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NO DOGS LEFT BEHIND APPLAUDS CONGRESS FOR ITS BIPARTISAN CALL TO REEVALUATE THE CDC’S DOG IMPORTATION BAN

No Dogs Left Behind

No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB), an international non-profit that rescues dogs from the illegal dog meat trade, commends a major accomplishment in the effort to overturn the recent rule imposed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that imposed a blanket ban on the importation of dogs from 113 countries. In a letter sent to the Director of the CDC, 57 bipartisan Members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed concern about the blanket ban that the CDC imposed on dogs coming from these countries. The Congressional letter to the Director of the CDC specifically addresses dogs rescued from China, stating: The CDC’s ban prevents thousands of dogs from 113 countries from being rescued and adopted into loving and safe homes. China is a country that fails to enforce laws against the consumption of dog meat and does little to halt particularly inhumane means of killing dogs at annual Yulin “dog meat” festivals. This dog abuse is one that has stirred many American humanitarians to work with charities that rescue. According to [the CDC], not a single dog originating from the People’s Republic of China, and imported into the U.S., has been diagnosed with rabies in the past decade. The letter further states that the signing Members of Congress believe that dogs destined for American adoption can be safely imported by requiring confirmation of rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin, followed by rabies serology testing. Additionally, Congress believes that: the CDC can and should establish a process that allows adoptions to resume. This process might include a country-by-country risk-based analysis, proof of rabies vaccination, pre-departure rabies serology testing, and development of a secure and fraud-resistant “pet passport." NDLB saves dogs trapped in the illegal dog meat trafficking trade in East Asia. “We provide refuge in our sanctuaries in East Asia to over 500 dogs, each one individually saved from horrific conditions and destined for the most barbaric and torturous form of slaughter,” says Jeffrey Beri, Founder and President of NDLB. Of these 500 dogs, 120 have adopters waiting for them in the United States but are currently stuck in East Asia because of the CDC’s ban. “The CDC ban directly impacts the work we do”, notes Beri. “If we cannot transport our dogs to their adopters in the United States, we cannot continue to save lives. The CDC is charged with following the science, and the science simply does not support a blanket prohibition on importing dogs from all of these countries.” “We have been working with members of Congress, as well as other animal welfare organizations, groups and advocates, to address this ban since it was first announced,” says Jackie Finnegan, VP of NDLB and CEO of USA Operations. “We applaud the Members who signed on to this letter. Today is the culmination of everyone working together to help these innocent animals.” This letter follows both the recently passed House appropriations amendment to provide the CDC with $3 million towards screening dogs for entry into the United States, and the introduction of the Healthy Dog Importation Act. These actions, taken together, show that Congress believes there is a more narrowly tailored solution for the CDC to respond to any legitimate concern about canine rabies than a wholesale ban on the importation of dogs around the world. “There isn’t a more important time than now for all international animal rescues to stick together as we all fight in this mutual cause to help these dogs,” say Beri. “This is but one part in our fight for the enforcement of global animal welfare laws.” About No Dogs Left Behind: No Dogs Left Behind operates boots on ground in East Asia, fighting on the frontlines to rescue dogs from the illegal dog meat trafficking trade. We work hands-on with local activists through emergency response, pulling dogs directly from slaughterhouses, dog meat trucks, wet markets and traffickers. Our mission extends beyond borders, advocating for the creation and enforcement of animal welfare laws and raising awareness for a cruelty-free, sustainable world in which no animal is violated, exploited, tortured or slaughtered for commercial goods or profit. With nearly 500 survivors in our care, No Dogs Left Behind operates sanctuaries in Dayi and Gongyi, China. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest. Contact Details Sherry Chen +1 855-665-0888 sherry@nodogsleftbehind.com Company Website http://www.nodogsleftbehind.com

September 27, 2021 09:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fix-It Mortgage Embraces New CHOICEReno eXPress

Advisors Mortgage Group

With the severe shortage of inventory and the dramatic increase in sales prices in the housing market, Fix-It Mortgage by Advisors Mortgage Group has a solution for buyers. The new CHOICEReno eXPress Mortgage recently announced by Freddie Mac is a great addition to the renovation lending products that are available in the market today. This innovative product streamlines the financing solution for buyers interested in financing smaller scale renovations as they purchase a new home. Buyers who have been disappointed and have not found that affordable home they have been dreaming of can look for more affordable opportunities that may need a new roof, a paint job or even an updated kitchen; and they don’t have to worry about where the money for improvements will come from. The right renovation loan with the right plan to improve can make all the difference. Realtors working with potential sellers that are challenged with the work and expense of updating their home to prepare for staging have an option to capture the listing. “Realtors can explain the benefits of selling as is and leave the work to the buyer. With the right financing solution and the right plan in place, a listing agent’s best advice at the point of sale to the seller could be to let buyers make your home their home,” explains Jim Ragan, FIX-IT Mortgage’s Renovation Department Manager. Freddie Mac’s announcement of CHOICEReno eXPress strengthens the government agency’s commitment to renovation lending. That level of commitment will help lenders create more affordable financing solutions. Buyers will find more affordable homeownership opportunities in older homes. This new product added to Freddie Mac CHOICERenovation, Fannie Mae HomeStyle and the FHA 203(k) creates an opportunity for lenders to help any qualified buyer buy any home in any condition and make good homes great again. Contact FIX-IT MORTGAGE by Advisors Mortgage Group at 833-US-FIX-IT or Fix-It@advisorsmortgage.com for a customized pre-approval with a plan to improve. About Advisors Mortgage Group Advisors Mortgage Group is a multi-state mortgage banker with more than thirty branch locations across the country. Focusing on residential lending, Advisors prides itself on maintaining a local and personal feel to help each and every customer feel the comfort and protection that their home financing needs are in the right hands. Advisors has been on the Best Places to Work in NJ list for the past nine years, making sure that all employees feel like Family, while also maintaining the customer service standards that the company was built on. The mission statement at Advisors is that we take care of our family, who help us take care of our Customers, which allows us to give back to our Community. NMLS #33041 Contact Details Sean Clark +1 800-778-9044 Advisors@AdvisorsMortgage.com Company Website https://advisorsmortgage.com/

September 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Advisors Mortgage Group Attracts Top Industry Talent

Advisors Mortgage Group

Advisors Mortgage Group, based in Ocean Township, NJ announced that Brad Capinjola has joined their Business Development team. The mortgage company, who is about to celebrate their 22nd anniversary, has been experiencing unprecedented growth in the past three years. Capinjola brings to Advisors his seven plus years experience as Senior Account Executive at MBS Highway, which is an industry leading platform where mortgage executives obtain market information and tools which help educate their customers. Since Advisors subscribes to this platform, Capinjola’s vast experience is paramount to the training of loan officers so that they can take full advantage of all MBS Highway has to offer. “MBS Highway is a valuable tool that is offered to the loan officers here, so having Brad on board who is so well-versed in the platform is going to elevate our team to the next level,” commented Jon Iacono, National Recruiting Manager at Advisors Mortgage Group. Capinjola is a native of New Jersey and also a professional guitarist who is a member of two local rock bands that play live shows in the central Jersey area. “I am excited to be part of a growing company who offers such a high level of support and training to their employees. I also really appreciate the culture here where everyone is treated like family,” attests Capinjola. Advisors’ mission statement is: We Take Care of our Family, Who Take Care of our Customers, Which Allows Us to Give Back to the Community. This family centric approach to the workplace not only makes this a great place to work, but also opens the lines of communication which increases workflow efficiency. With branches in 32 states across the country, Advisors Mortgage Group continues to expand with new offices opening throughout the year. The mortgage company has sustained continuous growth over the past ten years with expansion down to Florida, up to Vermont and out west to Indiana. According to metrics provided by Marketrac®, Advisors is now the largest purchase lender on the Jersey Shore. In 2021 they brought on other top industry talent with the goal of advancing their technology and completely updating their CRM with automation tailored to their individual loan officer’s needs making communication more streamlined. The development of Advisors mobile app is also on the horizon with a launch before year’s end. The mortgage company made the INC.5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list in 2021. This was the 10th time they made this list since 2009. Advisors was also named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ magazine for the 9th year in a row. If you are interested in joining the Advisors Family, please contact Jon Iacono at jiacono@advisorsmortgage.com. About Advisors Mortgage Group Advisors Mortgage Group is a multi-state mortgage banker with more than thirty branch locations across the country. Focusing on residential lending, Advisors prides itself on maintaining a local and personal feel to help each and every customer feel the comfort and protection that their home financing needs are in the right hands. Advisors has been on the Best Places to Work in NJ list for the past nyears, making sure that all employees feel like Family, while also maintaining the customer service standards that the company was built on. The mission statement at Advisors is that we take care of our family, who help us take care of our Customers, which allows us to give back to our Community. Contact Details Sean Clark +1 800-778-9044 Advisors@AdvisorsMortgage.com Company Website https://advisorsmortgage.com/

September 27, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Latina Girl Empowerment Nonprofit is On Trend with the “Year of the Entrepreneur”

Latinitas

Experiencing increasing conflicts from managing work, family, and the overwhelming economic and health impact of COVID-19, 863,000 women dropped out of the workforce in September 2020, compared to 168,000 men but at the same time, applications for starting a business jumped by a 95% increase (Forbes). It is clearly the “Year of the Entrepreneur,” the year of turning your side hustle into a full-time gig. For 10+ years Austin-based nonprofit Latinitas has been cultivating this same spirit with young, emerging entrepreneurs ages 9-14 with the city’s largest gathering of girls/girl-identifying and binary students of color creating a business together: Latinitas Startup Chica Conference happening, virtually on Oct. 23, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Any girl/girl-identifying or non-binary student (9-14) from anywhere are welcome to this one-day virtual experience. This iteration of Latinitas Startup Chica Conference (it’s 12th!) walks students through the process of starting a business from concept to pitch with the help of a culturally reflective and relevant curriculum, mentors, and coaches from all aspects of business development. The U.S Latino population accounted for nearly 80% of all new businesses created in the last decade. (2020 Census). The Startup Chica Conference provides a space to empower young entrepreneurs in their goal of creating a business in any sector. This year’s keynote is Amanda Zamora, journalist and founder of The 19th, an independent, nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender politics and policy. Co-founder and publisher, she spent nearly two decades as a digital editor, product manager, and audience strategist at newsrooms including the Texas Tribune, ProPublica, and The Washington Post. At a time when newsroom budgets across the United States are shrinking, The 19th is investing in journalism that empowers women, women of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Austin’s only bilingual STEAM nonprofit since 2002, Latinitas has been working with young girls/girl-identifying and non-binary students of color to combat stereotypes in media and technology not only based on gender, but also in culture. Event sponsors, all focused on building female leadership in their companies, including eBay, the Barbie Dream Gap Project, Applied Materials’ Generation Girl campaign, and the Atlassian Foundation. “Austin’s youth are natural entrepreneurs, youth of color maybe even more so. Many students who come to Latinitas Startup Chica Conferences are 1st generation Austinites or grew up watching their parents navigate less traditional pathways towards business ownership due to bias and racism. They are also motivated heavily by social change so their businesses are built to be sustainable but also speak to addressing the most important issues of the day.” explains Latinitas Laura Donnelly, CEO, and Founder. OPEN TO ALL GIRLS/GIRL IDENTIFYING AND NON-BINARY STUDENTS AGES 9-14: Register to attend or volunteer at www.startupchica.com. Available for interview: Latinitas Program Director Liliana Cortez Latinitas Program Coordinator Beatriz Castillo Conference attendees Amanda Zamora, Founder, The 19th About Latinitas Austin’s only bilingual STEAM education nonprofit for 20 years, Latinitas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been empowering all girls to innovate through media and technology by providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services not only based in gender but also culture. Latinitas serves 2000 girls, teens, and their families annually in Central Texas and 100s more with virtual programs covering 25+ states and other countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, and Costa Rica. Exclusively in underfunded communities, Latinitas has partnered widely and strategically in 150+ schools, libraries, community centers, and public housing sites providing hundreds of thousands of free STEAM education to many facing the most challenges to education, economic, and tech access. Contact Details Laura Donnelly laura@latinitasonline.org Company Website https://latinitasonline.org/

September 27, 2021 04:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Drop by Drop Grant Recipients Promote Environmental Conservation

Las Vegas Sands

Sands actively supports environmental conservation as part of our commitment to ensuring the long-term environmental health of our regions as sustainable tourism destinations. We do so by practicing responsible development and reducing the impact on our planet. Sharing that commitment with our long-term partner  Clean the World, together, we developed the  Drop by Drop  program in 2020 and have since awarded grants promoting environmental conservation to organizations in the regions we operate:  Get Outdoors Nevada,  Seven Clean Seas  (Singapore),  The University of Saint Joseph Macao, and the newest recipient,  Conservation International Singapore. Conservation International Singapore, our newest recipient, is expanding on its Environmental Education Program virtual learning resource aimed at youth of all ages. “Singapore’s next generation, and youth all around the world, must be geared up for the battle against the climate crisis,” said Sze Zen Wong, Partnerships Manager of Conservation International Singapore, that launched a  5-part virtual learning series  focused on climate change in April of this year. Since 2017, Conservation International Singapore’s Environmental Education Program has reached over 55 schools (47 local and 8 international) and 50,000 students on environmental conservation topics of climate change, mangrove conservation, ocean conservation, deforestation, and plastics. Drawing from their cutting-edge global research and fieldwork, Conservation International’s science-based and interactive Environmental Education school program was created to complement the local education curricula and enhance the learning experience by highlighting the need for environmental conservation and action in an urban environment. With their  Drop by Drop  funding, the organization is developing a new series of virtual learning resources on ocean conservation–building awareness on the importance of safeguarding the planet’s ocean and the link between conservation and the wellbeing of people. “Our innovative approach using compelling storytelling focused on ocean conservation will support educators and students, especially in times of home-based learning, inspiring a sense of pride in our marine ecosystems and empowering them to protect the ocean,” said Wong. In 2020, the first iteration of  Drop by Drop  grant recipients was selected, each of which pursued innovative, impactful water conservation projects throughout the year: Seven Clean Seas, Get Outdoors Nevada and University of Saint Joseph Macao. Seven Clean Seas: Seven Clean Seas is a social enterprise based in Singapore committed to reducing plastic pollution. With their Drop by Drop investment, the group aimed to design and develop a floating river plastic collection system to prevent plastic ocean pollution at the source. In 2020, they completed the system’s design and unveiled it to more than 7,000 Team Members at Marina Bay Sands during a virtual ceremony. Get Outdoors Nevada: Get Outdoors Nevada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to the state’s diverse outdoors. Through Drop by Drop, Get Outdoors Nevada is developing a series or teacher training and professional development opportunities focused on water resources, designed to equip teachers with the resources to educate their students about wetlands, watersheds and water conservation, a program which has been ongoing since the first half of 2021. The University of Saint Joseph Macao: “The Institute of Science and Environment at USJ is committed to addressing environmental challenges through scientific research and community outreach,” according to Professor Karen Tagulao, Principal Investigator, Institute of Science and Environment at University of Saint Joseph Macao. Their Drop by Drop-supported work involves studying the ecosystem service benefits provided by mangrove forests to the highly urbanized territory of Macao Special Administrative Regions (SAR). In 2020, the institute conducted field and lab experiments to measure how well those system remove water pollutants, and shared their work via public exhibition, lectures and workshops. “With Sands’ support through the Drop by Drop Project, we’re making great strides in investigating how wetlands, especially mangroves, can be utilized as a nature-based solution for climate change adaptation and mitigation for vulnerable coastal cities like Macao,” Professor Tagulao said. For more information on the program, visit The  Drop by Drop  Project Website. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Las Vegas Sands on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 03:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Analysis Shows That Stronger Federal Fuel Economy Standards Have Major Benefits for the U.S. Auto Industry As More Investors and Companies Call for Stronger Rules

Ceres

September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Strong federal fuel economy standards carry critical benefits for the long-term economic health of the U.S. auto industry, according to a new policy brief published today by the sustainability nonprofit Ceres. The findings, produced by independent automotive industry analysts, compared the weakest and strongest fuel economy standards currently under consideration by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It found that the strongest proposed standards would provide all automakers operating in the U.S., including the Detroit Three — Ford, GM, and Stellantis — with a cost-effective insurance policy against future fuel price shocks and would make them more globally competitive as electric vehicle adoption accelerates worldwide. Stronger standards were found to particularly benefit suppliers, who collectively employ 3.5 times more Americans than automakers do — regardless of whether gas prices rise or fall. “Federal regulators need to adopt strong standards if they hope to meet climate goals and ensure a strong and competitive U.S. auto industry,” said Carol Lee Rawn, senior director of transportation at Ceres. “We cannot afford to delay in setting strong emissions standards when our ability to meet climate goals, and the future strength of the U.S. auto industry, are at stake.” Its findings show that under the proposed standards: Suppliers will earn up to $1.61 billion more in pretax profits when fuel prices are high. As suppliers account for about 78% of auto industry jobs and are less geographically concentrated than automakers, the strongest proposal would bring benefits to the industry on a national basis.. Automakers will earn approximately $1.39 billion more in pretax profits than under the weakest standards proposed by NHTSA, assuming high fuel prices during the regulatory period. U.S. automakers will be more globally competitive and will be insulated against any future fuel price shocks. Automakers will use more clean vehicle technologies, helping put the industry on a glide path to meet President Biden’s goal of 50% zero-emission vehicle sales and a 60% reduction in fleet average emissions by 2030. Greater electric vehicle production will create strong incentives to build a domestic electric vehicle supply chain that can operate at higher volumes, helping to keep jobs in the U.S. as the global industry transitions to advanced technologies. The brief was released as the public comment period closed for proposed vehicle regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a trio of comment letters submitted today to the EPA, two powerful corporate networks, which together represent more than 80 companies with a combined $1.3 trillion in annual revenue, and a group of investors representing $2.72 trillion in assets under management, also cited the benefits of strong regulations. The letters called for the adoption of the strongest proposed standards, and urged the EPA to set standards aligned with the U.S. climate goals of ensuring a 60% overall reduction in emissions by 2030 and 100% electric vehicle sales by 2035 at the latest. “Strong emissions and fuel economy standards are not only necessary to meet U.S. climate goals, they will also help enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry,” said Julie Gorte, senior vice president of sustainable investing at IMPAX Asset Management, one of the signatories to the investor letter. “Analysis by Ceres shows that auto suppliers particularly stand to benefit under strong vehicle standards, and that the Detroit Three will remain profitable under the most stringent proposed standards. Climate change poses both physical and financial risks, and we cannot pass up this opportunity to protect our investments and our world.” “We share a common goal of electrifying our fleets and networks as well as reducing our transportation carbon footprint, and we recognize that strong policies will be necessary to effect this critical transition,” read the letter released on behalf of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance. The network represents companies with more than $1 trillion in annual revenue that collectively own, operate, or lease more than 1.3 million on-road vehicles in the U.S. alone. “In order for our member companies to meet their own climate goals and commitments, strong policy is needed to ensure sectoral change, and ensure the availability of clean vehicles across the U.S., as well as drive the necessary shift to electrification,” reads the letter released on behalf of the Ceres BICEP Network. The network, whose members advocate for meaningful climate policies, includes 75 companies, which together represent more than 1.5 million employees. The letters also cited a range of the economic and environmental benefits under stronger vehicle standards, including operational cost savings, business and consumer protection from fuel price volatility, enhanced competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry, improved air quality, and reduced carbon emissions. About Ceres Ceres is a nonprofit organization working with the most influential capital market leaders to solve the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. Through our powerful networks and global collaborations of investors, companies and nonprofits, we drive action and inspire equitable market-based and policy solutions throughout the economy to build a just and sustainable future. For more information, visit ceres.org and follow @CeresNews. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ceres on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 03:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Black & Veatch Management Consulting Chosen to Help Drive SCG International's Electric Vehicle Transition in Thailand

Black & Veatch

OVERLAND PARK, Kan, September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ – A global leader in decarbonization solutions and zero-emission transportation infrastructure, Black & Veatch announces its selection as technical expert in SCG International Corp. Co.’s effort to electrify its transportation fleets. More broadly, the project seeks to be a blueprint for sweeping EV adoption and infrastructure throughout Thailand and other markets that SCG serves. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to SCG International to study to the best path for accelerating EV adoption at hundreds of sites across SCG’s portfolio of business, including cement. Black & Veatch will be a critical partner on the project, providing a strategic roadmap for SCG’s decarbonization of its transportation fleet. The grant also will cover designing pilot projects at three identified sites for SCG International to test the viability of electrifying its substantial fleet of logistics vehicles, as well as its ready-mix concrete trucks. The grant also will explore establishing infrastructure for EV taxis in Bangkok. “Having helped several others make the transformative transition of their fleets to electrified vehicles, Black & Veatch embraces the opportunity to provide SCG International with our executable EV expertise, helping them do the same as they pursue their forward-looking decarbonization quest,” said Deepa Poduval, Black & Veatch’s Global Strategic Advisory practice lead. “This USTDA-funded effort to help carve one company’s path to zero-emission transportation holds the greater promise of eventually becoming the broader blueprint for EV adoption and related charging infrastructure throughout Thailand and its neighboring countries, improving lives and health within the region,” Poduval added. Abhijit Datta, SCG International’s managing director, said that company is fully committed to advancing SCG Group's decarbonization objectives, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving net-zero transition by 2050. “I would like to express our sincere gratitude to USTDA as well as Black & Veatch for their support, guidance and efforts that have made this project possible,” he said. “We look forward to our strong future collaboration.” The project advances the goals of USTDA’s “ Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure,” which connects U.S. industry to major clean energy and transportation infrastructure projects in emerging markets. About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global 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 around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2020 exceeded US$3.0 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media. About U.S. Trade and Development Agency The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Black & Veatch on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 03:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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FedEx and Red Cross Join to Increase Support for Patients with Sickle Cell

FedEx Corporation

For as long as she can remember, Jalen Matthews has received regular blood transfusions to treat sickle cell disease—an inherited condition that limits her red blood cells from carrying enough oxygen throughout her body. Though the 24-year-old was diagnosed with the disease at birth, it was not until she suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot at age 11 that blood transfusions became a lifeline to managing her symptoms. Without treatment, the stiff, crescent-shaped red blood cells of patients with sickle cell disease can get stuck in blood vessels and cause painful complications, including organ damage and stroke. Because the disease has no cure, Matthews is diligent with her transfusions, relying on the healthy red blood cells she receives every seven weeks to ensure her blood flows freely. But when the pandemic hit, Matthews—and many patients with sickle cell like her—faced the threat of missing treatment for the very first time. According to the Red Cross, the organization has faced ongoing challenges in maintaining a stable blood supply since March 2020, which has led to periodic shortages. Now, amid growing concerns of the Delta variant’s spread, the organization could face further challenges in collecting inventory of lifesaving blood as nationwide demand continues to mount. “My doctor called and said that there was a national blood shortage and that I wouldn’t be able to get my next transfusion,” Matthews said. “At first, I was nervous and scared because I’d never missed a transfusion. I had been managing the disease pretty well, but that was with the transfusions, so I couldn’t imagine what I would have to go through without them.” In this video you will meet Robin who, like Jalen, suffers from Sickle Cell Disease. You will also learn more about how FedEx and the American Red Cross are teaming up to support patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Addressing a shortage that disproportionately affects communities of color The rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant and an active hurricane season could further impact the Red Cross’s ability to collect donations in the weeks and months to come, which for sickle cell patients exacerbates the already difficult task of identifying close blood type matches between donor and recipient—an essential element of reducing complications from transfusion therapy. To complicate things further, sickle cell disease more commonly exists in individuals of African descent, and those who receive frequent transfusions rely on donations from individuals of the same race or a similar ethnicity. While Black Americans make up approximately 13% of the U.S. population, they comprise less than 4% of the Red Cross’s current blood donor base – a number the Red Cross is working to increase to help the  country’s one out of every 365 Black patients  born with the disease experience improved health outcomes. High COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalization and death rates 1  within Black communities, and a well-founded history of distrust many feel toward medical establishment 23, however, have only worsened the existing barriers keeping Black individuals from donating blood. Additionally, drives at educational institutions and businesses, where most donors give, have increasingly been cancelled.  Partnering together to increase support for sickle cell patients Understanding the great need of sickle cell patients, the Red Cross launched a national public sickle cell initiative in partnership with national and local community organizations, and corporate sponsors like FedEx. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of Black donors and support the health of local communities across the U.S.—a goal its longtime collaborator FedEx felt compelled and equipped to support. While FedEx has supported the Red Cross over the last 20 years through disaster relief efforts and blood donation distributions, the company stepped in to assist this particular initiative through its  FedEx Cares 50 by 50  campaign by providing additional services to transport blood donations while increasing its monetary donations. Together, these contributions have totaled more than $1 million in support since 2019, while directly helping many individuals suffering from sickle cell disease across the U.S. Margo Westcott, a FedEx Express courier based in Henrietta, N.Y., is a local expression of this support. She visits the area’s Red Cross facility regularly as a last stop on her route, picking up anywhere from five to 30 boxes of blood donations a day. She works quickly yet carefully to deliver them to the FedEx distribution center knowing that blood has a short shelf life. “I think FedEx is a great partner for the American Red Cross because of how quickly and efficiently we work in getting these packages to their designated areas,” said Westcott, who is a blood donor herself. “We take pride in being part of that dispersal of blood because we know how important it is to for people to get that resource.” Once the packages leave Westcott’s hands, FedEx uses its Priority Overnight service to ensure donations arrive safely at healthcare centers around the world. The company’s efforts do not go unnoticed by patients like Matthews who recognize that the hard work and dedication of teams at FedEx and the Red Cross have helped them live life fully. After a week of uncertainty, blood did become available for Matthews the day before her appointment, but she knows not all patients have been as fortunate throughout the pandemic. “We’ve already gone through such scary times as it is, so I don’t want anybody else to have to go through that stress of wondering if they can get treatment, because that treatment could be the one thing that saves their lives,” she said. Matthews, who recently earned a master’s degree in exercise science, accepted a position at the American Red Cross as a Call Center Caseworker this summer. In this role she continues to encourage others to get involved in donating blood: “I’m grateful to share my story because that’s what I’m passionate about— continuing to advocate for blood donations.” To learn how you can help save lives by donating blood, visit  www.redcross.org.   1  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Disparities in COVID-19-Associated Hospitalizations  (September 2021) 2  Commonwealth Fund:  Understanding and Ameliorating Medical Mistrust Among Black Americans  (January 2021) 3  The New England Journal of Medicine: Beyond Tuskegee –  Vaccine Distrust and Everyday Racism  (January 2021) View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from FedEx Corporation on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 02:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Dow Leaders Recognized on 2021 HERoes Women Role Model Lists

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MIDLAND, Mich., September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ -- Dow (NYSE: DOW) recently announced that four leaders earned recognition on three  2021 HERoes Women Role Model lists, which are supported by Yahoo Finance and showcase leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace. Honorees have achieved success in their own careers and have actively used their platform to create a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women. Dow leaders named to the 2021 HERoes Women Role Model lists include: HERoes 100 Women Executives List Jane Palmieri,  President, Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure; Asia Pacific Oversight Executive Sponsor, Dow's Veterans Network HERoes Advocates Executives List, #9 Howard Ungerleider,  President and Chief Financial Officer Executive Sponsor, Dow's Women's Inclusion Network HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders List, #15 Margherita Fontana,  EMEAI Purchasing Director Global Leader, Dow's Women's Inclusion Network, EMEAI HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders List Eunice Heath,  Corporate Director, Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability Site Sponsor, Dow's Global African Affinity Network, Delaware Valley On being named to the Women Executives list, Palmieri said, "I'm honored to receive this recognition as a HERoes top woman executive. I have the privilege to be a leader for a company where advancing inclusion, diversity and equity is a priority, but that is not the case in every workplace or organization. We must continue to advocate for representation of women at all levels of leadership to create more equitable systems and cultures that include all." Dow's comprehensive global inclusion, diversity and equity strategy is integrated into the Company's overall business strategy. Across the Company, employees are helping to champion a culture of inclusion by acting as catalysts for advancing business success, enhancing employee engagement and activating communities for impact. A focus of this strategy is improving the representation of underrepresented populations, including women globally and ethnic minorities in the U.S. at Dow. "Allyship is both an intentional action and a critical need," said Ungerleider. "We need more men advocating for women both inside and outside of the workplace. I am honored to receive this recognition alongside incredibly talented colleagues." Visit Dow's website for additional information on the Company's commitment to inclusion and diversity and to explore  Dow's 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance report "INtersections." About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit  www.dow.com  or follow  @DowNewsroom  on Twitter. For further information, please contact: Kyle Bandlow  +1.989.638.2417 kbandlow@dow.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DowNewsroom Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dow/ LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/dow-chemical Instagram:  http://instagram.com/dow_official View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from DOW on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 02:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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