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Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children Raises Over $300,000 at Annual Gala

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 9:32pm

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children held their Annual “Welcome Home” Gala last Tuesday evening, November 5, 2019 at Current at Chelsea Piers, raising over $300,000. More than 250 guests gathered to help celebrate adoption and to “welcome home” many of the children, women, and families who make up SpenceChapin’s rich legacy. The event was chaired by Spencer and Stephanie Acker and Sammy Chadwick.

It was a program full of revelry, from a wall-to-wall cocktail hour to the closing performance of the night by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of the pioneering hip-hop group Run-DMC. DMC performed an original song about his own adoption story along with well-known hits such as “Walk this Way” and “It’s Tricky.” The evening was hosted by Dave Price from NBC-4 New York. Ian Rowe, Spence-Chapin Board Chair, presented the Spence and Chapin Awards for Excellence to Curtis Welling and Mary White, M.D., both adoptive parents, former chairs of the Spence-Chapin Board of Directors, and Honorary Directors.

Jacqueline Hunt, a birth mother and an adoptive parent, told her story of reconnecting with her son while holding her two-year-old daughter on the stage. The night also featured a short film on the organization’s founding from the perspective of Martha Ulman, granddaughter of Spence-Chapin co-founder, Clara Spence. And after dinner, the audience saw a glimpse of Spence-Chapin’s vision for the next century in a film about Spence-Chapin’s Granny Program and partnership with Jo'burg Child Welfare in South Africa. The film pulled at the heartstrings of attendees.

One of the most touching parts of the program was when The Spence-Chapin Second Century Humanitarian Award was presented to Siya Madikane by two children adopted from South Africa through Spence-Chapin. Madikane is a philanthropist dedicated to helping disadvantaged children. He was born in Soweto, South Africa, and lived in an orphanage there until the age of ten.

Kate Trambitskya, Chief Executive Officer of Spence-Chapin said, “proceeds from the Gala will help Spence-Chapin continue to provide key domestic and international programs which build families through adoption and to offer comprehensive services and support for women unsure about parenting, children living in orphanages, and other members of the adoption constellation seeking guidance and community."

Major sponsors included: J.P. Morgan, U.S. Bank, The Acker Family, The Boisi Family, Michael Mellody and Denise Capati, Mary H. White, M.D., Mary and John Brock, Sheldon F. Kasowitz, Gerald Lodge, The Welling Family, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Denise Kellen, Ian and Sylvia Rowe, and Jonathan Witmer and Izumi Nakamura.

For photos from the Spence-Chapin Gala and to learn more, go to http://www.spencechapin.org/event-photos.

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About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

Spence-Chapin has been offering exceptional adoption and family services for more than 100 years. Its mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and lifelong support for all children and families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Spence-Chapin’s roots date back to the early 1900s with the pioneering work of Ms. Clara Spence and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who established nurseries for infants abandoned on the streets of New York City, led humanitarian efforts, and created families through adoption. Spence-Chapin has since expanded to include other comprehensive support programs. The organization’s award-winning efforts have served more than 25,000 women, children, and families through domestic, international and special needs adoption, post-adoption support, and humanitarian aid programs such as the Granny Program. Find out more at spence-chapin.org.

Contact:

Rose M. Crichton Director,

Marketing & Communications

Phone: 212-360-0214

Email: rcrichton@spence-chapin.org

Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 40,000 Pounds of Protein to Palm Beach County Food Bank

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Cheney Brothers, Inc. joined forces to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to Palm Beach County Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour, Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings of protein, will help families fight hunger across Palm Beach County to serve nearly 100,000 individuals in need.

“At Palm Beach County Food Bank, we understand that hunger is all around us,” said Karen Erren, executive director for the Palm Beach County Food Bank. “We’re grateful for this donation from Smithfield and Cheney that will provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This protein will help our food bank support individuals and families by giving them access to wholesome meals.”

Representatives from Smithfield and Cheney presented the donation to Palm Beach County Food Bank at an event at the food bank this morning. During the donation presentation, representatives from each organization discussed the issue of food insecurity and the significance of the donation, which will provide meals for those facing hunger in Palm Beach county and the surrounding areas on Florida’s east coast.

“Giving back to communities we serve is something that Cheney Brothers truly believes in, and partnering with Smithfield for their Helping Hungry Homes® tour is a powerful way to make a difference,” said Laura Russell, a spokesperson for Cheney Brothers. “This is a wonderful opportunity to support our community and provide nutritious meals for those dealing with food insecurity.”

This is the 48th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 140 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster-relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® initiative was created to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity nationwide, and we can’t do it alone,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We’re proud to partner with Cheney to support the Palm Beach County Food Bank through this donation that will provide wholesome meals for those facing hunger.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit smithfieldfoods.com/helpinghungryhomes.

About Smithfield Foods

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

About The Palm Beach County Food Bank

The Palm Beach County Food Bank provides access to nutritious food for more than 100,000 hungry Palm Beach County residents every month. The Food Bank procures approximately 5 million pounds of food annually from grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors, wholesalers and other sources and provides it to more than 200 local community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens and residential housing programs. Palm Beach County Food Bank programs reach families, school children and seniors, and connect those in need to available benefits and resources. For more information, visit https://www.pbcfoodbank.org/

About Cheney Brothers, Inc.

Cheney Brothers, Inc. is a family owned and operated, fourth generation food distributor in Florida. Founded in 1925 by Joe Cheney in West Palm Beach, Cheney Brothers operations have expanded into North Carolina and Georgia with more than 3,000 employees. Cheney Brothers features brands from nationally recognized manufacturers, from gourmet to everyday, with its own list of exlusive brands like Grand Western, Grand Western Steaks, Crazy Fish International, Duck Deli, Fronte, Bari Brand, Acento Latino, Cheney Brothers Estate, Belgium Butter, Nut & Candy and Tres Hermanos. For more information, visit www.cheneybrothers.com.

Dalton Agency for Smithfield
Lauren Homrich
(480) 268-3253
lhomrich@daltonagency.com

Slatkow & Husak for Palm Beach County Food Bank
Heather Vidulich
(561) 278-0850
heather@slatkowhusak.com  

Ally Lohan
(561) 278-0850
ally@slatkowhusak.com

Cheney Brothers
Kinna Denowitz
(561) 779-4136
kinna@cheneybrothers.com

Xoom Rolls Out Domestic Money Transfer Services in the U.S.

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

 Xoom, PayPal’s international money transfer service, today rolled out the ability for customers to send money to recipients in the U.S. for the first time. Through strategic alliances with Walmart and Ria, Americans can now use Xoom to send money fast for cash pick-up typically in minutes at nearly 5,000 locations across the country*. 

Xoom’s services potentially benefit more than 44 million foreign-born people in the U.S.1 who send remittances to family and friends in their home countries. With the introduction of domestic money transfer services, Xoom will now serve even more customers, including more than half of Americans who make domestic person-to-person (P2P) payments2. Using Xoom’s mobile app or website, consumers will have the ability to send money quickly and securely for cash pick-up at any Walmart or Ria-owned store in the U.S.  

“Many of our customers in the U.S. already send money to loved ones in the country, and they usually prefer that the money is available right away,” shared Julian King, Xoom’s Vice President and General Manager. “This rollout reinforces our commitment to make money transfers fast, easy and affordable for everyone, whether they are at home or on-the-go.”

"At Ria, we are delighted to further consolidate our relationship with Xoom and Walmart," said Juan Bianchi, CEO of Euronet’s Money Transfer Segment. “Our continued partnership is a fine example of how Ria's technology can serve as an enabler between platforms, offering consumers and partners an added layer of security and compliance screening, in turn facilitating value creation within the Fintech ecosystem."

Many consumers in the U.S. face personal, institutional and policy-related barriers to access the financial system. These underbanked consumers rely heavily on fringe financial service providers to conduct routine financial transactions and pay high fees in the process. With Xoom’s introduction of domestic transfers, Americans can send money at affordable rates for cash pick-up quickly at 4,684 Walmart stores and 175 Ria locations across the United States. For more information on store locations and eligible banks, visit xoom.com

A pioneer in digital remittances, Xoom is a fast way to securely send money, pay bills and reload phones for loved ones in over 160 countries globally. These remittances serve as a lifeline for many people around the world and are used to pay for every day needs like utility bills, healthcare, and education costs, as well as emergencies. The largely cash-based system of sending money across borders is full of paperwork, high fees, standing in line and an ever-present uncertainty of when, and if, the money will arrive when it’s needed. By providing fast and more secure payment options for customers to seamlessly and securely send money across borders by going online or using a mobile device, PayPal and Xoom are helping to expand and improve the financial health of millions of people worldwide.

*Fees and Limitations apply

About PayPal
PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 295 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit paypal.com

About Ria Money Transfer 
Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT), is a global leader in the money transfer industry. The company is steadfast in its commitment to its clients and their communities, offering fast, secure and affordable money transfers through a network of over 385,000 locations spanning across 160 countries and online at www.riamoneytransfer.com

For more information visit www.corporate.riafinancial.com.

Media Contact
Jaymie Sinlao
1-650-557-8173
Jsinlao@paypal.com

Novartis annonce une nouvelle stratégie pour fournir des traitements innovants à plus de patients en Afrique subsaharienne

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

Novartis a annoncé aujourd’hui une nouvelle stratégie visant à élargir l’accès des patients et la disponibilité de sa gamme de médicaments en Afrique subsaharienne, qui regroupe la plus vaste population au monde de patients mal desservis. Novartis souhaite également être le partenaire de choix des gouvernements et des ONG pour renforcer les systèmes de santé dans toute l’Afrique.

« Nous sommes profondément engagés à améliorer l'accès aux médicaments à travers le monde », explique Vas Narasimhan, CEO de Novartis. « Sur la base de nos efforts de longue date pour améliorer la santé en Afrique, y compris dans le domaine du paludisme et de la drépanocytose, nous adoptons une approche globale pour garantir aux patients d’Afrique subsaharienne, quels que soient leurs revenus, l’accès à nos médicaments. »

L’Afrique supporte un quart du fardeau mondial des maladies, mais seuls 3% des professionnels de la santé dans le monde sont basés sur ce continent. Par ailleurs, moins de 1% des dépenses de santé mondiales sont réalisées en Afrique. Les systèmes de santé doivent souvent recourir aux ONG et à des donneurs extérieurs pour financer et fournir des services à la plus vaste population au monde de patients mal desservis1.

Dans le cadre de la nouvelle stratégie, Novartis mettra l’accent non plus sur des indicateurs financiers tels que la performance commerciale et les bénéfices, actuellement au cœur de l’organisation en Afrique subsaharienne, mais sur des indicateurs qui encouragent l’accès aux traitements innovants et le renforcement des systèmes de santé dans la région. Une nouvelle unité organisationnelle rassemblera l’expertise et la gamme de produits de notre division Sandoz, de nos unités opérationnelles Novartis Pharmaceuticals et Oncology qui constituent notre division Innovative Medicines, ainsi que de Novartis Social Business. Racey Muchilwa, nommée Head of Global Health SSA (Afrique subsaharienne), apportera ses solides connaissances des systèmes de santé et des besoins des patients dans la région.

L’unité Afrique subsaharienne vise à améliorer l’accès des patients, sur l’ensemble de la pyramide de revenus, en se concentrant sur des modèles de prix différenciés, la compétitivité des offres, le déploiement de modèles d’entreprise sociales, ainsi que sur des stratégies visant à rendre les médicaments abordables. Novartis cherchera également à augmenter ses capacités en matière d’essais cliniques et à accélérer les processus réglementaires et administratifs dans la région, afin de réduire les délais entre le développement, l’approbation et, finalement, l’accès aux nouveaux traitements pour les patients en Afrique subsaharienne.

« Je suis honorée de diriger cette équipe talentueuse pour mettre en œuvre notre nouvelle stratégie. Notre objectif est de devenir le principal partenaire dans le secteur de la santé en Afrique subsaharienne et de coopérer avec les ONG et les gouvernements pour renforcer les systèmes de santé », déclare Racey Muchilwa, Head of Global Health SSA.
« Nous avons l’intention d’exploiter le potentiel des nouvelles technologies et du numérique pour augmenter notre impact sur la santé de la population d’Afrique subsaharienne, qui devrait doubler pour atteindre 2,2 milliards en 2050. »

Novartis s’engage depuis longtemps pour aider à améliorer la santé des populations en Afrique. L’entreprise est active dans le domaine des maladies transmissibles, comme le paludisme et la lèpre, ainsi que des maladies non transmissibles telles que la drépanocytose, les maladies cardiovasculaires et le cancer. Novartis a distribué, sans réaliser de bénéfices, près de 900 millions de traitements contre le paludisme à des patients dans des pays où la maladie est endémique, y compris plus de 380 millions de doses de notre formule pédiatrique. Novartis est également un pionnier dans la recherche et le développement clinique, en utilisant des molécules biologiques innovantes et en implémentant de nouvelles technologies pour faire bénéficier la région d’innovations de pointe. Récemment, l’entreprise a annoncé un vaste partenariat public-privé avec le gouvernement du Ghana pour lutter contre la drépanocytose, notamment par l’accès aux traitements disponibles, aux recherches cliniques et à l’utilisation de technologies numériques pour répondre aux normes mondiales en termes de soins.

 

Décharge

Le présent document fait part de prévisions impliquant des risques connus et inconnus, des incertitudes ainsi que d'autres facteurs qui pourraient rendre les résultats réels matériellement différents des résultats, performances ou réalisations annoncés ou impliqués dans de telles déclarations. Certains risques associés à ces déclarations sont résumés dans la version anglaise de ce communiqué, ainsi que dans le plus récent formulaire 20-F soumis par Novartis AG à la Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (autorité de régulation des marchés financiers des Etats-Unis). Le lecteur est invité à lire attentivement ces résumés.

 

A propos de Novartis

Novartis réinvente la médecine pour améliorer et prolonger la vie des gens. En tant que leader mondial des médicaments, nous utilisons des technologies scientifiques et numériques innovantes pour créer des traitements transformateurs dans les domaines où les besoins médicaux sont importants. Animés par l'objectif de trouver de nouveaux médicaments, nous nous classons systématiquement parmi les premières sociétés mondiales en matière d'investissements dans la recherche et le développement. Les produits de Novartis touchent plus de 750 millions de personnes dans le monde et nous trouvons des moyens innovants pour élargir l'accès à nos derniers traitements. Quelque 109 000 personnes de plus de 140 nationalités travaillent chez Novartis dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus, prière de consulter notre site internet: www.novartis.com

 

Novartis est sur Twitter. Inscrivez-vous pour suivre @Novartis sur http://twitter.com/novartisnews

Pour le contenu multimédia de Novartis, veuillez consulter www.novartis.com/news/media-library

Pour les questions sur le site ou l’inscription requise, veuillez contacter media.relations@novartis.com

 

Références

  1. Mash R, Howe A, Olayemi O, et al. Reflections on family medicine and primary healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. BMJ Glob Health 2018; 3:e000662.

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Relations presse Novartis

E-mail: media.relations@novartis.com

Antonio Ligi
Communication externe Novartis
+41 61 324 1374 (ligne fixe)
antonio.ligi@novartis.com

Katerina Kontzalis
Communication GH&CR Novartis
+41 79 79 78 393 (mobile)
Katerina.Kontzalis@novartis.com

 

Novartis Investor Relations

Ligne centrale dédiée aux relations investisseurs: +41 61 324 7944

E-mail: investor.relations@novartis.com

Ligne centrale

Samir Shah, +41 61 324 7944
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Leadership Built on Diversity of Experience

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

GRI, provider of the world’s leading sustainability reporting standards, will welcome four new members to its Board from 1 January 2020.

The Board of Directors oversees the organizations’ work to increase and strengthen sustainability disclosures by companies around the world, helping them communicate how they contribute towards sustainable development.

Eric Hespenheide, chairman of the GRI Board, said:

“GRI provides international leadership through our mission to develop global standards for disclosure of economic, environmental and social performance. I am excited to welcome four new directors to the Board. Collectively and individually they will add a lot of knowledge and experience to GRI and their appointments continue to demonstrate our independent and multi-stakeholder approach. Meanwhile, I recognize the Board members who are stepping down and thank them for their years of valuable contributions to the success of GRI.”

With the addition of the four new directors, GRI’s 15-member Board will include 13 nationalities from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Asia and Australia. GRI’s governance also has representation from five constituency groups – business enterprise, labor organizations, mediating institutions, investment, and civil society.

The new appointees, who will join on three-year terms, are:

  • Mr. Eelco van der Enden: Partner, PwC (Netherlands - mediating institutions)

Eelco leads PwC’s Tax Administration Consulting and has almost 30 years’ experience in tax, treasury, risk management and corporate finance. He supports businesses, governments, international organizations and NGOs to implement sustainable tax compliance strategies. He is Chair of the Tax Policy Group of Accountancy Europe, co-founder of the Tax Assurance Academy and the Tax Data Science Centre, Nyenrode Business University. Eelco is a member of GRI’s Technical Committee responsible for developing a new Tax Standard.

  • Ms. Jessica Fries: Executive Chair of A4S - Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability (UK - mediating institutions)

Jessica leads A4S, which seeks to inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models. She is on the board of the Natural Capital Coalition and was responsible in establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council. She has worked with a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organizations to help them integrate sustainability into their core business.

  • Mr. Lance Y. Gokongwei: President and Chief Executive Officer, JG Summit Holdings (Philippines - business enterprise)

Lance leads JG, a conglomerate in the real estate, food, transport, financial services and petrochemicals sectors, with operations in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia and Australasia. He is Chairman of Robinsons Retail Holdings and Vice Chairman of Manila Electric Company. As trustee and secretary of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation he drives the sustainability direction and efforts of the Gokongwei Group.

  • Mr. Jyrki Raina: global industrial relations expert (Finland - labor organizations)

Until 2016, Jyrki was General Secretary of the IndustriALL Global Union, a federation representing more than 50 million working people in 140 countries. Jyrki pioneered the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord in 2013 and launched the ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) textiles and garment industry living wage initiative in 2015. He now uses his widespread expertise to support projects around the world related to strategic development, living wage, mediation, research and evaluation.

Meanwhile, Ms. Molly Harriss Olson, CEO Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, Australia, has been re-elected for a further term.

The following GRI Board members will be stepping down at the end of 2019: Ms. Sandra Guerra, Mr. Alexandra Watson, Mr. Roberto de Ocampo and Mr. Manfred Warda.

GRI chief executive Tim Mohin added:

“The appointments of Eelco, Jessica, Lance and Jyrki bring fresh perspectives and expertise and I look forward to working with them to advance sustainability reporting. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the four departing Board members for their expert input and guidance.”

Notes to editors

The new members will join 11 continuing members of the GRI Board of Directors.

The updated composition (from 2020) of four GRI governance bodies are also confirmed today: the Global Sustainability Standards Board, Stakeholder Council, Independent Appointments Committee, and Due Process Oversight Committee.

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 are the most widely used sustainability reporting standards globally.

Hiring Neurodiverse Employees Refuels Service Stations

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm
Chevron Corporation news

For Chevron Stations Inc. (CSI) Manager Naomi Mata, employee safety meetings were important, but typically routine. However, the enthusiasm of two new employees, Carter Chavez and Nicholas van Wingerden, has become infectious for Mata and other employees at the Carpinteria, California, retail operation, making safety meetings far more engaging.

Chavez and van Wingerden were hired as part of a diversity and inclusion employment pilot program. Through this program, CSI hired ten neurodiverse individuals, or those who are on the autism spectrum, for positions at five Chevron service stations in Central and Southern California.

Jobs such as the ones offered through this program are not typically easy to come by for adults with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) describes a broad range of developmental disorders that begin early in childhood, last throughout a person's life and for which there is no known cure. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates and learns. About 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research also indicates that only 14 percent of adults with autism in the U.S. are currently employed.

Working with PathPoint, an employment agency specializing in helping people with disabilities and mental health diagnoses find employment, CSI developed the role of station support representative (SSR) to help provide opportunities for neurodiverse employees. The position is a variation of the customer service representative (CSR) role tailored for neurodiverse employees and includes cleaning, stocking and support responsibilities.

“They perform many tasks to support our CSRs and help keep our stations running smoothly,” said Mata, a 12-year CSI veteran and former CSR herself.

The pilot program was created with feedback from Chevron’s ENABLED (ENhancing ABilities and LEveraging Disabilities) network, one of the company’s 12 employee networks. The program’s goals include:

  • Expanding opportunities to people with disabilities

  • Adapting the CSI hiring process to accommodate and attract a more diverse workforce

  • Reinforcing Chevron’s commitment to employee diversity and inclusion

Increasing opportunities for neurodiverse employees like Chavez and van Wingerden is especially important for Mata.

“We want diverse people to work for us. It is our diversity that helps make our stations welcoming. We are showing what is possible when we harness the collective talents of everyone,” she said.

Employees and Communities Benefit

In addition to helping her fill station staffing gaps, the program has far exceeded Mata’s own goals for the station and her employees.

“Everyone is more engaged,” she said. “Everyone’s working better together. We feel like we’re part of something bigger because of the program.”

She’s not the only one noticing the difference at the Carpinteria station. “One of our regular customers specifically mentioned to me how great it was for us to be supporting diversity,” she said. “Customers are happy to see that our employees represent the diversity of our communities.”

Mata said she is gratified that the program provides opportunities for good jobs to people. She is also pleased to see Chavez and van Wingerden thrive in their roles. The experience of being involved in the program has also provided a learning opportunity for Mata and her staff.

“Since working with Carter, Nicholas and the PathPoint job coaches, I realized I could work on my communication skills to be more specific and detailed in my instructions on what I want and what I need done,” said Mata.

Recognition of Workplace Inclusion

Chevron’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has earned Chevron recognition on the 2019 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) “Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities.”

In addition, the program was recently honored by Cathy Murillo, mayor of Santa Barbara, California, and PathPoint at the 2019 Disability Employment Awards Breakfast. Julie Beltran, a Chevron business consultant who supervises the Carpinteria station, took part in the awards breakfast on Chevron’s behalf.

Beltran said she was unsure of what to expect at the start of the program. “We didn’t know how it would work with employees who had developmental challenges, but the experience with the program has been all positive, she said. “It’s shown that we’re all people, we all have something to give and Chevron wants to welcome everyone.”

Read more about how Chevron is supporting workers with autism

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Expands to Include Housing Affordability Solutions

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), today announced that it is expanding its focus to include clean technologies for residential buildings. The goal is to help ratepayers use energy more efficiently and lower monthly utility bills.

IN2 has selected 10 new early-stage technology companies to join the program, harnessing the world-class expertise and facilities at NREL to validate promising, early-stage, clean technologies and speed their respective paths to the commercial marketplace.

According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, no state or metropolitan area in the U.S. has enough affordable rental inventory to meet the existing housing demand for its lowest-income residents. To help address the housing crisis, the Wells Fargo Foundation recently announced a commitment of $1 billion in philanthropic funding for housing affordability through 2025. The IN2 platform will support this broader Wells Fargo initiative by identifying and advancing promising early-stage clean technologies that will make housing more affordable and decrease energy costs.

“Wells Fargo’s affordable housing initiative aligns nicely with the IN2 mission and NREL’s expertise in construction innovation and energy efficiency,” said Trish Cozart, IN2 program manager at NREL. “With this cohort, we are taking IN2’s five-year legacy of fostering cleantech innovations that improve commercial building energy efficiency and translating that to the residential space.”

Mary Wenzel, Wells Fargo’s head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, said, “Renewables and energy efficiency solutions for renters and low-income homeowners are important considerations in the housing affordability dialogue, and an area where we believe IN2 can help deliver both financial and environmental benefits for households and communities.”

Eight of the companies selected for this invitation-only program will focus on technologies aimed at housing affordability solutions, and two will develop technologies that improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Participants will receive $250,000 in non-dilutive funding and hands-on technical assistance to further develop and validate their technologies.

This sixth IN2 cohort includes companies with expertise in advanced manufacturing and construction, materials, community and district-level technologies and design tools, and energy efficiency technologies. The companies are:

  • AeroShield, Cambridge, Mass., manufactures a super-insulating, nanoporous form of glass for energy-efficient windows.

  • Blokable, Seattle, manufactures a highly energy efficient, pre-fabricated building system that reduces the cost for the company to develop multi-family housing.

  • Blue Frontier, Parkland, Fla., integrates low-cost thermochemical energy storage with a new air conditioning technology for commercial use.

  • Cypris Materials, Inc., Berkeley, Calif., creates paintable heat-reflective coatings as a roofing retrofit for both residential and commercial buildings to reduce cooling loads.

  • EnKoat, Tempe, Ariz., re-engineers traditional paint, plaster and stucco into energy-saving architectural coatings using phase change materials.

  • Pre Framing Corp, Berkeley, Calif., offers faster wall framing installation at lower costs.

  • Span, Inc., San Francisco, develops products to reduce the cost and complexity of adopting distributed energy systems.

  • Shifted Energy, Honolulu, develops a power controller and software that converts electric water heaters into intelligent, grid-interactive energy storage devices.

  • STRATIS IoT, Philadelphia, provides smart access, energy, water and automation management Software as a Service (SaaS) for multifamily and student housing.

  • Techstyle Materials, Somerville, Mass., develops a multifunctional material that automatically regulates the flows of heat and water vapor.

With the addition of these 10 companies, IN2 brings its total portfolio count to 40 cleantech startups. Since joining the IN2 program, portfolio companies have raised $202 million from external follow-on funding — on average, more than $24 for every $1 awarded by the incubator.

Since 2014, IN2 has helped 30 startups develop and prove the viability of early-stage energy efficiency technologies by leveraging the unique capabilities, expertise and facilities of Wells Fargo, NREL and other IN2 partners. In 2018, the incubator expanded into the food-energy-water nexus by selecting a cohort of agtech companies and is now extending its scope further in order to advance cleantech innovations that will make residential housing more affordable.

About the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a $30 million technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation. Co-administered by and housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, IN2’s mission is to speed the path to market for early-stage, clean-technology entrepreneurs. Launched in 2014 with an initial focus on supporting scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings, IN2 has since expanded its focus to advance technologies that address the sustainable production of agriculture and housing affordability. Companies selected for participation in the program receive up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding from Wells Fargo, technical support and validation from experts at NREL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and ongoing connections to organizations across value chains. For more information, visit in2ecosystem.com.

About Wells Fargo

Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,500 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com). With approximately 261,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. With its corporate philanthropy, Wells Fargo aims to pave a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities by focusing on housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health, among other local community needs. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits. For 10 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has held the honor of No. 1 in workplace giving by United Way Worldwide. Wells Fargo team members also actively support communities by donating more than 2 million hours of volunteer time in the last year. News, insights and more information on the company’s overall corporate responsibility are available at Wells Fargo Stories and www.wellsfargo.com/impact.

Better Business, Better World: Download the Antea Group 2018 Sustainability Report

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm
Better Business, Better World: Download the Antea Group 2018 Sustainability Report

At Antea Group, we believe in a philosophy of Better Business, Better World®, where doing the right thing environmentally and socially translates to improved business performance and market position long term. As an environmental consulting firm, we are committed to sustainability leadership across our operations and in our project work, with the shared purpose to create a cleaner, safer, more sustainable world. Our Sustainability Program seeks to create positive impacts at global, national and local levels through engagements in charitable giving, pro-bono services, and volunteerism. These engagements promote a sense of community and pride among our employees, establish goodwill within our neighborhoods and reinforce Antea Group as a great place to work.

Inside these pages, you’ll find highlights of our progress across our operations, client engagement, charitable giving, volunteerism, pro-bono services, talent management, and wellness initiatives. "I’m proud of these accomplishments and want to personally thank our employees for embracing our Sustainability Program, living our core values, and contributing to our success each day," says Brian Ricketts, CEO of Antea Group USA.

DOWNLOAD OUR 2018 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

About Antea Group

Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure, urban planning and water. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Learn more at https://us.anteagroup.com.

CONTACT katie.nordenson@anteagroup.com

Novartis Announces New Strategy to Provide Innovative Medicines to More Patients in Sub-Saharan Africa

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

Novartis announced today a new strategy to broaden patient reach and availability of its portfolio of medicines in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which is home to the largest underserved patient population in the world. Novartis also aspires to be the partner of choice for governments and NGOs to strengthen healthcare systems across Africa.

“We are deeply committed to improving access to medicines around the world,” says Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis. “Building on our longstanding efforts to improving health in Africa, including on malaria and sickle cell disease, we’re taking a comprehensive approach to ensuring patients in sub-Saharan Africa, regardless of income, have access to our portfolio of medicines.”

A quarter of the global disease burden weighs on Africa, but only 3% of the world’s health workers are based on the continent and the share of the world’s health expenditure for Africa is below 1%. Health systems frequently have to rely on NGOs and external donors to fund and provide services for the largest underserved patient population in the world.1

As part of the new strategy, Novartis will pivot the current organizational focus in SSA from financial metrics such as sales performance and profits, to metrics that drive access to innovative medicines and strengthen health systems in the region. A new organizational unit will bring together the expertise and portfolio of our Sandoz Division, the Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Oncology business units comprising our Innovative Medicines Division and Novartis Social Business. Racey Muchilwa is appointed Head of Global Health SSA, contributing her strong knowledge of the healthcare system and patient needs in the region.

The SSA unit aims to maximize patient reach across the full income pyramid by focusing on tiered pricing models, competitiveness in tenders and scaling social business models as well as affordability strategies. Novartis also will work to increase its clinical trial capabilities, and accelerate regulatory and administrative processes in the region to shorten the time between the development, approval and ultimately access to new medicines for patients across SSA.

“I feel honored to lead our talented team in executing our new strategy. Our aspiration is to be the leading healthcare partner in sub-Saharan Africa and work with NGOs and governments to strengthen health systems,” says Racey Muchilwa, Head of Global Health SSA. “We aim to harness the power of digital and new technologies, to maximize the impact we can have on the health of people in sub-Saharan Africa where the population is expected to double by 2050 to 2.2 billion.”

Novartis has a long-standing commitment to helping improve health of people in Africa. This includes communicable diseases such as malaria and leprosy as well as non-communicable diseases such as sickle cell disease (SCD), cardiovascular disease and cancer. Novartis has contributed nearly 900 million courses of malaria treatment at no-profit to patients in malaria-endemic countries, including more than 380 million doses of our pediatric formulation.  Novartis is also pioneering research and development with clinical trials, utilizing novel biologic molecules and deploying new technologies to provide the benefits of cutting-edge innovation to the region. Most recently, the company announced a broad public-private partnership with the government of Ghana to tackle sickle cell disease, including access to available medicine, clinical research and use of digital technologies to achieve global standards of care.

Disclaimer

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About Novartis

Novartis is reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. As a leading global medicines company, we use innovative science and digital technologies to create transformative treatments in areas of great medical need. In our quest to find new medicines, we consistently rank among the world’s top companies investing in research and development. Novartis products reach more than 750 million people globally and we are finding innovative ways to expand access to our latest treatments. About 109,000 people of more than 140 nationalities work at Novartis around the world. Find out more at

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  1. Mash R, Howe A, Olayemi O, et al. Reflections on family medicine and primary healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. BMJ Glob Health 2018; 3:e000662.

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Consumers Energy Foundation Provides $250,000 to New Effort to Create Housing Opportunities in Flint

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 3:32pm

The Consumers Energy Foundation celebrated its commitment to Michigan’s communities today by providing $250,000 for a new effort to upgrade and sell over three dozen vacant homes to first-time homebuyers in Flint.

Metro Community Development will provide new housing opportunities in the north part of Flint through the grant, which is part of the Foundation’s first-ever Prosperity Awards. Officials with the nonprofit organization, the Consumers Energy Foundation and the Genesee County Land Bank announced the award at Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, near the first home that will be renovated.

“We are excited to play a role in the revitalization of Flint, which is part of Consumers Energy’s commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “Our Prosperity Awards represent that commitment in action, working with great organizations to help Michigan continue to be a great place to live, work and innovate.”

“This funding will enable us to strengthen neighborhoods by transforming abandoned houses into affordable and attractive residences for first-time homebuyers,” said Brian Glowiak, CEO of Metro Community Development. “It is literally the gift that continues to give as we will leverage the proceeds from each home sale to purchase and renovate additional homes. This will multiply the momentum for cultivating pride, ownership and reinvestment in our community.”

The $250,000 grant will support the organization’s Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program by facilitating the purchase and rehabilitation of vacant homes into safe, affordable housing for resale to income-eligible homebuyers. The program will support up to 37 homes over the next decade.

Metro Community Development and other community leaders are working to improve housing and create housing and employment opportunities for Flint residents. The new program will work with a local building contractor and deploy young people from Metro Flint YouthBuild, a national workforce readiness program funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, to rehabilitate homes.

“The Genesee County Land Bank is pleased to partner with Metro Community Development to see abandoned tax foreclosed structures transformed into safe and affordable homes for Flint families,” said Michele Wildman, executive director of the Genesee County Land Bank.

“I applaud this partnership to help strengthen neighborhoods in Flint and ensure that first-time home buyers have access to affordable housing,” U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee said. “I thank the Consumers Energy Foundation and Metro Community Development for their partnership on this project, which will hire Flint residents and bring new economic investment to our city.”

The Consumers Energy Foundation will contribute $500,000 to Michigan nonprofits through its Prosperity Awards, which are the second of three $500,000 grant allocations this year totaling $1.5 million. Planet Awards winners were announced in April, and applications for People Awards that support job readiness are being reviewed.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is Consumers Energy’s charitable arm. The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity.

In 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed more than $18.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.

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

Media Contacts:
Debra Dodd, 517-545-8711
Brian Wheeler, 517-740-1545

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

ITA and RMI Demonstrate Assurance Leadership in Tin Due Diligence

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:32pm

The International Tin Association (ITA) and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, have jointly developed and published new “Assessment Criteria for Tin Smelting Companies,” which clarify a common upstream and downstream view of due diligence requirements for the tin supply chain. 

These Criteria are designed to align with the internationally recognized OECD due diligence guidance, assist with the new London Metal Exchange (LME) responsible sourcing requirements, and satisfy other upcoming requirements such as the EU Minerals Due Diligence Regulation. 

The Criteria will be used by the RMI to replace their Tin Standard for the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) following a transition period, and will also set the requirements for responsible sourcing to be evaluated by new assessment processes under the ITA’s Code of Conduct. 

“We are excited to announce this important step forward in progressing due diligence and responsible sourcing for the tin industry” said Kay Nimmo, Head of Sustainability at ITA. “We are proud to be able to bring together multiple views of complex due diligence expectations into this one new harmonised text which will be recognised by assessment processes of both our organisations and the market. This will not only improve risk management but will help to streamline information requests through the supply chain.”  

“This further demonstrates the leadership of both ITA and the RMI, and their determination to tackle the very significant challenges involved in bringing the entire supply chain together to provide realistic but robust solutions for the responsible production and sourcing of tin,” said Leah Butler, Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance.

The Criteria will enable audit firms and their individual auditors to conduct rigorous and consistent checks on whether any smelter has implemented OECD supply chain due diligence. After incorporating consultation feedback from a broad spectrum of stakeholders across the tin supply chain, the Criteria have been improved by:  

  • Focusing exclusively on the tin value chain

  • Structuring to reference each Step of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance Supplement on Tin

  • Highlighting additional, separate regulatory or downstream expectations

  • Outlining practical expectations for red-flag review of suppliers

  • Explaining how smelters may use OECD-aligned joint industry initiatives for due diligence support

  • Clarifying terminology and separating procedural or guidance text for auditors

The Criteria results from cooperation between the ITA and the RMI as agreed in an MOU earlier in the year. Both organisations are continuing to work together to draft further guidance on Criteria expectations in a workbook format for use by auditors and/or smelters as the new Criteria are implemented. The development of associated training materials is also planned.

The new Criteria are available for download here on the ITA website and here on the RMI website.

More information about responsible tin sourcing is available on the ITA website and the RMI website.

About International Tin Association:
The International Tin Association is the world's foremost authority on tin with over 80 years’ experience in tin related technologies. It is a membership-based organisation representing major tin producers and smelters and is the premier source of tin related information. ITA has specialist knowledge of tin use in all the major sectors as well as groups responsible for statistical and market information, future uses, regulatory affairs and sustainability. It provides links to the main tin consuming sectors through a substantial network of industry contacts. The organisation hosts seminars and international conferences. It also provides marketing and technical support to its members and the tin industry in general. Further information can be obtained from http://www.internationaltin.org   

About the Responsible Minerals Initiative
The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) is an initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). The RMI is a multi-industry initiative with more than 380 member companies. Its members contribute to the development and international uptake of a range of tools and resources focused on minerals supply chain due diligence, including independent third-party audit programs for smelters, Minerals Reporting Templates, supply chain risk assessment tools, Country of Origin data, and guidance documents on responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, and cobalt. The RMI runs regular workshops on responsible sourcing issues and contributes to policy development with civil society organizations and governments. For more information, visit http://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org  

  
For further enquiries please contact:

Kay Nimmo
Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs, ITA
Tel: +44 (0)1727 871312
Email: kay.nimmo@internationaltin.org

Dr Jeremy Pearce
Market Intelligence & Communications, ITA
Tel: +44 (0) 1727 871311
Mob: +44 (0)79 09890630
Email: jeremy.pearce@internationaltin.org

Jarrett Bens
Director of Communications
Responsible Business Alliance
Tel: +1 571 858 5721
Email: jbens@responsiblebusiness.org 

Ann Taylor and LOFT Launch 13th Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign for the Holiday Season

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:32pm

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ann Taylor and LOFT, part of ascena retail group, inc. collective of retail brands, announced their continued support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® through the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. For the 13th consecutive holiday season, associates and clients are invited to donate to help St. Jude provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue innovative research around childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Clients who shop in-store and online at Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Factory from November 13 through December 31 and at LOFT and LOFT Outlet from November 15 through December 31 are able to conveniently add a donation to St. Jude to their check-out purchase. Donations could help provide pediatric isolation masks, new toys for play areas and help provide meals for the families at St. Jude.

“Our ongoing partnership with St. Jude has been made possible by the dedication and generosity of our associates and clients,” said Gary Muto, Chief Executive Officer of ascena retail group, inc. “We are grateful to our communities for their contributions and support of St. Jude’s lifesaving mission.”

Ann Taylor and LOFT have been top partners for St. Jude since 2007 and have raised $50 million for the organization. In addition to fundraising campaigns throughout the year, LOFT continues to mark the brand’s dedication to supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude by sponsoring the St. Jude Garden grown by LOFT for the 2nd consecutive year this year. The garden helps provide locally grown produce for St. Jude patients and families.

“I give thanks this holiday season for the loyal support of Ann Taylor and LOFT as we kick off the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The caring and unwavering commitment of Ann Taylor’s and LOFT’s dedicated employees and generous customers to the children of St. Jude is instrumental in helping raise the necessary funds to ensure that families never pay St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food – because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

Donations help provide funding so that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments created at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

Fundraising efforts for St. Jude are part of ascena retail group’s goal to raise and contribute $250 million by 2025 in support of women and girls around the globe. This year Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey reached a milestone of $100 million raised in donations to charitable partners.

To learn more about how you can join Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet in supporting the Thanks and Giving® campaign, visit anntaylor.com, factory.anntaylor.com, LOFT.com and outlet.loft.com.

About ascena retail group, inc.
ascena retail group, inc. (Nasdaq: ASNA) is a national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Plus Fashion (Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique), and Value Fashion (Dressbarn) segments, and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. through its retail brands operates ecommerce websites and approximately 3,400 stores throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, factory.anntaylor.com, LOFT.com, outlet.loft.com, louandgrey.com, lanebryant.com, Catherines.com, Dressbarn.com, and shopjustice.com.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

Photos accompanying this announcement are available at

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BlackRock, JP Morgan, J&J on ESG Going Mainstream: Briefing

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:32pm

The economist Milton Friedman famously said that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”. Nearly 50 years since Friedman introduced his theory change is now afoot. ESG information on companies is being utilised as a guide to the movement of capital. ESG is becoming mainstream.

To help you understand the shift and what it means to you, we’ve just produced a 15-page management briefing on ESG going mainstream, with insights from the likes of; BlackRock, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley and the Governor of the Bank of England.

Click here to download your 15-page report

Key learnings include:

  • The changing expectations of business: Larry Fink, CEO, Blackrock

  • ESG as a guide to the movement of capital with State Street Global Advisors

  • Extreme weather spurring companies and investors to act: Governor of the Bank of England

  • Defining your transition and physical financial risks

  • Adapt or die: Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment


View your report now

Contact:
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Project Director
Ethical Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7188

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UPS Honored as One of America’s Most Just Companies by Forbes and Just Capital

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 6:28pm

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced it was named to Forbes and JUST Capital’s annual “JUST 100” list for the fourth consecutive year. The company was again recognized as the industry leader in the transportation sector. UPS also scored first in the transportation categories for community, customers and the environment.

“It is rewarding to see UPS being acknowledged by two well-respected entities for its leadership efforts in social responsibility,” said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, chief sustainability officer (CSO) and vice president of environmental affairs, UPS. “This prominent distinction demonstrates that UPS’s initiatives to mitigate its carbon footprint, develop sustainable customer solutions and give back to communities are making a measurable impact.”

The list ranks the largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S. on corporate citizenship and takes into account 29 Issues across five stakeholder dimensions including: how a company invests in its workers, treats its customers, supports its communities, reduces its environmental impact, and delivers value to its shareholders.The rankings look at the 1,000 largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S. and are based on a comprehensive survey conducted on public attitudes toward corporate behavior. The top 100 companies serve as examples of those setting the standard in just behavior for the business community.  

UPS remains committed to its sustainability goals and to supporting communities. In October, UPS announced the purchase of more than 6,000 new vehicles equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems. This investment in CNG supports UPS’s fleet sustainability efforts, will help reduce UPS’s carbon footprint and is expected to have a positive influence on national CNG market growth. The CNG fleet expansion is significant as CNG is used as a bridging fuel to renewable natural gas (RNG), thus providing additional capacity for expanding UPS’s use of RNG.

Earlier this year, UPS agreed to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of RNG over the next seven years, making the company the largest consumer of RNG in the transportation industry. Over the past decade, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations to help meet its target of reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 12% across its global ground operations by 2025. Additionally, UPS employees are working toward the goal of providing 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020, which further amplifies The UPS Foundation’s efforts to enhance the safety and resiliency of communities throughout the world.    

UPS has been honored with several other distinctions this year, including:

  • Recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the seventh consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 15th straight year

  • Chosen by CR Magazine as one of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for the tenth consecutive year

  • Named to Barron’s inaugural list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies

  • Achieved prestigious spot on CDP’s Climate Change “A” List for its corporate climate action efforts 

For the complete 2020 JUST 100 list, visit forbes.com/just100 and justcapital.com. For more information on UPS’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.ups.com/sustainability or the company’s annual Sustainability Report.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Fortune magazine’s Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its

corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. Learn more about our sustainability efforts at ups.com/sustainability. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter. To ship with UPS, visit ups.com/ship.

STEYR Konzept Tractor Powering the Future of Farming With a Hybrid Concept

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:28pm

Combining innovative technologies in a unique, sustainable and potentially zero emission package, STEYR, the premium short-liner agricultural brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE:CNHI / MI:CNHI), in partnership with sister powertrain brand FPT Industrial, has created the STEYR Konzept, which encapsulates a future vision for agricultural machinery.

This concept tractor, designed by CNH Industrial’s Design Center, is centered around a modular hybrid electric drive, comprising a highly efficient diesel engine, a generator and five electric motors, which are individually controlled. This innovative vehicle architecture offers a range of benefits, including enhanced operational flexibility and comfort.

Advanced STEYR Hybrid Technology

The STEYR Konzept’s electric motors are networked to ensure power is directed exactly where needed, and an e-torque boost, fed from a central battery, supplies additional energy when operating at peak power. This system results in highly efficient, electric continuously variable drive, with fewer moving parts – as the mechanical transmission and hydraulic components have been eliminated – to deliver optimal energy flow with reduced power losses. For even more efficient operation, energy can also be recovered and stored when travelling downhill. When required, the concept vehicle can easily be charged via a standard charging socket. Tractor hydraulics as well as the PTO (power take off, used for powering mounted implements) are electrically driven. Electrified implements can also be powered by either a high voltage (700V) or low voltage (48V) connector.

Four independent electric wheel hub motors are supplied with the precise amount of energy from the battery or generator according to their real-time requirements which delivers outstanding traction and precise steering.

Zero-emission operation

In pure electric mode, the STEYR Konzept enables zero-emission operation – in terms of both exhaust gas and noise, making it ideal for use in municipal environments as well as when working in proximity to livestock or in confined spaces on the farm.

Unsurpassed handling

The concept tractor’s superior handling comes courtesy of immediately available torque, which also ensures near-instantaneous vehicle response, perfect when working in variable conditions, such as when baling or conducting road transport. The use of wheel hub motors lowers the vehicle’s overall center of gravity, improving stability as well as maneuverability thanks to individual wheel torque deployment and four wheel steering. The operator environment is enhanced thanks to individual wheel suspension for a smoother ride, and large glazed windows with integrated cameras ensure better visibility and safety.

A mobile digital farm office

The STEYR Konzept features innovative precision farming technologies: a drone equipped with crop sensors flies ahead of the tractor during field work, transmitting real-time data back to the cab, meaning operating parameters can be modified based on actual field conditions.

A mobile, digital farm office empowers operators to undertake farm management directly from the cab thanks to an integrated display on the right-hand window. A head-up display on the windscreen projects all key vehicle parameters for instant viewing.

This study lays the foundations for the future of tractor design, thanks to a fresh look at the technical constraints through the three lenses of efficiency, sustainability and comfort.

GM Leads the Automotive Industry as One of America’s Most JUST Companies

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:28pm

Today, General Motors was named one of America’s Most JUST Companies for 2020 according to Forbes and JUST Capital. The list of America’s Most JUST Companies honors U.S. corporations like GM that outperform their peers in the Russell 1000 on the priorities of the American people. These priorities include fair pay, ethical leadership, good benefits, work-life balance, equal opportunity, customer treatment and privacy, community support, environmental impact and delivering shareholder return.

GM was ranked No. 1 among automobile and parts companies for the third year in a row and No. 18 overall. GM leads the industry in the Workers and Communities categories for creating a transparent and supportive workplace culture with open communication; creating and retaining quality jobs in the U.S. and local communities; fostering safe workplaces; and providing positive customer service.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies,” said Sharon Basel, senior manager of Sustainability for General Motors. “At GM, we see a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, a vision we believe does right by all our company’s stakeholders – our customers, our employees and future generations. Being featured in the JUST 100 demonstrates that every decision we make and action we take is helping realize this vision and in turn, is delivering all the benefits of personal mobility while driving long-term success.”

The JUST Capital Rankings evaluate the largest publicly traded U.S. companies through a comprehensive survey process on public attitudes toward corporate behavior. It engaged 9,000 American respondents in 2019 and 96,000 total participants over the past six years.

Additional areas where GM performed the highest and differentiated from the industry average include:

  • Acting ethically and with integrity at the leadership level.

  • Providing a diverse and inclusive workplace with equal opportunity and pay.

  • Contributing to the development of the communities where it operates.

“The JUST 100 companies demonstrate what good looks like in delivering value to all stakeholders – employees, customers, communities, as well as shareholders,” said Forbes Chief Content Officer Randall Lane. “These companies are leading the way in building long-term value.”

Compared to their Russell 1000 peers, companies in the JUST 100 on average:

  • Pay their median workers 31% more.

  • Employ 2.1 times as many workers in the U.S. 

  • Are 4 times more likely to have conducted gender pay equity analyses.

  • Are 2.5 times more likely to publish workforce demographics.

  • Give 8.4 times more to charity. 

  • Have a 6% higher return-on-equity. 

“America’s Most JUST Companies are measurably outperforming their peers on the key Issues Americans care about most: taking care of employees by paying a fair and living wage, providing good benefits, as well as equal opportunity and career development,” said Martin Whittaker, CEO of JUST Capital. “Creating value for shareholders and stakeholders is not a zero-sum game, with JUST companies earning 6% higher Return-on-Equity than their peers.”

All of America’s Most JUST Companies will be included in Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s JUST U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (Ticker: JUST) – the first ever exchange-traded fund based on just business behavior, constructed from JUST Capital’s annual rankings, which will rebalance in December 2019. 

About JUST Capital

JUST Capital, an independent, nonprofit organization, aligns business practices with the priorities of the American people to ensure capitalism works for all. Our research, rankings, indexes, and data-driven tools help people make more informed decisions about where to invest, work, and buy to direct capital toward companies advancing a more just future.

About Forbes Media

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. The company publishes Forbes and Forbes Asia magazines, as well as Forbes.com. The Forbes brand today reaches more than 117 million people worldwide with its business message each month through its magazines and 38 licensed local editions around the globe, Forbes.com, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile platforms. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, education, financial services and brand licensing.

About the Methodology

JUST Capital conducted its 2019 Survey, which included 9,000 respondents, in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago and YouGov. The survey work consists of both qualitative focus groups and quantitative surveys, as described in the Rankings methodology. JUST Capital then tracks and evaluates corporate performance against the people’s priorities across 380,000 data points and creates the ranking model that drives America’s Most JUST Companies, including the JUST 100 and Industry Leader lists. The selection of companies draws from the Russell 1000 Index, which represents over 90 percent of the U.S. stock market value.

General Motors is a global company committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the ChevroletBuickGMCCadillacHoldenBaojun, and Wuling and brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, and Maven, its personal mobility brand, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

CONTACT
Jennifer Korail +1 (313) 319-0584 jennifer.korail@gm.com GM Corporate News http://media.gm.com

CBRE Named to Forbes JUST 100 List

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:28pm

CBRE Group, Inc. announced that it has been named one of America’s Most JUST Companies for 2020, according to Forbes and JUST Capital. CBRE was the #1 real estate company on the list, which recognizes U.S. corporations that outperform their peers on issues related to employee relations, ethical practices, community support and shareholder performance.

“At CBRE, we are deeply committed to delivering exceptional outcomes to all of our stakeholders,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “We are proud that our efforts have made us the real estate sector leader on the Forbes JUST 100 list.”

The JUST Capital Rankings evaluate the 1,000 largest publicly traded U.S. companies on a range of factors, including fair pay, ethical leadership, employee benefits and work-life balance, equal opportunity, customer treatment and privacy, environmental impact, and delivering shareholder return.

Earlier this year, CBRE was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). CBRE was also ranked #15 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens and was recognized as one of Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies.

More information on CBRE’s corporate responsibility initiatives can be found at www.cbre.com/responsibility.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media Contact
Corey Mirman
Corporate Communications
corey.mirman@cbre.com
+1 212 9846542

New 2020 Jeep® Wrangler EcoDiesel: Ultimate Fuel Efficiency and Driving Range, With 442 lb.-ft. of Torque for Improved Performance

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:28pm

The most capable SUV ever will soon be available with the most fuel-efficient and highest torque-rated Wrangler engine ever with the introduction of the new 2020 Jeep® Wrangler EcoDiesel. The expected fuel economy ratings will deliver the highest driving range on one tank of fuel ever for Wrangler.

Wrangler four-door models will offer the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard. To handle greater torque loads, the EcoDiesel V-6 connects to a newly added TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and the on- and off-road rigors of Jeep Wrangler duty. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift points for fuel economy, performance and 4x4 capability.

“One of the most common questions consumers have asked us over the last few years has been, 'will you please offer a Jeep Wrangler diesel?’, and I’m pleased to answer that with a resounding, ‘Yes!'," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “I recently drove the new Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel on the Rubicon Trail and can unquestionably attest to its incredible off-road capability. Combining that unmatched off-road capability with the vehicle’s fun-to-drive on-road performance, best-ever Wrangler fuel economy and incredible driving range underwrite the fact that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for.”

All Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel models – Sport, Sahara and Rubicon – feature third-generation Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles. Additionally, all Wrangler EcoDiesel models feature a 3.73 axle ratio. Two transfer cases are offered: the Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio on Rubicon models and the Command-Trac part-time two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio on Sport and Sahara models. 

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019.

All-new EcoDiesel engine
The third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Wrangler customers.

Several significant changes contribute to the new EcoDiesel’s improved dynamic and fuel economy performance:

  • A new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry turbine (VGT) and low-friction bearing increases efficiency and responsiveness during transient conditions

  • Redesigned cylinder head intake ports with higher flow capability improve swirl and flow, increasing performance and fuel economy

  • The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system design has been updated to a dual loop (low and high pressure) system. The added low-pressure circulation system draws gases after the diesel particulate filter, thus minimizing turbocharger energy losses, which increases fuel economy

  • The compression ratio has been optimized to 16.0:1 from 16.5:1 to improve fuel economy and reduce engine noise

  • High-pressure (29,000 psi/2,000 bar) direct-injection fuel injector nozzles were redesigned to match the newly designed and optimized combustion chamber, reducing fuel consumption

  • Lightweight aluminum alloy pistons were completely redesigned to include thinner rings and low-friction diamond-like carbon coating on the pin and compression piston ring to reduce parasitic losses

  • NVH has been improved by offsetting the piston pin 0.3 millimeters from the centerline

  • The lower portion of the two-piece oil sump uses a lightweight sandwiched polymer/metal material, which further reduces NVH

  • The dual vacuum pump system uses electric and a new mechanical low-friction pump with new blades that improve overall system efficiency

These upgrades build on the EcoDiesel V-6 engine’s previous success, the attributes and performance of which made it a winner of "Wards 10 Best Engines" for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016).

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 uses dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) with four valves per cylinder and a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks. The block is cast with compacted graphite iron, which provides strength to dampen vibrations, but weighs less than gray cast iron. A compacted graphite iron bedplate adds rigidity to the block.
 
The EcoDiesel V-6 engine uses a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods for strength and durability. The aluminum alloy pistons are cooled on the underside via oil jets. Heat-treated aluminum cylinder heads use individual bearing caps to reduce friction and minimize NVH. The chain-driven overhead camshafts employ roller-finger followers.

The diesel engine’s turbo Charge Air Cooler (CAC) is located at the base of the grille, in front of the radiator, to maximize cooler temperatures. The CAC uses the same mounting position as in the four-cylinder gasoline turbo engine, helping to reduce complexity. 

A new 5.1-gallon diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank is located immediately behind the fuel tank with refill location next to the diesel fuel filler. DEF refills align with oil changes lasting up to 10,000 miles. Levels are monitored via a new DEF gauge in the front cluster. 

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine is produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy.
 
About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left- and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 
About FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a global automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of exciting brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells parts and services under the Mopar name and operates in the components and production systems sectors under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs nearly 200,000 people around the globe. For more information regarding FCA, please visit www.fcagroup.com.   

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SunTrust Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington to Establish Makerspace

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:28pm

The SunTrust Foundation today announced it has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) for a state-of-the-art makerspace in what is North Carolina’s only single-gender public charter school. With tools, equipment and trained faculty, GLOW Academy’s SunTrust Foundation Makerspace combines a 21st-century science lab, woodshop, computer lab and art room in a vibrant creative area where students in grades six through 12 are given the tools and guidance to investigate, experiment, create and invent. The SunTrust Foundation Makerspace is on GLOW Academy’s new 31-acre campus that is dedicated to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income families. The school opened in August 2016 with its inaugural class of 100 sixth graders and will reach full enrollment of 725 students in the 2022/23 academic year.  

“We are dedicated to helping GLOW students break through gender barriers,” said Todd Godbey, CEO of GLOW Academy. “The SunTrust Foundation Makerspace will ensure that our graduates have the skills to better compete and succeed in the modern business world or create businesses of their own.” The SunTrust Foundation grant will fund workspace modules; safety equipment; mechanical and power tools; materials and equipment for woodworking, metalworking and textile projects; a 3D printer, laser cutter and robotic workstations; faculty training; staffing and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum.  

“We are delighted to establish this learning environment for Wilmington’s GLOW Academy,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “We believe the SunTrust Foundation Makerspace will have a direct and valuable impact on young women as they explore their creativity in STEAM fields.”

Studies show that inquiry-based instruction increases long-term retention of content and helps students perform as well as or better than traditional learners in high-stakes tests. Educators also see advancements in problem-solving and collaboration skills and improvements in students' attitudes toward learning.   

“GLOW Academy is an outstanding institution,” said Sandra Spiers, Wilmington city president for SunTrust Bank. “We’re committed to improving the well-being of others in our communities, and this partnership will help position GLOW students for a more financially confident future as they gain a holistic education to prepare them for demanding careers.” 

About GLOW Academy
The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington is North Carolina's only single gender public charter school. With a focus on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps among low income families, the 6th thru 12th grade school is part of a nationwide network of 19 groundbreaking and successful single-gender schools. This Young Women’s Leadership Network is guided by a proven educational model focused on academic rigor, personal responsibility, leadership and college preparedness. At GLOW Academy, she will: graduate, go to college and succeed in life. For more information about GLOW Academy and the grand opening celebration for its new campus, visit www.glowacademy.net.  

About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $180 million throughout the United States.

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