Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has selected 17 high school students from across the country to serve on its eighth national Youth Advisory Council (YAC) over the course of the 2019/2020 school year.
The Keep America Beautiful YAC provides a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program focusing on environmental stewardship and sustainability.
“The Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council provides the members’ local communities an intersectional impact on the way we approach environmental wellness, protection, and community improvement,” said Keep America Beautiful Youth & Education Programs Manager Kathryn Joblon. “In addition to providing the students with an opportunity to foster their interest in community service, our Youth Advisory Council members also serve as our partners in helping bring our programs and resources to more students nationwide.”
The members of the 2019/2020 YAC class include:
Madison Bell, Somerville, Tennessee
Sam Burg, Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Cooper Carrico, Mendenhall, Mississippi
Shannon Dougherty, Cape Coral, Florida
Ayusha Gautam, Stamford, Connecticut
Jaeger Griswold, Central Lake Michigan
Alex Henson, Cape Coral, Florida
Ashley Lin, Vancouver, Washington
Nathan Lissy, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jordan Mallis, Stamford, Connecticut
Megan McFadden, Naperville, Illinois
Maximus Moquin, Ponte Verde, Florida
Kaeli Nguyen, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Kiara Royer, New York, New York
Ben Solomon, Sarasota, Florida
Alison Trezek, Lithia, Florida
Amos Zelasney, Columbus, Nebraska
The YAC members will act as ambassadors for youth service at the local level and will be provided stipends to implement local stewardship service projects. Previously, YAC classes have piloted and developed Keep America Beautiful initiatives that engage students in support of the Keep America Beautiful mission. The class of 2019/2020 will also attend the Keep America Beautiful National Conference, which takes place Feb. 12-14, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Three students from the 2018/2019 YAC class – Madison Bell, Alex Henson, and Nathan Lissy – are continuing their participation on the 2019/2020 Council.
Joblon indicated that these students will take on more significant leadership roles as well as continue their personal service projects focusing on community garden access for those living with disabilities, coastal community education and cleanups, and a native pollinator garden complete with a new bee colony, respectively.
To learn more about Keep America Beautiful’s Education programs, visit kab.org/education.
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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
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Sodexo, a leading food services and facilities management company, announced today that its United States Marine Corps (USMC) East Coast operations earned a Platinum Award through the HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program. This is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. This is also a very prestigious award with the U.S. Department of Labor and firmly establishes Sodexo as a preferred employer for our veterans.
The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act) required the Secretary of Labor to establish a program recognizing employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Employer-applicants meeting established criteria receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award.
“As the largest federal government foodservice provider and a company that serves members from all military branches on a daily basis, Sodexo keenly understands the incredible value veterans bring to the workforce,” said Kim Mullahey, Vice President, Human Resources, Sodexo Government, North America. “Not only are we proud of our work hiring veterans, we created programs and initiatives designed specifically to attract veterans to our company and retain them once on board. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award validates those efforts.”
Sodexo and all other 2019 award winners were formally recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, November 6 in Washington, D.C. Sodexo representatives accepted a framed medallion certificate, which was signed by United States Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia. Lori Ready-DiGiovanni, PHR, from Sodexo’s East Coast USMC Operations represented Sodexo at the awards ceremony.
With more than 40 years of experience working municipal, state, federal and military clients, Sodexo's Government segment and its nearly 3,000 employees improve the Quality of Life for the people it serves at 150 military and U.S. Federal Government locations in 26 states. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Sodexo provides a variety of integrated food and facilities management solutions and is the nation's largest federal foodservice contractor – serving 45.6 million meals annually with a focus on wellness and nutrition.CONTACT
CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) participated in the 21st edition of Futurecom which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, and is the largest digital transformation, technology and telecommunications event in Latin America. Advanced technology is at the heart of CNH Industrial’s operations in Latin America, and the company is committed to ensuring that not only do its brands’ end customers benefit from state-of-the art technologies which boost productivity sustainably, but it also integrates this into its day-to-day practices, throughout the company.
Case IH, a global agricultural brand of CNH Industrial, exhibited at the ConectarAGRO booth, with its Case IH Puma 140 tractor. CNH Industrial was also involved in a series of discussions at the event, focusing on the promotion of field connectivity essential for machine and crop optimization.
Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone), a subsidiary of the world’s largest tire and rubber company and a Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner, today announced its support for a group of five inspiring athletes from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Argentina on the road to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The celebrated roster includes Aída Román (archery) and Rommel Pacheco (diving) from Mexico, Andrea Vargas (athletics) from Costa Rica, Darlan Romani (athletics) from Brazil, and María José Granatto (field hockey) from Argentina. As the first members of Team Bridgestone in Latin America, these athlete ambassadors will represent the company in its activities leading up to Tokyo 2020. In setting national records and collecting dozens of international medals, this accomplished group has demonstrated the ability to deliver clutch performance in the biggest moments and inspire others through their passion and perseverance.
“Bridgestone is committed to improving the way people move, live, work, and play, and these efforts are reflected in our support of the Olympic Movement, the Paralympic Movement, and the world’s greatest athletes,” said Joseph Saoud, president, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA). “Our new Team Bridgestone ambassadors are some of the most decorated champions from across Latin America who have unique and powerful personal experiences to share. Bridgestone is proud to celebrate their journey and work together in motivating people of all abilities to keep chasing their dreams.”
As the only Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner with its global headquarters in Tokyo, the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games hold a special significance for Bridgestone. The company is supporting its largest global roster of Team Bridgestone athletes to date, with these five stars from Central and South America joining a group of more than 60 ambassadors across 20 countries. In addition to these new additions in Latin America, Bridgestone previously announced partnerships with a group of eight athlete ambassadors in the United States and Canada.
Team Bridgestone athlete ambassadors are selected based on criteria related to the company’s core values, their personal stories, performance attributes, and community involvement. Each athlete receives financial support and access to cutting-edge Bridgestone products and technologies. They also will participate in community, customer and employee activities before, during and after the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Meet Team Bridgestone
María José Granatto began playing field hockey at age four, competing in an older age group to challenge herself and improve her game. Since then, Granatto never stopped pushing to become the best and now plays forward for the Argentinian women’s national field hockey team, Santa Barbara Hockey Club in Argentina, and HC Oranje-Rood, a Dutch field hockey club. Granatto represented her home country at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and was named the International Hockey Federation’s “Rising Star of the Year" (2016 and 2017). Most recently, the 24-year-old helped lead Argentina to a gold medal finish at the 2019 Pan American Games that secured qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Darlan Romani is a Brazilian shot put star who is currently ranked third in the world. He has held the Brazilian record since 2012 and became the first from his country to qualify for the Olympic shot put event in 80 years at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Romani broke his own national record twice during his Olympic Games debut and finished fifth, marking the highest finish ever for a Brazilian in the event. He was named the Best Athlete in Athletics for Brazil in 2018 after becoming the first South American and one of only 30 people in the world to throw past the 22m mark. Most recently, Romani overcame a severe illness to win gold and set another record at the 2019 Pan American Games. He followed that performance with a fourth-place finish in the event’s strongest field ever at the 2019 World Athletics Championships. The 28-year-old is now training to leave a legacy for himself, his family, and his country at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Andrea Vargas is a two-time Central American champion sprint hurdler from Costa Rica who showed a love for running from an early age. She participated in several track and field disciplines and won her first international track and field medals at age 10 before choosing to focus on the 100m hurdles as a teenager. Now the 23-year-old continues to set records and make history for her home country. In August 2019 she became the first Costa Rican woman to win a track and field gold medal at the Pan American Games, and she followed it with a fifth-place finish at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships that set a new Central American record. For Vargas, the road to Tokyo 2020 is a family affair: her mother is her coach, her siblings help her train, her father structures practice, and her husband and daughter are her support system.
Aída Román is a three-time Olympian from Mexico with an individual silver medal in archery from the Olympic Games London 2012. She has collected an extensive list of individual international medals across her celebrated career, including a silver and a bronze from the Pan American Games, as well as gold medals from the 2014 World Cup and World Indoor Championships. Since joining the national team in 2007, Román has also helped Mexico win team medals in the Pan American Games, World Championships, and World Cup. Following a disappointing performance at Rio 2016, Román is focused on getting back to the podium at Tokyo 2020 and helping Mexico win its first-ever Olympic Games team medal.
Three-time Olympian Rommel Pacheco has been diving since he was seven years old, but his professional diving career began in 2003 when he won gold in the 10-meter platform event at the Pan American Games. The following year, Pacheco competed with Team Mexico at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 and placed tenth in both the springboard and platform events. He received the National Sports Award from the Mexican government in 2005 and returned to the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008 to place eighth on the 10-meter platform. A shoulder injury kept him from competing at London 2012, but he bounced back with a fifth-place finish in synchronized springboard at Rio 2016. The 33-year-old has announced plans to retire from professional sports next year, and his final goal is to win his first Olympic Games medal at Tokyo 2020.
About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA)
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. BATO LA develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires in Latin America, thorough its five tire plants, three retread manufacturing sites, and six sales offices located throughout the region. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, agricultural and other tires, as well as retreads, to its customers in the region.
About Bridgestone Corporation’s Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnerships:
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company and operates with a mission of “Serving Society with Superior Quality.” Bridgestone proudly became a Worldwide Olympic Partner in 2014 and a Worldwide Paralympic Partner in 2018. The company has global rights to the Olympic Movement and Paralympic Movement through to 2024, a period that includes the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024. Bridgestone is dedicated to delivering products, services and solutions that improve the way people move, live, work and play, and its commitment to the Olympic Movement and Paralympic Movement continues a history of sport and innovation dating back more than 100 years. Bridgestone activities related to its Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnerships are guided by a global “Chase Your Dream” message, which intends to inspire people to overcome obstacles and persevere in pursuit of their goals. As a worldwide partner, Bridgestone has marketing rights that include its full range of tyres, tyre services and selected automotive vehicle services, self-propelled bicycles, seismic isolation bearings, and a variety of building and industrial products.
About Team Bridgestone:
All Bridgestone activities related to its Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partnerships are designed to empower people of all abilities to persevere through adversity and "Chase Your Dream." In support of these efforts, the company is partnering with more than 60 inspiring Olympic and Paralympic Games athletes and hopefuls across 20 countries to serve as Team Bridgestone brand ambassadors on the Road to Tokyo 2020.
Northern Trust Asset Management, consistent with its long-standing commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion within the investment industry, has selected eleven minority-owned broker-dealers for its Minority Broker Program. Started in 2007, the program consists of firms owned by minorities, women, and disabled veterans.
Each firm was selected for one or more asset classes, based on quantitative and qualitative selection criteria including execution capabilities, technology platforms and performance. The selected firms include:
Academy Securities, Inc.
Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC
CastleOak Securities LP
Guzman & Company
Loop Capital Markets
Mischler Financial Group
North South Capital
Penserra Securities LLC
Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc.
Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC.
Williams Capital Group
“We know that companies that excel on cultural, ethnic and gender diversity are among the top performers in their respective industries,” Northern Trust Asset Management President Shundrawn Thomas said. “This quality leads to higher levels of engagement, increased innovation and greater profitability. It further promotes better business outcomes for all stakeholders, including clients. This is why Northern Trust is fully committed to deepening our partnership with firms owned by minorities, women, and disabled veterans.”
The firm has been cultivating relationships with minority-owned investment management firms and brokers for more than a decade. Its commitment to diversity is also part of its Multi-manager Solutions business which has invested approximately $4.2 billion 1 with 17 minority-owned investment management firms through manager-of-manager programs as of December 31, 2018. Last year, the firm enhanced its Minority Broker Program with an ongoing commitment to hire minority-owned firms that provide equity research to help inform the firm’s investment decisions. Also in 2018, the firm set a target of 10% for trading commissions executed through minority brokers on equity securities in all of its collective investment trusts with trading activity. The goal was met or exceeded in all 63 such funds.
In keeping with the firm’s track record, Northern Trust was included in Forbes 2019 list of Best Employers for Diversity 2. Also in 2019, the firm received a 100% score in the “Disability Equality Index of Best Places to Work,” a comprehensive benchmarking measure of diversity inclusion 3.
“We are proud to welcome new firms to our Minority Broker Program, and to strengthen relationships with some past participants,” Northern Trust Chief Investment Offer Bob Browne said. “We pride ourselves on our rigorous review and selection process. Firms chosen clearly possess significant expertise in trade execution. Today’s complex and challenging markets require nothing less. Most importantly, this provides us with the utmost confidence that our clients will be served in the best manner possible.”
The firms were selected by a group of Northern Trust partners from a group of 29 broker-dealers that responded to a request for information. This is the fifth time that Northern Trust Asset Management has gone through this process since the program’s inception in 2007.
1 Assets represent Northern Trust Investments. Inc. multi-manager accounts.
2 Each year, Forbes partners with market research company Statista to measure up the leading employers around the country by surveying workers. Surveys are done for diversity, women and new graduates.
3 The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a joint initiative of Disability: IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide, and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. It is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement and help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice.
About Northern Trust Asset Management
Northern Trust Asset Management is a global investment manager that helps investors navigate changing market environments, so they can confidently realize their long-term objectives. Entrusted with more than $900 billion of investor assets, we understand that investing ultimately serves a greater purpose and believe investors should be compensated for the risks they take — in all market environments and any investment strategy. That’s why we combine robust capital markets research, expert portfolio construction and comprehensive risk management to craft
innovative and efficient solutions that deliver targeted investment outcomes. As engaged contributors to our communities, we consider it a great privilege to serve our investors and our communities with integrity, respect, and transparency.
Northern Trust Asset Management is composed of Northern Trust Investments, Inc., Northern Trust Global Investments Limited, Northern Trust Fund Managers (Ireland) Limited, Northern Trust Global Investments Japan, K.K., NT Global Advisors, Inc., 50 South Capital Advisors, LLC, and investment personnel of The Northern Trust Company of Hong Kong Limited and The Northern Trust Company.
About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 21 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 23 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of September 30, 2019, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US $11.6 trillion, and assets under management of US $1.2 trillion. For 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.
Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/terms-and-conditions.
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) hosted the 4th Annual Canadian SDG Leadership Awards to recognize organizations from the private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors across Canada with the goal of highlighting their leadership excellence in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The Canadian SDG Awards is one of our flagship programs that recognizes the accelerators from the private sector for their contributions in achieving the SDGs”, said Ayman Chowdhury, Head of Secretariat of the GCNC. “The program showcases the value that the private sector brings to solving the most pressing sustainability challenges and offers an opportunity for others to learn about and contribute to the Global Goals,” he added. The awards gala on Thursday, November 14th brought together more than 100 business leaders and sustainability professionals from across the country.
The 4th installment of the awards program received great interest as the total number of applicants rose from sixteen last year, to thirty this year. The winners were selected based on combined weighted scores from public votes and peer reviews and were recognized in three main categories: large enterprises, small/medium enterprises (SME) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) respectively. The top three winners from the large enterprise category are Lundin Gold (SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth), BASF Canada (SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals) and Manulife Investment Management (SDG: 17: Partnership for the Goals).
“The SDG Leadership Awards Gala on November 14th demonstrated that Canada is well positioned to become a strong global leader in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals”, said Amy Sandhu, Manager of Sustainability and Government Relations at BASF Canada. “BASF Canada was inspired by our fellow award winners and their unique approaches to tackling some of the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. We’d like to thank the Global Compact Network Canada for their continued dedication to guiding their members with tools and resources to achieve the SDGs. We’re honoured to have won the award for SDG 17, Partnership for the Goals, and we look forward to collaborating with other network members on achieving progress toward the SDGs in the future!”
The top three winners from the SME category are: Matrix360 (SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities), E.T. Jackson & Associates (SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth), and R&G Strategic Communications (SDG: 17: Partnership for the Goals).
“It was an honour to be recognized as a winner in the SME category at the 2019 Global Compact Network Canada SDG Leadership Awards. Matrix360 is passionate about our responsibility as partners for equity and inclusion in the private sector and we are deliberate in the way we demonstrate our commitment to enhancing the spaces we participate in. We look forward to continue to elevate a new tone for business, with a global and inclusive mindset for the future of the workplace and contribute to the advancement of the SDGs,” said David Bendea, Manager of Communications & Engagement at Matrix360.
The top three winners from the NGO category are: CODE (SDG 4: Quality Education), Université Laval (SDG 13: Climate Action), and WaterAid Canada (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation).
“Université Laval is honoured to receive this award. In recent years, our university has stepped up actions to reduce its climate footprint, whether by achieving carbon neutrality, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions at the source, or by implementing a voluntary compensation program. This honor is shared with our 43 000 students and 10 000 employee,” said Pierre Lemay, Assistant to the Vice Director – External Affairs, International Affairs, and Health at Université Laval
Earlier this year, GCNC also concluded one of its most applauded programs, the
Reporting Peer Review program, a platform for companies to exchange constructive feedback, share best practices and improve their corporate sustainability reporting processes. Suncor's annual Sustainability Report received great appreciation from its industry peers and came out on top of the program’s 9th installment.
The GCNC has also identified Lindsay Verhaeghe, Sustainability Initiatives Manager at Nutrien, as the 2019 Canadian SDG Pioneer. After winning the local round in Canada, Lindsay went on to compete on the global stage and was also named the UN Global Compact’s 2019 SDG Pioneer for Sustainability Goal Setting.
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Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact – a network of companies and organizations committed to building sustainable business solutions and advancing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The GCNC supports corporate sustainability among Canadian businesses by spearheading the SDGs and the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for peer-learning, innovation and multi-stakeholder collaboration.
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Amgen was recently named among America’s top corporate citizens on the JUST 100 index for 2020. The latest JUST 100 rankings were published on Nov. 10, 2019, by Forbes and JUST Capital, a non-profit that ranks companies on issues that Americans care about.
To create the JUST 100, Just Capital surveyed 95,000 Americans to determine what they consider to be the most important aspects of business behavior. Just Capital then evaluated 368,000 data points on 922 of the largest publicly traded companies, evaluating them on how well they serve workers, customers, communities, the environment and shareholders.
This year, survey respondents ranked worker treatment as the leading issue. It’s an area in which Amgen scored above average, thanks to its commitments to fair pay and safety in the workplace, along with great benefits packages and support for work-life balance.
“We're honored that Amgen was recognized by JUST 100,” said Eduardo Cetlin, executive director, Corporate Philanthropy and Responsibility at Amgen. “Serving patients is Amgen’s core mission, which extends beyond our medicines, and includes supporting our staff, caring for the environment, and being a responsible member of our communities around the world.”
Governments need to do more to help businesses understand, mitigate and improve their human rights impacts – by strengthening transparency and reporting requirements.
This is the key finding of a report from GRI looking at the progress countries have made towards meeting their duty under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, by analyzing the 23 National Action Plans (NAPs) produced by governments so far.
As policy makers, businesses, representatives from NGOs and international organizations gather today for the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, GRI’s call to action gives recommendations for governments to improve their NAPs. These include:
Providing requirements for businesses to disclose their human rights impacts, with legislation on human rights due diligence;
Specifying that companies need to identify and manage all human rights impacts, and demonstrating they have effective measures to address them;
Setting measurable and realistic national targets on increasing the number of businesses that report human rights impacts;
Making use of the human rights data produced in corporate sustainability reporting, as supported by the GRI Standards, to highlight challenges and assess progress.
Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI Chief External Affairs Officer, said:
“The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a route map for countries to protect individuals against human rights abuses. Yet without accountability and effective reporting we will fail to secure the urgent progress required.
GRI’s analysis of the NAPs found wide divergence in how countries set out expectations and provide support to help businesses disclose and manage human rights impacts. I encourage all countries to reflect on our recommendations, whether they’re updating their NAPs or developing a plan for the first time.
Human rights are an important thread throughout the GRI Standards, which provide a cornerstone for any company seeking to be transparent about their impacts, addressing the full range of human rights related risks.”
Notes to editors
View the GRI publication Strengthening business accountability in the NAPs on Business and Human Rights.
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.
GRI is represented at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (Geneva, 25-27 November), where countries will share lessons on putting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into practice. The published NAPs on Business and Human Rights are available online.
Human rights impacts are addressed through GRI’s universal Standards as well as topic-specific standards on child labor, and forced or compulsory labor. A review is currently underway to improve alignment and positioning of human rights within the GRI Standards, including consideration for the development of new Standards or disclosures as needed.
As the Trump administration begins the formal process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. House leaders dropped new legislation this week to establish a nationwide goal to achieve net-zero-carbon emissions across the entire economy by 2050.
The legislation—100% Clean Economy Act of 2019—has broad support with more than 100 cosponsors in the House. Passage of the bill would set the stage to power all sectors of the U.S. economy—from transportation to manufacturing to electricity—with 100% clean energy.
Scientists warn that we must work urgently to limit average global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis. In order to achieve this, all sectors of the economy must reach net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050.
Many companies are already heeding this call to action. 87 global companies have committed to science-based targets in line with the 1.5 degrees Celsius target—including IKEA, L'Oreal, Levi Strauss & Co., Mars, Inc., Microsoft, Mars, Nike, Owens Corning, Schneider Electric, Seventh Generation, Unilever and more.
“Companies are driving the transition to a net-zero carbon economy because they have done the math, they understand the risk as well as the opportunities, and they know that it makes business sense,” said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres. “However, given the scope and scale of the climate crisis, we also need smart policies to reduce carbon pollution and drive investment and innovation in zero-carbon technologies. The 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 creates an opportunity for the U.S. to meet the critical emissions reduction targets that we know are necessary to avoid catastrophe. Enacting this proposal and other legislative solutions that will drive economic growth and create new jobs across the country is the only way forward.”
CBRE has secured a place in the first ever Financial Times Diversity Leaders report for its EMEA business, and is the only commercial real estate services firm on the list. The report recognises the European companies and institutions that are considered to be the most inclusive employers by employees across Europe.
The Diversity Leaders 2020 have been identified through an independent survey of more than 80,000 employees across EMEA countries and sectors and the opinions of human resources and recruitment experts. Survey participants were asked their opinions about the extent to which their employer promotes diversity and their views on topics related to age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. In total, 10,000 privately held and publicly listed companies had their performance surveyed.
Last year, CBRE was the first real estate advisory firm to receive the National Equality Standard (NES) across its UK business and the 22nd UK company overall.
"Being recognised as a Diversity Leader by the Financial Times is a great accolade and demonstrates our strong commitment to being a true industry leader in the D&I arena. It is a testament to how far we have already evolved our business and our ongoing efforts to create an inclusive working environment that attracts, develops and celebrates the success of every individual." -Paul Hawtin, Head of People, Advisory Services, APAC/EMEA at CBRE and Lisa White, Vice President, People, GWS-EMEA at CBRE
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New Holland, a global agricultural brand of CNH Industrial N.V., is supporting agricultural non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada in conjunction with its Great New Holland Haytools Giveaway. One of the industry’s biggest equipment giveaways ever in the U.S. and Canada, will now also benefit The National FFA Foundation (a branch of the FFA, an organization focused on promoting and supporting agricultural education) and 4-H Canada (a not-for-profit organization that is focused on strong leadership for world-class positive youth development experiences in Canada), will be recognized as the beneficiaries in the U.S. and Canada respectively.
New Holland’s Great New Holland Haytools Giveaway runs through March 1, 2020 and the prizes awarded are valued at more than $400,000 USD (over $500,000 CAD) and feature five cutting-edge haytools, making it one of the biggest giveaways of its type ever. The promotion will select five grand prize winners, each winning a piece of equipment, and smaller prizes will also be awarded throughout the contest, including farm toys, aftermarket gifts and merchandise.
For every entry New Holland receives, the brand, with a corporate match from CNH Industrial America LLC, will give $2 to FFA (if the entrant is located in the U.S.) and $2 to 4-H Canada (for entrants located in Canada) up to $100,000 USD. The final donations will be given in May 2020 at the conclusion of the giveaway.
“We feel it’s vital to give back to agricultural communities in any way we can,” says Brett Davis, Vice President, New Holland, North America. “One way of recognizing producers is through this giveaway, but we also wanted to contribute to the future of our industry. FFA and 4-H Canada are non-profits that have extremely impactful programs, and we are honored to give back to these organizations. These non-profits are very close to our hearts as many of our employees are alumni and volunteer with these organizations in their local communities.”
Producers can enter the giveaway at trade shows, their local New Holland Dealers, via text codes by texting BLUE to 31313 in the U.S. or 393939 in Canada, or via the contest website at newhollandgiveaway.com/BLUE.
To view all contest details and rules, and to register for a chance to win, visit newhollandgiveaway.com.
Mohawk Industries announced today at Greenbuild that the company’s Air.o Unified Soft Flooring (USF) line has achieved rigorous Declare and Health Product Declaration (HPD) certifications. Air.o has been showcased this week as part of Mohawk’s portfolio of flooring solutions designed to minimize environmental impact at the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The Air.o display at Mohawk’s booth helped the manufacturer earn the coveted Green Exhibitor Attendee Choice award at the international trade show yesterday.
Engineered with just one material and latex-free with no “new carpet” smell, Air.o is the only 100% recyclable soft flooring available in the market. The line continues to expand to meet growing popularity demands and serve the needs of families everywhere. Air.o gives consumers greater design capabilities while offering an easy-to-clean, VOC-free option to serve their homes.
“Declare labels and HPDs help us expand our commitments more strategically and better communicate, organize and connect Mohawk’s holistic approach to sustainability across our family of brands,” said George Bandy Jr., chief sustainability officer at Mohawk Flooring North America. “The next generation is very cognizant of the types of companies and organizations with which they do business. We know that this next step in our journey will allow us to reach new customers and spread our message of sustainability further than ever before.”
Mohawk holds current and relevant certifications that illustrate its leadership in product transparency and commitment to manufacturing products that help contribute to healthy spaces. The International Living Future Institute’s Declare program provides a clear, elegant and informative "nutrition label" for building products. Declare aligns with Mohawk’s commitment to transparency in support of the Living Building Challenge's Red List and Responsible Materials Imperatives to streamline material documentation and project certification. Declare helps consumers make conscious, informed decisions.
A Health Product Declaration™ (HPD), developed by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative™, is a standard format for reporting product ingredients and associated health information. HPDs objectively provide the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners and end users.
“Consumers want to know that a company like Mohawk has a commitment to transparency, effectiveness, performance, design and overall corporate social responsibility,” added Bandy. “It’s not just about creating better products, but also about educating our consumers at the point of sale around the types of solutions that are better for them and their families.”
Greenbuild continues through today, Nov. 22, at the Georgia World Congress Center.
For more information on Mohawk’s Air.o products, visit MohawkFlooring.com or see your local Mohawk sales representative.
Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include Mohawk, American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Eliane, Feltex, Godfrey Hirst, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will attend Greenbuild’s three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. More than 600 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology will exhibit at Greenbuild. The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us. The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility.
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Seven U.S. entrepreneurs chosen to participate in the Black & Veatch IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator recently took the stage in downtown Kansas City to showcase their business models and demonstrate how they’re poised to rewrite how the enterprise focuses on sustainability.
Powered by LaunchKC, the Cleantech Accelerator’s Demo Day drew 250 engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals who watched as Accelerator founders presented their compelling proofs of how they’re gaining traction in the market.
“When we launched the Accelerator at Black & Veatch, we announced we were looking for the boldest, brightest entrepreneurs and startups in the cleantech space,” said Hyleme George, program director for the Cleantech Accelerator and Demo Day host. “Combining the startups’ novel technology and nimbleness with Black & Veatch’s scale and expertise can move us further and faster towards our mission of building a world of difference through innovation in sustainable infrastructure.”
View this video to learn more about the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator.
The Nov. 13 Demo Day forum provided the founders with a platform to share their business models via eight-minute pitches that spanned each company’s value proposition and market opportunity.
“It has been incredibly effective to focus on a target area with an established and forward-looking Kansas City company like Black & Veatch to be able to identify and sort new technologies that can create jobs and follow-on investment in that industry,” said Drew Solomon, competition chair of LaunchKC and senior vice president at the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City, MO.
The IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator cohort entered the Demo Day fresh from a 12-week accelerator boot camp with Black & Veatch personnel and other industry experts, who assisted them in planning, designing and executing real-world projects in the clean technology space.
Cohort demos included:
AWARE VEHICLES, Kansas City, MO: Smart drones for precision agriculture and infrastructure.
P.J. Piper, president & CEO, introduced an automated, innovative mobile docking platform for drones – including launch, recovery, and data transmission and charging – combined with artificial intelligence (AI) for the real-time study of farmland – down to moisture levels in individual plants - and infrastructure often in remote locations. https://www.awarevehicles.com/
BUILT ROBOTICS, San Francisco, CA: Autonomous construction machinery for efficiency, safety and faster results.
“We’re developing artificial intelligence guidance systems that will enable heavy equipment to operate autonomously,” said Jimmy Kim, Business Operations Lead. “Our focus is on building the software… the brains of the robot… to allow it to operate (heavy equipment) intelligently on job sites, and equipping them with the same capabilities and sensibilities that a human operator would have to ensure safety and efficiency. http://www.builtrobotics.com/
ecoSPEARS, Altamonte Springs, FL: Green remediation of PCBs and dioxins in water, soils, and sediments.
Co-founder Serg Albino is working with NASA and Black & Veatch to clean up the environment. “Imagine a world where every human being has access to clean food, clean soil, clean air and clean water,” said Albino, a former NASA aerospace engineer. ecoSPEARS has an exclusive license to leverage NASA’s proprietary technology to extract, contain and destroy PCBs and other contaminants in the environment. https://ecospears.com/
ELECTRIPHI, San Francisco, CA: Fleet electrification for reducing carbon emissions.
“We are on the cusp of the biggest energy transition in history. This is a multi-trillion-dollar transition from oil to electrons,” said Muffi Ghadiali, co-founder and CEO, who unveiled a fleet electrification planning tool. “If all of transportation, as we know it today, would electrify, that will mean we need to double or triple the grid capacity.
“This will disrupt the entire value chain from how energy is produced, how energy is delivered, how energy is consumed. And this is creating amazing opportunities for existing companies to reinvent themselves and for new companies, like us, to be created. The thread that ties all of this together is data, intelligence and an ecosystem of collaboration.” https://electriphi.ai/
EXTENSIBLE ENERGY, Berkeley, CA: Software to reduce demand charges in commercial buildings.
John Powers, Founder & CEO, has unlocked the software that makes solar energy more cost-effective for commercial building owners. It begins with making buildings smarter to better manage their use of energy through demand control.
“The U.S. generates about 2% of its electricity from solar today; in 10 years that will be 20 percent. That’s a $1 trillion opportunity,” Powers said. “It’s the largest energy infrastructure opportunity of the next decade.”
Powers closed his presentation by announcing work toward a reseller agreement with Black & Veatch to bring the Extensible Energy integrated solution, Demand X, to market. “When an innovator like Extensible Energy and an engineering powerhouse like Black & Veatch come together with a solution that addresses the biggest energy opportunity of the next decade, the result for all of us will be a cleaner world.” https://www.extensibleenergy.com/
INFRALYTIKS, Urbandale, IA: Artificial intelligence data analytics for sustainable infrastructure improvement.
“In the last two years more data has been created than in the entire history of mankind. However, only about half of 1 percent of all that data gets analyzed. And that’s where we come in,” said Kevin Prendergast, president. “Machine learning unlocks the value of the data and makes it work for us.”
Applying large-scale, real-time data analytics is the heartbeat of InfraLytiks, including a Black & Veatch assignment to automate the process of adding telecom lines and antennae to utility poles across the country – potentially all 180 million utility poles in the U.S. “There is huge demand for lines on the poles. This is valuable real estate,” he said. “The value for consumers, of course, is connectivity.” https://infralytiks.com/
NOVONUTRIENTS, Sunnyvale, CA: Converting industrial CO2 emissions into protein-rich feed.
Black & Veatch is committed to finding new technologies that will reshape the food and agriculture system as we know it. And, that’s where David Tze, CEO, enters the picture.
NovoNutrients has created a gas fermentation technology that will convert industrial carbon dioxin emissions into protein for aquafeed – the essential food in aquaculture and its farm-raised seafood – that is far more cost-effective and plentiful than aquafeed products now on the market.
With about 40 billion tons per year of greenhouse gases for NovoNutrients to “farm,” Tze said six sectors are well-suited for the NovoNutrients technology. https://www.novonutrients.com/
“These seven companies are on the front lines of the cleantech revolution,” George said. “Through our partnership with LaunchKC and by bringing the cohort together with our professionals at Black & Veatch, this program is an emphatic endorsement about how new technology can be used to solve our biggest resource and infrastructure challenges.”
Editor’s Note: A livestream video of the Black & Veatch Demo Day is available at https://youtu.be/JGIofiDgIhE
About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media.
LaunchKC has evolved from a 5-year-old grants competition into a tech accelerator platform that leverages grants, as well as creates new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, workers and the tech ecosystem of Kansas City. Its bottom line is to attract scalable companies to create more jobs and opportunities while growing the local economy. LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council (DTC) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDCKC) both of Kansas City, Missouri.
Media Contact Information:
CHRISTOPHER CLARK, Black & Veatch, 913-458-2778
MIKE HURD, LaunchKC, 816-447-2136
The second annual Sustainable Finance Week convened by Bloomberg will expand beyond events in New York to Toronto this year. Taking place during the first week of December, Sustainable Finance Week (SFW) conversations in both cities will focus on how we accelerate the mobilization of the next $10 trillion in sustainable investment. With over $30 trillion of assets managed sustainably, sustainable finance is no longer a niche investment strategy, and is becoming increasingly mainstream. Four major events throughout the week – supplemented by additional related events – will bring together more than 1,500 thought leaders and decision-makers from the worlds of finance, business and policy.
SFW is made possible through collaboration with our presenting sponsors Nuveen and BMO, core conveners Responsible Investor and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and supporting sponsor Natixis.
The four core convener events taking place during Sustainable Finance Week this year are:
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., November 22, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Small gifts often have the most meaning.
For the millions of people living homeless, a clean pair of socks is often described as “the gift of humanity.” Hanes, America’s No. 1 basic apparel, underwear and sock brand, is partnering with organizations fighting homelessness nationwide to deliver comfort to those who need it most through the Hanes National Sock Drive. The brand is marking 10 years of helping provide care and compassion during this year’s drive by:
Donating more than 250,000 pairs of socks directly to organizations fighting homelessness in all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Hanes has provided more than 3 million pairs of socks – one of the most requested items by relief agencies – to help the homeless.
Giving an additional pair of socks for every order of any apparel placed in December on Hanes.com. Socks will be provided to local homeless shelters.
Partnering with Rainier Fruit Company for its second “Pears for Pairs” campaign, which is currently running in United Supermarkets, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, and Lunds & Byerlys stores. From late September through January, Rainier is donating a portion of the proceeds from bulk and bagged pear sales to the Hanes National Sock Drive. In 2018, the Pears for Pairs campaign resulted in 20,000 pairs of socks being donated to five nonprofits.
Offering consumers the opportunity to participate directly in the program by visiting www.hanes.com/donate to gift socks ($1), women’s underwear ($1), men’s underwear ($1.50) and bras ($6) that will be distributed in needed styles and sizes.
Continuing its 10-year collaboration with Invisible People and its founder, Mark Horvath, to help raise awareness about homelessness. Invisible People uses innovative storytelling, educational resources and advocacy to help change how the public views homelessness and those living homeless in the United States and abroad.
“Most of us take basic apparel for granted, but we know a new, clean pair of socks can mean a lot to those experiencing homelessness,” said Sidney Falken, chief branding officer, HanesBrands. “We are committed to bringing a little comfort to those who need it most – and it is incredibly gratifying to have others, including many individuals across the country, join us in this effort.”
More than 100 agencies, including The Salvation Army Bell Shelter (Bell, California), Homeward Bound (Asheville, North Carolina) and Compassion Outreach Ministries (Columbus, Ohio), have received sock donations from Hanes.
“Small things really do make a big difference to our clients,” said Steve Lytle, director of The Salvation Army Bell Shelter. “The smile on a client’s face when she received a clean pair of socks for the first time in months was priceless. There was joy in her eyes and it was clear that the socks were the most precious gift she could have received in that moment. Another client said his gift of clean socks was a sign that there are people who care and that his life did matter.”
Homeward Bound distributes more than 2,000 pairs of socks a month to those living homeless.
“Homelessness is a community problem and it will take everyone’s support to help end the epidemic,” said Ashley Campbell, the agency’s outreach specialist. “Right now, some of your neighbors are living outside, in tents and under bridges, vulnerable to inclement weather and violence, stripped of dignity and our collective respect.
“There are so many ways to help,” Campbell continued. “Educate yourself about homelessness in your community, volunteer at your local agency fighting this issue or simply make a donation that would help a nonprofit save its limited resources.”
Jeffrey Tabor, director of TWO Men’s Ministry House for Compassion Outreach Ministries of Ohio, added that there is no donation too small to be used for good to fulfill a basic human need.
“Imagine the importance of just one pair of socks when you are focused on keeping your feet dry and warm during the cold winter months,” Tabor said. “That’s why we are so thankful for our partnership with Hanes, which has fulfilled an immediate, basic human need for so many people.”
Lytle underscores, however, that sometimes it all boils down to human contact. “Acknowledge people who are experiencing homelessness with a smile or hello,” he said. “By engaging with a person who is experiencing homelessness we are saying ‘I see you and you matter.’”
The Hanes National Sock Drive is part of Hanes for Good, the corporate responsibility program of Hanes’ parent company, HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI).
Organizations distributing Hanes socks include:
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama
Brother Francis Shelter
Phoenix Rescue Mission
The Salvation Army Bell Shelter
Covenant House California
East Los Angeles Women's Center - Hope & H.E.A.R.T Emergency Shelter
Ktown for All
Los Angeles Mission
Father Joe's Village
Bill Wilson Center
The Salvation Army
Whittier Area Interfaith Council
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Master's Table Community Meals
St. Vincent DePaul
The Salvation Army
District of Columbia
Covenant House Washington
Covenant House Florida
Talbot House Ministries
Waterfront Rescue Mission
The Salvation Army
Covenant House Georgia
Crossroads Community Ministries
Zaban Paradies Center
Divine Rest Inc.
Hope Services Hawaii Inc.
Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter
Covenant House Illinois
Lawndale Christian Health Center
The Night Ministry
The Salvation Army
Topeka Rescue Mission
The Salvation Army
UNITY of Greater New Orleans
Bangor Area Homeless Shelter
Agape House Inc.
Pine Street Inn
Covenant House Michigan
St. Stephen's Street Outreach
Warren County Children's Shelter
Students-in-Transition (St. Louis School Board)
Montana Rescue Mission
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness
Bridge House Inc.
Covenant House New Jersey
Covenant House New York
Rescue Mission Alliance
Men's Shelter of Charlotte/Urban Ministry Center
Cooperative Community Ministry
The Salvation Army
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission
Ministry on the Margins
Community Support Services
The City Mission Men's Crisis Center
Compassion Outreach Ministries
City Rescue Mission
Family Assistance and Resource Center
Central City Concern
The Building Block of Natrona
Covenant House Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net
Schuylkill Women in Crisis
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army
Crossroads Rhode Island
Transitions Homeless Center
Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
Urban Bike Food Ministry
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Operation Stand Down Central Texas
The Stewpot Dallas
Just Because Inc.
Covenant House Texas
Lord of the Streets
Salt Lake City
The Road Home
Committee On Temporary Shelter
The Salvation Army
Seattle Homeless Outreach
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army
The Guest House of Milwaukee
Wyoming Rescue Mission
Hanes, America's No. 1 apparel brand, is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks and casual apparel. Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at www.Hanes.com.
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Bonds, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bras N Things, Nur Die/Nur Der, Alternative, L’eggs, JMS/Just My Size, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom at https://newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Connect with the company via social media: Twitter (@hanesbrands), Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc), Instagram (@hanesbrands), and LinkedIn (@Hanesbrandsinc).
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Financial services firm Edward Jones has been named one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Parents by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine. The firm ranked No. 5 on the list of 50 companies, up two spots from last year.
To determine the Best Workplaces for Parents list, Great Place to Work® compared parents’ and non-parents’ responses from among more than 4.6 million employees at Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organizations nationwide. Employees responded anonymously to more than 60 survey questions rating their employers.
“We once again are honored to be recognized for creating a best workplace, where all associates are encouraged to maximize their potential and bring their whole selves to work,” said Kristin Johnson, Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer. “We’re proud to offer programs that make it possible for our associates to blend their work and their lives, while delivering great client experiences and making a difference in the communities they serve.”
Best Workplaces stand out for creating great workplaces for all employees, regardless of position or other personal characteristics. Edward Jones’ generous 16-week paid parental leave policy continues to highlight its suite of associate benefits.
“The companies featured on the 2019 Best Workplaces for Parents list stand out for their comprehensive approach to employees becoming mothers and fathers,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.
These companies, Bush said, take a holistic view on supporting new moms and dads by offering benefits such as career coaching.
“Edward Jones associates receive coaching, mentoring and development opportunities to reach their professional goals – and the support systems they need to be successful as working parents,” Johnson said.
The Best Workplaces for Parents list is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Edward Jones ranked No. 7 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2019 list, the firm’s 20th appearance on the list. The firm also was ranked the No. 1 Best Workplace in Financial Services & Insurance and the No. 6 Best Workplace for Millennials by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.
SCS Global Services (SCS) is pleased to announce that it has added FSSC 22000 certification, a complete food safety management systems certification scheme, to its comprehensive suite of professional auditing, training and support services for the food industry. FSSC 22000 is benchmarked to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on ISO 22000 and ISO 22002 standards, which provides global recognition and credibility. The robust framework addresses food safety risk management across the entire supply chain. Getting certified to this scheme is a valuable step in assuring a supply of safe food to retailers and consumers.
“The addition of the FSSC 22000 to our portfolio of certification services supports our mission to provide comprehensive auditing, training and certification services under one roof,” said Bernadette Goldstein, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Our clients up and down the supply chain will now enjoy even greater options when seeking GFSI-benchmarked solutions.”
FSSC 22000 certification is applicable to food manufacturers, food processors, feed manufacturers, food handlers and food packaging material manufacturers. This latest SCS offering complements its other internationally-recognized GFSI-benchmarked services, including certification under the SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P. and PrimusGFS programs, as well as extensive food safety training.
“Food safety is one of the keys to sustainability,” said Goldstein, noting that food companies have to address and juggle multiple quality, social and environmental considerations in the production and handling of products in today’s complex food market. “One of our goals is to help food companies identify and implement the most efficient and beneficial ways to address these factors and satisfy their customers.”
About SCS Global Services (SCS)
SCS is a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development. SCS works with stakeholders worldwide to identify and drive practices, policies and processes that advance the goals of sustainable development and give innovators a competitive advantage. Its services span the food and agriculture, natural resources, green building, and consumer products sectors, enabling policy-makers, purchasers, company decision-makers and consumers to make informed decisions based on the highest level of environmental, ethical and quality accountability. The SCS Food and Agriculture division’s certifications and consulting solutions cover responsible sourcing strategies, Sustainably Grown®, Non-GMO Project verification, Gluten-Free, Organic, and more. SCS, which stands for Scientific Certification Systems, is a Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit www.scsglobalservices.com and follow us on Twitter at @SCScertified.CONTACT
Novartis will support the career development programme of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). The programme aims to provide early- to mid-career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa with an opportunity to train and develop their clinical research skills.
Novartis is co-funding at least five additional 2019 career Development Fellowships with up to € 750 000 for proposals conducting research in the area of maternal and child health, and specifically on the interaction between poverty-related and noncommunicable diseases.
“Novartis consistently invests in programs to support scientists and researchers in resource-poor settings with the aim of upscaling their skills and capabilities,” said Dr Lutz Hegemann, Chief Operating Officer for Global Health at Novartis. “Our ultimate aim is to help retain talent in the region and build local capacity for medical innovation.”
Projects funded under this proposal should promote career progression, encourage entry and reintegration of African scientists trained abroad, and enable the retention of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers in sub-Saharan Africa. Ultimately these grants aim to contribute to building a critical mass of researchers and institutional research capacity in the region. Applications can be submitted to the EDCTP until November 27, 2019.
“We are delighted about this collaboration with Novartis International aiming to address a critical capacity gap, with the hope of scaling up in subsequent years”, said Dr Michael Makanga, EDCTP Executive Director, “This joint venture helps us not only to support clinical research talent development in sub-Saharan Africa but also address the growing health and research challenges in maternal and child health and the related interaction of infectious and non-communicable diseases.”
Novartis invests in the training and support of scientists and researchers from developing countries through several partnerships and owned programs. For example, to help enhance professional development for scientists in lower-income countries, Novartis and the University of Basel have developed a novel fellowship training program called Next Generation Scientist (NGS). Launched in 2011, NGS invites talented young scientists and clinicians from these countries to our Basel, Switzerland, campus for a three-month research internship. Participants are offered individualized mentoring, and engage in research activities tailored to their unique needs.
Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is recognized by the Financial Times Diversity Leaders 2020. Schneider Electric ranks 41st overall and 4th in its industry category out of 700 companies included in the new annual ranking.
Promoting all types of diversity in the workplace
The Financial Times ranking of the Diversity Leaders 2020 aims to assess the company's success in promoting all types of diversity, including gender balance, openness to all forms of sexual orientation, and an ethnic and social mix that reflects wider society.
The ranking was developed through an independent survey of more than 80,000 employees from companies with over 250 people in the following countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the opinions of human resources and recruitment experts have been considered in order to refine the analysis.
The survey participants were asked to what extent they think their employer promotes diversity on a series of statements surrounding the topic of age, gender, equality, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation (LGBT+). Participants were also given the chance to evaluate other prominent employers in their respective industries regarding diversity. The 700 highest scoring companies are being recognized as the Diversity Leaders 2020.
"We are honored to be recognized in the inaugural report for Diversity Leaders by the Financial Times. At Schneider Electric, we are continually working towards building sustainable inclusion for everyone, everywhere. It's great to see that many other companies are championing Diversity & Inclusion. Together, we can make a bigger impact on society," said Olivier Blum, Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric.
In addition to being a Financial Times Diversity Leader 2020, Schneider Electric has received other prestigious recognitions. Recently, the company was ranked first in the industrial sector in Equileap's Gender Equality Report, which accelerates progress towards gender equality in the workplace. For the second year in a row, Schneider Electric was included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which provides a unique barometer of gender-equality performance across all sectors worldwide. And in March, Schneider Electric was awarded the 2019 Catalyst Award for its bold and forward-thinking initiatives to help women to advance their careers.
About Schneider Electric
At Schneider, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.
We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.
We are committed to unleash the infinite possibilities of an open, global, innovative community that is passionate about our Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.