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Kimberly-Clark's Manufacturing Facility in Spain Reduces Direct Carbon Emissions by 40%

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

As part of its purpose to deliver better care for a better world, Kimberly-Clark’s 2030 sustainability goals include a commitment to reducing its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2015 base year. At its Salamanca manufacturing facility in western Spain, the recent installation of a biomass boiler will lower natural gas consumption at the facility by 40% and reduce direct carbon emissions by 40%, which is equivalent to taking 5,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually in Spain. The Salamanca facility produces toilet paper and facial tissue for consumers in Spain, France and the Benelux region under brands such as Scottex®, Kleenex® and Page®. Each day, the facility makes 165 tonnes of paper and manufactures 1.7 million toilet paper rolls. The biomass boiler was installed this fall and is a first for Kimberly-Clark’s manufacturing facilities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and only the second of its kind globally for the company. Biomass is a renewable form of energy, and in this case, is mostly waste forest residues sourced from within 100 kilometers of the facility. The move to decarbonized technologies is challenging, primarily due to the need to replace fully evolved and deployed fossil fuel energy sources with greener ones at a time when energy consumption in society is at a peak, but Kimberly-Clark is working hard to make it a reality. The new biomass boiler represents a significant milestone in the plant’s decarbonization roadmap and will contribute to Kimberly-Clark’s 2030 climate goals, which were approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative and are aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Oriol Margo, Kimberly-Clark's sustainability transformation leader for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said, “We know that climate change is a significant concern for our employees, customers, consumers and the planet, and the Salamanca biomass boiler is one way we are tackling this issue as part of Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability goals and global ambition to improve the lives of 1 billion people around the globe by 2030, with the smallest environmental footprint. We’re excited to continue finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint and care for our consumers in a more environmentally-friendly way.” Learn more about Kimberly-Clark’s 2030 sustainability goals here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Kimberly-Clark Corporation on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 01:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Our Journey to Better

Kohler Co.

When we look back on the year 2020, not only are we going to remember it for the extraordinary events that took place, but also because it was a pivotal turning point for corporate action. In the face of the global pandemic and subsequent economic implications, social unrest, and mounting evidence of the impact of climate change on our lives and livelihoods, companies rose to the challenge like never before to meet the needs of employees, customers, and communities. In Kohler’s nearly 150-year history, we have never shied away from addressing challenges head-on and 2020 was no exception. When COVID-19 hit, we took immediate action to protect the health and well-being of our associates, pivoted our manufacturing to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), and mobilized resources to support communities as they grappled with the real and uncertain impacts of the pandemic. All the while, we continued to prioritize progress against our environmental sustainability targets, sourced and funded ideas from our associates to solve for global challenges through our internal incubator Innovation for Good®, and signed on as a founding member of the 50L Home alongside P&G, Electrolux, and others to drive innovation around water efficiency. Kohler’s approach to being a responsible company is guided by the notion that we can always do better. That’s why, despite the challenges we faced in 2020, we came together as a team to determine how we can leverage what we learned this year to do even more for our planet and the people we touch. Everything from our own footprint to the products we manufacture and the services we offer is being evaluated to ensure we can have a positive impact on the world in which we live and operate. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers, but we do know that we have the commitment to try to find solutions and the passion to act on issues where we can make the most impact. Looking forward, we know it won’t be easy to tackle the challenges facing the world today and tomorrow, but we are excited to try. We will lean into the innovation that can be born from disruption, and we remain vigilant in applying our knowledge, resources, and energy to leave the world a better place. Read more in Kohler's 2020 Believing in Better Metrics Report View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Kohler Co. on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 11:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Better Libraries, Better Communities: IWBI's Jason Hartke Sits Down With U.S. Sen. Jack Reed

International WELL Building Institute

Through policy and partnership, IWBI has supported priority sectors, such as schools, senior and assisted living facilities, public sector buildings and affordable housing, where health and well-being strategies and features found in the WELL Building Standard (WELL) can reach and benefit those most in need. Libraries are one of those priority sectors. An investment in libraries is an investment in all Americans, helping strengthen our communities and advancing our shared health, sustainability and resilience goals. The Build America’s Libraries Act (BALA) would allocate $5 billion to public library infrastructure updates, including addressing climate change disasters, COVID-19 recovery, as well as broadband access and accessibility. Introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), BALA would support the creation of new and improved libraries in high-need communities. IWBI’s Jason Hartke had the chance to sit down with Sen. Reed recently to talk more about his commitment to libraries and his leading work to advance the Build America’s Libraries Act. Q: Senator, you’ve been a beacon of leadership when it comes to championing the nation’s libraries, which play such a critical role in all of our hometowns all across the country. Could you tell us a little more about how the bill came about and its long-term goals? Libraries uplift our communities in so many ways. Whether it is accessing technology, books, or free community classes, libraries are for everyone. I’ve met folks from all walks of life who say they learned English at the library, found their job through library resources, or even sheltered at their local library during an emergency. So the goal has always been to help public libraries fulfill their vital mission and expand their reach. Public libraries are constantly and continuously innovating to meet specific community needs. And during the pandemic, libraries have stepped up in new ways, whether by providing online tools or distributing free COVID-19 testing. Libraries are that trusted community resource. At the same time, we know some communities, particularly those in distressed neighborhoods, whether in rural areas or in our urban cores, lack a library with the facilities, resources, and programming they need. And it is vital that underserved communities be able to access technology and other vital library services. When I was working with Sen. Schumer on the Economic Justice Act in 2020, I sought to ensure this legislation addressed the urgent need to modernize the facilities that are essential to any community – schools and libraries. In the intervening months, as the pandemic has continued, these needs have only grown, especially for libraries that require HVAC improvements or even the addition of electrical outlets in outdoor spaces to better ensure the safety of patrons and librarians alike. So I introduced these provisions as a standalone bill, the Build America’s Libraries Act, and have been pushing for its inclusion in the once-in-a-generation investment we are looking to make in infrastructure. Libraries, like our schools, are essential community assets, and they need our investment to help people young and old alike thrive. Q: September is a critical month for this legislation. Where does the legislation stand at this point? And how have you seen the urgency for investing in library infrastructure change over the past few months? We are pushing hard, along with Rep. Andy Levin who leads the bill in the House. And other advocates, like IWBI, have been active in trying to find a way to ensure this funding is included in the reconciliation bill that is moving through Congress. There is a real sense of urgency that I think is felt in communities. But it is not an issue the mainstream media always covers. So the more attention we can bring to this cause and the stronger the advocacy with my colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives, the better. I am hopeful we will succeed because this is a wise investment that would help all fifty states and frankly, it is something that deserves unanimous support. Q: COVID-19 laid bare so many societal inequities. What does this legislation do to better support communities in need? By ensuring modern and accessible libraries, we are providing a lifeline to communities in need… keeping people connected, engaged, and accessing the knowledge and skills that can ultimately lead to jobs that can feed and support families. Now is the time to look to our post-pandemic future with an eye toward building more inclusive, connected communities, and public libraries are essential to that effort… a vital component of America’s education network, connecting people to information… technology… and ladders of opportunities for advancement. Q: We know that our public library buildings are outdated and for decades have been underinvested. What are you most looking forward to improving with this legislation? In working to secure $200 million in the American Rescue Plan to help libraries recover from COVID-19, I knew this funding – the largest single-year increase in library funding – would be a game changer for libraries across the country. It would enable libraries to respond to needs exposed by the pandemic as well as make forward-thinking investments in programming and services to support their community members. In much the same way, with the average library building now more than 40 years old and many requiring large-scale improvements and modernization, it is my hope that passing the Build America’s Libraries Act would allow communities to transform library facilities… to be state-of-the-art learning and community spaces that are healthier, safer, more accessible, have less environmental impact, and able to withstand natural disasters. This is what President Johnson envisioned when he signed into law the first library construction program in 1964 (now defunct), saying “Anything that we can do to enlarge the number and the quality of libraries is, I think, an act of national achievement.” Q: Anything else you would like to share? I want to express my deep appreciation and thanks to IWBI for supporting both my library construction legislation, the Build America’s School Libraries Act, and my school construction bill, the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act. It will take our collective advocacy efforts to ensure libraries and schools are part of this historic investment in our communities. Only by working together can we get this important job done. Senator, I think you may remember my grandfather, Sen. Vance Hartke of Indiana, who helped lead on legislation the last time Congress made a similar significant investment in our libraries. I don’t know if you had a chance to know him - he passed in 2003 - but you both would have been darn good friends. I want to thank you again for your tireless work and leadership on this important legislation. And I want to thank you for the work you do every day to lift this country and help all families build better lives. We greatly appreciate your time. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International WELL Building Institute on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 11:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ørsted and Williams Join Forces to Explore Clean Energy Opportunities in the US

Ørsted

As part of this agreement, the parties are exploring a large-scale wind energy, electrolysis, and synthetic gas-via-methanation co-development in western Wyoming where Williams owns significant land area and natural gas infrastructure. “We’re excited to partner with Williams to deliver clean fuels in the US and transform our Onshore business into a potential growth platform for renewable hydrogen,” said Vishal Kapadia, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Ørsted Onshore, continuing: “Combining our renewable development and operations expertise with access to large-scale gas transportation networks and infrastructure will further expand the scope of energy solutions we can deliver and positions us well to continue to develop innovative approaches to drive the decarbonisation of the energy system.” “Natural gas and our large-scale energy infrastructure network are ideal partners for facilitating the integration of renewables into the energy mix, while helping our customers move toward a low-carbon future,” said Chad Zamarin, Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategic Development at Williams, continuing: “It’s through technology innovation and collaboration with forward-thinking companies such as Ørsted that we can leverage our assets and expertise to develop solutions to advance the clean energy economy.” Williams’ energy infrastructure network, which handles 30 percent of the natural gas used for power generation, heating, and industrial use in the US, is adaptable to future renewable energy storage and transport. The company’s nationwide footprint and best-in-class infrastructure expertise is well-positioned to advance the future of hydrogen, linking the lowest cost production sites for renewable hydrogen and other e-fuels to growing demand centres. As a leading developer, builder, and owner-operator of renewable generation and the first developer to operate the full spectrum of new renewable technologies at utility scale in the US, Ørsted is uniquely positioned to provide the low-cost clean electricity that is essential to the production of renewable hydrogen and its derivatives. About Ørsted The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights' 2021 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,472 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2020, the group's revenue was DKK 52.6 billion (EUR 7.1 billion). Visit  orsted.com  or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. About Williams Williams (NYSE: WMB) is committed to being the leader in providing infrastructure that safely delivers natural gas products to reliably fuel the clean energy economy. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Williams is an industry-leading, investment grade C-Corp with operations across the natural gas value chain including gathering, processing, interstate transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams connects the best supplies with the growing demand for clean energy. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including Transco, the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – and handles approximately 30 percent of the natural gas in the United States that is used every day for clean power generation, heating and industrial use. For further information, please contact: Ørsted Media Relations Kathrine Ejlskov + 45 99 55 10 23 katej@orsted.dk Ørsted Investor Relations Allan Bødskov Andersen + 45 99 55 79 96 ir@orsted.dk   Williams Media Relations media@williams.com + 1 (800) 945-8723 Williams Investor Contacts Danilo Juvane +1 (918) 573-5075 Grace Scott +1 (918) 573-1092 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ørsted on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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LA Kings Raise More Than $150,000 for Hydrocephalus Association and Kings Care Foundation at Annual LA Kings 5K in Redondo Beach, Calif.

AEG

AEG’s LA Kings recently raised more than $150,000 for the Kings Care Foundation and the Hydrocephalus Association, an organization dedicated to providing support and education to individuals, families and medical professionals dealing with the complex issue of hydrocephalus – a neurological condition that affects over 1 million Americans, at the annual LA Kings 5K on Sept. 18. More than 2,000 community members raced, skated and walked throughout the race course in Redondo Beach, Calif. while being cheered on by emcee Daryl Evans, LA Kings players, staff and club mascot, Bailey. LA Kings players in attendance included Dustin Brown, Cal Petersen, Alex Iafallo, Trevor Moore, Olli Maatta, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Christian Wolanin, Mikey Anderson, captain Anze Kopitar. All registered participants received a ticket for a 2021-22 LA Kings home game at STAPLES Center, a race t-shirt and participant medal. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from AEG on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 11:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Thinkabit Lab Inventions: COVID-19 Response - Part 1

Qualcomm

In 2020, everyday life was suddenly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools closed, hospitals were overwhelmed, and masks became essential. Students, naturally observant, were drawn to the pandemic-related problems and inspired to invent relevant and highly valued solutions. Watch how they used an Internet of Things framework to mitigate the challenges and help people in this much needed time. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Qualcomm on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Join Us at the Future of Climate Action Event

International Paper Company

Urgent action is required to limit global temperature rises and the role of business is key. Hosted by Innovation Forum  from September 27-29, 2021, this climate action conference will focus entirely on supply chain decarbonization. Join the virtual conference on Wednesday, September 29 to hear International Paper Chief Sustainability Officer Sophie Beckham in conversation with Pankaj Bhatia from World Resources Institute, Virginia Covo Naranjo from Anheuser-Busch InBev and Neil Coole from BSI Americas as they discuss the role of natural climate solutions in decarbonization. Register for this event here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International Paper Company on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 10:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Australian Cadbury Dairy Milk Blocks to Be Available in Recycled Soft Plastic Packaging

Mondelēz International

September 24, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Australian made Cadbury Dairy Milk Blocks will be among the first food products in the world to be available and wrapped in recycled soft plastic packaging, the confectionary brand has announced. Announcing the news today, Cadbury’s owner US firm Mondelez International said it had sourced the equivalent of 30 per cent of the plastic needed to wrap the brand’s famous blocks from recycled sources. “Not only is this a world first for Cadbury, but Cadbury in Australia will be among the first anywhere in the world to buy recycled content soft plastic packaging,” Mondelez International president for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Darren O’Brien, said in a statement. “While we’ve accessed the very latest technology from overseas to source this recycled material, we know that demand for circular packaging will continue to grow and we’d love to see recycling technology built in Australia to meet local demand.” The volume of recycled plastic being used for the new packaging is enough for 50 million family blocks – which, laid end-to-end – would equate to distance from the Cadbury factory in Hobart, Tasmania to Mumbai in India. While soft plastic packaging has long been considered a single use material, accessing the latest recycling technology means fans of the chocolate (aka, all of us) can look forward to playing a role in the circular economy. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Mondelēz International on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 10:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Oportun Extends a $2 Million Low-Interest Loan to Help Other Community Development Financial Institutions Advance Financial Inclusion

Oportun

SAN CARLOS, Calif., September 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Oportun Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPRT), an A.I.-driven financial services and technology company that provides hardworking people with access to responsible and affordable credit, today announced it is extending a $2 million low-interest loan to the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the proceeds of which will be used to make loans to other Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) serving low- and moderate-income communities. This loan replaces the $1 million low-interest loan that Oportun previously extended to OFN. “The historic lack of responsible lending to low-and moderate-income communities has created challenges for the hardworking people that Oportun seeks to help,” said Raul Vazquez, CEO of Oportun. “As a successful public company and CDFI, we are in a position to multiply our impact by making more low-interest loans available, through OFN, to other CDFIs who share our mission of financial inclusion and are in a position to help consumers we do not currently serve.” ”OFN proudly helps money flow to people and places where traditional finance doesn’t reach,” said Lisa Mensah, OFN President and CEO. “We will direct these resources to other CDFIs, so they can provide affordable financial services in low- and moderate-income communities and help them thrive.” Since 2006, Oportun has lent over $10.5 billion through over 4.3 million affordable loans that have saved customers an estimated $1.9 billion in interest and fees, according to a study commissioned by Oportun and conducted by the Financial Health Network, a leading nonprofit authority on consumer financial health. Oportun has also helped more than 925,000 people who came to the company without a FICO® score start to establish their credit history. About Oportun                   Oportun (Nasdaq: OPRT) is a financial services company that leverages its digital platform to provide responsible consumer credit to hardworking people. Using A.I.-driven models that are built on 15 years of proprietary customer insights and billions of unique data points, Oportun has extended more than 4.3 million loans and over $10.5 billion in affordable credit, providing its customers with alternatives to payday and auto title loans. In recognition of its responsibly designed products which help consumers build their credit history, Oportun has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since 2009.         Media Contact George Gonzalez 650-769-0441 george.gonzalez@oportun.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Oportun on 3blmedia.com

September 24, 2021 09:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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