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Solidia Technologies: Gateway to a Carbon Negative Future for Cement & Concrete

Solidia Technologies

By scaling technologies across the globe, Solidia is working to modernize one of the oldest and largest industries and shift concrete from an existential threat to a building block of the new digital age in which sustainability is business as usual. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Solidia Technologies on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 03:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Wishing All Our Interns a Happy National Intern Day!

Georgia-Pacific

Wishing all our interns a happy National Intern Day! They dedicated their summer toward continuous learning and gained hands-on experience applying innovative solutions and their unique perspectives to create win-win opportunities for the company and our customers. We can't wait to see where your careers lead you. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Georgia-Pacific on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 03:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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HBCU Student Interns Share Their Home Depot Experience

The Home Depot

This year, more than 200 students will complete an internship with The Home Depot. Between learning and working on meaningful projects with professional teams, interns also receive exclusive opportunities like career development sessions, networking, mentorship, game days and more.   For interns currently studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), their program included a July lunch and learn with Home Depot leaders who are also HBCU alumni. Of the interns in attendance, we interviewed three to get their perspective.   “I thoroughly enjoyed the HBCU Lunch and Learn,” says Jaimie Crawford, an indirect procurement intern studying psychology at Spelman College. “For me, it was an opportunity to decompress and enjoy the company of my fellow HBCU family. I felt empowered to be around leaders in the company who share a similar experience.”   HBCU alumni included leaders from technology, human resources, operations, merchandise, home services and more. Before the event concluded, each intern was matched with a mentor.   “I was paired with Zenna, and she’s been amazing in the mentorship process,” says Shaymon Thompson, a supply chain transportation intern pursuing business administration at Clark Atlanta University. “I think the key to a successful internship is being coachable and being able to grow. Different challenges may arise, but that’s usually where the growth happens.”   For Christine Fasuyi, a supply chain fulfillment intern majoring in supply chain management at Clark Atlanta University, events like the lunch and learn are opportunities that can’t be missed. “I try to attend all sessions that are provided,” she shares. “You can never have too much exposure.”  To  support educational institutions like HBCUs, The Home Depot created the  Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program  in 2009. To date, the program has provided more than $3.1 million for 87% of the nation’s HBCUs.  To learn more about The Home Depot’s internship opportunities, visit  Home Depot Careers.   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Home Depot on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 03:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Empleados De Salud Que Van 'mas Alla; Del Servicio Clinico'

Oportun

El 4 de enero Rubén González llegó a la sala de emergencias debido a que le faltaba la respiración. Ahí le confirmaron que estaba infectado con covid-19 y tuvo que ser internado inmediatamente ya que sus pulmones estaban a punto de colapsar. Después de tres meses de estar internado en el hospital White Memorial en Boyle Heights, González, de 51 años, fue dado de alta pero tuvo que llevar consigo un tanque de oxígeno el cual utiliza desde entonces las 24 horas al día. “Me ha cambiado la vida mucho, no puedo caminar, no puedo hacer las cosas como antes, no puedo ni salir a regar el zacate. Me canso mucho”, dijo el residente del este de Los Ángeles. Su discapacidad lo ha obligado a permanecer en el hogar y no ha podido regresar a su empleo como mecánico. Durante el tiempo que ha estado enfermo, la familia también ha enfrentado la difícil situación de tener que lidiar con reparaciones de la casa como goteras en el techo y arreglar el calentador. Lo que poco esperaba González es que la ayuda para solventar algunos gastos llegara por parte de su clínica local, AltaMed. “Yo tengo 25 años como paciente de AltaMed, pero nunca imaginé que me iban a ayudar”, dijo González. “Con lo que nos dieron pagamos parte de la hipoteca y otras deudas”. González fue uno de los elegidos para recibir ayuda económica por parte del programa “AltaMed Gives”, el cual es financiado por los empleados de AltaMed Health Services, un centro de salud comunitario con sede en los condados de Los Ángeles y Orange. Los empleados donan a AltaMed Gives desde un dólar hasta $100 o más. Bárbara Long, portavoz de AltaMed, dijo que los empleados comenzaron este programa hace unos años para ayudar a algunos de los pacientes que no tienen acceso a cosas esenciales y que ellos notan durante sus jornadas de trabajo. “Lo que nosotros hacemos va más allá del servicio clínico, sabemos que el estrés de la vida puede afectar la calidad de la vida”, dijo Long. Una madre en apuros Otra de las pacientes que recibió la ayuda inesperada por parte de AltaMed Gives es Justine Lemus. Ella es madre soltera de dos niños y el menor de 5 años padece autismo. Lemus, de 32 años, dijo que el año pasado cuando fue a su clínica local de AltaMed tenía problemas económicos para comprar los pañales de su niño, así que se las estaba ingeniando para ponerle uno más grande de su talla. Una empleada la vio y le dijo que aunque no tenían pañales del tamaño que necesitaba el niño, si la podía referir a un programa donde la podrían ayudar. “En menos de una semana me ayudaron con los pañales, compras del mercado y hasta pagaron mi teléfono”, dijo emocionada Lemus. La residente de South Gate fue elegible recientemente para recibir nuevamente la ayuda que tanto necesita sobre todo porque ella es la principal cuidadora de su niño con autismo, quien todavía no puede ir al baño por sí solo y necesita sus pañales. Hasta hace un tiempo también era la cuidadora principal de su abuela, quien está paralizada de la parte izquierda de su cuerpo. Patrocinadores listos para ayudar Por esta razón, Oportun, una compañía de servicios financieros con enfoque en personas trabajadoras, decidió incluir su ayuda a los más necesitados mediante donaciones que duplican la ayuda que reciben los pacientes. Alejandra Velázquez, portavoz de Oportun, dijo que en el pasado ya han colaborado en diferentes proyectos comunitarios con AltaMed. “Eso nos da la oportunidad de entender quienes son los pacientes que en sí, frecuentemente son a las que ayuda Oportun”, dijo Velázquez. Muchas personas continúan siendo afectadas por la pandemia por la pérdida de empleo, infecciones en el hogar o los niños que no han podido regresar a la escuela; pero entidades como AltaMed y Oportun son muy consientes de ello. “Todo eso requiere más dinero”, dijo Velázquez. “Y Oportun está igualando contribuciones de otras compañías con el fin de recaudar un total de $100,000 para este programa”. La ayuda por parte de AltaMed para los pacientes necesitados es aprobada de acuerdo a su necesidad. Esta cantidad ofrecida es duplicada por otra donación de Oportun que va hacia el mismo paciente. Debido a que el financiamiento es limitado los pacientes son elegidos por un comité de empleados de AltaMed. González recibió una ayuda de $2,250 y Lemus un total de 1,300 en ayuda. “Nuestro apoyo a la campaña AltaMed Gives ayudará a aliviar a la señora Lemus y a cientos de familias de la región de Los Ángeles que han sido severamente afectadas por la pandemia”, dijo en un comunicado Ezra Garrett, vicepresidente sénior de relaciones públicas e impacto de Oportun. “Alentamos a otras compañías y personas a que donen a AltaMed y que ayuden a marcar la diferencia para las personas trabajadoras que están luchando por volver a armar sus vidas”. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Oportun on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 03:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fluid Foundations: How Brian Faist's Career Helping the Environment Started With a Prank Gone Horribly Wrong

Intel

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, sustainability was always central to Brian Faist’s upbringing. His family had a small garden, consistently recycled, and even competed against each other to see who could produce the least amount of trash. But even though he was raised with a fundamental appreciation for the importance of sustainability, it wasn’t something he necessarily planned on turning into a career. In fact, his career in sustainability was born out of a prank gone wrong. While attending Northern Arizona University, Brian went on a five-day river-rafting trip with some friends. Some of them thought it would be funny to fill his water bottle with river water. He ended up contracting a horrible case of Giardia, an infection that results from drinking contaminated water. “That moment was the spark for me,” says Brian. “I started to care about what’s in our water. A lot of times we just drink it and don’t ask too many questions. I started asking those questions.” Now, Brian works as an Ultrapure Water Technician at Intel, combining his passion for water quality and sustainability. Brian and his team take drinking water and purify it by removing all dissolved solids and gases to ensure it’s just elemental H20 being used across Intel. “The water we purify touches almost every single process that goes on at Intel,” Brian says. “From cleaning the chips to cleaning the air we breathe.” Brian has previous experience in public works and was drawn to Intel for its authentic commitment to recycling and large-scale sustainability efforts. Even still, he joined the company with the preconceived notion that he wouldn’t have a place there were it not for his background in engineering. It didn’t take long before he realized how wrong he was. “There’s this image in people’s minds,” says Brian, “about what Intel is. I had it before I started working here, and I thought it was all just ridiculously smart engineers. And who’s gonna fit in with that? But it takes a whole village to run this place. You’ll probably fit in better than you’d think.” While employees may come from a variety of backgrounds, Brian feels they are all united in their shared goal to increase sustainability while causing zero interruptions in production. “We all recognize the importance of what we’re doing,” says Brian. “Everyone is striving to do it the best they can. And you’re never just on your own. There’s always someone you can go to, or a different group that might have some expertise or advice. It’s really collaborative in that sense. We all talk to each other and work together to reach solutions, and you don’t find that everywhere.” While it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the gravity—and sheer size—of climate change and waste issues, Brian believes we can also do big things on an individual level. He knows real change isn’t going to happen overnight, but every choice we make can have a positive impact. “You’re only one person,” Brian says, “but there’s seven and a half billion people on this planet. One small change on your part, if everyone adopts that same change, will be a magnificent one.” View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Intel on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 03:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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ESG Goals at Enbridge

Enbridge

Anchored to our purpose, vision and values, Enbridge’s strategic plan is our roadmap to the future. The plan identifies what we need to focus on to advance our business and ensure that Enbridge remains competitively positioned for the long term. Our success in executing our strategic plan is enabled by the quality and capabilities of our people, the extent to which we embrace technology and encourage innovation, and our approach to sustainability. To this end, we set ambitious ESG goals in 2020, which strengthen accountability and reinforce our commitments to reducing GHG emissions, building an inclusive workforce that reflects our communities, and increasing transparency of our ESG priorities and results. Emissions We are committing to take action on climate change by reducing our GHG emissions and advancing the energy transition. "CBSR is proud of our longstanding relationship with Enbridge—a company focused on corporate responsibility and improving its sustainability performance. In 2020, Enbridge underscored this commitment by linking its ambitious new ESG goals to incentive compensation across the organization. We would love to see more companies follow this leadership example." Leor Rotchild Executive Director Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) Safety We believe all injuries, incidents and occupational illnesses are preventable and will pursue continuous improvement toward our goal of zero incidents. 10% fewer employee and contractor injuries at work over previous three-year average Continuous improvement toward a goal of zero incidents Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility Diversity and inclusion drive innovation, better decisions and stronger employee engagement, and strengthen the communities where we live and work. Achieve representation on the Board of 40% women and 20% racial and ethnic groups by 2025 By 2025, increase workforce representation to: 6% people with disabilities 7% veterans (U.S.) 28% racial and ethnic groups 40% women Increase procurement from diverse suppliers and suppliers that support and invest in diversity and inclusion Indigenous inclusion We are committed to Indigenous reconciliation. Our continued success relies on our ability to cultivate lasting relationships with Indigenous communities that have interests in lands on which our assets are located. 3.5% representation within our workforce of Indigenous peoples by 2025 100% of our workforce to complete Indigenous cultural awareness training by 2022 Responsible business Maintaining high ESG standards is critical for meeting evolving expectations and ensuring our long-term sustainability. Sustain leading ESG reporting standards and evolve with best practices Advance effective cyber defense programs to protect information and services Performance matters We know that setting sustainability goals is not enough—performance is what counts. That’s why we have linked performance on emissions reduction and diversity to incentive compensation, along with the safety metrics that are already included. Starting in 2021, all Enbridge employees will have line-of-sight to achievement of our ESG goals through objectives set out in their annual scorecards. Progress will be shared publicly through our annual sustainability report. In February 2021, we launched a three-year, $1-billion sustainability-linked credit facility— the first of its kind in our sector—aligning our sustainability performance with funding costs. The facility includes terms that allow us to reduce borrowing costs if we achieve an interim threshold on our ESG goals. Read Enbridge's full 2020 Sustainability Report View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Enbridge on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 02:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Speaking of Sustainability: Scott Schweiger

Owens Corning

In this latest Speaking of Sustainability video, Scott Schweiger, Principal Scientist, shares his thoughts on our product innovation.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Owens Corning on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 02:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Helios Technologies Furthers ESG Program with Giving Initiative

America's Charities

SARASOTA, Fla., July 29, 2021 /3BL Media/ -  Helios Technologies  (Nasdaq: HLIO) (“Helios” or the “Company”), a global leader in highly engineered motion control and electronic controls technology for diverse end markets, today announced the launch of a workplace philanthropy initiative in partnership with America’s Charities, a leader in workplace giving and employee engagement. The initiative is called “Helios Engage” and is a web-based platform that enables the Company to globally manage employee giving, volunteerism, corporate giving, and aid to employees during times of hardship. In March, the Helios Board of Directors established the Company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee to further solidify corporate responsibility and sustainability as part of the Company’s business strategy. Today’s announcement of Helios’s partnership with America’s Charities reinforces its commitment to a best-in-class ESG program that will benefit communities, charities, and its global work force.  Josef Matosevic, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Helios Engage will not only allow Helios to provide its employees with a platform to support a wide variety of charities, but will also offer opportunities to volunteer and give back to the communities in which we live and work. With this initiative, we have established a matching gift program to further emphasize our commitment to our employees and supporting these great causes. Additionally, Helios Engage provides for an Employee Assistance Fund (EAF) where employees around the globe can receive financial assistance in times of hardship. Helios employees can donate to the EAF to directly support their colleagues in need. The platform will also track corporate dollars directly donated by Helios and its subsidiaries across the globe. This partnership allows the Company to maximize its positive social impact through global charitable giving efforts and to give back to our communities through volunteerism.” This new initiative will allow all Helios global employees to support charities they care about while allowing Helios to enhance its impact on those facing substantial social and economic challenges throughout its global footprint. Helios and its employees share a proud history of corporate goodwill, providing support to social and environmental causes that will lead to a more sustainable world. About Helios Technologies Helios Technologies is a global leader in highly engineered motion control and electronic controls technology for diverse end markets, including construction, material handling, agriculture, energy, recreational vehicles, marine, health and wellness. Helios sells its products to customers in over 85 countries around the world. Its strategy for growth is to be the leading provider in niche markets, with premier products and solutions through innovative product development and acquisition. The company has paid a cash dividend to its shareholders every quarter since becoming a public company in 1997. For more information please visit:  www.heliostechnologies.com. About America’s Charities America’s Charities is a 501(c)(3) membership-based nonprofit that inspires employees and organizations to support causes they care about. America’s Charities’ deep expertise in workplace giving and employee engagement is anchored in its history in helping private and public sector employers support charities of their choice, which in turn provides more sustainable, unrestricted revenue to nonprofits that are changing our world. Since 1980, America’s Charities has raised more than a half billion dollars in corporate, federal, state and local government workplace giving campaigns, benefiting tens of thousands of nonprofits addressing causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, research, animal welfare, veteran assistance, disaster relief, and health services. More information about America’s Charities is at  www.charities.org,  as well as on our social media networks. For more information, contact: Tania Almond VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications (941) 362-1333 tania.almond@HLIO.com Deborah Pawlowski Kei Advisors LLC (716) 843-3908| dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from America's Charities on 3blmedia.com

July 29, 2021 01:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Singer-Songwriter Charlie Marie Lyons’ Latest Music Video “Change” Released to Support Dikembe Mutombo Foundation Humanitarian Work in Congo

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Charlie Marie Lyons’ new music video “Change”, based on her new single inspired by the humanitarian work of NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, was released today on YouTube as Mutombo builds support for construction of a new school in his impoverished home country of Congo. The NBA Hall of Famer and board member at UNICEF USA has worked tirelessly since 1997 to improve primary health care, disease prevention and education in his native land. His latest project is construction of a modern pre-K to sixth grade school in a region where 240,000 children have no access to modern education. Seeing Dikembe’s passion for bringing equal educational opportunities to boys and girls outside the city of Mbuji-Mayi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Charlie was inspired to write “Change”. “The only way to change the world is to contribute selflessly,” said Lyons.“ I wanted to identify a story of hope that will encourage restoration and prove that focus and unity can go a long way to achieving constructive change.” “Your song is a gift of life that you’re giving to the young Congolese people so they can have a better education, and I want to thank you for doing that, and for being who you are,” said Mutombo after seeing the video. Lyons has committed all streaming revenue from the single and music video to support the work of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Named after Dikembe’s late father, a teacher and school superintendent, the future Samuel Mutombo Institute of Science & Entrepreneurship broke ground in July 2020 with opening slated for this October. In its first phase, the school will welcome 440 girls and boys to its classrooms. The school will include a “Change” classroom devoted to music and art. Lyons and the Mutombo Foundation plan a long-term relationship to support the school, and Lyons will help build the curriculum that’s taught in the classroom. In addition to the supplies and equipment necessary for teaching music and art, the classroom will host an artists’ wall of signatures to commemorate all the students who pass through the music and art program. Mutombo eschewed becoming a doctor in favor of a bigger paycheck in the NBA so he could do more for his homeland. “Whether it’s my work as NBA Global Ambassador, as a board member at UNICEF USA or through the initiatives of the foundation that bears my name, I see myself first as a humanitarian,” said Mutombo. “I can’t do it alone, which is why I’m touched knowing that Charlie’s new single and music video are inspired by my work and will earmark all their revenue to supporting the foundation.” A Music Video for the Greater Good The “Change” music video takes a fresh approach to its production, employing the music and lyrics to inform and inspire support for a man and his work for the greater good. And unlike the majority of music videos with their polished, fictional material, content in the “Change” music video is real – drawn from archives and other factual sources. About the Foundation The Dikembe Mutombo foundation was launched in 1997 and in 1999 its first project along with several international and local partners vaccinated 8.2 million children in the DRC, resulting in a virtually polio-free country for four years. That was followed by construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa. It was the first hospital of its kind built in the DRC in 45 years. Opened in 2007 with 170 beds, the hospital is named after Dikembe’s mother and, to date, has treated almost 600,000 people. The foundation also worked with the U.S.-based Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide free hearing aids to almost 10,000 people. To donate, go to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation web site at dmf.org. Computer animation of the completed school is available on YouTube. See the “Change” music video on YouTube. “Change” is available on Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio or wherever you stream music. For more on the artist, visit charliemarielyons.com. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Foundation strives to accomplish this goal through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo. Contact Details SilversJacobson, LLC Paul Jacobson +1 303-548-6684 paul@silversjacobson.com Company Website https://dmf.org

July 29, 2021 01:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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