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Get Your Free 42-Page Circular Economy Briefing With Insides From Apple, Ikea, P&G and Renault Group

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 4:13am

The circular economy is the key to square up to climate change. Corporates, investors and countries all around the world are setting the pace, but there’s still a lot to be done. The time for action is now. 

Ethical Corporation has recently published a 42-page briefing with the latest updates on the circular economy where we explore how business and governments are responding to this trend and what needs to be done in order to reach up to climate change. Some of the companies featured in the briefing include; P&G, Apple, Ikea and Renault Group, to name a few.
 
We hope this briefing will provide plenty of fresh insights for readers. Click here to download it

Some key themes of the briefing includes:

  • The latest technology and policy innovations in the pushback against single-use packaging

  • How the EU is persuading costumers to recycle and decrease electronic waste

  • How the world’s biggest consumer goods firm plans to end packaging waste by 2030

Once again you can download your complimentary copy of this 42-page circular economy report, simply click here

I hope you find it of value.

Best regards,
 
Ana Uzcanga
Ethical Corporation – Project Director
Reuters Events
+44 (0) 207 375 7213 
LinkedIn| www.ethicalcorp.com

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CNIB Foundation Receives $700,000 Gift from Scotiabank on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 4:09pm

Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to celebrate the vast contributions and achievements of people with disabilities, the CNIB Foundation received a gift of $700,000 from Scotiabank to help create a brighter future for youth with sight loss in the Greater Toronto Area.

For youth who are blind or partially sighted, moving through early adulthood can bring unique challenges on a practical, emotional and social level. Scotiabank's support will help the CNIB Foundation develop and expand programming to ensure young people with sight loss reach their infinite potential through every stage of their education, fuel their ambitions and champion their equal participation in the world of work.

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Mohawk Provides New Flooring to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 4:09pm

Mohawk recently partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga (RMHC of Greater Chattanooga) to help provide warmth and a renewed sense of home for the families and guests that enter its doors. Mohawk’s donation included new flooring for the kitchen and den area and community room on the facility’s main level.

For families with sick children, RMHC facilities across the nation often become their second home. More than 550 families stay at RMHC of Greater Chattanooga each year. Between 75 to 80 percent of those families have babies in the neonatal intensive care unit across the street, with RMHC of Greater Chattanooga being their only viable option for long-term lodging for months at a time.

“Our mission is simple: keep the family close while the child is sick so they can fully participate in that child’s medical journey,” said Jane Kaylor, president and CEO, RMHC of Greater Chattanooga. “We want our families to come into a safe, clean and well-kept facility. We are thankful to Mohawk for helping us make that possible.”

Over the years, RMHC of Greater Chattanooga has served many of Mohawk’s employees and their families in their time of need, according to Laura Bartley, Mohawk’s senior director of marketing communication and events. “Mohawk wants to help RMHC of Greater Chattanooga with its mission by providing flooring solutions that enhance the spaces for families who are staying long term in the house and also for the community groups who use the house as a meeting space,” Bartley said. “For Mohawk, it really is an honor to lay a new foundation in the home that love built.”

For the kitchen and den area, Mohawk donated RevWood Plus flooring. It is a perfect solution for the space because it provides durability, is scratch resistant, offers All Pet Protection and has a waterproof system. Mohawk also placed a durable and cozy SmartStrand Silk rug in the space where weary families can rest and recharge.

For the community room, Mohawk chose Homegrown from its Mohawk Group division. Homegrown is a woven broadloom with a timeless design that looks and feels like home. Offering beautiful residential visuals as well as commercial grade performance, Homegrown is a practical choice for this space, explained Bartley; it is manufactured using Duracolor solution-dyed nylon fiber, offers permanent stain resistance and high performance and, as a Red List-free product, is a sustainable flooring option.

To learn more about Mohawk’s partnership with RMHC of Greater Chattanooga and its support of the communities where employees live, work and play, click here to watch the company’s latest video.

About Mohawk

Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include Mohawk, American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Eliane, Feltex, Godfrey Hirst, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga 

Established in 1990, the mission of Chattanooga’s Ronald McDonald House Charities is to provide families with the care and resources they need when their child is sick and to support programs that address the health and well-being of children. RMHC of Greater Chattanooga is an independent, 501(c) 3 registered non-profit that operates solely on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. The cornerstone programs are the 28-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a school-based medical program. Ronald McDonald House Charities also offers scholarships to area high school seniors.

Contact:
Melissa Stocks
678.499.8881
Melissa_Stocks@mohawkind.com

The Makers of the Hormel® Cure 81® Brand Donate Hams for Thanksgiving Meals to Help Others

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 4:09pm

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), the makers of the Hormel® Cure 81® brand, announced today that it has donated 900 boneless half hams to Conscious Alliance to help others in need this Thanksgiving. Conscious Alliance recently distributed the hams in meal boxes for members of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 

“We are proud to donate these hams to Conscious Alliance to provide meals for those in need this Thanksgiving,” said Megan Elliott, Hormel® Cure 81® brand manager at Hormel Foods. “This donation complements our company’s long-standing Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program and other hunger-relief efforts.” 

“Hunger impacts one in six kids in the United States and with the ongoing support of Hormel Foods, we are partnering to prevent kids from going to bed hungry,” said Justin Levy, executive director at Conscious Alliance. “Hormel Foods has been an incredible partner to ensure children in underserved communities receive the nutrients that they need. Their contributions directly impact children and families in need throughout the year, but this particular donation of 900 hams is especially valuable and needed this winter.”

In addition to this donation, the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program was created in 1989 and involves a partnership between Hormel Foods and grocery retailers across the country. Throughout the years, more than $14 million dollars in hams have been donated, feeding tens of thousands of families. More than 55,000 hams (an estimated retail value of $1.1 million) were donated to those in need last year alone.

Founded in 2002, Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit based in Boulder, Colorado, that brings healthy food into underserved communities, feeding kids and families who need it most. Their work empowers young people to get involved by mixing passion for music with opportunities to make a positive impact. Through “Art That Feeds” food drives at concerts and music festivals and large-scale donations from food brands, Conscious Alliance gathers and moves healthy food to communities across the U.S. with an emphasis on remote and rural areas, including Native American reservations. What began as a grassroots food drive at a local show in 2002 has grown into a national movement – providing more than 4 million meals to date.

For more information about the Hormel® Cure 81® brand, including recipes and its Hams for Hunger® program, visit www.hormel.com/brands/cure81.

About Hormel Foods — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

CONTACT
Kelly Braaten +1 (507) 437-5345 media@hormel.com

HACR Hosts Its Second Annual Corporate Inclusion Index Awards Dinner Presenting the HACR Award for Corporate Inclusion

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 4:09pm

On November 20, 2019, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) hosted its second annual Corporate Inclusion Index (CII) Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C. PepsiCo and Toyota Motor North America served as a co-host sponsors.  

The HACR Corporate Inclusion Index Awards Dinner is based on the organization’s research report, the Corporate Inclusion Index (CII).

The HACR Award for Corporate Inclusion (HACI), is given to companies who achieved a five-star rating in any pillar.  

The following companies received HACI awards:  

Employment:  ADP, Aetna, Anthem, Inc., AT&T, Bank of America, Boston Scientific Corporation, Chevron, Cigna, Citigroup, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co., Humana, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Medtronic, Inc., MetLife, Inc., MillerCoors LLC., Morgan Stanley, Nielsen, PepsiCo, Sodexo, State Farm, Target, Toyota Motor North America, United Technologies Corporation, Verizon, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo & Company.  

Procurement: Anthem, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota Motor North America, Walmart Inc., and The Walt Disney Company. 

Philanthropy: ADP, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Inc., Citigroup, Inc., Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Exelon Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Humana, Verizon, and The Walt Disney Company.   

Governance: ADP, American Express, Bank of America, Chevron, Cigna, Cisco Systems, Inc., Citigroup, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Comerica Bank, General Motors, Goldman Sachs & Co., Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott International, Inc., McDonald’s Corporation, MetLife Inc., PepsiCo, Sodexo, Target, United Technologies Corporation, USTA, Verizon, Walmart, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo & Company.  

Companies who received five stars in each pillar: Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, General Motors, and The Walt Disney Company.  

"The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and its’ Board of Directors, is thankful to all the companies who participated in the 2019 survey. All Fortune 100 companies are invited to participate in the 2020 CII Survey which will open in January 2020” said HACR President and CEO, Cid Wilson.  

To learn more about the CII survey and download this year’s report visit www.hacr.org/cii

For general inquiries contact research@hacr.org.

 

About The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

 

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Franco, Director of Communications  

Phone: (202) 682-4012 ext. 1009 

Email: afranco@hacr.org 

Twitter: @HACRORG 

For more from this organization: Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility 

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HACR Releases Latest 2019 Corporate Inclusion Index Findings for Hispanic Inclusion in Corporate America

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 1:09pm

On November 21, 2019, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) nationally released the 2019 Corporate Inclusion Index (CII) report. This report is compiled from data collected from participating companies that use this tool to help them evaluate and assess their Hispanic inclusion efforts.

The assessment examines key indicators by which companies evaluate progress on diversity and inclusion in order to help them identify opportunities for improvement or best practices for Hispanic inclusion. The CII rating system, comprised of up to five stars, is designed around two focus areas – a practice and outcomes assessment in Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. 

A total of 57 companies participated including 32 Fortune 100 companies.

New 2019 participants include:

  • American Airlines

  • Boston Scientific Corporation

  • Chevron

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Diageo North America

  • Ericsson, Inc.

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.

  • Goldman Sachs & Co.

  • Nielsen

  • Tesla Inc.

  • United Technologies Corporation

Key findings from the 2019 HACR CII include:

  • Hispanics comprise an average of 16 percent of the total reported employee base for the 2019 HACR CII participants.

  • On average, participants reported directing one (1) percent of total procurement spend to Hispanic-owned businesses.

  • Nearly 90 percent of companies reported having metrics that assess the impact of their giving.

  • Hispanics held just over eight (8) percent of board seats amongst the participating companies.

“We want to thank all the companies who participated in this year’s HACR Corporate Inclusion Index survey,” said Cid Wilson, president and CEO of HACR. “Your participation and transparency are critical to ensure the success of the HACR CII. By participating in our annual survey, you are not only demonstrating your commitment to Hispanic inclusion, you’re also making a major investment in growing your company inclusively. As Peter Drucker once said, “what gets measured gets done.”  

“On behalf of the HACR board of directors, we congratulate all the companies that received a 5 star rating in each of HACR’s four pillars”, said HACR Board Chair, Mary Ann Gomez Orta. Your diversity and inclusion efforts not only make a significant impact on Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America but also provide an example for other companies to follow.”

“The data is moving in the right direction, but there is still work to be done,” said Dr. Lisette Garcia, HACR senior ­­­vice president, and chief operating officer. “The responsibility to do better is as much HACR’s as it is that of Corporate America. HACR will continue to work with those companies who are ready to make significant strides and improve their standing in the Hispanic community both within and outside their company. We encourage Fortune 500 companies who have never taken the HACR CII survey, to use this opportunity to evaluate their Hispanic diversity and inclusion.”

To access the 2019 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index report click here https://www.hacr.org/cii/

About HACR

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

Taproot Foundation Announces $200 Million in Pro Bono Services Provided to the Social Sector

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 1:09pm

 Taproot Foundation announces today a significant milestone for the organization—surpassing $200 million worth of pro bono services provided to the social sector through its programs. These services are available to nonprofits and social good organizations around the world, free of charge.

“This is a milestone not only for the Taproot Foundation, but the social sector as a whole,” says Lindsay Gruber, President and CEO of Taproot. “By infusing $200 million worth of valuable pro bono services into the sector—critical services like marketing, HR planning, and strategy consulting that most organizations would otherwise simply not have access to—we’re making certain that the organizations tasked with improving society have access to the support they need to thrive in a sustainable way.”

Taproot Foundation was founded in 2001 by Aaron Hurst to redefine volunteering by leveraging the valuable skills and expertise of professionals. “When I started Taproot, I saw the need for more than just pro bono legal support in the nonprofit sector,” says Hurst, now the CEO of Imperative, a purpose-powered peer-coaching platform. “Professionals were hungry to do volunteering that was truly meaningful and met the greatest need in the nonprofit sector—building scalable and sustainable organizations. Our incredible 20,000+ volunteers have created a movement that’s not only generated this support for nonprofits but inspired nearly every Fortune 500 company to raise the bar for their volunteering programs.”

In the past 18 years, Taproot has directly served more than 7,500 organizations by linking them with over 21,000 business professionals who have collectively volunteered over 1.7 million hours of pro bono services. Over $20 million worth of services have been delivered through Taproot Plus, the organization’s online platform, which launched in 2014. In October of this year, Taproot announced that the hourly value of pro bono service has increased to $195.

PeerForward is one such organization that has received pro bono support through Taproot. “We turned to Taproot to get help from a branding expert and a project manager,” notes Reagan Walker, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications at PeerForward. “The volunteers were brilliant, and our rebrand went very smoothly, elevating brand awareness of PeerForward and supporting a larger organization shift to a new model and reach even more students. It simply could not have happened without Taproot!”

“Historically, traditional philanthropy has often excluded support for key organizational needs,” notes Gruber. “But by adding an additional $200 million of resources into the sector in these essential but overlooked areas, we’re changing the way the organizations serving our communities are able to operate. We are inspired by the enormous potential for pro bono service to truly lift up organizations who are working to transform our communities and are looking forward to working across sectors to deliver the next $200+ million in critical pro bono support.”

About Taproot Foundation
Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono. Taproot is creating a world where organizations dedicated to social change have full access—through pro bono service—to the marketing, strategy, HR, and IT resources they need to be most effective. Since 2001, Taproot’s network of skilled volunteers has served over 7,500 social change organizations providing more than 1.7 million hours of work worth over $200 million in value. Taproot has offices in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and founded a network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world. www.taprootfoundation.org 

Points of Light Launches The Civic 50 Survey to Recognize Nation’s Top Corporate Citizens for 2020

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:08am

Points of Light, a global nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, today launched The Civic 50 survey for 2020. The survey will remain open through March 5, 2020, and the list of honorees will be publicly announced at the Points of Light Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 9, 2020. 

Each year, The Civic 50 recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey administered by True Impact. Since it was launched in 2012, the program has served as a benchmarking tool, a platform for sharing best practices, and a roadmap for companies committed to using their time, talent, and resources to drive social impact in their business and communities.

The top 50 honorees are selected based on the four dimensions of Points of Light’s Corporate Civic Engagement Framework:  

  • Investment: How the company strategically invests its resources in community engagement and social impact, including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and public leadership.

  • Integration: How the company integrates its community engagement and social impact programs throughout its business functions and interests (i.e., “does well by doing good”).  

  • Institutionalization: How the company institutionalizes its community engagement and social impact programs through organizational policies, systems, and incentives.  

  • Impact: How the company measures the social and business impact outcomes of its community engagement and social impact programs. 

Public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more are eligible to participate in the survey, which consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform The Civic 50 scoring process, and summary narrative questions to use to promote best practices.  

Points of Light will host a special webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. ET, for interested companies. Additional information is available on the Applicant Information Page, including key dates, FAQ, eligibility requirements, and a list of survey questions. If you have additional questions or need support, please email civic50@pointsoflight.org.  
 

About Points of Light 

Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit: www.pointsoflight.org.  

About True Impact 

True Impact is a web-based measurement and reporting tool for charitable investments. Companies and their nonprofit partners use True Impact to measure the social impact of grants, volunteerism, and other philanthropic investments, to demonstrate success and identify opportunities for improvement. True Impact can be used as a stand-alone tool, or as an integrated add-on module with any grants or volunteer management system. For more information, visit: www.trueimpact.com 

Ray C. Anderson Foundation's NextGen Committee Awards $100,000 Grant to Inga Foundation

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:08am

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to The Inga Foundation for their “Land for Life” program.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation that was launched in 2012 to celebrate the legacy of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a globally known industrialist turned environmentalist that was once named the “Greenest CEO” by Fortune magazine and a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME.

The Foundation’s NextGen Committee is comprised of Ray’s five grandchildren and their spouses. Since 2014, the Committee has taken an active role in perpetuating Ray’s legacy by investing in projects geared to make the world a better place for “Tomorrow’s Children.” Over the past seven years, the committee has funded more than $400,000 in programs with focus ranging from conservation to climate change education, to urban agriculture, and now, agroforestry.

The Land for Life model offers families in Honduras (and all of the humid tropics as there are 300+ native Inga species) increased soil fertility with no chemical fertilizers/pesticides/herbicides or heavy equipment--ensuring good harvests, long-term food security and improved income potential, on the same plot of land--without the need to slash and burn fresh land.

Changing People’s Lives. Changing Whole Landscapes

Since 2012, the debt-free, bottom-up, low-cost, and scientifically proven agroforestry model led by local foresters, field directors and nursery staff in Honduras has enabled 300 families to organically and sustainably grow their food crops. Livelihoods have improved and the farmers are able to provide ample food for their families and then sell additional organic cash crops (i.e. pepper, turmeric, cacao and vanilla) for steady income.

Over three million resilient Inga trees have been planted, many on steep, degraded slopes.  Inga trees are a nitrogen-fixing tree species which maintain soil fertility and good harvests year after year, thereby breaking the cycle of slash-and-burn.  The trees have sequestered carbon, preserved rainforests and their biodiversity and wildlife habitats, protected water sources, restored ecosystems and prevented erosion from mudslides.

McCall Langford, the 2019 chair of the NextGen Committee, says The Inga Foundation’s Land for Life program was chosen to receive the grant not only for its carbon sequestration potential, but also for the fact that the project provides so many additional “beyond carbon” benefits that align well with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“This project has immense capability to help repair the fragile ecosystem and put carbon back into balance in the rainforests of Honduras and beyond,” Langford said. “It delivers key social and economic services back into the communities that need it the most. That is why the Inga Foundation’s grant proposal was so attractive to us. We are thrilled that these families can stay on their land, remain in their existing homes, feed their families and earn the income they need to be successful, without becoming ‘climate refugees’ as a result of increasing instances of extreme weather conditions.”

"If you restore the soil, the ecosystem will restore itself." Mike Hands, founder and director of Inga Foundation

Inga Foundation founder and director, Mike Hands says the NextGen grant will allow Inga Foundation to allocate much needed funds to capital investment projects that will provide the Honduras team with the tools and technologies necessary to advance more of the 300 farming families from Stage One: basic food security, to Stages Two and Three: Cash crops and fruit trees for steady incomes. 

“We have many farmers who are ready to move to the cash crop stage,” Hands said, “but we need solar panels and dryers to increase the nursery area enough to help move more cash crop seedlings into the production stage. These kinds of capital investments are now possible with the NextGen grant.”

Hands noted that as more fruit trees are added into the cash crop mix, native hardwoods can also be produced and planted among them, eventually creating many more “little forests” that will eventually connect with each other, to recreate the majestic rainforest that once stood on the currently barren landscape.

“The NextGen grant is enabling the Inga Foundation to work with farmers to set longer term goals of preserving iconic tree species and bringing back endangered species that have not been seen in the area for quite some time,” Hands said.

“As those new trees mature, we will be able to educate the farmers in sustainable forestry practices, which will further increase their income and boost the overall economic situation in that region of Honduras and beyond. On the horizon, we have the potential to reconnect two genetically isolated rainforests. That’s huge. If we are successful, it would be the first documented example of fragmented rainforests in repair.”

About the NextGen Committee

Ray C. Anderson’s five grandchildren, along with their spouses, comprise the NextGen Committee. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for worthwhile grants and initiatives. Over the past couple of years, the Committee has decided to focus its philanthropic efforts on programs that help reverse global warming.

About the Inga Foundation

The Inga Foundation is pioneering the revolutionary agricultural/regenerative system of Inga alley cropping to address food insecurity and rainforest destruction. Mike Hands of Cambridge University developed the “Land for Life” project after 20 years of scientific research into slash-and-burn farming which required field trials of hundreds of tree species, and demonstration/trial farms. Inga alley cropping using nitrogen-fixing tree species from the Inga genus which maintain soil fertility and good harvests year after year, thereby breaking the cycle of slash-and-burn and allowing families in the entire tropics to gain long-term food security on one piece of land.

Benevity Expands Market-Leading CSR Platform to Mobile, Enabling More Inclusive, In-the-Moment Giving

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:08am

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today announced the next evolution of its platform with the launch of the Benevity mobile app. Free to Benevity clients and available now for iOS and Android, the app allows companies to expand their CSR programs and forge deeper and more inclusive connections with their employees, empowering their people to do more good in the moment. Through the Benevity app, people can engage with causes they care about, anytime, anywhere they are inspired.

According to a recent study from Global Workplace Analytics, remote work is on the rise, growing 44 percent in the last five years and a staggering 159 percent since 2005, while a 2018 Emergence Capital report categorized 80 percent of the global workforce as "deskless," working in industries like construction, manufacturing, agriculture, retail and healthcare. Employers have an increasingly important challenge to tackle—how to engage all their people, including remote and desktop workers, in a unified corporate culture that delivers a sense of meaning, purpose and belonging.

The Benevity app gives employers a powerful way to include all of their people in giving, volunteering and other company-wide CSR or purpose-driven initiatives aimed at making a social impact, whether employees are based at their company’s headquarters or working in stores, field offices, home offices and other remote locations. Through the app, more people can take advantage of all the Benevity platform has to offer—donate to favorite charities, respond to in-the-moment events like natural disasters, log volunteer hours and track positive actions, seeing the impact they are making—all from their phone or other mobile device, in real-time.

“By engaging more people, more often in Goodness—no matter where they are located—companies can make their CSR programs and purpose-driven initiatives more experiential and inclusive for everyone, strengthening employee engagement and retention,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “With the addition of mobile, our clients now have another way to empower their people to support causes they care about, which in turn helps to create a workplace culture distinguished by meaning, engagement and a passion to make the world better. It’s an essential and logical next step in the evolution of our platform.”

Through the Benevity app, users can engage with Goodness, learn about activities and causes, and measure their impact in a variety of ways: 

  • Donate when they feel inspired – Whether it’s a disaster that hits the headlines, a personal experience that sparks a desire to make a difference or attendance at an event of some kind, the Benevity app enables people to support the causes they care about—with or without corporate matching funds—in the moment, through payroll deduction, credit card, PayPal, Apple Pay or their Benevity Giving Account rewards.

  • Track volunteer time at an event – No more forgetting to track volunteer time after the fact. With the Benevity app, it’s easy for employees to track their volunteer hours, in real-time, while participating in an event. 

  • Take action with Missions – Benevity’s Missions solution encourages people to learn about and take positive actions to make the world better in their daily lives—like riding a bike to work, reducing plastic waste, reducing unconscious bias or making meetings more inclusive. With the Benevity app, users can access and engage with Missions on the spot, so that they can track the impact of their actions in real-time. 

  • Discover more opportunities to do good – With mobile access to Benevity’s Trending Now and Popular Causes content, people can discover more ways to respond to events as they are happening. Featured, targeted content also engages them in company goodness initiatives year-round, whether local fundraisers, disaster relief campaigns or signature corporate programs.

  • Track impact – People are more apt to engage when they see the impact of their actions. With quick access to their Personal Impact Card, people can view stats on the impact they’re making and keep tabs on matching donation and rewards balances.

Built to meet the highest privacy and security standards, the Benevity app is GDPR compliant and doesn’t store sensitive data. Visit the Benevity website to learn more.

About Benevity

Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering, community investment and purpose-driven actions. 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 12 million users around the world, Benevity has processed almost 4 billion dollars in donations and 23 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 200,000 charities worldwide.

Media Contact
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Francine A. LeFrak Honored With the UNFCU Foundation Women's Empowerment Award

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 4:07pm

The UNFCU Foundation presented Francine A. LeFrak, social entrepreneur and women's rights advocate, with its 2019 Women's Empowerment Award. The award presentation was part of the annual fundraising reception hosted by UNFCU Foundation.

In 2019, the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation collaborated with the UNFCU Foundation to strengthen the Income Building Program offered by Win (Women in Need). Win is the largest provider of shelter and services to women and children in New York City. The two foundations introduced the Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program at Win in Harlem. In addition to computer training, Win's Income Building Program offers employment counseling, financial education, interview preparedness, and resume writing. Since January 2019, more than 50 women arriving from the Bronx, Queens, and Harlem have graduated from the computer training program in Harlem; 40% have already found higher-wage jobs. 

“We are proud to work alongside the Francine LeFrak Foundation and Win in New York City,” said Pamela Agnone, president and director of the UNFCU Foundation. “Together, we have increased our impact in providing women with the skills and confidence to succeed. Through their determination to complete the program, graduates have created the path to transform the lives of their families.”

Watch this video to learn more about how Win's Income Building Program is changing lives.

“The greatest philanthropy is the dignity of work,” said Ms. LeFrak, who has addressed each Income Building Program graduation class at Win. “I am honored by UNFCU Foundation's Women's Empowerment Award and draw inspiration from the courageous women in the Income Building Program. Through their own efforts, our graduates are rising out of poverty.”

“To move out of shelter and break the cycle of homelessness, women need stable, good-paying jobs,” said Christine C. Quinn, president and CEO of Win. “The Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program has equipped Win moms with the technical skills they need to build their careers. We're so grateful to Francine A. LeFrak for her commitment to lifting women out of poverty and for UNFCU Foundation's support. We look forward to building on our partnerships to help families thrive.”

The project at Win was one of 14 initiatives the UNFCU Foundation supported in 2019. In receiving the UNFCU Foundation Women's Empowerment Award, Ms. LeFrak joins past honorees: 

Francine A. LeFrak is the president of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation. The organization supports hospitals, as well as institutions of higher learning and culture. She is also the founder and president of the Same Sky Foundation Fund, a trade initiative for survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Same Sky continues in the United States with women recently released from prison. Through her foundations, Ms. LeFrak has helped hundreds of women and girls obtain access to job training programs and education.

She received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, UN Women for Peace, and the UN Women Together awards. Ms. LeFrak holds Honorary Doctorates from Mount Ida College and Manhattanville College in New York.

About UNFCU Foundation

UNFCU Foundation is a New York-based, non-profit corporation established by the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) with a mission to sustain the path out of poverty through healthcare and education for women and children. Since its launch in 2015, the UNFCU Foundation has benefitted thousands of women and youth living in extreme poverty around the world. To learn more, visit www.unfcufoundation.org and follow UNFCU Foundation's progress on Twitter at @UNFCUFoundation and on Facebook at facebook.com/unfcufoundation.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, Keep America Beautiful Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Application Opens

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 4:07pm

The Coca-Cola Foundation and national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful® today announced the application period for the 2020 Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program is open through Dec. 31 (11:59 p.m. EST), 2019.

The 2019 Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program distributed public space recycling bins to 31 organizations, including Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates as well as government agencies, colleges and universities, and Native American tribal locations in 19 states.

It's estimated that one-third of all beverage containers are consumed on the go, which highlights why The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful are seeking to increase public space recycling accessibility in more locations throughout the country. For the past 13 years, The Coca-Cola Foundation has supported the grant program, which has donated recycling bins to more than 1,000 communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over the history of the program, more than 37,000 public space recycling bins have been awarded, providing opportunities for recycling on the go to more than 2 million people daily.

Grant recipients will be chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on their potential to collect the most cans and bottles as well other considerations such as creating new or expanding access to recycling in a community; providing greater numbers of people with exposure or access to collection bins; providing access in environmentally sensitive areas, e.g. along waterways; and the long-term potential of the public space recycling efforts to increase recycling participation in a community. To better prepare an application, refer to The Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Toolkit posted on the Keep America Beautiful website.

“This recycling bin grant program seeks to establish new recycling opportunities, expose individuals to recycling, and reinforce the importance of recycling on the go, with the goal of a ‘world without waste,’ where all bottles and cans consumed are returned for recycling,” said Randy Hartmann, senior director of affiliate operations for Keep America Beautiful.

With bins placed at locations ranging from downtown streetscapes, parks, beaches, athletic fields, academic buildings, plazas and other on-the-go settings, Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola estimate public space recycling will be given greater visibility and access to an estimated 10 million individuals annually in these locations with a goal of collecting an estimated 11 million aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers annually. The program is funded through a $350,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to Keep America Beautiful, which in turn awards recycling bins through a competitive, merit-based application process.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.

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.

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

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eBay Celebrates Giving Tuesday With an Incredible Selection of Items and Experiences

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 4:07pm

Beginning today through December 12th, eBay for Charity’s Giving Tuesday campaign kicks off with exclusive, one-of-a-kind fashion, sporting and music items plus VIP experiences. Only available on eBay, all proceeds will benefit a number of charitable organizations.

Shoppers can visit ebay.com/GivingTuesday and give back to their favorite causes by shopping hundreds of unique items and experiences including tickets to next year’s GRAMMY awards, a first edition of ‘I am Malala’, Anna Wintour “AWOK” Air Jordan’s, a guitar signed by the Jonas Brothers, a signed Kacey Musgrave microphone and a copy of Dungeons and Dragons: Dragon Magazine Volume 1. This year’s Giving Tuesday campaign will be supporting a variety of charity organizations including MusiCares, The V Foundation, The Tony Hawk Foundation, The Malala Fund, Extra Life and more.

Charitable giving on the platform is on the rise. To date, eBay for Charity has more than 83,500 global charities registered on platform – up 26% year-over-year – and is enabling $211 every minute in charity funding by eBay buyers and sellers, an increase of almost 10% compared to last year. Through eBay for Charity, 100 percent of funds raised go back to the intended nonprofits.

“We know consumers are increasingly shopping with purpose and for this holiday season, we’re excited to be offering an incredible selection of must-have items and experiences that will make great gifts for everyone on your list,” said Brenda Halkias, General Manager, eBay for Charity. “eBay for Charity provides an opportunity to support causes that you care about! And, in addition to buying or bidding on an item, we have a lot of different ways for buyers, sellers and charities to get involved this Giving Tuesday.”

eBay for Charity’s Giving Tuesday items and experiences include:

GRAMMY Holidays to support MusiCares & The GRAMMY Museum

  • 62nd GRAMMY ® Awards Platinum Tickets + After-Party Passes + Hotel For Two

  • 62nd GRAMMY® Awards VIP Seat Filler Experience for Two (2) + Hotel

  • Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood & More Signed Epiphone Guitar

  • Jonas Brothers Signed Gibson Melody Maker Guitar + Gig Bag

  • Kacey Musgraves Signed Shure SM58 Microphone

  • Sam Smith Signed & Framed "Stay With Me" Sheet Music

ESPN Kicks Beat Cancer benefitting The V Foundation

  • Magic Johnson Signed Converse

  • Anna Wintour Air Jordan III "AWOK" with signed box

  • Alex Morgan Signed Phantom Venom Nike Grip Shoes

  • Kim Kardashian West Signed Yeezys

Tony Hawk Foundation Auction

  • Star Wars Celebration 2015 items, Chewbacca #1-5, + Photo signed by Peter Mayhew

  • Custom One-of-a-Kind Nixon Watch Made from Tony Hawk's Skateboard Ltd. Edition

  • Autographed Tony Hawk Dynacraft Park Series 720 Boys BMX Freestyle Bike 24"

  • Cal Ripken Jr. Signed Batting Helmet Baseball Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles

  • Autographed Signed Team USA soccer jersey by legend Mia Hamm

Plus much, much more

  • Signed, leather-bound first edition of 'I am Malala' — number 7 of 10 benefitting The Malala Fund

  • Dungeons & Dragons: 18" Belaphoss Statue – Extra Life

  • 2 Tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at NBC Studios in New York City benefitting The Sag Harbor Cinema Restoration Project

  • 2 Tickets to The Chainsmokers’ show in Vegas benefitting YES - Youth Emerging Stronger

  • Lunch with Queen Sugar star, Bianca Lawson in Los Angeles benefitting The Innocent Project

In addition to the exclusive items and experiences from celebrities and athletes, there are many other ways to give back and shop with purpose this holiday season through eBay for Charity:

  • Buy a Gift That Gives Back and support favorite causes with symbolic gifts ranging from $10 to $100. Causes included in the program:  the fight against cancer, animal protection and services, child welfare, disaster relief, poverty and hunger relief

  • Buyers can give a donation at checkout

  • Sellers can donate a portion of their sales

  • Purchase one of the millions of charity listings on ebay.com/charityshop every day (when shopping on eBay look for the gold and blue charity ribbon for items that benefit charity)

Other eBay for Charity markets are also celebrating Giving Tuesday with unique auctions and initiatives including:

  • eBay UK will donate 5p from every transaction on 12/3 to The Prince’s Trust

  • eBay Italy has partnered with Associazione Italiana di Fundraising to sell some of their unique Giving Tuesday merchandise through their eBay store

  • eBay Spain has unveiled an art auction with art created by international artists Margarita Gil Granero, Alvar Suñol, Pujol Boira and Robert Vandereycken, in collaboration with The Josep Carreras Foundation

  • eBay Germany has partnered with Obdachslosenfest to auction unique items including a signed guitar from Tim Bendzko and a signed shield from the movie “Sissi und die wilden Kaiser“,signed by Bully Herbig. In addition, if any shopper buys something warm such as a hat, gloves or sleeping bag, €1 euro will be donated to Bahnhofsmission.

United Airlines Pledges Millions of Miles to Non-Profits on Giving Tuesday

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 7:05pm

United Airlines continues its successful Miles on a Mission campaign this Giving Tuesday by pledging to match customer donations up to a total of 10 million MileagePlus® miles to featured Miles on a Mission partners. The campaign is a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform that gives customers a simple, and easy way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel. Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of The Points Guy, will kick off a holiday donation drive today in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport by meeting and encouraging MileagePlus members to donate miles to the effort.

The inaugural round of Miles on a Mission assisted 12 charity campaigns, which raised more than 11 million MileagePlus miles in just 28 days. MileagePlus members can now visit united.com/donate to make contributions to non-profit organizations in need of air travel.

“As our customers begin to think about ways to give back this holiday season, we are proud to offer more options to use miles in support of causes and charities that are meaningful to our customers,” said Sharon Grant, vice president and chief community engagement officer at United Airlines. “We know many of our customers are looking to make a difference and we want to give them opportunities to make the giving of their miles go even further. Donating miles is a powerful way to contribute to an organization."

The following non-profit organizations are participating in the Giving Tuesday campaign:

  • A Walk on Water

    • Surf Therapy organization serving families of children with unique needs by offering transformative experiences at the beach.

  • Compass to Care

    • Chicago-based organization that assists children suffering from cancer with travel to receive life-saving cancer treatment.  Thirty percent of children diagnosed with cancer do not have treatment options within 60 miles of their homes.

  • The Extra Mile

    • Chicago-based organization that gives flights to those in need of visiting terminally ill loved ones, who cannot otherwise afford the trip to say their final goodbyes.

  • I AM ALS

    • I AM ALS is uniting patients, advocates, and the scientific community to reshape public understanding of ALS, provide key resources to the community to fight ALS, and empower them to lead the search for treatments and cures for this currently terminal disease. 

  • PeaceJam

    • A global peace organization teaching young people the skills they need to tackle today’s most pressing issues. Your miles will support youth to work directly with PeaceJam’s 14 Nobel Peace Laureates at summits around world. 

  • Rainbow Railroad

    • Organization that helps those who identify as LGBTQI seek asylum from their countries of origin. They will use the miles they raise to book flights for individuals they are helping to travel to safety.

  • The Station Foundation

    • Organization committed to protecting and empowering U.S. Special Operations veterans returning from combat, their spouses, families and Gold Star children. 

  • Up2Us Sports

    • Organization that works to engage, train and support sports coaches to serve as mentors and role models to youth in underserved communities all across America.

Eligible charities can apply for the opportunity to launch a 28-day rotation to raise miles for their organization through MileagePlus member donations. Approved charities will work with United to reach goals of raising between 250,000 and 5 million miles. Organizations looking to launch a campaign can visit the Miles on a Mission website for full application details.

 

Every customer. Every flight. Every day.

In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, this year United:

  • Announced that MileagePlus award miles will never expire

  • Gave Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights

  • Made DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft

  • Released a new version of the award-winning, most downloaded app in the airline industry

  • Launched a new tool called ConnectionSaver, dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights

  • Partnered with CLEAR on free or discounted memberships for MileagePlus members

  • Announced PlusPoints, new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members

  • And introduced products in its amenity kits made exclusively for the airline by luxury skincare line Sunday Riley

About United

United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 358 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 788 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express partners operate 560 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26-member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

Canadian Securities Institute, a Moody's Analytics Company, Launches Initiative to Promote Better Financial Health for Seniors

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 7:05pm

The Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), a Moody’s Analytics company, is pleased to announce the launch of its Financial Health for Seniors project. Through this initiative, CSI will equip financial advisors with free resources for advising seniors and their families.

“Seniors form an increasingly large and important group of clients for financial advisors in Canada, possessing diverse and distinctive priorities,” said Marie Muldowney, Managing Director of CSI. “All investors face money management challenges, but seniors may also be challenged with complicated family situations, elder abuse, and cognitive decline. Our new initiative helps ensure these clients get the support they need from our designation holders to manage their savings and wealth in the face of these and other potential obstacles.”

Over the next 20 years, Canada's population of seniors aged 65 and older is expected to grow by 68%. By 2030, this demographic could represent 23% of Canada’s total population.

To understand the issues financial advisors in Canada face when advising seniors, CSI sought feedback from a representative sample of its 9,000 designation holders. Many of the respondents indicated that they find it difficult to recognize and properly handle the unique challenges facing their senior clients.

The Financial Health for Seniors initiative will address these challenges by providing advisors with free resources through:

  • dedicated website for advisors to access resources tailored for seniors and their families

  • A series of webinars covering the issues facing advisors when working with seniors in their client practice

Overseeing this project is an Advisory Council and a Content Committee comprising CSI designation holders who advise seniors on a daily basis. Several also work with non-profit organizations that serve seniors.

“As a director of the board for Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and financial planner, I am well aware of the challenges faced by financial services professionals in providing guidance to Canadian seniors and their families,” said Tiffany Harding, Vice President, Wealth Planning at Gluskin Sheff and member of the CSI Financial Health for Seniors Advisory Council. “CSI is well positioned to reach the broadest network of advisors and provide them with relevant resources. It is an honour for me and the other members involved to contribute to this important initiative.”

“I am very pleased to participate on the Advisory Council and to be able to bring more than 20 years of financial services experience with senior clients to CSI’s Financial Health for Seniors project," said Daniel Plouffe, Director Wealth Solutions, Sun Life. "It is essential that financial advisors understand the mindset of their clients, who need to make important decisions on their hard-earned savings. This initiative will certainly help designation holders from coast to coast support our seniors in their quest for long-term financial security."

The Financial Health for Seniors initiative represents an important pillar of CSI’s commitment to promoting fairness and responsibility within Canada’s financial community. It is an equally important priority for Moody’s corporate social responsibility as part of its goal to empower people with the knowledge, resources and confidence they need to create a better future - for themselves, their communities and the environment. The Financial Health for Seniors initiative aligns with Moody’s signature financial empowerment initiative, Reshape Tomorrow™.

Click here to learn more about CSI’s Financial Health for Seniors initiative.

About CSI

The Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), is Canada’s leading provider of financial services education and credentials. CSI offers more than 170 courses, such as the well-known Canadian Securities Course (CSC®), twelve certificate programs, five renowned and specialized financial designations, the PFP®, CIM®, CIWM , MTI®, and the Fellow of CSI (FCSI®). CSI is the primary provider of regulatory courses and examinations for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada’s (IIROC) and is accredited by several Canadian securities and insurance regulators. CSI operates as a Moody’s Analytics company. For more information, please visit www.csi.ca.

About Moody’s Analytics

Moody’s Analytics provides financial intelligence and analytical tools to help business leaders make better, faster decisions. Our deep risk expertise, expansive information resources, and innovative application of technology help our clients confidently navigate an evolving marketplace. We are known for our industry-leading and award-winning solutions, made up of research, data, software, and professional services, assembled to deliver a seamless customer experience. We create confidence in thousands of organizations worldwide, with our commitment to excellence, open mindset approach, and focus on meeting customer needs. For more information about Moody’s Analytics, visit our website or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Moody's Analytics, Inc. is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO). Moody’s Corporation reported revenue of $4.4 billion in 2018, employs approximately 10,900 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 44 countries.

Contact

Katerina Soumilova
1 212 553 1177
Moody’s Analytics Media Relations

National Grid Urges U.S. to Stay in the Paris Agreement

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 7:05pm

National Grid is publicly advocating for the United States to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. This new step in the company’s longstanding support for the agreement follows the beginning of the United States’ formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in November. The withdrawal process, if it moves forward, would be complete at this time next year.

"The scale and potential impact of the climate crisis has never been more real,” said John Pettigrew, CEO of National Grid. “At National Grid, we know we have a critical role in the acceleration toward a cleaner future and are committed to playing our part. The promise of the Paris Agreement is one of a just and prosperous world – something that can only be achieved through a collective effort of business, unions, and governments that places climate action at the heart of everything we do.”

National Grid has fully supported the Paris Climate Agreement — and its goal of limiting global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — from the agreement’s inception. The company also recently announced an ambition to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 across their US and UK businesses. National Grid’s ambitions are in line with their commitment to helping their communities deeply decarbonize economywide in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

To see the Joint Labor Union and CEO Statement on the Paris Agreement, signed by Pettigrew, please click here.

About National Grid
 
National Grid (NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, please visit our website, follow us on Twitterwatch us on YouTube, like us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram

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JetBlue and JFK Millennium Partners Select New York-based Private Equity Investor – American Triple I as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) Financing Partner for Terminals 6 and 7 Redevelopment Project at New York’s JFK International Airport

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:05pm

JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) in partnership with JFK Millennium Partners (JMP), recently announced a new investment partner— infrastructure investor American Triple I Partners, a 100% minority-owned and managed business enterprise (MWBE).

Following a request for proposals to the investment community and competitive selection process, JetBlue and JMP selected American Triple I Partners (ATI) as a 30 percent equity investor in the project. Based in New York, ATI is a developer and manager of infrastructure assets with decades of experience in project development and finance. 

This new partnership is an important early step toward achieving New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 30 percent MWBE participation goal at all phases of the multi-billion dollar transformation of JFK Airport.

JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline® with a significant presence at JFK, was designated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build a 1.2 million square foot terminal featuring up to 12 international gates, approximately 74,000 square feet of commercial dining and retail amenities, including lounges and recreational space.

JetBlue is working with JMP, a private consortium comprised of Vantage Airport Group - an industry leading airport investor, developer and manager known for leadership roles at more than 30 airports in its 25-year history (including the new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport), and RXR Realty - an industry leader in developing multi-billion dollar projects across the New York region. The consortium offers significant experience in fostering growth and talent through MWBE outreach and compliance.

“With their vast investment and leadership experience and commitment to community partnership, we are proud to welcome American Triple I Partners to the team,” said Lisa Reifer, Vice President Infrastructure, Properties and Development, JetBlue. “ATI’s participation strengthens and diversifies the JetBlue/JMP Partnership to the benefit of this world-class terminal project.”   

With the new partnership in place, American Triple I will focus its efforts on investing and managing funds for the project from traditional institutional investors and minority and female investors, as well as helping lead the project’s community engagement initiatives.

“The modernization of JFK Airport is transformational for New York City, providing an opportunity to reimagine one of the most important gateways in the world,” said American Triple I CEO David J. Cibrian. “As partners in the redevelopment of JFK Terminals 6 and 7, American Triple I looks forward to bringing real value to the project through our experienced team of infrastructure development and fund management professionals.” 

The multi-billion dollar plan to transform JFK into a unified, world-class gateway will continue to offer compelling opportunities for MWBE involvement in all elements and stages of the project, from investment to construction, concession and operations contracts, offering local employment and community involvement opportunities.

With a significant presence at JFK and its home in Long Island City, JetBlue is the only major commercial airline based in New York City and New York State. JetBlue’s home terminal (T5) at JFK is the newest terminal at JFK and focuses on delivering the award-winning JetBlue experience.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of more than 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com

About American Triple I

American Triple I Partners is a New York-based developer and manager of infrastructure assets.  The firm makes equity investments in U.S. transportation, knowledge and information, and smart city projects.  The firm’s professionals have decades of experience in project development and finance. For more information please visit tripleipartners.com. 

About JFK Millennium Partners

JFK Millennium Partners (JMP) is the preferred development partner selected by JetBlue in March 2018 to advance the airline’s Terminals 6 and 7 redevelopment project at JFK International Airport. JMP is composed of Vantage Airport Group, an industry leading investor, developer and manager of award-winning global airport projects, and RXR Realty, a leading New York-based real estate operating and development company. For more information, visit vantageairportgroup.com and rxrrealty.com.

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JetBlue Corporate Communications +1 (718) 709-3089 corpcomm@jetblue.com Butler Associates for American Triple I Partners +1 (646) 213-1369 jfink@butlerassociates.com

Atonix Digital, McEnery Automation Team Up to Broaden Reach of APM Software

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:05pm

Atonix Digital has partnered with St. Louis-based McEnery Automation to resell Atonix Digital’s line of asset performance management (APM) products and solutions powered by the ASSET360® analytics platform.

Atonix Digital is extending its partner network to provide transformational data analytics and APM software to asset-intensive industries. Teaming with McEnery Automation and its spectrum of clients extends reach into food and beverage industry interests, consumer product manufacturers, water and wastewater treatment operations, pharmaceutical companies, and petroleum and chemical processors. This agreement enables McEnery Automation to expand its software portfolio, strengthen existing client relationships, and increase its customer base.

Atonix Digital develops and sells a portfolio of APM products and solutions powered by the ASSET360 platform. This secure, cloud-based platform provides an analytics solution to improve processes ranging from health-monitoring of critical assets, preventing failures, and improving operational efficiency at asset-heavy facilities that range from large power generation and industrial facilities to water and wastewater treatment plants. McEnery Automation helps clients use automated systems to optimize their capital assets.

“Data analytics transforms companies by taking the guesswork out of planning and operation,” said Paul McRoberts, Atonix Digital’s president. “Partnering with McEnery Automation helps us expand into new markets and showcases the power of data to propel asset-intensive companies into the Industry 4.0 era.”

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” added Michael McEnery, McEnery Automation’s president. “Especially now, when asset data is generated on networked systems in staggering volumes. We’re eager to show our clients how these tools can help optimize their asset performance and grow their businesses.”

Pressured by limited capital, rising customer expectations, and growing commitments to sustainability and reducing resource consumption, organizations increasingly are adopting data analytics to improve all aspects of the infrastructure lifecycle. To help address these challenges, Atonix Digital’s integrated portfolio is built around five core products – risk assessment, investment planning, program management, performance analysis, and monitoring and diagnostics. The ASSET360 platform helps drive innovation across the entire infrastructure lifecycle through its modular, extensible architecture, and its seamless integration of functions and tasks across all products.

About Atonix Digital 
Atonix Digital develops and offers a portfolio of products that help simplify asset performance management by putting your data to work – to optimize performance, improve reliability and efficiency, detect emerging risks and provide an easily justifiable return on your investment. Atonix Digital is a Black & Veatch subsidiary. Visit www.atonix.com for more information.

About McEnery Automation 
McEnery Automation, with a range of automated content systems for companies in various industries, helps clients gain a competitive advantage through the strategic use of automated systems to optimize the performance of their capital assets. McEnery Automation has successfully engineered solutions in-process controls and batch and blending systems that streamline production and improve efficiency for numerous clients. For more details, see www.mceneryautomation.com.

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Maine University Team Awarded $250,000 Grant to Create Sustainable Food Solution

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:05pm

The University of Maine Farmington (UMF), The University of Maine Presque Isle (UMPI), and Food Services Provider Sodexo was one of only six teams to win the 2019 New England Food Vision Prize Award.  The $250,000 prize will go toward increasing the amount of locally sourced food on campus menus.

The awards, given out by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, invites food service leaders from the region’s 200 college and university campuses; today the Foundation announced six teams of winners representing 16 campuses. Each of the six teams of winners will receive an award of up to $250,000 to begin implementation of their project.

“We are immensely proud of being selected as co-recipients of the 2019 Food Vision Prize by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation This initiative brings our Universities and our strategic partners to the table for a vital, common purpose, to increase access to sustainable, locally produced food year-round, and in doing so, improve the quality of life for Maine citizens,” said University of Maine at Farmington President Edward Serna and University of Maine at Presque Isle President Raymond J. Rice.

The Maine University Team, led by food service provider Sodexo and in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Maine-based food producer Jasper Wyman & Son (Wyman’s), will endeavor to develop vegetable freezing capability in Maine, which represents a first-in-the-area opportunity to meet demand for locally sourced and processed product at a price the local market can afford. Vegetables that are sustainably grown in New England will be sold into institutional markets and will also enhance nutrition in hunger relief channels, capitalizing on the Food Bank’s existing network as well as distribution routes to the K-12 market.

“We are excited by the possibilities and the opportunity to expand access to Maine-grown products throughout the year,” stated Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The New England Food Vision Prize is designed to accelerate progress towards the New England Food Vision, a bold vision that calls for our region to produce at least 50% of our food by 2060, while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. The Prize is designed to support ideas that result in higher procurement of regional food by institutions, more regional food on campus menus, and increased demand for regional food by students while on campus and beyond the campus as alumnae.

“Sodexo is committed to partnering with our clients to identify and create sustainable food solutions that will benefit our customers and communities in which we serve,” said Phil Harty, senior vice president, Sodexo Universities North America. “We are excited to partner with UMF, UMPI, Good Shepherd Food Bank and Wyman’s in seeking to provide fresh vegetables year-round.”

Ideas for the Prize were required to be collaborative, meaning winning ideas had to represent two or more campuses working together. Ideas also had to be replicable and sustainable, applicable outside of the specific contextual factors of one campus or one period of time. Applicants also had to demonstrate how they would measure impact, and include elements of movement-building, such as growing demand or knowledge around regionally produced food.

“We are thrilled to have sparked such interest and creative thinking within just two short years,” said Foundation Executive Director Andrew Kendall. “The winning teams and their partners are leveraging their purchasing clout in the marketplace together with engaging their students to create the consistent, long-term demand that local farmers, fishers, and ranchers need to sustain and grow their operations.  We believe that the ideas represented by this year’s winners reflect the kind of ingenuity needed to build a healthier, sustainable food system in New England.”

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation is a New England philanthropic enterprise that is part of a strong and rapidly expanding network aiming to create a resilient and healthy New England food system.

For a full list of prize winners, please visit kendall.org/prize.

CONTACT
Dasha Ross-Smith +1 (202) 695-0505 Dasha.ross-smith@sodexo.com Sodexo PR April Mulherin +1 (207) 778-7081 april.mulherin@maine.edu University of Maine at Farmington

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