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Dow Publishes Comprehensive “INtersections” ESG Report, Providing Enhanced Transparency on ESG Priorities and Progress

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Dow Inc. (NYSE: DOW) today released “INtersections,” its first consolidated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report highlighting the Company’s significant progress to fully integrate environmental stewardship and positive social impact throughout its operations, teams, supply chain and communities. Dow’s 2020 ESG Report builds on its annual Sustainability Reports, which Dow has published since 2003, and its annual Inclusion and Diversity Reports, Shine, which Dow has published since 2018. Dow’s INtersections report details how the company is delivering on its ambition and commitments to change the world for the better. Specific areas of focus include actions to reduce its carbon footprint, foster a circular economy for plastics, support its communities, and accelerate an equitable workforce. Additionally, the INtersections report highlights Dow’s best-in-class corporate governance practices that drive accountability and protect the long-term interest of its stakeholders. “The events of 2020 affirmed the important and positive role Team Dow plays in the lives of our many stakeholders,” said Jim Fitterling, chairman and CEO of Dow. “We take that role seriously, and with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners, we made impressive gains toward our ESG priorities. The launch of this year’s consolidated ESG report reiterates our commitment to set bold goals, measure our progress, and increase the transparency of our performance.” This comprehensive report applies ESG management and reporting principles to Dow’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy, building on the Company’s long-standing commitment to environment, health and safety, inclusion and diversity, community engagement and corporate governance. Key highlights in the 2020 ESG Report include: Environmental Performance: Inroads for Sustainable Development Valuing Nature: Realized $100 million in business value from nature-related projects that are both good for the environment and for business, for a total of $530 million since inception. This marks the midpoint of Dow’s $1 billion target by 2025. Close the Loop: Tripled sales of products made with renewable raw materials. Today, 81 percent of Dow products for packaging applications are reusable or recyclable. Dow also introduced its first post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin for shrink film. Scaling E-Cracker Technology: Working to develop an electrified cracking technology powered by clean energy in partnership with Shell, a breakthrough for dramatically reducing emissions across the industry. Inclusion & Diversity: Intention, Action and Sustainable Progress Dow ACTs: Dow launched a holistic framework and commitment for improving Advocacy, Community engagement, and the Talent pipeline (ACT) and pledged to invest more than $10 million over the next five years to address systematic racism and social inequality. Investing Internally: Despite the challenges of 2020, Dow achieved its highest-ever overall employee satisfaction level of 74 percent. Engaging Employees for Impact: Today, 98 percent of Dow’s people leaders participate in Employee Resource Groups (ERG), with 2,000 new participants in the past year, reaching best-in-class participation company-wide. Through its ALL IN ERG Fund, Dow distributed $250,000 to impactful community projects around the globe. Supplier Diversity: A strong focus on expanding the reach of Dow’s Supplier Diversity program led to $112 million spent with diverse suppliers, and 52 new diverse vendors. Supporting Vets: Dow launched a new Military Degree Equivalency Program (MDE) that helps level the playing field for veterans seeking careers in the U.S. and Canada. Recognition: Moved up 15 spots on the DiversityInc® Top 50 Companies for Diversity List, and recognized as a leader in inclusion and diversity by Great Place to Work, Human Rights Campaign, Disability: IN, Out & Equal, INvolve, National Organization on Disability, Forbes, PEOPLE Magazine, Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), and the Financial Times. Community: Investing in Our People and Places Where We Work and Live Purpose-Driven Investing: Contributed more than $33.6 million to community programs globally to promote inclusion in communities, build the workforce of tomorrow, and support sustainable business development and disaster relief. Inspiring Employees: Galvanized more than 13,800 employees to participate in volunteer efforts around the world. This led to milestones such as more than 1.2 million pounds of waste collected via Dow’s #PullingOurWeight cleanups. Corporate Governance: Instrumental to Accountability Transparency: Continued implementation of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures guidelines and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board standards. Industry-Leading Diversity: Continued to refresh our Board of Directors with an emphasis on diverse experience and skillsets, appointing four new directors in 2020-2021. Today, Dow’s Board of Directors are 55% women or U.S. ethnic minority. Leadership: Dow’s senior leadership has the highest percentage of U.S. ethnic minority representation and second highest percentage of women leaders compared to industry peers. Accountability: Redesigned the annual Performance Award bonus program to include new ESG metrics. This reflects the accountability and commitment Team Dow has for delivering against the company’s mission for sustainability, inclusion and diversity. The 2020 ESG Report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Comprehensive option. It also includes reporting against the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standard and the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) guidelines. Dow is also working with Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”) to perform a review engagement on management’s assertion related to the ESG disclosures referenced in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Content Index as of, and for the year-ended December 31, 2020. To learn more about Dow’s industry-leading commitment to creating a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world, please read Dow’s comprehensive 2020 ESG Report  here. 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. Cautionary Statement about Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this communication are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements often address expected future business and financial performance, financial condition, and other matters, and often contain words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “opportunity,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “target,” “will,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” “would” and similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words or phrases. Forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions and expectations of future events that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond Dow’s control, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date the statements were made. These factors include, but are not limited to: sales of Dow’s products; Dow’s expenses, future revenues and profitability; the continuing global and regional economic impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic and other public health-related risks and events on Dow’s business; capital requirements and need for and availability of financing; size of the markets for Dow’s products and services and ability to compete in such markets; failure to develop and market new products and optimally manage product life cycles; the rate and degree of market acceptance of Dow’s products; significant litigation and environmental matters and related contingencies and unexpected expenses; the success of competing technologies that are or may become available; the ability to protect Dow’s intellectual property in the United States and abroad; developments related to contemplated restructuring activities and proposed divestitures or acquisitions such as workforce reduction, manufacturing facility and/or asset closure and related exit and disposal activities, and the benefits and costs associated with each of the foregoing; fluctuations in energy and raw material prices; management of process safety and product stewardship; changes in relationships with Dow’s significant customers and suppliers; changes in consumer preferences and demand; changes in laws and regulations, political conditions or industry development; global economic and capital markets conditions, such as inflation, market uncertainty, interest and currency exchange rates, and equity and commodity prices; business or supply disruptions; security threats, such as acts of sabotage, terrorism or war; weather events and natural disasters; and disruptions in Dow’s information technology networks and systems. Risks related to Dow’s separation from DowDuPont Inc. include, but are not limited to: (i) Dow’s inability to achieve some or all of the benefits that it expects to receive from the separation from DowDuPont Inc.; (ii) certain tax risks associated with the separation; (iii) the failure of Dow’s pro forma financial information to be a reliable indicator of Dow’s future results; (iv) non-compete restrictions under the separation agreement; (v) receipt of less favorable terms in the commercial agreements Dow entered into with DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (“DuPont”) and Corteva, Inc. (“Corteva”), including restrictions under intellectual property cross-license agreements, than Dow would have received from an unaffiliated third party; and (vi) Dow’s obligation to indemnify DuPont and/or Corteva for certain liabilities. Where, in any forward-looking statement, an expectation or belief as to future results or events is expressed, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of management and expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. A detailed discussion of principal risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in the section titled “Risk Factors” contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. These are not the only risks and uncertainties that Dow faces. There may be other risks and uncertainties that Dow is unable to identify at this time or that Dow does not currently expect to have a material impact on its business. If any of those risks or uncertainties develops into an actual event, it could have a material adverse effect on Dow’s business. Dow assumes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements whether because of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by securities and other applicable laws. View source version on  businesswire.com:  https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210624005646/en/ Media Contact: Kyle Bandlow +1 (989) 638.2417 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from 3BL Alerts on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 02:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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International Paper Teams up With Celebrate Planet Earth to Educate Children

International Paper Company

We're working with  Celebrate Planet Earth  to help children in our communities grow to be people who love and protect our planet. Planting and learning about sunflowers is just one way for children to learn about nature and begin to appreciate our planet! Learn more about our partnership here:  https://bit.ly/3i25c4x View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International Paper Company on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 01:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Taproot Plus Global: Virtual Volunteer Support for Charitable Organizations

Taproot Foundation

If you work at a charity or NGO, you probably find yourself putting off projects and plans due to a lack of budget or in-house expertise. With the support of Taproot Plus volunteers donating their professional marketing, technology, strategy, HR, and finance skills for free, you can make those plans a reality.  Join  Taproot Foundation ’s webinar on Thursday, August 5  for all the tools you need to get started on Taproot Plus, the cost-free online platform that connects charitable organizations in the United Kingdom, European Union, India, and United States with skilled volunteers for pro bono projects and consultations. During this one-hour event, Taproot staff will cover: The types of common NGO challenges—like social media strategy, tech assessments, recruitment & retention, and more—can be handled pro bono  Share tips on scoping your pro bono project and managing virtual volunteers Guide you through the process of posting your project on Taproot Plus in real time to attend and be sure to bring your questions. There will be plenty of time for live Q&A with experienced Taproot staff members. Can’t attend live? Go ahead and register anyway—all registrants will receive a recording.   Access to this webinar and Taproot Plus are free of cost for social good organizations across the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and India. All webinar registrants will be sent a recording of the event.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Taproot Foundation on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 12:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mohawk Treats Over 600 Local Students and Staff

Mohawk Industries

Our Lavender facility in Rome, GA, regularly provides support and resources in their community through different donation drives and events. Their most recent efforts were to treat over 600 students and staff at West Central Elementary, which is located across the street from the facility, with an end-of-the-school-year shaved ice treat from Kona Ice. Each student got to make their own “creation” with the different flavors offered from the Kona Ice Truck. This idea came from team members that are part of their Lavender Recognition Team. Thank you, Lavender team, for supporting your community!   Check out some of the cute thank you notes from students the team received a few weeks later! View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Mohawk Industries on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 11:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Boeing Releases First Sustainability Report, Charting Path to Sustainable Aerospace

Boeing

CHICAGO, July 26, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Boeing [NYSE: BA] today released its first Sustainability Report. In the report, the company shares its vision for the future of sustainable aerospace, establishes broad sustainability goals and highlights environmental, social and governance (ESG) progress in alignment with global sustainability standards. "In September 2020, amidst a global pandemic, Boeing formed a Sustainability organization dedicated to advancing our ESG efforts across the enterprise. As we continue on this journey, we are pleased to publish our first comprehensive report, focused on stakeholder responsiveness and data transparency," said Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond. "We know there's still work to do and are committed to communicating our progress and holding ourselves accountable to ensure the aerospace industry is safe and sustainable for generations to come." Boeing's sustainability efforts are organized around four key pillars: people, products and services, operations and communities. In 2020, highlights across these four pillars included: Establishing six broad new sustainability goals in alignment with our key sustainability priorities and stakeholder interests. Defining the company's vision for the future of sustainable aerospace through fleet renewal, network operational efficiency, renewable energy and advanced technology. Committing to deliver commercial airplanes capable of flying on 100% sustainable fuels by 2030. Partnering with Etihad Airways on the 2020 ecoDemonstrator program, which tested sustainable technologies on one of the airline's new 787-10 Dreamliners. Implementing digital engineering tools on the T-7A Red Hawk program, achieving a 75% increase in first-time engineering quality and an 80% reduction in assembly hours. Advancing flight tests for Cora, an all-electric, self-flying air taxi developed by Boeing and Kitty Hawk joint venture Wisk. Responding to COVID-19 by executing airlift missions to transport supplies, providing community vaccination sites and minimizing air travel health risks through the Confident Travel Initiative. Establishing a 20-member Racial Equity Task Force to represent diverse viewpoints and amplify all voices at Boeing. Setting 2030 environmental performance goals to reduce emissions, waste, water use and energy consumption. Achieving net-zero carbon emissions at work sites, while reducing energy consumption by 12%, water use by 23%, solid waste by 44% and hazardous waste by 34%. Attaining the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence every year since 2010. Contributing $234 million in community giving, working with 13,400 community partners and volunteering 250,000 hours. More information on these and other sustainability accomplishments can be found in the full report. As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Learn more at www.boeing.com. Contact Boeing Communications media@boeing.com SOURCE Boeing View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Boeing on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 11:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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WSP USA Draws on Robust Capabilities to Help Clients Manage COVID-19 Response

WSP

From nurses, doctors and first responders to people working in grocery stores and distribution centers, essential workers have been the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, risking viral exposure to help the rest of us emerge from this unprecedented crisis. Working alongside these heroes are scores of WSP USA’s Emergency Management Division staff and hundreds of contract employees who responded to urgent requests for help from the firm’s state and local government clients over the past 15 months. “When everybody else was locked down in March 2020, we sent our staff out to support large-scale testing operations,” said Chris Walker, WSP emergency management practice leader. “These unsung heroes left their homes and families and stepped up to do what was needed, setting up tents, generators, cooling equipment and everything else required to transform parking lots into mass testing sites.”  The testing mobilization followed earlier assignments from government clients to procure scarce personal protective equipment. And by January 2021, WSP’s COVID-19 emergency management work had expanded to supporting public vaccination sites. “We managed planning, traffic control, logistics support, equipment, security and pretty much everything else at more than 60 of these improvised outdoor testing and vaccination clinics,” Walker said. “The only major element we didn’t manage was procuring the vaccines and medical professionals, which was handled by the states.” Trust and Loyalty The capabilities to mount such robust emergency-response measures on short notice were developed over many years by Walker and his team of emergency managers. “In addition to our own highly skilled program managers and staff, the emergency management team utilizes over 450 subcontractors that we call on to support our emergency response operations,” said Marc Barrera, WSP procurement manager. “During times of crisis, these partners prioritize our requests, in part, due to the critical nature of our missions and its effect on the well-being of those citizens impacted by disasters.” Before COVID-19 struck, for example, vendors and subcontractors in the vendor network alliance had worked for about 18 months, providing emergency power and other services in parts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that suffered long-term damage after Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017. “We maintained and fueled more than 2,600 generators during that period,” Walker added. This same team currently manages the four Advanced Contract Initiatives for Emergency Power, spanning the entire country and territories outside the continental U.S. for the U.S. Army Corps of engineers. The firm’s COVID-19 response team of about 35 WSP staff – led by Tom Oliver, Craig Decesare, Amanda Dobrowski and Miguel Torres Diaz – have been engaged in managing and supervising a subcontracted staff of about 250 people, according to Walker.   “The pandemic proved our team’s adaptability and creativity when it comes to supporting our client’s and their communities’ needs,” said Tim Jamison, director of program management for the Emergency Management team. “These skills are critical in any type of emergency response.”  WSP’s clients for the pandemic emergency response include Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Delaware and New York City; and to minimize lodging and travel costs for these clients, Walker and his team mobilized vendors with staff, supplies and equipment as close as possible to the client’s testing and vaccination locations. Additional Emergencies But Walker is quick to point out that COVID-19 was by no means the only event that WSP’s emergency management and disaster response team has responded to over the past year. In fact, while managing COVID-19 testing sites in the fall, the team had to mobilize to respond to hurricanes in the Southeast. “We received calls to deploy to Florida, Alabama and Louisiana to provide support for hurricane responses,” Walker said. And these assignments, executed under WSP’s Advance Contract Initiative for Emergency Power contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, required deployment within 21 hours of notification. “That means having mechanics, electricians and management staff onsite and prepared to deploy generators within 21 hours, managing turnkey generator support including installation, maintenance, repair, fueling, and demobilization,” he added. California’s wildfire season also triggered calls for WSP’s emergency management services within the last year. “Since Thanksgiving, and under the leadership of Tim Jamison, Shannon McKinney and Hobart Price, more than 75 WSP staff and 200 personnel have been working daily on the California fire recovery projects, responsible for the oversight and orchestration of the debris testing, analysis, and disposal of debris and assessment of tree damage,” Walker said. Looking ahead, Walker expects that his team and their subcontractors will move on from COVID-19 even more prepared to handle future disasters. “We’re in the business of preparing for the unexpected,” he said. “Every disaster requires something that the previous one didn’t require. Our clients hire us to be the solution that they couldn’t come up with on their own.” [To subscribe to Insights, contact the editorial staff at  insights@wsp.com.] View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 11:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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IWBI's WELL Building Standard Recognized for 100 Percent Alignment With the U.S. General Services Administration

International WELL Building Institute

NEW YORK, July 26, 2021 /3BL Media/ -- The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is the only organization to attain 100 percent alignment across the federal government’s health and wellness requirements outlined in the new health guidelines contained in the recently updated Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. The Guiding Principles provide a detailed and prescriptive framework to help all executive branch agencies meet federal mandates related to sustainable building design, construction and operations. After this recent update, the General Services Administration (GSA) posted its Health and Wellness Guidance Crosswalk, which was developed to support facility managers across agencies achieve consistent standards in federal buildings. The crosswalk maps the health and well-being criteria in the Guiding Principles across several segments, identifying which systems and standards most closely address those segments.  IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) is the only certification system to achieve marks addressing all 19 categories in the Health and Wellness section of the Guiding Principles, which includes building and health impacts ranging from proper air circulation, daylight and circadian rhythm and exercise to mitigating exposure to environmental risk. “We are excited that the WELL Building Standard is the sole system that meets 100 percent of the health and well-being criteria in Guiding Principles,” said IWBI President and CEO Rachel Hodgdon.  “As the country considers significant investments in public infrastructure, our federal buildings are poised to lead by example in the effort to create people-first places.” With the Biden administration and a bipartisan group of lawmakers working to advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the United States has set its sights on the largest capital infusion to public infrastructure in decades. More than $579 billion is included in the current plan, with $47 billion earmarked for resilience spending on physical and natural systems -- the largest investment of its kind in American history. The White House has stated that a key priority of the framework is to “prepare more of our infrastructure for the impacts of climate change…and extreme weather events.” Public buildings at all levels have been a key component within these infrastructure investment negotiations. “IWBI has always believed that human health and planetary health are inextricably linked,” added Hodgdon. “In our work to promote, assess and certify spaces that advance human health and well-being, we have recognized how recent extreme weather events highlight the link between buildings, human health and climate change. Now is our chance to build on the federal government’s proven track record of leading on sustainability over the past two decades to help take another leap forward so future federal building projects do even more on sustainability and health, ensuring we build back smarter.”  The WELL Building Standard is the world’s leading health-focused building rating system. Developed over 10 years and backed by the latest scientific research, WELL sets pathways for accomplishing health-first factors that help everyone by supporting physical and mental health across 10 core concepts: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, materials, sound, thermal comfort, mind and community. Rigorous performance standards for design interventions, operational protocols and company-wide practices are verified by a third party. WELL also provides a framework for translating research to practice that enables the ability to design in a way that prioritizes people’s health and well-being to mitigate the effects of climate change.  About the International WELL Building Institute The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people-first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being everywhere. More information on WELL can be found  here. International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL Portfolio, WELL Portfolio Score, The WELL Conference, We Are WELL, the WELL Community Standard, WELL Health-Safety Rating, WELL Health-Safety Rated, WELL Health-Equity, WELL Performance Rating, WELL Performance Rated, WELL Performance, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries. Media contact: media@wellcertified.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International WELL Building Institute on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 11:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Advising Absence Management & Consultation

Aflac Incorporated

by Bob Ruff Mr. Ruff is senior vice president of Growth Solutions with Aflac. He is responsible for the development and execution of key growth initiatives for Aflac U.S., including product development, enrollment, business development and market development. Visit  From missing work to missing friends and family, workers across the globe have spent the last year dealing with the pandemic’s health and social ramifications. Though the U.S. thankfully is on a positive path forward with broader vaccination availability, Americans are still rightfully wondering how they can best protect their finances from similar potential issues in the future. Perhaps for that reason, a recent LIMRA report found that in light of the pandemic, 25% of employers view short-term disability insurance as more important, and 22% view long-term disability insurance as more important.[1] Despite this growth in popularity, two-thirds of the private sector still does not offer long-term disability insurance whatsoever.[2] As client demand for disability coverage increases in line with employees’ preferences – and as employers pursue other solutions and offerings like absence management or value-added services – it’s up to brokers and consultants to ensure their partners are offering the best options. Read the full article here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Aflac Incorporated on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Summertime Fun Guide with Ereka Vetrini

YourUpdateTV

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K2p1T5ok44&t=1s This is the second summer in a row that Americans must be thoughtful when planning family getaways. Whether hitting the road or planning a staycation, most head of households still have safety top of mind. However, being careful doesn’t mean family and friends cannot enjoy some fun in the sun together. As a TV host, Lifestyle Expert, and Working Mom, Ereka Vetrini has figured out a way to balance her career and family time. She has come up with four easy ways to get the party poppin’ and keep it cool as the temperatures heat up over the summer months. STICK WITH THE TRADITIONAL: According to a recent summertime survey, most parents plan on spending more time outside with their families. Ereka suggests sticking to the tried and true, like beach days, barbeques, and hanging out by the pool. That way families get to spend time together outdoors while being safe and socially distanced from strangers. Before heading out-and-about, She recommends packing up a tote with a new book, games for the kids, and treats the whole family will love. There’s a tasty candy brand crafted in Italy that recently launched in the United States. Fruit-tella Soft Gummies are made with fruit puree as the first ingredient. They come in two flavors, Strawberry & Raspberry and Peach & Mango. These candies are quite flavorful and each one has a fun and playful fruit character shape that makes for the perfect summertime treat. Fruit-tella can be found at CVS stores nationwide. www.us.fruittella.com Instagram: @fruittellaus Twitter: @fruittellaus https://www.facebook.com/Fruittellaus/ GET THE PARTY POPPIN’: Americas’ streaming addiction has only increased during the pandemic and parents are looking for new ways to watch TV programs and movies with their families. Ereka suggests outdoor movie nights. She says setting up a big screen in a backyard can easily do the trick, especially if you add America’s favorite snack. The most popular moviegoers treat, popcorn, just received a major upgrade with the newest innovation in microwave popcorn from Opopop. The secret to this brand’s taste is that each kernel is individually wrapped in exceptional flavors and a perfect mix of ingredients, prior to popping. Opopop comes in six fun flavors, including reimagined classics like Fancy Butter, and uniquely created experiences with Maui Heat, Vanilla Cake Pop, Salted Umami, Cinnalicious, and Chedapeno. Opopop can be purchased at Opopop.com. www.opopop.com Instagram: @opopopco https://www.facebook.com/Opopopco/ CHILL OUT: July is National Ice Cream Month and the perfect time to cool off as we head into those long hot dog days of summer. Ereka says nothing screams summer more than ice cream cake! She suggests keeping it easy with a few pre-made ice cream cakes like the Carvel Confetti Cake and the new Cookie Dough Cake from I Love Ice Cream Cakes. Ereka recommends storing one in the freezer for family barbecues, get-togethers, and pool parties. The Carvel Confetti Cake and new Cookie Dough Cake are available online at ILoveIceCreamCakes.com along with a helpful product locator or at your local grocer and bakery’s freezer section. www.Iloveicecreamcakes.com Instagram: @ILoveIceCreamCakes https://www.facebook.com/ILoveIceCreamCakes/ GRAB GEAR & GO: Many families are road-tripping throughout the summer months and that means children can catch up on reading, summer schooling, or gaming while heading to a destination. As a conscious consumer and parent, Ereka is often concerned about protecting her family’s tech gadgets from cracked screens and other mishaps that happen on-the-go. OtterBox for Kids combines trusted protection from OtterBox with products designed with kids in mind. These easy-to-use cases come in three different colors and offer an EasyGrab case stand to help little hands carry their tablet or easily hang a tablet between head rests. Other gadgets like the OtterBox Kids EasyGrab Mobile Charging & Audio Cable Bundle are available to keep the fun going while vacationing. OtterBox products are available at Verizon and Verizon.com. www.Verizon.com Instagram: @otterbox Twitter: @otterbox https://www.facebook.com/otterbox/ About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 26, 2021 10:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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