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Helping Purps the Penguin Heal

Henkel

They wear tuxedos, have flippers instead of wings, and parade around with arguably one of the most adorable waddles on the planet. Penguins are majestic and a special part of our marine ecosystem. So, when a local penguin needed help healing, Henkel and its partners stepped up. Purps is an endangered African Penguin living in a colony at  Mystic Aquarium  in Connecticut, not far from Henkel North America’s headquarters in Rocky Hill, CT. After injuring her ankle, Purps was in need of support to enhance her mobility and ensure she could carry on as a happy, active penguin. Helping Purps heal became a true community effort. With the help of  ACT 3D Equipment and Services, local middle school students and other community partners, a special boot was designed for Purps. While the initial boot greatly improved her quality of life, daily wear and tear meant it consistently needed to be replaced. “The original boot was successful in improving Purps’ gait, but we found that it needed to be replaced often due to wear and tear. We knew the boot needed to be reprinted in a more durable material such that it could withstand the environmental aspects of Purps’ everyday life,” said Emily Turcan, Applications Engineer at ACT 3D. “We reached out to our partner LOCTITE®, looking for assistance in identifying a high-performance material that would combat the environmental and durability challenges. The LOCTITE® adhesives team worked tirelessly and developed a material that dramatically increased the life-span of the boot and provided Purps with the support needed to live a happy life.” "When we heard about Purps, we knew this was an opportunity to bring creative thinking and innovation technologies together to solve a unique challenge. This project highlights the power of Henkel Adhesive technologies and how 3D Printing can provide a significant impact on life, even for animals in our community. It's been such an honor to support Purps through her injury and provide her an improved quality of life." Cindy Deekitwong, Global Head of Marketing, Incubator Business at Henkel Adhesive Technologies The LOCTITE® brand’s  elastomeric resin  was used to 3D print the boot to provide the necessary support for Purps to continue living a normal, active life. The resin used features high-performance mechanical properties that offer durability, a superior tear strength, and long-term stability. The boot was a resounding success and even though the team created multiple boots for Purps to have on hand, she continues to wear the very first LOCTITE® adhesive iteration of the boot. "Our work at the aquarium is to inspire people to care for our oceans and the animals that rely on these important ecosystems and we do that through education, conservation and research. The journey to get Purps a boot was really about doing all three. It brought an incredibly diverse group of people with varying areas of expertise from across our community to solve this unique challenge. It’s a connection we’ll always have and be grateful for and represents the power of innovation in helping to protect our planet and the species that inhabit it." Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business is about transformation and innovation and our products support more than 800 different industries. From packaging and papers to automotive and industrials, our adhesives, sealants and coatings are the result of unmatched technology and innovation designed to help change and improve the products and processes we rely on. Purps’ story is another way our brands are bringing innovative, tailor-made solutions to communities… and meeting even the most unique needs. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Henkel on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Brunton, Ozkurt Join Northeast Water Leadership Team at WSP USA

WSP

NEW YORK, January 19, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Jennifer Brunton and Ozlen Ozkurt have assumed key leadership positions in the Water business line at WSP USA, a premier engineering and professional services consultancy. Brunton, a recognized civil and water resources expert, takes over as New York district water business line leader, developing and implementing the firm’s water business strategy. She will draw on the firm’s multidiscipline expertise in water, wastewater and surface water to help clients solve complex urban infrastructure and environment challenges to enhance our natural and built environment. Ozkurt, a proven water resources authority, joins the firm as the Northeast region water resources technical leader. She is responsible for spearheading the company’s regional water market growth strategy, providing consistency in technical standards and project execution, and serving as account manager for strategic regional clients. “I am extremely proud to see these two women assume their leadership roles,” said Karen Block, WSP USA Water business line executive. “Jennifer is a testament to the in-house leadership we focus on building at WSP, and Ozlen represents the level of professional we aim to attract as we grow our water business in target markets. These talented women bring vision, energy and strategy to the top of our organization, and illustrate the value of diverse leadership our company is so committed to fostering.” Brunton, an 18-year veteran of WSP with 24 years of experience, has been a trailblazer in solving water resource-related challenges. Based in New Jersey, she has contributed to the resiliency planning and protection of dozens of miles of shoreline and the restoration of more than 1,000 acres of natural habitat. She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in environmental affairs, and the University of California, Berkeley with a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. Brunton was also the recipient of the 2021 WSP Leadership Award. She is a registered engineer, a certified ecosystem restoration practitioner and a certified floodplain manager. Based in New York, Ozkurt comes to WSP with more than 20 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility leading water resource teams across multiple geographic markets. For the past seven years, she served as water department manager for a nationwide planning, engineering and construction firm, providing strategic direction and overseeing multimillion dollar projects. Ozkurt is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, and a graduate of City University of New York with a doctorate in civil engineering with specialization in water resources. She is a registered professional engineer, certified Envision sustainability professional and registered certified flood manager. An active member of numerous professional organizations, Ozkurt received the Outstanding Woman Award from the Women Builders Council, and she has authored or co-authored 15 publications on water. “The addition of Jennifer and Ozlen to Northeast leadership is a great benefit to both our growing WSP team and our clients,” said Bernie McNeilly, WSP’s Northeast region president. “They each provide a valuable understanding of the unique and evolving water issues facing our clients and bring their particular knowledge and skill to bear in delivering innovative, Future Ready solutions to address those challenges.” About WSP USA WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 12,000 employees in 200 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.  wsp.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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My Battle With a Fixed Mindset

Acre

​Hi, I’m Sam. I’m a safety professional and I have a fixed mindset. Step 1: Admitting you have a problem. What do I even mean when I say, ‘fixed mindset?’ That’s the question I started asking myself about 6 months ago. Prior to that, if someone asked me whether I had a growth mindset, I’d have said a big “YES!” Sure, I’ve got a growth mindset. I’m open to new things, I enjoy learning, I like to read. Yeah…that's me. This is where the plot thickens. I've come to realise that making the proud self-assertion that I have in fact made it to the psychological promise land isn’t enough. That’s my fixed mindset talking; my internal monologue wants me to believe that I’m already in a place of mastery when, in fact, I have so much more to do. By simply recognising this, I’m actually one step closer to opening my mind and giving my mindset room to grow. A bit like a 5-step plan to curbing an addiction, I started with the first. I admitted that I have a problem. I mean, what did I expect? I’ve spent most of my career working in the health and safety profession. I’ve never had any coaching, nor have I worked for anyone who has been coached. From day one, I’ve had a number of principles drummed into me: Avoid feedback at all costs. Escape. Run. Write notes that include tons of excuses. It’s always personal. “Sam, can I give you some feedback?” Translation: “Sam, you’ve made a massive error and I am about to let you know just how much trouble you’re in." Vulnerability is just a fancy word for weakness. Don’t try to open up. Don’t get caught out. The people around you will exploit any ounce of fear or uncertainty you show, so make sure they can’t sense your fear. Conversations in business always end in some sort of conflict anyway, so why give anyone an open goal? There is such thing as a stupid question, and you don’t want to be the one asking it. I like to learn but a little bit like a scattergun. As safety professionals, we aren't used to admitting that we don’t have all the answers, so we become obsessed with being the experts in the room. We never really focus on a journey of improvement or exercise enough vulnerability to admit that we have areas of growth that need professional attention. So, what happened 6 months ago that made me question my fixed mindset? I joined a learning and development consultancy called  Acre Frameworks  and since then, I’ve been surrounded by a team of people who coach for a living and who talk openly about what it means to give tangible feedback. They exercise vulnerability and talk more about personal development and areas of growth than comparing strengths like a weird game of self-indulgent top trumps. Anyway, I’ll get to the point. It’s okay to not have a growth mindset. We aren't all born with one. It's like a muscle you need to exercise. It can improve with time. The working world isn't exactly designed to organically promote one – we're all told from a young age that it’s ‘a dog eat dog world out there.’ So, what have I accomplished by taking my first step? I now have access to coaching. My first area of focus is feedback: being better equipped to deal with it, and taking a mindset of ownership and power, rather than being a victim. I read the book  by Sheila Heen which really put things into perspective. I now keep a journal where I log my thoughts. Every time I get feedback from a colleague or a client, I immediately write down how I feel in the moment and then attempt to rationalise what I can take from the interaction. I keep the useful parts and bin all the bits that don’t serve me. Treating feedback like data. I'm starting to see genuine value in feedback; it's an opportunity to get better and improve. There really is an art to giving feedback and the more you can understand that, you quickly start to realise what type of feedback is coming your way – there is a vast difference between 'wrong spotting' and something useful. From what I know of the Safety profession through my interactions over the last 10 years, and also through the work we do here at Frameworks, I know this will resonate with many of my peers. As a profession, we are being asked to change and to try different things. I share these thoughts because I know there are many others out there who, like me, would benefit from taking this first step. If you’d like to know more about my coaching journey, get in touch with Sam Greensitt at Sam.Greensitt@acre.com. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Acre on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Chemours Washington Works Nature Trail Achieves “Certified Gold” Status by the Wildlife Habitat Council

The Chemours Company

Chemours’ Washington Works manufacturing site located in Wood County, West Virginia has been recognized for environmental excellence by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). The site was designated as Certified Gold, signifying leadership among more than 600 WHC Conservation Certification programs. “Chemours is dedicated to investing in the communities where we operate and leading the way on social responsibility for our industry. Our wildlife habitat education and outdoor programs are among the many ways we provide value and resources to reinforce science education in our community and I join our wildlife habitat volunteers in the excitement of achieving Gold Certification,” said Chemours Washington Works Plant Manager Nicole Newell. The Washington Works integrated approach encompasses the creation and maintenance of a variety of wildlife habitats on the manufacturing site and land adjacent to the site. The program serves a wide variety of flora and fauna, 2.72 miles of networked nature trails, and learning programs geared to all ages.  Established in 1992, the employee and retiree volunteers host school and Boy Scouts of America groups each year for guided education and work projects. “The Washington Works site is recognized as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” said Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council. “Companies achieving this certification are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.” The trailhead is located about a half-mile south of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 892 and is open during daylight hours all year for individuals, families, and groups to enjoy. View original content here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Chemours Company on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 10:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Shekel Technology Drives its First US Autonomous Store

SHEKEL

SHEKEL (ASX: SBW), the Israeli-based leader in artificial intelligence-based (AI) electronic weighing systems, will see its groundbreaking product identification technology implemented in the world’s first fully first autonomous store opening shortly in Fayetteville, Georgia. Nourish + Bloom, a new retail chain which aims to offer healthy food to communities across the United States, will feature Shekel’s smart solutions for accurate and real-time identification of shelf products in its flagship store due to open on January 21. Developed for the global retail and healthcare services sectors, the technology enables the rapid implementation of autonomous shopping at reasonable costs, while completely maintaining the buyers’ privacy. Shekel’s technology will combine with Hitachi’s consumer tracking technology in the Nourish + Bloom chain. Customers will use a mobile app, developed by UST, make their purchases from product-aware shelves, and have payment channeled directly to their payment systems, completely eliminating waiting in line at checkouts. The store also includes a bistro offering a wide range of healthy fresh food to order, where the customer can sit in a café to eat on the spot or have delivered. In addition to the autonomous shopping experience, customers can have their purchases delivered to their homes by dedicated robots. The N+B chain, which has a social and environmental agenda, promotes a unique concept that it says redefines the "traditional corner store in the neighborhood" by focusing on the personal connection of the neighborhood retailer while introducing sustainability and autonomous checkout technology. The highest priority is given to local brands to reduce the carbon footprint. In addition, fresh food products and the importance of care and health are high on the chain's priorities while adhering to the highest standards. The new store is the first expression of its kind worldwide, resulting from the unique collaboration of three advanced technology companies, Hitachi, SHEKEL, and UST who have partnered to create an innovative and advanced system for the retail world: SHEKEL's product identification technology enables accurate and real-time product recognition technology; Hitachi's 3D LiDAR technology, enables monitoring customers and linking products to their personal shopping cart without compromising the customer privacy; while UST developed the in-store management systems and the store app. UST also manages the project, integrates between all three and makes the application accessible to the store customer. Jamie and Jilea Hemmings, founders of Nourish + Bloom Market, are excited to redefine what the future of grocery shopping looks like: “Through our partnerships with UST, and Shekel for autonomous and smart shelf technologies, we will be able to increase access to healthier food options as we continue to expand around the United States." Rami Bahar, Chief Business Development Manager of SHEKEL stated: “We are proud to partner with a new retail chain that promotes and operates on the values of innovation, sustainability and community. SHEKEL is at the forefront of retail tech with an outstanding combination of patented IoT sensors and artificial intelligence-based algorithms, resulting in the best product recognition technology available today. Our groundbreaking technology enables a scalable implementation of autonomous shopping, at reasonable costs, without operational limitations while completely maintaining the privacy of the shoppers. The partnership with Hitachi and UST, each a leader in its field, enables us to offer a holistic and complete product, with an attractive return on investment model that allows, for the first time, a profitable rollout of autonomous store networks." How it works To buy in the autonomous store, the customer downloads an app and enters the means of payment only once. When the buyer arrives at the store, a barcode is used for identification. Selected products are placed in the shopping cart, and at that moment the smart shelving system identifies the purchase, knows how to refund returned products and informs the retailer of what was taken, anything that may be missing, and what was not returned to its place. On the successful transaction, the buyer exits the store, and the receipt is sent to the app. Following the launch of the flagship store in Fayetteville, GA the chain intends to develop a network of franchise branches across the US with the same concept over the next few years. SHEKEL and the other partners will be contracted as providers of the autonomous store platform. About Shekel – Doing Magic with Gravity SHEKEL has been at the forefront of the digital weighing industry for the past four decades. Thanks to a unique combination of innovative technology, sophisticated software, artificial intelligence models and advanced algorithms, SHEKEL's weighing systems have proven their ability to provide weighing solutions with maximum precision, as well as gaining recognition of their products and indicative solutions for a wide range of industries, from retail and medical to science and security. SHEKEL strives to help its partners reach their goals and serve their customers in the best way, and to improve the lives of millions all over the world. Leveraging many years of experience and countless success stories, our aspiration to preserve SHEKEL’s status as a leader in the digital weighing industry is embodied and defined in our basic principle: the customer is at the center of everything that we do. That magic solution that blends many years of thought leadership, combined with a mindset of entrepreneurship and innovation, is what motivates our team to continue to develop differentiating technologies, and in this is the source of SHEKEL'S appeal. The protected combination of SHEKEL patents, which combine weighing technologies with artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies has led to the development of our "product-conscious technology". SHEKEL is committed to continue to innovate and expand into global markets. Our website: www.shekelonline.com About N&B Nourish + Bloom Market is the first autonomous grocery store with robotic delivery in the United States and the first African American owned autonomous grocery store in the world. Nourish + Bloom is on a mission to make eating healthy and convenient. We believe that everyone deserves to eat healthy. Nourish + Bloom offers locally sourced craft items, such as produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals, alongside everyday convenience items with no checkout. The benefit of autonomous shopping, vending, and robotic delivery means you have 24/7/365 access to real food and environmentally friendly products anytime. All products provided at Nourish and Bloom Markets are made with the highest quality ingredients that are minimally processed. www.nourishandbloommarket.com / About UST Born digital, UST have always believed in the power of technology to engineer a better future/ UST helps the world’s best companies succeed through transformation. Using a nimble, creative approach UST works together from start to finish to realize their customers’ vision for tomorrow. With the right talent and tools, UST crafts disruptive solutions, and provide the resources and expertise clients need to bring them to life. About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what's now to what's next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80 percent of Fortune 100 companies trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. Contact Details SHEKEL Ifat Yoffe +972 54-345-6250 ifat@shekelonline.com Company Website https://shekelonline.com/

January 20, 2022 10:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Xylem Clocks 113,000 Volunteer Hours in 2021, Doubling Time Donated to Help Tackle Water Challenges in 55 Countries

Xylem Inc.

RYE BROOK, NY, January 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ – Global water technology company, Xylem (NYSE:XYL), announced today that almost 80 percent of its 16,000 employees volunteered their time to help solve urgent water challenges in 2021. Xylem’s global team collectively donated 113,000 hours in their communities, across 55 countries. The commitment of volunteer hours doubled from 2020 to 2021, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Xylem employees stepped up both in person, in their own communities, and virtually, finding new ways to make a difference. Initiatives included cleaning up waterways, supporting disaster response teams, and providing water education. "Volunteering is one way we invest in our mission to solve the world’s biggest water challenges,” said Austin Alexander, Vice President of Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem. “Our colleagues, customers and NGO partners showed real passion, last year – doubling the number of hours they volunteered, compared with 2020. It was particularly encouraging to see this uplift in the face of COVID-19. They found so many creative ways to help communities become more resilient – mentoring young people online, championing the efforts of our NGO partners, and supporting humanitarian relief efforts. It’s just so inspiring to see the impact they’ve had.” Xylem’s volunteering initiatives are part of its corporate social responsibility program, Xylem Watermark. Xylem provides 10 hours of time off annually for employees to volunteer, with some of the volunteers’ efforts also contributing to Xylem’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, which include: providing access to clean water and sanitation for at least 20 million people living at the base of the global economic pyramid; providing water and WASH (Water and Sanitation Hygiene) education for 15 million people; and giving 1% company profits to water-related causes and education around the world. In 2021, Xylem Watermark volunteering included: Xylem China’s team supported communities in Henan and Shanxi Province affected by record-breaking floods, which affected millions of people and left many without access to safe or clean drinking water. The team set up a 24-hour contact center to support affected customers and assisted in the donation of pumps across the province to help discharge floodwater. In addition, Xylem’s China team donated food and water to the affected communities. Xylem employees joined relief efforts in western Germany last summer, when almost a quarter of people living on the River Ahr experienced severe flooding, and more than 3,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. Xylem employees took part in clean-up efforts, raised funds to support the evacuation of affected families, and distributed food and hygiene kits to emergency shelters. Over 800 Xylem employees, customers and community members participated in “Aquaton,” a month-long mileage challenge which raised funds for clean water access projects spanning seven countries in Latin America. A diverse team of colleagues from South Africa, Europe and North America donated their engineering skills to support the work of Engineers Without Borders, rehabilitating WASH facilities at rural health clinics in Malawi. About Xylem Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to solving critical water and infrastructure challenges with innovation. Our more than 16,000 diverse employees delivered revenue of $4.88 billion in 2020. We are creating a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management, and helping communities in more than 150 countries become water-secure. Join us at www.xylem.com. About Xylem Watermark Xylem Watermark, the Company’s corporate citizenship program, was initiated in 2008, with a focus on protecting and providing safe water resources around the world and also educating people on water-related issues. The global initiative, which encompasses employee and stakeholder engagement, provides access to clean drinking water and sanitation, and humanitarian emergency response to help communities become more water-secure and sustainable. Contacts: Houston Spencer, Xylem +1.914.240.3046 Houston.Spencer@xylem.com  Gill Curran, Edelman +(353) 87 176 8124  Gill.Curran@edelman.com   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Xylem Inc. on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 10:40 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Griffith Foods US Supports Local Worth Township During Holiday Season

Griffith Foods

To celebrate the holiday season and support our local communities, the Griffith Foods US team donated over 150 new toys to the Worth Township for their Christmas Care program! This program helps families going through financial difficulties to provide their children with gifts for the holidays. This effort was made possible by the local Griffith Charity Committee and our employees due to their generous donations. In addition to toys, the team donated a variety of winter clothing items, including hats, gloves and scarves. We look forward to continue supporting the Worth Township! View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Griffith Foods on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The Marketplace Is No Longer Overlooking Indigenous Peoples

Carol Cone ON PURPOSE

“2022 will mark the beginning of a decade of reconciliation with, and progress for, Indigenous peoples across the continent,” shared Stephanie Craig of Kith and Tessa Danelesko of Yulu PR. “What needs to be done to address historic wrongs and modern hurdles cannot be accomplished in one year, but significant headway in 2022 is our hope and responsibility." Indigenous peoples have and continue to be disproportionately underserved in North America. In Canada, Indigenous peoples are confronted with the unjust reality of slow public policy implementation, denial of child welfare, and gender-based violence due to systemic causes. In the United States, where 25% of those identifying as Indigenous live in poverty, Indigenous peoples are deprived of reasonable funding and protection by the federal government and struggle against discriminatory policies that diminish tribal land rights, ownership, and protection. But despite being historically overlooked, the marketplace is recognizing this neglected population group and support for Indigenous peoples is gaining momentum. Three agencies from the Purpose Collaborative are targeting this problem in creative ways, demonstrating issue, strategy, and execution insights in their approaches. With perspectives from Canada and the United States, their work reflects the societal needs and significance of Indigenous peoples left underserved. Public Inc. developed Charter for Change, Hudson’s Bay’s $30 million, 10-year commitment to advance racial equity in Canada. Public Inc. created the platform strategy and social impact campaign, reconciling Hudson’s Bay’s past with Indigenous, black, and people of color through a racial justice and equity strategy. The campaign consisted of video production, digital and social assets, in-store creative, support from diverse Canadian music groups, and more. “The company is on an incredibly brave and challenging journey to reconcile their past and make a big impact on the future of the country,” added Phillip Haid of Public Inc. “It’s an exciting time and they deserve credit for tackling this issue.” Yulu PR helped launch the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle, a six-month mentorship and workshop program for emerging First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers. Yulu PR explored the social challenges of the Indigenous communities in Canada and connected with Audible members globally to activate the community to be more inclusive of Indigenous voices. Working in partnership with Indigenous groups throughout the project, Audible and Yulu PR’s commitment fostered the skills of 15 writers, leading to three confirmed book deals and two participants being signed to agents in the inaugural year. "It was of primary importance to have First Nations, Inuit and Métis folx lead on all aspects of the program, to ensure that the program was equitable, safe and culturally relevant,” shared Danelesko. “We all have the responsibility to create space for Indigenous leadership – this is how we will collectively decolonize." Kith is working with a sovereign tribal nation in the U.S. to develop a campaign around domestic violence among Indigenous communities. The campaign includes the promotion of local efforts to proactively address the causes and effects of domestic violence in Indigenous communities. It is hoped that the local activation will be a model for other Indigenous communities to follow. Indigenous peoples have been historically overlooked and exploited. As we enter the new year, we call for more organizations to look within Indigenous communities, at the people and cultural heritage left underserved, and task you with the responsibility to uplift these voices and their autonomy. Will you answer this call? View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Carol Cone ON PURPOSE on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Benevity Releases Its Top 10 Charitable Causes Supported by Companies and Their People in 2021

Benevity

CALGARY, Alberta, January 20, 2022  /3BL Media/ -   Benevity, Inc., the leading provider of global corporate purpose software, today announced its annual top 10 causes and giving trends data for 2021, demonstrating that global events and crises continued to impact giving behaviors. In 2021, nearly 1.6 million people from over 700 companies donated $2.3 billion on the Benevity platform to more than 200,000 nonprofit organizations around the world. A year after the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice movement caused major shifts in giving and record-setting donation amounts through Benevity (a 63% increase in 2020 compared to 2019), in 2021 Benevity’s growing community of corporate clients maintained record-high levels of donations and support for a variety of humanitarian causes, indicating that purpose is becoming a strategic business imperative. Key Findings Nonprofits supporting India’s COVID-19 crisis received a groundswell of support, including Sewa International (ranked 10 vs. 375 in 2020), Give2Asia (23 vs. 63), Pratham USA (26 vs. 75) and Goonj (30 vs. 384). ​ The crisis in India also drove additional giving to UNICEF and was part of the reason the organization’s support through Benevity almost doubled year over year ($13.5 million vs. $7.3 million in 2020). ​ Causes fighting Asian hate, including Chinese for Affirmative Action and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, came into focus and moved from being ranked ~49,000 and ~76,000 to 34 and 36, respectively. ​ Five of the 10 top causes from 2020 remained on the list in 2021, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doctors Without Borders and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. ​ Five organizations moved off the top 10 list: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Equal Justice Initiative, Thousand Currents, Feeding America and Armenia Fund.​ ​ Health-focused nonprofits, including national and state cancer societies, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Planned Parenthood, returned to the top 10 in 2021. ​ ​​“When the Delta variant hit India last year, we saw companies and their employees mobilize to help,” said Birger Stamperdahl, Give2Asia’s President and CEO. “Their generosity made possible lifesaving projects that delivered oxygen concentrators, protective gear for health workers and emergency food rations to those hit hardest by the pandemic.” “It looks like we are starting to experience a slight ‘return to normal’ in the causes that were supported last year,” said Sona Khosla, Benevity’s Chief Impact Officer. “Despite the change in the top 10 causes, we saw people continuing to leverage the power of their giving in times and places of need in 2021. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have seen a shift in behavior. That is, philanthropy is no longer just for the wealthy trying to change society or corporations trying to be seen as responsible. It’s also becoming entrenched as a way for new generations of purpose-driven individuals and companies to act on what matters.” About Benevity Benevity, a certified B Corporation, is a leader in global corporate purpose software, providing the only integrated suite of community investment and employee, customer and nonprofit engagement solutions. Recognized as one of Fortune’s Impact 20, Benevity offers cloud solutions that power purpose for many iconic brands in ways that better attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce, embed social action into their customer experiences and positively impact their communities. With software that is available in 22 languages, Benevity has processed more than $8 billion in donations and 43 million hours of volunteering time to support 326,000 nonprofits worldwide. The company’s solutions have also facilitated 530,000 positive actions and awarded 1.2 million grants worth $12 billion. For more information, visit benevity.com. Media Contact:   Lauren Stewart  Manager, Media and Communications  403.560.6968  press@benevity.com  For more information please see press release. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Benevity on 3blmedia.com

January 20, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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