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Schools Procure Maple Hotspots to Bridge the Homework Gap

Maple

Maple, a provider of reliable, remote online access for students, announced its fully portable and pocket-sized Internet connectivity solutions, powered by StratusX, are being deployed to thousands of students to narrow the Homework Gap in the United States. Many school systems continue to work with Maple to procure CIPA compliant mobile internet hotspots using funding from the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Maple leaders are encouraging schools to utilize an extension of the ECF application process (with a waiver request) to secure the funding necessary to provide students with the safe and reliable online access they need. Leading education organizations continue to work collaboratively with the public sector and private enterprise to solve these [connectivity] issues and get technology into the hands of students. The National School Boards Association has prioritized promoting digital equity and closing the Homework Gap. One of the organization’s core policy objectives is “…eliminating broadband infrastructure gaps and investing in students and families without adequate high-speed broadband and/or Internet devices...” “Without equal access to education and online resources, students in underserved, minority, lower-income, and rural communities are adversely affected,” stated Michael Kadisha, Chief Executive of Maple. “Teachers assign homework requiring access to the Internet, and students need it to learn. This is a necessity, not a luxury. It is a profound issue of fundamental fairness facing our society today and determines access to opportunities down the road.” “Access to a good education is one of the most important issues of our time, and the most pressing within it is closing the Homework Gap,” Kadisha continued. “While we are encouraged by the thousands of students, educators, families, and communities that will benefit from our technology, there is still much to do. We are looking to partner with more schools to utilize the ECF program to request 100% funding for student connectivity needs.” Maple leaders are currently working with schools that missed the May 13 deadline to utilize the Emergency Connectivity Fund extension. Waivers are available, but schools must act quickly. There is a 30-day window remaining to submit funding applications. “Working together, we will eliminate inequities and close the Homework Gap as we reliably connect students and educators from anywhere,” Kadisha continued. Many schools have already worked with Maple to procure hotspots for thousands of students utilizing the ECF application process. Education leaders chose to work with Maple based on superior technology and the company’s commitment to bridging solutions for education. Maple and its leadership have a proven history of philanthropy, advocating for education, and serving students. Maple’s parent company developed Treedom, a leading service-based scholarship platform. Through these initiatives, Maple recognized that while students wanted to access their educational resources, they had no or poor connectivity at home. “The stories of entire families relying on one caregiver’s cell phone or public WiFi to complete assignments is troubling. While the loss of learning and economic opportunity is measurable, the inequity for students who only want a fair shot to learn is not. We remain committed to addressing this injustice,” Kadisha said. Maple hotspots eliminate the frustration associated with slow or ‘spotty’ service. Students in areas that struggle with broadband access, when utilizing Maple technology, can reliably access the Internet securely whenever and wherever they want. Devices switch between mobile carrier networks to provide the best possible signal. This benefit prevents disruptions that may arise with any carrier resulting from weather or technical issues. With Maple connections, the Internet is always available for students. About Maple Maple provides trusted technology solutions for schools, libraries, students, and educators that close the digital divide by delivering high-quality internet access and valuable educational experiences to students. Please visit https://www.mapleconnect.co/. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with a Maple spokesperson, contact Dan Rene of kglobal at daniel.rene@kglobal.com or 202-329-8357. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://www.mapleconnect.co/

May 20, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GoDaddy 2021 Sustainability Report: A Message From Our CEO

GoDaddy

By Aman Bhutani Chief Executive Officer, GoDaddy At GoDaddy, our mission is to empower entrepreneurs everywhere, making opportunity more inclusive for all. Fundamentally, we believe the world greatly benefits from everyone having the opportunity to bring their idea, their passion, their unique gift to others, and the internet makes that possible. When GoDaddy was founded, the opportunity we brought to our customers helped them understand what a domain name was and why it was important for our customers to have a presence online. We have evolved and will continue to do so as our customers’ needs and the world around us evolves. Today, commerce represents a central opportunity, and GoDaddy brings the same intuitive technology and human guidance we’ve always offered to help our customers transact online. However, we know that these opportunities are not equally available and that to deliver against our mission — in a way that’s truly sustainable and inclusive for all — we need purposeful research and action. To that end, four years ago, we started a research initiative called Venture Forward to quantify the impact of 20+ million microbusinesses and to better understand who they are and the challenges they face. This publicly available data, which is refreshed regularly to maintain a clear picture of the current landscape, is being used by U.S. mayors, economic developers and other advocates to celebrate these game-changing community forces and to identify ways to support them through policies and programs. Right now, for example, we know that one of the top three challenges entrepreneurs face is simply getting online. That stark reality drives the work of Empower by GoDaddy — our global social impact program that has, since its launch in 2017, provided approximately 5,000 entrepreneurs with the training, tools and peer networks needed to advance their ventures. But we know that our responsibility to seize opportunities and make the world a better place doesn’t stop there. Belief in the power of diversity, inclusion and belonging is woven into the fabric of GoDaddy, and in 2021, we further demonstrated our long-standing commitment. Our seventh annual Diversity and Pay Equity report highlights our meaningful progress in creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace where employees are encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. In 2021, we once again achieved pay parity for women (globally) and ethnic minorities (U.S.) and we increased our ethnic minority representation in leadership roles. Recently, we also scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the third year in a row and were honored to be named a Forbes Best Employer for Women. We’ve also invested in doing more to combat climate change. During our annual strategic planning process, we identified this key area and decided to sharpen our focus on GoDaddy’s environmental impact and the corresponding actions we can take, including accounting for and disclosing our greenhouse gas emissions for the first time. We’ve also looked at operational changes we can make to be kinder to the earth. In addition to disclosing our emissions, we are proud to announce our first target to reduce our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% by 2025 while we actively work on a longer-term goal. When times get tough — as they have been during the turbulence and reckoning over the past few years — we return to our foundational elements: empowerment, equity, inclusion, sustainability, trust, respect and authenticity. As a leader in our industry, we are committed to using our unique assets and skills to serve all of our stakeholders — customers, communities, employees and shareholders alike — and to change the world for the better. We understand our responsibility to hold ourselves accountable, which is why we are dedicated to transparently reporting our progress and learnings — now and in the future. On the following pages, you can read more about GoDaddy, our passion for our mission, our new commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN Global Compact efforts, the many ways we empower and encourage our customers and employees, our dedication to honest and ethical conduct, and so much more. Our mission motivates us to deliver, and my personal belief is that, while there remains much work to be done, we remain steadfast in our commitment to do it. We’re proud of what we achieved this year, yet we are humbled by what is left to do. Here’s to doing it, together. Download the 2021 GoDaddy Sustainability Report here About This Report Unless otherwise noted, GoDaddy’s 2021 Sustainability Report covers the company’s environmental, social and governance strategies, activities, progress, metrics and performance for the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2021. This report references the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standards for the Internet Media and Services sector. GoDaddy is committed to regular, transparent communication of our sustainability progress, and to that end, we will share case studies, updates and articles on an ongoing basis through our website and other key resources. We intend to continue providing updates about our sustainability journey by publishing an annual sustainability report. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from GoDaddy on 3blmedia.com

May 20, 2022 10:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Illumina Employees Volunteer Their Time at Over 100 Events in Celebration of Global Volunteer Month

Illumina

Illumina strives to create a purpose-driven culture with opportunities for employees to volunteer in their community through organizations that matter most to them. Each year, employees at Illumina are offered: 16 hours of paid volunteer time off   $500 of their personal donations matched by the Illumina Corporate Foundation   $10 volunteer rewards for donations for each hour of volunteer work In celebration of Global Volunteer Month in April, Illumina employees leveraged their skills, passion, and time to empower the communities in which they live and work. Global Volunteer Month coincides with Illumina’s annual Future is Bright DNA Day STEM campaign –highlighting the discovery and possibilities of DNA. With over 130 events in April, employees across the world were able to give back to their local communities in a variety of ways. Some of the volunteering opportunities included hosting cleanups on Earth Day, conducting career chats for the Future is Bright campaign, designing capes for Rady’s Children Hospital cancer patients, and joining the fight against cancer with Padres Pedal the Cause. Thank you to all our volunteers! April 2022 Volunteer Highlights: 130+ events held   >90,000 learners across six countries and every US state   1,600+ community partners and schools impacted   1,560 hours volunteered Last year, 31% of our employees participated in Illumina Cares programs and by 2030 we are aiming to exceed 50% participation. Giving back is in our DNA. We are proud of the progress we have made and are excited to continue empowering our communities, our employees, and the next generation. Together, we can make a meaningful contribution to creating a better future. Learn more about Illumina’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, community impact, and progress here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Illumina on 3blmedia.com

May 20, 2022 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Heat Resilience Solutions for Boston

WSP

Among the most dangerous impacts of climate change, extreme heat presents a serious threat to people, natural environments and infrastructure, especially in the most vulnerable communities. Recognizing the concerning trend of hotter summers and extended periods of heat stress, the City of Boston partnered with a team of consultants, including WSP, to develop its Heat Resilience Solutions for Boston action plan. Part of the Climate Ready Boston initiative, “The Heat Plan” gathers research findings and presents equitable strategies to help the City’s neighborhoods adapt to these changes, and to protect public health and wellbeing. Learn more: https://lnkd.in/eE4MbJMG WSP WSP is among the world's largest environmental, engineering, advisory and sustainability consulting firms, with more than 55,000 professionals worldwide. We design lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets, and develop equitable, ESG-centered strategies that help organizations and communities adapt to changing conditions and become more resilient. Reckon with the past. Innovate for the future. Learn more at wsp.com. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on 3blmedia.com

May 20, 2022 10:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Gilead at Forefront of Herculean Effort to Combat COVID-19

Gilead Sciences

In the winter 2019, Kavita Juneja found herself at the center of a maelstrom. A strange and deadly virus known as SARS-CoV-2 was hurtling across the globe. “We saw the magnitude of the pandemic as it immediately swept globally from China to Europe,” says Kavita, Gilead’s Senior Director, Clinical Development, Virology. “It was surreal and really something to witness. We knew it was going to spread globally and asked ourselves if we were going to be prepared.” Gilead scientists were prepared. They had planned for a moment like this through years of research. When coronaviruses with pandemic potential, like SARS and MERS, emerged in the early 2000s, Gilead began searching for potential new antivirals. “The Ebola outbreak in 2014 intensified that search and helped provide clinical safety data for our investigational antiviral. That’s the reason we could jumpstart our work once SARS-CoV-2 arrived,” Kavita explains. As a clinical trial lead, she rapidly shifted to work on COVID-19 – the disease caused by the virus– to focus on this antiviral. “It was a very intense, very collaborative period. We were all working through something bigger than ourselves, working nonstop, nights and weekends,” recalls Kavita. “I knew our company was doing everything we could.” By May 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral to treat hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19. But Kavita and her colleagues wondered if it could be used in people at home who were at risk for developing more severe disease, before they got sick enough to be hospitalized. “We were seeing huge spikes in case numbers and hospitalizations. There was a great need for treatments for these patients and to reduce the burden on the hospital system,” she says. “The idea was to see if we were to give it sooner, could we prevent disease progression?” There were many challenges ahead as Kavita became the clinical lead for a new clinical trial in outpatients. For one, it was hard to convince those who were sick and told to stay home and isolate in order to prevent transmission to now come into a clinic to test a new drug. Plus, the medicine wasn't the easiest to administer in a non-hospital setting. Then there was the fact that the virus was a fast-moving target. “It constantly felt like we were chasing the virus,” Kavita says. “Just as we had set up a site in one place, the virus receded. We realized we had to put up sites more broadly. We were acting like we had a crystal ball, but we really didn’t know where the virus was going.” It also proved hard to recruit patients, as many were being diagnosed at big testing centers, so their doctors – typically a point of contact for trial recruitment – were often unaware of their patients’ status. While the introduction of effective vaccines in late 2020 and early 2021 was good news, it further complicated the trial, as people began to have prevention options and trial enrollment waned. But by August 2021, they had analyzed the data, which showed encouraging results. “That set off another round of late nights and weekends,” Kavita says. There were rapid submissions to journals, to conferences and to the FDA, which gave formal approval for use of the therapy in appropriate non-hospitalized patients in January 2022. Kavita says she never could have predicted the trial would have such widespread implications when she and her colleagues set out. “It’s a story in which we didn’t know how things would turn out. You give it your best, you work through the problems and do what you can for people,” she says. “So many teams contributed to moving the program along quickly and at the end of the day, we have an option for people that wasn’t there before and is increasingly needed with the new variants.” Working from home throughout this period while her children were home schooling created another positive by-product for Kavita. “My children learned the value of hard work and doing what’s right for others,” she says. Kavita continues to oversee the testing of antivirals as part of Gilead’s ongoing role in helping manage COVID-19 and future pandemics. “I see Gilead as committed to preparing for the next pandemic,” she says. “We are an industry leader in that effort.” Originally published by Gilead Sciences View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Gilead Sciences on 3blmedia.com

May 20, 2022 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Luna Revival Plan Faces Headwinds, Raises New Questions: Huobi Research Institute

Huobi Research Institute

Following the Luna de-peg and the collapse of the UST stablecoin last week, Terra co-founder Do Kwon has unveiled a proposal for what he calls “the path forward”. This included forking the Terra chain into a new chain without the algorithmic stablecoin, with the old chain to be called Terra Classic (token Luna Classic – LUNC), and the new chain Terra (token Luna – LUNA). In its latest report titled “ Can Terra be Rescued, and How? ”, Huobi Research Institute’s analysis of the proposal flags significant headwinds for the revival plan and raises questions on the new token distribution. For example, it is unclear why 25% and 10% of the new token will be airdropped at its proposed launch to holders of UST and LUNA, respectively – given that this will only benefit those who have either held either token the entire time, who purchased UST recently, or who purchased LUNA following the end of the token’s hyper-inflation. The one-year cliff and vesting schedule in the plan also does not address the overhang of supply and selling, which would likely disincentivize new investors. Huobi Research Institute researcher Jet Li, who authored the report, said: “Although the Terra ecosystem managed to attract a number of teams and developers, we anticipate significant headwinds in bootstrapping a new chain, given the overhang of debt holders from the pool of UST and existing LUNA holders. With Terra’s reserves depleted and no new funding in sight, it remains to be seen where the value will stem from with the fork.” In the report, Li proposes two alternative solutions. The first is taking a leaf from the Bitfinex hack in 2016, where a new fork would be replaced by a token raise in the form of an IOU. However, unlike Bitfinex which suffered from a legitimate hack and a loss of funds that could potentially be recovered, the majority of funds lost in the most recent meltdown stems from capital destruction. The second solution is to combine a new fork with a fundraiser, where new tokens will be issued to developers, LUNA holders (at the time of depegging and at the end of the old chain), as well as angel investors. This would value the new chain at a fully diluted valuation of US$3-5 billion and aim to raise US$1-1.5 billion from the angel investors, who would be motivated to seek an upside in the network. Should LUNA follow a playbook modeled on US federal bankruptcy laws (i.e. Chapter 7 or Chapter 11), it would have to liquidate all assets to distribute to UST holders (resulting in significant capital destruction), or face scrutiny over the amount that can be raised to save the Terra ecosystem with the new project. “At the end of the day, there are no easy solutions given the capital destruction that has occurred,” Li commented. “There will be a long road to recovery for the Terra ecosystem as a whole.” To download the full report, click here. About Huobi Research Institute Huobi Blockchain Application Research Institute (referred to as "Huobi Research Institute") was established in April 2016. It is committed to researching and exploring new developments in the global blockchain industry. Its goal is to accelerate the research and development of blockchain technology, promote its applications, and improve the global blockchain industry ecosystem. Huobi Research Institute covers industry trends, emerging technologies, innovative applications, new business models, and more. Huobi Research Institute partners with governments, enterprises, universities and other institutions to build a research platform that covers the entire blockchain industry. Its professionals provide a solid theoretical basis and analyze new trends to promote the development of the industry. Contact Details Ker Zheng +86 139 2280 3249 media@global-hgroup.com Company Website https://huobiresearch.medium.com/

May 20, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Teacher Center: A More Authentic Approach to Teacher Appreciation

Cisco Systems Inc.

With the mission of forging greater educator effectiveness and equity, non-profit In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we sat down with NTC Interim Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer, Arthur Mills IV, to discuss everything NTC, from their unique coaching-driven model to how the role of education plays a key role in an inclusive future. Teachers have needed high-quality wraparound support. It’s more critical than ever in today’s COVID/post-COVID climate. How is NTC’s coaching-driven model positioned to give teachers what they need and deserve? Arthur: The thing that’s most exciting for me is that NTC is disrupting and humanizing educator professional learning. I’ve been a practitioner in a local school district, leading human capital work, and I’ve seen the challenge and opportunity that exists there. NTC is creating space to be more thoughtful around each individual educator, where that person might be in their teaching career, and what type of support works best for them. We’ve heard stories upon stories of teachers receiving a ‘peanut butter spread’ approach: Where everybody shows up and listens to the same thing for a half a day. That approach is just not relevant to improving individual students’ experiences. It’s not only dehumanizing, but demoralizing for everyone. At NTC, we feel we have a better way. Having more agency, more flexibility, and with our proven coaching model, NTC offers proof points to equip teachers with the support they need, with coaching as the lever for positive shifts in practice. This model helps us bridge the gaps between the art and the science of teaching, and it’s essential that NTC works to empower teachers to build up that relationship between teacher and young person — elevating it to its deserved space. How does NTC’s Responsive Relationships program celebrate the humanity of students and educators? Why is this critical for student success? Arthur: The student-affirming, relationship-building strategies of NTC’s Responsive Relationships program allow students to feel seen, heard, and encouraged to thrive. And teachers are more equipped to address unintentional biases and reduce adverse disciplinary actions, which derail the optimal learning environments that we know makes a difference for students. Research shows, when a student feels heard, seen, and valued, they engage with their classroom on a deeper level. And when that student-teacher relationship isn’t present, it becomes more difficult for that young person to access what they need to learn. There are ways, with Responsive Relationships, to dive deeper. We provide real-time coaching support for our teachers, who don’t normally get this level of training and support within their educator prep programs. In the day-to-day of a student, teachers can emphasize empathic teaching styles and methods, and through that, affirm that young person’s identity. So the child feels that the classroom can be a safe space to be themselves; to test, to try, to learn, to fail, to struggle, to constructively struggle — all those things are critical. And through this relationship, the teacher creates asset-based pedagogy — and we’re excited to continue pushing that forward. We appreciate all the things that teachers do every day. What role does education play in helping to build a more inclusive future? Arthur: Education is the passport to future opportunity. Education is so powerful that it changes the lives of families and communities. It is crucial that all young people have equitable access to an optimal learning environment. And that is at the crux of what we do at NTC. In a sense, inclusion is a bit of a behavior. Consider how to include folks who have been systemically underrepresented or marginalized. It’s an intentional decision. We’re hopeful that, through our work, all educators will be more thoughtful and intentional — even beyond their natural disposition. How young people build their critical thinking skills, and their ability to problem solve, and their appetite for learning — all of that comes from the safe space built within the relationship they have with their teacher — and to be honest, all the other educators within the ecosystem. Education needs to steep in a new way of inclusion. It needs to be intentional. Because the outcome of that intentionality is what drives the safe space and the optimal learning environments that we want for all young people as they journey through their education experience. As a student, you want to feel like your teacher cares not only about my learning, but about me as a human being. What skills do teachers of today need when working with their students? How do we build sustainable, deep scaffolds for educators to continuously grow and improve their craft? Arthur: A teacher’s necessary skills should go beyond just having deep content knowledge. Teachers must assess how they can focus on and cater to each of their students individually. They need to leverage individualized instruction so that every student can have meaningful access to the curriculum. Teachers also need a greater opportunity for authentic collaboration amongst adults. To share, reflect, and adjust their practice in real-time. And feel safe doing that. Having those kinds of conversations amongst professionals is important.They need Emotional Intelligence to understand the experiences, joys, and fears that young people bring to the classroom every period, every day, every hour — and know what that looks and feels like. What can readers of this piece do to support teachers’ emotional and social well-being in their community that’s not surface-level? Arthur: For those not in the education space, who want to empathize with what teachers experience in this moment: You must listen attentively and authentically around creating sustainable supports for educators. Amplifying teachers’ voices is central in the work that we do every day, as much as we center on advancing students’ equity. For us, the classroom teacher is the true unit of change and opportunity in the education ecosystem. That relationship between a teacher and a student, when at its best, can be magical. We all have levels of influence within our circles and networks, and levels of awareness of the current realities. There’s an opportunity to make sure that the narrative is inclusive across the landscape. You get to better outcomes and better solutions that are more sustainable, and everyone wins when you make the space for respectful dialogue. Learn more about Cisco’s View original content here. 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May 20, 2022 09:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Georgia-Pacific Helps Preserve the History and Legacy of the Brave Female Pilots of WWII

Georgia-Pacific

SWEETWATER, Texas, May 5, 2022 /3BL Media/ - "You can be whatever you set your heart and head to be." Annelle Bulecheck should know; she was part of WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilots - the first females to fly U.S. military aircraft in WWII. They played a substantial role in the war effort when male pilots were in short supply. They trained new pilots, delivered newly built aircraft to flight schools, towed gunnery targets, and did flight testing. For two years during the war, the WASP served at more than 120 bases around the country. It wasn’t until 1977 that they were granted veteran status. In 2009, they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Located in Sweetwater, Texas, the National WASP WWII Museum was founded in 2002 and recently celebrated 80 years of the WASP program at Avenger Field with a fundraiser. Sweetwater is also home to Georgia-Pacific’s Sweetwater gypsum plant. Visitors enjoyed a number of activities, including the opening of two exhibits: a permanent display on the American history of Black Pilots and a special temporary exhibit of John and Marie Clark, B-17 pilots, and WASP members. Other activities included author signings, featured speakers, WASP reenactors, and an up-close and personal look at aircraft of the WASP era. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the new exhibits in Hangar 2 - a 1929 hangar that served as the first airport for the city of Sweetwater. “The WASP museum is an important institution not only in our Sweetwater community but also for our entire country,” said Georgia-Pacific Sweetwater plant manager Brad Bowman. “We believe in improving lives in our communities. Supporting the museum in its mission to preserve this important piece of our nation’s history and honoring and remembering these brave women benefits everyone.” View original content here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Georgia-Pacific on 3blmedia.com

May 20, 2022 09:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Whirlpool Corporation Offers New Benefits for the Modern Family

Whirlpool Corporation

As part of Whirlpool Corporation’s ongoing commitment to wellbeing, the company has introduced a holistic “Be*Well” initiative. It provides a range of support and resources to empower and encourage employees to be well in all aspects of their lives at home and work. The company’s commitment is designed to support employees holistically—and provide resources for healthy and balanced living—which includes physical, mental, financial, social, developmental and personal wellbeing. “Employees spoke and we listened,” said Tonya Finley-Gaskill, senior benefits manager. “As part of our normal process, we collected input from our employees through a benefits survey and by partnering with our Employee Resource Groups. We’re excited to expand our current offerings and provide more inclusivity with building a family and providing a range of offerings to a larger population of people.” Earlier this year, Whirlpool Corp. announced a collaboration with Progyny (infertility support) and expanded leave benefits for employees as part of the commitment to ensure employees feel heard and supported. "We recognize that each employee has their own unique journey. Our goal is to offer support to employees and their families—so it’s their journey to own." “Working with Progyny, we’re able to offer employees IVF (In Vitro Insemination), IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) and advocacy support. We see a lot of employees that are having families later in life or who are identifying as an LGBTQ community member, so this benefit will also help many individuals achieve their goals of parenthood, and connects with our overall strategy of supporting working families.” To help families care for loved ones during times of need, the company has introduced “ Caregiver Leave ” that provides two weeks of paid leave for eligible employees to care for a sick family member (including employees’ parents) or as additional bonding time. This can be added in addition to the normal Family Medical Leave for employees. To support employees that are new to the company, there is a new program called “ First Year leave ” offering employees more flexibility during the first year of employment. This benefit provides a maximum of four weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave of absence for a self-qualifying medical event or to care for a qualified family member. Whirlpool Corp. has also increased its adoption benefit from $5,000 to $10,000, and this change will now include surrogacy reimbursement for qualified expenses in an effort to support employees on their journey to build their families. An additional added benefit is a new free financial coaching program with SmartPath that can help employees and their families to reach their financial goals. Whether it’s preparing for retirement, buying a new home, setting aside funds for emergencies, or balancing a budget, employees have access to a financial health coach to support them with their financial wellbeing. “This entire group of benefits will continue to assist employees with their work/life balance and connect with our overall wellbeing strategy (Be*Well) in supporting the diverse needs of our employees,” said Finley-Gaskill. “We recognize that each employee has their own unique journey. Our goal is to offer support to employees and their families—so it’s their journey to own.” To learn more about career opportunities at Whirlpool Corporation click here. View original content here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Whirlpool Corporation on 3blmedia.com

May 20, 2022 09:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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