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Smithfield Foods Makes Sizable Donation to Support STEAM Education in Rural Communities

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:42pm

 The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a $350,000 donation to FUSE Studios, a high-quality and results-driven educational program piloted through Northwestern University that aims to transform science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning in schools across America. Smithfield’s substantial contribution to FUSE is part of the company’s recently announced charitable grant programthat aims to address the unique needs of Smithfield’s local communities. The company’s donation will support 20 new FUSE Studios in participating school districts throughout the Midwest and North Carolina beginning in Fall 2020. 

“At Smithfield, we firmly believe in the power of education to transform communities,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We are pleased to support FUSE’s efforts to open new learning studios in the communities we call home to facilitate new interests and help develop students for the 21st century.”

Students taking part in FUSE programs are impacted beyond the learning studio where their developing skills and abilities are transferred into their work and classroom environments. Program participants also experience an environment with abundant peer support, encouraging the development of necessary ‘non-cognitive’ skills, such as problem-solving, persistence, and working together.

“We are thrilled by Smithfield’s generous support, and are encouraged by their dedication to ensuring their communities have access to quality educational programs,” said Henry Mann, FUSE program director. “With this grant, we are able to bring engaging STEAM education into schools that will provide a great benefit to both students and the community as a whole. Our innovative approach will give students access to a diverse suite of challenges to ignite creativity, collaboration, and discovery through tasks not found in a typical classroom setting.”

The new FUSE studios will launch in Fall 2020. For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to its local communities, please visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/helpingcommunities.

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.  

About FUSE 
FUSE is a STEAM (STEM plus Arts) education program that facilitates student exploration and learning through hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM and design practices. In FUSE, students work in a studio-like environment, learn through making, and develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, persistence and communication. Learn more at www.fusestudio.net.

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Fisk Johnson Raises Awareness of Deforestation, Continuing Longstanding Commitment to Global Forest Protection

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 10:42am

Forest protection has been a focus for SC Johnson for generations. Now, the company's Chairman and CEO, Fisk Johnson, is shining a spotlight on the topic in his ongoing effort to raise awareness of global environmental issues like deforestation and ocean plastic.

Johnson recently visited areas impacted by illegal deforestation with longtime partner Conservation International (CI), and confirmed the company's pledge to source 100% of its natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. Since then he's shared videos about forest protection and sustainable farming methods, bringing millions of views and ongoing dialogue to this topic.

"When you see the devastation of deforestation firsthand, it's very powerful. I wanted to share that experience so more people can see and understand the impact," Johnson said. "Human well-being depends on healthy forests for clean water, food security, carbon capture and other benefits. It's critical that governments, NGOs, companies and citizens keep fighting to protect them. It’s great to see the work CI is doing to lead this charge.”

A Legacy of Environmental Protection

Johnson's grandfather, H.F. Johnson, Jr., visited Brazil in 1935, beginning the company’s longstanding dedication to global forest protection. The company operated a research center in Brazil for decades, cultivating thousands of carnaúba specimens that laid the groundwork for years of continuing research and preservation. The facility was donated to the Escola de Agronomic of the University of Ceará in 1970 so study could continue.

Sam Johnson, the company's fourth-generation leader, led the protection of two reserves in Brazil's Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s, and the creation of The Fund for Conservation of Caatinga Association, a group dedicated to studying and protecting the region's environmental landscape. SC Johnson also donated 18,000 acres of Caatinga land for conservation.

Since 2001, led by Fisk Johnson, the company has undertaken numerous forest protection programs through an ongoing partnership with CI. Through SC Johnson's work with and contributions to CI, more than 100,000 acres of tropical forest have been conserved — much of it in the Amazon region.

“Environmental protection is prioritized in all aspects of our business and we’re always looking at ways to protect the Earth’s critical resources for generations to come,” Johnson said. “Currently we source 90% of our raw materials from sustainably managed forests, and committing to making that 100% by 2020 is a natural evolution in advancing this work.”

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8519251-sc-johnson-deforestation/

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About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

Keep America Beautiful Rallies Grassroots Volunteers for Great American Cleanup ‘Earth Week’ Events Nationwide

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 1:35pm

The week surrounding the 2019 Earth Day (April 22) has been a focus of activity during the annual Keep America Beautiful® Great American Cleanup®, as the national community improvement nonprofit rallies volunteers at cleanup and green-up events across America. Thousands of events have unfolded from coast to coast prior to Earth Day and hundreds more are scheduled for the weekend of April 27-28, and throughout the remainder of the spring Great American Cleanup program period.

Prior to and on Earth Day, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego marked the 10th anniversary of Keep Phoenix Beautiful’s Earth Day Phoenix, joining KPB’s President Tom Waldeck for a ceremonial tree planting. Keep Austin Beautiful Day, a county-wide day of service, spanned more than 100 sites in the greater Austin area. More than 200 volunteers from local companies worked with Keep Massachusetts Beautiful on a Boston Earth Day cleanup. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Green Philly were joined by former Philadelphia Eagles’ star Connor Barwin and a host of volunteers to clean up Smith Playground in South Philadelphia. Nearly 2,000 volunteers joined Jersey City, New Jersey, Mayor Steven Fulop for the 4th annual Jersey City Cleanup on April 13.

“Many hands can make a sizable impact on a local level. Volunteering for the Great American Cleanup is a great way to become a community changemaker,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We all play a vital role in creating more socially connected places to live. If you haven’t yet participated in a Great American Cleanup event, Keep America Beautiful Month is a great time of year to help make your neighborhood cleaner, greener and more beautiful.”

Keep America Beautiful, with the support of its affiliates and their volunteers, social and civic service organizations, municipalities and government officials, and Great American Cleanup national sponsors will surpass many of the achievements of last year’s 20th anniversary Great American Cleanup, including 68 million pounds of recyclables collected; 24.7 million pounds of litter collected; 9.4 million volunteer hours logged; more than 55,400 miles of roads, shorelines and waterways improved and beautified; and nearly 21,300 public spaces cleaned.

Local hands-on volunteer events and education programs will renew public parks, trails and recreation areas; clean, enhance and protect shorelines, beaches and waterways; remove litter and debris from roadways, storm drains and public spaces; reduce waste and improve recycling; and plant trees, flowers and community gardens.

Here is a snapshot of Great American Cleanup events taking place this Earth Week and beyond:

  • Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful: More than 40 events are slated for April 27-28 throughout Palm Beach County, Florida, for a variety of activities, including waterway and beach cleanups, native planting activities, park and garden cleanups, and much more. Locations and times here.

  • Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is hosting the 5th annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands on April 27. As part of an ongoing partnership with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, this program seeks to promote the ongoing stewardship of Gwinnett’s wetlands and water resources. Volunteer information here.

  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, in Reno, Nevada, will conduct its Great Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, focusing on the cleanup of illegal dump sites in the open spaces surrounding the Truckee Meadows.

  • I Love A Clean San Diego: Join ILACSD on Saturday, April 27, as its volunteers beautify 100 sites in San Diego County during the 17th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Last year, nearly 6,500 volunteers successfully removed more than 145,000 pounds of litter and debris. Registration here.

  • Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful: The BIG Clean MKE community-wide cleanup day takes place throughout Milwaukee on April 27. Check the KGMB volunteer calendar for times and locations.

  • Keep Cincinnati Beautiful: Join Keep Cincinnati Beautiful us for its spring Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) cleanup on April 27! The NEP is a 90-day collaborative effort between the City of Cincinnati, neighborhood residents and community organizations. Volunteer details here.

  • Keep Virginia Beautiful: Keep Virginia Beautiful, in partnership with askHRgreen.org, is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to transform local parks, waterways, and neighborhoods across all 17 cities and counties in Hampton Roads on May 3-4.

  • Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful: The “Placemaking in Riverside” Community Cleanup takes place on Saturday, May 11, throughout the city with a volunteer recognition lunch to follow.

National sponsors of the 2019 Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup include the Altria Group, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation and Sazerac Company.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

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

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Larry Kaufman +1 (203) 659-0314 lkaufman@kab.org Keep America Beautiful

Smithfield Foods and RAE Partner to Produce Renewable Energy while Restoring Missouri’s Natural Environment

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 1:35pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri. This partnership converts manure collected from Smithfield farms into RNG, while simultaneously delivering ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. Once complete, all Smithfield company-owned finishing farms in Missouri will have the infrastructure to produce RNG, resulting in approximately 1.3 million dekatherms of RNG annually, which is the equivalent to eliminating 130,000 gasoline vehicles.

“This joint venture represents our continued commitment to doing business in a way that is good for our planet and its people,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “This innovative collaboration creates value for our company and our partners, and benefits the environment as we work to feed the world’s growing population.”

Monarch Bioenergy builds upon the successful first phase of Smithfield and RAE’s groundbreaking “manure-to-energy” project across nine Smithfield farms in northern Missouri, which is the largest project of its kind. This joint venture will install and utilize infrastructure on Smithfield farms in Missouri to capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into pipeline-quality natural gas, which will be distributed to RNG markets across the country.

The biogas created by Monarch Bioenergy is transported through a gas gathering network and purified in a centrally located gas cleaning system designed and installed by RAE. This project produces biogas that has received the lowest carbon intensity score ever recorded. Biogas with low carbon intensity, such as that created by Monarch Bioenergy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and achieves air quality benefits.  

Monarch Bioenergy will also sustainably harvest native prairie plants and cover crops that have been restored on highly-erodible lands. The biomass will be digested to produce additional RNG in Missouri. This project leverages harvested prairie plants to create biomass for RNG production while also providing wildlife habitat for monarch butterflies. These are critical components of Smithfield and RAE’s holistic vision for creating renewable energy in a way that wisely utilizes land resources, prevents fertilizer runoff into watersheds, improves soil organic matter, and cools the atmosphere through natural transpiration while creating critical new wildlife and pollinator habitat.

“From their leadership in creating renewable energy and in conservation, Smithfield is changing what it means to be a food company,” said Rudi Roeslein, president of RAE. “Smithfield’s willingness to embrace the power of prairie proves the industry can play a meaningful role in seizing the economic benefits of conservation.”

Commitment to Sustainability

This joint venture helps both Smithfield and RAE meet their companywide sustainability goals. Monarch Bioenergy is supporting RAE’s goal to restore 30 million acres of land to native prairie plants strategically located around waterways, streams, rivers and highly erodible lands. Sustainable prairie plants have a valuable ecological, economic, social and environmental impact on our environment.

“We are extremely grateful that Smithfield is committed to this vision. It begins with converting methane from hog manure to renewable natural gas. But that’s the tip of the iceberg. We hope to show the agriculture community, with the help of our joint venture partner Smithfield, how to take all these steps and make an enormous impact for energy, the environment, and wildlife,” Roeslein said.

This project is implementing technologies to allow smaller-scale operations to implement “manure-to-energy” projects, supplemented with cover crop and native prairie biomass, to reap economic and environmental benefits. The standardized gas purification systems will be scalable, able to accommodate small to medium-sized finishing farms, and allow for incremental increases as farms grow or harvest more biomass to supplement manure.

Monarch Bioenergy is also part of Smithfield Renewables, Smithfield’s platform to unify and accelerate its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. Launched in 2016, Smithfield Renewables helps the company meet its industry-leading goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025. In addition to renewable energy projects, Smithfield is implementing a variety of projects across its supply chain to support its carbon reduction efforts. To learn more about Smithfield’s carbon reduction efforts, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/environment.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC

Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) is the owner, operator and developer of renewable energy production facilities that convert agricultural and industrial wastes, along with renewable biomass feedstocks to renewable natural gas and sustainable co-products. RAE engages in these business operations with a focus on incorporating native prairie restoration. RAE is a limited liability company with its principal offices located in St. Louis, Missouri. RAE was launched in 2012 by Rudi Roeslein, co-founder and CEO of St. Louis-based Roeslein and Associates, Inc. (a global leader in engineering, modular fabrication, and construction of industrial plant facilities).

SC Johnson Canada Named One of 2019 Best Workplaces

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:35am

SC Johnson Canada today announces it has been ranked No. 49 on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work®. This marks the 12th time the Canada operation has been recognized on the annual Best Workplace list of large and multinational workplaces in Canada, with more than 1,000 employees working in Canada or worldwide.

“This recognition reflects the SC Johnson Canada team’s continuing efforts to create a workplace where respect and collaboration drive a high-performing culture,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

The Canada team joins SC Johnson Central America, Italy, Greece and Switzerland on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces. Their awards and placement in the rankings are determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies. The Canada operation was recognized for its high levels of trust and camaraderie.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 30 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

This year, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This honor marks the 14th time the company has earned a perfect score and its 17th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

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Contact:
SC Johnson Global Public Affairs
USPublicAffairs@scj.com
262-260-2440

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

World Malaria Day: Refocusing Strategies to Eliminate Malaria

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:31pm

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) suffers by far the greatest malaria burden worldwide; malaria is so common in SSA that the average person sees it as an inevitable part of their existence, and the statistics are as stark as they come.

According to the 2018 World Malaria Report, the global response to malaria has stalled, and we’re at risk of losing some of the gains made in the last two decades. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), is worried about our ability to achieve two critical 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030; reducing malaria case incidence and death rates by at least 40% from 2015 levels. He clearly stated that “we are off course.”

The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 435,000 in 2017, and SSA accounted for 93% (404,550) of global malaria deaths. Of all countries burdened by malaria, Nigeria has the highest percentage, bearing 19% (82,650) of malaria deaths worldwide. Children under five years old are the most vulnerable, accounting for 61% (266,000) of the global malaria deaths. This is sad and unacceptable!

Malaria is also bad for business. Malaria is responsible for decreased productivity, employee absenteeism and increased healthcare spending. It’s not only businesses that lose; families lose and governments lose too.

Despite a leveling-off in progress since 2015, the global malaria response is in a much better place than it was at the start of the 21st century. Although Africa accounted for 93% of the global malaria deaths in 2017, we should also note that malaria interventions and investments resulted in 172,000 fewer malaria deaths globally, and 88% of these prevented cases were in Africa.

There are numerous challenges that we must confront on the road to elimination of malaria, including inadequate international and domestic funding, continued and/or increasing parasitic resistance to antimalarial drugs and mosquito resistance to insecticides.

Since 2006, GBCHealth’s Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) has served as a platform to channel the collective force of the private sector in driving partnerships that are impacting malaria control and elimination in Africa. Overall its goal is to build country-level capacity for effective malaria control and eventual elimination, which it accomplishes by helping companies to establish and refine workplace policies and conditions, as well as through its programmatic outreach into communities, in collaboration with local, regional and national governments.

The assets of the private sector are a valuable resource in the fight against malaria. CAMA’s work focuses on advocacy for better efforts against malaria, sharing best practices through case studies, briefings, leadership forums, etc., and creating partnerships towards malaria control and elimination in Africa.

CAMA members are front-runners in the fight against malaria and represent a variety of industries such as oil and gas, banking, construction, beverages and more. Collectively, CAMA and its members are developing and scaling-up workplace and community initiatives, identifying needs and gaps in-country, and mobilizing business contributions to address these gaps as well as working with the National Malaria Control Programs and other key stakeholders. They have also helped to create evidence-based tools to enable companies to better manage and monitor workplace and community malaria programs.

CAMA and its members’ activities and commitments span the full spectrum of public health interventions: product development to address prevention and resistance, implementation of mosquito control measures (e.g. interior and exterior spraying, stagnant water control), access to information and treatment for employees and communities, collaboration on policy frameworks and making investments.

WHO calls for the adoption of a “high burden high impact” model towards the elimination of malaria, which emphasizes increased political will, funding (particularly domestic funding) and better targeting of available resources.

Building on the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day–“Zero Malaria Starts with Me”–CAMA members and leadership are calling on all stakeholders in the global health community to redouble their efforts, resources and commitment to saving millions of additional lives, and helping communities and economies to thrive, by ending malaria.

A forward thrust in malaria control and elimination is possible through evolved strategies, new tools, increased funding, and investment in a robust health system that delivers quality healthcare and sustainable partnerships across private and public sector organizations. Let us do this together!

The Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) is a unique coalition of companies from various industries, all with business interests in Africa. A GBCHealth-led initiative, CAMA channels the collective force and voice of the private sector to drive impactful partnerships for malaria control and elimination in Africa from workplaces to region-wide initiatives. For more information on the activities of CAMA and membership enquiries, visit www.gbchealth.org or email okeyamo@gbchealth.org.

NRG Energy’s 2018 Sustainability Report Showcases 37% Reduction in Carbon Emissions

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29am

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) today released its 2018 Sustainability Report, providing an update on the Company’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. NRG demonstrated advancement across all of its previously announced sustainability initiatives, including a 37% reduction in carbon emissions, marking significant progress towards its science-based target of reducing emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2014 baseline.

Other notable achievements included in the report:

  • Best safety year on record

  • Launching an innovative renewable purchasing product, Renewable Select

  • More than 16,000 Employee Volunteer Hours

  • Reached leadership level of “A-“ in CDP climate scoring

“Addressing climate change is the biggest challenge of this generation.” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy. “By making significant progress across our sustainability priorities and providing our customers with solutions to achieve their goals, we’re delivering a more sustainable energy future.”

This report continues NRG’s commitment to leading in transparency by using the best available standards and frameworks, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD.)

Read the full report at: www.nrg.com/sustainability

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About NRG

At NRG, we’re redefining power by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We create value by generating electricity and serving nearly 3 million residential and commercial customers through our portfolio of retail electricity brands. A Fortune 500 company, NRG delivers customer-focused solutions for managing electricity, while enhancing energy choice and working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy, @nrginsight.

Media:
Candice Adams
Corporate Communications
NRG Energy
(609) 524-5428
Candice.adams@nrg.com

Timberland 2018 CSR Report Shows Steady Progress Toward 2020 Sustainability Goals

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29am

On the heels of Earth Day, global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today releases its 2018 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, showing steady progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals in support of three key pillars: better product, a greener world and stronger communities.

The brand also announced it reached one of its key sustainability goals two years early – to plant 10 million trees by 2020. Timberland has a longstanding commitment to tree planting, with more than 10.2 million trees planted worldwide since 2001, and is now working to set aggressive new targets for its next reporting cycle.  

“At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that business can and should be a force for positive change, and that a greener future is a better future,” said Jim Pisani, global brand president, Timberland. “We’re very pleased with the progress we made in 2018, and hitting our tree planting goal two years early. But that doesn’t mean we’ll rest on our laurels. In fact, it only energizes us to think about how we can make an even bigger positive impact in the future. And we see trees playing a crucial role.”

Highlights of Timberland’s progress and opportunities in 2018 include: 

Better Product

  • Timberland set a goal for 100 percent of the cotton used in its apparel to come from organic, U.S.-origin or Better Cotton Initiative-certified sources by 2020. In 2018, the brand achieved 75 percent, a slight decrease from 2017 (81 percent) due to the addition of a new sock licensee, which is phasing into Timberland’s requirements.  For its own direct-sourced apparel, which accounts for more than 89 percent of all Timberland cotton sourced during the year, the brand climbed to 99 percent, nearly reaching its 2020 goal.

  • Timberland continued its work with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Haiti to bring cotton back as an export crop for the country. The SFA planted its first commercial crop in 30 years in August 2018, and Timberland has committed to purchase up to one-third of its global cotton supply from the SFA, once sufficient volume and price and quality requirements are achieved.

  • Sixty-nine percent of all Timberland® footwear shipped in 2018 contained major components (e.g., uppers, linings, outsoles) with at least 10 percent recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) content, up slightly from 67 percent last year. The company is working hard to reach its goal of 100 percent by 2020, by requiring all new footwear styles to incorporate ROR materials and re-visiting key carryover collections. 

  • In 2018, Timberland incorporated over 717,519 pounds of recycled PET – the brand’s largest source of ROR materials – into its footwear. To date, Timberland has given the equivalent of over 345 million plastic bottles new life in its shoes.

  • Timberland sourced 99 percent of its footwear leather, and 96 percent of its leather overall (including apparel and accessories) from tanneries that are rated gold or silver by the Leather Working Group, for environmental best practices. The brand’s goal is to achieve 100 percent by 2020.  

  • The brand reported relatively flat data versus 2017 for the use of VOCs in its footwear production (53 grams/pair in 2018 vs. 51 grams/pair in 2017), against a 2020 goal of 42 grams/pair. Timberland also held steady in its efforts to fully eliminate PVC from its products, coming in at 97 percent PVC-free for 2018, with a 2020 goal of 100 percent.

Greener World

  • Timberland planted a total of 285,887 trees in 2018, for a total of 10,275,707 to date and achieving its 2020 goal of 10 million trees two years ahead of schedule. Timberland is now working to set aggressive new tree planting targets for its next reporting cycle. 

  • In addition to its own tree planting efforts, Timberland continues to partner with the SFA to bring cotton farming back to Haiti after a 30-year hiatus, while at the same time planting millions more trees through the innovative agroforestry model they developed together.

  • In 2018, Timberland continued its urban greening commitment around the world. In the US, the brand teamed up with the Student Conversation Association to create or restore 73,000 square feet of green space in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In Europe, Timberland supported 14 projects to create, maintain or restore urban green spaces, focused on increasing access for youth, through its My Play Green program. And in China, the brand planted more than 53,000 trees in the Horqin Desert, as part of an 18-year commitment to help fight the effects of deforestation and desertification in this region.  

Stronger Communities

  • In 2018, Timberland employees worldwide served 56,211 community service hours, a slight increase over 2017. Fifty-two percent of Timberland employees served in the community at least once, up significantly from 42 percent in 2017. The company remains committed to create more opportunities and projects to engage employees at all of its locations to reach its goal of 80 percent engagement (at least one hour served per employee) by 2020.

  • Timberland’s manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic once again led the way with 15,411 hours.

About Timberland 

Timberland is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of premium footwear, apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle. Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. Timberland markets lifestyle products under the Timberland® and Timberland Boot Company® brands, and industrial footwear and workwear under the Timberland PRO® brand. Its products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility – to make things better for its products, the outdoors, and communities around the globe. To learn more about Timberland, a VF Corporation brand, please visit timberland.com @timberland.

ClimateCare Wins Second Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29am

Climate and Sustainable Development expert ClimateCare has won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for ‘exceptional contributions to sustainable development.’ It is one of just six organisations across the UK to win an award in this category.

ClimateCare, the number one ranked B Corp in the UK, has reduced carbon emissions by 33 million tonnes and improved 34 million lives, delivering $10.6 billion of value for people and the planet.

ClimateCare’s trademark Climate+Care approach to cutting carbon and improving lives is attracting an increasing number of long term private and public sector clients, who want to turn their climate responsibilities into positive actions.  

Today ClimateCare announces stretching new targets to scale action even faster – aiming to cut 50 million tonnes of CO2 and improve 50 million lives by 2025.

To achieve this goal the organisation is expanding fast, welcoming new partners from across sectors.

To support this expansion, ClimateCare has appointed a new CEO, Vaughan Lindsay, with a long track record leading and accelerating growth in profit with purpose companies. Vaughan joins ClimateCare from Leapfrog Investments, a leading Impact Investment Fund reaching over 167 million people in over 33 countries and with over $1bn assets under management. Vaughan will work alongside Director Edward Hanrahan to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth

Edward Hanrahan said:

“Earning a second Queen’s Award is a great achievement and a testament to the hard work that the team has put in over the last four years. The world is just starting to wake up to the scale of the challenge ahead of us - there is so much more to do, and we are constantly looking for new ways to increase the scale of our climate impact, whilst always considering the related issues of development and biodiversity. I’m delighted that Vaughan has joined us at this pivotal time. With his experience in leading profit with purpose organisations, we will increase the speed and scale of our impact and be able to go further, faster.”

Vaughan Lindsay said:

“I’m thrilled to join such an inspirational team that is delivering real results for people and the planet. ClimateCare’s achievements to date are an example of what a true Impact business can deliver – at scale. I look forward to helping lead the expert team and encouraging more organisations – both private and public sector to join us as we tackle climate change in a way that makes long term, sustainable business sense.”

 

Notes to editors

ClimateCare 
ClimateCare is a profit with purpose business which works with forward-thinking organisations to help turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. Since 1997, ClimateCare and its partners have cut over 32.6 million tonnes of CO₂ and improved quality of life for more than 33.5 million people around the world.

We have more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the global carbon markets and climate change sector. We work with major public and private sector clients to fund sustainable development projects that reduce carbon emissions at scale, measurably increase quality of life and deliver towards the UN Global Goals. ClimateCare also advises on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation subjects, from large scale implementation to national climate change policies.

ClimateCare’s award-winning team use their extensive experience to design, structure finance for and deliver impactful projects around the world.

ClimateCare develops cost-efficient, high impact, Climate+Care programmes to tackle poverty, improve health, and protect the environment.

ClimateCare is currently ranked the number one B Corp in the UK – B Corp is a global movement of more than 2,500 purpose-driven companies that are using business as a force for good. ClimateCare operates globally from offices in Oxford, UK, Kenya and India.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare 

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Rachael Treharne, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rachael.treharne@climatecare.org

Get the Recognition You Deserve at Ethical Corporation’s Global Awards 2019

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 7:29am

Back for the 10th year running, Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards 2019 are the world’s leading awards ceremony celebrating responsible business excellence.

This is your opportunity to be acknowledged as a leader in the world of responsible business.

Being a truly international competition, the Awards welcome nominees from all over the world. They recognise genuine, truly innovative and meaningful approaches to making responsible business a reality – a perfect reward for all your team's hard work and achievements. 

As always, the awards categories are geared to rewarding the leading sustainable corporate brands from around the globe. The full list of the 2019 categories can be accessed in our nominations pack.

Why should you enter this year's Awards?

  • Bring awareness to your recent ground-breaking sustainability initiative

  • Enhance your corporate reputation and build trust with key stakeholders

  • Showcase your sustainability commitments and values

  • Benchmark your performance with 250+ world’s leading corporate brands

  • Reward your team for their hard work and make them proud employees

Past winners include; Kimberly Clark, Unilever, RBS, Novartis, EDG Energy, Tesco, GSK, Garanti Bank, ABN Amro, DSM, LIXIL, Ulula and more. Entries are welcome from around the world and from any organisation! 

Key Dates for your diary:

  • Nominations Close: 3rd June

  • Finalists Announcement: 24th June

  • Awards Ceremony: 2nd October, 8 Northumberland Avenue London

Take a look at the Awards Entry Pack here to get a full overview of the categories and the associated benefits.

Regards,
Krina Amin
Head of Strategy
Ethical Corporation
Krina.amin@Ethicalcorp.com

What Works in Employee Financial Wellness Programs

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 7:29am

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a webinar on financial wellness programs (FWP) and learn how your business can benefit by creating or expanding your FWP for your employees.

Nearly a quarter of America’s workers deem their financial stress as high or overwhelming, and about 40 percent of workers report they have more financial strain now, than at the beginning of the Great Recession. Employees’ financial stresses manifest themselves at work, resulting in absenteeism and lower productivity. Employers are recognizing the need to implement a FWP for their workforce and the number and sophistication of workplace FWPs has increased since the Great Recession. Employers now face an abundance of options and little objective guidance on how to choose the right program. This webinar will help employers of ranging industries, sizes, backgrounds and interests to learn about workplace FWPs and receive the tools and resources needed to introduce one to your employees. 

Register and learn more here: https://goo.gl/Ry6kS4

Michael Phelps Continues as Global Ambassador of Colgate’s “Save Water” Conservation Effort With Behavior-Change Tips

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 1:25pm

On Earth Day 2019, Colgate announced its continued partnership with one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Michael Phelps, who serves as global ambassador for the brand’s ongoing “Save Water” initiative. The campaign message is simple: small acts like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can cumulatively save massive amounts of water as well as the energy required to treat water and pipe it into people’s homes.

Colgate products are found in two out of every three homes in the world, and almost all of them require water use. “Given that our brand is found in more households than any other brand in the world, Colgate is uniquely positioned to lead in water conservation and promote conservation,” says JoAnne Murphy, Director of Retail Category Development, U.S.

While Colgate continues to make significant strides in reducing the amount of water and energy it uses to make and distribute products, 90 percent of its water footprint comes from consumer use. While the U.S. uses more water per person than any other country in the world, 130 million Americans live with severe water scarcity[1] at least one month per year. More than that, 1.7 million lack running tap water or a flushable toilet in their homes.

World-champion swimmer Phelps, Colgate’s global water ambassador since 2017, says, “I am often asked about my keys to success in the pool and people are surprised to hear how much I talk about doing all the small things as part of my preparation that ultimately have a big impact on performance.  The same applies to this important “Save Water” campaign as the more we can all practice small behavior changes like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, the bigger collective impact we can make in conserving our water usage.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, just turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth for two minutes can save about 64 glasses of water.

Phelps and Colgate encouraged people to learn more, share the message, and save water on Earth Day and every day by:

- Taking the Save Water pledge at EveryDropCounts.Colgate.com

- Sharing their own water-saving tips on social media and tagging #EveryDropCounts

- Following Colgate and the Phelps Family on social media for news, tips and encouragement

About Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, EltaMD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-C

About Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history, capturing a total of 28 medals including a record-setting 23 gold medals, over the course of five Olympic Games. Phelps utilized his performance bonus for winning eight gold medals at 2008 Beijing Games to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation. Committed to growing the sport of swimming, the Foundation addresses the need for water-safety through its signature program – im – available through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International. The most decorated swimmer in World Championships history, Phelps launched his own competitive swimwear brand – MP – in partnership with Aqua Sphere in 2014. He has published two autobiographies – No Limits: The Will to Success and Beneath the Surface – that were New York Times and USA Today best sellers, as well as published one children’s book – How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals. He is a highly regarded mental health advocate and inspirational speaker, sharing his message of “Dream, Plan, Reach” with audiences ranging from children to business executives. 

 

[1] http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/2/e1500323.full

$200,000 Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Grant Funds Solar Energy and Horticultural Training Program at My Possibilities

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 1:25pm

 My Possibilities (MP), a for-cause organization that provides continuing education and vocational training for adults with disabilities, announced today the completion of sustainability projects funded by a $200,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.

MP received the grant in 2018 to help fund a 200 kilowatt solar panel installation and monitoring system, along with hydroponic growing infrastructure. The projects will cut energy costs at the MP campus and support a new horticulture elective for HIPsters, or Hugely Important People, that MP serves.

To celebrate the completion of the sustainability projects, MP “flipped the switch” at an invitation-only ceremony with Sun Club personnel, Green Mountain Energy employees and City of Plano officials, on Wednesday, April 24. During the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to explore the hydrosheds and learn about the benefits of hydroponic growing and solar energy.

“Sustainability is more than a buzz word,” said Michael Thomas, executive director of My Possibilities. “It’s a way of life for us at MP. Not only are we building a sustainable campus with green initiatives, we’re also working on sustainable job training solutions for our HIPsters and the community. Each move we make is with our HIPsters in mind.”

The new solar panels will provide 40 percent of the facility’s annual electricity costs, saving MP up to $25,000 per year. The creation of a new horticulture elective will provide new learning opportunities for 30-45 students per week.

Food grown will be used for an internal catering program with the excess sold to the community. The grant provides funds for the foundation of a hydroponic growing structure, water and power hookups, hydrosheds, raised garden beds, garden materials, a seed library and a rainwater catchment system.

“We love the transferrable life skills that are being taught at MP and are excited to be a part of incorporating an on-site horticulture program into an already thriving catering program,” Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “That paired with a solar array makes MP a true sustainable partner for Sun Club and the community.”

Sun Club has been empowering local communities with sustainable solutions since 2002. Through nonprofit partnerships and sustainability grants, the organization supports projects promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship.

To learn more about the Sun Club grant, visit mypossibilities.org/sunclub.

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About My Possibilities: 
My Possibilities is a Plano-based for-cause 501c(3) organization that serves as the pioneering leader in vocational education for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities throughout North Texas. To learn more, visit: mypossibilities.org.

About Green Mountain Energy Sun Club:
The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing sustainable communities. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Sun Club® invests in nonprofits and focuses on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated nearly $7 million to more than 110 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. To learn more about the Sun Club or to apply for a Sun Club grant, visit gmesunclub.org.

 

Consumers Energy Helps Launch the Next Generation of Michigan Talent Through FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:25am

Consumers Energy is excited to sponsor the FIRST Championship for high school robotics students, a marquee event that brings teams from across the globe and tens of thousands of visitors to Detroit -- and a showplace for the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) talent here in Michigan.

Over 90 high school teams from Michigan are taking part in the four-day world competition at Cobo Center and Ford Field, which runs Wednesday through Saturday. Students compete with robots they have designed and built for a competition that puts them on a path to careers in the energy and other high-tech industries.

“Consumers Energy is excited to sponsor and participate in the FIRST Championship because it’s fun and opens so many doors for students right here in Michigan,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy. “Michigan is leading the way for robotics, with over 500 high school teams – more than any other state. FIRST has cracked the code on getting students excited about STEM.”

The FIRST Championship is free and open to the public. It takes place at Detroit’s Cobo Center, with the championship matches at Ford Field. For more information and the schedule, go to www.firstchampionship.org/detroit.

In 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation contributed more than $450,000 to support STEM programs, including FIRST teams at elementary, middle and high school levels across the state. Poppe also is chairing the local Michigan Executive Committee for this week’s championship, and employees are supporting the committee and competition.

“At Consumers Energy, we know how important STEM careers are, because this talent powers many areas of our company, and the future looks even brighter for these types of jobs,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president of public affairs. “We are thrilled to help nurture students to develop their innovation, engineering, decision-making and team-building talents.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Media Contacts: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Debra Dodd, 517-545-8711

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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PepsiCo Goes Beyond the Bottle with New, Mobile-Enabled Hydration Platform

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:25am

Built to reflect how people drink water today, the new hydration platform from PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEPis a connected ecosystem that responds to the rise in consumption of low-and-no-sugar drinks as well as heightened focus on plastic's effect on the environment. As part of PepsiCo's Beyond the Bottle efforts, the new system makes it easier for people to stay hydrated with great-tasting beverages, digitally track their hydration, and help meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainable packaging.

Following PepsiCo's recent acquisition of SodaStream, the platform is the next step along PepsiCo's Beyond the Bottle journey, which encompasses ways to deliver beverages without single-use plastic bottles. As the Beyond the Bottle strategy evolves, consumers can expect to see more PepsiCo beverage options delivered without single-use plastic bottles.

The hydration platform is made up of three components: a beautifully designed hydration dispenser, a companion, user-friendly smartphone app, and a personalized QR code sticker for reusable bottles that allows consumers to be effortlessly recognized by the dispenser. Reflecting how people now utilize technology and apps to track and personalize every element of their day, this ecosystem also allows users to set their own daily hydration goals and automatically tracks their way to meeting them. Additionally, it tracks their environmental impact with a unique count of plastic bottles saved with each pour as well as over time saves unique preferences (like favorite flavors and carbonation levels) for future use.

"This new hydration platform is an exciting step in the PepsiCo Beyond the Bottle innovation pipeline," said Jim Andrew, EVP SodaStream and Beyond the Bottle Ventures. "This platform is a great example of how we are evolving our portfolio to provide more sustainable options for consumers to get personalized, great-tasting beverages."

The experience with the hydration ecosystem is completely customizable and offers a variety of great tasting zero-calorie flavor, carbonation, and temperature options that can be customized for every pour. Everyone can create their preferred drink and save their favorites in the mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices, for seamless future pours. Additionally, all water is nano-filtered to guarantee clean water every time. How refreshing is that?

"This new platform addresses a number of trends we're seeing resonate with consumers, including increasing concern for the environment and preference for refillable bottles, as well as desire for choice and personalization whenever possible," said Scott Finlow, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo Foodservice. "Now, whether they're at home, work, or on-the-go, we've given people a way to make more sustainable choices throughout their day and achieve their personal hydration goals." 

This year, PepsiCo will launch the platform at select workplaces, universities, and hospitality partners where there is the greatest desire to access still and carbonated water and both sustainable and customizable drink options, with additional locations to follow in the near future.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. "Winning with Purpose" reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business.  For more information, visit www.pepsico.com

Media Inquiries: 
Alison Meade 
914-767-1259 
Alison.Meade@pepsico.com

Brooke Badger
415-262-5703
BBadger@golin.com

World Bank and Pact Launch First ‘State of the Sector’ Report for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 4:25am

At the OECD Forum, The World Bank and Pact will launch the 2019 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector, a first-of-its-kind report exploring the origins and impact of the ‘global data gap’ on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), and outlining how the gap can be narrowed to formalize this global sector. Drawing from online database Delve, the report finds that at least 40 million people work in ASM globally. ASM is the most important rural non-farm activity in the developing world, but for too long the sector has remained in the shadows. Complete, accurate and reliable data is an essential first step to better understanding the sector: recognizing the importance of miners and formalizing their work.

The 2019 State of the ASM Sector report identifies ways to improve data collection methodologies and presents a shortlist of ‘key data needs’ for the sector. The report finds there is great potential to significantly reduce the global data gap, which will enable ASM to deliver on its potential and help fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report features in-depth analysis of the data gaps and importance of ASM through regional and country case studies, including Ghana, Guyana, India, Mongolia, Morocco and Peru.

“Artisanal and small-scale mining is a vital livelihood for some 40 million people around the world, mostly in developing countries. It’s time to shine a light on this vital sector so we can accelerate investments in people and communities for greater equity and sustainable economic growth” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank. “This report is one of the first steps towards building a world where the contributions from miners to the global economy is fully recognized.” 

In 2017, The World Bank and Pact announced a partnership to create Delve, a first-of-its-kind global online platform for ASM data. Delve is a crowdsourcing database built on the data contributions from sector stakeholders. A beta version of the platform is available online at www.delvedatabase.org, with the full Version 1.0 to launch later this year. Envisioned as an annual publication, the inaugural ‘state of the sector’ report draws on the data from Delve to provide up-to-date analyses of the sector, in line with emerging global trends and key issues.

“The ASM sector has an urgent need for, and right to, accurate data that truly represents the sector’s potential as well as its challenges. This is essential to avoid repetition of errors, ignorance of gaps, duplication of effort and underselling the sector’s value to international supply chains,” said Karen Hayes, Vice President of Pact’s Mines to Markets initiative. “Bridging the data gap is the first step in removing the veil of invisibility from the millions of men and women miners who are integral to our global economy,” said Hayes.

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To read the full report and for information on Delve, visit the website https://www.delvedatabase.org/.

About Pact – A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create thriving and resilient

communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Visit us at pactworld.org. 

About the World Bank - The World Bank provides financing, global knowledge, and long-term commitment to help low- and middle-income countries end poverty, achieve sustainable growth, and invest in opportunity for all.  We comprise the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the world’s largest development bank, and the International Development Association (IDA), one of the largest sources of funding for the world’s poorest countries.  With the other World Bank Group institutions as well as partners across the public and private sectors, we are helping build solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century in all major sectors of development.  A world where no one lives in poverty and everyone has the opportunity for a better life is within our reach.

Contact: 

Molly Derrick
Acting Director, Integrated Communications, Pact
mderrick@pactworld.org 

Clare Murphy-McGreevey
Consultant – Communications Officer
Energy and Extractive Industries, World Bank
cmurphymcgreevey@worldbank.org

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