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CARE’s International Women’s Day Campaign Rallies Americans to Help Make All #WomenEqual

10 hours 26 min ago

Nearly 40 percent of the world’s girls and women – 1.4 billion – live in countries failing on gender equality.* And according to a 2019 poll by Verizon Media Brands, many American women (68 percent) want to play a role in reducing gender bias around the world. Following a successful 2019 International Women’s Day campaign that generated over 350M media impressions and 99 media placements, the global poverty-fighting organization CARE® will again host a powerful International Women’s Day campaign, #WomenEqual, giving the American public many ways to join the fight to make all #WomenEqual

“For decades, CARE® has been leading innovative global programs that ignite transformational change for women through financial inclusion, health, education, and dignified work. And, through this work, we understand that equality is the answer to overcoming the world’s greatest problems. Armed with the equal opportunity to learn, earn, and lead, we know women make societies and economies thrive – we can’t afford to not work to make #WomenEqual,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. 

A multi-channel engagement platform, #WomenEqual will kick off March 1 and include activations throughout the month.  CARE’s International Women’s Day events include the release of a series of “hero-story” videos; an Innovation Showcase reception in New York City on Thursday, March 5th; a convening of dozens of corporate partners addressing the role of business in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality); and a special post-matinee conversation with the audience featuring select stars and producers of Jagged Little Pill on Sunday, March 8th on Broadway, among other events. 

As part of the campaign’s ongoing celebrity engagement, CARE will launch a public service announcement in the week of March 2nd, featuring well-known women in entertainment to educate the public on the global view of gender injustice and to empower women and allies to fight for equality.  More details coming soon. 

“Just as the original CARE Package® allowed compassionate Americans to respond to devastation and poverty in the wake of World War II, our #WomenEqual campaign will help Americans fight for the rights of women globally,” said John Aylward, CARE’s chief marketing officer. “The #WomenEqual campaign delivers easy and accessible ways for individuals to engage and support women here and around the world. We will have exciting media moments, celebrity and influencer participation, creative social media content, and powerful stories of women. Together, we will work to include women around the world in the women’s movement and we will show them that we care.” 

Corporations, celebrities and other partners will also encourage the public to join the effort in the following ways:

  • Give. Visit fight.care.org and make a donation or learn more about corporate partners like Banana Republic, Gap, Nordstrom, and Cynthia Rowley who are supporting CARE through cause promotions. 

  • Learn. View compelling stories about the lives of resilient women around the world, the challenges they face, and how CARE® programs make a positive impact in their lives.

  • Speak Out. Become an advocate for women and girls around the world by signing CARE’s petition and using your voice to help make #WomenEqual.

  • Rally Others. #WomenEqual power, progress and potential. #WomenEqual survivors, peacemakers, mothers, educators, and leaders. Follow CARE on social media, share what #WomenEqual means to you, and tag others to get them involved. 

Several corporate partners have already committed to support CARE during March:

  • Mars Wrigley announced an expansion of its partnership with CARE with an additional $10 million investment to expand Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) programs in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Over the next five years, CARE and Mars Wrigley will reach 50,000 people in cocoa-growing communities in West Africa. This investment will significantly scale CARE’s VSLA programming giving thousands of women in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana the opportunity to join together – under their own leadership and with their own aspirations - to realize critical improvements in not only their lives, but also those of their families and communities.

  • Long time partner Gap Inc. is celebrating International Women’s Day with donations from Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy going to CARE in support of Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program. CARE has been an implementing partner of P.A.C.E. well over a decade, helping to expand the life skills and education program to 500,000 women and girls around the world. 

    • Banana Republic will donate $100,000 to salute female trailblazers and boundary breakers. 

    • Old Navy is introducing an International Women’s Day “she” graphic tee in stores and online. The brand is also making a donation on behalf of six female employees who will be recognized through Old Navy’s International Women’s (Every) Day campaign for inspiring others and making an impact in their communities.

    • Gap will debut GapFit Breathe tops designed by two strong, resilient, and inspirational women, Rebecca Alexander and Hannah Corderman, with a donation.

  • Nordstrom and CARE are partnering for the first time, focusing on our shared commitment to helping lift millions of women and girls around the world out of extreme poverty by supporting CARE’s efforts to ensure 8 million women in Asia have access to safe and equitable workplaces. To demonstrate support for CARE’s #WomenEqual campaign and to fight for women’s rights everywhere, Nordstrom will donate $25,000 to CARE and will additionally match up to $25,000 for every donation made to CARE between March 6th and 8th, the weekend of International Women’s Day.

  • Delta Air Lines will sponsor CARE’s Innovation Spotlight Reception on March 5th in New York City as we honor refugees, hear their stories, celebrate their dreams, and learn about the groundbreaking tools CARE is using to bring opportunities to women.

  • Cynthia Rowley is partnering with CARE to show women around the world that equality is a right, not an aspiration.  Cynthia Rowley will donate 15 percent of sales from a special selection of products to benefit CARE’s mission and women’s empowerment efforts.

Other corporate partners supporting CARE’s International Women’s Day efforts include Cummins Inc., Fiserv, Global Impact, Mastercard, Nuri & Ash, Olivela, Starbucks, and & Other Stories.   

Throughout women’s history month, CARE also thanks its Leadership Partners for their annual support including Abbott, C&A Foundation, Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Gap Inc., General Mills, Mars Wrigley, Mastercard, Procter & Gamble, The PepsiCo Foundation, The Pfizer Foundation, Target, and The UPS Foundation.

About CARE: Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year CARE worked in over 100 countries around the world, helping more than 50 million people. To learn more about CARE and our #WomenEqual campaign, visit fight.care.org.

* Equal Measures Global Report 2019

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Media contact:
Vanessa Parra
Executive Director, Media Relations, CARE
email: vanessa.parra@care.org skype: va.parra
cell: +1 917-525-0590
www.care.org

Bright Funds Announces the Launch of Bright Funds Lite -- Supporting Workplace Giving for Employers of All Sizes

13 hours 26 min ago

Bright Funds announced today the expansion of its workplace giving platform to support employers of all sizes with Bright Funds Lite.  Bright Funds Lite supports small and midsize companies while leveraging the scale, security, and stability traditionally only available to enterprise clients.  Bright Funds Lite touts its speed to launch with ease of configuration, self service setup, and affordable pricing. 

Since Bright Funds launched in 2012, Bright Funds has worked with enterprises to support their giving programs. In support of those employers, the Bright Funds platform has evolved into a robust and comprehensive offering that employees count on day in and day out to stay connected with the local, national, and global causes that they care about. Bright Funds Lite takes the infrastructure, technology, and learnings from eight years of experience with powering successful programs and makes them available to small and midsize employers. With Bright Funds Lite, the millions of employees working for employers of all sizes can now give back to the communities in which they live and work through their employer.   

True to the Bright Funds mission of democratizing philanthropy through technology, Bright Funds Lite directly delivers on the mission by expanding the target employers for Bright Funds to include tens of thousands of small and midsize employers. Bright Funds CEO Srinagesh Vitthanala lays out how the launch of Bright Funds Lite delivers on the continued company vision, 

“We recognized that small and midsize businesses had no affordable options to offer workplace giving programs. We challenged ourselves to bring to market a lighter version of our Enterprise solution. Our result was to enable the employer to set up the platform and be able to power employee donations and volunteering within minutes. An employer can literally register and launch the program to their staff over a weekend.  Welcome to Bright Funds Lite.” 

Rachel Nersesian, Head of Business Development, said Bright Funds Lite is key to helping employers hire, engage, and retain today’s top talent in this competitive talent market,  

Today’s workers want to make a difference in what they do, and they seek out employers who are making a difference with their Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Workplace giving and volunteering has traditionally been a benefit only offered by large enterprises. In launching Bright Funds Lite, we are making this benefit available to small and midsize companies to add to their arsenal to attract and retain talent. We are thrilled to be able to make a difference for these workers and these employers.” 

Bright Funds Lite is proud to be able to help tens of thousands of small and midsize employers support the philanthropic desires of their workforces. Lite creates a level playing field for employee hiring and retention, as well as creating the donation funnel to draw tens of millions of new charitable donations to support the over 1.8M charitable organizations on the Bright Funds network. 

For more details, visit https://www.brightfunds.org/ or email info@brightfunds.org. 

About Bright Funds

Bright Funds, founded in 2012, is a workplace philanthropy company headquartered in Oakland, California. Bright Funds partners with companies to provide a secure, global technology platform that supports employee giving, volunteerism, and grants management. Bright Funds is proud to power programs for employers of all sizes that value giving back to their communities - from large enterprises, to growing startups, to small businesses.

Responsible Business Alliance Enhances Data Analytics Capabilities

16 hours 26 min ago

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced it is greatly enhancing its data analytics capabilities with the pending launch of its newly upgraded RBA-Online platform in March and the recent addition of a data scientist on staff. These resources will support members of the RBA and its Initiatives as they seek to better understand and use key data to improve labor and environmental conditions in their global supply chains.

RBA-Online is an online sustainability data management system designed to help RBA members and their suppliers manage and share sustainability data. This includes audits, risk assessments and self-assessment questionnaires that assess risk at the corporate, facility and supplier levels. The updated platform launching in March features a new user interface, increased performance, improved audit workflow integration, data analytics, focused survey deployment, Responsible Minerals Initiative audit management, new permissions for Responsible Labor Initiative and Responsible Factory Initiative members, and many other new features.

There is a tremendous amount of data in RBA-Online and the new capabilities will enable the RBA and its members to more easily work with it for analyses and reporting purposes. The foundation of the future RBA analytics program will include enhanced industry-level reporting, interactive dashboards, and custom data solutions for members.

“RBA members will be able to interact with and export or import data specific to their needs, conduct in-depth analyses and create stunning visualizations that will help them communicate progress and target areas for improvement,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Responsible Business Alliance. “We are very pleased to have Jack Cutts join the RBA as Director of Data Science and Research to help us implement our data science roadmap and take our analytics capabilities to the next level.”

Jack Cutts is a seasoned data scientist with a broad range of experience in data analytics, machine learning and database administration. A 16-year veteran of the electronics and telecommunications industries, he worked in business intelligence, research and membership for the Consumer Technology Association. Earlier, Jack served in government affairs for Alcatel-Lucent.

About the Responsible Business Alliance

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continual improvement. The organization has a global footprint, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have nearly 400 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.

Media Contact

Jarrett Bens, Director of Communications
Responsible Business Alliance
Phone: +1 571.858.5721
jbens@responsiblebusiness.org

ImpactAssets Releases Ninth Annual IA 50 Impact Investment Fund Manager Showcase With New Emerging Impact Category

18 hours 26 min ago

 ImpactAssets has released its ImpactAssets 50 2020 (IA 50), a publicly available, online database for impact investors, family offices, financial advisors and institutional investors that features a diversified listing of private capital fund managers that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. 

To continue to shine a light on impact fund innovation, the IA 50 added a new Emerging Impact Manager category, which spotlights newer fund managers that demonstrate potential to create meaningful impact. The inaugural list includes 16 emerging fund managers across a variety of themes and geographies.

“With record applicants and assets under management, the IA 50 continues to reflect the rapid growth and interest in impact investing,” said Jed Emerson, ImpactAssets Senior Fellow, and IA 50 Review Committee Chair. “This year’s showcase includes eleven impact funds with more than $1 billion in assets under management. And to ensure we’re capturing the best future ideas, we’ve added emerging impact managers, who have the hunger, creativity and a willingness to explore alternatives that more seasoned fund managers may not.”

The IA 50 2020 saw a record number of private debt and equity fund manager applications. Managers who met the IA 50’s in-depth review criteria manage an estimated $39.8 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact, up from $26.9 billion in 2019. Emerging impact managers direct nearly $400 million into cutting-edge strategies and high impact investments.

This year's showcase includes:

Investment Targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals: A total of 83% of managers targeted investment in people or places that are under threat or lack access to resources and opportunity, while 64% focused on underdeveloped markets where the market is relatively new, emerging, or subject to systemic challenges. Top UN SDG categories that fund managers focused on included 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth (68%); 1 - No Poverty (63%) and 10 - Reduced Inequalities (58%).

Diversity and Inclusion: While Wall Street continues to struggle with building diverse teams, 85% of IA 50 fund managers report that 25% or more of their investment professionals are women and/or from under-represented groups, while half have teams with 50% or more women and other under-represented groups. In addition, 75% of firms have 25% or more percent management teams that are women or from under-represented groups.

Impact and Financial Return: Impact fund managers remained focused on delivering both positive impact and investment performance, with 78% targeting market rates or above market rates of return. A total of 97% of impact fund managers delivered either in line or above their initial target returns.

Emerging Impact Managers

The newly-introduced IA 50 Emerging Impact Managers category represents fund managers that are in the early stage of their life cycle, and are often taking unique approaches to impact investing. Emerging Impact Managers may have less than $25MM in Assets Under Management and/or been operating for fewer than three years.

Emerging Impact Manager firms were selected according to a set of criteria developed to ensure a diverse set of firms with commitment to impact and representing a range of approaches, asset classes and impact areas. Particular consideration was given to firms that demonstrate a unique strategy, under-represented impact theme and diversity in leadership in view of the application pool.

  • The emerging impact managers have an average AUM of $24.8MM. Of this year’s emerging impact managers, 75% were launched in the last three years.

  • A quarter (25%) of managers list clean technology, alternative energy and climate change as their investment theme, while 19% are focused on small and medium business development, and 13% list racial equity as their investment theme

  • A total of 69% of emerging impact managers report that 50% or more of their investment professionals are women and/or from under-represented groups and 75% report that 50% or more of their board members are women or from under-represented groups.

"As the impact investing field evolves, we can't lose sight of innovation,” said IA 50 Review Committee Member Julia W. Sze, CFA, of Julia W. Sze Consulting. "The emerging managers we selected have developed strategies in new sectors and geographies, are often led by women and people of color, and add new depth to the impact investment universe."

In addition to Emerson and Sze, the IA 50 Review Committee is comprised of an expanded group of 14 impact investment experts and leaders, including Lauren Booker Allen, Vice President, Jordan Park Group Impact Advisory; Mark Berryman, Managing Director of Impact Investing, The CAPROCK Group; Ronald A. Homer, Chief Strategist, Impact Investing, RBC Global Asset Management (US) Inc.; Karl "Charly" Kleissner, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Toniic and KL Felicitas Foundation; Kathy Leonard, Senior Vice President, Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS; Malaika Maphalala, CPWA® Private Wealth Advisor, Natural Investments, LLC; Cynthia Muller, Director of Mission Investment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Managing Director and Partner, Tiedemann Wealth Management; Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Ford Foundation; Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons, Co-Founders of Blue Haven Initiative; and Margret Trilli, President and CIO, ImpactAssets.

Sandra Osborne Kartt, CFA, Director, Investments, ImpactAssets and Jennifer Kenning, CEO and Co-Founder of Align Impact and IA 50 Senior Investment Advisor, led the ImpactAssets and Align Impact Investment teams in the application scoring and analysis process.

“The IA 50 is a proven and trusted way for investors to start exploring a subset of managers that are already working in this area and determining what interesting impact investments an investor can make today,” said Osborne Kartt. “We are excited by growing investor appetite as well as the diverse array of impact themes and strategies represented by this year’s list.”

About the ImpactAssets 50

The IA 50 is the first publicly available database that provides a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their financial advisors, offering an easy way to identify experienced impact investment firms and explore the landscape of potential investment options.  The IA 50 is intended to illustrate the breadth of impact investment fund managers operating today, though it is not a comprehensive list.  Firms have been selected to demonstrate a wide range of impact investing activities across geographies, sectors and asset classes.

The IA 50 is not an index or investable platform and does not constitute an offering or recommend specific products. It is not a replacement for due diligence. In order to be considered for the IA 50 2020, fund managers needed to have at least $25 million in assets under management, more than 3 years of experience as a firm with impact investing, documented social and/or environmental impact and be available for US investment. Additional details on the selection process are here.

The IA 50 Emerging Impact Manager list is intended to spotlight newer fund managers that may demonstrate future potential to create meaningful impact. Criteria such as minimum track record or minimum assets under management may not be applicable.

About ImpactAssets

ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ $1.1 billion Donor Advised Fund and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through impact investment and philanthropy.

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American Forest Foundation Welcomes International Paper as a Family Forest Carbon Program Partner

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) announced today that International Paper, one of the world's leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, has joined AFF and its partner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in supporting the newly-created Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) to enhance carbon sequestration in family owned forest land across the U.S. 

Families own 290 million acres of America’s forests, more than state or federal governments and the forest industry, and for many landowners, cost is a barrier to sustainably managing their forestland. The FFCP incorporates family forest owners in the global effort to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by incentivizing individual and family forest owners to adopt forest management practices that improve forest health and increase carbon sequestration.

The FFCP represents a new approach to climate change mitigation that taps into the carbon storage potential of family-owned forestland while creating a new market and source of income for the families that dedicate time and effort to their forest management. Beyond creating a carbon market for family landowners and improving family forest management, the FFCP also improves overall forest health, fire resilience and water quality.   

“We are so grateful that International Paper recognizes the importance of engaging family forest landowners in climate solutions. Their leadership in providing the support to execute this program is crucial,” said Nathan Truitt, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at AFF.  “International Paper has long been a tremendous partner for sustainable forestry and this investment will mean we can do even more to keep forests healthy and maximize their carbon potential.”

 “International Paper is committed to environmental stewardship and we applaud this innovative approach that engages family forest owners in sustainable forest management for carbon and climate benefits,” said Sophie Beckham, Chief Sustainability Officer at International Paper. “Our entire business depends on the sustainability of forests, and we are proud to support the Family Forest Carbon Program to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come.”

International Paper recently announced their Vision 2030 sustainability goals, which demonstrate their commitment to building a better future for people, the planet and the company. In keeping with the company’s ongoing commitments to sustain forests and to improve the planet, the company’s goals include improving their climate impact and leading forest stewardship efforts globally. International Paper’s support of the FFCP is one way the company will leverage new and existing collaborations to make its desired impacts over the decade.

Recent research, published by The Nature Conservancy and 21 other institutions in Science Advances, demonstrates that nature-based solutions, like the FFCP, can help absorb one-fifth of the carbon pollution produced in the United States—30 percent more than previously estimated. This is equivalent to the emissions from every U.S. passenger vehicle. Carbon pollution reductions are needed globally by 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius. Support of the Family Forest Carbon Program will help accelerate the impact of nature-based solutions.

About the American Forest Foundation

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) is a non-profit conservation organization that protects and measurably increases clean water, wildlife habitat, and sustainable wood supplies that come from family-owned forests. AFF works with landowners, partners, leading businesses, and policymakers to address key issues such as conserving biodiversity, reducing risk of catastrophic wildfire, and addressing the threat of climate change.  To learn more about the American Forest Foundation and the Family Forest Carbon Program, go to www.forestfoundation.org/carbon.

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

Erb Institute Faculty Director Joe Árvai Recognized for Contribution to Risk Analysis

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

Erb Institute Faculty Director Joe Árvai is one of the six fellows that the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) recently named, recognizing their substantial achievements in science or public policy relating to risk analysis, as well as their service to the society. SRA is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for people interested in risk analysis.

As businesses address climate change, the ways they assess, analyze and mitigate risk are critical. Árvai is an expert in the risk and decision sciences, and he is a frequent advisor to governments, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

Árvai’s research delves into how people make decisions, including how they evaluate and analyze risk. He and his team conduct experiments and surveys to advance our understanding of how people process information and make choices, with a specific focus on how people make necessary trade-offs. Their research also focuses on developing and testing decision-aiding tools and approaches that people can use to improve decision quality in various contexts, including climate risk management.

In research that will be appearing in the Journal of Risk Research later this year, Árvai and his colleagues examined the extent to which people are able make decisions that are in line with their values and priorities. They found that for decisions ranging from simple consumer choices to the evaluation of more complex policy options, people struggle to select courses of action that address the issues that matter most to them. In fact, as the level of complexity and importance of a decision context increased, Árvai and his colleagues found that flipping a coin would perform almost as well as people’s decision-making tendencies.

These findings are especially important today, as the U.S. gears up for the 2020 elections. The research suggests that people will struggle mightily when it comes to selecting candidates and ballot initiatives that stand the best chance of addressing their needs.

Árvai is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability and the Ross School of Business.

Goodyear Connected Tires Can Reduce Lost Stopping Distance, a Key for EVs, AVs

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently eclipsed 3 million miles of data from road tests and field trials with customers derived from its connected tires.  Connected tires – those with embedded sensors – are able to “talk” to the vehicle and the road and measure characteristics of the tire, leading to potential enhanced vehicle performance and safety.  

In fact, initial studies have shown that Goodyear’s connected tires can reduce stopping distance lost between a new and worn tire by 30 percent.  With the evolution to electric and autonomous vehicles, connected tires and the impact they can have on stopping distance, communication with the vehicle will only increase in importance.  

Goodyear’s connected, intelligent tire system continuously measures and records tire-derived information, which is paired with other vehicle data and connected to Goodyear’s cloud-based proprietary algorithms.

The intelligent tires can measure tire wear, load, inflation and temperature, along with road surface conditions, in real time, allowing the vehicle to adjust and respond to these measurements and optimize vehicle performance. 

“Consider someone driving on a slick, curvy road in cold temperatures. The driver adjusts his movements by slowing down, tapping the brakes or avoiding sudden steering,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer. “But what happens when nobody is behind the wheel? The tire is the only part of the vehicle that touches the ground and it can communicate vital information to the vehicle, enhancing safety and performance.”

While Goodyear’s connected tires are not yet available to consumers, the company is continuously testing connected tires extensively with auto makers, startups and more, developing custom products and solutions to help enhance safe riding experiences with eventual use by consumers down the road.   

About Goodyear

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 63,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.  

LIXIL Earns Place in CDP’s Water Security A List for Second Consecutive Year

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

LIXIL Group Corporation (LIXIL Group; TSE code: 5938), maker of pioneering water and housing products, has been named in the CDP1 ’s prestigious Water A List for two consecutive years. Incorporating its Corporate Responsibility commitment in its products, services, and business, CDP’s recognition reflects the company’s leadership in water stewardship.

The CDP, a non-profit organization running a globally acknowledged environmental disclosure system, scores companies A to D in key environmental impact sectors, including climate, water, forests, and supply chain. To score an A, companies must demonstrate best practice in disclosing and responding to risk.

Ryo Nihei, Executive Officer and Senior Managing Director of Technology at LIXIL Group, commented: “As a manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen products, from toilets to faucets, water is at the heart of what we do. Together with our stakeholders, we have advanced not just our water-saving and wastewater management initiatives, but also the water efficiency of our products. We are proud to receive this recognition two years in a row as we strive to enhance the sustainability of both LIXIL and the environment. We will continue to advance our activities related to water, particularly by integrating and scaling up our existing advanced water filtration technology globally; to make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere.”

LIXIL Group’s Corporate Responsibility strategy consists of three pillars, comprising Global Sanitation and Hygiene, Water Conservation and Environmental Sustainability, and Diversity and Inclusion. Relevant to the first two pillars, LIXIL was rated an A for a range of practices disclosed for FYE2019 to reduce business risks and increase business opportunities. This includes:

  • Assessing production facilities based on local water conditions, identifying sites with great water risks to set water conservation targets, and implementing appropriate countermeasures. These include promoting initiatives at determined sites designed to alleviate water risks, wastewater recycling or saving systems, and related activities to improve water efficiency.

  • Enhancing the performance of products and services, from water-saving, energy-efficient faucets and toilets to smart water-controlling systems that can detect pipe leaks and be controlled via smartphone apps, thereby contributing to environmental sustainability.

In addition to these, LIXIL Group aims to improve global sanitation and hygiene for 100 million people by 2025 by developing solutions that cater to their local requirements and preferences. Establishing local production and distribution systems for its innovative and affordable SATO products, LIXIL Group contributes to local economies by creating jobs, improving infrastructure, and promoting sanitation to tackle the impact it has on communities and the water they use.

On environmental sustainability, LIXIL Group achieved its carbon intensity target announced in FYE 2016 two years ahead of plan. The company announced its new commitment of pursuing a net-zero carbon footprint and helping the world transition to a circular economy through its products by 2050.

LIXIL Group was also rated A- for CDP Climate Change this year, which is a higher recognition than 2018. In line with its vision3 to pursue a net-zero carbon footprint in its operations, LIXIL Group joined RE1004 . Starting with the Kyoto Showroom and most recently at its Global Headquarters in Tokyo, LIXIL Group is now moving towards using 100% renewable energy in its operations. In recognition of its CR and sustainability practices, LIXIL is also listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, FTSE4Good Index Series, FTSE Blossom Japan Index, and MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index, and S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index.

1 The CDP is a non-profit organization that issues surveys on climate change, water conservation, and supply chain to companies. It discloses data to more than 800 institutional investors controlling assets worth US $100 trillion. Reference: https://www.cdp.net/

2 According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Achieved WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award by WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the EPA. Reference: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-awards

3 Press Release: LIXIL Sets New Sustainability Targets to Drive Its Contribution to the World https://www.lixil.com/en/news/pdf/191115_CR_E_Final_web.pdf

4 Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 is a global corporate leadership initiative bringing together influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. http://there100.org/

Note to editor:

LIXIL’s Corporate Responsibility

LIXIL is committed to making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere, and to pursuing the growth of its business through responsible and sustainable innovations. Aligning its business and CR strategies, “Global Sanitation and Hygiene,” “Water Conservation & Environmental Sustainability,” and “Diversity & Inclusion” form what it calls its three strategic CR pillars. These are the fields in which LIXIL strives to make its biggest positive impact on society, while contributing to global efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDGs).

About LIXIL

LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and TOSTEM. Approximately 75,000 colleagues operating in more than 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.

Study: Your Home’s Water Quality Could Vary by the Room – and the Season

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

Is the water in your home actually safe, given that water utility companies in the U.S. aren’t required by law to monitor the water that specifically enters a building at its service line?

A study has found that the water quality of a home can differ in each room and change between seasons, challenging the assumption that the water in a public water system is the same as the water that passes through a building’s plumbing at any time of the year.

“This study reveals that drinking water in the service line water is clearly not the same quality at your faucet,” said Andrew Whelton, a Purdue University associate professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering. Researchers from Purdue, the University of Memphis and Michigan State University conducted the study, published in the journal Building and Environment.

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Cascade Comes Clean About Dishwashing Habit

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

Best-selling detergent brand Cascade is launching “Do It Every Night,” a campaign to encourage water conservation in an unexpected way: by considering running the dishwasher every night, instead of washing dishes by hand.

Recently, the World Resources Institute (WRI) published new data on water usage. WRI’s findings indicate in-home water usage is growing at a faster rate than every other sector, including agriculture and industry. This means more people are using more water in their homes than ever before. The good news? Each and every one of us can help reduce water consumption at home through simple and surprising ways, including the way we clean our dishes.

Contrary to popular belief, the dishwasher is designed to be more efficient than the way most of us handwash dishes. According to Energy Star, certified dishwashers use less than four gallons per cycle. The sink uses four gallons of water every two minutes. But just how many dishes do you need to make the dishwasher a more water efficient choice? In a recent study, Cascade found that the average person spends 15 seconds handwashing a dish. In that time, the sink uses half a gallon of water. That’s why running your dishwasher with as few as eight dishes is all it takes to save water.

Using the dishwasher can also help you save costs on water and energy. According to Energy Star, if you are preparing at least two meals a day for a family of four, you could save more than 75% in energy and water costs by running your dishwasher instead of handwashing your dishes. Over the lifetime of the dishwasher, that’s $1,300 in savings.

“We all want to conserve resources in our daily lives, so Cascade spends a lot of time finding ways to help families get clean dishes, more efficiently,” says Martin Hettich, Vice President of P&G’s North America Home Care business. “While it’s most efficient to run a full load, we found that most people wind up hand washing dishes while waiting for the dishwasher to fill up, unintentionally wasting water. That’s why we think it’s important for people to know that the dishwasher doesn’t have to be completely full to be water efficient.”

Cascade knows that a little humor can go a long way to help inspire change, so the brand is partnering with celebrity couple Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. to help debunk dishwasher myths through an educational and entertaining content series.

“Freddie and I do a lot of cooking at home,” says Sarah Michelle Gellar. “We used to feel guilty about running the dishwasher before it was full, so we’d end up washing dishes by hand, waiting for the dishwasher to fill up. Now that we know that we can save up to 100 gallons of water a week by skipping the sink and running our dishwasher at the end of the day, we’re doing it more often to help save water.”

This campaign is part of Cascade’s ongoing commitment to advocate for responsible water consumption. Since 1955, North America’s #1* recommended dishwasher detergent brand has continually innovated its products and methods to improve dishwashing and reduce water consumption. In fact, Cascade was the first brand to create a detergent that allowed people to skip pre-rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

“As we make choices every day to save water in our own homes, it’s also important for us to find ways to restore water to the home we share,” says P&G’s Martin Hettich. “That’s why we’re excited to join the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) Change the Course Campaign and help restore water to water-stressed parts of the United States.”

Through this program and partnership, the brand will contribute millions of gallons of freshwater to critically dewatered rivers and wetlands in the Western United States.

“To address water scarcity, we need to do two things: conserve water in our daily lives and restore water to nature,” says Val Fishman, Chief Development Officer at BEF. “We’re thrilled to partner with Cascade to support healthy freshwater ecosystems across the American West. Through Change the Course, Cascade is significantly contributing to a network of on-the-ground projects that keep water in rivers and wetlands during times of water stress.”

To learn more about the campaign, visit CascadeClean.com.

*More dishwasher brands in North America recommend Cascade over any other automatic dishwashing detergent brand, recommendations as part of co-marketing agreements.

About Cascade

In 1953, Cascade entered the automatic dishwashing market with claims of “spotless dishes” to the four percent of households with dishwashers. The fast-moving world of household innovations was just in its beginning stages, and Cascade stayed at the forefront for the next 50 years by developing a range of automatic dishwashing products perfect for a variety of families, needs, and lifestyles. Today, with decades of experience and dishwashers in more than 60-percent of households, Cascade continues to grow, striving for immaculate dishes every time with its brilliant automatic dishwashing powders, gels, pacs, and additives.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com/ for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

About BEF and Change the Course

Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is an independent 501(c)3 organization with a 21-year successful track record working with businesses across North America to advance solutions that ensure our communities, economies and ecosystems have enough clean water to flourish. BEF’s Change the Course is a first-of-its-kind initiative that brings together the public, corporations, and on-the-ground conservation organizations to raise awareness about freshwater issues, reduce water footprints, and directly support water restoration projects. Change the Course is the leading national corporate water restoration and engagement campaign. The initiative has received contributions from over 60 corporate sponsors; supported over 55 water projects across 14 U.S. states and Mexico; and restored over 14 billion gallons of water. Learn more at Changethecourse.us.

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Goodyear Unveils New Brand Campaign That Champions the Power of Forward Movement

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:39

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced a new brand campaign that underscores its more than 120-year commitment to the discovery, growth and possibility that is fueled by mobility.

Goodyear’s campaign highlights the relationship between physical movement and unlocking human potential. To bring this to life, Goodyear will debut a new :30 television advertisement during the FOX broadcast of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16.  

“Goodyear is more than a tire company, as we enable movement so people can meet challenges, realize opportunities and unleash new possibilities,” said Mike Dwyer, Goodyear’s chief customer officer, North America Consumer. “This is the logical evolution of our long-standing More Driven campaign, and it communicates Goodyear’s constant pursuit of forward motion, so people have the confidence to discover and get more out of life.”

The new commercial, “Breakout,” portrays the iconic Goodyear Wingfoot coming to life as a symbol for forward motion. In the commercial, a graffiti character is moved by a passing Goodyear tire giving it the power of the “Wingfoot” to grow, evolve and transform. Each transformation represents different attributes of Goodyear’s tires and opens doors to new experiences and adventures – from a surfer signifying exceptional wet performance to a rock climber demonstrating all-terrain capabilities to an astronaut representing innovation.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 63,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

Arrow Electronics Employees Sponsor Donation Drive for REMAR Mexico Shelter

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39

Employees in Arrow Electronics’ Guadalajara, Mexico operations sponsored a donation drive for the REMAR Occidente Shelter that provides essential services for women and children. 

About 25 Arrow employees organized and supported the drive, which resulted in the donation of food, clothing and four laptops, benefitting 60 children. The employees delivered the supplies, installed the computers and hosted a party for the shelter’s residents. 

REMAR is a non-governmental organization that operates 268 foster homes around the world. In Guadalajara, REMAR operates a home for women, children and adolescents. The organization also provides basic health and education services and support programs to the community.

Arrow believes that purposeful community engagement enriches employees’ work experience and makes the company stronger. Arrow employees collaborate with local nonprofits around the world, extending the company’s innovative culture into the broader community. 

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) guides innovation forward for over 175,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2019 sales of $29 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that improve business and daily life. Learn more at FiveYearsOut.com.

Surprise! T-Mobile Announces Not Just One, But Three Grand Prize Winners of the Second-Annual Changemaker Challenge

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39

Oops, we did it again! T-Mobile senior leaders were SO impressed by the top three teams competing for the Grand Prize at this year’s T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge, they couldn’t just choose one winner … instead they awarded all three Category Winners the Grand Prize!

The Changemaker Challenge is a nationwide search for youth ages 13-23 with big ideas for how to change the world for good. This week, 30 winning teams attended the three-day Changemaker Challenge Lab hosted at T-Mobile’s Bellevue, Wash., headquarters where the three category winning teams, AVA (Technology), Stories Untold (Education) and Youth Climate Action Coalition (Environment) got the chance to pitch their ideas to T-Mobile leadership and compete for the Grand Prize.

Instead of just ONE team walking away with the Grand Prize, all three teams were selected to each receive a total of $10,000 in seed funding for their project, a return trip back to HQ to supercharge their ideas … AND in an unexpected Un-carrier twist, access to some of T-Mobile’s best and brightest senior leaders who will serve as advocates for the winning teams and provide an extra level of support and strategic counsel personalized to their individual projects —including marketing and social media advice, software development support, business advice and mentorship.

“The Changemaker Challenge Lab is always one of THE most inspirational weeks at T-Mobile and this year did NOT disappoint — I was blown away! These young people have proven to me yet again that they have incredible stories and ideas and are willing to take big risks to drive positive, long-term change in their communities,” said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile President and COO. “We were incredibly inspired by what we heard and look forward to rolling up our sleeves alongside these teams to help them amplify their impact. This is just the beginning of their amazing journeys!”

To learn more about this year’s Changemaker Challenge Grand Prize winners, see below:

  • AVA: Created by college student Vanessa Castañeda Gill, founder and CEO of Social Cipher, Ava is a video game that helps neurodiverse youth apply social skills in a safe and accessible space. Ava rose to the top of T-Mobile’s Technology category because the game offers an innovative approach to tackle a pressing issue, building inclusivity and diversity into America’s communities through an accessible and fun video game. Vanessa and team plan to use the seed funding to help subsidize a pilot to distribute the game to low income schools and autism service providers in Los Angeles.
  • Stories Untold US: Launched by Carlitos Rodriguez – a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL that took 17 of his classmates’ lives in 2018 – Stories Untold US aims to provide a platform and a voice for those who have been affected by gun violence. The project was chosen as the Education Category Winner because of the personal and heartfelt approach to creating impactful conversations around a challenging topic. Carlitos plans to use the funds to expand the project to more cities, sharing the stories of more survivors to continue advocating for gun violence prevention.
  • Youth Climate Action Coalition: Launched by co-founders Kevin Malaekeh, Jake McCullough and Jack Galloway, Youth Climate Action Coalition (YCAC) is a program focused on helping schools take steps to become more sustainable, reducing water usage through low-flow faucets and launching composting programs to divert organic waste from landfills. YCAC was chosen as the Environment category leader because their project provided an easily replicable solution at a low cost that could provide massive impact very quickly. The team plans to use their seed funding to provide grants to schools that want to join the program but don’t have funding allocated for sustainability projects.

The three-day T-Mobile Changemaker Lab was designed to foster community among young innovators while helping them develop the skills to turn their projects into reality. A highlight of this year’s lab was the mentorship and connection the changemakers had with Nadya Okamoto, CEO of Period, the largest youth-run women’s health NGO and a recent Forbes 30 under 30 honoree. Nadya took time to meet with members of this year’s Changemaker class to give advice and encouragement. The events also included a speaking appearance from Jaclyn Corin, one of the organizers from the historic March for Our Lives. Jaclyn is also the founder of Never Again MSD, a student-led political action committee for gun control.

For more information about the T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge and to check out this year’s full list of winners, visit T-Mobile.com/Changemaker or visit the newsroom for event images and b-roll video.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 86 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

About T-Mobile Foundation
The T-Mobile Foundation is committed to changing the world for good. The Foundation advances positive change in our communities by supporting causes that focus on youth development, and by providing opportunities for T-Mobile employees to engage in causes that benefit the communities where they live and work. The T-Mobile Foundation, created and funded by T-Mobile US, Inc., is recognized by the IRS as a Section 501(c)(3) private foundation.

About Ashoka

Ashoka is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs—individuals with new ideas to systemically address the world’s biggest challenges and the entrepreneurial skill to transform those ideas into national, regional and global social impact. Over 35 years, Ashoka has supported more than 3,500 social entrepreneurs in 90 countries with solutions addressing society’s most pressing issues. Ashoka’s vision is a world in which Everyone is a Changemaker—a society that responds quickly and effectively to challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem. For more information, visit ashoka.org.

U. S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta join Chef David Bouley and Dr. Mark Hyman at The WELL Conference

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39

Two globally recognized physicians, a renowned integrative medicine expert, and one of the world’s leading restauranteurs will join the more than 50 leading designers, architects, business leaders, academicians and public health professionals speaking at The WELL Conference, March 29-April 1, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, is an American anesthesiologist and a vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which represents the whole gamut of public health—from engineers to doctors to nurses to pharmacists to environmental health officers. Prior to becoming Surgeon General, he served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014–2017. 

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN, multiple award-winning journalist, author and neurosurgeon, is frequently referred to as “everyone’s doctor." He recently anchored a six-part CNN docuseries called “Chasing Life,” exploring unusual traditions and modern practices around the world that constitute a healthy and meaningful life. 

Chef David Bouley, one of New York’s most famous chefs, earned several four-star reviews in The New York Times, multiple James Beard Foundation awards including Best Chef in America, and countless others. He hosts The Chef & the Doctor, a collaborative lecture and dinner event with world-renowned doctors and nutritionists at his New York restaurant, Bouley at Home, demonstrating a practice of well-being that is accessible to home cooks anywhere. 

Dr. Mark Hyman is leading a health revolution—one that revolves around using food as medicine to support longevity, energy, mental clarity, happiness and so much more. A practicing family physician and an internationally recognized author, speaker, educator and advocate in the field of functional medicine, Dr. Hyman is a regular participant in The Chef & the Doctor series and will join Chef Bouley onstage for a lively discussion on how what we eat is at the top of the list for creating the vibrant health we deserve.

“In different ways, each of these globally renowned leaders is instrumental in shaping this movement towards a healthier future,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute, the presenter of the conference. “They are tremendous ambassadors for health and well-being and their expertise will further the innovative and inspiring experience The WELL Conference is set to be.”

The WELL Conference features an expanding roster of thought leaders who are committed to improving the health and well-being of people through better buildings and communities and stronger organizations. The education sessions are structured around six distinct tracks—Lead WELL, Learn WELL, Work WELL, Live WELL, Design WELL and Connect WELL. Attendees will hear perspectives that range from working dads (and their kids) discussing how wellness is advanced when they have more time with each other, to storytellers like Robin Raj, an expert in building “citizen brands” for organizations interested in living their purpose. Top editors of design publications Contract, Hospitality Design, Healthcare Design and Environments for Aging will report on changes, shifts and the creative thinking they expect to see in the new decade. 

Visit thewellconference.com to register and review the schedule of events and speakers and follow along on social media: TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

About The WELL Conference
A first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, The WELL Conference is a curation of information and inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators representing multiple sectors of the wellness movement. Presented through thought-provoking and immersive content focused on how our buildings and everything in them can enhance, not compromise our health, this gathering will provide a deeper understanding how to live well at every turn.  The event will take place March 29-April 1, 2020, at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. The WELL Conference is presented by the International WELL Building Institute in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers and powered by Emerald.

Press contact 
Media@thewellconference.com 

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Edward Jones Named One of the 2020 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE Magazine

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39

For the 21st time, Edward Jones is named one of the 2020 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE magazine. Edward Jones took the No. 7 spot on the prestigious list, the 16th year the firm has ranked in the top 10.

Great Place to Work®, a global people analytics and consulting firm, analyzed responses from more than 650,000 employees at Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organizations across the US. The firm evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team.

Rankings are based on employees’ feedback. Workplaces are recognized for including all employees, regardless of their role in the organization.

"It's critical that we foster an associate workplace experience – like the experience we create for our clients – of feeling understood, informed, secure and in control in their professional lives," said Edward Jones Managing Partner Penny Pennington. "As managing partner, it is my role to create an environment that unlocks the potential of our associates and creates a sense of belonging for all. We attract, hire and retain many talented people with diverse perspectives, and this cultivates an environment of openness, creativity, innovation and trust. It is humbling to be recognized for our leadership, continuous learning and providing a sense of belonging for all as we seek to create an exceptional client and associate experience."

The FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE Magazine based on employee feedback. Edward Jones also was ranked as a Best Workplace for Millennials, Parents, and in the Financial Services and Insurance industry by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE in 2019.

“The 100 Best show the way forward,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. "These companies have created Great Places to Work for All—for everyone, no matter who a person is or what they do for the organization. As a result, they have built a path to realize the promise of artificial intelligence, gain strength from a diversity of perspectives, and thrive during downturns.”

About Edward Jones

Edward Jones, a FORTUNE 500 firm headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices caters to individual investors. The firm's 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1.3 trillion in assets under management. The Edward Jones website is at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting Web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Unilever, Patagonia, Ikea, BlackRock, and The Church of England Pension Board on Leading the Decade of Action

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39
Unilever, Patagonia, Ikea, BlackRock, and The Church of England Pension Board on leading the Decade of Action

The Responsible Business Summit Europe (26-28 May, London) will bring together 750+ of the world’s leading CEOs, heads of sustainability, communications and ESG investors to share how to lead the decade of action. From educating the board and influencing internal critics to addressing scope 3 emissions and building a new relationship with investors, the summit is geared towards delivering ‘how-to’ best practice on what change looks like for both now and the 2030/2050 horizons.

Liam Dowd, managing director at Ethical Corporation – by Reuters Events highlights “There is increasing pressure on companies to take the lead and deliver action now on the key social and environment issues that we face. Business needs to work harder to build a sustainable future. As the world grapples with climate emergency, hyper-global inequalities and biodiversity loss, the pressure for business to act now has never been more important. BlackRock recently published a letter where Larry Fink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer declares “Every government, company, and shareholder must confront climate change”. But what are business doing and how are they planning to reach does tight goals? – this will be front and centre at this year’s summit.”

Agenda highlights include:

  • Climate adaption leadership: Build regenerative and resilient strategies that deliver market-level change on key climate risks and opportunities

  • Going beyond ESG disclosures: Performance-based metrics and goal setting fit for investors

  • Making sustainability THE future blueprint for business: Proving the ROI of sustainability and embedding within all areas of the business

  • Build the 21st Century supply chain: Utilise new technologies, partnerships and procurement strategies and transform to a clean, circular and positive impact value chain

  • Purpose-driven action and communications: Discover how companies are driving advocacy and action, both internally and externally, through purpose-driven communications

This is an unmissable year for the Responsible Business Summit Europe, being the only Platform bringing all key parties of business under one roof such as Patagonia, MasterCard, Unilever, BBVA, Ikea Group, Innocent Drinks, Vestas, M&S, ABB, The Church of England Pension Board, BlackRock, Yes Bank, Interface, LinkedIn, Aviva, and many others to have open and honest discussions about their actions towards delivering ‘how-to’ best practice on what change looks like for both now and the 2030/2050 horizons.

To Learn more about the event visit here

Sponsorship: Discover how your company can help support the event, shape workshop and breakout discussions and showcase leadership at the world’s leading sustainability event. Contact sponsorship@Ethicalcorp.com for more information.

For further details on attending and speaking, contact Ana Uzcanga, Global Project Director at Ethical Corporation at ana.uzcanga@ethicalcorp.com or call +44 (0) 207 375 7213.

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Bechtel Recognizes Colleagues for Their Commitment to Local Communities

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39

Bechtel thanked colleagues at the company’s affiliated government and nuclear projects for donating more than $5.6 million in 2019. These efforts included fundraising for charities, toy and food drives, walks supporting a variety of causes and countless volunteer hours supporting our local communities across all projects. The recognition is part of Bechtel’s Stewardship Month, celebrated each year in February.

“We’re fortunate to have colleagues at our project sites and permanent offices who are so passionate about stewardship,” said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security and Environmental business unit. “Their efforts reflect our commitment to actively engage and support our community partners. If we can ignite a spark of learning in a young person, or help a veteran, a small contribution is returned many times over.”

Examples at Bechtel-affiliated projects include: 

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign raised more than $3.7 million for charitable organizations through their annual employee giving program. Their efforts were supported by a match from Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, which manages and operates the lab.

  • Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC and its employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas were active in charitable contributions to United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, educational activities, veterans’ services, workforce development activities with local labor unions, and employee-directed community grants.

  • Employees and tradespeople at the Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 construction project in Georgia made considerable contributions to Forces United, STEM Programming, United Way, and the Burke Country Sheriff’s Department for traffic safety. The volunteer hours completed by colleagues neared 1,000 hours and supported a wide variety of local causes and events throughout the year.

  • The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant and its employees donated funds and volunteer hours to local organizations and community programs in southeastern Washington including Toys for Tots, Junior Achievement, the Family Food Drive, and a significant contribution to United Way.

  • The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Plant project in Colorado, led by Bechtel National Inc., donated a considerable amount to United Way through employee and corporate contributions. Other causes included donations to STEM Programming for the Pueblo School District, the American Red Cross, and the Pueblo YMCA.   

  • Employees at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant project in Kentucky, managed by Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, donated significant funding to United Way and other charitable organizations. Colleagues kept busy in 2019 recording nearly 2,200 volunteer hours, awarding 12 scholarships, and donating approximately 127 units of blood all within their local community.

  • Savannah River Remediation, LLC and its Bechtel-affiliated employees in Aiken, South Carolina supported various causes, such as the Heart Walk, Toys for Tots, United Way, FIRST Robotics teams, and Helping Hands amongst various volunteer hours.

  • Colleagues at a government project in Canberra, Australia put down their razors and supported the November campaign for cancer awareness in men.  

  • Employees at Bechtel’s world headquarters in Reston, Virginia raised funds for local schools, mentored students, and supported the U.S. Navy Seabees scholarship program.

The company’s signature stewardship program partners include FIRST® Robotics, Junior Achievement Worldwide, DiscoverE, and Engineers Without Borders. Bechtel partners with the four nonprofits to support education, encourage volunteerism and improve communities globally by sharing our engineering and construction expertise.

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

2020 Catalyst Award Winner Medtronic Hires Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:39

 Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), the global leader in medical technology, is hiring its first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, underscoring its continued focus and significant investment in inclusion and diversity as a business priority.

Sally Saba, M.D., will assume the newly created position effective March 2, 2020. In this role, she will be responsible for delivering a comprehensive global inclusion and diversity strategy and strengthening Medtronic’s inclusive culture and employment brand, ensuring the company is well-positioned to attract and retain top talent. Saba will report to Carol Surface, Chief Human Resources Officer.

“I am proud of the progress we’ve made, including our recent Catalyst recognition, and am excited to have Sally on board to continue to build on our strong foundation and help us reach new levels of inclusion, diversity, and equity at Medtronic,” said Carol Surface, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Her thought leadership, authenticity, and passion for the Mission and healthcare make her uniquely suited to lead our efforts into the future.”

“My philosophy is to listen and learn, and bring people along to co-create,” said Saba. “When employees participate in shaping the future of who they want to be as a company, they are more engaged, and we collectively move faster. Equity, inclusion and diversity isn’t one big thing you do – it’s a million little things that we all do every day.”

Most recently, Saba was the Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals, the largest non-profit integrated healthcare system in America. In her time there, she spearheaded key initiatives, including a high-profile supplier diversity program. Before joining Kaiser, Saba served in leadership roles at global telecom company Vodafone.

Saba holds a medical degree from Cairo University and an MBA from École Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées in Paris. Learn more about Sally Saba on the Medtronic Newsroom.

About Medtronic

Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 90,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in more than 150 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.

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National Grid Named Top Utility for Energy Efficiency

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 11:39

National Grid Massachusetts has been named the top utility in the country for energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). National Grid’s energy efficiency offerings, part of the MassSave® program, have contributed to Massachusetts being named the top state for energy efficiency for the past nine years. In awarding the company this honor, ACEEE noted National Grid’s commitment to supporting low-income programming, incentives for electric vehicle charging equipment, and unique offerings such as zero-net energy buildings and advanced heat pumps. 

 “Energy efficiency is consistently shown to be the most cost-effective method of emissions reduction and allows all of our customers to play a part in the clean energy transition while also saving money,” said Marcy Reed, President of National Grid Massachusetts and EVP of US Policy and Social Impact. “I am proud that National Grid’s energy efficiency programs have been recognized as #1 in the nation by prioritizing low-income communities, electric vehicle infrastructure, and aggressive programs for high energy use commercial and industrial customers. We are committed to supporting the Commonwealth and our customers in our shared goals of meaningful deep emissions reductions and a clean energy future.”

In 2018, the latest year with full program results, National Grid’s energy efficiency programs helped its customers significantly reduce their energy usage and contributed to the Commonwealth’s clean energy and climate goals.  

  • Electric customers saved 743 annual gigawatt-hours, the equivalent of powering over 102,000 homes for a year;

  • Gas customers saved 19.5 million annual therms, the equivalent of heating over 23,000 homes for a year;

  • $1,299,908,480 in total benefits delivered to the customer and the Commonwealth;

  • 504,601 tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduced, the equivalent of taking 97,000 cars off the road for a year and a major step towards the Commonwealth achieving its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals.  

Massachusetts, National Grid, and its partner utilities have committed to the most ambitious energy efficiency targets in the nation in its 2019-2021 statewide energy efficiency plan, expected to result in over $8 billion in benefits for utility customers across the Commonwealth. National Grid shares the first-place ranking with Eversource MA, its partner in MassSave®. 

“The Baker-Polito Administration is grateful to National Grid for their partnership and leadership on energy efficiency, which has helped Massachusetts lead the nation in energy efficiency for nine years in a row,” said Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “We look forward to continued collaboration on energy efficiency investments that help the Commonwealth meet its goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while delivering significant financial savings for residents, business and municipalities.”

 “National Grid MA has delivered far greater energy savings, as a share of sales, than any other utility in our scorecard. In doing so, it has proven its innovation and leadership in the industry,” said Steven Nadel, Executive Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). “It also stands out for its bold investments in low-income communities. Last year, it spent more than 15% of its efficiency funding – above the industry average of 10% – on programs to help these communities save energy.”

National Grid offers a variety of programs for both gas and electric residential customers and gas and electric business customers to adopt energy efficiency solutions. Customer can also shop for the best energy efficient products at Ngrid.com/shop.  

About National Grid

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

For more information please visit our website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, find our photos on Instagram.

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