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NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) today released its 2018 Sustainability Report, providing an update on the Company’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. NRG demonstrated advancement across all of its previously announced sustainability initiatives, including a 37% reduction in carbon emissions, marking significant progress towards its science-based target of reducing emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2014 baseline.
Other notable achievements included in the report:
Best safety year on record
Launching an innovative renewable purchasing product, Renewable Select
More than 16,000 Employee Volunteer Hours
Reached leadership level of “A-“ in CDP climate scoring
“Addressing climate change is the biggest challenge of this generation.” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy. “By making significant progress across our sustainability priorities and providing our customers with solutions to achieve their goals, we’re delivering a more sustainable energy future.”
This report continues NRG’s commitment to leading in transparency by using the best available standards and frameworks, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD.)
Read the full report at: www.nrg.com/sustainability
This communication contains forward-looking statements that may state NRG’s or its management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “plan,” “believe” and similar terms. Although NRG believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, risks and uncertainties related to the capital markets generally.
At NRG, we’re redefining power by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We create value by generating electricity and serving nearly 3 million residential and commercial customers through our portfolio of retail electricity brands. A Fortune 500 company, NRG delivers customer-focused solutions for managing electricity, while enhancing energy choice and working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy, @nrginsight.
On the heels of Earth Day, global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today releases its 2018 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, showing steady progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals in support of three key pillars: better product, a greener world and stronger communities.
The brand also announced it reached one of its key sustainability goals two years early – to plant 10 million trees by 2020. Timberland has a longstanding commitment to tree planting, with more than 10.2 million trees planted worldwide since 2001, and is now working to set aggressive new targets for its next reporting cycle.
“At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that business can and should be a force for positive change, and that a greener future is a better future,” said Jim Pisani, global brand president, Timberland. “We’re very pleased with the progress we made in 2018, and hitting our tree planting goal two years early. But that doesn’t mean we’ll rest on our laurels. In fact, it only energizes us to think about how we can make an even bigger positive impact in the future. And we see trees playing a crucial role.”
Highlights of Timberland’s progress and opportunities in 2018 include:
Timberland set a goal for 100 percent of the cotton used in its apparel to come from organic, U.S.-origin or Better Cotton Initiative-certified sources by 2020. In 2018, the brand achieved 75 percent, a slight decrease from 2017 (81 percent) due to the addition of a new sock licensee, which is phasing into Timberland’s requirements. For its own direct-sourced apparel, which accounts for more than 89 percent of all Timberland cotton sourced during the year, the brand climbed to 99 percent, nearly reaching its 2020 goal.
Timberland continued its work with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Haiti to bring cotton back as an export crop for the country. The SFA planted its first commercial crop in 30 years in August 2018, and Timberland has committed to purchase up to one-third of its global cotton supply from the SFA, once sufficient volume and price and quality requirements are achieved.
Sixty-nine percent of all Timberland® footwear shipped in 2018 contained major components (e.g., uppers, linings, outsoles) with at least 10 percent recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) content, up slightly from 67 percent last year. The company is working hard to reach its goal of 100 percent by 2020, by requiring all new footwear styles to incorporate ROR materials and re-visiting key carryover collections.
In 2018, Timberland incorporated over 717,519 pounds of recycled PET – the brand’s largest source of ROR materials – into its footwear. To date, Timberland has given the equivalent of over 345 million plastic bottles new life in its shoes.
Timberland sourced 99 percent of its footwear leather, and 96 percent of its leather overall (including apparel and accessories) from tanneries that are rated gold or silver by the Leather Working Group, for environmental best practices. The brand’s goal is to achieve 100 percent by 2020.
The brand reported relatively flat data versus 2017 for the use of VOCs in its footwear production (53 grams/pair in 2018 vs. 51 grams/pair in 2017), against a 2020 goal of 42 grams/pair. Timberland also held steady in its efforts to fully eliminate PVC from its products, coming in at 97 percent PVC-free for 2018, with a 2020 goal of 100 percent.
Timberland planted a total of 285,887 trees in 2018, for a total of 10,275,707 to date and achieving its 2020 goal of 10 million trees two years ahead of schedule. Timberland is now working to set aggressive new tree planting targets for its next reporting cycle.
In addition to its own tree planting efforts, Timberland continues to partner with the SFA to bring cotton farming back to Haiti after a 30-year hiatus, while at the same time planting millions more trees through the innovative agroforestry model they developed together.
In 2018, Timberland continued its urban greening commitment around the world. In the US, the brand teamed up with the Student Conversation Association to create or restore 73,000 square feet of green space in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In Europe, Timberland supported 14 projects to create, maintain or restore urban green spaces, focused on increasing access for youth, through its My Play Green program. And in China, the brand planted more than 53,000 trees in the Horqin Desert, as part of an 18-year commitment to help fight the effects of deforestation and desertification in this region.
In 2018, Timberland employees worldwide served 56,211 community service hours, a slight increase over 2017. Fifty-two percent of Timberland employees served in the community at least once, up significantly from 42 percent in 2017. The company remains committed to create more opportunities and projects to engage employees at all of its locations to reach its goal of 80 percent engagement (at least one hour served per employee) by 2020.
Timberland’s manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic once again led the way with 15,411 hours.
Timberland is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of premium footwear, apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle. Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. Timberland markets lifestyle products under the Timberland® and Timberland Boot Company® brands, and industrial footwear and workwear under the Timberland PRO® brand. Its products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility – to make things better for its products, the outdoors, and communities around the globe. To learn more about Timberland, a VF Corporation brand, please visit timberland.com @timberland.
Climate and Sustainable Development expert ClimateCare has won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for ‘exceptional contributions to sustainable development.’ It is one of just six organisations across the UK to win an award in this category.
ClimateCare, the number one ranked B Corp in the UK, has reduced carbon emissions by 33 million tonnes and improved 34 million lives, delivering $10.6 billion of value for people and the planet.
ClimateCare’s trademark Climate+Care approach to cutting carbon and improving lives is attracting an increasing number of long term private and public sector clients, who want to turn their climate responsibilities into positive actions.
Today ClimateCare announces stretching new targets to scale action even faster – aiming to cut 50 million tonnes of CO2 and improve 50 million lives by 2025.
To achieve this goal the organisation is expanding fast, welcoming new partners from across sectors.
To support this expansion, ClimateCare has appointed a new CEO, Vaughan Lindsay, with a long track record leading and accelerating growth in profit with purpose companies. Vaughan joins ClimateCare from Leapfrog Investments, a leading Impact Investment Fund reaching over 167 million people in over 33 countries and with over $1bn assets under management. Vaughan will work alongside Director Edward Hanrahan to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth
Edward Hanrahan said:
“Earning a second Queen’s Award is a great achievement and a testament to the hard work that the team has put in over the last four years. The world is just starting to wake up to the scale of the challenge ahead of us - there is so much more to do, and we are constantly looking for new ways to increase the scale of our climate impact, whilst always considering the related issues of development and biodiversity. I’m delighted that Vaughan has joined us at this pivotal time. With his experience in leading profit with purpose organisations, we will increase the speed and scale of our impact and be able to go further, faster.”
Vaughan Lindsay said:
“I’m thrilled to join such an inspirational team that is delivering real results for people and the planet. ClimateCare’s achievements to date are an example of what a true Impact business can deliver – at scale. I look forward to helping lead the expert team and encouraging more organisations – both private and public sector to join us as we tackle climate change in a way that makes long term, sustainable business sense.”
Notes to editors
ClimateCare is a profit with purpose business which works with forward-thinking organisations to help turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. Since 1997, ClimateCare and its partners have cut over 32.6 million tonnes of CO₂ and improved quality of life for more than 33.5 million people around the world.
We have more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the global carbon markets and climate change sector. We work with major public and private sector clients to fund sustainable development projects that reduce carbon emissions at scale, measurably increase quality of life and deliver towards the UN Global Goals. ClimateCare also advises on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation subjects, from large scale implementation to national climate change policies.
ClimateCare’s award-winning team use their extensive experience to design, structure finance for and deliver impactful projects around the world.
ClimateCare develops cost-efficient, high impact, Climate+Care programmes to tackle poverty, improve health, and protect the environment.
ClimateCare is currently ranked the number one B Corp in the UK – B Corp is a global movement of more than 2,500 purpose-driven companies that are using business as a force for good. ClimateCare operates globally from offices in Oxford, UK, Kenya and India.
Find out more at www.climatecare.org
Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare
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Please contact: Rachael Treharne, ClimateCare
Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000
Back for the 10th year running, Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards 2019 are the world’s leading awards ceremony celebrating responsible business excellence.
This is your opportunity to be acknowledged as a leader in the world of responsible business.
Being a truly international competition, the Awards welcome nominees from all over the world. They recognise genuine, truly innovative and meaningful approaches to making responsible business a reality – a perfect reward for all your team's hard work and achievements.
As always, the awards categories are geared to rewarding the leading sustainable corporate brands from around the globe. The full list of the 2019 categories can be accessed in our nominations pack.
Why should you enter this year's Awards?
Bring awareness to your recent ground-breaking sustainability initiative
Enhance your corporate reputation and build trust with key stakeholders
Showcase your sustainability commitments and values
Benchmark your performance with 250+ world’s leading corporate brands
Reward your team for their hard work and make them proud employees
Past winners include; Kimberly Clark, Unilever, RBS, Novartis, EDG Energy, Tesco, GSK, Garanti Bank, ABN Amro, DSM, LIXIL, Ulula and more. Entries are welcome from around the world and from any organisation!
Key Dates for your diary:
Nominations Close: 3rd June
Finalists Announcement: 24th June
Awards Ceremony: 2nd October, 8 Northumberland Avenue London
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a webinar on financial wellness programs (FWP) and learn how your business can benefit by creating or expanding your FWP for your employees.
Nearly a quarter of America’s workers deem their financial stress as high or overwhelming, and about 40 percent of workers report they have more financial strain now, than at the beginning of the Great Recession. Employees’ financial stresses manifest themselves at work, resulting in absenteeism and lower productivity. Employers are recognizing the need to implement a FWP for their workforce and the number and sophistication of workplace FWPs has increased since the Great Recession. Employers now face an abundance of options and little objective guidance on how to choose the right program. This webinar will help employers of ranging industries, sizes, backgrounds and interests to learn about workplace FWPs and receive the tools and resources needed to introduce one to your employees.
Register and learn more here: https://goo.gl/Ry6kS4
Michael Phelps Continues as Global Ambassador of Colgate’s “Save Water” Conservation Effort With Behavior-Change Tips
On Earth Day 2019, Colgate announced its continued partnership with one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Michael Phelps, who serves as global ambassador for the brand’s ongoing “Save Water” initiative. The campaign message is simple: small acts like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can cumulatively save massive amounts of water as well as the energy required to treat water and pipe it into people’s homes.
Colgate products are found in two out of every three homes in the world, and almost all of them require water use. “Given that our brand is found in more households than any other brand in the world, Colgate is uniquely positioned to lead in water conservation and promote conservation,” says JoAnne Murphy, Director of Retail Category Development, U.S.
While Colgate continues to make significant strides in reducing the amount of water and energy it uses to make and distribute products, 90 percent of its water footprint comes from consumer use. While the U.S. uses more water per person than any other country in the world, 130 million Americans live with severe water scarcity at least one month per year. More than that, 1.7 million lack running tap water or a flushable toilet in their homes.
World-champion swimmer Phelps, Colgate’s global water ambassador since 2017, says, “I am often asked about my keys to success in the pool and people are surprised to hear how much I talk about doing all the small things as part of my preparation that ultimately have a big impact on performance. The same applies to this important “Save Water” campaign as the more we can all practice small behavior changes like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, the bigger collective impact we can make in conserving our water usage.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, just turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth for two minutes can save about 64 glasses of water.
Phelps and Colgate encouraged people to learn more, share the message, and save water on Earth Day and every day by:
- Taking the Save Water pledge at EveryDropCounts.Colgate.com
- Sharing their own water-saving tips on social media and tagging #EveryDropCounts
- Following Colgate and the Phelps Family on social media for news, tips and encouragement
Nicole Phelps on Instagram (@mrs.nicolephelps)
Boomer Phelps on Instagram (@boomerrphelps)
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, EltaMD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-C
About Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history, capturing a total of 28 medals including a record-setting 23 gold medals, over the course of five Olympic Games. Phelps utilized his performance bonus for winning eight gold medals at 2008 Beijing Games to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation. Committed to growing the sport of swimming, the Foundation addresses the need for water-safety through its signature program – im – available through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International. The most decorated swimmer in World Championships history, Phelps launched his own competitive swimwear brand – MP – in partnership with Aqua Sphere in 2014. He has published two autobiographies – No Limits: The Will to Success and Beneath the Surface – that were New York Times and USA Today best sellers, as well as published one children’s book – How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals. He is a highly regarded mental health advocate and inspirational speaker, sharing his message of “Dream, Plan, Reach” with audiences ranging from children to business executives.
$200,000 Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Grant Funds Solar Energy and Horticultural Training Program at My Possibilities
My Possibilities (MP), a for-cause organization that provides continuing education and vocational training for adults with disabilities, announced today the completion of sustainability projects funded by a $200,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.
MP received the grant in 2018 to help fund a 200 kilowatt solar panel installation and monitoring system, along with hydroponic growing infrastructure. The projects will cut energy costs at the MP campus and support a new horticulture elective for HIPsters, or Hugely Important People, that MP serves.
To celebrate the completion of the sustainability projects, MP “flipped the switch” at an invitation-only ceremony with Sun Club personnel, Green Mountain Energy employees and City of Plano officials, on Wednesday, April 24. During the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to explore the hydrosheds and learn about the benefits of hydroponic growing and solar energy.
“Sustainability is more than a buzz word,” said Michael Thomas, executive director of My Possibilities. “It’s a way of life for us at MP. Not only are we building a sustainable campus with green initiatives, we’re also working on sustainable job training solutions for our HIPsters and the community. Each move we make is with our HIPsters in mind.”
The new solar panels will provide 40 percent of the facility’s annual electricity costs, saving MP up to $25,000 per year. The creation of a new horticulture elective will provide new learning opportunities for 30-45 students per week.
Food grown will be used for an internal catering program with the excess sold to the community. The grant provides funds for the foundation of a hydroponic growing structure, water and power hookups, hydrosheds, raised garden beds, garden materials, a seed library and a rainwater catchment system.
“We love the transferrable life skills that are being taught at MP and are excited to be a part of incorporating an on-site horticulture program into an already thriving catering program,” Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “That paired with a solar array makes MP a true sustainable partner for Sun Club and the community.”
Sun Club has been empowering local communities with sustainable solutions since 2002. Through nonprofit partnerships and sustainability grants, the organization supports projects promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship.
To learn more about the Sun Club grant, visit mypossibilities.org/sunclub.
About My Possibilities:
My Possibilities is a Plano-based for-cause 501c(3) organization that serves as the pioneering leader in vocational education for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities throughout North Texas. To learn more, visit: mypossibilities.org.
About Green Mountain Energy Sun Club:
The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing sustainable communities. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Sun Club® invests in nonprofits and focuses on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated nearly $7 million to more than 110 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. To learn more about the Sun Club or to apply for a Sun Club grant, visit gmesunclub.org.
Consumers Energy Helps Launch the Next Generation of Michigan Talent Through FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit
Consumers Energy is excited to sponsor the FIRST Championship for high school robotics students, a marquee event that brings teams from across the globe and tens of thousands of visitors to Detroit -- and a showplace for the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) talent here in Michigan.
Over 90 high school teams from Michigan are taking part in the four-day world competition at Cobo Center and Ford Field, which runs Wednesday through Saturday. Students compete with robots they have designed and built for a competition that puts them on a path to careers in the energy and other high-tech industries.
“Consumers Energy is excited to sponsor and participate in the FIRST Championship because it’s fun and opens so many doors for students right here in Michigan,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy. “Michigan is leading the way for robotics, with over 500 high school teams – more than any other state. FIRST has cracked the code on getting students excited about STEM.”
The FIRST Championship is free and open to the public. It takes place at Detroit’s Cobo Center, with the championship matches at Ford Field. For more information and the schedule, go to www.firstchampionship.org/detroit.
In 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation contributed more than $450,000 to support STEM programs, including FIRST teams at elementary, middle and high school levels across the state. Poppe also is chairing the local Michigan Executive Committee for this week’s championship, and employees are supporting the committee and competition.
“At Consumers Energy, we know how important STEM careers are, because this talent powers many areas of our company, and the future looks even brighter for these types of jobs,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president of public affairs. “We are thrilled to help nurture students to develop their innovation, engineering, decision-making and team-building talents.”
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
Media Contacts: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Debra Dodd, 517-545-8711
For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com
Built to reflect how people drink water today, the new hydration platform from PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) is a connected ecosystem that responds to the rise in consumption of low-and-no-sugar drinks as well as heightened focus on plastic's effect on the environment. As part of PepsiCo's Beyond the Bottle efforts, the new system makes it easier for people to stay hydrated with great-tasting beverages, digitally track their hydration, and help meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainable packaging.
Following PepsiCo's recent acquisition of SodaStream, the platform is the next step along PepsiCo's Beyond the Bottle journey, which encompasses ways to deliver beverages without single-use plastic bottles. As the Beyond the Bottle strategy evolves, consumers can expect to see more PepsiCo beverage options delivered without single-use plastic bottles.
The hydration platform is made up of three components: a beautifully designed hydration dispenser, a companion, user-friendly smartphone app, and a personalized QR code sticker for reusable bottles that allows consumers to be effortlessly recognized by the dispenser. Reflecting how people now utilize technology and apps to track and personalize every element of their day, this ecosystem also allows users to set their own daily hydration goals and automatically tracks their way to meeting them. Additionally, it tracks their environmental impact with a unique count of plastic bottles saved with each pour as well as over time saves unique preferences (like favorite flavors and carbonation levels) for future use.
"This new hydration platform is an exciting step in the PepsiCo Beyond the Bottle innovation pipeline," said Jim Andrew, EVP SodaStream and Beyond the Bottle Ventures. "This platform is a great example of how we are evolving our portfolio to provide more sustainable options for consumers to get personalized, great-tasting beverages."
The experience with the hydration ecosystem is completely customizable and offers a variety of great tasting zero-calorie flavor, carbonation, and temperature options that can be customized for every pour. Everyone can create their preferred drink and save their favorites in the mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices, for seamless future pours. Additionally, all water is nano-filtered to guarantee clean water every time. How refreshing is that?
"This new platform addresses a number of trends we're seeing resonate with consumers, including increasing concern for the environment and preference for refillable bottles, as well as desire for choice and personalization whenever possible," said Scott Finlow, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo Foodservice. "Now, whether they're at home, work, or on-the-go, we've given people a way to make more sustainable choices throughout their day and achieve their personal hydration goals."
This year, PepsiCo will launch the platform at select workplaces, universities, and hospitality partners where there is the greatest desire to access still and carbonated water and both sustainable and customizable drink options, with additional locations to follow in the near future.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. "Winning with Purpose" reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.
At the OECD Forum, The World Bank and Pact will launch the 2019 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector, a first-of-its-kind report exploring the origins and impact of the ‘global data gap’ on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), and outlining how the gap can be narrowed to formalize this global sector. Drawing from online database Delve, the report finds that at least 40 million people work in ASM globally. ASM is the most important rural non-farm activity in the developing world, but for too long the sector has remained in the shadows. Complete, accurate and reliable data is an essential first step to better understanding the sector: recognizing the importance of miners and formalizing their work.
The 2019 State of the ASM Sector report identifies ways to improve data collection methodologies and presents a shortlist of ‘key data needs’ for the sector. The report finds there is great potential to significantly reduce the global data gap, which will enable ASM to deliver on its potential and help fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report features in-depth analysis of the data gaps and importance of ASM through regional and country case studies, including Ghana, Guyana, India, Mongolia, Morocco and Peru.
“Artisanal and small-scale mining is a vital livelihood for some 40 million people around the world, mostly in developing countries. It’s time to shine a light on this vital sector so we can accelerate investments in people and communities for greater equity and sustainable economic growth” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank. “This report is one of the first steps towards building a world where the contributions from miners to the global economy is fully recognized.”
In 2017, The World Bank and Pact announced a partnership to create Delve, a first-of-its-kind global online platform for ASM data. Delve is a crowdsourcing database built on the data contributions from sector stakeholders. A beta version of the platform is available online at www.delvedatabase.org, with the full Version 1.0 to launch later this year. Envisioned as an annual publication, the inaugural ‘state of the sector’ report draws on the data from Delve to provide up-to-date analyses of the sector, in line with emerging global trends and key issues.
“The ASM sector has an urgent need for, and right to, accurate data that truly represents the sector’s potential as well as its challenges. This is essential to avoid repetition of errors, ignorance of gaps, duplication of effort and underselling the sector’s value to international supply chains,” said Karen Hayes, Vice President of Pact’s Mines to Markets initiative. “Bridging the data gap is the first step in removing the veil of invisibility from the millions of men and women miners who are integral to our global economy,” said Hayes.
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To read the full report and for information on Delve, visit the website https://www.delvedatabase.org/.
About Pact – A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create thriving and resilient
communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Visit us at pactworld.org.
About the World Bank - The World Bank provides financing, global knowledge, and long-term commitment to help low- and middle-income countries end poverty, achieve sustainable growth, and invest in opportunity for all. We comprise the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the world’s largest development bank, and the International Development Association (IDA), one of the largest sources of funding for the world’s poorest countries. With the other World Bank Group institutions as well as partners across the public and private sectors, we are helping build solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century in all major sectors of development. A world where no one lives in poverty and everyone has the opportunity for a better life is within our reach.
Acting Director, Integrated Communications, Pact
Consultant – Communications Officer
Energy and Extractive Industries, World Bank
Reinforcing its commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its efforts to advance the 17 global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the local community, Covestro LLC announced it will host a series of THINC30 Tanks over the course of 2019.
Visit the website to learn more about THINC30, download reports and access registration details for this year’s lineup of events: www.covestro.us/thinc30.
Since 2017, Covestro has held annual one-day THINC30 summits, which bring together Pittsburgh’s business, philanthropic, academic, nonprofit and government leaders – and engaged citizens – to address some of the most pressing issues facing the region, using the UN SDGs as a framework.
Departing from the one-day summit format, the company will host three half-day “THINC30 Tanks” throughout 2019. The new, more intimate format will allow for more focused, in-depth discussions designed to yield concrete outcomes. All will be held at the Covestro Bright Space at the Energy Innovation Center as follows:
- Thursday, May 30, 2019 – THINC30 TANK #1 – “Ensuring Inclusive Pittsburgh Neighborhoods”
What tools can be used/created to periodically check up on a neighborhood’s health?
- Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – THINC30 TANK #2 – “Youthquake 2030: Gen Z and the UN SDGs”
As the UN SDGs take root in Pittsburgh, how will the next generation continue the work?
- Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – THINC30 TANK #3 – Future Cities”
When building the sustainable city of tomorrow, what factors should we consider?
“THINC30 has been so well-received by leaders in the region who, like Covestro, want to keep the work going to create a thriving, robust community where everyone prospers,” said Jerry MacCleary, chairman and CEO, Covestro LLC. “One thing made obvious from these past summits is the real need for more in-depth, focused discussion around certain issues. The THINC30 Tanks are the perfect vehicles for that.”
Last year, alone, more than 500 individuals registered to learn more about tackling issues critical to Pittsburgh, such as the school-to-prison pipeline, air quality and the environment, generational poverty, equity in education and neighborhood gentrification and displacement. Those issues and other key themes to emerge from the 2018 summit are highlighted and now available in the newly published report, The Takeaway 2018.
THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,800 people at the end of 2018.
i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts.
Find more information at www.covestro.us
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Announcing the CSR Board: The Community for Heads of Corporate Social Responsibility at the World's Biggest Companies
Heads of corporate social responsibility at 27 major companies have come together to launch the CSR Board today. The mission of the group is to help members engage in management-level discussions with a trusted network of their peers.
The group is managed by Board.org, a membership organization where senior-level leaders at big companies collaborate in private, peer-to-peer discussions. Membership is exclusively for the people leading the programs and their inner circle. No vendors or junior staff are allowed to participate.
CSR Board Members include Allstate, Beam Suntory, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, CenterPoint Energy, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Experian, Ferguson Enterprises, Georgia-Pacific, H&R Block, Hard Rock International, Hertz, The J.M. Smucker Company, MassMutual, Motorola Solutions, NVIDIA, ON Semiconductor, Pernod Ricard, Stryker, Synopsys, Tyson Foods, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Yum! Brands.
“It’s clear CSR leaders needed a group like this, and the energy and excitement our founding members have brought to our early conversations has been incredible,” said Board.org CEO Andy Sernovitz.
The CSR Board is specifically focused on supporting the leaders of CSR at large companies so they can increase the impact of their initiatives. The group helps leaders share and collaborate and does not function as a trade association or advocacy body.
“As a founding member of the CSR Board, our goal is to help create a forum with like-minded CR professionals who are passionate about creating positive change in the world,” said Carol Urton, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Experian. “At Experian, we are excited about leading the way to help increase our impact and the impact of other outstanding companies in making the world a better place.”
“We joined the CSR Board to make sure that our sustainability program continuously improves as we learn from others in the field,” said Kelsey Bergan, Director of Sustainability at Ferguson Enterprises.
“Collaborating with industry leaders helps each of our companies devise better ways to build social purpose into our core businesses,” said Paul Pellizzari, Vice President of Global Social Responsibility at Hard Rock International. “Working together also leads to better, more meaningful, long-lasting social and sustainability solutions. After all, we do this work to improve lives, build healthier communities, and sustain the planet.”
“Collaboration is how we will accelerate and scale our collective sustainability efforts to make a significant impact,” said Rebecca Ott, Director of Sustainability for The J.M. Smucker Company. “We are participating in the CSR Board, with other purpose-driven thought leaders, to create a better tomorrow.”
Learn more information about the CSR Board at https://board.org/csr.
Board.org builds peer-to-peer communities for people leading change at the world’s biggest companies. Other Board.org communities include SocialMedia.org, SocialMedia.org Health, and the Talent Marketing Board.
General Mills has taken one of the biggest steps thus far toward its climate goal by signing a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC, a joint venture partnership between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, for 200 megawatts (MW) of its Maverick Creek wind project. The wind project, located in central Texas, will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that, together with the company’s previous wind power agreement, are calculated to equal 100 percent of the electricity used annually at the company’s owned domestic facilities. During the peak of construction, the project is anticipated to create approximately 175 jobs in the clean energy workforce.
“General Mills began its milling operations more than 150 years ago with water power from the banks of the Mississippi River,” said John Church, chief supply chain officer and global business solutions officer at General Mills. “By learning from history, and tying back to our clean power roots, the equivalent of our domestic facilities’ annual electricity needs will be covered by clean wind power, helping to reach our climate commitment of decreasing our carbon footprint by 28 percent by 2025.”
Maverick Creek is just 10 miles from Cactus Flats, the wind project in General Mills’ first wind energy purchase agreement. The project is located in a particularly favorable wind area in central Texas, which is the leading state in the U.S. for wind energy production with over 24,899 MW of installed capacity in that state alone.
General Mills’ commitment to purchase green power from Roaring Fork will help to finance the construction of the Maverick Creek wind project being developed in Concho County, Texas, by RES and Steelhead Americas. The project’s renewable energy credits can be applied toward General Mills’ greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and will enable the company to reduce its Scope 2 emissions as part of its target of sustainable emission levels across its global value chain by 2050. Through 2018, General Mills has reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of its extended value chain by 13 percent compared to its 2010 baseline.
“RES, in partnership with Steelhead Americas, is delighted to support General Mills’ effort to match 100 percent of the electricity used at company-owned domestic facilities,” said Graham Reid, CEO for RES in the Americas. “Delivering the Maverick Creek project brings RES closer to fulfilling our vision where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy.”
The U.S. wind industry employs 102,500 workers across 50 states. That figure continues to rise annually, with the number of people employed by wind expected to top 248,000 by 2020. According to Navigant Consulting, the wind industry is expected to deliver over $85 billion in economic activity during the same period.
“We’re pleased to be a part of General Mills’ commitment to clean power, and proud that Maverick Creek is a fundamental part of that commitment. Our strong partnership with RES ensures projects like Maverick Creek will deliver clean, reliable, low cost wind energy benefits to power America’s energy economy,” said Chris Rogers, senior director at Steelhead Americas.
General Mills is listed on the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and the 2018 CDP Climate A List and Newsweek Green Rankings (#34). For more information on General Mills’ ambitious climate commitment, visit its 2019 Global Responsibility Report and A Taste of General Mills blog.
About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, Blue and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2018 proforma net sales of U.S. $17.0 billion, including $1.3 billion from Blue Buffalo. In addition, General Mills' share of non-consolidated joint venture net sales totaled U.S. $1.1 billion.
RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for over 35 years, RES has delivered more than 16 GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 5 GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured 1GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs), enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs more than 2,000 people and is active in 10 countries.
About Steelhead Americas
Steelhead Americas, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a wholly owned development subsidiary of Vestas. Through a development and co-development pipeline of over 3,000 MW of wind energy projects, Steelhead Americas aims to enable future growth in the North American wind energy market. Vestas is the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer and leading provider of wind energy solutions, with over 101 GW of wind turbines installed in 80 countries.
The carbon impact of Solidia Technologies® cement and concrete has surpassed four million kilograms (8.8 million lbs) through the combination of emissions reduction and carbon capture achieved during production. Solidia’s technology allows for a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions (245 kg) in the production of cement. Coupled with the capture of an additional 240 kg of CO2 during the CO2-curing process in concrete, equal to 24% of the cement mass, Solidia’s systems can reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete by up to 70%.
“We’re proud to celebrate Earth Day with a measurable and proven impact on the environment, while offering meaningful value to industry and with the potential to do so much more,” said Solidia President and CEO Tom Schuler. “Our technology impacts both ends of the global carbon challenge by lowering emissions and capturing and safely sequestering CO2 in an industry large enough to move the needle.”
Solidia takes a giant step that will leave a small footprint. When applied globally, each year it will reduce:
the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 70%, equaling 1.5 gigatonnes or ~4% of the world’s CO2 emissions;
water usage up to 100%, avoiding the consumption of three trillion liters of fresh water consumed in the production of ordinary Portland cement (OPC)…enough to fill one million Olympic swimming pools;
energy consumption at cement plants equal to ~260 million barrels of oil (or 67 million tonnes of coal);
landfills by eliminating at least 100 million tonnes of concrete waste; and
emissions of mercury, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide.
Concrete is the world’s second most utilized substance, exceeded only by the consumption of water. Over 30 billion tonnes of concrete, containing approximately three billion tonnes of OPC, are manufactured and used every year. Cement production is the second largest industrial CO2 polluter, representing 5 to 7% of the world’s total CO2 emissions.
Solidia transforms CO2 into a valuable global commodity. Within five years, Solidia’s need for CO2 will more than double the existing CO2 market.
Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, Solidia Concrete™ products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours. Solidia is introducing Artificial Intelligence into concrete production, an industry first that dramatically upgrades process and quality control.
“We are scaling technologies that will bring one of the world’s oldest and largest industries into the 21st century,” explained Schuler. “Our higher-performing, aesthetically enhanced products solve problems that plague the industry, on top of a superior sustainability profile. The industry will pivot to Solidia because we have made adopting sustainable innovation smart business with measured and proven value and impact.”
Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors.
In celebration of Earth Month, today Green Mountain Energyannounced its customers prevented more than 9.9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide in 2018 by choosing cleaner electricity and carbon offset products – 1.3 billion more pounds than in 2017. For perspective, that’s like removing nearly one million cars from roadways or turning lights off in 10.5 million households for a year.
Since its inception in 1997, Green Mountain Energy customers have collectively avoided more than 73 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of planting 8.6 million trees, pointing toward growing consumer interest in clean energy solutions.
“It’s amazing to reflect back every year on Earth Day to celebrate the collective strides we’ve made for the environment,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. “Our carbon dioxide offset number continues to grow thanks to customers choosing clean energy from renewable resources, like the sun and wind.”
To further support this mission, Green Mountain recently launched its first electricity plan that offers customers the choice to power their homes with 100 percent solar electricity generated in Texas. The Go Local Solar plan, inspired by the farm-to-table movement, harnesses electricity from Texas-based solar parks, providing both homeowners and renters local solar power with no rooftop installation.
The company also continues to form unique sustainability partnerships with nonprofits and commercial businesses across the country to implement energy solutions that protect the planet and deliver important cost savings. These partnerships, which include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Hill Shopping Center in Dallas and AMLI Residential reflect a shared commitment to learning and leadership in the efficient and sustainable use of resources.
In addition, the Green Energy Mountain Sun Club supports nonprofit organizations seeking to enhance their own sustainability goals while reinforcing Green Mountain’s mission to use the power of consumer choice to change the way power is made. The Sun Club is funded by Green Mountain customers, the company and its employees. Over the past year, the Sun Club awarded grants to numerous nonprofits for projects including the planting of fruit trees at an elementary school with Trees for Houston, a solar-powered pavilion and sustainability education program with the New York Botanical Garden, and energy-efficient LED lighting for the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 73 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.
Consumers Energy Foundation Provides $500,000 to Three Projects Protecting Michigan’s Natural Resources, with Planet Awards
The Consumers Energy Foundation celebrated Earth Day today by providing $500,000 for three projects that will make a significant impact on Michigan’s environment – protecting habitat for Michigan’s wildlife, planting 100,000 trees and preserving freshwater resources.
The Michigan Nature Association, Conservation Resource Alliance and Michigan United Conservation Clubs are the first recipients of the Foundation’s Planet Awards. The grants aim to preserve, restore and protect Michigan’s natural resources.
“Consumers Energy has made a Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity. Our Planet Awards represent that commitment in action, working with great Michigan organizations to protect our land, water and air,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO. “We are excited to support these three projects as we all work together to preserve Michigan’s natural beauty.”
The three award recipients are:
Michigan Nature Association ($250,000) – The Protecting Habitat Today for People and Wildlife Tomorrow project will protect, restore and enhance 575 acres of critical habitat for rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals in eight Michigan counties. The Consumers Energy Foundation has previously supported the association’s work to save Michigan’s most vulnerable species, including the spotted turtle, Karner blue butterfly, eastern praire fringed orchid and others.
Conservation Resource Alliance ($150,000) – The Wild Roots project aims to plant 100,000 native Michigan trees over five years. The planting effort will fortify forested watersheds in northern Michigan, will reduce water runoff by nearly 8 million gallons and provide seed stocks for the next generation of forest. Consumers Energy volunteers participated today in the effort’s first tree planting in Traverse City.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs ($100,000) – The new On the Water program will help Michigan residents connect with their waterways through about a dozen stream and riverbed clean-ups, plus focus on education, outreach and recycling. The Consumers Energy Foundation has previously supported a similar MUCC program called On the Ground with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, which enhances habitat on public land.
The Planet Awards are the first of three $500,000 grant allocations this year totaling $1.5 million. Requests for proposals will be announced later this year for the People Awards and Prosperity Awards.
Consumers Energy is committed to building a sustainable future for Michigan. Last year, the energy provider announced its Clean Energy Plan, to eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity and to reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent.
The company also created five-year environmental goals for Michigan water, waste and land, including:
Saving 1 billion gallons of water
Reducing waste to landfills by 35 percent
Enhancing, restoring or protecting 5,000 acres of land in Michigan
The Consumers Energy Foundation is Consumers Energy’s charitable arm. The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity.
In 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed more than $18.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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CSAA Insurance Group Showcases Corporate Social Responsibility Snapshot to Demonstrate Commitment to Corporate Citizenship
CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, released its first corporate social responsibility snapshot to highlight its commitment to the environmental and social impacts that contribute to the wellbeing of its employees, communities and AAA Members.
“CSAA Insurance Group is focused on serving AAA Members and good corporate citizenship is an important part of that commitment,” said Danielle Cagan, vice president of external affairs at CSAA Insurance Group. “This snapshot provides a broad view of our social responsibility programs so we can continually assess our progress. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and there’s still more to do.”
The snapshot highlights how CSAA Insurance Group is living its company values of being inclusive, caring, and accountable, and doing the right thing in the following areas:
Employee Volunteerism: CSAA Insurance Group recorded an employee volunteerism rate of 100% last year, achieving the highest employee volunteer participation rate in the U.S. by a company with 3,000 or more employees for the fourth consecutive year. Employees volunteered 47,045 hours of time, representing approximately $1.16 million in value of employee hours. In 2018, the company received the Civic 50 award for the fifth year in a row from Points of Light, which recognizes the country’s most community-minded companies.
Health and Wellness: When our employees are at their best, we can best serve AAA Members. That’s why we offer employees the benefits and resources they need to support their well-being. From onsite fitness classes at multiple office locations to extra mental health coverage and financial education programs and resources, we take a holistic approach to promoting health and well-being. Nearly all employees participate in wellness programs, with 67% completing health assessments and 48% completing biometric screenings.
Supplier Diversity and Sourcing: Working with a growing number of diverse suppliers around the country to deliver products and services to AAA Members, CSAA Insurance Group is fostering economic growth, job creation and stability in its communities. Currently, we partner with some 665 diverse suppliers to create opportunities for businesses owned and operated by people of color, women, disabled veterans and LBGTQ+ individuals. Partnering with diverse suppliers benefits our communities and our business performance by fostering a dynamic, competitive marketplace that allows us to deliver products and services at the best value to our members
Environment and Sustainability: Climate change and the increase in severe weather events affecting communities – such as devastating wildfires, hurricanes and droughts – adds to the importance of protecting the environment and reducing our environmental footprint. Our 3800 employees are vigilant about their energy use, and we reuse and recycle materials whenever possible – because when we reduce our carbon emissions and trim energy use, we minimize pollution and contribute to healthier communities. In 2018, the company had three LEED certified buildings, installed native and drought-tolerant landscaping, increased its energy-saving LED lighting, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 percent and is converting its fleet of vehicles of nearly 300 to hybrid.
Inclusion and Belonging: Being inclusive is one of our company’s values. Through intentional acts of inclusion, we foster a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging and can leverage their differences to influence, innovate, problem-solve and thrive. The company offers 17 employee resource groups, six regional diversity councils and nearly 80% of employees surveyed responded favorably to questions focusing on inclusion. Since 2005, we’ve earned top marks on the Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmark for corporate policies and practices pertinent to LBGTQ+ employees. We also offer inclusive benefits such as paid bonding leave for birthing and non-birthing parents, two weeks of paid military leave and coverage for gender reassignment surgery.
About CSAA Insurance Group
CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA Members through AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1914, the company has been rated “A” or better by A.M. Best for more than 90 years, and is one of the top personal lines property casualty insurance groups in the United States, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The company has been repeatedly named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in America by Points of Light.