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Vermont University Team Awarded $250,000 Grant to Create Sustainable Food Solution

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:05pm

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation announced the University of Vermont and Norwich University, and Food Services Provider Sodexo as a 2019 New England Food Vision Prize Award winner -- an effort to encourage college and university campuses in the region to improve the health, sustainability, and vitality of the region’s food system. This marks the second annual round of $250,000 prizes, which invites food service leaders from the region’s 200 college and university campuses to submit bold, collaborative, catalytic ideas to increase the amount of regionally produced food on campus menus.

The Foundation announced six teams of winners today representing 16 campuses. Each of the six teams of winners will receive an award of up to $250,000 to begin implementation of their project.

“The Kendall Foundation grant aligns well with the University of Vermont’s land grant mission of providing service and support to the state of Vermont,” said Dennis DePaul, associate dean of student affairs, who oversees the university’s dining program. “It will allow us to use the university’s buying power to purchase significantly more produce from local growers and to add small Vermont farms to our supply chain. The program will benefit both our students, by giving them access to fresh, healthy locally grown food throughout the school year, and the local agricultural economy.

University of Vermont and State Agricultural College and Norwich University, in partnership with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the University of Vermont Medical Center, Vermont Food Venture Center, and the Pioneer Valley Growers Association, will use the prize funds to invest in state-of-the-art new equipment for food processors in the region. The new equipment will allow them to buy and prepare much more locally grown produce than they do currently and sell it to a variety of institutions who don’t have the staff to do the processing themselves. By coordinating higher education and healthcare institutions, the team can also mitigate seasonal demand challenges that are created by campuses alone. The upfront investment provided by the prize funds leads to a sustainable model that provides a stable and predictable demand for processed local food for institutional markets.

“This is a great opportunity to serve more locally produced, healthy products in our institutions, while also growing markets for our farmers,” said Executive Director Jon Ramsay, Vermont Food Venture Center.

The New England Food Vision Prize is designed to accelerate progress towards the New England Food Vision, a bold vision that calls for our region to produce at least 50% of our food by 2060, while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. The Prize is designed to support ideas that result in higher procurement of regional food by institutions, more regional food on campus menus, and increased demand for regional food by students while on campus and beyond the campus as alumnae.

“Our Vermont First initiative was created to identify and develop sustainable solutions for our clients, customers and communities where we serve, “said Phil Harty, senior vice president, North America Operations, Universities. “We are excited to partner with University of Vermont, Norwich University, Vermont Food Venture Center and the Pioneer Valley Growers Association to create efficiencies and grow their facilities.

Ideas for the Prize were required to be collaborative, meaning winning ideas had to represent two or more campuses working together. Ideas also had to be replicable and sustainable, applicable outside of the specific contextual factors of one campus or one period of time. Applicants also had to demonstrate how they would measure impact, and include elements of movement-building, such as growing demand or knowledge around regionally produced food.

“We are thrilled to have sparked such interest and creative thinking within just two short years,” said Foundation Executive Director Andrew Kendall. “The winning teams and their partners are leveraging their purchasing clout in the marketplace together with engaging their students to create the consistent, long-term demand that local farmers, fishers, and ranchers need to sustain and grow their operations.  We believe that the ideas represented by this year’s winners reflect the kind of ingenuity needed to build a healthier, sustainable food system in New England.”

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation is a New England philanthropic enterprise that is part of a strong and rapidly expanding network aiming to create a resilient and healthy New England food system.

For a full list of prize winners, please visit kendall.org/prize.

CONTACT Dasha Ross-Smith +1 (202) 695-0505 dasha.ross-smith@sodexo.com Sodexo PR Jeff Wakefield +1 (802) 578-8830 Jeffrey.Wakefield@uvm.edu University of Vermont PR

Duke Energy Contributes $500,000 to Protect Wetlands in Unity Park in Greenville, S.C.

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:05pm

Duke Energy today announced a $500,000 grant to enhance and protect natural wetlands in Greenville’s Unity Park, providing school children and other park visitors the opportunity to learn about the native species and wildlife living in this unique and critical ecosystem in the middle of an urban environment.

The project will include the Duke Energy Outdoor Classroom as part of an ADA-accessible boardwalk providing new public access to these currently overlooked and unapproachable wetlands. Once completed, the area will serve as an outdoor classroom for educating the public about the important environmental contribution of wetlands and the need to preserve them.

“We are excited to once again engage with a trusted partner like the city,” said Michael Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina state president. “Unity Park is one of those projects that has so much depth and impact that we had to be a part of it. Not only will we see improvements in the environment with this grant, we will see lives changed.”

"We are grateful for Duke Energy Foundation’s participation in Unity Park and value its partnership on this transformative project," said Greenville Mayor Knox White.

The wetlands area of Unity Park along the northern perimeter of the 60-acre park marks the original path of the Reedy River before it was diverted in a 1933 Depression-era project by city engineers and the federal Works Progress Administration.

Despite close proximity to the Swamp Rabbit Trail – a popular 22-mile multi-use trail that is the backbone of the city and county’s greenway system – these wetlands are largely hidden from view and inaccessible to the public.

The wetlands work aligns with one of the park’s nine guiding principles that emerged during more than a decade of meetings with neighborhood residents and the community to discuss their priorities for Unity Park. Improving the wetland areas in Unity Park is intended to create a healthier river system, improve habitat, mitigate flood risk and create a greater scenic and educational amenity for the community.

Duke Energy Foundation joins Michelin Corporate Foundation, Auro Hotels, Craig and Vicki Brown, SYNNEX Corporation and SC Telco that have publicly announced their partnerships in Unity Park. More than $6 million in private money has been raised for construction of the $41 million first phase of the park, scheduled to open in 2022.

The Duke Energy Foundation annually funds more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.

Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More information about the Duke Energy Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

The Duke Energy Foundation is solely funded by Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) shareholder dollars.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

A Fortune 150 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list.

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

Contact: Ryan Mosier
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The People Behind Today's Responsible Brands: Teresa Coles Talks With Blackbaud's Rachel Hutchisson on How Values Can Build an Ecosystem of Good.

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:05pm

Few companies have channeled their brand values as a force for good like Blackbaud. The company started out in the 1980s as a nonprofit accounting and fundraising software platform and is now recognized as the world’s leading cloud software provider powering social good. Blackbaud helps to pump more than $100 billion annually into the social sector via funds that are raised, granted and invested by its customers.

So how does a company grow from a single-product portfolio into a global game changer for good? How does any company, for that matter, grow with both scale and intention? I spoke with Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud’s VP for Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, about brand values as a transformative agent for business growth and social good.

The value of values

Teresa Coles, Riggs Partners: Everyone in business is talking about being purpose-driven and guiding an organization based on values. No news there. But Blackbaud did this before values were cool. How has this helped shape the course of the company? 

Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud: Before we even had a codified set of values — the five things we believe in at our core — we were always about helping organizations do good things in the world. We set out to develop, sponsor and support technology that helped nonprofits with accounting and fundraising. Today, we are working well beyond the nonprofit sector with products that address so much more. But the fundamentals are the same: it’s all about using our technology to create an ecosystem of good.

TC: What does being intentional about purpose and values mean to Blackbaud today? Its culture?

RH: For Blackbaud, we consider ourselves to be “agents of good” in what we do every day to create that ecosystem of good. We lead with this message every day, and it’s a living, breathing example of why we’re here. Our set of five values — which are about teamwork, heart, creativity, expecting the best from each other, and giving back — reinforces the things that allow us to uphold this promise to our customers, and the world.

Values in action

TC: How does this vision manifest in the business strategy?

RH: Our business strategy is about the constant pursuit of delivering the kind of software, expertise, data and innovation our customers need to do good in the world. In many cases, it means identifying and eliminating the barriers our clients may have and developing the technology they need to overcome those. It’s also evident in our growth strategies: identifying and serving new markets — like healthcare, K-12 and others — that need new technology options to help overcome their distinct barriers. And our acquisition strategy feeds into this, as we look for more ways to partner with others who can bring new kinds of expertise to these markets.

TC: What are the implications of Blackbaud’s culture in other key areas of the business?

RH: Talent acquisition and investor relations are two. Both are very active, interested audiences that help us embrace and celebrate our belief system. In recruiting, our vision and values definitely help us identify the kinds of people who are best wired to be with this kind of company. We know people come to us because of who we are, what we are helping customers achieve, where and how we exhibit sustainability, and how we give back. They’re eager to be part of that. And investors are interested in knowing more about our own commitment to being an active participant in the ecosystem of good.

TC: How does your vision connect with the way the brand is marketed externally?

RH: It’s hard to separate them, and that’s how it should be. Part of our journey toward becoming a global brand has been to understand what it means to communicate what has always been true about what we believed. Global Marketing has brought voice to our brand values, bringing emotive language and design to that story. We work hard to keep our values in front of us and to share stories that help each of us understand we’re connected to the story we are telling in the world.

Values for everyone

TC: I know you believe very deeply in the truth that “good is for everyone.” How have you seen the shift to be a more purpose-driven business evolve to include companies of any size?

RH: Back in the day, people thought nonprofits were good and businesses were bad. Then it was just about the big companies doing good things. It’s very different today, in that there are a great many tools entrepreneurs and small business owners can use to develop programs that can help them be good citizens. It’s up to each company to determine what being a “good business” means, but the idea of integrating more intentionality into your business has certainly become more commonplace. And it’s not going away. 

TC: Have you seen examples of smaller businesses that have done a good job in being intentional about their culture and living out their values?

RH: One of the easiest things to do is to look around your home community. For example, there is a coffee company here in Charleston called Bitty & Beau’s that hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down Syndrome. It’s completely competitive with all the other coffee companies in town, but it has social impact at its heart.

Another tech firm close to us is Boomtown. They came to town and called us for advice on how to build a CSR practice into their business. They’ve done wonderful things in the community and have become very recognized as a business with heart that is engaging in positive ways. So, it can be any size or kind of organization. The question is, how we can reach more organizations and inspire them to do more of this kind of work?

TC: And Blackbaud is a tremendous example for us all.

RH: Well, our mission, as I’ve said, is to power an ecosystem of good. So anything we can do to encourage and support other businesses to connect their work to doing good in the world — whatever that may be — is important to us. We can all benefit from that shared value. 

About Riggs Partners
Riggs Partners is a creative marketing consultancy that specializes in helping clients build Responsible Brands, aligning organizational health, business strategy and brand marketing. For more information, visit www.riggspartners.com.

CSE Leader in Sustainability Education Globally to Reach 100,000 Professionals by 2025

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 1:05pm

As we just celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States, it was a time for us at CSE to reflect and be grateful for the successful year we’ve had so far in 2019. This was once again a year where we saw corporations expressing interest and willingness to be part of a more sustainable world. The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) is pleased to help organizations on their sustainability journey.

The number of trained sustainability (CSR) practitioners certified with our CSR-P designation is a testament of that.  We held 14 programs in 2019, and over 1,000 Sustainability Executives and Managers joined us. For example we tackled the hard sustainability issues in Houston and New York.

CSE’s research work continued in 2019, with a special focus into the state of Sustainability Strategy and Reporting in North America.  Sustainability Reporting Trends in Silicon Valley 2019 was a follow-up to CSE’s 2016 research.  Except for certain large multi-nationals, the report finds limited sustainability leadership from the world’s largest concentration of tech companies. 

CSE has an ambitious agenda for 2020 to continue pushing corporate sustainability globally. We start the New Year strong by bringing CSE’s advanced certified sustainability practitioner program to Miami and Atlanta, two major American and Canadian cities dealing with their own specific sustainability issues.

CSE is committed to keep its global leadership in sustainability education of sustainability professionals and C-Suite executives in North America and around the globe. The CSE’s Sustainability Academy (www.sustainability-academy.org) leads the way in Certified Specialized Sustainability (CSR) Education. Its global initiative, the Sustainability Academy, aims to provide affordable, specialized online education and coaching on the issues of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. The Sustainability Academy offers the Online Diploma on Corporate Sustainability and a series of specialized programs on Sustainability Reporting, Carbon Reduction Strategy and ESG Performance for Investors. There are also special In-house Programs for organizations, who recognize that investing in their human capital through education is the most important determinant for growth and excellence in Sustainability. To confirm this claim, recent research has demonstrated that organizations with a strong learning culture can outperform their peers. The Academy aspires to reach 100,000 professionals by 2025!

Thank you to all our friends, colleagues, practitioners and followers. Don’t miss any CSE news: subscribe to our newsletters, follow us on social media and refer us throughout your networks. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming trainings in 2020 and insights, which starts with the Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition in Miami in January 16-17, 2020 and also includes a stop in Atlanta March 9-10, 2020.

Cornerstone Capital Group Launches Cornerstone Capital Access Impact Fund

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:05am

 Cornerstone Capital Group (“Cornerstone”), an SEC-registered investment advisor whose mission is to help investors achieve targeted impact goals without sacrificing investment performance, today announced the launch of the Cornerstone Capital Access Impact Fund (CCIIX). 

The Access Impact Fund is designed for investors who are seeking both competitive financial returns and positive impact. It is a liquid, low-minimum solution that adheres to Cornerstone’s rigorous standards for vetting investments. The all-cap, global thematic fund allocates its assets among multiple investment managers (sub-advisers) whose investment strategies emphasize certain themes and/or employ various environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. The fund’s goal is long-term capital appreciation.

“The Access Impact Fund is a unique product that seeks to offer investors an avenue for competitive performance. It gives investors exposure to companies that embrace strong environmental, social and governance [ESG] practices and that are moving the needle on key issues we face as a society," said Jennifer Leonard, Portfolio Co-Manager of CCIIX and Executive Director, Asset Manager Due Diligence of Cornerstone Capital Group. “It allows us to offer broad access to sophisticated strategies that may not otherwise be available to individual investors.”

To achieve its investment objective, the fund allocates assets across six critical and interconnected themes that initially include health, wellness and education; climate and clean energy; innovation and economic opportunity; reduced inequalities and social justice; data-driven solutions; and the circular economy. The team selected these themes because together they work to advance the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the United Nations in 2015.

“The Access Impact Fund democratizes impact investing by giving all investors access to investment strategies that have traditionally been the domain of institutions and wealthy individuals,” said Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group and Portfolio Co-Manager of CCIIX. “We were driven to launch this fund by the urgency of the challenges we face ahead and the vast human, environmental, and financial costs of inaction. We are very excited to be launching this fund, which we consider unique in the market in terms of its structure, quality and creative blend of diversification and thematic focus.”

The minimum investment for the Cornerstone Capital Access Impact Fund is $1,000. For more information on the mutual fund, visit: cornerstonecapitalfunds.com.

About Cornerstone Capital Group
Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Group is a financial services firm based in New York. The mission of the firm is to enable investors to achieve targeted impact goals without sacrificing investment performance. Cornerstone works with families and individuals, foundations and endowments, multifamily offices and other registered investment advisors to develop and manage customized investment strategies to achieve bespoke financial and impact objectives.  



Betsy Emerson 
Cornerstone Capital Group

Jay Morakis
M Group Strategic Communications

You should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the Fund before investing.  The prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund, and it should be read carefully before investing.  You may obtain a copy of the prospectus by calling 800.986.6187.  Distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors, LLC.  8974101-UFD-9/20/2019

Investing involves risk, including loss of principal.  The value of the Fund’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.  The universe of acceptable investments for the Fund may be limited as compared to other funds due to the Fund's ESG investment screening.  Because the Fund does not invest in companies that do not meet its ESG criteria, the Fund may be riskier than other mutual funds that invest in a broader array of securities.  Investments in foreign securities involve risks that may be different from those of U.S. securities.  Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.  

U.S. Gain Partners with Brightmark Energy on Dairy RNG Sites

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:05am

U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) reaches an agreement to purchase dairy-based RNG from Brightmark Energy.

Earlier this year, Brightmark Energy announced its investment in Madison, Wisconsin, Yakima County, Washington and Byron, New York dairy farms. Together, these farms will produce enough RNG to fuel greenhouse gas emission savings equivalent to removing 6,981 passenger vehicles from U.S. roadways for one year.

Brightmark Energy selected U.S. Gain as a partner thanks to their gas marketing capabilities, namely, their immediate link to the California transportation market and tenured in-house compliance team. “U.S. Gain has extensive experience with the regulatory programs allowing for the generation of environmental credits when the dispensing the RNG as a transportation fuel, specifically the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Oregon Clean Fuels Program (CFP),” says Bryan Nudelbacher, director of business development for U.S. Gain. “This experience coupled with our connections to obligated parties, enables U.S. Gain to monetize credits at peak values, producing favorable returns for all project partners.”

RNG is the fastest pathway to achieve transportation emission reductions in regions that need it most. U.S. Gain is rapidly expanding their portfolio of RNG supply through a diversified approach including offtake agreements, financing support and capital investment – and is always seeking new opportunities for project collaboration.


About U.S. Gain

U.S. Gain is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable and compressed natural gas for the transportation and energy segments.

Over the course of 10 years U.S. Gain has diversified throughout the fuel supply chain – investing and managing renewable natural gas development projects at dairies, landfills and wastewater treatment plants; generating, trading and monetizing clean fuel credits; designing, building and operating natural gas fueling stations – both private and a public GAIN Clean Fuel® network. This vertical integration allows companies access to the cleanest fuel at the best value. 

As a part of U.S. Venture, Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, U.S. Gain is committed to finding a better way for companies to succeed – both economically and environmentally. With experience you need and ethics you value, U.S. Gain is the partner you’ll be proud to work with. Learn more at https://www.usgain.com/.

About Brightmark

Brightmark develops, owns and operates waste and energy projects. Brightmark employs technology solutions including renewable natural gas, plastics renewal and waste to energy that are solving profound environmental issues. Brightmark Energy’s mission is to create significant long-term value and a positive global impact by delivering waste and energy solutions. Learn more at http://brightmarkenergy.com.

Webinar: A Joint Approach to ESG Engagement: Investor Relations and Sustainability

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:05am

Non-financial performance has financial relevance to investors, meaning reporting professionals from two different worlds need to collaborate to understand what this ESG demand means and how to share non-financial data in a financial context. But as the cross over between investor relations and sustainability reporters only intensifies, so do the issues.

To help you get in front of the trend and understand the latest approaches to further collaboration between internal team, 4 senior corporate and investment leaders are ready to share their insights in a one hour interactive webinar debate. Join Ethical Corporation on Wednesday, December 11th, at 1pm ET for their free online webinar with:

  • Anna Pot, Head of Responsible Investment Americas, APG Asset Management

  • Carrie Christopher, Director Sustainability Reporting, Newmont Goldcorp

  • Megan Fielding, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Responsible Investing, Nuveen

  • Dan Shurey, Vice President of Sustainable Finance, ING

Moderated by: Brian Tomlinson, Research Director, Strategic Investor Initiative, Chief Executives, CECP

In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn how innovative businesses are navigating this reporting landscape:

  • Understand exactly what ESG demand means and how to share non-financial data in a financial context

  • Cross-team collaboration: Building trust and getting to a place of shared understanding between the two functions

  • Un-silo ESG: Ensure the sustainability narrative is integrated into investor facing presentations

  • Looking to the future: ESG ecosystems, reporting standards and internal controls

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Ed Long
Ethical Corporation – Head of US Operations
Reuters Events
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HACR hosts its second annual Corporate Inclusion Index Awards Dinner Presenting the HACR Award for Corporate Inclusion

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 4:04pm

On November 21, 2019, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) nationally released the 2019 Corporate Inclusion Index (CII) report. This report is compiled from data collected from participating companies that use this tool to help them evaluate and assess their Hispanic inclusion efforts.

The assessment examines key indicators by which companies evaluate progress on diversity and inclusion in order to help them identify opportunities for improvement or best practices for Hispanic inclusion. The CII rating system, comprised of up to five stars, is designed around two focus areas – a practice and outcomes assessment in Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. 

A total of 57 companies participated including 32 Fortune 100 companies.

New 2019 participants include:

  • American Airlines

  • Boston Scientific Corporation

  • Chevron

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Diageo North America

  • Ericsson, Inc.

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.

  • Goldman Sachs & Co.

  • Nielsen

  • Tesla Inc.

  • United Technologies Corporation

Key findings from the 2019 HACR CII include:

  • Hispanics comprise an average of 16 percent of the total reported employee base for the 2019 HACR CII participants.

  • On average, participants reported directing one (1) percent of total procurement spend to Hispanic-owned businesses.

  • Nearly 90 percent of companies reported having metrics that assess the impact of their giving.

  • Hispanics held just over eight (8) percent of board seats amongst the participating companies.

“We want to thank all the companies who participated in this year’s HACR Corporate Inclusion Index survey,” said Cid Wilson, president and CEO of HACR. “Your participation and transparency are critical to ensure the success of the HACR CII. By participating in our annual survey, you are not only demonstrating your commitment to Hispanic inclusion, you’re also making a major investment in growing your company inclusively. As Peter Drucker once said, “what gets measured gets done.”  

“On behalf of the HACR board of directors, we congratulate all the companies that received a 5 star rating in each of HACR’s four pillars”, said HACR Board Chair, Mary Ann Gomez Orta. Your diversity and inclusion efforts not only make a significant impact on Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America but also provide an example for other companies to follow.”

“The data is moving in the right direction, but there is still work to be done,” said Dr. Lisette Garcia, HACR senior ­­­vice president, and chief operating officer. “The responsibility to do better is as much HACR’s as it is that of Corporate America. HACR will continue to work with those companies who are ready to make significant strides and improve their standing in the Hispanic community both within and outside their company. We encourage Fortune 500 companies who have never taken the HACR CII survey, to use this opportunity to evaluate their Hispanic diversity and inclusion.”

To access the 2019 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index report click here https://www.hacr.org/cii/

About HACR

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.

VMware Joins the World’s Largest Corporate Sustainability Initiative—the United Nations Global Compact—Furthering Its Commitment to Leading Responsibly

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 4:04pm

At VMware, we believe in collaborating and partnering with organizations that are tackling global challenges. From being a founding member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance to supporting the launch of the Step Up Coalition, we are committed to joining forces with others who are making a difference.

We are pleased to announce that VMware has joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. We are proud to support the ten principles of the Global Compact with respect to Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-Corruption, as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2030 Agenda. We believe that our products, operations, and people collectively must generate positive global impact through all that we do.

Our latest Global Impact Report, released in August, summarizes our commitments and describes how we incorporate the principles of the Global Compact into our strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations.

We look forward to deepening our engagement with the UN Global Compact and its signatories because we know that we cannot do what needs to be done alone; but together, we can make a difference.

Toolkit to Advance Reporting on Modern Slavery

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 10:03am

A toolkit to advance reporting on modern slavery has been launched by the Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI), an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 

The new resource – announced on the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – provides practical guidance to increase the effectiveness of corporate reporting, underpinning the transparency and accountability needed to support global efforts towards eradicating the scourge of modern slavery. 

The exploitation of workers in global value chains is a pressing human rights issue that continues to occur, mainly in the private sector. Findings last year by the Global Slavery Index indicate there are 40.3 million people in slavery – including 24.9 million in forced labor. 

Governments, international organizations, investors, customers and industry stakeholders expect companies to take proactive steps to ensure they contribute to the eradication of modern slavery, and communicate how they address their impacts, in accordance with globally recognized frameworks. 

The toolkit helps companies in preparing their reporting in a way that meets the expectations of stakeholders. It highlights the benefits and uses of modern slavery corporate reporting, with resources to help businesses effectively disclose and communicate their actions. 

“The business community is tirelessly working to address modern slavery in global supply chains,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director, Responsible Business Alliance. “Providing transparency on these efforts is crucial, to drive continual improvement and share progress with key stakeholders.”

Tim Mohin, Chief Executive of GRI, added: “There are growing expectations on companies to identify any incidence of modern slavery in their operations and value chains and report on the steps they take as a result. This toolkit will help businesses to increase their efforts to address these serious human rights concerns, safeguard the wellbeing of workers and manage financial, legal and reputational risks.”

The Modern Slavery Reporting Toolkit includes:

  • Information on key modern slavery reporting legislation requirements;
  • Support on how to go beyond legal compliance, in terms of  due diligence reporting and disclosing how companies evaluate their actions across the value chain;
  • Examples of current reporting practice, together with others tools and guidance that businesses can access.

The toolkit is the result of an RLI-GRI initiated taskforce on reporting on modern slavery, which involved 14 organizations from a range of industries. It includes information from international frameworks, such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, and regulatory requirements. There has been input from many stakeholders, including civil society organizations and socially responsible investors. 

About RLI
The Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI), an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, is a multi-industry, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on respecting and promoting the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains. The RLI’s mission is that its members, suppliers, partners and stakeholders use their collective influence and application of due diligence to drive the transformation of recruitment markets, reduce the risk of forced labor and provide remedy in global supply chains at all stages of recruitment and employment. 

About GRI
Headquartered in Amsterdam (Netherlands) with regional offices around the world, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the independent international organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their sustainability impacts. The GRI Standards is the world’s most widely adopted sustainability reporting framework. 

U.S. Gain Purchases Digesters at Two Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 10:03am

U.S. Gain®, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) announces the purchase of anerobic digesters at two Wisconsin dairy farms, S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC and Dallmann East River Dairy LLC, to expedite RNG development for the transportation and energy markets.

U.S. Gain is currently coordinating installation of biogas clean-up equipment at both dairy farms to strip the impurities from the biogas, so it can be injected into the natural gas pipeline system. Next, U.S. Gain will pursue RNG certification through both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) so they can distribute through private natural gas fueling stations, their own GAIN Clean Fuel® network and other non-transportation outlets.

RNG continues to be a source of both emission and economic savings for leading trucking, refuse, school, transit and municipality fleets. RNG is methane captured from the decomposition of organic materials, cleaned and conditioned to meet natural gas pipeline quality standards. Although distinctly different than traditional fossil natural gas due to its source, RNG is interchangeable with fossil natural gas and can still be dispensed through natural gas fueling stations.

Dairy-based RNG is by far the cleanest fuel available because it reduces methane emissions from large dairy facilities and reduces transportation emissions when used as an alternative to diesel. Combining savings in production and use, RNG as an alternative fuel can deliver sub-zero greenhouse gas emission savings.

U.S. Gain truly believes in the value proposition RNG has to offer. As air quality continues to worsen, policy and funding programs strengthen, which incentivizes investments in RNG projects to decrease transportation-related emissions and ultimately improve air quality.

“Thanks to financial support from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, we’re able to make long-term capital investments like these,” says Bryan Nudelbacher, director of business development for U.S. Gain. “RNG is a win for everyone involved – farmers, developers, fleets, communities and the environment.”


About U.S. Gain

U.S. Gain® is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable and compressed natural gas for the transportation and energy segments.

Over the course of 10 years U.S. Gain has diversified throughout the fuel supply chain – investing and managing renewable natural gas development projects at dairies, landfills and wastewater treatment plants; generating, trading and monetizing clean fuel credits; designing, building and operating natural gas fueling stations – both private and a public GAIN Clean Fuel®; network. This vertical integration allows companies access to the cleanest fuel at the best value. 

As a part of U.S. Venture, Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, U.S. Gain is committed to finding a better way for companies to succeed – both economically and environmentally. With experience you need and ethics you value, U.S. Gain is the partner you’ll be proud to work with. Learn more at https://www.usgain.com/.

Sixty Minutes with Hazel Henderson: Transitioning to Science-Based Investing (Security and Sustainability Forum)

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 10:03am

Join me and in a sixty minute webinar with Hazel Henderson, world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist, and leader in sustainable development. We will discuss science-based investing, which is the focus of the 2019/20 edition of her Green Transition Scoreboard Report.

Hazel is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, Certified B Corporation and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is the author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives, Elsevier Scientific, UK 1995 (US edition, 1996), and co-authored with Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, Planetary Citizenship (2004).

Don't miss an opportunity to engage with one of the most transformational economic leaders of our time.

I hope you'll join this course.


Edward Saltzberg, PhD
Managing Director
Security and Sustainability Forum

NRG Energy Named in the Inaugural Texan by Nature 20

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 12:58pm

Texan by Nature (TxN), a Texas-led conservation non-profit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, announced that NRG Energy has been named as an honoree of the first-ever Texan by Nature 20 (TxN20) - an official ranking of 20 companies with Texas operations that have made a demonstrative commitment to conservation.

With the launch of the TxN 20, Texan by Nature aims to recognize the best and most innovative work in conservation coming from Texas-based business and operations. As part of the TxN 20, Texan by Nature will honor 20 companies across 10 industries in the Lone Star State whose ingenuity are forging new, beneficial paths in conservation.

“At Texan by Nature, our firm belief is that our long-term prosperity and health is dependent upon our natural resources. In launching the TxN 20, we aim to spotlight innovation in conservation and inspire more substantial efforts to create a new model of conservation for Texans and our shared future,” said 
Joni Carswell, CEO & President of Texan by Nature. “It is an honor to showcase and celebrate the Texas-led innovation, commitment, and elevated practices spanning industries and our unique state.”

Earlier this year, NRG Energy accelerated their already leading greenhouse gas emissions goals to align with a 1.5-degree Celsius trajectory. This means reducing its absolute emissions 50 percent by 2025 and net-zero by 2050—targets more ambitious than those set in both the U.S. Clean Power Plan and Paris Climate Agreement.

“Addressing climate change is a priority for our company as it presents one of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our time,” says 
Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy. “By realigning our carbon reduction efforts to the new climate imperative, we create value for all stakeholders and lead our sector towards achieving a sustainable future.”

As beautiful as it is big, Texas is home to some of the largest cities in the United States and the world’s 10th largest economy. A leader in multiple industries with 11 ecoregions, 8 mountain ranges, and over 150 conservation organizations, Texas is a diverse state with the opportunity to model the importance of bringing conservation and business together for the benefit of our people, prosperity, and natural resources.

A catalyst for thought leadership, innovative partnerships and community-led solutions, Texan by Nature has been working with the Texas business community to implement Texas-led conservation practices, partnerships, and resources. Hosting a leadership roundtable series throughout the Lone Star State in 2018, business leaders in each major Texas city and across a spectrum of industries were brought together to engage in timely discussions around current conservation challenges and opportunities, including lack of education, awareness, collaboration, best practices and industry standards. In these sessions, business leaders voiced a desire to know more about the work being done across Texas, to learn the best practices for their industries, and to receive recognition for their efforts.

The final Texan by Nature 20 honorees were selected based upon a stated dedication to conservation, demonstrated commitment to conservation via investment and volunteerism, measurement and reporting of spending and impact on conservation efforts, and employee engagement. Honorees were identified through submissions as well as researched via publicly available information on conservation and sustainability efforts. An esteemed, cross-industry selection committee made the final selection of 20 honorees for the Texan by Nature 20.


  1. American Campus Communities

  2. Apache

  3. Austin Convention Center

  4. Cactus Feeders

  5. CEMEX

  6. Cirrus Logic

  7. Comerica

  8. Darling Ingredients

  9. Dell

  10. DFW Airport

  11. Farmer Brothers

  12. Harvest Seasonal Kitchen

  13. H-E-B

  14. King Land & Water

  15. NRG Energy

  16. Parkland Health & Hospital System

  17. Phillips 66

  18. Southwest Airlines

  19. Texas Health Resources

  20. Union Pacific

Activating new investments, amplifying and accelerating innovations, and connecting partners to the resources they need to succeed, Texan by Nature offers select programs to help engage Texans in stewardship of the state’s rich land and diverse communities including the Conservation Wrangler Program, TxN Certification, the Conservation Wrangler Summit and the TxN 20. For more information on TxN partnerships and programs, or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.texanbynature.org.


Texan by Nature (TxN) unites business and conservation leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity is dependent on the conservation of its natural resources. TxN amplifies projects and activates new investment in conservation which returns real benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texan by Nature achieves mission goals through the Texan by Nature Certification program, Conservation Wrangler program, Symposia Series, and the Texan by Nature 20. Get involved and learn more at www.texanbynature.org and follow on Facebook @TexanbyNature, Twitter @TexanbyNature, and Instagram @texanbynature.


At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to more than 3.7 million residential, small business, and commercial and industrial customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, and by 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.

Kevin L. Cole, CFA

Candice Adams

Grohe Is One of Germany’s Top Three Most Sustainable Big Companies

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 9:58am

At the German Sustainability Award ceremony on 22 November 2019 in Düsseldorf, GROHE secured a placement among the top 3 in the category "Germany's Most Sustainable Big Companies 2020” thanks to its 360-degree sustainability approach and, above all, its progress in saving resources. “We are proud that our holistic sustainability approach, which we integrate into all of GROHE's areas of activity, has enabled us to achieve a top ranking at the German Sustainability Award,” says Thomas Fuhr, CEO of Grohe AG. “Our daily experience shows that economic success and sustainable business practice do not have to be mutually exclusive. This award confirms our consistent pursuit of our sustainability goals and at the same time motivates us to further increase our commitment.”

For the twelfth time the German Sustainability Award Foundation awarded companies that combine economic success with social responsibility and environmental protection in an exemplary manner last Friday. The jury particularly praised GROHE's commitment to saving resources. A successful example is the recycling rate of above 96 percent. Moreover, GROHE is also the first leading sanitary brand to offer the possibility of manufacturing material-saving fittings with the aid of innovative solutions, such as the manufacture of products with a 3D metal printer, which allows for weight savings of up to 55 percent.

GROHE's greatest lever for sustainability, however, is in the product’s use: a person's daily water consumption can thus be reduced by up to 50 percent with the help of products equipped with GROHE EcoJoy flow-limiting technology. The result: a family of four can save up to 31,400 litres of water per year this way.

GROHE’s Production Plants to become CO2-Neutral Worldwide by 2020

GROHE does not want to rest on its laurels and is setting new standards in the industry with yet another important step, which was positively acknowledged by the jury: as the first leading manufacturer in the sanitary industry, GROHE has set itself the goal of achieving CO2-neutral production at all production sites worldwide as part of the "GROHE goes ZERO" project. In July, all five global production sites and the logistics centres in Germany were therefore converted to green electricity. With the start of the new fiscal year in April 2020, the sanitary manufacturer will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions by means of two compensation projects.

“The award has shown us that we have already taken important steps to achieve our ambitious sustainability goals. At the same time, manufacturers such as GROHE are more than ever asked to assume responsibility, which is why we want to use measures such as “GROHE goes ZERO” to provide further impetus within the industry and thus actively promote greater sustainability,” says Thomas Fuhr.

In recent years, GROHE has repeatedly achieved top placements at the German Sustainability Award. Furthermore, the sanitary brand was presented with the CSR Award of the German Federal Government in 2017 and GROHE CEO Thomas Fuhr was honoured with the B.A.U.M Environment and Sustainability Award by the B.A.U.M. corporate network in September 2019.

For more information, please visit www.grohe.com/sustainability

Ecolab's Douglas Baker Is the First Recipient of the Dayton Award

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 12:57pm

Douglas M. Baker, Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab Inc., has received the Dayton Award for Distinction in Moral Capitalism from the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism. The award, presented Nov. 22, recognizes Minnesota business leaders for corporate responsibility and celebrates big picture thinking about how business improves lives and societies.

“We chose Doug as the first recipient of the Dayton Award because of his leadership around water and his dedication to improving lives through the products and services of his company,” said Stephen B. Young, global executive director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism.   

Baker has been chairman and CEO of Ecolab since 2006. Ecolab ranked #2 on Newsweek’s most recent Green Rankings list, #8 on Corporate Responsibility’s list of Best Corporate Citizens and #26 on Barron’s list of Most Sustainable Companies. The company regularly appears on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies and has been named to Ethisphere’s list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 13 consecutive years.    

“One of my main responsibilities as chairman and CEO of Ecolab is to make sure our company achieves our purpose: to make the world cleaner, safer, protecting people and vital resources,” said Baker. “We have worked hard to ensure that what we sell brings both customer and community benefits. So, for us, there is no conflict between our success and our community’s success.”

The Dayton Award’s name is intended to recognize Minnesota’s heritage of business responsibility. “We have a rich history of business serving the community through jobs, goods and services and support for cultural institutions, schools and charities,” said Young. “The Dayton family helped found that tradition. The five grandsons of founder George Draper Dayton expanded the family business from a single department store to a national retail force while investing in the communities they served. That legacy continues today throughout our business community.”

For more information about the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism, visit www.cauxroundtable.org or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/CauxRoundTable.

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With annual sales of $15 billion and 49,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. www.ecolab.com

Follow Ecolab on Twitter @ecolab, Facebook at facebook.com/ecolab, LinkedIn at Ecolab or Instagram at Ecolab Inc.  


Jed Ipsen
Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism
651 223-2863

T-Mobile to Deliver up to 5M Meals for Giving Tuesday by Inviting Everyone to Do Their #GivingOnUs

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 9:57am

This Giving Tuesday, December 3, and throughout the holiday season, T-Mobile is serving up multiple ways for customers, employees and fans to give up to 5 million meals to communities in need. It’s a big goal, and to get there the Un-carrier is continuing its longstanding partnership with Feeding America, the country’s largest hunger-relief organization, as well as activating its T-Mobile Tuesdays app, social media channels and Team Magenta members across the country so everyone has the opportunity to do their #GivingOnUs.

“This year on Giving Tuesday, T-Mobile is ringing in the holiday season and giving back in a BIG way by encouraging our employees, customers and fans to do their #GivingOnUs! We’re going to donate up to 5 million meals to people in need — helping people focus on connecting with their families without having to worry about getting food on their table,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile.

T-Mobile is offering two main ways for everyone to do their #GivingOnUs on December 3.

  • T-Mobile Customers: Save a Deal, Give a Meal. Customers can give up to five meals by saving any of the deals in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app on December 3. For every deal saved, T-Mobile will donate a meal to Feeding America.

  • Everyone: Every time anyone tweets with #GivingOnUs, T-Mobile will contribute 10 meals to Feeding America.

In total, via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and Twitter, T-Mobile will donate up to 5 million meals to Feeding America!

T-Mobile employees are also rolling up their sleeves and carrying the spirit of generosity into the entire holiday season with a goal to host 100 volunteer events with Feeding America member food banks across the country, providing hands-on support to the families facing hunger right in their own backyard.

And that’s not all! The T-Mobile Foundation will deposit $25 into every employee’s Giving Account, which they can donate to the charity of their choice. With more than 52,000 Team Magenta members across the U.S., that adds up to a potential $1.3 million of charitable giving! By offering multiple ways to engage, T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation are embracing the passion and enthusiasm of T-Mobile employees who are committed to giving back on a national scale AND connecting personally with the communities they serve every day.

“Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger, whether that’s making a donation, volunteering at a local food bank or using your voice on social media to spread the word,” said Jenn Kovacs, Interim Chief Development Officer at Feeding America. “We can’t end hunger alone. Individuals, businesses, charities and government entities must all join the fight. We’re tremendously grateful for T-Mobile’s commitment in helping to fight hunger and bringing national attention to this critical issue.”

T-Mobile is committed to changing America’s communities for good, which is why the Un-carrier is continuing its partnership with Feeding America to provide families in need with food for the holidays. Feeding America operates a network of 200 member food banks, which provide food and groceries to 60,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency feeding sites around the U.S. Add the potential 5 million meals for Giving Tuesday to the 10 million meals donated through the Slow Cooker Sunday Cookbook campaign earlier this year and T-Mobile’s 2019 contribution to Feeding America could total up to 15 million meals!

The commitment to giving back is in the Un-carrier’s DNA. So far in 2019, T-Mobile employees have offered more than 53,000 volunteer hours to organizations that support youth, veterans, the environment, disaster recovery, ending hunger in America and more — a 55% increase over this time last year.

For more information check out T-Mobile.com/Responsibility.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. For more information visit feedingamerica.org. T-Mobile will donate a minimum of 250,000 meals.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.

As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 84.2 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

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

Liberty Tire Recycling to Match First $5,000 Donated to The Ray on Georgia Gives Day

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 3:56pm

 Liberty Tire Recycling announced today that they will be matching the first $5,000 donated to The Ray on Georgia Gives Day, December 3, 2019.

Georgia Gives Day falls each year on Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is an opportunity for Georgians to take one day out of the shopping season to prioritize philanthropy and support nonprofits’ missions and year-round work.

Liberty Tire Recycling and The Ray are natural partners and have worked together on a signature project of The Ray - a two-mile rubberized asphalt paving project adjacent to The Ray’s 18 miles of I-85 in west Georgia. In 2017, the two partnered with Troup County to pave the new Tom Hall Parkway with 6,560,000 pounds of rubberized asphalt paving mix using rubber from scrap tires. This year, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration funded a one mile test section of rubberized asphalt on all four interstate lanes of The Ray, from the Georgia-Alabama state line to mile marker one, as well as the entire parking lot of the Georgia Visitor Information Center in West Point. Approximately 42,240 pounds of processed rubber were upcycled into the asphalt project, accounting for 3,520 scrap tires.

Rubberized asphalt roads are a boon to the surrounding community. First, they remove scrap tires out of landfills or illegal dumps where they are breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitos and fire hazards. Those tires are then upcycled into a premium road that lasts 50 - 100 percent longer, are quieter, adept at managing stormwater, and is resistant to cracking even in extreme temperatures.

"Quiet, resilient and safe roads are core to our vision for the highway of the future,” said Harriet Anderson Langford, founder and president of The Ray. “We are so grateful for this support on Georgia Gives Day from our partners at Liberty Tire Recycling.”

“Liberty Tire Recycling and The Ray believe that innovation can make roads safer,” said Dewey Grantham, regional Vice President of Liberty Tire Recycling. “Innovation in transportation can be complication - but it can also be simple. Using scrap tire rubber in the road asphalt is one of those simple innovations that benefit everyone. Roads are safer and quieter to drive on, they have a longer life, and they are crack resistant. The rubber road on The Ray’s interstate is what Ray Anderson would call ‘so right and so smart.’ This is why Liberty and The Ray are perfect partners for road safety, sustainability, and innovative pavement.”

“Liberty Tire Recycling was one of the very first partners of The Ray. From day one they have shared research and data that has informed our work with Georgia DOT. In this season of giving we are grateful for their continued support and generosity,” said Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray.

For more information about The Ray’s Georgia Gives Day Campaign please visit their campaign webpage. Donations are being accepted now.

About The Ray

The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, beginning with the corridor of road that is named in memory of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a Georgia native who became a captain of industry and was recognized as a leader in green business when he challenged his company, Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., to reimagine the enterprise as a sustainable company—one that would pursue zero environmental footprint. Chaired by Ray’s daughter Harriet Langford, The Ray is an epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Learn more.

About Liberty Tire Recycling

Liberty Tire Recycling is the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America. By recycling more than 150 million tires annually, Liberty reclaims about 2.2 billion pounds of rubber for innovative, useful products. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty is used as crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds. The company maintains a network of processing plants and comprehensive door-to-door collection services. Learn more.

Sonsray Machinery Supports Team Rubicon Wildland Fire Cleanup in Las Vegas

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 3:56pm

 CASE Construction Equipment, the global construction machinery brand of CNH Industrial N.V., dealer Sonsray Machinery donated the use of a CASE TV380 compact track loader for a wildland fire and wind damage response operation in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is a 2,040-acre park on the north side of Las Vegas. Centered around a group of small natural lakes, this oasis in the Mojave Desert is a popular outdoor recreation spot for travelers and local residents. The easternmost area of the park is a wooded area with established trails which has been plagued with reoccurring wildfires and subsequent damage from windstorms. Team Rubicon deployed a limited-scale disaster response task force as a follow-up to an initial operation that took place in 2018.  

“The leftover debris from wildfires and subsequent wind damage in the area had made sections of the trail system either unsafe or inaccessible to park visitors,” says Alex Roth of Team Rubicon. “This four-day operation, comprised of Team Rubicon volunteers, equipment operators and support personnel, was a follow-up to our initial cleanup operation in 2018, and has drastically improved trail conditions, and helped mitigate potential fires in the future. The CASE equipment and support from Sonsray Machinery helped make this operation a success.”

For more information or to donate to Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon.

OMV Sustainability Newsletter Out Now

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 3:56pm

Sustainable development in and around our operations is a key focus to OMV. In addition to our efforts in improving our sustainability performance and people’s wellbeing in our operations, we also invest in sustainable development solutions for society and neighboring communities. This newsletter summarizes our recent sustainability progress.

OMV strengthened cooperation with VERBUND for renewable energy options in Austria

OMV and VERBUND first joint project will be to build Austria's largest photovoltaic plant.


OMV with Snam and TAG started exploring potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria

Gas is the most immediate solution for reducing pollution from fine dust and CO2 emissions from light and heavy transportation. The MoU with with Snam and TAG lays out the intention to jointly explore potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria.


OMV remained the only Austrian company listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

For the second year in a row, OMV has entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and is still the sole Austrian company included.


Did you know?
All greenhouse gas reduction projects implemented in OMV's operations since 2009 have delivered a total reduction of 1.7 mn t CO2 equivalent. This equals removing 850,000 cars from Austrian streets. 

OMV's recent achievements in social and community investments:

EUR 4 mn committed to more energy efficient public buildings in Romania

More energy efficient buildings can lower Europe’s CO2 emissions. In Romania, OMV Petrom endorsed “Romania Eficienta”, a national four year programme for raising awareness and financing deep renovation for efficiency of public buildings.


Raised public awareness on circular waste management in Romania and Norway

In Romania, our community investments raised awareness among over 4200 people about recycling and valorization of domestic waste. In Norway, we collected ocean waste for local recycling together with the organization “Clean Shores”.


Funded 11 innovations for sustainable development in Romania

OMV Petrom funded 11 innovations with EUR 0.5 mn in seed funding contributing to e.g. increasing access to education in remote communities and improving the recovery and integration of children with autism through virtual reality.


Raised capacity of local suppliers in Yemen

In Yemen, we organized a supplier workshop to enhance our local content outreach. 27 local companies were introduced to OMV's tendering procedures, the importance of HSSE & CSR, current local contractors’ performance, and ways to improve. 


Launched an entrepreneurship challenge in Tunisia

As part of Nawara Project community investments we launched a Program of Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training – the “TAHADDI” Program. TAHADDI is Arabic for “challenge”. This programme aims to offer subcontractors’ demobilized workers’, as well as the unemployed community members of Tataouine, a path to alternative employment or self-employment. 100 beneficiaries will benefit from entrepreneurship training, seed money, and post-business creation coaching. Another 60 will be able to participate in certified trainings in domestic gas installation, or scaffolding (pictured).


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Bechtel’s Peggy Mccullough to Receive the 2019 ASME Henry Laurence Gantt Medal

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 9:54pm

Bechtel senior vice president Peggy McCullough has been awarded the 2019 American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Henry Laurence Gantt Medal, the organization has announced. McCullough oversees a multi-billion-dollar per-year portfolio of projects that are helping solve some of the most complex challenges faced by government and commercial customers anywhere.

The projects include management and operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, two nuclear security plants in Texas and Tennessee, and Bechtel’s commercial nuclear power business worldwide. Those projects employ more than 15,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and other professionals.

The Henry Laurence Gantt Medal was established in 1929 and recognizes contributions to society through achievements in management as well as demonstrating understanding and skill in the field of human relations and engineering.

“This recognition is really a testament to the service Peggy has delivered to Bechtel customers for decades,” said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. “She exemplifies that dedication we all strive for: to make a customer’s mission our own, and to partner with them for lasting positive impact.”

McCullough was selected based on her leadership of thousands of engineers and scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, and the stabilization and design of the New Safe Confinement structure now over the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl. McCullough will accept the award at the ASME Honors Gala during the 2019 ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November.

McCullough has more than three decades of engineering, procurement, construction, startup and commissioning, and operations experience. She was elected a Bechtel senior vice president in 2014 and was named general manager of the Nuclear Security and Operations business line in December 2017. She is also president of Bechtel Power Company, Bechtel’s commercial nuclear power subsidiary.

She joined Bechtel in 1988 and has successfully taken on leadership roles on a number of complex megaprojects covering environmental remediation, demilitarization, nonproliferation, and global security.

McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University.


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

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

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