support biomimicry entrepreneurs as they take early-stage, nature-inspired solutions to market, deploying the solutions we need right now to tackle the climate change crisis. Over the course of a year, Launchpad teams work with experts and mentors to prototype and test their designs. The Launchpad experience culminates in the Ray of Hope Prize award event. The seven teams who are vying for the Ray of Hope Prize are: Aruga Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA, US) - self-cleaning surface technology, inspired by the dynamic surface structure of arteries, dolphin skin, and mussel byssuses. EcoSTP (Bangalore, India)- an eco-friendly sewage treatment approach, inspired by the four chambers of a cow’s stomach. Gen-Rail (Long Beach, CA, US) - an innovation that harnesses wind generated on urban freeways and converts it into energy, based on inspiration from cockroaches, California condors’ wing shape and the desert snail shell’s structure. Habari (Utrecht, The Netherlands)- technology that protects tea plants from frost damage, inspired by the giant groundsel and giant lobelia plants. Phalanx Insulation (Long Beach, CA, US) - an insulation grid meant to be applied to exterior walls of existing buildings, inspired in part by cacti, Saharan silver ants, and the Saharan camel. UPOD (Ithaca, NY, US) - a carnivorous plant-inspired mosquito control device. Watchtower Robotics (Boston, MA, US) - a gecko-inspired leak detector to help water pipeline operators around the world save water and protect infrastructure. “The ancient civilizations all looked to nature for design ideas that worked,” says Biomimicry Institute Executive Director Beth Rattner. “They had no other choice as they were limited by resources. Today, we are limited by both time and resources, and again, people are realizing it is time to look to nature. Our Launchpad teams are finding biological “blueprints” and applying them to present-day needs in a way that will save time, money, and pain. We marvel at what they have been able to do in just one short year and can’t wait to see them in the market.” The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has supported the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and the Biomimicry Launchpad since 2014, a multi-year effort to crowdsource, support, and seed promising innovations inspired by nature. Each year, the Institute and Foundation together award the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize® to the most viable prototype that embodies the radical sustainability principles of biomimicry. Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 Biomimicry Launchpad cohort. Want to get support to bring your bio-inspired idea to life? You can learn more and apply at innovation.biomimicry.org/launchpad. About GreenBiz Group GreenBiz Group is the leading media and events company at the intersection of business, sustainability and innovation. Through media, events, research and membership network, GreenBiz Group drives transformation and accelerates progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business. https://www.greenbiz.com About Circularity 19 Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy. Through inspirational plenaries, interactive breakouts, hands-on design charrettes, networking opportunities and a solutions-focused expo, Circularity 19 will inspire, inform and empower participants to make the shift to a circular economy. https://www.greenbiz.com/events/circularity/minneapolis/2019 About the Biomimicry Institute The Biomimicry Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that empowers people to seek nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. http://www.biomimicry.org
Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today announced 42 new clients have launched programs on the company’s platform in the last quarter, as companies seek to infuse their corporate brands and workplace cultures with more purpose.
Companies like Ripple, F5 Networks and Dolby Laboratories, bring an additional 1.2 million users from around the world to the Benevity platform from a range of industries spanning technology and gaming, to retail, food services and more. They join 550 of the most iconic brands who partner with Benevity to automate, scale and personalize their corporate “Goodness” initiatives, which include grantmaking, employee giving and matching, as well as volunteering and engaging in other prosocial activities.
“It’s inspiring to start 2019 by welcoming more than 40 purpose-driven brands to the Benevity client community,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and CEO of Benevity. “More businesses are recognizing the strategic value and profound social impact their CSR programs can have with market-leading technology. By bringing all of their ‘Goodness’ programs together, we’re getting closer to achieving the kind of network effect that can make a real difference in the not-for-profit landscape and the world at large.”
Benevity’s award-winning social impact, employee engagement and cause marketing solutions make it simple for enterprises, their employees and customers to participate in doing good globally—whether they choose to give money, volunteer their time, or take positive action—and provides causes with an efficient way to reach new supporters and maximize the value of the donations they receive.
Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering and community investment. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to an employee base of 10 million users around the world, Benevity has processed nearly 3 billion dollars in donations and 15 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 150,000 charities worldwide.
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KeyBank announced today $50.4 million in total combined financing for a tax-exempt bond transaction to support Koelbel & Company’s construction of Diagonal Crossing. Diagonal Crossing is a 105-unit garden-style apartment community that is income-restricted for families earning at or below 60% AMI in Boulder, CO.
KeyBank’s Community Development Lending & Investment (CDLI) team provided a $24.7 million construction loan and $10.4 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity. Additionally, KeyBank Real Estate Capital arranged a $15.3 million permanent loan through a forward commitment for Fannie Mae to issue a mortgage-backed security (MBS) as a part of its M.TEBs product line.
Diagonal Crossing will be developed on two parcels of land called Lot 3 and Lot 6, offering a total of 105 new affordable housing units. Lot 3 will feature 85 affordable housing units in two, three-story walk-up buildings and one, two-story walk-up building. Lot 6 will feature 20 affordable housing units across four different buildings.
Sarah Geis and Beth Palmer Wirtz of KeyBank’s CDLI team collaborated with Jeff Rodman of KeyBank’s Commercial Mortgage Group on the financing for the project.
About Key Community Development Lending/Investment
KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) helps fulfill Key’s purpose to help clients and communities thrive by financing projects that stabilize and revitalize communities. Experts in complex tax credit lending and investing, Key is one of a handful of affordable housing lenders in the country with a platform that brings together balance sheet, equity, and permanent loan offerings. For its ability to lend to, invest in, and serve its communities – especially low-to-moderate income communities – KeyBank has earned nine consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
About KeyBank Real Estate Capital
KeyBank Real Estate Capital is a leading provider of commercial real estate finance. Its professionals, located across the country, provide a broad range of financing solutions on both a corporate and project basis. The group provides interim and construction finance, permanent mortgages, commercial real estate loan servicing, investment banking and cash management services for virtually all types of income producing commercial real estate. As a Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriter and Servicer, Freddie Mac Program Plus Seller/Servicer and FHA approved mortgagee, KeyBank Real Estate Capital offers a variety of agency financing solutions for multifamily properties, including affordable housing, seniors housing and student housing. KeyBank Real Estate Capital is also one of the nation’s largest and highest rated commercial mortgage servicers.
KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $139.6 billion at December 31, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.
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FCA US announced today that it has added a student loan refinancing program to its package of benefits offered to salaried employees. The program is being offered in partnership with CommonBond For Business, the student loan benefits platform from financial technology company CommonBond.
FCA US salaried employees with student loan debt, as well as employees with federal government-backed Parent PLUS loans, are now eligible to refinance these loans through the program with preferred terms.
CommonBond student loan refinancing enables employees to replace existing loans with a new, lower interest rate loan that has award-winning customer service, strong borrower protections and a social promise. CommonBond is the only company in finance or education with a one-for-one social mission. For every loan it funds, CommonBond also funds the education of a child in need.
“With so many people entering the workforce with student debt, FCA US is proud to reinforce our commitment to offer this competitive and much needed benefit for our employees," said Barb Pilarski, Head of Human Resources, FCA - North America. "These benefits will provide FCA US employees a less costly means to pay off student debt and support their path to a sound financial future.”
The student loan refinance program is part of a recently launched financial fitness initiative to provide FCA US employees with convenient access to important financial resources, tools, links to FCA program offerings and more.
With this new student loan refinancing benefit offering, FCA US continues a tradition as a leader in providing attractive, innovative benefits to employees.
The Company was the first U.S. automaker to offer domestic partner benefits to employees in 2000. Today, FCA US remains committed to offering a competitive package of benefits that includes traditional and optional benefit programs, such as tuition reimbursement, on- and near-worksite health, exercise and wellness opportunities, paid time off for volunteer activities, employee new vehicle purchase or lease at discounted rates, pet insurance and many others.
In July 2018, FCA US became the first domestic automaker to dedicate a near-site health and wellness clinic for employees. Called the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center powered by St. Vincent, this physician-led, primary care clinic exclusively serves more than 22,000 health care members (employees and family members) in Kokomo and Tipton, Indiana.
“With the addition of student loan benefits for its employees, FCA US is a leader in addressing one of the most prominent issues facing the workforce today: student debt,” said Tara Fung, Vice President, CommonBond for Business. “Student loan benefits have emerged as a key way for companies to attract and keep top talent, and we’re thrilled to partner with FCA US to support the financial wellness of its employees.”
Student loan debt surpassed $1.5 trillion in the United States in 2018 and the average college graduate joins the workforce today with more than $37,000 in debt. As a result, student debt is one of the largest financial hurdles a new employee might face.
About CommonBond for Business™
CommonBond for Business is a leading provider of education finance employee benefits. We serve companies with customizable solutions to help employees save and pay for school, as well as repay student loans. CommonBond for Business works with over 250 partners, from Fortune 500 companies to growing startups. For more information, visit www.commonbond.co/student-loan-benefits.
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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Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.
Topics to be discussed include:
How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?
How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?
What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?
How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?
How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?
Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.