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Winners of VinFuture's $4.5m global sci-tech prizes announced

Vingroup

The VinFuture Prize is aligned with one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is grounded in recognising proven, real-life impact Winners demonstrated breakthrough innovations in science and technology focused on driving meaningful and scalable change through improvements in health, prosperity, productivity, equity, and sustainability Recipients were selected from nearly 600 nominations across 60 countries HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 21 January 2022 - The inaugural VinFuture Award Ceremony honors inventors of core mRNA vaccine technology; metal-organic frameworks (MOFs); flexible semiconductors with the sensing properties of human skin; and tenofovir gel for the prevention of HIV. These projects are exceptional scientific accomplishments that will positively impact the lives of billions of people on Earth in the present and future. Professor Katalin Kariko (third from right), Professor Pieter Cullis and Professor Drew Weissman (first and second from left) win VinFuture Grand Prize Honouring exceptional minds whose research and technological innovations will improve quality of life and ensure sustainable living for future generations, The VinFuture Prize was launched on International Solidarity Day 2020 and is uniquely aligned with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The award programme is part of the VinFuture Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit set up by Mr. Phạm Nhật Vượng, the first Vietnamese billionaire and Founder and Chairman of the largest Vietnamese conglomerate, Vingroup Corporate, together with his wife, Mrs. Phạm Thu Hương, to create meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions by recognising and rewarding transformative innovation in sci-tech. Attracting almost 600 nominations across 60 countries in its inaugural year, the Prize represents the best in science and technological breakthroughs in these fields. Of these nominations, nearly 100 came from the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists, many of whom are themselves laureates of distinguished awards, such as the Nobel Prize, Breakthrough Prize and Tang Prize, among others. The Grand Prize, valued at US$3 million, is awarded to three scientists: Katalin Kariko (USA), Drew Weissman (USA) and Pieter Cullis (Canada) for their work on mRNA technology, which paved the way for effective COVID-19 vaccines. In their research, they were able to modify mRNA and encapsulate it in lipid nanoparticles, preventing the immune system from reacting to foreign mRNA entering the body and avoiding cytokine induction, toxicity, and off-target effects. Based on Kariko and Weissman’s discovery, and Cullis’s development of lipid nanoparticles, pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were able to produce effective COVID-19 vaccines in record time. Besides serving as a global line of defense against the increasing infections and deaths caused by the pandemic, mRNA technology also has the potential to generate vaccines against HIV, cancer, autoimmune diseases and genetic diseases, potentially saving the lives of billions of people in the future. In addition to the Grand Prize, three Special Prizes, each valued at US$500,000, have been dedicated specifically for female innovators and to recognize innovations in emerging fields and in developing countries. The first Special Prize, dedicated to “Innovators with Outstanding Achievements in Emerging Fields”, is awarded to Professor Omar Yaghi (USA) for his work on discovering metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). MOFs are a new class of materials formed as networks of charged molecules linked to metal ions, with permanent porosity with high surface area and impressive stability. With tuneable pore sizes that enable the absorption and storage of gas and water molecules, MOFs provide solutions for the capture, storage, separation, and chemical manipulation of different types of gases and particles, and have the potential to create a cleaner environment and cleaner air, energy, and water sources. In particular, Professor Yaghi’s MOF water harvester has been proven to have the potential to generate clean water at any time, in any place. If successfully implemented, MOFs can improve the lives of millions of people in regions that lack access to clean water, helping increase water independence and increase quality of life. The second Special Prize, dedicated to “Female Innovators”, is awarded to Professor Zhenan Bao (USA) for her work on developing flexible electronics with the sensing properties of human skin. The electronics are made from a type of flexible molecular semiconductor material that has self-healing and biodegradable properties, allowing electronics to be integrated seamlessly into the human body. They have great potential in medical diagnosis and smart healthcare and can also be applied to wearable and implantable electronic devices, enhancing the quality of life of millions of people with disability and sparking future medical breakthroughs. Professors Salim Abdool Karim (second from right) and Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim (second from left) win VinFuture Special Prize The Special Prize, for “Innovators from Developing Countries”, is awarded to Professors Salim Abdool Karim and Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim from South Africa for their research on effective HIV prevention. With extensive experience in the field of epidemiology, the two scientists developed a tenofovir-based gel that prevents sexual transmission of HIV, laying the foundation for the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) method of preventing HIV. Salim Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim also created an oral medicine to create an HIV prevention strategy across the world, including for women and infants. The Karims’ research was recognized by UNAIDS and WHO as a pivotal scientific breakthrough, with significant impact on the prevention of an epidemic in the African continent and the world. Speaking about the results of the inaugural season of the VinFuture Prize, Professor Sir Richard Friend, VinFuture Prize Council Chair, stated: “The VinFuture Prize 2021 recognizes truly outstanding scientific work that has made and will make, a positive impact on the lives of millions, or even billions, of people around the world. The winners have brought new solutions for some of the most significant challenges that humanity is facing, such as infectious diseases and meeting the urgent need for zero carbon energy. The VinFuture Prize celebrates the power of science and technology to solve global problems.” On behalf of the Prize Laureates, Professor Katalin Kariko shared: “It is an incredible honor to learn that the Prize council selected me, together with my fellow scientists Drew Weissman and Pieter Cullis, to receive the inaugural VinFuture Grand Prize. We, as scientists, work at the bench in the laboratory, performing experiments day-after-day and hope that one day – maybe in our lifetime – we can witness that the advancements we made will be beneficial for the common good. We are all relieved and thrilled that our scientific discoveries laid the foundation for the development of the mRNA vaccines. It is also important to note that the vaccines were developed based on a century of scientific and technological progress and recent discoveries by hundreds of thousands of scientists, doctors, engineers and experts who advanced the knowledge of their respected fields, and the combination of that work led to the creation of these very effective and safe mRNA vaccines. We hope that our scientific adventure will also inspire the next generation of researchers and doctors, and that their contributions will advance our scientific knowledge on a higher level leading to the treatment of patients with unmet medical needs.” The first VinFuture Award Ceremony was broadcasted live on major communication channels across the world, with the appearance of Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of Vietnam, leaders of domestic ministries and agencies, global ambassadors, industry leaders, and in particular, eminent international scientists. The Award Ceremony signals the end of the first season of the VinFuture Prize, with results far exceeding the expectations of the Prize Council in terms of both quantity, quality, and practical application potential of the nominations. The early success of the Prize lays the foundation for broadening the Prize’s impact in coming years, recognising scientists who seek and deliver solutions to humanity’s problems, contributing to creating a better life for everyone, and building a sustainable environment for future generations. Officially starting the second season of the VinFuture Prize The second cycle of the VinFuture Prize has now started, immediately following the conclusion of the inaugural VinFuture Award Ceremony. The VinFuture Foundation will open the nomination portal from February 15 running until June 3, 2022. Contact Details Vingroup Media Contact v.nammh@vingroup.net

January 20, 2022 08:26 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Bridge to Health Connects New Mexico Residents to Local Resources to Help Families Live Healthier Lives

Quest Diagnostics

Meeting people where they are is an important step to helping to close health care gaps in underserved communities. Bridge to Health, a newly created community health and wellness program, launched with this goal in mind. The program’s mission is to help connect community members to local resources by bringing together a wide range of organizations providing access to vital services. Bridge to Health is funded by Quest Diagnostics through its Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) initiative, which focuses on improving health equity in underserved communities. Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. Bridge to Health hosted two events in December in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico to help connect community members to health screenings, educational resources, wellness testing and local services at no cost to them. Over 1,100 bags of groceries were distributed to families along with healthy recipes and grocery gift cards. The events offered an array of local resources by bringing together a wide range of organizations providing access to vital services including dental and vision screenings, health insurance enrollment, COVID-19 vaccinations, and Blueprint for Wellness health screenings. Nearly 300 attendees took advantage of this comprehensive screening which includes important biometrics like blood pressure; glucose and A1C testing, both important indicators for diabetes risk and diagnosis; as well as a comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, and complete blood count. The personalized results provide powerful information highlighting strengths and risks to allow people to take control of their health. “Access to health services is vital, especially as the pandemic caused many people to delay routine care,” said Mandell Jackson, Vice President and General Manager, Quest for Health Equity. “By joining forces with trusted community organizations, we dramatically increase our potential to address the needs of the community in a more comprehensive way.” Over 2,200 people attended the events, including local volunteers from the community. The New Mexico Department of Health in partnership with the National Guard administered COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible adults and children. Free transportation to the events was offered and dozens of local organizations, were on-site to provide information on community services and programs. The events also included a Kids Zone with arts and crafts, balloon animals, and Wii fitness games. One of the nearly 100 community programs in attendance was Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN); a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service program funded by Federal grants to provide nutrition education to SNAP-eligible audiences in New Mexico with a mission to inspire families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices and to make those choices possible by creating health-friendly communities. “Too many communities across New Mexico lack access to essential resources like healthcare, affordable food, and safe housing,” said Donna Sauter, ICAN Director, New Mexico State University. “Making health care services available to all New Mexicans is a critical first step to improving the lives of and investing in the future of our communities. We must continue to work together to ensure that access to affordable and healthy food as well as safe housing is accessible to all residents in our great state.” To learn more information and to access Bridge to Health’s online services, visit www.bridgetohealth.com or www.bridgetohealth.com/es/ for the Spanish version of the website. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Quest Diagnostics on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 05:10 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Marathon Petroleum Supports Project to Restore Blufflands Along the Mississippi River

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Marathon Petroleum’s St. Paul Park refinery provided a $23,000 grant to support bluffland restoration and community engagement in Minnesota, as part of its longstanding relationship with  Friends of the Mississippi River. The nonprofit organization is working to restore native forest, prairie and savanna plant communities. For years, the St. Paul Park refinery has supported Friends of the Mississippi River in the restoration of a two-acre prairie park that is owned by Marathon Petroleum and has been a certified wildlife habitat since 1998. This new grant will expand the work and partnership between Friends of the Mississippi River and Marathon Petroleum to fund the natural resources management plan of a 175-acre bluffland property that borders the refinery to the east and is an important natural habitat for more than 300 migratory bird species. “Friends of the Mississippi River is grateful for the opportunity to work with Marathon to restore their bluffland property to its native habitat,” said Sara DeKok, Associate Director-Development Director for Friends of the Mississippi River. “This project will ultimately improve habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, water quality, and the usability of the site for potential public access in the future. We're excited to get started!”  The organization has a five-to-ten-year plan to transform the area and open it up to the community. The plans include removing invasive woody species that have led to the loss of many native plants and animal species. The project also includes the addition of trails for people to access the area and learn about the blufflands. “We have a finite number of natural areas left in the Twin Cities Metro. Especially in the south metro, development is increasing at a rapid pace, putting added pressure on our remaining natural spaces,” said DeKok. “But it's not enough to just protect these places. With threats like invasive species, erosion, and a changing climate, we need to take an active role in restoring these places in order to provide high-quality habitat for wildlife, protect water quality, and give people space to experience and enjoy nature.” View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Marathon Petroleum Corporation on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 04:10 PM Eastern Standard Time

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New White Paper Offers Actionable Insights on Workplace Well-being

International WELL Building Institute

A new white paper published by Deloitte offers new insights on how the evolution of well-being in the workplace is pushing employers to take an integrated approach to establishing a culture that not only takes physical hazardous elements out of workplace, but also addresses and helps support employees’ overall physical and mental well-being. Employers: It IS your job to make sure your employees feel good. And there are tools to help you out. This is the conclusion by a new white paper published by Deloitte, Well-being: A new cornerstone for ESG strategy and reporting (part 1). The paper offers new insights on how the evolution of well-being in the workplace is pushing employers to take an integrated approach to establishing a culture that not only takes physical hazardous elements out of workplace, but also addresses and helps support employees’ overall physical and mental well-being. The paper expands on Deloitte’s consulting model on future of work and explores well-being against the backdrop of an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework. In particular, work, the workforce and workplace are considered through the lens of corporate environmental and societal factors. These are the three pillars on which employers can build and support a culture of well-being at the organization level. Lisa MacVicar, principal author of the white paper and a senior manager of the Real Estate Advisory at Deloitte Canada, cited peer-reviewed studies stating that businesses with good employee well-being programs have been shown to significantly outperform companies listed on the S&P Index. For example, portfolios composed of companies that scored highly in the Corporate Health Achievement Awards, which recognize North American companies, appreciated by 204% to 333% compared to the S&P 500 index appreciation of 105%. MacVicar points out that it is no longer just the human resource department’s job to safeguard employee well-being. Recognizing that a healthy, engaged workforce can positively impact a company’s bottom line, corporate leaders are beginning to make long-term commitments to well-being strategies. She writes, “C-suite leaders, board members, and executive teams play a critical role in driving policies, procedures and practices that promote well-being, changes that can positively influence workplace culture, management practices and employee experience”. Subject matter experts at the International WELL Building Institute contributed to the whitepaper including works by Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, Senior Vice President, Research; Minjia Yang, Vice President, Investing for Health; and Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, Chief Medical Officer. The paper hopes to serve as a playbook for organizational decision makers with its actionable roadmap on how to deploy various elements around the three well-being pillars. In addition to supporting the workforce (the people), an organization needs to leverage the other two related pillars: work and workplace. An organization should integrate well-being into the design of work, for example, allowing flexible scheduling and adopting systems for collecting and communicating feedback. As to the workplace pillar, leading organizations are using the physical workplace as a lever for well-being, providing access to physical spaces and remote work policies designed with people’s health and productivity at the center. Part 1 of the paper hits on several thought-provoking areas to highlight: The evolution of well-being in the workplace – an analytical review of how the focus of well-being has advanced from the 19th century’s physical hazards prevention to today’s more progressive ban on psychosocial hazards by the United States OSHA regulation to the International Labor Organization’s all-inclusive well-being aspects of working life. The impact of ESG on employee well-being – a deep dive on how the demand on responsible investment puts a spotlight on corporate ESG practices which can result in more positive impact on employee well-being. Well-being: a changing regulatory environment – a section on how the regulatory environment is putting pressure on organizations to adopt, track, measure and report on ESG practices. This section also notes well cited research regarding the strong correlations between good employee well-being programs and companies’ corresponding high financial performances. Using the physical workplace as a lever for well-being – an insight on how buildings should no longer be overlooked as a lever that can deliver, measure and provide reporting opportunities on well-being outcomes both as we fight our way out of the current pandemic and into the future. Moving the well-being agenda forward – a call to action for human resources, information technology, sustainability, risk and real estate functions to come together and develop an integrated approach to well-being. Creating a culture of well-being through work, the workforce, and the workplace – laying out the three pillars for well-being strategies and offering a toolbox to help frame out integrated well-being parameters. Part 2 of the whitepaper, scheduled to release later this year, will take a closer look at identifying metric competency and leading indicators as well as necessary tools for leaders to institute a plan to implement well-being strategies. View the original content here. 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January 20, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Plastic Ingenuity Joins Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

January 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ - The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is pleased to welcome Plastic Ingenuity (PI), one of the largest custom thermoformers in North America. They focus on custom projects for the food, healthcare, and consumer goods industries. “Plastic Ingenuity will bring valuable insights and connections to HPRC,” said Peylina Chu, Executive Director of HPRC. “Their collaboration with various stakeholders in the packaging value chain and their willingness to invest resources into tackling the plastic waste problem within healthcare perfectly aligns with HPRC’s initiatives.” “Increasing the circularity of thermoforms is our mission,” shared Zach Muscato, Sustainability Champion at Plastic Ingenuity. “Plastic Ingenuity believes in the immense benefits of plastics -- we also acknowledge too much plastic waste ends up in landfills, incinerators, or in our ecosystems. We fully support the mission of HPRC to enhance the circularity of healthcare packaging.” Plastic Ingenuity’s involvement in other industry collaborations will allow them to bring best practices to share with HPRC along with unique perspectives on how we can work together to leverage existing knowledge and maximize resources. As part of HPRC, Plastic Ingenuity will continue to work towards its mission of achieving circularity through collaboration, intelligent design, and investment. HPRC is currently engaged in multiple initiatives aimed at enabling recycling of healthcare plastics, including research into advanced recycling technologies to recycle mixed stream healthcare plastics, a study of reverse logistics processes for collecting, segregating, and preparing healthcare plastic waste for transport, and focused outreach and engagement with recyclers. About HPRC HPRC is a private technical coalition of industry peers across healthcare, recycling, and waste management industries seeking to improve the recyclability of plastic products within healthcare. HPRC is made up of brand leading and globally recognized members including Amcor, Baxter, BD, Boston Scientific, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, Freepoint Ecosystems, Gore Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, Paxxus, Plastic Ingenuity, Ravago Recycling Group, Remington Medical, Sartorius, Sonoco Healthcare, Sterimed, Stryker, ThermoFisher Scientific, and Westfall Technik. The council convenes biannually at meetings hosted by an HPRC member that regularly include stakeholder engagement events and facility tours to further learning and knowledge sharing opportunities through first-hand demonstration of best practices in sustainable product and packaging design and recycling processes. For more information, visit www.hprc.org and follow HPRC on LinkedIn. About Plastic Ingenuity Plastic Ingenuity is one of the largest custom thermoformers in North America. We provide innovative packaging solutions that encompass every stage of packaging design and manufacturing, from initial proposals to the finished product. We control almost every aspect of our manufacturing process with in-house design, extrusion, mold-making, tooling, and thermoforming. We focus on high volume, high quality, custom projects for the food, healthcare, and consumer goods industries. We understand the unique challenges of each industry and are constantly researching and developing new approaches to ongoing problems. For more information, visit www.plasticingenuity.com. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Home Depot Earns A/A- Rating Four Consecutive Years From Environmental Impact Leader CDP

The Home Depot

The Home Depot has been recognized as a global leader on corporate climate action for efforts to reduce its environmental impact and build a more sustainable future for consumers. CDP, an environmental impact non-profit, ranked The Home Depot 2021 Climate Change score as an A- for its actions to cut carbon emissions and reduce climate risks. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the company has received an A/A- rating for its climate change efforts, while The North America regional average is a C. Every year, thousands of companies disclose data about their environmental impacts to CDP for independent assessment and receive scores ranging from A to D- for how effectively they are tackling climate risks. CDP scoring enables companies to move forward towards environmental stewardship through benchmarking and comparison with peers and to continuously improve their climate governance.  The Home Depot is focused on reducing carbon emissions by continually improving energy efficiency in its operations and expanding investments in green energy and other operational projects. “We’re honored to be recognized by the CDP for our efforts to reduce our environmental impact,” says Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental innovation. "Being transparent to stakeholders about our efforts to reduce emissions by using less energy and sourcing cleaner energy is an important part of our sustainability strategy as a company.” To learn more about The Home Depot’s commitment to sustainability, check out the 2021 ESG Report and Eco Actions Website. Keep up with all the latest Home Depot news! Subscribe to our bi-weekly news update and get the top Built from Scratch stories delivered straight to your inbox. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Home Depot on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 01:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Entergy Mentorship Program Helps Returning Veterans Transition Into the Business World

Entergy Corporation

A local program is helping U.S. military members make the transition back home to the private corporate work world. In honor of  National Mentoring Month, we focus on this mentor and protégé program with Entergy and the nonprofit  American Corporate Partners. Scott Barrios, a volunteer mentor and Entergy’s electric technology senior account manager, and his protégé Rob Riley talk with WVUE-TV about the importance of career coaching and this mentorship program for returning veterans and active-duty military spouses.  More than 100 Entergy volunteers have mentored about 200 veterans and active-duty military spouses since our partnership began in 2018. Entergy is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor  four years in a row  for our veterans hiring and retention programs, leadership training and veteran integration assistance. Interested in a career at Entergy? Visit our website  jobs.entergy.com. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Entergy Corporation on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 01:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Ørsted and Partners Awarded Gigawatt-scale Floating Wind Site in Scottish Seabed Competition

Ørsted

The award for this floating wind site of up to 1GW in scale has been made through CES’s ScotWind offshore wind leasing round. The project will be located off Caithness, around 50 km east of Wick and is Ørsted’s first large-scale floating wind development project anywhere in the world, as well as expanding Ørsted’s footprint from onshore wind to offshore wind in Scotland. Martin Neubert, Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy Group CEO at Ørsted, says: “I’m pleased that we have been given the opportunity, together with our partners Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, to develop this project and compete in future floating wind tenders in Scotland with this gigawatt-scale lease.“ “I commend Crown Estate Scotland for awarding lease rights at large scale and with focus on development phase commitments, which is exactly what is needed to allow for financially sustainable development and to make floating and deeper water wind cost-competitive. By securing this seabed lease area, we’re confirming our ambitions in floating offshore wind while expanding our offshore development pipeline and our long-term commitment to the UK.” Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK at Ørsted, says: “We are pleased that our application has been selected by Crown Estate Scotland, an affirmation of our strategic decision to pursue floating wind opportunities and to drive the commercialization of this exciting and rapidly developing new technology. We look forward to working with the consortium to bring together the special capabilities of each partner, enabling us to to jointly develop this project as quickly as possible to produce green power for Scotland. “Scotland has some of the best offshore wind potential in the world and the ScotWind leasing round is a unique opportunity for Scotland to become a global leader in floating offshore wind. We look forward to working with Scottish businesses as we develop our offshore wind project, investing in the local supply chain and creating new jobs and skills that will leave a lasting legacy for communities around the country.”  The successful bid combined Ørsted’s unparalleled expertise in developing and building more offshore wind projects than any other company in the world with BlueFloat Energy’s focus on developing floating wind projects and Falck Renewables’ strong track record of community engagement in Scotland and global project development. The consortium has already begun work with community ownership experts Energy4All on a new framework which will allow residents of Scotland and Scottish communities to share the financial benefits of the floating wind farms the consortium builds in the future.  As part of the preparatory work to deliver the floating wind farm the consortium will collaborate with Energy Skills Partnership Scotland (ESP) to help train up a skilled workforce in time for construction to begin.  Research will also be carried out with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) to investigate the potential effects of floating wind developments on the marine environment. Projects under discussion will examine how fishing interests and offshore wind can work together and study the interaction of fish, marine mammals and seabirds with floating offshore wind farms. For further information please contact: Media Relations Tom Christiansen + 45 99 55 60 17 tomlc@orsted.dk Investor Relations Allan Bødskov Andersen + 45 99 55 79 96 IR@orsted.dk   About Ørsted The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights' 2021 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,672 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2020, the group's revenue was DKK 52.6 billion (EUR 7.1 billion). Visit  orsted.com  or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ørsted on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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FSG Welcomes Social Impact Expert Shumeca Pickett As a Managing Director

FSG

BOSTON, January 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ - FSG, a global social impact advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Shumeca Pickett has joined the firm as a managing director. In her new role, Shumeca will help lead the firm’s corporate racial equity work alongside a talented team of social change experts. “We’re thrilled to have Shumeca join FSG as a managing director,” said CEO Greg Hills. “Over the past several years, our corporate consulting practice has increasingly focused on helping our clients hone their purpose in equity. Shumeca is a proven leader and relationship builder whose intellectual and emotional depth is matched by her cultural fluency.” “I’m happy to join FSG at this point in time,” said Shumeca. “Corporations have a critical role to play when it comes to creating the equitable systems change that we need so much. Whether the focus is on finance, socioeconomic mobility, innovation, or joining forces with communities, the power of corporations to reduce inequity is vast—if they are willing to be authentic, strategic, and collaborative. “I believe that love is a commitment to a decision to benefit others. And love for people sustains communities, enterprises, and systems. FSG is a good fit for a mission-driven professional such as myself who endeavors to help protect and improve people’s welfare,” she said. In addition to working with a talented team on corporate racial equity, Shumeca will help FSG’s clients with her expertise and focus on CSR, economic development, and systems thinking. Shumeca comes to FSG from Alfred Dewitt Ard, the social impact consulting firm she founded in 2010 to work with a cross-section of people and organizations to help them build and lead anti-racist organizations. As founder and principal, she developed executive engagement strategies across public, private, and government sectors to secure new business. She also offered coaching, assessments, project design, and planning services to provide race-informed support to executive leaders. Shumeca was also the first-ever director of civic partnerships for World Business Chicago, where she led the creation of an inclusive economic development mission and culture. Prior to launching her firm, she also filled roles in diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategy, team, and business development leadership at JP Morgan Chase and PNC Bank. She earned her BS from Chicago State University before earning her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Since 2000, FSG has been at the forefront of helping foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and other philanthropic actors create a more equitable world. Today, more than 160 staff in the US, Europe, and India work with clients and partners from the private, public, and philanthropic sectors to reimagine how social change can happen. In addition to offering advisory services, FSG’s thought leadership offers the field practical insights drawn from our cross-sector work. FSG also helps build communities of practice through innovative programs and initiatives: the Collective Impact Forum, Growing Livelihood Opportunities for Women (GLOW), Program to Improve Private Early Education (PIPE), the Shared Value Initiative, and Talent Rewire. Learn more about us at fsg.org ### Press inquiries: mark.russell@fsg.org View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from FSG on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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