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New Study Reveals Fairtrade America Is Gaining Awareness and Trust in the U.S. As the Global Pandemic Awoke Americans to the Connectedness of Global Supply Chains

Fairtrade America

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Fairtrade America – an independent, third-party certification that partners with farmers and workers in developing countries to negotiate better prices, decent working conditions, and a fairer deal overall – today revealed key highlights from its biennial Fairtrade Consumer Insights report conducted by GlobeScan. Study results point to increased trust and favorable perception of Fairtrade certified brands and products, as well as increased recognition of the Fairtrade Mark.   Conducted among over 2,000 U.S. consumers and over 15,000 consumers globally via an online survey, the new research included several notable findings specific to American consumers: Fairtrade awareness among U.S. consumers has grown by almost 50% since 2019; current awareness is at 41% here in the U.S.  The Fairtrade Mark has a very positive impact on brand perception among U.S. consumers - 80% of U.S. shoppers aware of Fairtrade would look at a brand that carried its certification label more favorably (versus 76% in 2019). Trust in Fairtrade among U.S. consumers has increased, with 57% of U.S. consumers trusting the Fairtrade International Mark (versus 48% in 2019). Coffee remains the most recognized Fairtrade product, and U.S. shoppers are willing to pay up to 35% per pound more for Fairtrade coffee. Chocolate is also one of the most recognized Fairtrade products, with U.S. shoppers willing to pay up to 30% per bar more for Fairtrade chocolate. The Pandemic’s Impact on Consumer Expectations The COVID-19 pandemic served as a wake-up call to consumers about the need to make more ethical purchasing choices. According to independent GlobeScan public opinion research, consumers now expect companies to demonstrate fair wages, fair employee treatment, and environmental protection in sourcing and production.1 Since the pandemic, GlobeScan has seen significant increases in the public’s expectations of companies to act responsibly. In fact, 41% of U.S. respondents say they have changed their purchasing choices within the past year to make a difference on an economic, social, environmental, social, or political issue, indicating people increasingly see their everyday shopping as an important way to make a difference. 1  The Fairtrade Insights report found that nearly three-quarters of consumers who have seen the Fairtrade label when shopping feel it is more important than ever to support Fairtrade in building a better economy for all. Shoppers looking for ethical products are most concerned about child labor, deforestation and sustainable farming practices, and working conditions, all key impact areas for Fairtrade internationally.​ “The pandemic opened the public’s eyes to how interconnected we are to our communities as well as to the global supply chains we all rely on to produce everyday staples. Shoppers worldwide, including here in the U.S., are realizing the positive impact their purchasing decisions can have on farmers and workers to receive fair prices, assistance to adapt their practices to the changing climate and empower women and children in farming communities worldwide,” said Peg Willingham, executive director, Fairtrade America. “We are pleased to see this growing traction for the Fairtrade Mark and the positive perception it imparts on our brand partners. Our goal is to grow U.S. consumer preference of Fairtrade to the levels of certified organic goods.” Third-party Certification More Trusted Than Self-Regulation In recent years, some major U.S. brands have shifted away from credible third-party certifications in favor of internal self-regulation around issues including child labor, fair prices for farmers and sustainability. However, consumers are skeptical. Independent GlobeScan 2020 data shows that less than half of respondents trust companies’ communications about their own social and environmental performance. 1 “GlobeScan has recently seen significant increases in people wanting to make more socially and environmentally responsible shopping choices. But we know that behavior lags attitudes, so ethical labels like Fairtrade can be valuable, trusted guides for busy shoppers,” said Caroline Holme, senior director, GlobeScan. Learn More About Fairtrade  To help people easily identify and purchase Fairtrade-certified products, Fairtrade America recently launched its new Product Finder including hundreds of certified goods sold in the U.S. with more products being added on a regular basis. In the U.S., 5,000 products are registered with the Fairtrade Mark. Fairtrade America is hosting a webinar for brands and retailers to learn more about the implications of the GlobeScan survey findings, focused on U.S. data and briefly covering results in Canada, and how to better reach conscientious shoppers. The webinar will take place Wednesday, August 4 at 1:00PM EST. Register now. For more information on Fairtrade America and to review the full GlobeScan study, visit www.fairtradeamerica.org. 1.  ### About Fairtrade America Fairtrade America betters the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries by inspiring businesses to implement ethical production practices and assisting shoppers in making informed purchasing decisions. Fairtrade America is the US chapter of Fairtrade International, the original and global leader in fair trade certification with more than 30 years of experience working for fair trading practices in more than 30 countries across the globe. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Fairtrade America is the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system—part of a global movement for change. Learn more at www.fairtradeamerica.org. About GlobeScan GlobeScan is an insights and strategy consultancy, focused on helping clients build long-term trusting relationships with their stakeholders. Offering a suite of specialist research and advisory services, we partner with business, NGOs, and governmental organizations to meet strategic objectives across reputation, sustainability, and purpose.  Established in 1987, GlobeScan has offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Toronto. We are a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a Certified B Corporation.  Find out more at: www.globescan.com.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Fairtrade America on 3blmedia.com

July 27, 2021 08:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Pro Bono Perspectives S3E15: Dr. Stephanie Royal, The Robin Hood Foundation

Common Impact

Dr. Stephanie Royal, Chief People Officer at The Robin Hood Foundation, New York City’s largest poverty fighting organization, talks about community-driven philanthropy, leading with compassion, and how the K-shaped recovery from COVID-19 is further disadvantaging under-resourced communities and the nonprofit sector. Hear Stephanie’s takes on nonprofit talent management in the COVID-19 era, including new challenges with employee retention, the importance of investing in staff, building a culture of DEI, and supporting mental health and wellness. Visit robinhood.org to learn more. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Common Impact on 3blmedia.com

July 27, 2021 07:41 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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China Dynamics Changes Name to Ev Dynamics

Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 27 July 2021 - China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited (the "Company", Stock Code: 476, together with its subsidiaries, collectively “China Dynamics” or the "Group"), which provides new energy vehicles and technology integrated solutions, has changed the name of the Company from “China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited” to “Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited” and the secondary name of the Company in Chinese from “中國動力(控股)有限公司” to “科軒動力(控股)有限公司” to better reflect the current status of the Group’s business development and its direction of future development. Mr. Miguel Valldecabres Polop, CEO of Ev Dynamics, said, “The Group is to globalise its electric vehicles to world markets, including and not limited to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Asia Pacific and South America. Through the dynamic environment of pure electric vehicle development, it is also the Group’s aim to become an environmentally friendly enterprise. We believe that the new name can provide the Company with a more appropriate corporate image and identity which will benefit the Group’s business development.” The stock short name of the Company for trading in the shares on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited will be changed from “CH DYNAMICS” to “EV DYNAMICS” in English and from “中國動力控股” to “科軒動力控股” in Chinese with effect from 27 July 2021. About Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited (Stock Code: 476) Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited is a pioneer and a prominent player in China’s new energy commercial vehicles market, as well as a whole-vehicle manufacturer of specialty passenger vehicles and new energy passenger vehicles. It is an integrated driving and logistics solutions provider with a solid technological foundation in diverse areas including new energy platform power system and its key components. The Group has production base in Chongqing and it has developed its sales network in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Asia Pacific and South America. #EvDynamics Contact Details Strategic Financial Relations Limited Vicky Lee +852 2864 4834 vicky.lee@sprg.com.hk Strategic Financial Relations Limited Phoebe Leung +852 2114 4172 phoebe.leung@sprg.com.hk Strategic Financial Relations Limited Eddie Li +852 2114 4170 eddie.li@sprg.com.hk

July 27, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Why Being Bold Wins in Corporate Social Responsibility

Benevity

In this episode of the Social Impact Show, we chat with Jerome Tennille, Manager of Social Impact in Volunteerism with Marriott International, and discuss why  corporate social responsibility  is important in business, how CSR has evolved over the past year and what trends practitioners should be thinking about. We also explore what are the greatest opportunities in the CSR space and why bold companies will be rewarded by employees, customers and the market. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Benevity on 3blmedia.com

July 27, 2021 06:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Emax Launches #LevelUp with A Modern PC Campaign

Emax

Emax is the largest electronics retailer in the GCC. It has the widest selection of electronics in the UAE, with over 200 brands and 20,000 products all under one roof. The award-winning brand offers a diverse product range that includes photography, IT, mobiles, accessories, drones and robotics, sound and vision, personal audio, gaming, personal care, home appliances, health, and fitness. The brand provides solutions to enhance people's lifestyle and homes with the latest electronics, appliances, and gadgets from trusted brands such as Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, LG, Panasonic, Sony, HP, Bose, Siemens, Lenovo and more. Emax’s latest campaign, “#LevelUpWithAModernPC” encourages consumers to share their #LevelUp Story and win a Modern PC. The campaign further brings forth the promise, "You've got the talent, We’ve got the tech”. So, if technology is the driving force behind your success story, share with us how a Modern PC will help you do what you’re good at better and faster. Innovate and churn out your best creative works. And stand a chance to win a Modern PC ”. Providing impetus to this campaign is Microsoft – a valued partner supporting empowered consumers to achieve more using modern devices. Redington is yet another pillar of strength and technological partner without whom this endeavour would be incomplete. Keeping in mind the changing dynamic of consumer experience when it comes to sophisticated gadgets, Redington offers a plethora of devices for new-gen youth and professionals. The #LevelUpWithAModernPC campaign allows users to post their stories online and get an opportunity to win a Modern PC. The campaign is open to residents in Gulf. Speaking on the campaign, Emax commented, " The rationale of the #LevelUpWithAModernPC is to encourage consumers to explore and consider technology upgrades via modern devices. With the changing paradigm, a cross-section of students, working professionals, businessmen who spend several hours on PC are constantly looking for faster, smarter and tech-savvy products to enhance their deliveries while discovering a new dimension in them." Hence whether you are already on top or are gearing to reach the top, a Modern PC is the perfect, realistic and readily available solution for all! To make this campaign a huge success, the company has roped in renowned influencers from Dubai, viz. Nimmy, Big Rossi, Faith, Ines, Nikita and many more. They will share their interesting #LevelUp stories and encourage their followers to do the same. Furthermore, to inspire the audience to share their #LevelUp stories, Emax will give a Modern PC to all the winners. These stories can be viewed on the Emax campaign website (https://emax-ms.emaxme.com/), and audiences can like and share them and leave their comments. Though the campaign has just taken flight, we expect an overwhelming reach of 12-13M impressions and some exciting entries from our audience. Contact Details Pulp Strategy Ambika Sharma ambika@pulpstrategy.com

July 27, 2021 01:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Michael Lohscheller Appointed New CEO of VinFast Global

Vingroup

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 26 July 2021 - Vingroup, the largest conglomerate in Vietnam, announced today that it has appointed Michael Lohscheller as the CEO of its automotive division VinFast Global. Lohscheller will be responsible for scaling up VinFast’s operations and presence around the globe. When he starts his new job in Vietnam, Michael Lohscheller will lead VinFast’s operations in its current markets, namely Vietnam, the US, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands, with a clear goal of growing the business focusing on North America and Europe. That will include implementing strategic initiatives to turn VinFast into a global smart electric car company. Michael Lohscheller gained leadership experience in finance, technology, purchasing & logistics before becoming a former Volkswagen Group of America Executive Vice President. From VW, he moved to Opel where he became the CEO for the past four years. During his leadership, Lohscheller led Opel to sustainable profitability after decades of suffering losses. He also oversaw Opel’s transformation into an electrified car brand. “Vingroup warmly welcomes Michael Lohscheller to our leadership team. We strongly believe that his appearance will accelerate VinFast’s up and running global expansion. Michael Lohscheller’s participation in VinFast’s senior management team reaffirms Vingroup’s long-term plan in attracting outstanding talents and acquiring management expertise from elite circles of the global automotive industry,” stated Thuy Le - Vingroup’s Vice Chairwoman. On his decision to join VinFast, Michael Lohscheller said: “During my career, I have always been attracted by new challenges. When the opportunity came to join VinFast, I was immediately attracted because of the growth opportunities. I look forward to working with the leadership team to grow the company and establish it as a global smart electric car company.” With more than 20 years working in the automotive industry, Michael Lohscheller is expected to play a key role in VinFast’s bold steps in global expansion and towards becoming a leading global smart electric car company. About Michael Lohscheller’s careerBorn in 1968, the German CEO graduated from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 1992. During his working years, Michael Lohscheller completed a Master’s Program in European Marketing Management and obtained his M.A. at Brunel University London in 1996. Having been active in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, Michael Lohscheller held a variety of high-ranking positions: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mitsubishi Motors Europe, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Volkswagen Group of America, Chief Executive Officer at Opel Automobile GmbH and Member of the Board at PSA Group, etc. In his tenure as Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller was honorably presented with prestigious awards for excellent automotive managers: Eurostar 2019 (Automotive News), Manbest 2019 (Autobest) and Manager of the Year 2019 (AutoZeitung). Michael Lohscheller has been broadly endorsed for his prowess in business strategy, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, financial analysis, pricing strategy. About Vingroup and VinFast As the largest private conglomerate in Vietnam and one of the largest in Asia, Vingroup is currently doing business in three core sectors namely technology, industry and services. In all sectors it has participated in, Vingroup is always a pioneer that leads market trends and creates world-class products and services of Vietnam. Find out more at: https://www.vingroup.net/en. VinFast - a member of Vingroup - is Vietnam’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and the first Vietnamese automotive brand to launch in global markets. Established in 2017, VinFast’s state-of-the-art, 90% automated manufacturing complex in northern Vietnam is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. Designed to be one of the world’s leading smart electric mobility companies, VinFast currently produces several models of electric scooters and buses in Vietnam, and will launch three new electric SUVs - VF e34, VF e35 and VF e36 respectively of C, D and E classes - in Vietnam, North America and Europe in 2021 and 2022. Contact Details Vingroup +84 24 3974 9999 v.nammh@vingroup.net Company Website https://www.vingroup.net/en

July 26, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Singer-Songwriter Charlie Marie Lyons and Dikembe Mutombo Foundation Ally to Support School Construction in Congo

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Los Angeles, July 26, 2021 – The philanthropic work of NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo is the inspiration for Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Charlie Marie Lyons’ new single “Change”, and she will donate all streaming revenue from the single to support the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation’s work to build a new school in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “Not only did I literally look up to Dikembe Mutombo, but I also saw his heart and what he wants to achieve in this world,” said Lyons, whose compositions and performances share unfiltered stories of pain and hope and intimacy. “He inspired me to use my voice as a tool for change.” The new single was released today and is available on Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio and other streaming platforms. “This is not a story about tragedy, in fact, this is a story about overcoming. It’s a story about hope, and Dikembe Mutombo really inspires the people around him to have hope with a presence that encourages selflessness, self-reflection and self-improvement,” added Lyons. Located in a rural area outside the Mbuji-Mayi district, the ancestral home of the former NBA superstar’s parents, the modern pre-K through 6 school broke ground in July 2020 and is scheduled to open this October. In its first phase, the school will welcome 440 girls and boys to its classrooms. Named after Dikembe’s late father, a teacher and school principal, the future Samuel Mutombo Institute of Science & Entrepreneurship will serve a region where 240,000 children have no access to modern education. The DRC spends 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product on education, 166 th in the world. By comparison, the United States spends 5 percent. France spends 5.5 percent. As part of the planned long-term relationship between Lyons and the foundation, the school will include a “Change” classroom devoted to music and art. Lyons will help build the classroom’s curriculum, and the room will include an artists’ wall of signatures to commemorate the student-artists who pass through the program. “This project will build a modern high school in the Congo emphasizing science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts,” said Mutombo, who after 18 seasons in the NBA became the league’s first global ambassador. He has devoted his post-basketball career to improving primary health care, disease prevention and education in his native land. “I don’t see myself as a basketball player; I see myself as a humanitarian – someone who wants to see the world get better. I want to create the great leaders of tomorrow, but I cannot do it by myself,” he added. The school is not Mutombo’s first humanitarian project in his homeland. After its launch in 1997, the foundation’s first initiative, along with several international and local partners, was leading a 1999 campaign to stop the spread of polio. In three days 8.2 million children were vaccinated resulting in a near polio free DRC for four years. Next, the foundation spearheaded construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa. Named after Dikembe’s mother, the 170-bed facility opened in 2007 as the first new hospital of Its kind constructed in the DRC in 45 years and, to date, has treated almost 600,000 people. In addition, the hospital collaborated with the U.S.-based Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide almost 10,000 hearing-impaired people with new hearing aids at no cost. To donate, go to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation web site at dmf.org. Computer animation of the completed school is available on YouTube. “Change” is available on Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio or wherever you stream music. For more on the artist, visit charliemarielyons.com. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Foundation strives to accomplish this goal through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo. Contact Details SilversJacobson Paul Jacobson +1 303-548-6684 paul@silversjacobson.com Company Website https://dmf.org

July 26, 2021 06:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Edge of Field Practices Can Help Food and Ag Companies Meet Sustainability Goals

The Nature Conservancy

Food is among the most basic and essential ways that we interact with nature. The security and continuity of our food supply chains depend on healthy soil, clean water and a stable climate—all factors that impact a producer’s ability to grow crops. Businesses are increasingly recognizing these connections and including environmental factors into their business models. One way they do this is by setting  sustainability goals  related to water quality and climate change. In order to ensure long-term food production, economic security for producers and their communities, and a healthy environment for us all, sustainability needs to be business-as-usual in the U.S. food and agriculture industries. Seeing some of the world’s largest food companies take proactive steps to achieve sustainability within their own supply chains signals tremendous momentum in that direction. But more work still lies ahead. To truly achieve a regenerative food system, we need to embrace a broad suite of scientifically proven solutions. Decades of scientific research tells us that improving nutrient management and rebuilding soil health in farm fields can increase productivity for farmers and deliver a range of environmental benefits. But research also tells us that focusing on in-field practices alone is not enough to achieve a regenerative agriculture system. We need to harness the larger landscape by creating conservation opportunities at the field edge. Through the implementation of conservation and stewardship practices at the edges of farm fields, we can realize water quality and climate goals—a crucial but under-utilized conservation opportunity. A Whole-farm Approach A whole-farm—or whole-systems —approach to improving agricultural management is essential for long-term sustainability and profitability, as well as meeting water quality, greenhouse gas, and habitat goals. This approach means that producers need to employ both in-field (e.g., cover crops, nutrient management, crop rotation) and edge of field (EoF) conservation practices. EoF practices are designed to slow, filter, and process water running off farm fields, both above and below the surface. In addition to providing water quality benefits, they also enhance carbon and water storage, pollinator and wildlife habitat, and streambank stabilization. These practices—including vegetated buffers, two-stage ditches, wetlands, bioreactors, and prairie strips—can be paired with in-field conservation practices to support farm productivity and profitability while maximizing the conservation benefits.  In fact, scientists with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) estimate that approximately 550,000 acres of restored and constructed wetlands could help treat nutrient loss from 50 million acres of cropland. In addition to the staggering water quality benefits offered by this suite of practices, TNC scientists also estimate that wide-spread implementation of restored and constructed wetlands could sequester 7.4 million tons of soil organic carbon adjacent to working lands over a 10-year period. Such practices could be a revenue stream for farmers who enroll in ecosystem services markets, as well as a boon to climate change mitigation efforts gaining momentum across the food and agriculture industry. EoF practices can improve water quality, store more carbon, reduce flooding, Stories abound of farmers across the United States successfully implementing EoF practices to better manage water and reduce nutrient and sediment loss from their fields. Farmers have seen the benefits first-hand, and their experiences demonstrate the crucial role well-managed farms can play in solving environmental challenges. Yet, more farmers must implement these practices to achieve significant environmental improvements. Among the barriers to scaled adoption are mitigating up-front costs, resolving technical issues, and addressing misconceptions about the role that these practices can play on productive, profitable farms. How do we overcome these barriers and help farmers adopt EoF practices on a larger scale and at a faster pace? A Roadmap for Success In 2020, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), and Meridian Institute came together to answer this fundamental question. Our three organizations convened 26 leaders including farmers who are early adopters of EoF practices; representatives from environmental and conservation nonprofits, commodity groups, professional associations, and agriculture and food companies; and current and former public agency staff. Over a 6-month period, these leaders analyzed the state of the science underpinning EoF practices, reviewed current policies and programs, and developed a shared understanding of existing efforts that both encourage and discourage EoF adoption. Building upon this shared base of knowledge, the group developed. Featuring successful and innovative case studies from across the nation and recognizing the accomplishments of individuals and organizations, the EoF Roadmap is a blueprint for collaborative action to implement these practices on a larger scale and at a faster rate. It includes nine recommendations to accelerate the adoption of EoF practices, built upon three cross-cutting themes: Invest in science, technology, and data to increase understanding of the effectiveness of practices and provide farmers and conservation professionals with the information necessary to inform EoF practice implementation. Align policies and programs so they work in tandem and amplify corporate supply chain efforts and emerging ecosystem services markets to create watershed-level improvements. Communicate a vision of a more holistic, regenerative U.S. agriculture system to develop a shared appreciation of the importance of edge of field practices among farmers, landowners, and others throughout the value chain. Using these themes as guides, it’s evident that there are roles for everyone to play in expanding the use of edge of field practices—no matter their distance from farmland. For supply chain initiatives that embrace a multi-pronged approached to systems change, like the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, emphasis on EoF may be expressed through a variety of channels: as a priority for policy engagement, as an emerging area of technical assistance, and as a story to be told about the future of regenerative agriculture, among other possibilities. The EoF Roadmap is a call to action for partnerships, conservation groups, policy makers, farmers, farm organizations, supply chain companies and other agricultural stakeholders. Working collaboratively, stakeholders can elevate public awareness of EoF practices and the role they play in helping to improve the sustainability of the U.S. food system and help the business and government sectors meet environmental goals. We invite you to explore the Roadmap and learn about the science, policy, and market opportunities identified in our recommendations. Together, we can transform our agricultural landscape for the benefit of our producers, our communities, and the environment we all share.  Learn more at nature.org/EdgeofField. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Nature Conservancy on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 04:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Black & Veatch Celebrates 60 Years of Delivering Infrastructure Solutions in Canada

Black & Veatch

TORONTO, July 26, 2021 /3BL Media/ - As Black & Veatch celebrates its 60 th year of innovative operations in Canada, the company recognizes the more than 1,500 completed projects that span power and energy market segments, essential water management solutions, and telecommunications advancements across the country. With the milestone, the company’s experts – now at the forefront of the decarbonization and sustainability movements – see significant opportunities to accelerate Canada’s deployment of advanced infrastructure assets. In a country that has long invested in resilient, reliable infrastructure to serve its broad, diverse geographical needs, Black & Veatch opened its Toronto operations in 1960 to help build power and water infrastructure capacity. Decades later, the company has broadened its footprint in Edmonton and Vancouver, growing its local workforce to deliver projects encompassing power generation to water services, grid modernization and zero-carbon transportation markets. These professionals are key to the company’s globally integrated workforce. The company’s presence is expected to rise as Black & Veatch sees increasing demand in Canada for solutions that balance performance, resilience, reliability and sustainability. “Black & Veatch’s six decades of work on Canadian infrastructure directly reflects the engineering talent, regional knowledge and commitment of our professionals,” said Ali Assaf, associate vice president for Black & Veatch. “As we look forward to supporting Canada’s infrastructure future, we’re now delivering on tomorrow’s solutions, answering the demand for decarbonization by helping produce advanced solutions in cleaner energy harnessing the wind, sun and hydrogen, all while providing water-related green infrastructure and advanced transportation.” Over the past six decades, the company’s projects have spanned critical energy, water and telecommunication markets, making Black & Veatch a valued partner in achieving several important milestones in Canada’s infrastructure history: Black & Veatch was selected to build Kineticor’s Cascade Power Plant, a 900-MW low-carbon natural gas combined cycle generating facility in Alberta that will help the province transition away from coal-fired power. The company also provided power services on ENMAX’s Shepard Energy Centre, an 800-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant that provides electricity for more than half of Calgary. Black & Veatch is also engaged with several projects supporting multiple carbon reduction and sustainability efforts. Canada’s water future is being enhanced by Black & Veatch who is bringing water and wastewater treatment facilities to fruition. This includes working on one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto – the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, a $3-billion, 25-year, a multi-stage initiative to upgrade stormwater control. The company also worked on the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant in Vancouver – the country’s largest drinking water filtration plant – and on Toronto’s second-largest wastewater treatment plant, the Humber Treatment Plant. The company also provides telecommunications work, serving both public and private networks across Canada’s expansive, largely rural geography. This includes delivering consulting and engineering services for the BC Hydro WiMAX Metering Network, Hydro One Telecom Consulting, Hydro Ottawa Telecom Roadmap, Milton Hydro Communications Study, Nalcor Energy Protection and Controls Upgrade, and the Toronto Hydro Feeder Automation Network. Black & Veatch is building the charging infrastructure to support the electrification of transportation and was a key contributor building Tesla’s first coast-to-coast network of Supercharger sites across Canada Black & Veatch also works closely with the nation's gas, chemicals and mining industries. “A new, exciting chapter of innovation in infrastructure is emerging as technologies that leverage hydrogen, renewable energy, energy storage, advanced broadband and 5G technology will transform how power, water and telecom services are delivered,” said Alex Bettencourt, Senior Managing Director at Black & Veatch. Editor's Notes: The company has worked with more than 140 Canadian clients throughout its 60-year history, a list that spans utilities, developers, municipalities, government entities and manufacturers. This includes several long-term client relationships with ATCO Power, BC Hydro, Capital Power, KMK Consultants, the City of Toronto, Metro Vancouver, Region of Peel and the Region of York. Black & Veatch’s global power business is responsible for delivering more than 5,000 MW in electricity-generating projects and more than 8,800 MW in cogeneration in projects ranging from British Columbia to Ontario. The Black & Veatch Canada team has extensive engineering capabilities across multiple sectors, including power, oil & gas, telecommunications, renewables, clean transportation, water and wastewater treatment and the environment, helping Canada evolve alongside smart technologies. *** About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2020 exceeded US$3.0 billion. Follow us on  www.bv.com  and on social media. Media Contact Information: MELINA VISSAT | +1 303-256-4065 P | +1 617-595-8009 M | VissatM@BV.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Black & Veatch on 3blmedia.com

July 26, 2021 04:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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