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IWBI Welcomes New Organizations to Membership Program

International WELL Building Institute

NEW YORK, July 1, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is pleased to announce new organizations that have joined the IWBI membership program, an expanding program that offers commercial benefits, as well as brand visibility and networking opportunities. The continued growth of the program signifies an increasing prioritization of health and well-being in the places where we live, work and play, as organizations and communities across the globe look to long-term health solutions. The most recent additions to this membership network include hospitality groups and fitness studios, as well as food service companies and sustainability firms. “The IWBI membership community’s continued growth is a signal that companies and organizations are truly committed to people first places,” said Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO of IWBI. “On the heels of a devastating pandemic, health and well-being are investments that benefit in the short and long-term. We’re excited and humbled to work alongside these organizations to advance this growing movement toward a better future for everyone, everywhere.” The program has grown by more than 20 percent over the last year, with more than 150 current members since the program’s inception in March 2019. As a result, IWBI increased capacity to help support the growing participation of its global membership program. The continued growth of the IWBI membership program accompanies the rapid global uptake of the WELL Building Standard (WELL), the WELL Health-Safety Rating and WELL Portfolio programs, which now stand at over 2.5 billion square feet of projects across 100 countries. Much of WELL’s success is driven by a global network of WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs) and exam registrants, a community now totaling nearly 20,000 people. New members include: Aramark BON Engineering Consultants Company Cbus Property Choice Properties Reit Colegio Champal CONG TY CO PHAN NOI THAT CO BAN Element Plus En3 Sustainability Solutions EY Federal Reserve Board Georgia Pacific (GP PRO) Global Plasma Solutions GreenTech Environmental Inspired TEC LLC Inspirotec KKECO Leading Edge Consulting Services, LLC Los Cabos Tourism Board Merck Micron Memory Taiwan Co., Ltd. Planet Fitness World Headquarters Poppy Health Inc. Savills China Shanghai Flow Culture Communication Co., Ltd StrongLED Smart Lighting (Cayman) Co., Ltd. Sustainable Investment Group Tarkett Thornton Tomasetti Tungsten Studio United Building Maintenance UOZU Lighting These members join IWBI’s existing membership community, which can be found here. There are two tiers of membership and a third designation for companies already enrolled in the WELL Portfolio program. This allows companies to select the best fit for their organizational goals. Member benefits include discounts on the WELL Certification process and WELL AP credentialing program, specialized opportunities to publicize accomplishments and more touchpoints with IWBI leadership and across the broader community through members-only year-round events and enhanced digital engagement. The program creates pathways for WELL advocates and champions to stay connected, share best practices, explore new shared initiatives and receive greater recognition for these efforts. About the International WELL Building Institute The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people first places to advance a global culture of health. A wholly owned subsidiary of Delos, IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here. International WELL Building Institute pbc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delos Living LLC. International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL Portfolio, WELL Portfolio Score, The WELL Conference, We Are WELL, the WELL Community Standard, WELL Health-Safety Rating, WELL Health-Safety Rated, WELL Health-Equity, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute in the United States and other countries. Press contact: media@wellcertified.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International WELL Building Institute on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 12:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Home Depot Foundation Invests $325,000 to Combat Veteran Homelessness in Los Angeles

The Home Depot

July 1, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The Home Depot Foundation announced today its commitment of $325,000 toward the construction of a new permanent housing facility in Los Angeles for seniors and veterans experiencing homelessness, in partnership with the Weingart Center Association. The 11010 Santa Monica Boulevard permanent supportive housing facility will include 51 units restricted to seniors experiencing homelessness, with 28 units reserved for veterans. In addition to housing, the building will include on-site facilities for intensive case management, substance use services, mental health care and physical health care, as well as counseling and advocacy provided by the VA of Greater Los Angeles. The facility is projected to open to its first residents in October 2022. “Seniors and veterans face tremendous hurdles when experiencing homelessness,” said Senator Kevin Murray, president and CEO of the Weingart Center Association. “We are thankful The Home Depot Foundation recognizes the importance of providing comfort and support to this unique demographic.” To date, the Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes, including making critical home repairs for combat wounded veterans, providing financial assistance and helping senior veterans age independently in their own homes. About The Home Depot Foundation The Home Depot Foundation  works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025 and $50 million in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople through the Path to Pro program.  To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation visit  HomeDepotFoundation.org  and follow us on  Twitter  @HomeDepotFound and on  Facebook  and  Instagram  @HomeDepotFoundation. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Home Depot on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 12:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fostering a Culture of Responsibility

NortonLifeLock

In 2020, NortonLifeLock hired Krista Todd as Chief Marketing Officer. In this newly created role, Krista manages corporate and employee communications, public relations, brand marketing, corporate marketing, corporate responsibility, and investor relations. I recently sat down with Krista to discuss the work we've done together over the last year and to look ahead at the vision for NortonLifeLock’s corporate responsibility future. KA:  Before we dive into our Corporate Responsibility (CR) plans, tell me about what drew you to NortonLifeLock. KT:  One thing that drew me was the company vision – to protect and empower people to live their digital lives safely. The focus and dedication the company has to bring Cyber Safety to as many people as possible is incredibly inspiring. We are all socializing, working, shopping, learning, playing, streaming, and banking online today. We have a responsibility to help keep people's identity, personal info, and devices safer in the digital world. I spent a big chunk of my first few months at the company listening and learning so that I could really understand NortonLifeLock at a granular level. One thing I heard repeatedly through these listening tours was that a big part of our corporate identity is our culture of responsibility. Millions of people are trusting us with their most valuable asset – their personal information – and being a leader in ethics, social impact, and environmental stewardship is a part of our DNA. There are so many opportunities tied to being a leader in the corporate responsibly space – making deeper connections with our customers is a big one. KA:  What’s one thing you’re proud of accomplishing at NortonLifeLock so far? KT:  Helping people understand the importance of Cyber Safety is a critical piece of fulfilling our company vision. Digital life is just life. And, the digital world can come with trade-offs. Whether it is providing our personal information or connecting to public Wi-Fi – we make seemingly innocent choices that can put our personal information at risk. In fact, two-thirds of adults admit to accepting risks to their online privacy for convenience[1]. With Norton™ 360 with LifeLock™, we don’t need to make any more trade-offs. We recently launched a new campaign that uses a bit of humor to hold up a mirror to this cultural truth and get people to recognize we are all constantly on the edge of “unsafe." Our new  Opt-in to Cyber Safety  campaign is more relatable, inviting everyone to opt-in to Cyber Safety so we can be empowered to live our digital lives more safely. KA: That’s similar to the work we’ve been doing with our corporate responsibility program – helping employees, consumers, investors, and other stakeholders understand the importance of corporate responsibility and what actions we are taking. A big focus of our work this past year has been not only redefining our corporate responsibility strategy for the new NortonLifeLock, but also communicating this out effectively, which you’ve been helping us with. KT: Yes! I’m really proud of how we built NortonLifeLock Cares. Kim, you were the one behind the creation and strategy for NortonLifeLock Cares so I’m turning this question back to you. How did this work begin? KA: That culture of responsibility you mentioned is the place we started from in 2020, when we began to reimagine our Corporate Responsibility program. We knew we needed to realign our program to better fit our new, more focused business priorities. We also looked inside our company–at the unique impact we can make on the world as we protect consumers’ digital lives, at the social and environmental impacts we can manage, at the issues our stakeholders care most about–and outside our company at the opportunities to help the world address growing risks. KT: I know firsthand how rigorous this was – what was the first step in this process? KA: The first step was to conduct a formal materiality assessment to identify critical environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities, opportunities, and risks. That process included a quantitative assessment of ESG topics and their importance to our business, as well as interviews with key stakeholders to assess the relative importance of these topics. Through that assessment, we identified five priority ESG topics for NortonLifeLock: Data Privacy and Protection Cyber Safety Education and Training Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employee Volunteering and Giving Climate and Energy The next step was to set corporate responsibility objectives for these priority issues. KT: I’m personally excited that we’re now moving forward with doing the work to achieve those objectives. I know we’ll be releasing the full list of objectives in our 2021 Corporate Responsibility report (due out in September of this year), but why don’t we give people a bit more detail today. Can you describe the objectives and related work we’re doing in one or two of our priority areas? KA: I’d love to! Our objective for Cyber Safety Education and Training is to leverage our leading expertise and technology to help protect communities. A great example of this is our work with  domestic violence victims and survivors. Many malicious phone and computer applications, known as stalkerware, are used to stalk, harass, control, and harm people. As part of our Corporate Responsibility program, we offer grants to nonprofits working in the space, including  National Network to End Domestic Violence, donate our products, including  Norton™ 360  software, to survivors to help them keep their data protected, and we conduct Cyber Safety training with victims and survivors to help empower them to reduce their vulnerability and stay safe. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) objective is to invest in high-impact nonprofits to bring more women and under-represented groups into cybersecurity and tech careers. One of our DEI key initiatives is participating in the  Reboot Representation  tech coalition, which is committed to doubling the number of Black, Latina, and Native American women graduating with computing degrees by 2025. We made a three-year commitment, contributing $200,000 each year to this critical work. Of course, there is more that we’re excited to focus on in the coming year and beyond. Thanks for joining me today, Krista. It’s certainly an exciting time to work at a company that cares. KT: Thanks, Kim! We are truly just getting started and can’t wait to continue our commitment to being a company that cares about corporate responsibility through our actions. For more examples of NortonLifeLock’s Corporate Responsibility strategy in action, read through more blog posts, and look for our 2021 Report in September. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from NortonLifeLock on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 12:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Rockwell Automation's Ethics Training Highlights New Code of Conduct

Rockwell Automation

In July, Rockwell Automation’s global manufacturing associates will be formally trained on the company’s recently refreshed Code of Conduct as part of the company’s annual ethics training. Updated last fall, the new framework lays out employees’ commitments to integrity, each other, customers and partners, the company and the communities where Rockwell employees live and work. “While the ethics rules and concepts guiding our company haven’t changed, we recognize our Code of Conduct grows and evolves with us,” said Gary Ballesteros, vice president, law and chief compliance officer and ombuds. “Our Code explains the responsibilities each of us have—regardless of our role, seniority, or location—to act in ways that promote mutual trust and respect, recognize and address risks to our organization, and advance our business goals in the right way.” To learn more about Rockwell Automation’s Code of Conduct, Supplier Code of Conduct and PartnerNetwork™/Member Code of Conduct, visit the company’s online sustainability content hub. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Rockwell Automation on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 11:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Vistra Donation Provides Broadband Internet to Rural Ohio Students, Bridging the Digital Divide

Vistra

Appalachian Ohio’s communities have long faced a digital divide. Compared to other parts of the state, Appalachian Ohio experiences slower internet connections, and fewer homes have broadband access. This divide became even more apparent when the COVID-19 pandemic forced students to learn online. “For too many students, the playing field isn’t level when it comes to high-speed internet access – something we now know to be a necessity, not a luxury, for learning at the highest level,” said Brad Watson, senior director of community affairs for Vistra. Through a partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Vistra is working to bridge the digital divide. Vistra awarded the Foundation a $75,000 grant to purchase broadband hotspots. The devices are easily accessible and free at community libraries near three of Vistra’s Ohio power plants in Clermont, Lawrence, and Washington counties. “I don’t think the affordability aspect of what Vistra has done can be overstated,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “Providing these hotspots and entrusting them to local libraries was a brilliant solution to a problem that we were really struggling with.” Helping Power Internet Connectivity: Be sure to watch our latest Vistra video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at how these hotspots are boosting online learning opportunities for students in rural Ohio, and learn more about Vistra’s work to bridge the digital divide with the Foundation of Appalachian Ohio. Also, find out more about Vistra’s commitment to support technology access and online education through the company’s partnership and $230,000 donation to Comp-U-Dopt in 2020. In total, Vistra provided more than 2,000 refurbished, free-of-charge laptops for students and families in underserved communities as part of the company’s commitment to support critical needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Vistra on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 11:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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WSP Senior Manager Talks About How He Feels Included in the Workplace

WSP

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in celebrating Pride Month.  WSP  regions worldwide participate in the annual global observance so we can better understand each other’s experiences and help shape a world in which all people are welcomed and included. Here at WSP USA, we ask you to join us in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community through personal stories of accomplishments and insights. Meet  Jeffrey Yates, senior manager, marketing communications: "As I continue to grow both personally and professionally, PRIDE now means not only embracing my authentic self and living without fear of judgment, but also recognizing that my perspective brings value and my voice can build commUNITY." View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 11:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Spotlight on Employee Volunteerism: BUILD.org

Comcast Corporation

Our company’s passion for increasing digital equity permeates everything do, and we take pride in connecting our nonprofit partners with employee volunteers who share a similar commitment to challenging systemic inequities. Take, for example, our partnership with  BUILD.org, which trains young people from under-resourced communities to use technology to become entrepreneurs and leaders. In 2020,  BUILD and Comcast NBCUniversal introduced  a new curriculum to help students adapt to virtual learning. Through the COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge, high school students examined the question: “How might we help people thrive mentally and physically in the midst of COVID-19?” BUILD invited employees like Angelo Becklehimer, a community account representative and Young Professionals Network Employee Resource Group (ERG) leader in Sacramento, to mentorand coach the students virtually, helping them brainstorm ideasand develop business plans. Becklehimer, who has experience with startups and volunteerism, says his involvement with BUILD reignited his sense of passion and purpose. “It reminded me of a younger me,” he says. “I brought that spark and energy back into my workplace.” View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Comcast Corporation on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 11:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Lenovo Joins Commitment to Responsible and Gender-Equitable Artificial Intelligence With Cercle InterElles

Lenovo

PARIS, July 1, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Lenovo reinforces its commitment to accountable and gender fair artificial intelligence (AI) practices by joining the ‘Women and AI’ Charter from Cercle InterElles, a French-based meta-network of 16 companies across scientific and technological industries. Recognizing the potential risk for bias that exists within machine learning, the pact aims to establish a set of governing principles that promote inclusion across AI development and the teams that create it. Co-signed by representatives from Lenovo France and global leaders across AI, Diversity and Inclusion, and Cloud and Software teams, the commitment obliges organizations to evaluate, identify, and implement best practices and standards regarding AI governance, design compliance, data gathering, algorithm ethics, diversity of teams, and other awareness and accountability measures. “The signature of this Charter by Lenovo is a strong illustration of our long-standing global commitment to diversity and inclusion and demonstrates how a locally-based initiative can become a global commitment, to be fully integrated into our policies and the very heart of our company,” says Eric Lallier, CEO of Lenovo France. “The development of a gender-neutral and inclusive AI, more generally, is a crucial issue for the future. Businesses have great responsibilities in this area and therefore have a major role to play.” Lenovo’s participation, driven by Cercle InterElles members Marine Rabeyrin, Business Development Manager for Key Accounts, Lenovo EMEA, and Christine Dehnel, Business Team Transformation Manager, Lenovo Global, will center on defining governance for gender equity in its AI practices, connecting stakeholders, and aligning across the global community. About Cercle InterElles The Cercle InterElles, born in 2001, informally, under the leadership of women managers from France Telecom, IBM France, Schlumberger and GE Healthcare today brings together the networks of 16 companies: CEA, Dassault Systèmes, EDF, Engie, GE, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, NGE, Orange, Orano, Qualcomm, Salesforce, SAP and Schlumberger, SNCF Tech au Feminin. A pioneer, the network has been built and renewed over the years with the desire to support the careers of those who come up against the “glass ceiling” in a sector faced with a low proportion of women. Today, more than 10,000 people are active in the networks of partner companies where the feminization rate is on average 30%. About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$50 billion Fortune Global 500 company, with 63,000 employees and operating in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society. By designing, engineering and building the world’s most complete portfolio of smart devices and infrastructure, we are also leading an Intelligent Transformation – to create better experiences and opportunities for millions of customers around the world. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Weibo and read about the latest news via our StoryHub. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Lenovo on 3blmedia.com

July 01, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List

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Summer is a great time to tackle your to-do list, but with seemingly endless lists it is hard to know what project is a “must-do” or what can be delayed. It is easy to put off home maintenance projects, but there are a few projects that shouldn’t wait. Recently, Home Care Expert at Angi, Bailey Carson, shared her top maintenance projects for the summer and tips on saving money and time. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/fm8VglbsBJM If you only do a few home projects this season, make them these—you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money and despair down the road. Weather Proofing - A home that can withstand all seasons is critically important and key to a four seasons home are weather proofing projects like caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows and implementing passive design can make a huge difference. Leaky Roofs or Windows - Leaks in the short-term are a nuisance, but in the long-term leaks create huge problems for your home. At Angi, major roof repair is one of the most common tasks and according to our cost data can easily cost in the thousands. To avoid the total replacement, be proactive and take care of weak spots. Call a professional to do an assessment. In addition to saving money, leaks can cause water damage and buildup of hazardous mold. Cleaning gutters & downspouts - Fall leaves, followed by winter weather and spring showers, can cause major buildup in your gutters and downspouts. Cleaning these each year can prevent roof problems, water damage and flooding in and around your home. Annual HVAC servicing - A hot summer day is the last time you want an unexpected AC outage. Servicing your HVAC units can help prevent those, while also determining if there are any inefficiencies that could be driving up your energy bills and costing you more and more each month. Cleaning out dryer vents - We may be good at cleaning out the lint trap each time we use the dryer, but most of us tend to put off dryer vent cleanings because they’re out of sight, out of mind. No more – these are a major fire hazard, and they cause your dryer to work harder each time, wasting energy and driving up your monthly utility bills, and replacements can be costly. For more information and to find an expert near you, visit Angi.com About Bailey Carson: Bailey Carson is a Home Care Expert at Angi and Head of Book Now. In this role, she oversees all aspects of Book Now services from product and operations to sales and marketing. She transitioned from her prior role as General Manager of Everyday Services for Angi. Previously, Bailey was the SVP of Growth for Handy, an Angi sister brand, where she led the expansion of its cleaning business, overseeing marketing, operations and customer support. In addition to her 15+ years of work experience, Bailey is also a seasoned homeowner and just completed a move to Virginia including a remodel – all with three kids (including twins)! She has dedicated countless hours of personal and professional time to understanding the ins and outs of everyday home care including cleaning, lawncare and more. Bailey earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Washington and Lee University. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 01, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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