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“I Really Felt Like I Had a Duty to Come Back.”

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

“I really felt like I had a duty to come back.”— Dr. Ed Kuffner, Chief Medical Officer, Consumer Health, Johnson & Johnson, who recently returned to the emergency room at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Kuffner’s inspiring act was made possible as part of the J&J COVID-19 Medical Personnel Leave Policy, which allows employees to donate their time and expertise on the frontlines.

Watch here to learn more about Dr. Kuffner’s firsthand experience on the frontlines as he recounts it to NBC News.

About Johnson & Johnson
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Learn more at www.jnj.com. Follow us at @JNJNews.

Originally published on LinkedIn

Expanding Our COVID-19 Relief Response for #GivingTuesdayNow

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on people, businesses, and charities around the world, from individuals caring for sick family members, to hospital workers on the front lines, to local small businesses struggling to stay afloat. We’re experiencing unprecedented disruption to every facet of life during these uncertain times.  

In the face of many hardships, the outpouring of grassroots generosity and giving from around the world has been truly inspiring. We are seeing acts of kindness across our platform and throughout our community of employees, partners, and customers.    

The pandemic has demonstrated the need for collaboration and leadership across industries, geographies, and sectors. At PayPal we’re working to do our part to support the needs of our employees, we’ve leveraged our platform to enable relief for our small business customers, assisted governments in providing needed small business loans and stimulus payments, and we’ve enabled global giving and made contributions to relief efforts on the front lines of the pandemic. We’re also working with businesses and organizations who are raising relief funds in new ways, including Live Nation’s Crew Nation fundraising campaign and Spotify’s Artist Fundraising Pick.

Today, we’re continuing our support for COVID-19 relief by joining with partners and organizations around the world to amplify and support #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, a new global day of giving and unity.

At a time when we are all navigating the disruption and impact of the pandemic, acts of generosity and kindness are bringing people of all races, faiths, and political views closer together across the globe. Even as we practice physical distancing, this generosity brings us closer together.

In this spirit of generosity, whether you need help or want to help, we’re working to provide ways to show your support for COVID-19 relief, and join the global effort on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow. 

Donate to COVID-19 Relief Efforts: 

Together with PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal has launched COVID-19 fundraising campaigns in 12 markets (and growing) to support organizations educating the public, preventing new infections, and assisting with recovery. Customers can donate here or in the PayPal app today. PayPal covers all processing costs, ensuring that 100% of your donation will support charities providing relief and recovery efforts. 

Donate Credit Card Rewards to Give Back: 

New research commissioned by PayPal has revealed that nearly half of Americans enrolled in a credit card rewards program (49%) say they are likely to donate to a charitable cause during the pandemic.1 #GivingTuesdayNow is a prime opportunity for people looking to give back in a new and unique way by using credit card rewards.  

To enable more people to give back on #GivingTuesdayNow, PayPal has expanded its Pay with Rewards feature enabling customers to use their credit card rewards points to donate to support the causes they care about most, including COVID-19 relief efforts. Customers with eligible credit cards from American Express, Citi, and Discover will be able to donate their rewards to support any charity enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund through the PayPal checkout flow – with their points balance converted to the equivalent dollar donation amount automatically. To donate your rewards points to COVID-19 relief efforts, you can head to PayPal’s COVID-19 fundraising campaign, or head to PayPal Giving Fund to find other charities to support. To find out more about Pay With Rewards, click here

How it works: 

  • Add a participating card to your account with PayPal. If you already have eligible cards linked to your account, make sure your rewards are linked. 

  • Head to PayPal Giving Fund or a PayPal Giving Fund campaign, like the COVID-19 Fundraiser, and select a charity to support.  

  • When you're ready to make your donation, select your preferred rewards program and use your points to complete the transaction.

Giving doesn’t have to cost money: Volunteer virtually with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women  

PayPal is also partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which enables virtual mentoring sessions for women entrepreneurs around the world. Learn more about donating your time and making a difference in the lives of people especially hard hit by the pandemic. 

Give at Checkout: Make a small donation while shopping online

With online shopping increasing while shelter-in-place orders are in effect, you can integrate giving into your everyday shopping. Look for the option to donate $1 at checkout when your check out with PayPal, adding a small donation to make a big difference – people have already donated over $350k at checkout to support COVID-19 relief efforts, with more than 2 million individual donations in 2019. You can set your favorite charity in your PayPal profile to confirm the charity that you’ll see, or PayPal will suggest a charity supporting COVID-19 relief efforts during this time.  

Collect Money for Those in Need

If you’d like to collect money to buy groceries for high-risk populations, or to pay bills for someone struggling to make ends meet you can create a personalized PayPal.Me link. Sharing the link will help others know it’s you they’re paying, so you can easily gather and distribute funds to those in need*.

*Sending and receiving funds requires an account with PayPal   

For Nonprofits: Activate your donor base on May 5th

If you are a nonprofit looking to join the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, visit their website for resources to get started. And if you’re not set up to receive donations online, click here.

For Small Businesses

Visit this online hub to learn more about how PayPal is supporting small businesses during this time, and click here to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program.   

Ideas for Large Businesses: Partner Fundraising & Payouts

As companies seek new ways to engage with customers and support relief efforts, PayPal is actively partnering with them to enable innovative giving opportunities for their customers. Our Partner Fundraising Platform enables businesses to integrate giving into their sites and offers consumers opportunities to support the organizations they choose across the internet and on PayPal’s website and app.

Cox Joins Local Organizations to Support Georgia Gives Day

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

Cox Enterprises is sponsoring Georgia Gives Day, an event organized by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) on Giving Tuesday Now, the global day of giving developed in emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  

Today, the GCN will host a Giving Tuesday Now Facebook Livestream at noon (EST) to highlight several of Georgia’s nonprofits that sustain communities around the state. The livestream will broadcast messages and programming produced by hundreds of Georgia’s nonprofits.  

Along with the Cox-owned Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Cox Enterprises joins several corporate partners including the Coca-Cola Foundation, Chick-fil-A, Mercedes-Benz and more to encourage Georgians to donate to local causes or organizations. On the Georgia Gives website, GAgives.org, donors can easily search for nonprofits and causes they care about — and donate within minutes.   

“Our communities need us more than ever and we’re proud to rally together with the AJC and other local companies to make a meaningful impact. This pandemic has radically changed so many lives here in Georgia and we are honored to play a role in supporting the community,” said Maury Wolfe, AVP of corporate responsibility and public affairs at Cox Enterprises.  

“There are so many organizations in Georgia that are experiencing unprecedented need right now,” said Donna Hall, publisher of the AJC. “Supporting the community and bringing awareness to this kind of local fundraising is core to who we are, and we can’t wait to see the outcome of Georgia Gives Day.”  

In addition to sponsoring Georgia Gives Day, the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, is supporting the Feed the Frontline initiative for Giving Tuesday Now. Feed the Frontline, a program established by the James M. Cox Foundation and Emory Healthcare, provides meals to Atlanta’s frontline workers. Learn more and donate at http://feedthefrontline.emory.edu/. 

Giving Tuesday, which typically takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of generosity and charitable contributions. With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the increased need in communities across the world, a new Giving Tuesday — Giving Tuesday Now — will take place on May 5. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow across social media.  

Learn more about the global movement at Now.GivingTuesday.org

About Cox Enterprises 
Cox Enterprises is dedicated to building a better future through our leading communications, automotive and media companies. Our major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Automotive, and we are strategically investing in new industries and emerging technologies, with sizeable interests in clean technology and health care. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Cox is a global company with $21 billion in annual revenues and brands that include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Cox Homelife. Founded in 1898 by Ohio Governor James M. Cox, the company is a family-owned business committed to its people, communities and planet. To learn more about Cox, visit coxenterprises.com, view our Sustainability Report at coxcsrreport.com, or follow us on Twitter via @CoxEnterprises or @AlexTaylor_Cox

Bechtel Group Foundation Establishes Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund in Partnership with GlobalGiving

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

The Bechtel Group Foundation will donate $3 million to communities across the world coping with the coronavirus pandemic, in partnership with the crowdfounding nonprofit GlobalGiving. The newly established Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund will support local nonprofit organizations that provide vital services to people in areas where Bechtel Corporation maintains offices and project sites.

"This gift is the largest disaster response in the Bechtel Group Foundation's 66-year history," said Bechtel Chairman and CEO Brendan Bechtel. "These gifts will help local nonprofit organizations respond to urgent needs such as food, emergency financial assistance, and physical and mental health services."

The Bechtel Group Foundation selected GlobalGiving as its partner because of the organization’s innovative approach to connecting philanthropic organizations with humanitarian needs around the world. GlobalGiving’s network will enable the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to immediately activate in support of suffering communities.  

GlobalGiving will distribute more than $2 million from the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to local charitable organizations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, India, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. (specifically, in the northeast, Southern California, and the Gulf Coast).

The Bechtel Group Foundation will award $750,000 in direct grants from the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to charitable organizations in smaller U.S. communities that are the home to large Bechtel projects, such as:

In addition, the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund will support charitable organizations in the following communities: Glendale, Ariz., Pueblo, Colo., Dover Plains, New York, Wellsville, Ohio, and Houston, Texas.

About GlobalGiving:

GlobalGiving is the first and largest crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, companies, and donors around the world. Across 170 countries GlobalGiving transforms giving to accelerate community-led change, making it possible for local organizations to access the tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.

In times of disaster, GlobalGiving relies on its global network of trusted partners to provide real-time updates and alerts from the disaster zone. GlobalGiving’s trust-based grantmaking approach enables local leaders to make the best decisions for their communities. They engage local businesses and government officials in decision-making processes, integrate cultural sensitivities, and involve the appropriate stakeholders as part of a holistic recovery. By prioritizing local leaders and securing community investment, GlobalGiving partners are equipped to respond more efficiently and effectively, stimulate the economy, and align with local values.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers' objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.  

Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. www.bechtel.com

Northern Trust Launches Enhanced ESG Analytics

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) has enhanced its analytical capabilities to provide pension funds and other global institutional investors with heightened insights and transparency over their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk exposures.

The ESG Analytics Summary, prepared by Northern Trust’s Investment Risk and Analytical Services group, provides investors with periodic snapshot analysis across their equity and corporate bond portfolios – setting out investment ‘scores’ against a range of ESG factors, United Nation’s (UN) Global Compact principles and business activity flags.

This detailed analysis enables investors to track changes in a fund’s ESG profile over time, compare results on an absolute and relative basis, and compare asset managers’ scores against each other. These insights are generated by combining Northern Trust’s extensive global custody asset information with data provided in partnership with information services provider IdealRatings.

Institutions can use the resulting data to support their governance and oversight objectives – for example, providing evidence of their ESG scores and exposures and supporting adherence to regulatory requirements and global standards. It can be used to facilitate discussions with their investment managers and manage potential stakeholder concerns and reputational risk.

ESG analytics can also supplement traditional investment analytics – providing a more holistic view of investment risks, exposures and opportunities. For example, during volatile market conditions, understanding the strength of a company’s governance structures and processes can give investors a timely and more complete picture of its resiliency.

Serge Boccassini, product lead, Investment Accounting and Analytic Solutions at Northern Trust, said: “ESG rules play a heightened role in global investor considerations, with institutions increasingly seeking to integrate sustainability factors into their portfolios. To achieve that effectively, it is vital they understand their investment risks. Our analysis provides insights into clients’ ESG exposures to help them identify financial risks and opportunities – and help ensure their investments continue to be aligned with their values.”

Mohamed Donia, CEO of IdealRatings, said: “We are delighted to partner with Northern Trust to provide insights into global investors’ portfolio exposures. The ESG Analytics Summary provides enhanced transparency to help investors avoid companies that pose a greater financial risk due to their ESG practices – as well as satisfy regulatory requirements and meet global standards.”

Northern Trust’s Investment Risk & Analytical Services group provides asset owners and asset managers around the world with innovative analytical solutions, supporting over US$5 trillion (as at 31 December 2019) in assets under measurement. With consultants in Chicago, London, Singapore and Melbourne, the group provides performance measurement, risk analysis and investment compliance monitoring – enabling clients to gain greater insights into their investments for more informed decision making.

Northern Trust's Investment Risk and Analytical Services ESG analytics are complemented by the extensive capabilities of its asset management business. Entrusted with US$975 billion of investor assets, Northern Trust Asset Management has more than 30 years of sustainable investing expertise and innovation, has been a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investment since 2009, and manages four of the top 10 largest Sustainable Investing index funds globally (source: eVestment data as of December 31, 2019).

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 22 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 22 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2020, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US $10.9 trillion, and assets under management of US $1.1 trillion. For more than 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/terms-and-conditions.

About IdealRatings

IdealRatings, incorporated in San Francisco, is a global solutions provider for Responsible Investments. Its database solutions for Equities, REITs, and Fixed Income are aimed at global investment managers and asset owners. IdealRatings solutions are licensed by leading financial institutions, asset managers, index providers, data vendors and brokerage firms in over 25 countries across all continents. Visit IdealRatings’s website at www.idealratings.com

This material is directed to professional clients only and is not intended for retail clients. For Asia-Pacific markets, it is directed to expert, institutional, professional and wholesale investors only and should not be relied upon by retail clients or investors.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. This material is provided for informational purposes only. Information is not intended to be and should not be construed as an offer, solicitation or recommendation with respect to any transaction and should not be treated as legal advice, investment advice or tax advice.

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CDP Recognizes Comprehensive Sustainability Program at NRG

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

Originally published by NRG

Our recognition as a leader in environmental stewardship by CDP brings us great honor.  Achieving an A- rating in Climate Change, Water Security, and Supplier Engagement, this designation affirms that our continued dedication to our sustainability program is signaling change across our sector and places NRG at the forefront of what is possible for our industry.

Why is this recognition so critical? CDP is a global non-profit organization that drives companies and cities to measure and understand their environmental impact through disclosure and environmental action. The result is a database of information used by investors worldwide to drive movement towards a more sustainable economy. In 2020, 515 investors with $106 trillion in assets and 147+ large purchasers with over $4 trillion in procurement spend requested thousands of companies to disclose their environmental data through CDP.¹ More than 8,400 companies reported environmental data to CDP in 2019, making it the largest corporate environmental disclosure project in the world.²

“Acknowledgment of our efforts is an important measure and benchmark of our current initiatives’ success as we enter our next phase of climate action both internally and across our industry.” said Laurel Peacock, Director of Sustainability at NRG.  “Transparency is a critical component in creating action toward a sustainable economy and CDP plays an important role in communicating our progress to key stakeholders.”

We view sustainability as a lens through which we ensure long-term value creation for all of our stakeholders. To accomplish this, we have developed five pillars to serve as the framework for embedding corporate sustainability into each facet of our organization—Business, Operations, Customers, Suppliers, and Workplace. This structure ensures that we work across the organization to manage key environmental, social, and governance issues. Some initiatives that were integral to our receiving the CDP leadership designation include:

  • Reducing absolute GHG emissions—41% since 2014

  • Reevaluating and recalibrating our science-based targets—50% reduction by 2025, net-zero by 2050

  • Integrating governing practices to oversee collective actions—board oversight through the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2016

This is the second consecutive year for NRG to be designated as a leader in climate change. Our score makes us one of the top twenty-two companies in the Electric Utilities sector globally, and one of the top six companies in the North American Electric Utilities sector. Our water security ranking also places us at the top of the Electric Utilities sector, making us one of the ten highest-ranked companies in the sector globally and one of four in the North American sector.³

We are also pleased with the acknowledgment from CDP for our leadership in Supplier Engagement. This recognition is based on our engagement with our suppliers regarding climate risk, and their adoption of best practices—placing us in the top 23% in our sector.⁴ Some of our supply chain initiatives include enhancing the ways we select suppliers, developing strong manufacturing standards and internal policies, and promoting environmental disclosure practices for those we do business with. The importance we place on supply chain transparency has also led us to pursue external collaboration with other companies in our sector. We are proud to be a founding member of the Natural Gas Supply Collaborative (NGSC), a voluntary collaborative of natural gas purchasers promoting increased transparency through voluntary reporting by natural gas producers.

Achieving leadership designation in these three CDP categories reaffirms for us the value and effectiveness of managing climate change through information transparency.  We see CDP as complementary to other disclosure frameworks and standards we follow, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

It is with the help of CDP’s evaluation, the guidance of our partnerships, and our continued commitment to climate action that we have achieved this leadership designation. With confidence and passion, we will continue to do our part to achieve a clean energy future for us all.

HP Announces the World’s Most Sustainable PC Portfolio

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

As a business community and as a society, we are at our best when we come together to solve tough problems and enable social progress. That’s exactly what we’re seeing right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heroes on the frontlines are risking their lives to help others, while governments, companies and individuals are finding ways to lend their support to those in need. We have a long way to go, but the examples being set by so many gives us reasons to believe in our future.  

This same spirit of collective action and shared responsibility are what’s needed to confront other global challenges we face, such as climate change. Just as the pandemic has upended daily life and put people at risk, the environmental challenges we’ll face in the coming years threaten to inflict their own damage. And even as we marshal HP technology and resources to help communities respond to the pandemic, we are not losing sight of the ambitious goals we’ve set to protect our planet.

Sustainability has been part of our DNA since HP was founded more than 80 years ago. Today sustainability is integrated across our entire value chain—including the products we deliver to our customers. In fiscal year 2019 alone, HP won more than $1.6 billion in business due, in part, to our sustainability efforts—a 69 percent increase from the previous year. As we continue to drive toward a circular and low-carbon economy, we are challenging ourselves to deliver innovative solutions that raise the bar on ourselves and our industry.

Today, we reached a milestone on this journey by announcing that HP has the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio.[i] This announcement emphasizes HP’s focus on not just setting ambitious corporate goals, but also designing solutions that enable us to protect the planet for future generations.

Taking a leadership position

HP’s claim to having the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio is based on the criteria set out by EPEAT—the most comprehensive, measurable, and transparent eco-label in the IT industry. Administered by the Green Electronics Council, the EPEAT program provides independent verification of a manufacturer’s products based on sustainability criteria, including product energy efficiency, recycled materials usage, product longevity, design for product end of life, and product packaging.

Today, HP has 38 Gold and 268 Silver EPEAT-registered products in more than 19 countries—more than any other company in the IT industry. Many of our most demanding customers around the world look for EPEAT-registered products when making purchasing decisions that support their own sustainability goals they are working to achieve.

But what makes our PC portfolio the most sustainable goes well beyond meeting EPEAT criteria. For example, as part of our Design for Sustainability program, we are finding innovative ways to increase the amount and type of recycled materials in our products and have set an industry-leading goal to use 30 percent recycled plastic across our Personal Systems and Print portfolio by 2025.

In fact, through a groundbreaking recycling program in Haiti, HP has sourced more than 450 tonnes of ocean-bound plastic bottles for recycling and reuse that might have otherwise washed into the ocean. That’s equal to roughly 35 million bottles that have been processed and used in the manufacture of new HP products and supplies.

Products like the HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise laptop announced today, which is the world’s first Chromebook with ocean-bound plastic and also contains 75 percent recycled aluminum in its top lid, and has a keyboard made from 50 percent recycled plastics. This Chromebook joins a series of HP personal systems products made with ocean-bound plastic, including the HP ZBook Studio, the world’s first mobile workstation with ocean-bound plastics; the HP Elite Dragonfly, the world’s first notebook made with ocean-bound plastic,[ii] and the HP Elite Display E273D, the world’s first display manufactured using ocean-bound plastic.[iii]

And HP has committed to include ocean-bound plastic material in all new HP Elite and HP Pro desktop and laptop products launching in 2020.

Moving beyond our products

Our use of recycled materials doesn’t stop with our products. By thinking holistically, we are innovating new ways to reduce the amount of materials in our accessories and packaging—and to use more recycled materials in their design.

For example, the HP Renew Series includes a backpack, topload, tote, and slim brief made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, while the HP Renew Sleeve, a laptop sleeve, is created with recycled plastic bottles and knit to shape with minimal manufacturing waste. Similarly, our packaging strategy includes a focus on replacing plastic foam with molded pulp packaging where possible and enabling more bulk packaging in order to reduce materials and the environmental impact of shipping.

And we continue our long legacy of developing reuse and recycling programs for our customers that are helping us—and them—properly dispose of products at end of service. Today, we offer recycling and reuse services in 76 countries that enable us to close the loop, keep materials out of landfills, and support a more circular economy.

While we are proud of our accomplishments, we know that tomorrow will bring even greater challenges. We recognize that the bar is continually being raised for HP and other companies within our industry, as customers look for more sustainable solutions. At HP, we are committed to supporting the needs of our customers by delivering technological innovations that help protect the planet for future generations.

Media Contact:

Tom Suiter

[i] Applies to HP PCs, Workstations, and Displays manufactured after January 2019. Based on most Gold and Silver EPEAT® registrations by meeting all required criteria and achieving 50-74% of the optional points for EPEAT® Silver and 75-100% of the optional points for EPEAT® Gold according to IEEE 1680.1-2018 EPEAT®. Status varies by country. Visit www.epeat.net for more information.

[ii] Notebook speaker enclosure component made with 5% ocean bound plastic as of August 2019.

[iii] Display manufactured with 5% ocean bound plastic materials by weight, the equivalent of more than three 16 oz. recycled plastic water bottles.   

SC Johnson Donates More Than $2 Million in Product and Financial Resources to Organizations Across Latin America to Combat COVID-19

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 8:40am

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities worldwide, SC Johnson today announced contributions to organizations across Latin America to assist those on the front lines as well as vulnerable communities as they address the spread of the virus.

“Everyone in our SC Johnson family is committed to supporting those on the front lines of this pandemic and the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are incredibly proud to support organizations across the globe that are providing immediate resources and help to those who need it, and we remain humbled by their efforts.”

Donations are being made to a range of organizations across Latin America, which are supporting efforts to tackle COVID-19. These include:

  • Launching a new line of hand sanitizers in Brazil under the Lysoform® brand and donating more than 300,000 units to health care and community organizations.
  • Partnering with the Red Cross in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico to help the most vulnerable families and communities; delivering humanitarian aid and sanitation campaigns; and buying personal protective equipment, disinfectants and cleaning supplies for health care services.
  • Supporting World Vision in Peru to provide family hygiene, food and handwashing kits.
  • Working with Banco de Alimentos, Fundacion SI, Seamos UNO, Asociación Conciencia, TECHO, Modulo Sanitario and Caritas San Isidro in Argentina to support local organizations buying food and disinfectants for people in need; and helping Hospital Austral in Argentina to develop an Emergency Hospital to support the local Public Health Service for people without health insurance.
  • Partnering with Save the Children in Mexico to educate children on handwashing and sanitation practices; providing kits with basic hygiene products to ensure good practices and home cleaning; and distributing educational materials that promote hygiene through play.
  • Working with Fundación Dequení in Paraguay to buy food and disinfectants for people in need.

SC Johnson has a long legacy of working to improve the lives of families around the globe. The donations in Latin America are part of the company’s $10 million commitment to date to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and to fight the spread of the virus around the world. As a global manufacturer of home cleaning and professional disinfectant products, hand sanitizers and other products, the company continues to explore additional ways to provide product donations and financial resources to both first responders and those most in need.

For more information on how to help protect your family, please visit www.scjohnson.com/covid19 and the CDC’s website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/ 

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 134-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.

Benevity Releases Special 2020 COVID-19 Relief Report as Part of #GivingTuesdayNow

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 8:40am

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today released a special COVID-19 Relief report, Leading with Purpose in Extraordinary Times. The report examines data from over 500 purpose-driven companies between March 1 and April 30, highlighting how businesses are activating their people and communities during a global crisis.

The report reveals five trends that speak loudly to the growing role of companies in driving positive social impacts beyond profits:

  1. Business has been quick to respond, despite economic uncertainty and a looming recession. More than 500 companies and 450,000 of their people drove $640 million in donations, 786,000 volunteer hours, 53,000 small acts of Goodness and 8,648 corporate grants to support 79,000 global causes in just 8 weeks. More companies are activating support initiatives every day.

  2. Community investment budgets are being sustained or boosted. Of the largest 175 companies, 83% indicated no changes to their CSR program budgets and 63% reported the desire to run social impact initiatives or campaigns (or are already running them). Further, many companies are drawing on additional crisis or relief budgets to protect annual budgets dedicated to ongoing employee engagement, community investment and customer marketing programs.

  3. Matching donations is the most common response. 63% of companies engaged their employees, customers and/or the public by matching donations in ratios of up to $5 for every $1 donated, driving greater engagement and participation. Overall donation volume per day was up 36% in March and 134% in the first half of April, with an average of $8.1 million being donated through the Benevity platform every day.

  4. Volunteering has declined, but virtual volunteering is on the rise. Volunteer hours logged through Benevity dropped by 12% in March and 20% in April. This highlights the impact of physical distancing on giving time and talent in traditional ways, and the lag from nonprofits and companies adapting their programs to find more innovative ways for people to volunteer. However, the number of open spots for virtual volunteers has climbed steadily, with 44,000 available opportunities as of March 26th. We expect volunteering to rebound as this trend continues.

  5. The types of causes people and companies are choosing to support has shifted. Significant increases in the share of total donation volume are most notable in the categories of human services (+24%), food security (+268%), public safety and disaster preparedness/relief (+57%), community improvement (+57%) and employment (+141%).

“How we respond to this crisis — as companies and as people — may be more significant than anything we have ever done in our lifetime,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity founder and CEO. “COVID has shown us in living color what can happen when we are not ready to address imminent existential threats. The impact of our collective action in response to this pandemic has been both heartening and perhaps a presage of things to come as we seek to address the far and near future of our global village. We are proud to see so many of our clients leading the way toward recovery.”

“We’re thrilled that Benevity released this insightful report as part of #GivingTuesdayNow,” said Woodrow Rosenbaum, Chief Data Officer for GivingTuesday. “On this global day of unity and giving in response to COVID-19 it’s important to note that research shows that people want multiple ways to get involved, and they look to their employers to get involved with them. Companies that can tap into the power of human connection to scale grassroots generosity will be crucial for meeting the needs of nonprofits and communities around the world. We hope this report serves as a roadmap for companies of all sizes to join the movement in their own unique ways.”

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 and community investment. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate purpose 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 over 4 billion dollars in donations and 23 million hours of volunteering time this year to 230,000 charities worldwide.

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Bacardi’s Fastest Product Launch? Hand Sanitizers.

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 5:40pm

When crisis hits, fast thinking and a people-first attitude makes all the difference in how a company responds. That’s why, as early as March 17, family-owned Bacardi shifted gears to help produce much-needed hand sanitizers in response to the COVID-19 crisis. What began at one Bacardi-owned site in Puerto Rico quickly expanded to eight sites and, now, 14 Bacardi sites across countries and company brands, including BACARDÍ® rum in multiple sites, GREY GOOSE® in France, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® in England, MARTINI® in Italy, DEWAR’S® in Scotland, LEBLON® in Brazil, and others have joined efforts to help. Each location has is giving back to local communities with donations of hand sanitizer to first responders and hospitals.  To date, more than 400,000 gallons of hand sanitizers have been produced with the help of Bacardi.

Among the sites is Bacardi Bottling Corporation in Jacksonville, FL, which donated hand sanitizers across the state of Florida. A usual day is all about bottling BACARDÍ® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States and for export to other countries. In April, the campus of more than 200 people added hand sanitizers to their list of products. A project team of 30 worked quickly to source the materials needed, identify shifts on site, and launch in a matter of days – resulting in the fastest product launch Bacardi has ever seen.

“As a family-owned company, Bacardi puts people first and this time was no different. We are part of the community and are here to support those in the frontlines helping to keep us safe,” says Darrin Mueller, Director of Operations for Bacardi Bottling Corporation.

The Bacardi-produced hand sanitizer contains 80% alcohol which is in line with the recommendations by the World Health Organization for containing the spread of the virus. This emergency action will not disrupt the supply of Bacardi products.

In addition, Bacardi is helping the hard-hit hospitality industry with a commitment of a combined $4 million across its brands. Read more.

Republic Services Is Taking the Lead in Composting

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 5:40pm

By Chris Seney

Republic Services is known as industry leader in recycling and waste disposal. But people may not realize that Republic is also a leader in composting – in California, Oregon and other markets in the West.

This week is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), and for the first time Republic Services is an official sponsor. ICAW is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. 

According to the EPA, yard and food waste make up about 30 percent of the municipal solid waste that’s sent to landfills. However, diverting this material to compost facilities can create a nutrient rich soil amendment known as compost. 

Republic’s compost facilities use a natural biological process to transform yard and food waste into compost. This compost is then marketed and sold to landscapers, golf courses and farmers, and to customers by brands you’d recognize at your local home-improvement store. 

Republic Services has 11 compost facilities across five states, with a total of 85 employees. A 12th facility, in Ohio, is scheduled to open this quarter. Each year, these sites process 1.7 billion pounds of organic waste. 

Half of Republic’s composting facilities are technologically advanced, using mechanical aeration to speed up the biological process and reduce odors. The facility at Otay Landfill in Chula Vista, Calif., is completely off the grid, utilizing Gore technology with solar-powered fans that aerate the organic material. In the future there will be a continued trend toward technologically advanced composting.  

The Otay facility is one of six in California, where there is a greater demand due to legislation mandating the diversion of organic waste from landfills. California disposes of approximately 20 million tons of organics each year, and current legislation requires that 75% of the organics be diverted from the landfill by 2025. In coming years, similar requirements are expected in more markets – meaning even more food and yard waste will need to be processed, creating additional business opportunities. 

Organics diversion is being debated across the county, and legislation is driving it out of landfills. The organics industry is an emerging industry with an enormous amount of opportunity.

Chris Seney is Director of Organics Operations for Republic Services and a board member of the Association of Compost Producers.

Statement from Alkermes on Response to COVID-19

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 2:40pm

Originally posted by Alkermes

At Alkermes, we are closely monitoring and rapidly responding to the impact of COVID-19 on our employees and our communities, and we will continue to update this page periodically. As always, if you have questions for us, please refer to our contact page for information.

Updated: April 3, 2020

As we work together to navigate the rapidly evolving environment due to COVID-19, our priority continues to be protecting the health of our employees and that of the communities in which we live and work. At the same time, we are working to help assure that healthcare providers and patients have uninterrupted access to our medicines.

With this in mind, Alkermes has adopted a series of precautionary measures in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 in a community setting, while also enabling us to continue our critical business functions.

How We’re Helping to Keep Our Employees Safe

We have instituted a global remote work policy that will continue until further notice for those employees who can work remotely, including our field-based employees, and have suspended all in-person meetings and interactions with the healthcare community until we have determined that we can return to business as usual. We will make this assessment in consideration of national and local guidelines and in consultation with public health experts. We believe this is a prudent measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent undue strain on our healthcare system. While we are restricting in-person interactions, we remain dedicated to supporting the needs of healthcare providers and patients through virtual interactions. For our employees who work on critical tasks in our labs and manufacturing facilities, we have instituted additional sanitization and social distancing practices to help protect their health and safety as they continue to advance important research and deliver medicines for patients.

How We’re Helping to Support Patients and Healthcare Providers

In these challenging and uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we support people living with serious mental illness and opioid and alcohol dependence to help assure that they have access to the information, resources and medicines that may help them on their treatment journey.

We are working hard on several fronts, such as:

  • identifying new providers who are currently available to administer injections of our medicines, including appropriate retail pharmacies and clinics;

  • updating our Provider Locator on VIVITROL.com and ARISTADA.com with new information on providers and injection sites; and

  • working closely with healthcare providers, pharmacies and payers to help navigate new challenges that may arise for patients in accessing their prescribed medications.

While we are regularly updating our websites, the best resource for information regarding our products and our patient access services during this time is our Patient Access Services staff who are available from 9am - 8pm EST. Our Patient Access Service team helps verify insurance benefits, finds treatment providers who are actively providing injections, helps eligible patients access our medicines, and addresses other questions you may have. Our Patient Access Services team may be reached through the following means:

How We’re Monitoring Potential Impact on Supply of Our Medicines

At this time, we continue to operate our manufacturing facilities and supply our medicines and do not currently anticipate any supply interruptions. However, we are continually assessing, together with our critical supply chain vendors, the potential impact of COVID-19 and efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 on our business operations.

We recognize that this is a dynamic situation. We are closely monitoring the latest information on COVID-19 in order to make timely, informed decisions designed to protect the health of our employees and support uninterrupted access to our medicines.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Statement contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, but not limited to, statements concerning Alkermes’ expectations with respect to its business operations and continued ability to manufacture and supply medicines. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties, including, among others, unanticipated impacts of COVID-19 on Alkermes’ supply chain or other business operations and those risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Alkermes’ most recent annual and quarterly reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, Alkermes disclaims any responsibility for updating or revising such forward-looking statements.

All the Ways to Support COVID-19 Relief on #GivingTuesdayNow

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:40am

Extending its long-standing relationship with GivingTuesday, PayPal has today announced it is supporting #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity as an urgent response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. On #GivingTuesdayNow, PayPal is coming together with companies and organizations around the world to support this new initiative in a time of great need.  

During this period of uncertainty, PayPal is working to drive innovative ways to support its customers, local communities, and employees, leveraging technology and partnerships to help those who are struggling. As part of its #GivingTuesdayNow efforts, PayPal is enabling people, businesses, and charities to support the causes they care about, including donations to global relief campaigns, donating credit card reward points, or volunteering virtually from home.   

“We are inspired by the outpouring of grassroots generosity and global giving on our platform,” said Dan Schulman, CEO, PayPal. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re working to support relief efforts for our most vulnerable communities, and we are proud to support #GivingTuesdayNow and its commitment to COVID-19 relief. We have joined with GivingTuesday and other partners to raise awareness for this global day of giving and unity, and to support the people, communities, small businesses and charities who need our help.”

Today, PayPal is introducing several ways that people, businesses, and charities can support #GivingTuesdayNow:

  • Donate to COVID-19 Relief Efforts: Together with PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal has launched COVID-19 fundraising campaigns in 12 markets and growing. Customers can donate here or in the PayPal app today. PayPal covers all processing costs, ensuring that 100% of your donation will support charities providing relief and recovery efforts. 

  • Donate Credit Card Rewards to Give Back: PayPal has expanded its Pay with Rewards feature that enables customers to use their credit card rewards points to donate to the causes they care about most, including COVID-19 relief efforts. Customers with eligible credit cards from American Express, Citi, and Discover will be able to donate their rewards to support any charity enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund through the PayPal checkout flow – with their points balance converted to the equivalent dollar donation amount automatically. 

  • Giving doesn’t have to cost money: Volunteer virtually with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women: PayPal is also partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which enables virtual mentoring sessions for women entrepreneurs around the world. Sign up to donate your time and make a difference in the lives of people especially hard hit by the pandemic.  

Click here for more information about each initiative, and additional ways to support on May 5th.   

COVID-19 has impacted people, businesses, and nonprofits around the world, from individuals caring for a sick family member, to hospital workers on the front lines, to local small businesses struggling to stay afloat. There are many ways to give help and get help this #GivingTuesdayNow. 

The Hershey Company Commits $1 Million To Production Of Disposable Facemasks

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:40am

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) has announced that it is committing $1 million to acquire, install and staff a new manufacturing line dedicated to the production of facemasks. The new line, which will be capable of producing up to 45,000 masks per day, will become operational near the end of May.

“Supporting our communities in difficult times is part of our legacy, and an important value that our current employees share,” said Michele Buck, President and CEO. “From the building projects that created local jobs during the Great Depression, to producing military rations during World War II, we take great pride in making a difference where we can.”

Leveraging its internal engineering capabilities, and its relationships with equipment manufacturer JR Automation and General Motors, who is making similar masks, the company is moving quickly to address the nationwide shortage of protective equipment.

“Disposable masks will be an integral piece of protecting the health and safety of our employees, their families and our community as we move forward over the weeks and months ahead,” said Jason Reiman , Chief Supply Chain Officer. “Changing how we work, and adding this capability is a testament to the adaptability of our team, and our desire to make a difference.”

Converting operations to address a critical need is the latest step in the company’s ongoing efforts to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To date, Hershey has donated millions in cash and product to benefit community safety net organizations and a variety of healthcare organizations, while simultaneously supporting employee safety and wellbeing.

Supporting Basic Needs
To support basic needs in communities where it operates, the company has made cash donations to a variety of partners including United Way Worldwide, Feeding America and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, as well as numerous food banks across the U.S.  Globally, Hershey has joined other major chocolate companies who have collectively donated hundreds of millions to support international relief agencies in delivering COVID-19 education and protection in cocoa growing communities.

Caring for Caregivers
Hershey has also expanded its donation programs to support hospitals and healthcare institutions across the U.S.  It’s delivered tens of thousands of pounds of treats to more than 50 facilities in over a dozen states to lift the spirts of front-line health workers, and provide encouragement through small “moments of goodness” throughout their days.

Acting Locally
Closer to home, the company is working closely with the professionals from the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by making donations of N95 masks and surgical gloves, along with hand sanitizing stations.  Hershey is also donating warehouse space and supply chain expertise to operate a 22,000-square foot distribution center on the Hershey Company campus to help the flow of supplies from Penn State Health to its network of providers.

In addition to its local healthcare efforts, Hershey continues to work closely with Milton Hershey School, providing product donations, rallying employees to provide messages of support to students, and continuing to provide virtual guest speakers for the school’s award-winning Hershey Honors Business program.

Supporting Employee Health and Security
Ensuring the health and security of Hershey employees is a primary focus of the company’s COVID response.  From the outset of the current crisis, the company has worked  to offer various options to enable employees to continue working with enhanced safety and economic security.  Increased safety and protective measures, modified and flexible work schedules, work-from-home options, pay incentives and enhanced assistance programs have been implemented to help employees navigate this challenging time.

“Hershey’s remarkable employees are the first and foremost priority during this extraordinary time,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Chris Scalia.  “They not only make it possible to maintain our operations as a critical piece of our communities’ food supply, but also exemplify our commitment to excellence, safety and our belief that we are stronger together.”

Providing Economic Wellbeing Across the Value Chain
As a food manufacturer, Hershey is also an important link in the broader food supply chain and contributes to the economic wellbeing of thousands of people, particularly farmers and other food raw material suppliers.  The company is working to help provide economic stability to its partners, suppliers and communities by creating jobs in manufacturing and sales and working across the supply chain with our partners and suppliers.

“Caring for communities is not about taking any single action,” added Buck. “It’s a combination of many people taking many actions from a place of shared values and a sense of responsibility for one another. It’s one of the many things I cherish about leading the remarkable women and men of The Hershey Company.”

To learn more about The Hershey Company’s community response, click here.

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 16,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive $8 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers, SkinnyPop and Pirate’s Booty.

For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.

To learn more visit www.thehersheycompany.com


Frontdoor Enables Remote Service by Contractors and Real Estate Agents Through Streem Augmented Reality Communication Platform

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:40am

As the nation navigates the challenges of ensuring public health and safety, and the uninterrupted delivery of essential services, Frontdoor (NASDAQ:FTDR), the nation’s leading provider of home service plans, is providing an innovative solution to home service contractors and real estate professionals that will transform how they interact with customers and clients now and in the future.

The company is making Streem, its secure and easy-to-use augmented reality (AR)- and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered remote communications platform, available for a limited time at no charge to thousands of its home service plan contractor firms. Streem is also being introduced to real estate agents across select brands and markets through Realogy, the leading real estate company in the U.S., as well as Howard Hanna, the largest family-owned and operated real estate firm in the nation. Frontdoor leaders expect to make Streem technology available to even more real estate agents and contractors in the weeks ahead.

“When we acquired the Streem business in 2019, we knew its technology could be game-changing. The pandemic has accelerated the transformation in the home services industry and created an urgent need for innovative solutions to protect the health and safety of the public. The Streem platform is user-friendly and powerful, and allows consumers to have access to essential services, remotely,” said Rex Tibbens, CEO of Frontdoor, which responds to more than four million service requests annually through its American Home Shield, HSA, Landmark and OneGuard brands. “The real estate industry and small businesses such as independent home service contractors sustain our economy. By equipping them with Streem for free, they’re able to safely provide their critical expertise and services to homeowners during this unprecedented time.

“Streem also allows work to be done more efficiently and creates a better customer experience, two tenets that are at the core of Frontdoor’s mission to take the hassle out of owning a home,” said Tibbens.

How does Streem technology work?

Streem is vastly different than other remote video technologies. The platform uses proprietary AR, spatial mapping and AI to create a secure one-way video and two-way audio session on any mobile device that allows the host and homeowner to connect remotely.

  • For real estate agents: Using Streem, an agent can connect remotely with the homeowner who leads them on a virtual tour of the home via their smartphone or tablet. The agent can provide staging advice and guide the homeowner to areas that need closer inspection while capturing notes and on-screen mark-ups for future reference, and also seamlessly collect the make, model and measurement of appliances. The platform also enables the agent to create high-definition digital assets for use in marketing, including 360-degree tours of the property so that potential buyers can then view the home remotely before ever stepping onsite.  

  • For contractors: With Streem, a contractor can engage remotely with the homeowner, guide them through a visual inspection of a malfunctioning item (from major systems to appliances), troubleshoot the cause of the breakdown and collect important information such as make, model and serial number. Not only does this reduce the number of required in-person visits, it also speeds the repair process because the contractor can better ensure that the necessary parts and equipment are in-hand when he or she arrives to make the repairs. The combination drives a better experience for the customer and lower costs for the contractor.

“Now more than ever, our homes are our sanctuaries – they’re where we live our daily lives, and even work, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold,” said Ryan Fink, Streem president and general manager. “Streem is uniquely equipped to help keep families healthy and safe in their homes, and to allow service contractors, real estate professionals and others to continue to meet critical needs across our nation. We also know that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on how we live and work and believe that this technology will have a transformative influence on how business is conducted going forward.”

Portland-based Streem, which was founded in 2017 by Ryan Fink and Sean Adkinson, has earned numerous accolades in the technology and consumer services industries, including the IHS Markit Innovation Award, which was presented at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In June 2019, it was ranked second on the Crunchbase top 50 global list of technology companies, and earned a Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Award for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology innovation in October. 

To learn more about the technology, visit Streem.pro.

About Frontdoor

Frontdoor is a company that’s obsessed with taking the hassle out of owning a home. With services powered by people and enabled by technology, it is the parent company of four home service plan brands: American Home Shield, HSA, Landmark and OneGuard, as well as Candu Home Solutions, an on-demand membership service for home repairs and maintenance, and Streem, a technology company that enables businesses to serve customers through an enhanced augmented reality, computer vision and machine learning platform. Frontdoor serves 2.2 million customers across the U.S. through a network of approximately 17,000 pre-qualified contractor firms that employ approximately 60,000 technicians. The company’s customizable home service plans help customers protect and maintain their homes from costly and unexpected breakdowns of essential home systems and appliances. With nearly 50 years of experience, the company responds to over four million service requests annually. For details, visit frontdoorhome.com.

About Streem

Streem’s mission is to make the world’s expertise more accessible. Using augmented reality (AR), computer vision and machine learning, Streem makes communication between consumers and brands more efficient, more accurate, and more convenient - all while providing contextual insights to the brand. Streem provides a full platform (SDK and Web) that enables remote video collaboration, offers simple AR tools to make that experience as valuable as being on-site, and automatically captures relevant project or product data to better arm experts with the information they need. Streem is part of the Frontdoor (NASDQ: FTDR) family of brands.

Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements because actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied. The reports filed by Frontdoor pursuant to United States securities laws contain discussions of these risks and uncertainties. Frontdoor assumes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review Frontdoor's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (which are available on the SEC's EDGAR database at www.sec.gov and via Frontdoor’s website at investors.frontdoorhome.com).

Alkermes Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund to Support Innovative Programs Helping Vulnerable Patient Communities

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:40am

 Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) today announced that the company is now accepting applications for its newly-established COVID-19 Relief Fund, a special edition of the company's signature Alkermes Inspiration Grants® program. The company has redeployed 2020 funding for the Alkermes Inspiration Grants program to provide up to a total of $500,000 in grants to assist nonprofit organizations in their work to urgently address COVID-19-related needs for people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer. The application period is now open and will run through May 20, 2020.

COVID-19 has introduced significant and critical challenges to the patient communities central to the company's mission, along with their families and caregivers.  The intent of the Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund is to support programs designed to address both acute and long-term challenges that people in these communities may face as a result of the pandemic.

"The patient communities we serve—including those living with or impacted by substance use disorders, serious mental illness or a cancer diagnosis—are particularly vulnerable to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Richard Pops, Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. "Alkermes is committed to supporting these communities by funding innovative programs that can have an immediate and positive effect on those with acute needs. The Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund is a reflection of our belief that we are stronger together, and we look forward to supporting grantees as they work to make a lasting, real-world impact."

Alkermes is seeking to support programs with a broad geographic reach across the U.S. that can be implemented within a short time frame and have the potential to lead to sustained impact beyond the immediate crisis. Submissions will be evaluated based on a set of criteria and grant recipients will be selected by Alkermes. Eligible U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may submit applications for grants by visiting https://www.alkermes.com/responsibility.

For more information on the Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund, including the application, submission instructions and evaluation criteria, please visit https://www.alkermes.com/responsibility.

About Alkermes plc
Alkermes plc is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines in the fields of neuroscience and oncology. The company has a portfolio of proprietary commercial products focused on addiction and schizophrenia, and a pipeline of product candidates in development for schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes' website at www.alkermes.com.

ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS is a registered service mark of Alkermes, Inc.

Alkermes Contacts:
For Investors: Sandy Coombs,    +1 781 609 6377
For Media:      Eva Stroynowski,  +1 781 609 6823

T-Mobile Donates Half a Million Medical Masks and Invites Customers and Employees to Join in Thanking COVID-19 Heroes for #GivingTuesdayNow

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:40am

T-Mobile goes big every year on Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to doing good deeds that is typically held right after Thanksgiving. But today, in the midst of these unprecedented times where brave frontline workers are stepping up every day to take big risks to protect us ALL, the world needs a Giving Tuesday NOW. So, the Un-carrier is going ALL IN to thank our frontline heroes – and giving customers, employees and fans opportunities to join us. T-Mobile announced it is donating 500,000 medical masks for the CDC Foundation to distribute in areas of high need. In addition, the company is giving $5 – ON US -  for every eligible accessory purchased on T-Mobile.com, which will go towards supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) COVID-19 Relief Fund which provides childcare options for those families that have loved ones serving on the front lines.

The Un-carrier is also giving customers a way to celebrate and give a special shout out to frontline workers in their own communities through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. Not to mention turning some signature magenta locations around the country, including its headquarters and sports stadiums, blue as part of the LIGHT IT BLUE movement.

“This T-Mobile #GivingTuesdayNow campaign and our partnership with CDC Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America is just an extension of our commitment to help create connections for people,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “In addition to T-Mobile’s support, we’re giving our customers, employees and fans another opportunity to recognize the heroes who are serving us all every day through this crisis. To those on the front lines: Thank you. We’re With You.”

Starting May 5, T-Mobile’s #GivingTuesdayNow campaign will launch. It includes:

  • Donation of 500,000 Medical Masks: T-Mobile is donating half a million medical face masks to help protect healthcare workers on the front lines. Masks will be distributed nationwide to areas of high need through the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 response.

  • Essential Accessories, Essential Assistance Offer – ON US: For every purchase of an eligible essential accessory (phone case, screen protector, charging product, etc.) from T-Mobile.com, T-Mobile will donate $5 – on us - to Boys & Girls Clubs of America COVID-19 Relief Fund, up to $100,000, which helps provide childcare options for frontline worker families.

  • LIGHT IT BLUE and THANK YOU for #FrontlineFirst:  On May 5, as part of the national LIGHT IT BLUE campaign, T-Mobile will encourage everyone to show their gratitude by sharing images (blue, of course) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app - with messages of support and thanks to ALL frontline workers. Plus, the Un-carrier will once again join the nationwide movement honoring frontline workers by turning all of its magenta properties blue for the day, including its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington and Overland Park, Kansas, T-Mobile Park in Seattle and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“The masks T-Mobile is supplying will go directly to frontline workers in the states being hardest hit by the crisis right now, filling a critical need for organizations feeling the strain from limited supply chains,” said Dr. Judy Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “The coronavirus pandemic is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the entire world, and we’re grateful for companies like T-Mobile, which see a need and step up to fill it.”

The Un-carrier joins Giving Tuesday Now alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PayPal, United Nations Foundation, CDC Foundation, LinkedIn, Guardian News and Media, Aga Khan Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Candid, the Communications Network, Global Impact, Philanthropy Together, Teach for All and many more. T-Mobile’s Giving Tuesday Now campaign is yet another example of how the company is putting its resources – and key partnerships with the CDC Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America -- to work to help those most affected by this crisis.

T-Mobile’s Response to COVID-19

T-Mobile knows how important it is for people to stay connected — especially during these unique and challenging times. Ensuring its network continues to perform for everyone that depends on it, T-Mobile has also stepped up efforts to take care of customers and communities. In addition to providing additional smartphone and hotspot data and launching its most affordable rate plan — T-Mobile Connect — T-Mobile proudly signed onto the FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” to ensure postpaid wireless, residential and small business customers impacted by COVID-19 do not lose service. As part of the company’s longstanding commitment to students and youth, T-Mobile has doubled down to rapidly deliver digital learning solutions to more than 500,000 students in over 820 schools and districts and has stepped up to give more than $4 million to organizations like Feeding America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and local schools to keep vulnerable children safe, cared for and fed while they are out of school. The company has also partnered on other critical giving initiatives, including committing to provide more than 40,000 phone chargers to hospitals nationwide. For more up to date information about T-Mobile’s COVID-19 response, head here. You can also stay up to date on T-Mobile’s year round philanthropic efforts here.  

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New Diploma in Social Responsibility & Sustainability Recognizes Importance of Social Impact in Era of COVID-19

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:40am

A name change, a new award and an enhanced academic designation mark a season of transformation for the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability program at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.

Graduates of the highly regarded program, now called the “Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability” receive a Diploma and a designation marked by the post-nominal letters G.Dipl. SR&S (Social Responsibility & Sustainability).

“These changes reflect how the program has evolved since its beginnings almost 20 years ago,” says Program Manager Kathryn Cooper. “Meaningful, long-term social impact of business and not-for-profit partners has never been as important as it is in this time of COVID-19.”

“This program has evolved in response to the global trend toward embedding environmental, social and governance issues in business,” Cooper says. “To survive and thrive, organizations must focus beyond their bottom line, and create positive, long-term social impact.”

President’s Capstone Project Winners Announced 

Graduates at the November, 2019 convocation were the first awarded the new diplomas. This convocation also marked the introduction of the new President’s Capstone Project Award, recognizing exceptional work in summative assignments. The inaugural winners were:

  • Indigenous Impact Report” by Alexandra Biron, recently promoted to Manager, Indigenous, Deloitte Canada.

  • “A CSR Strategy for the Canadian Real Estate Association” by Sarah Thirnbeck, recently promoted to Associate Director, Strategic Impact, The Canadian Real Estate Association.

“The calibre of work produced by our CSR students is truly outstanding,” says University President Dr. David Sylvester. “The ethical concerns being discussed in this program reflect the long-standing values of St. Michael’s.  CSR and Sustainability is a great example of how universities can have a transformational impact on society.”

Learning to Make a Difference in a Rapidly Changing World

Participants in the Graduate Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability work full time while earning this university credential through a blended learning approach.   Participants:

The Diploma is now taking applications for 2020/2021.  Only 35 applicants are accepted.  Join participants from Deloitte, Secure Energy, Tata Group Retail, SMART CENTRES, Dundurn Press, Chevron, Genuine Health, Civic Works Consulting, Candela Strategies, Children’s Hospital Foundations and more in the upcoming 2020/2021 Cohort. To apply, go to the Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Website.  Second Intake Deadline is June 30th. 

Participants start their learning in July, 2020 through an online Learning Management System and monthly live learning seminars.  Module 1 in class will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 14 -16, 2020.  Module 2 and 3 in class will be held May, 2021 and November, 2021 respectively. To apply, go to the Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Website.  See the program schedule, testimonials, past graduates and news about the program. 

About the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. 

A Business Advisory Committee ensures the CSR & Sustainability program is relevant and experiential.  CSR and Sustainability Leaders from a broad range of industries from insurance to mining,  including: The Co-operators, BMO Financial,  Scotia Bank (ret.),  Vermillion Energy, Centerra Gold , Aurora Cannabis, Kin&Co  and Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) provide advice and input.

For More Information Contact

Kathryn A. Cooper, Program Manager, Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability

Phone: (519) 855-9491

Website: https://www.csr-stmikes.ca/