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Mohawk Group Signs Climate Pledge, Commits to Climate Action and Net Zero Carbon by 2040

Mohawk Industries

CALHOUN, Ga., September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ —Mohawk Group announces signing The Climate Pledge, a sustainability-driven effort originally cofounded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019. Mohawk Group joins over 200 signatories that are also committed to accelerated climate action. By signing the pledge, Mohawk Group agrees to incorporate several climate-sensitive strategies, including a commitment to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions regularly, neutralize remaining emissions with permanent and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040, and implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement. “We are thrilled to join over 200 companies that have a similar vision and commitment to become net zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris agreement,” said Jackie Dettmar, Mohawk Group’s vice president of marketing, design and product development. “We can't turn a blind eye to climate change. There's a clear need to decarbonize the economy." Mohawk Group has already begun implementing major manufacturing changes to eliminate its carbon footprint, striving toward a holistic improvement of its flooring's lifecycle to reduce the amounts of water, energy, carbon and waste involved in the process. As of 2022, all Mohawk Group flooring products will be carbon neutral plus an additional 5% carbon offset; the group’s carpet tile already meets this goal. With this new initiative, all Mohawk Group hard surface and soft surface floors will have a net positive impact on climate. “The Climate Pledge is a landmark effort toward climate action,” said Malisa Maynard, vice president of sustainability. “Collective corporate initiatives like this can help create a low carbon economy, making a positive impact on all people, wildlife and resources while demonstrating a powerful shift in the industry.” The Climate Pledge aligns with Mohawk Group’s Waterways Project, its landmark effort to protect and preserve rivers and their ecosystems. Since 2015, the World Economic Forum has declared water crises to be a top five global threat to society over the next decade. The Waterways Project addresses this vital issue, touring across the nation to explore the connection between river health and human health. Each leg of the tour invites attendees to journey through new products, technologies and initiatives that help improve understanding of rivers. To celebrate signing The Climate Pledge, Mohawk Group is hosting a signing celebration during the New York City stop of the Waterways Project tour. The event will take place on September 28 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex and will feature guests from Mohawk Group’s executive leadership, such as Mike Gallman, Mohawk Group president; Jackie Dettmar, vice president of commercial marketing, design and product development; and Malisa Maynard, vice president of sustainability.  "Since water is a key impact area in our manufacturing operations, we have made it integral to our climate action strategy," explained Maynard. "We welcome colleagues to the New York City leg of the Waterways tour, eager to celebrate signing The Climate Pledge as part of our continued, dedicated efforts toward sustainable business practices." To learn more about the Waterways Project and Mohawk Group’s other sustainability initiatives, visit mohawkgroup.com. For more information on The Climate Pledge, visit www.theclimatepledge.com. About Mohawk Group As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit MohawkGroup.com. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Mohawk Industries on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 10:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Verizon Innovative Learning Offers Students Opportunity Through Technology

Verizon

It was a heartening sight in the midst of a pandemic: on a hot evening in August, more than a thousand socially distanced parents and students stood in a line that wound out the door at Mater Academy of Nevada East Campus. Students anxiously waited to walk inside and pick up a tablet, a new learning tool provided to them because their school is now part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program. As a member of Verizon Innovative Learning’s eighth cohort, Mater Academy East can maximize its ability to align technology with its educational goals. It is one of 246 new schools added to the program for the 2021-2022 school year, which brings the total number of Verizon Innovative Learning schools nationwide to 511. That means nearly 183,000 additional students are now directly benefiting from the program, which, working through its nonprofit partner Digital Promise, provides free technology, internet access, next-gen curricula and professional development to under-resourced schools so that students can gain the skills they need to succeed in a digital world. It’s part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan to move the world forward for all. By the end of the night, devices had been distributed to the school’s 415 middle schoolers. Beyond picking up devices, students were also able to learn more about Mater Academy’s newly launched STEM initiative. Educators staffed tables with materials that explain what it means to be a part of Verizon Innovative Learning and how each student could make use of their new devices. Armed with the knowledge of how their new tech would be put to use, students then signed up for the courses that sounded most interesting. “The event was a big deal,” says Mater Academy East principal Renee Fairless. “It was the sort of thing where the whole family was excited. It’s not often in your life somebody hands you a tablet and you get to walk out the door with it.” Verizon Innovative Learning coach Olga Storla is excited about the doors the program will open. “Our students will have the same opportunities as other kids, giving them equitable opportunities for a successful future,” says Storla. “Some students will discover that a career in technology is their passion. And access to the internet at home will help all our students stay on track and stay connected.” Using technology to bring together the Mater Academy East community is a longstanding practice at the school. “We set up these classrooms of the future. I’m doing everything I can to bring knowledge to students in a way that is engaging, stimulating, visual, all of those things that I think that this generation demands in education and in their everyday life,” says Fairless. As exciting as the device rollout was, it pales in comparison to what students can now do with their new resources. As Ryan Carter, a sixth grader and member of the school’s tech team, is happy that the devices will allow students to do assignments anywhere, from their parent’s car to the backyard. “If you have work due, you can always finish it, even somewhere that doesn’t have internet. You can always work,” he says. And Mater Academy East’s teachers are excitedly working on fun ways to incorporate the technology into their lesson, with plans for everything from science projects to a culinary program. “As a STEM teacher, having these tablets to use is a dream come true,” says eighth grade science teacher Gabriela Torres. “There are numerous ways that I can have my students utilize this tool, including completing scientific simulations, building systems and doing virtual tours of museums. Every year our students create a science fair project that involves an intense amount of research. Having 24/7 access to the internet will allow them to continue their scientific discoveries at home.” And the benefits of being a Verizon Innovative Learning school extend beyond exploring current coursework. The partnership also represents an opportunity to change lives long after students graduate. Says the school’s media specialist, Dairren Gibson: “Technology is an integral part of our society. Our students now have an opportunity to participate in cutting edge educational practices that are usually reserved for those with greater financial means. Having this access will give our students a competitive edge in life.” Parents were equally enthusiastic as they put on their masks and headed to the device rollout with their children. “When I found out my kids and all Mater students were obtaining a tablet through Verizon, I was more than excited,” says Angie Leyva, a parent who has three children attending Mater Academy East. “Having this type of technology gives them the confidence and power to succeed in school and do anything. As a mother, this is exactly what I want for them, and Mater Academy is always finding ways to get these kids ready for their future.” View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Verizon on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 10:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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5G: Anywhere and Everywhere

Qualcomm

5G isn’t only for city dwellers. That’s because 5G can deliver streaming speeds of more than 200Mbps for more than 3 miles - and this is 5G just getting started! Unfortunately, some communities have been unable to experience all of the “G’s”. The connectivity divide is real. However, Qualcomm is helping to bridge the gap with 5G. We believe everyone should have access regardless of their location or economic status. For example, with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) customers and business owners can have permanently installed 5G hotspots on their roofs and outside their businesses—delivering fiber-like internet to all the devices inside, even outside the city limits. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Qualcomm on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 10:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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L'Occitane Engaging in Sustainable Procurement

EcoVadis

L’Occitane Group’s COO, Lorenzo Giacomoni, explains how it turned out that during the crisis the fact that the group had placed sustainability at the heart of the business proved the group remained resilient. Sustainable commitment is now anchored even stronger in the Group’s strategy.  See six more practitioner perspectives from across industries like Retail, Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Pharma, Food & Beverage:  View the videos here View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from EcoVadis on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Duke Energy Florida Celebrates National Clean Energy Week With Significant Accomplishments

Duke Energy

Statewide $2 billion solar investment. Approximately 600 electric vehicle chargers installed. Six energy storage sites; 50-megawatt battery commitment. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Duke Energy Florida is celebrating National Clean Energy Week by delivering on its commitment to expand its clean energy portfolio. “From solar sites to energy storage, electric vehicle chargers and microgrids, we are transforming the energy landscape in Florida,” said Duke Energy Florida state president Melissa Seixas. “We’ve heard from our customers that generating cleaner energy and offering environmentally friendly options are important to them, and this week we are pleased to note significant milestones on the road to a smarter energy future.” Solar generation commitment Since the late 1980s, Duke Energy has been advancing solar technologies in Florida. The Company is well on its way to a major milestone by completing 10 new solar projects by 2022. Seven of those facilities are already in service, while the remaining three are being built. The 74.9-megawatt (MW) Sandy Creek Solar Power Plant is expected to be finished by spring 2022. The facility will complete Duke Energy Florida’s $1 billion investment to provide customers with 700 MW of clean energy. Further, the company proudly announced an additional 750 MW of solar generation this year to be completed between 2022 through 2024. This represents another $1 billion investment and adds 10 new solar sites. The location of six sites have been announced, with another four sites expected to be chosen in 2022. Through reduction in the use of fossil fuels, these 10 most recent projects are projected to lower the emission of global warming gases such as CO2 at an average rate of over 700,000 tons per year. With a combined investment of over $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida’s solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-tied solar power plants which will benefit all Florida customers and will provide about 1,500 MW of emission-free generation and approximately 5 million solar panels in the ground by 2024. Video of installation of 1 millionth solar panel at Columbia Solar Power Plant Video of Columbia plant, from drone Battery energy storage systems By 2022, Duke Energy is expected to have six battery sites in operation in Florida, totaling more than 50 MW of energy storage. Five of the six sites are expected to be complete by the end of 2021. Duke Energy’s energy storage plays a significant and evolving role in how energy is delivered to customers now and in the future. Through energy storage and microgrids, the Company can enable the integration of more renewables onto the grid and help improve reliability and security while keeping costs affordable for customers. The company’s first utility-scale solar plus battery project, which will consist of 45 MW of solar and 18 MW of battery storage, is expected to be completed later this year at the Lake Placid Solar Power Plant and Battery Energy Storage System site.   An 11-MW lithium-based battery energy storage system located 30 miles west of Gainesville in Trenton, Fla. is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. The system will continue to improve power reliability using newer technologies.   An 8.25-MW lithium-based battery energy storage system is under construction in the town of Micanopy, Fla. The system provides a cost-effective solution for focused power quality and reliability for the town and nearby neighbors. It is anticipated to be operational by late 2021.   A 5.5-MW lithium-based battery energy storage system located in Cape San Blas, Fla., will provide additional power capacity to meet our customers’ increasing demand for energy. This project is an economical alternative to replacing distribution equipment to accommodate local growth.   The 5.5-MW Jennings, Fla., lithium-based battery system will continue to improve power reliability through energy storage as an alternative and affordable solution to installing new and more costly distribution equipment.   A 3.5-MW microgrid of solar-plus storage is underway at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg, Fla, which also operates as a special needs emergency shelter for Pinellas County. The system is expected to be in operation mid-2022. Electric vehicle (EV) charging Duke Energy launched the Park & Plug pilot program in 2018 to expand access to EV charging stations. Since that time, approximately 600 EV chargers have been added in public spaces and thoroughfares in Florida. These easily accessible locations across Florida include: Over 178 public level 2 chargers at local businesses.   41 DC Fast Chargers in public locations.   Over 214 level 2 chargers in multi-unit dwellings.   Over 157 level 2 chargers in workplaces. The DC Fast Chargers are in strategic locations connecting major and key secondary corridors and evacuation routes in Florida. This creates critical infrastructure needed for EV adoption and helps reduce range anxiety. US 19/98 Corridor – Units installed at Apalachicola, Dunedin, Crystal River and Perry. These are currently the only Fast Chargers connecting St. Petersburg to Tallahassee.   US 98 – Two units installed in Chiefland.   US 27 Corridor – Units installed in Sebring, Avon Park and Cagan's Crossing.   I-4 Corridor – Units installed in Deltona, Champions Gate and US 27 Exit.   Florida Turnpike – Units installed at the Wildwood Exit, Turkey Lake Service Plaza and Canoe Creek Service Plaza. To find EV chargers near you, visit the  Greenlots  app. Duke Energy Florida Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns a diverse generation mix of natural gas, coal and renewables, providing about 10,200 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.9 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people. Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with goals of at least a 50 percent carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a top U.S. renewable energy provider, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company also is investing in major electric grid upgrades and expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2021 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at  duke-energy.com. The  Duke Energy News Center  contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s  illumination  features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on  Twitter,  LinkedIn,  Instagram  and  Facebook. Media contact: Ana Gibbs Cell: 813.928.7263 Media line: 800.559.3853 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Duke Energy on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 09:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Faith and Financing Create Better Care for Atlanta's Homeless

Truist

People start lining up outside of  Mercy Care  as early as 6 a.m. They’re hoping for help at one of the few walk-in health care spots in the clinic. Steve Siler sees them on his way into the office. Sometimes they’ll hold the door for him. They’re always in need. But that’s why he’s there. Siler, the president of the  Mercy Care Foundation, has the job of raising money to support Atlanta’s only health care for the homeless program. “I’m a connector in Atlanta between the poorest of the poor and the wealthy donors who we’re inviting to support this mission,” he says. Going between these two worlds is one of the most challenging parts of his job. One minute he’s looking into the eyes of a man who might not have seen a dentist or doctor in decades; the next minute he’s having coffee with someone he hopes will help him raise $22 million. That’s the price tag for Mercy Care’s latest project to serve Atlanta’s neediest and most vulnerable population: $22 million. The nonprofit community health care provider is expanding their headquarters building, adding new clinic space, building 270 units of supportive housing, and doubling the patient intake capacity at their Decatur Street facility. Mercy Care predicts the expansion, slated to be finished in early 2022, will allow them to serve 3,000 more behavioral health patients, 4,000 more dental patients, and 1,000 more vision patients.  To achieve all this, they need a complex mix of support—including the help of Truist, their long-standing community banking partner. Truist  recently announced  it will help Mercy Care as part of its $300 million multiyear investment pledge to Atlanta. That’s where Joe Arnold’s group at Truist comes in. Rooted in Atlanta Joe Arnold manages the not-for-profit and government banking division at Truist. But he also has a long history with Atlanta. He was born at Grady Hospital and grew up in vibrant Vine City, just west of downtown. It was an all African American neighborhood, and it was mixed income, with white- and blue-collar families living together. He lived next door to a college professor on one side and someone who put down asphalt on the other. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family lived a block and a half away. The neighborhood kids would meet up in the grass outside the health care clinic to play football. “We didn’t know what wealth looked like until we went off to college,” he says.  After graduation, the top three banks in Atlanta tried to recruit him, but one stood out: Trust Company. Even though it was the smallest of the three and didn’t offer the highest salary, all his mentors said he should take it, so he did. (Trust Company became SunTrust and is now Truist.) “The culture is special. That’s why I’ve been at the company for 40 years now,” Arnold says. He saw what happened with colleagues at more cutthroat Wall Street banks, where people hide their work from each other and are only in it for themselves. “You’re treated well here, and everyone has a team-like approach to the work.”  After an early career in corporate and investment banking, Arnold was eager to pursue community-oriented banking in his hometown. “Serving the nonprofit space, we’re usually the only bank for our clients,” he says. “They don’t have access to the equity markets. If we don’t get them the money, many of them won’t grow.” When Mercy Care came to Truist to figure out how they could expand, Arnold was prepared to get the job done. “We pride ourselves on being local, and raising our sleeves and really digging in to come up with a solution,” Arnold says. That means coming up with financial plans for a $22 million New Markets Tax Credit transaction and a capital stack that would include $6.5 million of tax credit equity from Truist Community Capital, a $9.6 million Truist bridge loan. The Truist Foundation Inc., a nonprofit corporation, also made a $200,000 charitable grant to Mercy Care. It’s a project that helps Mercy Care fulfill its mission of giving health care in the spirit of loving service to those in need. It also fulfills Truist’s purpose to inspire and build better lives in communities. Facing the moment of truth every day Originally, from Cincinnati, Ohio, Siler began his career in Atlanta and served as a youth leader at his church, eventually becoming a teacher and coach at a private Catholic school. When he had the opportunity to work in development for the school, he jumped on it. “I wanted to be a member of the leadership team and influence the school at a more macro level,” he says.  Since then, Siler’s career has focused on helping nonprofits. “I knew that no matter what I was doing within the organization, I needed to work for an organization with a mission I believed in,” he says.  Caring for others is what keeps Siler going—even though it’s not always easy. “I'm a person of faith, and my faith calls me to serve others and put them first and love without counting the cost,” he says. But serving others can be a hard choice every day. “Believe me, my first impulse is not always to serve. I’ll get home from work, and there’s a moment where I can say to my wife, ‘Julie, how can I help?’ or I can just go slip onto the couch. It’s this moment of truth every day.” One way Siler has found to make that moment of truth easier is through cultivating relationships. Surrounding himself with people who care as much as he does helps him focus and make better choices. The right relationships can nourish a shared purpose. And when it comes to bold community work, relationships build into like-minded teams that don’t take no for an answer. Sharing a mission and values Mercy Care’s relationship with Truist goes back to Phil Humann, the SunTrust president from 1992 to 2004 who helped create the culture of community engagement that lives on today. Just in Atlanta, there are over 160 nonprofit organizations that have a Truist member on the board, according to Jenna Kelly, president of the Georgia region for Truist.  Those relationships make it easier to communicate and activate the team—from caregivers to the financial backend. Three years ago, CEO of Mercy Care Tom Andrews gave Truist a call. “I think it’s time to start talking,” Andrews said. Mercy Care wanted to expand their Decatur Street clinic and create 270 supportive housing units. They had purchased the land and needed help financing the expansion. “Just like any project, the client identifies the need,” says Kelly. “Our job is to help them make it happen.” Teamwork makes the clinic work Arnold’s team started working with the Mercy Care team to figure out the best way to finance the project. Truist handles Mercy Care’s financial portfolio and has a big-picture view of the financial possibilities and what will be required to bankroll the project in the most cost-effective ways.  “These projects are very complicated,” says Keitt King, head of Truist Community Capital. The mix of loans, investments, fundraising, and gifts is a financial balancing act that requires depths of banking expertise and access to large amounts of capital.  Siler jokes there’s a small army of people tending to Mercy Care’s accounting needs. “It’s a pretty tangled web but one that’s supportive and extraordinarily helpful to us. I feel very supported by the organization.” Whenever he feels a need, he knows he can reach out. “A lot of work goes into it, but we’re able to do what we can do because we’re serving with purpose,” King says. Chris Leutzinger, relationship manager of new market tax credits at Truist and part of the team handling the financing, adds, “Truist knows the impact Mercy Care has on the community. We love going in and seeing the excitement on their faces about creating best-in-class health care.” That health care is now going to be even better, thanks to the partnership. Caring for one life at a time The line that starts forming in the early mornings outside of the Decatur clinic can contain mostly the poor and uninsured. Mercy Care says 77% of its patients are uninsured and 64% live below the poverty line. But Mercy Care’s mission is to provide care and compassion without judgment. Every day, even in the hottest Atlanta summer days, workers in Mercy Care’s street medicine program go under bridges and look into sidewalk tents to offer care for people experiencing homelessness. These patients’ financial status doesn’t disqualify them from receiving mercy, says Siler.  “They’re children of God. They're down and out,” he says. “For whatever reason, they’ve found themselves in a circumstance, and they need our help. That’s not to say we’re not going to try to help them make better decisions to solve their problems. But it’s saying we’re not going to withhold care or love.” Read more On Purpose stories about how Truist teammates are living out our purpose, mission, and values to serve our clients, teammates, and communities. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Truist on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 09:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Global Citizen Live Calls for Action to Halt Climate Change and for Wealthy Countries to Deliver on $100B Climate Pledge, $6B for Famine Relief, and Vaccine Justice

Global Citizen

NEW YORK, September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - International advocacy organization, Global Citizen kicked off a month-long countdown for the G20 to address the pandemic, hunger and climate challenges, ahead of the G20 and COP26 summits. The campaign saw 1.1 million actions and over 70 new announcements thanks to the efforts of many hard working and dedicated partners. The 24 hour global broadcast and streaming event saw announcements aimed at driving equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, urgent action on climate change, and addressing the growing hunger crisis. The campaign calls on world leaders, businesses and philanthropists to urgently commit resources to meet the $15-20 billion funding shortfall of the US$100 billion promised annually to the most vulnerable countries confronting climate change; businesses to help curb emissions through joining the Race to Zero and pledging 1 billion additional trees by 2022 in support of the 1t.org ambition to conserve, restore and grow one trillion trees this decade; $6 billion to provide food to 41 million people facing famine; 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to be redistributed to low-income countries by the end of 2021; and for Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna to Share mRNA Technology with Africa. Throughout the campaign, more than US$1.1 billion, 157 million trees, and more 60 million COVID-19 vaccines were announced. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine. That’s the point – yet that’s not happening. While in this country (and many others) you can go almost anywhere and get vaccinated, billions around the world cannot. This year, the world is expected to produce enough doses to meet the target of vaccinating 70 percent of people in every single country. But it is wrong that so much of the vaccine supply has only gone to just 10 wealthy nations so far, and not everyone else.” - Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex “We have what we need to vaccinate the world. But the experts told us, here’s what’s getting in the way: They said many countries are ready to produce vaccines at home. Yet they aren’t allowed to, because ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies are not sharing the recipes to make them. These countries have the means, ability, and the workers to start manufacturing. All they are waiting for is the vaccine intellectual property to be transferred over.” - Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley said: “SHAME on us. At the height of COVID, the billionaires’ average net worth increase per day was $5 Billion. And, yet, I am begging to feed the poor! SHAME on us... If we do not act today, millions will starve, nations will destabilize and millions will migrate by necessity. If we are struggling today with a population of over 7 billion, what do you expect will happen when there are over 10 billion people on earth by 2050. And, by 2050, due to climate change, we anticipate over 1 billion people to be displaced around the world! Wake up NY. Wake up planet earth.” Alok Sharma, COP26 President-Designate told the audience: “Quite rightly, future generations will hold us responsible. So join me, and with one loud and united global voice, call on the biggest greenhouse gas emitters, the G20 group of nations, to make much bolder commitments to cut emissions. Call on the richest countries to make good on their promise of money, to support developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change. And call on world leaders to deliver an outcome at Glasgow we can all be proud of.” Commitments announced through the course of the Global Citizen Live campaign toward defending the planet include: GOVERNMENT COMMITMENTS THE ALLIANCE OF SMALL ISLAND STATES (AOSIS) pledged to increase its renewable energy capacity among Small Island Developing States through 2030 up to 10 megawatts. BELGIUM pledges €6 million to CGIAR, a global partnership that unites international organizations engaged in research about food security, and €10 million to Least Developed Country Fund. GREEN CLIMATE FUND announced the acceleration of $1.2 billion dollars in funding to support emissions reductions and climate mitigation NORWAY announced a major increase in their climate investments and launched the Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods, and Development (BOLD) fund, committing $58 million over 10 years. STATE OF AMAPÁ, BRAZIL committed to consolidate collective participation in the management of protected areas, to reach 0 % fossil fuel energy sources in public structures and isolated areas by 2050, transform 100,000 hectares of productive areas from agroforestry systems to a low-carbon production model, and support traditional populations and families in humid areas and urban spaces to minimize the effects of climate change. STATE OF AMAZONAS, BRAZIL committed to create another preservation unit in its territory, implement management preservation plans, end illegal activities in state territories with indigenous populations, and achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. STATE OF CEARÁ, BRAZIL announced another protected area in Ceará, to implement climate adaptation programs, and to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. STATE OF PARÁ, BRAZIL committed to reduce its emissions to zero before 2050, increase the number of protected areas, solidify sustainable forest management and create strong state-wide climate mitigation and adaptation plans. STATE OF PARAÍBA BRAZIL pledged to create an additional protected area with priority for the Caatinga biome, implement climate adaptation programs, and commit to zero emissions by 2050. STATE OF PIAUÍ BRAZIL pledged to create another protected area, implement climate adaptation programs, and commit to zero emissions by 2050. THE STATE OF HAWAI’I committed through 1t.org to protect, preserve, conserve, or grow 20 million trees by 2022 and 100 million trees by the year 2030. THE STATE OF WASHINGTON committed to reforesting 1 million acres and trees and conserving 1 million acres of working and natural forest lands by 2040 through 1T.org THE STATE OF MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, announced that 43 cities in the state would be joining the Race to Zero. THE CITY OF PARIS, FRANCE pledged to making a greener and cooler Paris THE CITY OF ASKER KOMMUNE signed onto the Race to Zero. PRIVATE SECTOR RACE TO ZERO COMMITMENTS Many of the world’s largest companies worked to develop verified science-based targets to reach net zero emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Organizations that officially signed on to the Race to Zero through the Global Citizen Live campaign, include: Akamai Technologies joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. American Express joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Boston Scientific Corporation joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Cisco joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Citi, a member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance, joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live. Delta Air Lines joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. DocuSign joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. IHG Hotels and Resorts joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Marriott International, Inc. joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. P&G joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Stanley Black & Decker has joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Starbucks joined Race To Zero as part of Global Citizen Live by signing on to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), Business Ambition for 1.5. Existing Race to Zero members also worked to encourage peers and partners to sign on to the Race to Zero ahead of COP26. Those organizations include Amazon, Bayer AG, Boston Consulting Group, Capgemini, Dentsu International, DocuSign, HP Inc., Intuit, Lendlease, P&G, RELX, Salesforce, Schneider Electric, Uber, Unilever, Walmart, and Zurich Insurance Group. COMMITMENTS MADE TOWARD SAVING TREES WITH 1T.ORG Aspiration pledged 25 million trees by the end of 2022 Capgemini pledged 2 million trees by the end of 2022 Salesforce pledged an additional 30 millions trees by the end of 2022 Commitments announced through the course of the Global Citizen Live campaign toward defeating poverty include: GOVERNMENT COMMITMENTS CROATIA pledged 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, primarily through COVAX. EUROPEAN COMMISSION announced €140 million towards CGIAR and €25 million to Education Cannot Wait. FRANCE committed 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be delivered by Q2 2022, in addition to reallocating 20% of their Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). GERMANY pledged €50 million to Education Cannot Wait. IRELAND pledged 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses primarily through COVAX. IFAD announced $23.7 million in pledges from countries across the world, including: Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Angola, Lesotho, Kenya, Nepal, Tonga, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Solomon Islands, Guyana, Republic of Korea, Maldives, Morocco, and Uzbekistan. LUXEMBOURG announced a €3.8 million commitment to UNFPA supplies. THE NETHERLANDS committed to contribute an additional €25 million to the Act-Accelerator. The Netherlands also announced that they would continue their support for CGIAR, committing €75 million. UNESCO announced they would scale up UNESCO’s work on gender-transformative education in 80 countries, as part of its COVID-19 response. UNITED STATES pledged $295 million to stave off famine and extreme hunger, confront gender-based violence, and address the urgent humanitarian needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. PHILANTHROPIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR COMMITMENTS Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and a Private Foundation launched a Challenge Fund of up to $50M to encourage other corporate and philanthropic donors to step up in closing the $100M funding gap for the UNFPA Supplies Partnership programme. The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) made a $50M commitment to UNICEF that will fund projects focused on child nutrition. Duolingo committed in-kind contributions of up to 10K Duolingo Plus one-year subscriptions as well as 1K Duolingo English Test fee waivers in addition to a grant in the amount of $40K to IRC. The ELMA Vaccines & Immunization Foundation launched a match commitment up to $1M for any donations received through the Mastercard Donation portal to support the World Health Organization Foundation on or before March 31, 2022. Global Solidarity Fund supporters have committed $28 million to the Global Solidarity Fund to empower and provide for meals, vaccines, and job training for over 1 million migrants, refugees, and people in vulnerable situations, particularly women and girls, through the end of 2022. The LEGO Foundation made a historic $150 million commitment, including $70M to UNICEF to support access to vital vaccines and health supplies benefitting parents, teachers and caregivers in vulnerable communities around the world, and more than $12M to support UNICEF, Education Cannot Wait and the International Rescue Committee, to help the COVID-19 recovery and ensure children’s access to play-based learning opportunities. Mastercard committed $10M to the World Food Programme (WFP) to end hunger and to Conservation International (CI) to restore forests around the world. Mastercard is also matching donations up to $200k made through the Mastercard Donation Platform in support of Conservation International. Namati, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation collectively committed $20 million as seed funding to launch the Legal Empowerment Fund. and jump-start its 10-year effort to raise $100 million for the people-centered justice movement. Paris Peace Forum announced two events on health and climate PepsiCo committed $1M to the World Food Programme to help combat global food insecurity. ROTARY International committed $98M in grant funding during 2022 Zendesk committed $264K in in-kind contributions in the form of technology software and consulting services to the International Rescue Committee to support expansion of a project into the United States and Afghanistan. Global Citizen Live was part of a once-in-a-generation day of unity across seven continents that will be broadcast over 24 hours around the world on Apple Music, Apple TV App, YouTube, and Twitter. Global Citizen Live will also air on ABC, ABC News Live, iHeartRadio, Hulu, The Roku Channel, FX and TIME in the United States, BBC in the United Kingdom, Caracol and Caracol International in Colombia, Channel 9 in Australia, MagentaTV and MagentaMusik 360 in Germany, Mediacorp in Singapore, Multichoice in Africa, Multishow & Bis in Brazil, S3 on SABC in South Africa, AIM Group in Nigeria, RTVE in Spain, Sky & TV8 in Italy, TF1/TMC in France and TV Azteca in México, VRT/Eén in Belgium, and Zee TV in India. Events and performances from across the world included: NEW YORK CITY (presented by Citi and Cisco) with Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, and special guest performances by Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste, Lang Lang and Skip Marley. PARIS at Champ de Mars with Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Black Eyed Peas, Christine and the Queens, Doja Cat, Måneskin, and special guest performances by Angélique Kidjo, Charlie Puth, and Fatma Said. LOS ANGELES at The Greek Theatre (presented by Verizon) with Stevie Wonder, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., Migos, ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, The Lumineers, and 5 Seconds of Summer LONDON with Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue and Nile Rodgers and Chic LAGOS with Femi Kuti, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Made Kuti RIO DE JANEIRO with Alok, Mart’nália, Criolo, Liniker, with special guests Tropkillaz, and Mosquito, in partnership with Rock In Rio SYDNEY with Delta Goodrem MUMBAI, hosted by Anil Kapoor, with Sadhguru, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Arjun Kapoor, Ananya Panday, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Janhvi Kapoor, KiaraAdvani, Riteish Deshmukh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinhawith, in partnership with Wizcraft. Additional broadcast performances from across the world include: Andrea Bocelli from Tuscany, BTS from Seoul, Green Day from Los Angeles, Keith Urban, Ricky Martin from various locations in Las Vegas, Lorde and My Morning Jacket from various locations in New York City, Metallica from Louisville, Sho Madjozi and Muzi from Johannesburg and, in partnership with Sony Music Latin, Camilo from Madrid and Lali from Buenos Aires. Straight from the Amazon Rainforest, the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil represented by Mapu of the Huni Kuin, Aldeia Mutum of the Yawanawas, and Owera (Kunumi MC) of the Guaranis join Alok in premiering a unique collaboration project showcasing indigenous culture. Global Citizen Live is supported by a corporate coalition, including Global Partners: Accenture, Cisco, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Google, Live Nation, P&G, Salesforce, Verizon, and campaign partners Hilton, WW International, and World Wide Technology who will engage support from the private sector in driving new commitments toward the campaign’s policy objectives. Access Bank is a Global Citizen Live campaign partner in Nigeria. Campaign co-chairs include: Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi; James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; Lorraine Twohill, CMO of Google; Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation; Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G; Marc Benioff, Chair and CEO of Salesforce; Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon; and Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW International. Executive Producers of the Global Citizen Live campaign include: Michele Anthony for UMG, Francine Katsoudas, Tina Kennedy, Eric Ortner, Guy Oseary, Michael Rapino for Live Nation, Brian N. Sheth, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby and Chris Stadler. The program will be executive produced by Jane Y. Mun, with producing partners Deviants Media, Diversified Production Services, Done and Dusted Productions, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Live Nation, Livewire Pictures, TMPL Motion Pictures, and U-Live (a UMG Nigeria company). Global Citizen is grateful for the support from incredible organizations advocating for impact, including: 1t.org, American Forests, The Asia Society, Ban Ki Moon Center, Center for Environmental Peacebuilding, Climate Neutral, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, Conservation International, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, Education Cannot Wait, Fundación Azteca, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, Global Solidarity Fund, Green Climate Fund, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Rescue Committee, LISC, Namati, Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), One Acre Fund, Outright Action International, Paris Peace Forum, The Pathfinders, Re:Wild, Rotary International, Seadream Family Foundation, Sheth Sangreal Foundation, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), Slum2School Africa, South African Education Project, The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, The Global Fund (to Fight TB, AIDS, Malaria), UNICEF, UNICEF Australia, UNITAID, UNFPA, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), World Food Programme, World Health Organization, World Health Organization Foundation. Global Citizen Live has received in-kind support from leading media companies, including: Adomni, AIM Group, Bandsintown, BellaNaija, BOO! Media, Branded Cities, Brut Media, Captivate, Clear Channel Outdoor, Curb Media, Digital Mobile Media, Evergreen Trading, Forbes, GSTV, Hi! Street Digital, iHeartRadio, Interstate Outdoor, Jack Agency, JCDecaux Australia, JCDecaux Nigeria, Mass Media, Maxx Media, Monumental Concepts & Displays, Newscentral TV, Nigeria Info, Ocean Outdoor, Outfront Media, Penske Media, Seen Media, Six Flags Theme Parks, The New York Times, Vanguard Media, Wazobia FM, and Wazobia Max TV. For more information about Global Citizen Live, visit www.globalcitizen.org, and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and YouTube. ABOUT GLOBAL CITIZEN Global Citizen is the world's largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly advocates, our voices have the power to drive lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity. We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards with tickets to concerts, events, and experiences all over the world. For more information, visit GlobalCitizen.org. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Global Citizen on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 09:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Home Depot Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Home Depot

The contributions of our Hispanic associates help to strengthen our company and grow our culture every day. Follow along from September 15 to October 15 as we celebrate their voices, perspectives, and accomplishments.  HispanicHeritageMonth View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Home Depot on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 09:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Volunteerism Goes Virtual at Comcast

Comcast Corporation

In this work-from-home environment, organizations that rely on volunteer assistance have struggled, and it’s been equally challenging for employees to participate in volunteer projects in our communities the way we used to. Fortunately, Comcast employees have found some creative work-arounds, enabling us to give back through virtual/at-home volunteer projects in partnership with local community organizations. Many Comcasters participated in a do-it-yourself neighborhood clean-up in conjunction with SOLVE Oregon, and members of Comcast’s Women’s Network created STEM Kits for girls in collaboration with non-profit ChickTech. In pre-pandemic times, Comcast’s “Beyond School Walls” program would be bringing kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest to our offices for monthly mentoring and fun. In a creative pivot, the “bigs” collaborated on-line with their “littles” to write letters and make cards for isolated local seniors in residential care with assistance from non-profit GlamourGals. Big Sister Jessica Bruck, an Xfinity Communities account executive, says the project filled her with gratitude and happiness. “I had no idea that GlamourGals existed, so it was great to learn what they are about and how they are worked to stay connected with senior citizens in this virtual world. I loved how everyone was genuinely curious to see each other’s artwork. The stories we got to hear were fun, too!” Her Little Sister, Cam, was equally enthusiastic. “This project made me happy. I’m glad Jessica invited me and that we got to do this together. I would like to do more projects like this. I hope that my card makes an old person smile and be happy for the day.” Not surprisingly, drawing was her favorite part of the day. We can’t say thanks enough to the wonderful folks who volunteer their time and efforts to bring joy to others! View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Comcast Corporation on 3blmedia.com

September 27, 2021 09:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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