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Ride4NetZero: E-Bike Tour to Davos for Sustainability


Four hundred kilometers, four days, one mission: three SAP employees are riding their e-bikes from Walldorf to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Along the way, they’re meeting SAP customers and partners and discussing sustainability as well as exciting best practice use cases. For this year’s journey to Davos, SAP executives Christian Boos, head of Sustainability Engagement for New Ventures and Technologies; Stefan Schoepfel, co-head of the Intelligent Enterprise Institute; and Joerg Barten, head of Strategic Service Engagements MEE and EMEA, decided to ride their e-bikes all the way from Walldorf. Inspired by riding e-bikes to the office daily, they wanted to share their experiences with business travel and further pursue the idea of sustainable commuting through their “Ride4NetZero.” The world of sustainable transportation brings a socio-cultural transformation that goes beyond a sustainable approach; it paves the way to a new reality based on innovation and empathy. The idea of smart cities with integrated transportation systems that allow citizens to travel long distances while considering ecofriendly commuting alternatives is closer than we think. However, until we get there, it is up to us to create awareness of climate protection by acting as pioneers, allies, and game changers in the corporate environment. E-Bike Tour Promoting Sustainability The amount of information regarding the impact of carbon emissions on the environment is exponentially increasing and the consequences of climate change are more and more visible. Despite this, unsustainable modes of transportation continue to be used. Environmental experts agree that digitization, data transparency, and focused action are needed to achieve climate goals. But climate neutrality cannot be achieved single-handedly. The unconventional — even revolutionary — Ride4NetZero is giving people something to think about while taking a stand in favor of climate action. The World Economic Forum usually takes place during the winter in Switzerland, so while a bike tour under pleasant conditions was not possible previously, this year is different. Having departed from SAP headquarters in Walldorf on May 18, the participants are riding more than 400 kilometers in four days. The sustainability adventure offers the opportunity to not only exercise, but also to meet customers, partners, and others along the way, exchanging ideas and gaining insights into ongoing sustainability projects — intelligent solutions on green hydrogen as a propulsion technology, EU taxonomy in the context of the EU Green Deal, a solution that helps reduce food waste while massively lowering energy consumption, and more. In 2020, SAP CEO Christian Klein embraced and championed the cause of “green traveling” by taking on the same journey to Davos via an electric car. Klein’s tour was dedicated to electro-mobility and the infrastructure of charging stations. This year, Boos and Schoepfel plan to broaden the topics of discussion and embrace a full sustainable experience. Sustainable Change Can Only Succeed Together At Davos a panel discussion on “New Business Models for a More Sustainable Future” will take place. Participants will include executive members from SAP, customers, and partners, such as Claudio Muruzabal, president of Cloud Success Services at SAP; Judith Wallenstein, managing director and senior partner at BCG; Bettina Petzhold, global head of Marketing at Lufthansa Cargo; and Claudia Malley, president and managing director of Partnerships at the Economist Impact. This discussion will aim to increase awareness for intelligent choices driven by intelligent solutions based on the right insights, built on personal commitment, and that enable collective action to help advance the sustainability agendas of businesses and societies at large. Are you inspired? Get on the road and discover the world of sustainable travel. Many are already doing it by cycling, using public transport, or car sharing to the office every day. Keep up with Christian and Stefan as well as the SAP4Good Instagram account to learn more about the partners and customers being interviewed. Get insights into exciting projects and sustainability topics as well as detailed updates during the bike tour and more! View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from SAP on

May 20, 2022 12:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Washington County Water Conservancy District

Washington County, Utah removed more than 115,000 square feet of grass yesterday during Flip Blitz, a statewide landscape conversion event that replaced grass with water-efficient landscaping. More than 250 volunteers converted grass to water-wise landscaping at city offices, parks, cemeteries, and homes throughout the county. The conversion will save more than 4 million gallons of water every year – equivalent to the annual water use of approximately 20 homes. “We’re just getting started with our grass removal efforts,” said Zach Renstrom, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District (district). “Because we live in a drought-prone desert, we must work together to stretch every drop of our limited water supply. We’re asking people to replace non-functional grass with desert-friendly landscapes. There are beautiful alternatives that use much less water.” Removing non-functional grass is gaining speed in southern Utah. The cities of St. George, Washington, Santa Clara and Ivins have recently removed 109,000 square feet of grass and have plans to remove another 367,000 square feet in the next year. Once completed, the cities will have removed nearly 600,000 square feet of non-functional grass. In addition, Washington County and the cities of Santa Clara and Washington have passed ordinances that prohibit or limit the amount of grass allowed in new developments. Similar ordinances are currently being considered by the county’s other major population centers. Statewide, Flip Blitz removed more than 135,000 square feet of grass from Utah landscapes – 85% of that coming from Washington County. “ Washington County is a leader in water conservation,” said Candice Hasenyager, director, Utah Division of Water Resources. “The county’s efforts have extended a finite water resource to create one of the fastest growing communities in America.” Flip Blitz projects in Washington County included: 48,000 square feet from Gubler Park in Santa Clara 43,000 square feet from Sunbrook HOA in St. George 12,000 square feet from Nisson Park in Washington City 7,000 square feet from Washington City Cemetery in Washington City 4,225 square feet from Unity Park in Ivins 1,000 square feet from city offices in Toquerville 442 square feet from residential properties in St George Projects were funded by participating cities and the district. About Washington County Water Conservancy District The Washington County Water Conservancy District is a not-for-profit public agency that oversees water resources in Washington County, Utah Visit for more information. Contact Details Washington County Water Conservancy District Karry Rathje +1 435-673-3617 Company Website

May 20, 2022 11:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Q&A With Home Depot Hawaii Assistant Store Manager

The Home Depot

To Kevin Wong, family is everything. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, after both of his parents’ families moved there from Southern China to make a new life for themselves. “Family was and still is a huge part of my life,” says Kevin. “Growing up, everyone struggled here and there, but as a family, we got together and worked through it.” As Kevin grew up and joined the workforce, he worked his way up at several companies, including McDonald’s and Longs Drugs. He joined The Home Depot in 2002 as a sales associate. Today, he’s a night operations assistant store manager (ASM) in Kapolei, Hawaii. Here’s his story: Can you describe your career at The Home Depot? Over the past 20 years with the company, I’ve held the following titles: sales associate, appliance specialist, department supervisor, specialty ASM, merchandising ASM, operations ASM, specialty/Pro ASM and now, night operations assistant store manager. What is your favorite thing about working for The Home Depot? The opportunity to grow and to help others grow. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to help others succeed, whether it’s at The Home Depot or life in general. I also take pride in working for a company that really cares for the wellbeing of its associates and the communities it serves. I was able to participate in a Team Depot event where we remodeled interior restrooms and installed sprinklers and landscaping for a veteran’s housing facility in Barber’s Point on O'ahu. Are there any career tips that have helped you along your professional path? Respect and learn from the past and keep moving forward. Keep solutions as simple as possible to meet and/or exceed expectations and to deliver sustainable results. Has there been a moment in your career that has stood out to you? Throughout my career, I’ve had many opportunities to coach, train and develop others. One day, a young man came up to me and asked if I remembered him. I greeted him and apologized that I didn’t recognize him. He said his name was Ikaika and that he worked for me at Longs Drugs as a high school student. He told me if it wasn’t for me pulling him aside and helping guide him along his way, he wouldn’t have turned out to be what he had become. Ikaika rose through the ranks at the Honolulu Fire Department and became a Battalion Chief. Is there a family tradition that that you'd like to share that resonates with you? There’s a yearly tradition that’s called Ching Ming or Bysan for Chinese families and Obon for Japanese families. You pay respect to your ancestors and others who came before you. It’s a great honor and responsibility to carry on this centuries-old tradition and teach it to the next generation for them to carry on when it’s their time. Keep up with all the latest Home Depot news! Subscribe to our bi-weekly news update and get the top Built from Scratch stories delivered straight to your inbox. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Home Depot on

May 20, 2022 11:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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'Boys & Girls Clubs Saved My Life.' Caring for Kids in the Digital Age.


"I've been with Boys & Girls Clubs my entire life," says Tony Orr, regional Southeast vice president for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Orr has worked with BGCA for 18 years. But it all began for him as a young boy, going to the Milton Road club in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was just 6 years old. With his grandmother working two jobs, Orr needed a place to go after school, and the BGCA became his saving grace. "It was the first place I found a male that I connected with,” he says. “I needed someone I could reach out to, and I found that in the staff at the Boys & Girls Club. They accepted me for me." BGCA has provided resources to help families and communities with youth development for over 160 years. Now, thanks to a recent upgrade, the Milton Road club's technology lab will further help students take advantage of opportunities while gaining the skills to get ahead. Bridging the digital divide—in a safe space for kids Without another youth organization within a 10-mile radius, Milton Road Boys and Girls Club is a resource many kids turn to for homework help, a hot meal, or mentorship. And in a screen-driven world, students can now take advantage of the club’s new digital tools. "You've got to have the right technology skills to be competitive," says Orr. With more students engaging in remote learning than ever before, the U.S. digital divide is increasingly apparent.” Students overall produced lower test scores than in 2019, but those in Black, Latino, and low-income communities took the hardest hit. In  2021  the education gap widened, with students averaging six months of unfinished learning, almost twice as much as their white counterparts from higher-income homes.1 To help students stay on track as they return to in-person learning, the Charlotte club underwent renovations and upgraded their technology lab with the help of Truist. Better tech for the kids—unveiled by an NFL legend President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Jim Clark hopes the renovations will be an academic resource and provide a learning experience that opens doors to opportunity. "Kids today, unfortunately, don't all have access to computers. They may have phones and things like that, but without computers, it makes it really difficult for learning," he says. In celebration of the lab upgrades, Truist invited a special guest to its charity golf tournament—an annual event to raise money for BGCA—to come meet the kids. NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens helped unveil the lab, giving out backpacks and signed footballs. Owens, who grew up in the small town of Alexander City, Alabama, understands what it's like to walk in the kids' shoes and believes BGCA provides a safe haven. "People think Boys & Girls Clubs are about playing sports and having a good time," says Owens, "but you also have a lot of individuals here who teach and hone in on the kids." Owens hopes kids will be inspired by his story and encouraged to pursue their dreams. "Now that they have this facility, they have access to enhance their learning skills and capabilities,” he says. “There's no excuse not to become who they want to be." Students Lopez Grier and Austin Alberty are impressed with the lab's improvements and look forward to using the space to complete homework. And Orr knows the impact will go beyond the classroom. "When I saw the technology center from day one and today, it's a complete 180," says Orr. The Truist team spent a week moving furniture, painting a mural, and creating a reading nook to revitalize the room. "For many kids, they now know they can come to the club and do their homework, research, or reports. We're making sure these kids can graduate on time with a plan for the future." BGCA continues more than 160 years of service built on relationships BGCA serves almost 4.4 million kids a year,2 with help from numerous supporters and partners like Truist, who have been part of the Boys & Girls Clubs family for decades. While financial investments are critical to programming, money is only half the equation. "It's about bringing volunteers and getting involved in their communities across the Southeast and eastern part of the United States," says Clark. For Truist Charlotte Market President Raichelle "Rai" Glover, these are the moments that give her job true purpose. "It's easy just to give a check, but if you get your teammates involved, it brings a holistic approach to building a better community—a better life for youth." Glover is proud to be a part of a company that not only cares but has a mission of service. "Think about the dash between your birth date and your death date,” she says. “Does it really matter if we don't have some reason for helping to make the community better?" Giving it forward Coming full circle with the BGCA — from club member to volunteer — Orr knows it only takes a few hours to make a difference in someone's life. "One day of volunteering for two hours has now turned into 18 years. So, the Boys & Girls Clubs works." When Orr thinks about how far he's come in life, he attributes much of his success to his years spent at Milton Road BGC and dedicates his life to giving back to the place that gave him so much.  "I can honestly tell you if it weren't for the Boys & Girls Clubs in my community when I was growing up, I wouldn't be where I am today." Want to get involved? See how you can  help a BGCA in your community. Read more On Purpose stories  about how Truist teammates are living out our purpose, mission and values.   1  “ COVID-19 and education: The lingering effects of unfinished learning,” McKinsey & Company, Retrieved September 2021. 2  “ FAQ,” Boys & Girls Club of America, Retrieved September 2021. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Truist on

May 20, 2022 11:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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EarthX Concludes 2022 EarthX Film Festival


EarthX Film Festival is over, it was a beautiful edition, full of movies, music and conversations from incredible directors! We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have. For more information about EarthX, see their website.   About EarthX EarthX is an international nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people and organizations to take action towards a more sustainable future worldwide. EarthxTV was launched in 2020 to inspire, inform and create impact for a more sustainable future. Download the EarthxTV app to watch our 24x7 channel & on demand library airing original shows, award-winning films, and global events. Our annual live EXPO will return to Dallas April 2022. We have a mission to inspire and energize the global community in ways that help create a sustainable world for all living things, and a better, cleaner, healthier world for future generations. Our vision is to be the leading global connector and environmental forum to positively impact our world for a sustainable and conservable future. We embrace diversity and are proud that EarthX is dedicated to presenting a balanced approach and the views of persons from all walks of life including students, families, activists, innovators, capitalists, scientists, environmentalists, business people, officials, foundations, farmers, ranchers, researchers and more.   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from EarthX on

May 20, 2022 11:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast Washington

Comcast Washington and YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish announced the opening of a new Lift Zone Lab: Digital Community Learning Space, which offers free WiFi access, at YWCA’s Somerset Village Apartments in Lynnwood, Washington. Comcast contributed free internet connectivity, a $76,000 investment, and a state-of-the-art technology makeover for the lab. YWCA's Somerset Village Apartments is a 64-unit complex of affordable, permanent housing for families earning 60% and below the area's median income. Residents also have access to case management, support services, community services, and referrals to health care, job training, and employment resources. The Digital Community Learning Space enhances these services by making technology available to help residents attain life and job skills through training, education, computer classes, internships, and job placement. The technology equipment installed includes a 3D printer, Oculus VR, projector and screen, omnidirectional microphone and speakers, camera, Chromebooks, a gaming computer, and more. “We are overjoyed to open the doors to the new digital learning space and give the women and families in our community access to free high-speed WiFi and cutting-edge technology," said Mary Anne Dillon, YWCA’s executive director, Snohomish County. Cena Conteh, YWCA’s Community Center coordinator for the Somerset Village Apartments adds, "The connectivity and access the lab provides our community addresses the digital equity gap women and youth face in Snohomish County.” "We greatly respect the powerful work YWCA does to support women and families who are experiencing homelessness, especially women of color," said Rodrigo Lopez, region senior vice president, Comcast Washington. “We are proud of the Lift Zone Lab we have partnered with YWCA to open in Lynnwood and are excited to watch it make a difference in the lives of the people in the community which YWCA serves.” "I am so impressed to learn all the mission driven and value added services that YWCA of Snohomish County is providing to our community; it is certainly transforming lives,” said Amit B. Singh, President of Edmonds College. “I am looking forward to our partnership, so that Edmonds College could also contribute to such a great cause." Comcast is providing the lab with free WiFi as part of the company's effort to roll out its "Lift Zones" program in local community centers throughout Washington and across the nation. In collaboration with cities, community organizations, and local nonprofit partners, Comcast has now installed free WiFi in more than 90 community centers statewide. The Lift Zone Lab includes an artistic mural created in a collaboration between YWCA, local nonprofit organization Urban ArtWorks, and Comcast’s Women’s Network Employee Resource Group. The mural’s message, “Keep Going, Keep Growing,” communicates YWCA’s goal of helping women and families go from surviving to thriving and transition into professional and social success. This effort is part of Project UP, Comcast's $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. Project UP is Comcast's company-wide initiative to advance digital equity, which includes Internet Essentials, the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected a cumulative total of more than 56,000 low-income residents in Snohomish County to broadband internet at home, the overwhelming majority of whom were not signed up before. Internet Essentials’ comprehensive design addresses three significant barriers to broadband adoption. This includes access to free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person; the option to purchase a heavily subsidized, low-cost internet-ready computer; and low-cost, high-speed internet service for $9.95 a month, plus tax. For more information about Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit To apply, visit or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. For more information about Comcast’s comprehensive connectivity program for low-income Americans visit Comcast is also proud to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households a credit of up to $30/month towards internet and mobile services. For more information, visit About YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish YWCA is the region’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs of women and provides services and advocacy to support stable homes and economic advancement, reduce violence and improve health, and promote racial equity and social justice. With programs that serve more than 7,000 people each year, YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. To learn more, please visit our website: About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit for more information. Contact Details Jack Follman Company Website

May 20, 2022 08:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Delta Offshore Energy Americas Subsidiary Receives USTDA Grant to Enable Green Projects in Vietnam

Black & Veatch

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ – The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to DOE Americas LLC via its affiliate, Mekong Clean Energy Infrastructure Co., Ltd. (MCEI) in Vietnam. This grant, awarded on May 11, will be focused on the feasibility study of the 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Vietnam for the Bac Lieu 3.2-gigawatt (GW) power plant that will enable a multitude of renewables projects in the southern provinces to be connected to the national grid for the next 25 years. “The grant provides endorsement by the U.S. government to provide affordable and reliable clean energy to the country and people of Vietnam,” said Ian Nguyen, Managing Director, Delta Offshore Energy. “This government-to-government partnership will support Vietnam to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and support economic development for its people as declared at the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26).” The special ceremony was attended by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, USTDA Director Enoh T. Ebong, the prime minister of Vietnam, His Excellency Pham Minh Chinh, and nine of his top ministers, including Minister of Industry and Trade (MOIT) H.E. Nguyen Hong Dien. Black & Veatch Management Consulting LLC (Black & Veatch) was represented by its vice president and senior managing director, Deepa Poduval, and Delta Offshore Energy Americas LLC was represented by managing director Bobby Quintos. U.S.-based engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch will be responsible for the execution of the feasibility study in the United States and Vietnam. “Development of the Thot Not transmission line will address a key strategic concern of the Bac Lieu LNG-to-Power project and ensure the real benefits of lower carbon energy are dispatched reliably and effectively to the people of Vietnam,” said Poduval, Black & Veatch’s global advisory lead. “Black & Veatch is committed to continue supporting Vietnam in achieving new levels of technical and commercial success as it delivers upon its ambitious energy transition plans.” Black & Veatch will engage with the Institute of Energy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in preparing the feasibility study on Vietnam-specific matters. “This USTDA grant for the feasibility study of the 500-kV transmission line from Bac Lieu to Thot Not will enable many renewable projects along the route that would not have been realized without the 500-kV line to evacuate their electricity. The USTDA grant also supports very good American jobs at home and levels the playing field for U.S. companies to compete abroad,” Delta Offshore Energy Americas, LLC’s Quintos said. About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is a 100-percent 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 2021 exceeded US$3.3 billion. Follow us on and on social media. Media Contact Information: JIM SUHR | +1 913-458-6995 P | +1 314-422-6927 M | 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 855-999-5991 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Black & Veatch on

May 20, 2022 11:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Walker's Legacy and Comcast NBCUniversal Launch New Partnership To Change the Narrative for Black Women-Owned Businesses

Comcast Corporation

On the heels of National Small Business Week, today Walker’s Legacy is announcing its partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, who will invest $250,000 in grant funding to our 10,000 Capital Ready campaign, an ambitious initiative to ensure that 10,000 Black women entrepreneurs are “capital ready” by 2025. As part of this partnership, Walker’s Legacy and Comcast will host regional town halls and a national convening of various thought leaders serving Black women entrepreneurs. The first of the events kicks off on May 18, with Walker’s Legacy Foundation,, and McKinsey & Co., hosting 30 business leaders in Washington, D.C. In addition, Comcast will collaborate with Walker’s Legacy to amplify powerful stories that highlight emerging Black women entrepreneurs to help drive more awareness of their needs and collaboration within their ecosystem to better foster generational wealth-building. “We sincerely appreciate Comcast’s investment in our aggressive initiative to ensure women entrepreneurs have a supportive and coordinated ecosystem to increase their capital, confidence and connections. Comcast’s contribution is an example of its ongoing commitment to empowering marginalized entrepreneurs through positive narratives and solutions driven by those impacted on the frontlines,” said Ayris T. Scales, Walker’s Legacy’s Managing Director and CEO. The goal of the 10,000 Capital Ready campaign is to increase access, knowledge, capabilities, certifications, and supplementary resources that directly grows the number of Black women-owned businesses who can secure capital, contracts, and customers for their businesses. Walker’s Legacy recognizes that it cannot do this work alone or in a silo, and proposes to convene, design, and execute a national strategy with an array of partners at every level, representing all sectors to achieve the commitment to 10,000 entrepreneurs and beyond. “We know that the racial wealth gap is stifling growth and innovation in our country and that small businesses owned by women of color are disproportionally impacted,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation. Walker’s Legacy produced a national post COVID-19 impact study and released results in June of 2021. Key findings from the study have informed the foundation’s evolved approach to supporting early-stage Black women entrepreneurs around technology, self-care, funding, and storytelling. Comcast NBCUniversal’s partnership with Walker’s Legacy is part of Project UP, the company’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. For more information, please visit View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Comcast Corporation on

May 20, 2022 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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How to Bring Smallholders on the Journey to Zero-deforestation Food Systems

Musim Mas

To combat deforestation, interventions must support both development and inclusion. Smallholders need to be brought on the journey towards zero deforestation. A new research collaboration aims to assess what programmes see most success on these dual deliverables. Continue reading here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Musim Mas on

May 20, 2022 10:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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