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Webinar Series: Explore the Implications of the New ISEAL Credibility Principles


The ISEAL Credibility Principles define the core values of credible and effective sustainability systems, providing the foundations for sustainability systems to deliver greater impact.  Since their first publication in 2013, the principles have become an international reference for good practice. In June 2021, ISEAL published version 2 of the principles following  extensive consultation.  The revised principles include important changes that capture evolving stakeholder expectations. These changes include extending the scope of the principles so that they apply beyond standards and address what credibility means for a wider range of market-based initiatives that we refer to collectively as sustainability systems. The principles help guide businesses, governments, and civil society to identify systems that can be effective partners in delivering against shared sustainability objectives. They can also support the design of research that evaluates a wide range of market-based sustainability approaches. In September and October, we will be co-hosting a webinar series with  Evidensia  to take a deep dive into how and why the new Credibility Principles are important. Join researchers, practitioners and other experts to explore the content and implications of the principles. In this series, we will: learn how the principles can inform the development of sustainability systems that engage stakeholders, collaborate, and create value explore how the principles set expectations around how sustainability systems can drive sustainability impacts, measure progress, and continually improve understand what the principles say about the importance of impartiality, reliability, truthfulness, and transparency. Credibility Principles v2 webinar: Collaboration, Value creation, Stakeholder engagement and Transparency 29 September 2021, 8:00 EST, 13:00 UK, 14:00 CET, 17:30 India, 20:00 China From producers to consumers, individual production sites to entire jurisdictions, what expectations do the Credibility Principles set for sustainability systems around engaging with stakeholders, creating value for users, and collaborating with others to drive change? Join experts and practitioners from industry, advocacy organisations, research institutes and sustainability systems to learn about what implementing the Credibility Principles might look like in practice.  Register here.  Credibility Principles v2 webinar: Sustainability impacts, Measurable progress, Continual improvement and Transparency 7 October 2021, 9:00 EST, 14:00 UK, 15:00 CET, 18:30 India, 21:00 China Credible sustainability systems drive sustainability impacts, measure progress, and learn from their activities to continually improve their strategies and their results. These aspects of ISEAL’s newly revised Credibility Principles speak to changing expectations and ambitions when it comes to the impacts of sustainability systems, as well as the influence of new technologies and approaches (such as data-driven assurance and emerging monitoring and evaluation methodologies). Hear practitioners and subject experts reflect on how these topics are embedded in the ISEAL Credibility Principles and the real-world implications for sustainability systems implementing the principles.  Register here.  Credibility Principles v2 webinar: Impartiality, Reliability, Truthfulness and Transparency 13 October 2021, 11:00 UK, 12:00 CET, 15:30 India, 18:00 China Credible sustainability systems are transparent, impartial, reliable, and truthful. This is a tall order that is easier said than done. Yet these are crucial foundations as outlined in the newly revised ISEAL Credibility Principles. In this webinar, we will explore how these principles relate to a range of market-based approaches and what this means for what credible sustainability claims look like.  Register here.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from ISEAL on

July 29, 2021 10:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Truist Highlights ESG and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Progress in 2020 CSR and ESG Report


CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) today released its 2020 CSR and ESG Report, highlighting the company’s meaningful progress on ESG performance and disclosure and a continued, intense focus on community involvement and financial inclusion as the company continues to help people and companies emerge from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Truist also set clear, measurable goals and enhanced oversight to ensure its business and social impact remain connected, with ESG and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) among its top 10 strategic priorities. “One of the many ways we live out our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities is through our growing commitment to strong and sound CSR and ESG practices,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. “The events of 2020 strengthened our resolve to stand for better as we work together to advance equity, create more opportunities for economic mobility, and protect our environment.” Truist’s second CSR and ESG report highlights the company’s continued commitments, initiatives and progress in: Building better communities: Truist became the first regional bank to issue a social bond with $1.25 billion in aggregate principal to support new and existing eligible social programs for communities in need, including investments in affordable housing and enhancements to essential nonprofit services. Additionally, Truist Cares, a cooperative effort between Truist Financial Corporation; Truist Foundation, Inc.; and Truist Charitable Fund, granted $50 million to help communities and small businesses come back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. Accelerating financial inclusion: Truist advanced and increased the company’s giving strategy to directly improve building career pathways that drive economic mobility and strengthen small businesses. In 2020, Truist gave $178.6 million across the enterprise, and the Truist Foundation awarded more than 900 grants totaling $79.8 million in 2020, with 53% of strategic partner grants serving Black and African American, Hispanic and Latinx, and multiracial individuals and families. The company also put $40 million behind its promise to provide sustainable funding for diverse businesses through its initial donation to help launch CornerSquare Community Capital, an innovative nonprofit fund supporting ethically and racially diverse and women-owned small businesses. Setting measurable emissions reduction targets: The report outlines progress and goals to achieve the transition to a lower-carbon economy. Using 2019 as a baseline, Truist committed to a 35% reduction in both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030. Advancing DEI: Truist announced objectives to increase hiring from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) from 3% to 5% by 2023 and spending with diverse suppliers by 10% by the end of 2022, building upon the diversity in senior leadership objectives the company introduced in 2020. Truist also released EEO-1 data. Enhancing ESG governance: Truist has taken formal steps to increase transparency and accountability, including creating a Climate Risk Management and ESG Working Group, naming a new head of climate risk, and enhancing board oversight of ESG issues. Accompanying the report are detailed disclosure indices aligned with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting frameworks, and alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For a full copy of the report, visit: About Truist   Truist Financial Corporation is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspiring and building better lives and communities. Formed by the historic merger of equals of BB&T and SunTrust, Truist has leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country. The company offers a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending; and wealth management. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is a top 10 U.S. commercial bank with total assets of $522 billion as of June 30, 2021. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. Learn more at View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Truist on

July 29, 2021 10:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fifth Third Bank Announces Participation in Office of the Comptroller's Project REACh

Fifth Third Bancorp

CINCINNATI, July 29, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Project REACh initiative. Project REACh (Roundtable for Economic Access and Change) is a collaborative effort that involves leaders from banking, business, technology, and national civil rights organizations to remove structural barriers to financial inclusion and increase broader participation in the national economy. “We are proud to work alongside the OCC in an effort to remove barriers to financial inclusion and support our local communities becoming stronger and more prosperous,” said Greg Carmichael, chairman and CEO of Fifth Third Bank. “Financial inclusion is vital to the well-being of the communities we serve and this effort further bolsters Fifth Third’s work to accelerate racial equality and inclusion.” The OCC announced Project REACh in July 2020 with goals to: Reduce the number of people left behind because they lack useful credit scores. Increase access to affordable housing. Support the vitality of minority depository institutions and small businesses. Project REACh aims to achieve several changes nationwide that promote financial empowerment. The strategy will also implement successful local projects that can serve as models for financial inclusion, wealth building and addressing issues of financial inequality in areas such as credit alternatives, affordable housing, small business lending and supporting minority depository institutions. Fifth Third has dedicated resources to address these workstreams created by the OCC to drive positive change for its customers. The OCC’s Project REACh aligns with the community and advocacy workstreams from the Bank’s $2.8 billion Accelerating Racial Equality Equity and Inclusion initiative. As part of this work, the Bank recently invested an additional $2.5 million in Detroit-based First Independence Bank. The move makes Fifth Third the largest investor at a total of $5.5 million in the minority depository institution and community development financial institution (CDFI). For More Information visit To learn more about Fifth Third’s Accelerating Racial Equality, Equity and Inclusion initiative, visit About Fifth Third Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of March 31, 2021, Fifth Third had $207 billion in assets and operated 1,098 full-service banking centers and 2,383 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2021, had $464 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $58 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC. Contacts Danielle Jones (Media Relations) | 513-534-0162 Chris Doll (Investor Relations) | 513-534-2345 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Fifth Third Bancorp on

July 29, 2021 10:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ON Semiconductor Affirms Commitment as a United Nations Global Compact Signatory

ON Semiconductor

On April 22, ON Semiconductor marked two years as a Signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. As a UN Global Compact Signatory, ON Semiconductor participates alongside other global companies to make a difference in the communities where it operates. The company recently published its 2021 Communication on Progress (COP) report, reaffirming ON Semiconductor’s commitment to the UN Global Compact. The Sustainable Development Goals were born at a United Nations conference, Rio+20, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22, 2012. The participants developed a common vision of a sustainable world outlined in a resolution, which began with a “ common vision ”: We, the Heads of State and Government, and high-level representatives, having met at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012, with the full participation of civil society, renew our commitment to sustainable development and to ensuring the promotion of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations. With this document, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as we know them today, were established. The 17 Goals that we are familiar with were officially rolled out in 2015. Although ON Semiconductor believes that all of the SDGs are vital, the company decided to prioritize five goals that are the most relevant to its sustainability strategy to make the largest global impact. When ON Semiconductor signed the UN Global Compact in 2019, its executive staff agreed to commit to the following five SDGs: SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG 13: Climate Action. In 2020, the company baselined each target to track improvement and achievement of goals over time. SDG 6 and SDG 12: ON Semiconductor’s environmental goals which target Clean Water and Responsible Consumption and Production are key to its long-term climate strategy. Our previous environmental goals expired in 2020. We are in the process of establishing new environmental goals.  SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth align with the company’s commitment to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code and results are demonstrated through its RBA audit performance. SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities are reflected inthe company’s Human Resources team’s reporting on diversity representation at various levels in the company. ON Semiconductor’s commitment to Human Right is outlined in its formal Human Rights Policy. SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production the company’s Reclamation Center processes tons of scrap material and precious metals annually. Most of which is repurposed for other uses (e.g., circular economy) and its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report is in its eighth year of reporting. SDG 13: Climate Action – the company’s Climate Change Policy was approved in 2020 and includes educating its employees on climate/sustainability, ensuring sustainable manufacturing, producing sustainable products and challenging its employees to act sustainably while at work and in their personal lives. Additionally, the company is updating its long-term environmental strategy on climate.  Specifics regarding ON Semiconductor’s alignment to these five priority goals are detailed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals document. ON Semiconductor’s CEO, Hassane El-Khoury, sent a signed statement to the UN Secretary General on April 27, 2021. In the statement, El-Khoury expressed ON Semiconductor’s continued support for the UN Global Compact and renewed the company’s ongoing commitment to the initiative and its Ten Principles. ON Semiconductor is proud of the work it does to support the UN Global Compact. Please visit ON Semiconductor’s Social Responsibility Web page  to learn more about the company’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from ON Semiconductor on

July 29, 2021 10:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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United Health Foundation Launches $3.3 Million Partnership with North Olympic Healthcare Network to Improve Behavioral Health Care on the Olympic Peninsula

UnitedHealth Group

MINNETONKA, Minn., July 29, 2021 /3BL Media/ – The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has established a three-year, $3.3 million grant partnership with the North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN), a federally qualified health center (community health center) serving Clallam County. NOHN will help to improve access to care with the goal of improving behavioral health for children and adults in the Port Angeles area. Washington’s rural counties have disproportionately fewer health care resources than larger, urban counties, according to a 2021 Washington State Primary Care Needs Assessment.  According to America’s Health Rankings 2020 Health of Women and Children Report, the teen suicide rate in Washington and nationwide has increased by nearly 25% since the 2017 report. The state also ranks 43rd for youth anxiety, 44th for youth alcohol use and 46th for illicit drug use by youths, with studies showing national behavioral and mental health challenges have been exacerbated by COVID-19. “Mental health has been an increasing concern for adults and children in Washington, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue,” said Sue Birch, Washington Health Care Authority director. “Through this partnership, members of the Port Angeles community will have better access to the care and resources they need.” NOHN will provide behavioral health and primary care services to 1,000 students in grades K-12 via a mobile medical unit, and offer behavioral health education to students and their parents. The partnership will also enable NOHN to expand the Port Angeles Community Paramedicine program to support individuals who frequently utilize the local emergency department (ED) for nonemergency behavioral health or substance misuse issues, and connect them to more personalized health resources. “We know how important it is to be able to access care when needs arise for children and adults,” said Dr. Alka Atal-Barrio, chief medical officer of The Everett Clinic/Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company. “UnitedHealth Group is committed to helping ensure every person has access to high-quality, affordable health care that meets their unique needs as we help build a modern, high-performing health system that works better for everyone.”   UnitedHealth Group is committed to expanding access to care, improving health care affordability, enhancing the health care experience and achieving better health outcomes. Partnering with key stakeholders, the company works to advance health equity, build healthier communities and support ongoing response efforts to COVID-19. Since 2019, UnitedHealth Group has invested over $36 million in strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations and other community partners to improve behavioral health. Specifically, this partnership will proactively help individuals access the behavioral and medical resources they need, prevent over 400 avoidable visits to the ED  and, most importantly, improve health outcomes. Additionally, the partnership is expected to drive a tenfold increase in the number of students accessing behavioral health services, and reduce the stigma about behavioral health among children and families.  “We are excited by this opportunity to leverage community collaborations and innovative mobile delivery models to bring much needed behavioral and primary care services to those in greatest need, wherever they are,” said Dr. Michael Maxwell, CEO of the North Olympic Healthcare Network. “This impactful grant funding and partnership with the United Health Foundation will help us address critical behavioral health needs in our students earlier and with fewer barriers, while also supporting community outreach to adults who are struggling with behavioral and chronic medical conditions.” About UnitedHealth Group  UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health care company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from UnitedHealth Group on

July 29, 2021 10:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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At Scale Podcast: Revitalizing Recycling

Morgan Stanley

Recycling has not been the magical answer to the plastic waste problem. But new technologies and new materials might just change that. We talk to scientists who are developing new plastics, designers who are reimagining products for recyclability, and innovators who are out to redefine our relationship to plastic. Hopes were high for consumer recycling, but in the end much of the plastic we put in the bin does not make make its way into new products. On this episode, host Audrey Chol talks with folks who are trying to change that reality.  Scientist Brett Helms, of the Berkley National Laboratory in California, is working at the cutting edge of new plastic technology; designer Christina Raab of the Cradle to Cradle Products innovation Institute is working to get companies to design recycling right into their products; and innovator Chris Krohn of Ideo is working on new ways for consumers and companies to think about their relationship with plastic products. All are trying to bring an additional level of circularity to the plastics economy. Listen to more At Scale: A Sustainability Podcast episodes  here.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Morgan Stanley on

July 29, 2021 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ceres Launches New Effort to Slash Emissions and Improve Transparency Across the Food Sector, Sets Out Benchmark


July 29, 2021 /3BL Media/ - A new effort launched today to engage 50 of the highest-emitting publicly-traded food and agriculture companies in North America, with the goal of accelerating the transition to a net zero emissions future in the global food and agriculture sector.  Coordinated by the sustainability nonprofit Ceres,  Food Emissions 50  will involve institutional investors from around the world who are committed to driving the transparent corporate climate action necessary to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.  As part of today’s launch, Ceres published an  investor statement of support  and the list of the 50 focus companies that they plan to engage as part of Food Emissions 50. They also released an  initial benchmark analysis  of the companies’ scope 3 emissions disclosures and emissions reduction targets.  “High-emitting food companies have a significant role to play in achieving a net zero emissions economy,” said  Julie Nash, director of food and forests at Ceres.  “Moving top North American food companies to disclose and reduce supply chain emissions will have considerable ripple effects in the global food and agriculture sector.” Investor signatories to the initiative will seek commitments from the companies’ boards and senior management to: Disclose greenhouse gas emissions across their entire value chain and set science-based emission reduction targets aligned with 1.5 °C.  Develop and disclose comprehensive climate transition action plans for reducing emissions in line with what is needed to limit warming to 1.5 °C.  Implement the actions identified in those plans and disclose progress. “We are thrilled to be an investor signatory to Ceres' Food Emissions 50,” said L eslie Samuelrich, president of Green Century Capital Management. “Deforestation and land conversion are the single largest contributors to the emissions generated by the food system, and we look forward to bringing our expertise on shareholder advocacy on deforestation to rapidly reduce agricultural sector emissions." The Ceres’ analysis released today shows most of the 50 food sector companies are lagging in key areas that are necessary to increase the ambition of their climate transition action plans. It found 70% of the 50 companies do not disclose emissions from agriculture, and more than 80% do not disclose emissions from land use change. More than 60% do not include any scope 3 emissions in their emission reduction targets.  “The initial benchmark analysis provides a foundational understanding of where companies are in their climate transition process,” said  Meryl Richards, director of research for food and forests at Ceres. “Companies that have not even measured and disclosed their scope 3 emissions or set targets that include them will need to get a handle on those supply chain emissions in order to implement credible climate transition action plans.” Food Emissions 50 builds on the work of  Climate Action 100+,  the Global Investor Engagement on Meat Sourcing, and other engagement initiatives. It is focused on an expanded list of focus companies and deeper engagements with the value chains and supply chains of those companies to address scope 3 emissions. Scope 3 emissions make up the majority of emissions from the food sector, which alone contribute almost a third of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.  "Companies are starting to recognize that addressing land use impacts and managing climate change in their supply chain are not mutually exclusive -- in fact, companies can’t have Paris Aligned climate goals without addressing land use impacts,” said  Natalie Wasek, shareholder advocacy manager at Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investing. “We're eager to join Food Emissions 50 and assist companies in connecting these dots." Food Emissions 50 is part of a larger Ceres effort to decarbonize six of the highest-emitting sectors that account for nearly 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Details of the broader initiative will be announced in August.  Editor’s Note Investors participating in the Food Emissions 50 will be asked to sign an  Investor Statement of Support, pledging to take at least one of the following actions which will in turn lead to the necessary and transparent action by the 50 focus companies. Integrate  the benchmark indicators on emissions disclosures and scope 3 emissions reductions and the overall performance of the focus companies with their investment processes and policies. Engage  the focus companies through leading or supporting dialogues and/or use active ownership through the power of the proxy vote to improve their emissions disclosures, scope 3 emissions reductions, and overall performance.  Educate  investors and those within their own investment firm on the systemic risks of supply chain emissions for the food and agriculture sector, and the enormous opportunities that come with taking action. Food Emissions 50 Benchmark  The  Food Emissions 50 Benchmark  assessed the 50 focus companies against key indicators focused on scope 3 emissions disclosures and emissions reduction targets. Read the full analysis.  Future benchmark analyses will assess whether companies are making progress against a wider set of key indicators consistent with those in the  Climate Action 100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark.  Food Emissions 50 Focus Companies The  Food Emissions 50 Focus Companies  are made up of 50 of the highest-emitting companies in the food and agriculture sector. Because disclosure of full value chain emissions is weak in this sector, companies were selected based on their high market cap and their exposure to the highest-emitting agricultural commodities. About Ceres Ceres is a nonprofit organization working with the most influential capital market leaders to solve the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. Through our powerful networks and global collaborations of investors, companies and nonprofits, we drive action and inspire equitable market-based and policy solutions throughout the economy to build a just and sustainable future. For more information, visit  and follow  @CeresNews. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ceres on

July 29, 2021 09:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mohawk Group Honored by Vizient As an Environmentally Preferred Sourcing Designated Supplier

Mohawk Industries

CALHOUN, Ga., July 29, 2021 /3BL Media/ — Mohawk Group was awarded the title of Environmentally Preferred Sourcing designated supplier by Vizient, the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company. This honorable designation showcases Mohawk Group’s dedication to creating and maintaining environmentally preferable manufacturing, distribution and maintenance programs. “Mohawk Group is proud to be identified as an Environmentally Preferred Sourcing designated supplier,” said Earle Jenkins, senior vice president of sales. “As the world’s largest flooring company, Mohawk’s approach to sustainability is a holistic one, encompassing environmental, social and economic dimensions across all different segments.” With a shift toward using sustainable, safer products in health care, Vizient strives to build stronger, healthier communities through their Environmentally Preferred Sourcing Program, providing the necessary framework for hospitals and health systems to implement and maintain an environmentally preferable purchasing program that supports hospital sustainability efforts. Providing the broadest, most cost-effective portfolio of environmentally preferred products in the industry, making “green” purchasing easier for members. “Environmentally preferred flooring goes far beyond products that are recyclable or made from recycled materials,” said Ramie Vagal, senior manager of sustainability. “Mohawk Group was identified as a designated supplier because our products offer numerous sustainability attributes assisting towards customer’s sustainability goals and are competitively priced for accessibility.” Through continuous innovations and improvements and actively engaging in partnerships with educational institutions, Mohawk Group constantly evaluates ways to reduce their carbon and water footprint. Mohawk Group performs continuous life cycle assessments on all products to reduce emissions and overall impact and participates in programs such as Declare, Health Product Declaration to evaluate the best raw materials for products and reduce chemicals of concern. To learn more about Mohawk Group, visit About Mohawk Group As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions, and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit Contact: Melissa Stocks 678-499-8881 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Mohawk Industries on

July 29, 2021 09:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ecocentricity Blog: Looking Back

Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Happy birthday, Ray. Today would have been his 87th lap around the sun, which I realize isn’t a particularly noteworthy occasion. After all, we humans like our 5s and 10s when it comes to anniversaries. And in two weeks, we’ll have one of those - August 8th will mark the 10th year since his passing. If you ask me, I’d say these milestones offer the perfect bookends for a series of blogs on the past, present, and future. I’ll kick it off with a look backward, and my, what a decade it has been. For me personally, I was taking Georgia’s bar exam almost exactly ten years ago. Since successfully navigating those two nerve-wracking days, I have started a job, moved to a new neighborhood, met a super cool lady, started working for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, got married to said super cool lady, moved again, had a kid, adopted another kid, wrote a book, and took a turn at teaching preschool from home for those two kids because of that pandemic thing. All along the way, I’ve come to realize how incredibly blessed I am - blessed by my family and friends, blessed by meaningful work, blessed by my health, and blessed by a faith that has kept me grounded through the highs and the lows. At a global level, it’s been a remarkable decade as well. There are so many noteworthy historical events, from Gangnam Style being the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views to the creation of the Ice Bucket Challenge. If you want meaningful historical events to go along with such silliness, we’ve seen the #MeToo movement come to life, Britain leave the European Union, the first photograph of a black hole, the groundbreaking Paris Climate Accord, and the worst pandemic in 100 years. That’s also just scratching the surface of these past ten years. What I really want to lift up is my family though, because I think it’s what Ray would be most proud of. I want to start with his daughters, because both my mother and aunt have wholeheartedly embraced their father’s legacy. They are the heartbeat of all of the Foundation’s grantmaking, but their service to the sustainability community goes well beyond the checks we write. My mother, Mary Anne Lanier, has engaged deeply through her board service with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, the latter of which she expertly chaired through all of the disruption that COVID-19 wrought. She is known in our local environmental community as thoughtful, reliable, and invested in the organizations with which she works. My aunt, Harriet Langford, found her own environmental epiphany and brought it fully to life. As many of you know, she is the founder and visionary for The Ray, a living laboratory in west Georgia for the technologies and policies that can make our highway system sustainable, if not regenerative. Her passion for this work is as vibrant as her father’s was, and I think she has even surprised herself with how much The Ray has accomplished in a few short years. Then you have my father, Jaime Lanier, and my uncle, Phil Langford. I know how honored they are to serve alongside their spouses as the trustees of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and they have been constant supporters of Mary Anne and Harriet (and of me and my staff). Ray Anderson was not just a father-in-law to them, but also an inspiration, and Jaime and Phil have become sustainability advocates in their own right. Lastly, I know Ray would be proud of his five grandchildren and our spouses. First and foremost, we know how important it is to teach our own children to love this planet and the people on it. We are raising Ray Anderson’s great-grandchildren, and we take that responsibility very seriously! We also have found our own voices through the Foundation’s NextGen Committee, and it has given us valuable experience in environmentalism. Ours is a family that is fully invested in working to heal the planet. Ray, I know you’re looking down on us from above, and I hope we are making you proud. Thank you for the gifts you have given to us as a family, and for the legacy you have entrusted to us. I know you aren’t with us physically, but your spirit most certainly is. I can almost hear you saying what I heard from you so many times as a child - “Good job; now keep working!” We will keep working, because this is a critical time of change for our world. More on that next week…. This blog is available weekly via email subscription.  RELATED BLOGS: Ecocentricity Blog: Life Creates Conditions Conducive to Life Ecocentricity Blog: Thirsty Lands Ecocentricity Blog: What if I Told You CONTACT: Valerie Bennett +1 (770) 317-5858 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter: @RaysLegacy Instagram: @rcafoundation View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ray C. Anderson Foundation on

July 29, 2021 09:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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