Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction, announced a set of ambitious long-term targets to increase the company’s contributions to global sustainability. The goals and targets are part of Bechtel’s ongoing and comprehensive strategy to further integrate sustainability within the company.
“How we plan and execute projects today has a profound impact on the future. As an industry, we must continue to challenge ourselves to design, source materials, and build projects that are more resilient, safer, smarter, greener, and more cost-efficient for our customers and society,” said Tam Nguyen, Bechtel’s global head of sustainability. “These goals also make sense from a business point of view as sustainability measures can increase the financial bottom-line of a company.” For example, Bechtel created a patent pending technology for gas-fired power plants that can reduce the power lost during carbon capture – the process of removing of carbon emissions – by almost 65 percent, while lowering capital costs by more than 30 percent.
Bechtel established four long-term sustainability goals where the company’s experience, technologies, and core competencies can make a substantial global impact: support global goals around energy, infrastructure, water, and worker welfare; drive sustainability in project development and delivery; strengthen the resilience of communities; and leverage supplier engagements to catalyse sustainable opportunities.
By 2030, Bechtel aims to:
Contribute 100 ideas to help achieve the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Improve the resilience of five million people to natural hazards through our voluntary initiatives
Use sustainable alternatives to reduce our environmental footprint on 100 percent of our key projects and non-project facilities.
Engage 100 percent of our key suppliers to promote sustainability in the delivery of materials and services, and prevent modern-day slavery, including within their own supply chains.
Bechtel has released three annual sustainability reports, which measure the company’s sustainability achievements and successes globally. The fourth report, to be released in June 2017, will start measuring the implementation progress of Bechtel’s 2030 goals and targets.
Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live. www.bechtel.com
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ACRE Investment Management wishes you all a happy Arbor Day! Plant a tree and you plant hope.
Today, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual HACR Symposium: The Power of Hispanic Inclusion™ is sold out. The event will take place on Monday, May 1st, and Tuesday, May 2nd at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.
The 2017 Annual HACR Symposium will bring together some of the nation’s most influential Hispanic leaders, government officials, and corporate executives to discuss and identify effective strategies and models for achieving greater inclusion and participation in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
“It is the first time we are hosting our symposium in the Motor City, and we are thrilled to be here,” said Cid Wilson, President & CEO of HACR. “The 25th Annual HACR Symposium is shaping up to be one of the most memorable events in the history of HACR. This year we have four CEOs and some of the most successful corporate executive leaders addressing our audience.”
The two-day convening will include thought-provoking discussions, focusing on HACR’s four pillars of corporate responsibility: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
The HACR Annual Symposium attracts individuals from throughout the country, representing a variety of interests with the common goal of advancing the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at levels commensurate with our economic contributions.
Participating HACR Corporate Member companies will provide keen insight and best practices for increased Hispanic representation in U.S. corporations.
To view the impressive lineup of speakers, click here.
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
With only 3 days left on their crowdfunding campaign, Hawai'i Cider Co. is hard at work to open the doors on Hawai'i Island’s first cidery. The Cider Co. uses local fruits from farmers island-wide to create mouthwatering dragon fruit, white pineapple, and lychee ciders, just to name a few.
While the rise of micro breweries and micro distilleries nationwide continues to grow steadily, the cider industry is seeing an exponential boom and a demand for more flavors and new styles of cider, and Hawai'i Cider Co. is ready to deliver. Since launching the crowdfunding campaign in June, 2016, the Hawai'i Cider team has been full force, bringing their new facility to life. The cidery is the 2nd business in the state to acquire a Class 18 Liquor License, which allows them to produce brews, wines and spirits. The transformation from an ordinary warehouse to state-of-the-art beverage facility is impressive. Included in the renovations are Brewhaus, fermenters, canning line, massive cold-storage, a commercial kitchen for juicing local fruits, and of course, a tasting room. Hawai'i Cider Co plans to open doors in August, to welcome their local investors and all the curious cider lovers.
The recent authorization of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act—signed into law May 16, 2016— allows and encourages small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise capital from their trusted community rather than seeking tethered and unfamiliar angel investments. Wefunder’s, Nick Tommarello says, “Everyone should have the right to invest in what they truly care about, and the people who care should have a say about where the capital gets distributed.”
Since the JOBS Act regulations were implemented, many small businesses across the US are adopting this model of fundraising. “We decided to utilize the Wefunder platform for a number of reasons,” says Brett Jacobson, CEO/Founder of Hawai'i Cider Co. Wefunder’s mission is to increase economic growth and lower wealth disparity, by sharing the rewards of capitalism more broadly, which directly relates to the goals at Hawai'i Cider Co. Jacobson, also the founding CEO of local beverage company, Hawaiian Ola, has had a long-standing passion for supporting Hawai'i’s agriculture and economy by empowering farmers to grow responsible crops. “Rather than isolating community stakeholders,” says Jacobson, “we want to work with shoppers by making them shareholders of everything we do.”
The Wefunder campaign will close on April 30th at 11pm. Hawai'i Cider Co. set out to raise $2M, half from private capital to date, Hawai'i Cider Co. has raised $1.45M in start-up capital, of which over $450,000 has come through Wefunder. The company plans to finish strong at the $2M mark.
To learn more about how to invest a minimum of $100 into Hawaii Cider Co., visit their profile at www.wefunder.com/hawaiicider!
About Hawaii Cider Co.: Hawai'i Cider Company is Hawai'i’s first locally sourced and locally produced cider company. The team is comprised of the seasoned beverage industry peeps that brought you the Hawaiian Ola Beverage Company, as well as brew master Sebastian Bach, who has won a total of 36 awards for his decade of innovative brewing. Hawai'i Cider Company supports farmers growing responsibly grown tropical fruits, and is passionate about creating great tasting ciders, which provides shoppers a local alternative to imported ciders.
For such a straight-forward value proposition, getting a solar project from inception to commercial operation can be surprisingly difficult. To avoid stakeholder misalignment and a test of patience, all parties must employ proven diligence and project management systems. Clear diligence processes, proven transactional frameworks, and proactive partners are the keys to getting an opportunity off the ground, and solar panels on to it (or the roof).
The City of Lexington, Nebraska offers an exemplary case study of good planning and willing counterparties uniting to complete a large-scale solar project. Sol Systems partnered with GenPro Energy Solutions, a developer and engineering, procurement, and construction contractor based in South Dakota, and the City of Lexington to develop, finance, and construct a 3.9MW solar farm. The tracker-mounted array should produce over 7 GWh per year for the coming decades, offsetting greenhouse gases from over 1,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year, or CO2 emissions from consuming over 11,000 barrels of oil.
After reviewing long-term expected energy rates, the City of Lexington sought to secure a known flat rate to mitigate risk from volatile power prices. GenPro, along with other local partners, provided the city with a viable solar site and pricing that made sense for Lexington. With the city ready to move forward, GenPro needed a financing partner to provide legal and technical expertise, as well as construction finance, and long-term ownership and operation for the asset. So, GenPro and Sol Systems came together to develop this unique opportunity.
This project is the city’s first solar asset, the state’s second largest array by capacity, and over 10 times larger than any other project GenPro has built in the past.
Fortunately, each and every counterparty was driven, proactive, responsive, and, not to be understated, friendly. These factors, together with applying the Three Es of Successful Solar, will make Lexington home to the second largest solar energy system in Nebraska come May 2017.
The Three Es
To help stakeholders avoid any potential pitfalls given the new ground they faced, Sol Systems proactively shared insights and lessons learned around anticipated issues. Specifically, Sol Systems worked to evaluate the long-term outlook of the project. Financeable solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) contain take-or-pay provisions; the offtaker accepts the risk that their energy load will use all power produced by the project, and that the PPA's fixed kilowatt rate will offer savings on their energy bills over time. Rather than burdening this review on the city, Sol Systems worked with Lexington to confirm the project’s value to the city under Nebraska’s complex, demand-driven energy tariffs. Collecting and analyzing demand data, time of day consumption and expected solar production, effective cost offsetting, and other rate inputs, Sol Systems helped the city assess their savings with solar. By taking the time to educate the parties on the ins and outs of every aspect of the project, Sol Systems and the city executed a PPA with mutual confidence and trust.
GenPro’s skillful team wanted to scale its solar experience, which to date, had included residential and small commercial installations. The Lexington project later became GenPro’s largest solar project to date. Sol Systems recommended adding another experienced partner to augment and strengthen their capabilities. By bringing in module supplier, Russell Pacific, GenPro bolstered their capacity to tackle the small utility-scale project. Strong, reliable partners like GenPro are essential to make projects viable, and achieve goals for all parties. So, it’s just logical to work to empower talented teams to expand their businesses, and build successful, long-term partnerships whenever possible.
Finally, no project is successful without an organized, detailed, and timely delivery. Sol Systems worked closely with GenPro to set clear expectations and execute the delivery schedule, and brought in a project manager and system designer to assist in implementation. Additionally, Sol Systems assisted in complex issues such as helping navigate transformer and interconnection requirements. With this strong development partnership and frequent, clear communication, GenPro and Sol Systems were able to effectively align with the utility and the permitting authority to efficiently secure necessary permitting.
Projects like Lexington take great partners, diligence, persistence, and open communication. The result, a 3.9MW array that will lock in long-term, predictable power rates for the city while reducing its carbon footprint, speaks for itself. By educating its partners, empowering them to succeed, and executing on a plan, Sol Systems continues to help the industry and its partners grow.
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Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm, today announces a strategic investment and collaboration with Naava, a Finnish health technology firm that specializes in the development of smart active green walls, further exemplifying Delos’ mission to transform indoor environments into spaces that promote human health and well-being. The strategic relationship with Naava demonstrates Delos’ commitment to curate and accelerate the use of innovative products that may positively impact human health and wellness in the built environment.
Delos has identified the use of Naava smart green wall technology as a mechanism to address numerous aspects of human health and wellness within the built environment, notably the implementation of biophilic design elements and observed improvements in indoor air quality. Leveraging research performed by NASA, Naava smart green walls actively draw air through the root zone of the plant, reducing harmful organic compounds often found in indoor air. Naava focuses on the development and installation of modular systems which may be readily placed in occupied areas, maximizing the impact on humans throughout an indoor space.
“We are excited about the potential that our investment in Naava will have on the future of the built environment, and we look forward to introducing their smart green wall technology in the United States market,” said Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of Delos. “Naava green walls are a visual statement that an organization is embracing health and wellness within the built environment from both a biophilic design and indoor air quality improvement standpoint.”
Building upon over 1,000 smart green wall installations throughout the Nordics, one of the first installations of Naava products within the United States will be at Delos’ new Manhattan office at 860 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District, which will feature 24 green walls throughout the 21,000 square-foot space. Slated to be complete this summer, the office will serve as a showroom for Delos clients who are interested in learning about the technology, customization and implementation opportunities for current and future real estate projects.
“In the modern world we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, where we may breathe contaminated air and are often disconnected from nature and its benefits. We at Naava are reconnecting humanity with nature, by embracing millions of years of natural innovation with latest technologies and Scandinavian design. Our vision is that by 2025, one billion people can choose to breathe Nordic forest air, everyday, everywhere. For the last five years, we've been working on our unique Naava smart active green wall technology. Now with the help of Delos, we can bring nature and fresh natural air inside offices, schools and homes in the USA,“ said Aki Soudunsaari, co-founder and CEO of Naava.
In order to vet the Naava technology during the due diligence process, Delos engaged world renowned testing lab BRE to perform an impartial set of single pass efficiency tests of the Naava smart green wall. To develop the rigorous test protocol employed by BRE and in an effort to provide an independent assessment of the technology, Delos received the consultative expertise of advisors from Australia’s University of Technology Sydney, Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group.
“The Naava system represents an innovative approach to green wall technology, combining a range of best practice techniques derived from scientific studies around the world, and we were not at all surprised to discover that it had exceptional pollutant removal capacity,” said Dr. Fraser Torpy, director of the Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group and professor at the University of Technology Sydney. “With the backing of Delos, this system has the potential to revolutionize the way we perceive indoor environmental quality. We feel privileged to be involved with research of this caliber, and strongly believe that this is a benchmark example of science and business working together towards making a more sustainable urban environment.”
Delos is the lead investor in Naava’s most recent round of financing for which the majority of funds raised will be utilized for entry and subsequent expansion in the United States. Naava is currently establishing manufacturing and assembly roots in New Jersey and is slated to be at full production capacity by May 2017. Delos will continue to support Naava’s entry and expansion into the United States by acting as a commercial advisor and strategic collaborator. Additionally, Delos will continue to educate its clients, its employees, and the public at large on the benefits of active green wall technologies and the impact they may have on human health and wellness from a biophilic design and indoor air quality perspective.
Delos intends to further collaborate with Naava on the development of study protocols which may continue to qualify and quantify the efficacy of the Naava smart green wall against various airborne contaminants found within the built environment. Furthermore, Delos intends to work with Naava to identify potential research opportunities related to the effect active green wall installations may have on the indoor microbiome and potential human health and wellness outcomes that may be derived from such installations.
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and wellness by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, design, consulting, research, and an array of innovative solutions and technologies designed to improve health and wellness. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.
Naava is a Nordic health technology company whose smart active green wall innovation brings fresh forest air and nature indoors. The company was founded in 2011 to reconnect humanity with nature. Naava employs over 60 professionals in Finland, Sweden and New York and New Jersey, USA and has installed over 1,000 smart green walls within corporate and residential settings throughout the Nordics. All its products combine millions of years of natural innovation with latest technologies and modern Scandinavian design. Naavas are made in Finland and the USA. By 2025, Naava aims to provide a billion people the chance to breathe nature’s air and experience nature indoors. www.naava.io
Callie Stanton, Delos
Päivi Vuolle, Naava
In every American community, businesses have the ability to shape discussions and influence community health. Improving community wellness isn't just for health care companies. And it isn't just about employee wellness. It’s about people—and how to make their lives healthier, happier, and more productive. We believe that every business can play a leadership role in bolstering the health of their customers, their communities, and our current and future workforce.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and regional chambers of commerce, has made creating a healthy workforce and healthy communities a top priority through the Health Means Business campaign. We’re bringing together businesses of all sizes, and their cross-sector partners, to become a powerful force for societal change. What began as a dialogue has become a call-to-action.
The Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign will host the first National Summit and Healthy10 Awards on February 15—16, 2017 in Washington D.C. The National Summit will bring together some of the most innovative businesses at the forefront of the health movement.
Register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/health-means-business-national-summit-and-healthy10-awards
Sustainable Brands® is evolving the concept of the traditional conference expo into a collaborative environment packed with tools, solutions and breakthrough ideas to be generated on the spot by the attending crowd. The Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit, running May 22-25th at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, will bring together 2,000 insightful change makers, entrepreneurs and leading companies to collaborate on reshaping the global economy.
‘Redefining the Good Life’ is the focus of SB’17 Detroit. Pavilions inside the Activation Hub will feature company and product level brands that are committed to work toward transforming their market sectors in partnership with their stakeholders in ways that better support a changing view of the ‘Good Life’ of tomorrow.
For the first time, formal content will be scheduled within the pavilions, including presentations on the front end of innovation by sector thought leaders. Additionally, Innovation Labs will run daily in each pavilion to tap the wisdom of the crowd for new design principles that brands can use to close the gap between shifting societal aspirations and the ways brands might profitably deliver to them. These facilitated discussions will be led by some of the top sustainable brand innovation consultancies, including BBMG, Futerra, Forum for the Future, SustainAbility, and others.
The Activation Hub pavilions for SB'17 Detroit include:
“We are excited that as we launch our second decade as a community, we are now in a place collectively where we can tap into extensive expertise we have in the room to help accelerate the transition to a cleaner, healthier economy around the world.” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder of Sustainable Brands. “By bringing leading brands, visionary nonprofits and disruptive innovators — all of whom are part of the SB community — together in one place to explore the tools on display, devise new ideas and ideate on what might come next, the Activation Hub will become an accelerator of the good economy and the ‘Good Life’ of the future.”
The Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit will run Monday, May 22ndnd through Thursday, May 25th at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Passes for the Activation Hub can be purchased on the registration page at www.sb17detroit.com. Registration is now open.
For more information about the Activation Hub and for companies with breakthrough ideas, tools and technologies that support business success in sustainability, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.626.2212.
About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
During today’s Annual General Meeting of shareholders, Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber announced the company’s plan to deepen their work with B Lab and to design a roadmap for Danone to ultimately obtain B Corp certification as a global entity.
The public statement is the first of its kind by a multinational corporation, signaling an accelerating growth of the B Corp movement into the mainstream.
Danone, a multinational corporation based in Paris with sales in over 130 countries, has engaged with B Lab and the B Corp movement deeply over the past two years. Several Danone subsidiaries have or are in the process of being certified as a B Corp.
Additionally, Danone, whose mission is “bringing health through food to as many people as possible,” recently acquired WhiteWave as part of its expansion into the North American market. DanoneWave, the newly combined entity of WhiteWave Foods and Danone’s dairy business in the US, has been incorporated as the largest public benefit corporation in the United States, thus committing to balance shareholders’ financial interests and the benefits it brings to people, the planet, and broader society.
Danone has also been a proactive partner in B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets Advisory Council (MPMAC), a global working group dedicated to exploring how to meaningfully apply B Corp Certification standards to complex, international businesses and how to create legal tools for multinational and public companies to align their governance with their mission. Other MPMAC members include Unilever, Campbell’s, SASB, Deloitte, and Prudential.
“We appreciate the contributions Danone has made to the broader B Corp movement since the
start of our unique partnership,” said Andrew Kassoy, co-founder of B Lab. “Danone's
leadership among multinationals will help accelerate a larger global movement to use business
as a force for good, which must include large companies as part of the solution. We look
forward to the prospect of deepening our work together.”
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be best for the world and that society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by: (1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations; (2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society; (3) helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with which they work — with as much rigor as their profits; and (4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling storytelling. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.
Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a leading global food company built on four business lines: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters and Medical Nutrition. Through its mission and dual commitment to business success and social progress, the company aims to build a healthier future, thanks to better health, better lives and a better world, for all its stakeholders—its 100,000 employees, consumers, customers, suppliers, shareholders and all the communities with which it engages. Present in over 130 markets, Danone generated sales of
approximately €22 billion in 2016. Danone’s brand portfolio includes both international brands (Activia, Actimel, Danette, Danonino, Danio, evian, Volvic, Nutrilon/Aptamil, Nutricia) and local brands (Oikos, Prostokvashino, Aqua, Bonafont, Mizone, Blédina, Cow & Gate). Listed on Euronext Paris and on the OTCQX market via an ADR (American Depositary Receipt) program, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Vigeo, the Ethibel Sustainability Index, MSCI Global Sustainability, MSCI Global SRI Indexes and the FTSE4Good Index. For more information, visit www.danone.com
In recognition of National Volunteer Week taking place April 23-29, Benevity shares that Spark, its market leading cloud solution for workplace giving, grantmaking and volunteering was used by enterprise clients to achieve record growth in volunteering, helping to drive employee engagement and skills development, while making a positive social impact in their local communities.
Together, Benevity clients continue to experience triple digit year-over-year increases in corporate volunteer hours as they leverage Spark’s easy-to-use, mobile-friendly volunteer sign-up, time tracking and rewards capabilities to give time and expertise to causes that matter to them. Bryan de Lottinville, founder and CEO of Benevity, attributes the record growth to a shift in the way companies are designing their employee volunteer programs.
“We’re seeing more companies move away from traditional month-of-service programs with high barriers to entry towards a more inclusive, year-round volunteer experience for their people,” says de Lottinville. “Today’s corporate volunteer programs must be flexible enough to accommodate a broad spectrum of ages, abilities, interests, skill sets and lifestyles to help engage an increasingly diverse workforce. Companies are recognizing that democratized Goodness programs are powerful levers in creating a common sense of purpose, a compelling workplace culture and are an important vehicle for companies to contribute positively to their local communities. This is especially important as corporations look to attract, retain and engage today’s socially-conscious 21st century workforce, from boomers to millennials.”
Benevity also noted the positive correlation between volunteerism and other giving back behavior, with 70% of volunteers also donating money through workplace giving programs - almost double what non-volunteers give. This highlights the power of integrated strategies and intuitive software to support CSR and employee engagement leaders in meeting their goals. “We are helping our clients move away from a purely transactional focus for corporate and workplace giving programs to one that meets people (and companies) where they are and assists them along a spectrum of involvement that leads to broader co-creation and co-ownership of outcomes,” says de Lottinville. “There is tremendous business and social impact in a grassroots approach.”
Benevity client, Blue Shield of California, is a case in point. A nonprofit, mission-driven health plan, Blue Shield saw significant growth in volunteering last year, noting it as a way to drive employee well-being and engagement.
“Creating a healthier California begins with creating an exceptional employee experience,” says Antoinette Terrana, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Blue Shield of California. “Since launching Spark at Blue Shield in 2014, we’ve partnered with Benevity to create flexibility and convenience in our program and significantly increase volunteer hours from 2015 to 2016 by 173 percent.”
Blue Shield of California enhanced their culture of volunteerism and giving back this past year through Spark’s highly configurable volunteer module, enabling them to create focused campaigns and more structured volunteer opportunities throughout the year. “Benevity’s easy-to-use and flexible software has helped us support our community involvement initiatives and enhance our employee experience,” continues Terrana. “And when our employees are actively involved in volunteerism, it leads to a deeper connection and commitment to advancing our company’s mission.”
Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Spark, Benevity’s award-winning Cloud solution, to power corporate “Goodness Programs” that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 15 languages, to several million users around the world, Benevity processed over a billion dollars in donations to more than 100,000 global charities last year. Learn more at www.benevity.com.
Trees and the health of the Earth are intricately bound. There is no better time than the week between Earth Day and Arbor Day to highlight both the significance and potential of that connection. Forests are the technology that can heal the Earth. They can reverse the current course and achieve the scale necessary. This is the mission of GreenTrees.
GreenTrees is the largest private carbon ``reforestation project in the United States. In 2003, the company laid its ambitious goal of reforesting one million acres in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) --- America’s Amazon.
The company was born from passion and commitment by the founding partners to achieving restoration on a scale and in a way that will create landscape change in sequestering carbon, purifying water and creating biodiversity habitat. According to the IPCC, one-third of all carbon emissions since 1750 have come from land use change, primarily deforestation in favor agriculture and urban development. Reforestation unleashed in a programmatic and concentrated fashion is a technology that can scale and help to bend the climate curve.
Today, GreenTrees and its 450+ landowner partners have reforested 120,000 acres of marginal farmland in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. By reforesting land, verifying and selling high quality carbon credits, and cycling carbon revenue through its landowner equity model, GreenTrees is harnessing the power of the capital economy to fuel conservation on scale.
GreenTrees takes a river system approach to restoration and conservation. Water, and rivers are at the center of natural and human civilization and health. $100 billion in commerce moves along the Mississippi River each year. It is the flyway for sixty percent of all birds in North America. Forty-one percent of the US drains into the Mississippi River. Planting forests along the Mississippi River amplifies the positive impact the trees have and supports critical global infrastructure.
GreenTrees partners with landowners to reforest lands. The faster the trees grow, the faster landowners earn a Climate Dividend. Utilizing our cottonwood hardwood interplanting, the landowner can grow a bottomland hardwood forest much faster. You see, when we developed our planting approach, we looked to nature as our guide. What we did was mimic what nature would do on her own over many years by compressing time and space.
Our reforestation design has processing power. Think of our design as the Intel Chip for Reforestation of Bottomland Hardwoods. We can grow a hardwood forest 8 times faster than any other design. And the benefits are amazing. The cottonwoods act as a nurse tree that helps to shade the grown of weed competition and provide the dappled sunlight that hardwoods prefer. This in turn, helps to speed up the growth of the hardwoods. Over time, the cottonwoods are thinned out to release the hardwoods as the reach towards the new found sunlight. In this design, we are also architecting and optimizing multiple layers of income for the landowner --- carbon, water, timber, wetland and wildlife. We are following Nature’s genius.
In fact, the National Academy of Science studied all the technologies in labs or commercial development and deemed tree planting as the most scalable, lowest risk solution to combating climate change. Yes Trees are a technology!
You see there is a genius to nature. Nature is not something to be tamed or thwarted as in the past. Nature is a source of wonder, inspiration for the marketplace and solution to our pressing problems of today. The point is Nature can be our guide.
Two years ago, we commissioned SCS Global Services to do find out if reforestation and forestry was done on scale what impact would it deliver. The answer was stunning. Reforestation and forestry on scale can would sequester 5.5 gigatons per year and would lower the Global Mean Temperature by 0.2 degrees Celsius. What that means is reforestation is a scalable technology than can meet a scaled problem.
Jim Rogers, former Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, an investor in GreenTrees, once told Chandler Van Voorhis, co-founder of GreenTrees, —- there are two forms of IP —- 1) technological IP and 2) how you bring it to scale. Most technologies fail because they do not know how to bring something to scale.
Reforestation is a technology that can be deployed on scale now and around the world. By planting forests we are building equity in tomorrow’s world. Utilizing our landowner equity model, planting design and river system approach, GreenTrees aims to not only reforest 1 million acres in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley but also to take this approach to other river systems in both the US and around the world. It is through partners like Natural Capital that we are working to “put a dent in the universe.”
As the old Chinese Proverb says, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years, the second best time is now.”
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After months of researching, designing and developing prototypes, three schools have been named national winners in the $2 million* Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition that challenges 6th through 12th graders to use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to address real-world problems in their communities.
Tackling complex issues of student hunger, wildlife safety and overabundant pesticides in crops, the three national winners were awarded today after presenting their projects to a panel of judges during the National Finalist Pitch Event yesterday. Emerging from thousands of public school entries from across the country and being selected one of 255 state finalists (5 per state), then one of 51 state winners, and then one of 10 national finalists, Snowflake Junior High School in Snowflake, Ariz., Gering High School in Gering Neb. and The Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn, N.Y. ultimately advanced through these phases of the contest to achieve their 2017 status as national winners.
“In the face of challenge and adversity, students applied STEAM skills to create hope and possibility. From combating hunger and ensuring safety, to protecting wildlife and preserving natural resources, these remarkable young people have developed tangible solutions to problems faced by their neighbors and communities all over the world,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “Our hope for Solve for Tomorrow is to instill confidence in today’s youth and give them the tools to imagine and pursue a career in STEAM, and ultimately, take an active role in improving the world.”
The three national winners will receive $150,000* in technology products such as LED TVs, laptops and tablets. Additionally, each school has earned a $20,000 donation to a local nonprofit of their choice. This year’s winners include:
Snowflake Junior High School in Snowflake, Ariz.
As 150 people die each year in car accidents due to wildlife collisions, students at Snowflake Junior High School have created a detection system to alert oncoming traffic that an animal is nearby. With this device, students hope to lower the amount of human fatalities and preserve the community’s wildlife. Students at Snowflake Junior High School have won a donation for the Phoenix Herpetological Society.
Samsung also named Snowflake Junior High School as this year’s Community Choice winner, for securing the most public votes on social media. As the Community Choice Winner, students have won an additional $20,000* in technology for their school as well as an additional $15,000 donation for the Phoenix Herpetological Society. View their project video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6qd-rq-X30. #SamsungSolveSJHS
Gering High School in Gering, Neb.
Students in the small farming community of Gering, Neb. noticed that there seemed to be an overabundant use of herbicides and pesticides on crops. With a growing concern for a safe water and food supply, an electronics class from Gering High School designed and built a drone-powered spraying system to precisely target weeds and eliminate the need to blanket spray large fields. Students at Gering High School have won a donation for the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center. View their project video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4uHlK_lICg. #SamsungSolveGHS
The Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Students at Secondary School for Journalism identified an important issue facing their community – 1 out of 4 kids go to sleep hungry every night. At the Secondary School for Journalism, 78 percent of the school receives free lunch, and for some students, that may be the only meal have all day. To ensure their fellow students don't go hungry, they created an app that curates a network of local schools and restaurants that will donate free dinner that might otherwise have gone to waste. Students at The Secondary School for Journalism have won a donation for WhyHunger. View their project video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYzoW2KfI1Y. #SamsungSolveSSFJ
The three national winners were honored at an awards ceremony at the Eastern Market North Hall in Washington, D.C. today. In addition, Samsung recognized the contest’s other seven national finalists for their creative work to develop solutions for their respective local communities.
In addition to honoring the students, Samsung recognized Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-9), Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX-23), and Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21) for championing STEAM education in K-12 schools nationwide and encouraging students to pursue careers in STEAM.
"STEAM education is a smart investment. The average STEAM job salary is 70 percent more than national average and STEAM jobs are growing twice the rate of other jobs. While we haven’t always made the investment at the federal level, I’m committed to do my part in Washington to support STEAM programs," Rep. Pascrell said. "I want to congratulate all of the schools for your excellent work and progressing to this level in the competition. The students here today have a bright future ahead, thanks to their own ingenuity, family and community support, federal grants from the Department of Education, and investments and leadership from companies like Samsung."
“It's exciting that Samsung is running STEAM programs like Solve for Tomorrow because they are helping our youth tackle hard challenges today that will lead to the future jobs of tomorrow,” said Rep. Hurd.
While in Washington, D.C. this week, students and teachers also had the opportunity to meet with and present their projects to their respective congressional representatives from Arkansas, Arizona, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. Each year, the competition inspires more active, hands-on teaching and learning among schools nationwide. Since 2004, Samsung has provided more than $19 million in technology to more than 1,000 public schools in the United States. Over the course of seven years, Samsung has received more than 15,000 entries, empowering youth to identify and problem-solve with the support of their teachers, peers, schools and communities at large.
To learn more about the contest, please visit: www.samsung.com/solve.
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About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - The Mondelēz International Foundation today published results demonstrating the wide-ranging impact of its community well-being programs in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Part of a multi-year, $50 million commitment announced in 2013, these
community partnerships are transforming the lives of more than a million children in 14 nations spanning five continents. Working closely with leading non-government organizations, public health experts, local governments, parents and teachers, the Foundation and its partners are empowering families and communities to lead healthier lives by focusing on nutrition education, active play and access to fresh foods, as well as innovative approaches to learning such as gardening.
“We’re proud to partner with organizations that share our passion to promote active, healthy lifestyles in countries with some of the highest childhood obesity rates,” said Sarah Delea, President of the Mondelēz International Foundation. “Across all of our programs, success is built on collaboration. While each program operates independently on the ground, the Foundation brings the teams together to share ideas and learn from each other. This has been instrumental to their progress.”
Each partner monitors effectiveness and transparency to ensure their programs connect in a meaningful way with primary-school children, their families and communities. They track progress against a universal set of metrics critical to achieving well-being, which the Foundation developed
in collaboration with its community partners and a public health expert from Yale School of Public Health in 2013.
“The Mondelēz International Foundation’s efforts are a major step in the right direction towards improving community health programs’ processes, oversight and outcomes. As a result, partners are seeing positive change in their communities,” said Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology & Director, Office of Public Health Practice, Yale School of Public Health.
Following are highlights from seven programs included in the report:
-- Brazil: Through a partnership with INMED Partnerships for
Children and Instituto Esporte e Educacao, Health in Action
engaged over 400,000 students from more than 1,000 schools in
healthy lifestyle education activities, such as gardening and
-- China: Mondelēz Hope Kitchen Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles
Program benefited 150,000 rural students with support from the
Chinese Youth Development Foundation and Chinese Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. The program achieved a 10
percent decrease in students with malnutrition and a 6 percent
increase in students with a normal Body Mass Index.
-- India: Shubh Aarambh (Auspicious Beginning), a joint program of
Save the Children India and Magic Bus, reported 68 percent of
students were more physically active daily.
-- United Kingdom: Operating in over 100 schools and benefiting
over 80,000 students, Health for Life has had a positive impact
on nutrition behaviors, reporting an increased consumption of
fruits and vegetables. In addition, 68 percent of parents
reported they would change/do something regarding healthy
choices for themselves and their families, such as looking more
carefully at nutrition labels and changing their child’s lunches
Gardens: The Key to Improving Nutrition
In many of the Foundation’s programs, gardens are the cornerstone for creating nutritious eating habits. For instance, since implementing garden-based education programs with interactive workshops in Mexico, the number of children eating three or more vegetables doubled. Through the Health for Life program in the United Kingdom, where land is limited in urban areas, children use ingenuity to create gardens out of recycled automobile tires on school rooftops. And in South Africa, aquaponics
have been instrumental in bringing fresh foods to areas that lack sufficient water and land.
“We’ve been able to establish a sustainable healthy lifestyle culture among lower-income communities in South Africa by partnering with the Mondelēz International Foundation and drawing best practices
from the INMED Health In Action Brazil program,” said Unathi Sihlahla, MA, Program Director of the Health in Action program at INMED South Africa. “The program actively engages students in hands-on, skills-based activities, such as creating school gardens. Providing access to fresh produce through these gardens, along with innovative food production techniques like aquaponics, is especially important given these at-risk communities have limited access to fresh water.”
The Foundation’s efforts support Mondelēz International’s Call For Well-being, which is focused on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact: community, sustainability, well-being snacks and safety. To learn more about the Foundation and impact of its programs outlined in the report, please visit: http://bit.ly/2phGQK8. For a summary focused on the school garden results, visit http://bit.ly/2p12iTi. For an infographic detailing progress, please visit: http://bit.ly/2p110aO.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) is building the best snacking company in the world, with 2016 net revenues of approximately $26 billion. Creating more moments of joy in approximately 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, featuring global Power Brands such as Oreo and belVita biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com
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Scivera, a leading provider of chemicals management solutions for the global consumer products industry, announced today new Product Assessment services to support global textile chemical manufacturers in reaching GreenScreen Certified™ and their efforts toward documenting product chemical safety achievements. The GreenScreen Certified™ program is a new initiative of Clean Production Action and will support the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Waste (ZDHC) consortium of global footwear and apparel brands and their efforts to improve supply chain performance.
By integrating key parts of the certification process with the SciveraLENS® online platform and new Rapid Screen™ app, Scivera provides an unrivaled system to demonstrate chemical product safety while protecting proprietary ingredient information. In addition to the GreenScreen Certified process efficiencies delivered by Rapid Screen, footwear and apparel brands and suppliers striving for achievement against the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) can instantly and securely screen unlimited chemicals and formulations for a single annual fee from the cloud-based Rapid Screen app.
“Scivera strives to create the path to better products via preferred chemicals,” said Joseph Rinkevich, founder and president of Scivera. “Our team of board-certified toxicologists and researchers have for years processed GreenScreen® assessments of chemicals as a Licensed GreenScreen® Profiler in partnership with Clean Production Action. Working together, we can help leading global brands and their suppliers meet increasingly progressive goals for sustainable chemistry by empowering better decision-making throughout the supply chain.”
Released this March, SciveraLENS Rapid Screen delivers quick and efficient access to hundreds of thousands of human and environmental health characteristics for consumer product chemicals. Rapid Screen can be utilized across all consumer product sectors. For example, building and interior products companies looking to document product achievement against the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Standard can use SciveraLENS Rapid Screen to quickly find chemicals ready for certification, saving time and money. Similarly, electronics component suppliers working with leading consumer electronics brands can proactively use SciveraLENS to report sustainable chemistry achievement and support brands’ goals of selecting preferred chemicals in materials and processes.
“To meet the rising expectations of consumers and retailers worldwide, brands must embrace new methods to engage the supply chain and provide timely and cost-effective means of screening, risk assessment, and reporting,” continued Rinkevich. “This shift from a compliance mentality to forward-thinking, proactive leadership will be driven by technology-based solutions that are anchored in sound toxicological practice but made simple to use and universally deployable. SciveraLENS Rapid Screen backed by our team of board-certified toxicologists and technology experts accelerates this evolution.”
Founded in 2008, Scivera provides cloud-based software tools and consulting services to major consumer product brands and their global suppliers to support chemical regulatory compliance, alternatives assessment product integrity goals, and corporate sustainability efforts. Scivera, SciveraLENS, and Rapid Screen are Trademarks of Scivera LLC. Learn more at www.scivera.com.
As part of Tyson Foods’ (NYSE: TSN) focus on sustainable food production at scale, the company has committed to expanded efforts to create a better workplace at its production facilities.
“We believe sustainability is about continuous improvement and solutions that last, and this includes a healthier workplace,” said Noel White, chief operations officer at Tyson Foods. “We’ve always been committed to supporting our employees and have sound workplace practices in place, but also want to do better. That’s why we’re taking steps that include expanding training, improving workplace safety and compensation, increasing transparency and helping workers with life skills.”
By investing in sustainability, Tyson Foods expects to create a beneficial cycle of contributing to the future, while paying for itself in the present. Investments in sustainability are expected to fund themselves through reduced waste and costs.
Tyson Foods employs 114,000 Team Members, including more than 95,000 who work in the company’s U.S. production facilities. This includes chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods operations. Highlights of Tyson Foods’ expanded workplace efforts include:
- A continuing commitment to a goal of zero worker injuries and illnesses; striving to achieve a 15% year-over-year reduction in worker injuries and illnesses
- A commitment to a goal of zero turnover; striving for a 10% year-over-year improvement companywide in Team Member retention
- Plans to hire 25 or more poultry plant trainers, adding to the more than 260 trainers and 30 training coordinators the company has hired for its poultry business since 2015
- Expansion of the We Care safety communications program to all poultry plants - Continued participation of hourly workers in plant safety councils
- A pilot compensation program at two poultry plants that involves significantly increasing base wages and shortening the time it takes new workers to move to higher wage rates (the company implemented pay increases at all poultry plants in November 2016 and millions of dollars in benefit improvements in January 2017)
- Expansion of Upward Academy, a life skills program for workers
- Publicly sharing the results of third-party social compliance audits of Tyson plants; the company initiated the audits in fiscal 2015
Tyson Foods’ purpose is to raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. As part of that purpose and Tyson Foods’ new approach to sustainability, the company is collaborating with external organizations such as Oxfam America and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). The UFCW has 22 labor contracts with Tyson Foods, representing more than 24,000 workers.
“Tyson Foods’ commitment to worker safety and worker rights should not just be applauded – it should serve as a model for the rest of the industry,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “Through our ongoing partnership with Tyson Foods, we have already made valuable progress. We look forward to these new and expanded initiatives and to continuing to work together to provide a better, safer workplace for the hard-working men and women at Tyson Foods.”
Tyson Foods has also been working with the Cisneros Center for New Americans on a program called Upward Academy. It was developed by the company and the non-profit agency two years ago and is designed to help immigrant workers with life skills through such things as English as a Second Language and General Educational Development (GED) classes.
“We appreciate the leadership Tyson Foods has shown by investing in its workforce through programs like this,” said Nicolas Perilla of the Cisneros Center. “It’s fundamentally good for business and the community by helping new Americans be successful and feel at home. More companies should replicate this program.”
For more details about Tyson Foods’ workplace commitments and a video highlighting workplace safety at a Tyson Foods’ poultry plant, click here.
Tyson Foods holistic approach to delivering sustainable food at scale is one of the company’s “twin growth engines,” with the other being a portfolio of protein packed brands.
CEO Tom Hayes has previously said, “We will use our reach, capabilities and resources to drive positive change. Trade-offs will be minimized as we solve for healthier food, healthier animals, a healthier environment and a healthier workplace. All of these areas must advance together if we are to create a more sustainable system.”
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson® , Jimmy Dean® , Hillshire Farm® , Sara Lee® , Ball Park® , Wright® , Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 115 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.