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Newly Released Horizons Report Finds Biopharma Leaders at a Crossroads

CRB

KANSAS CITY, Mo., November 16, 2021 /3BL Media/ - While global demand for life-saving drug treatments, novel vaccines and cell and gene therapies expands exponentially – fueled in no small part by COVID-19 -- ramping up for safe, high quality, and sustainable production carries unprecedented challenges. A new report available today from CRB – one of the world’s leading providers of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction, and consulting solutions to the life sciences industry – captures the disruption reshaping biopharma business models amid rising public demand for the ever-faster delivery of critical treatments. Through the lenses of project delivery, increasingly complex pipelines, digitalization, and other important topics, the new Horizons: Life Sciences report finds stakeholders across the biopharma value chain navigating this disruption and weighing the micro and macro shifts catalyzed by the pandemic. “Biopharma leaders are keenly aware of the tally of those disruptions,” writes Tim Barba, CRB’s Chief Operating Officer for Global Technical Operations, in the report’s opening statement. “The world’s emerging health threats have put a clock on our ability to respond at scale—quickly, effectively, and safely.” CRB’s Horizons report is based on survey responses from more than 500 industry leaders and features unique analysis from CRB’s life sciences subject matter experts. The report explores: Warp speed delivery: Speed to market is a more significant business driver in a post “warp speed” delivery environment – even as companies face significant delays in their capital planning strategies. Respondents see essential investment areas for long-range capital planning as 1) manufacturing, 2) research and development, and 3) expansion planning. Cell and Gene Therapy: Nearly half of the respondents reported plans to move away from autologous cell therapies to focus on modalities with fewer challenges. A large majority intend to continue using viral vector gene technologies in the near term to produce genetically modified cell therapies to ensure quality and reduce operational costs. Pharma 4.0: Most companies aspire to operate digitally integrated facilities with predictive, real-time analytics within the next one to two years as part of a broader push toward Pharma 4.0. But, they face significant barriers in cost, risk management, and cybersecurity concerns. Lean Pharma: Dissatisfaction is growing with traditional design-bid-build methods for large capital projects. Companies are “leveraging the predictive capabilities of AI and machine learning to build smarter, more secure, and future-ready manufacturing centers. They’re redesigning the traditional GMP cleanroom to accommodate closed and automated processes—a necessary step toward improving the cost and quality of tomorrow’s medicines,” the report’s authors write. Sustainability: While the vast majority of respondents said their firms have formalized sustainability metrics or benchmarks at corporate or project levels, capital budgets and questions about the effectiveness of new technologies present stiff challenges. Oligonucleotides: The responses indicate a rapidly growing interest in the sector including a near-term (1-4 years) focus on capital investment. Newcomers among established biopharmaceutical companies are expected to double their existing contingent, and start-up participation is expected to increase even more steeply. RNA: Nearly half of the respondents place significant emphasis on RNA-based therapies becoming a major portion of their future pipelines to capitalize on speed-to-market and cost-of-goods advantages. “Taming the disruption will require “a whole new mindset, which casts off our industry’s conservative nature in favor of more innovation, more speed, and more flexibility in the name of more lives saved,” Noel Maestre, CRB’s Vice President of Life Sciences, writes in the report’s executive summary. “We will one day defeat this pandemic, but the waves of change that are overtaking the life sciences are only just gathering momentum.” The Life Sciences report is the third in a series of CRB’s survey-based Horizons explorations of critical trends in the life sciences and food and beverage industries. About CRB CRB is a leading provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to the food and beverage and life sciences industries. Our more than 1,600 employees provide world-class solutions that drive success and positive change for our clients, our people and our communities. CRB is a privately held company with a rich history of serving clients throughout the world, consistently striving for the highest standard of technical knowledge, creativity and execution. Media Contacts: CRB Chris Clark 816-200-5234 chris.clark@crbusa.com Clarity Quest Bonnie Quintanilla or Phyllis Grabot 877-887-7611 bonnie@clarityqst.com or meganh@clarityqst.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from CRB on 3blmedia.com

November 16, 2021 09:04 AM Eastern Standard Time

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American Express: Clean Skies for Tomorrow

American Express

Accelerating the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) is crucial to reaching net zero emissions in the travel industry. As we work to advance innovative climate solutions and help build a more sustainable future for us all, we are joining peers and partners in supporting the new World Economic Forum #CleanSkies4Tomorrow 2030 Ambition Statement, which advocates for the use of 10% SAF by 2030. Read more here: https://lnkd.in/dDxgdXHd View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from American Express on 3blmedia.com

November 16, 2021 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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DealCloud Dealmaker Pulse Survey Shows Deal Activity Is Ready to Plateau

Intapp

45% plan to raise their largest fund ever; 14% predict a larger fund than anticipated Nine out of 10 (89%) private equity firms closed deals in the past 6 months 89% also predict closing as many or more deals in the coming 6 months as they did in the previous 6 months The coming 6 months will bring increasingly stiff competition for more private equity deals at higher prices that demand larger fund sizes, going beyond the significant rebound that had been reported 6 months ago, according to the autumn 2021 edition of the DealCloud Dealmaker Pulse Survey Report released today by Intapp (NASDAQ: INTA), a leading provider of industry-specific, cloud-based software solutions that enable connected professional and financial services firms. Among the 89% of private equity survey respondents who said their firms had closed deals in the past 6 months, the number of deals closed — 4.3 on average — is expected to remain the same in the coming 6 months (according to 51% of respondents) or move higher (38%). Competition for deals appears to be plateauing. More than half of survey respondents (57%) expect the deal market to become more competitive in the next 6 months than it has been during the past year, though that fraction is significantly smaller than the 67% of respondents who responded similarly 6 months ago. Of those who predict an increase in competition, 42% said there are too many PE firms chasing too few quality deals and 49% feel pressure from limited partners to put cash in play. “The industry has shown tremendous resilience through the pandemic” said Ben Harrison, President of Financial Services at Intapp. “Private equity firms have shown both the strategic clarity and agility to shift priorities, which will help them compete in the new normal.” DIMINISHING GROWTH TRENDS Nearing a possible saturation point, the deal market edged further upward. Key findings include: The firms that reported having closed a deal in the last six months inched up 2% from spring to autumn 2021 (87% to 89%), a much lower rate than the 17% increase in the 6-month period between our autumn 2020 and spring 2021 survey. Looking ahead, 75% of the respondents who said their firms had not completed a deal between the spring and autumn surveys do plan to close at least one deal in the coming 6 months. Sixty percent of autumn survey respondents plan to prioritize new acquisition activity over roll-ups or working with portfolio companies to improve operations — down from 84% who planned to focus on new deals in spring. In fact, 24% plan to make working with existing portfolio companies their top priority, compared to just 7% in the prior report. Four in 10 dealmakers (40%) think valuations and pricing will be higher in the coming 6 months than they have been for the past 12 months, though this is down from more than half of respondents who projected higher valuations in spring 2021. Many bankers (52%) say their firms will take advantage of high pricing/valuations by selling companies earlier than ever before. High prices also draw concerns; 39% of respondents worry about increased or overlooked risk and 36% about the speed of capital to market. The combined effect of high valuations and competition for deals is pushing 27% of survey respondents to make larger acquisitions than their typical comfort zone. “Large, midsize, and boutique firms each face different headwinds as they react to the competitive market,” said Harrison. “Large firms are closing more deals and adding sectors to their portfolios — perhaps squeezing into others’ territory; midmarket firms refuse to invest in companies that could hurt their reputation; and boutiques may not feel pressed to change their sector focus but find themselves most likely to feel pressure from LPs to put capital in play.” Several global trends are also affecting the private equity industry. Talent concerns have shifted significantly, with a growing number of respondents — 41% up from 30% 6 months ago — admitting that recruiting and hiring outside talent has become their greatest talent issue, and 16% of firms focusing on retaining existing talent, compared to just 6% in the spring. Nearly all respondents (99%) view environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) as a factor that has either increased or retained the same level in importance during the previous 6 months, and 48% noted they would decline investments due to ESG concerns. Harrison notes, “This edition of the Dealmaker Pulse Survey Report shows that overall expectations for acquiring new companies, hiring great talent, and achieving higher valuations have dampened a bit, but competition for assets will likely rise for most firms — and many are actively changing investment strategies as a result.” The Autumn 2021 Dealmaker Pulse Survey Report is available at dealcloud.com/pulse. The fourth semiannual survey was conducted during a 2-week period in October 2021 and reflects the anonymous responses of more than 150 private equity professionals. About Intapp Intapp makes the connected firm possible. We provide cloud software solutions that address the unique operating challenges and regulatory requirements of the global professional and financial services industry. Our solutions help more than 1,950 of the world’s premier private capital, investment banking, legal, accounting, and consulting firms connect their most important assets: people, processes, and data. As part of a connected firm, professionals gain easy access to the information they need to win more business, increase investment returns, streamline deal and engagement execution, and strengthen risk management and compliance. For more information, visit intapp.com and connect with us on Twitter (@intapp) and LinkedIn. Contact Details Intapp Ali Robinson +1 612-232-0062 ali.robinson@intapp.com Company Website http://www.intapp.com

November 16, 2021 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Mondelēz International Invests in Circulate Capital's Ocean Fund to Advance Global Efforts in Plastic Waste Collection and Recycling

Mondelēz International

November 16, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) advanced its commitment to helping create a circular economy for plastic by joining Circulate Capital Ocean Fund (CCOF) as a limited partner and making an investment in CCOF supporting scalable business solutions to help develop infrastructure for the collecting, sorting and recycling of plastic waste, including flexible films. The goal of this investment, which is part of Mondelēz International’s Sustainable Futures impact investing platform, is to enhance focus on the physical collection of flexible films – lightweight, multi-layer plastics used by the snacking industry – that have traditionally been more difficult to collect, sort, recycle and ultimately reuse. CCOF is an investment fund dedicated to addressing India and Southeast Asia’s plastics challenges, and its investors include some of the world's leading consumer packaged goods companies. The fund provides financing to waste management, recycling and circular economy start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises across India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. CCOF helps identify collection and recycling solutions, catalyzes capital to both scale and replicate those solutions and connects these enterprises to the world’s leading companies. Mondelēz International’s investment in CCOF is expected to finance enterprises that support the company’s goal to collect more plastic waste than the company currently produces across India and Southeast Asia and will further CCOF’s investments into flexible plastic waste collection, recycling and infrastructure enterprises. “This investment marks a pivotal step forward in our contribution to a circular economy for plastics and is a clear demonstration of our long-term goal of net zero waste,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mondelēz International, Inc. “As part of our ambition to become a more sustainable snacking company, this partnership will help fund businesses that are trying to fill systemic gaps in the collection, sorting and reuse of plastic waste, including flexible film." “We are excited to partner with Mondelēz International, a world leader in the food and beverage industry. Their investment in the Circulate Capital Ocean Fund will enable us to put more capital to work by funding enterprises located in South and Southeast Asia with innovative solutions to combat plastic waste and advance the circular economy,” said Rob Kaplan, Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital. “Adding Mondelēz International to our esteemed list of global partners is a reflection of the significant impact our portfolio companies have made thus far. This additional catalytic capital will also help CCOF reach our expected environmental and economic impacts by 2030 which includes the prevention of more than 13 million tonnes of plastic pollution leakage and at least 17 million tonnes of CO2e avoided.” Progress, Programs & Partnerships Mondelēz International has already made significant progress toward its packaging recyclability targets. The company has removed 65,000 tons of packaging from its portfolio since 2013 and remains on track to achieve its 2025 goals to reduce virgin plastic use in rigid plastic packaging by 25% or reduce virgin plastic in overall plastic packaging portfolio by 5%, assuming constant portfolio mix compared to 2020, increase use of recycled content to 5% by weight across plastic packaging and design 100% of its packaging to be recycle ready. To date, ~94% of all of the company’s packaging is designed to be recycle ready. "Our support for a more sustainable future for plastics is clear. We’ve made significant strides to reduce plastic packaging use, substitute plastics for other materials, design to be recycle ready and set ambitious plastics packaging goals across our portfolio,” said Christine Montenegro McGrath, VP and Chief of Global Impact and Sustainability, Mondelēz International. “We are proud of our progress to date but know more must be done through innovative partnerships and investments like this one to be able to scale more sustainable solutions for plastics packaging, including flexible film.” Mondelēz International already supports initiatives promoting a circular economy for plastics with programs underway across multiple markets demonstrating a strategic focus on less, better and improved plastic packaging and systems. For example: In India, Mondelēz International, in partnership with Sustainable Futures, made a seed investment into Hasiru Dala, an NGO, to create a social enterprise to sort, clean, and recycle flexible plastic waste into more sustainable everyday products and targets to recycle 600 tons of multi layered plastics every year. The project implements recycling technology purchased from a local start-up and, together, these women-led local businesses positively impact the local economy through job creation. In the Philippines, Mondelēz International is working with several organizations to attempt to recycle and co-process multi-layer and single use plastics and is collaborating with small enterprises focused on a circular economy for plastics. In Indonesia, a waste bank project is ongoing in two schools to help educate children on the importance of collecting and recycling waste. The goal is to recycle plastic into construction material and use it to help renovate schools. In United Kingdom and Australia, as part of Mondelēz International’s global goal to reduce the use of virgin plastic material in its overall plastic packaging portfolio by 5% by 2025, compared to 2020, select Cadbury Dairy Milk will be made with packaging containing up to 30% recycled plastic material starting in 2022. Mondelēz International is an active participant in the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Coalition of Action, the Business Call for a Global UN Treaty on Plastics Pollution, the U.S. Plastics Pact, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, the New Plastics Economy Initiative, the European CFLEX Initiative, the UK Plastics Pact and the UK Flexible Plastic Fund (formerly known as EPPIC), the India Plastics Pact and the Australia/New Zealand Plastics Pact, among others. About Mondelēz International Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2020 net revenues of approximately $27 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ. About Circulate Capital Circulate Capital is an investment management firm that finances innovations, companies and infrastructure to prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world's oceans and advance a carbon neutral circular economy in emerging markets. It mobilizes catalytic capital to invest across the entire plastic value chain, from innovative materials to advanced recycling technologies. It aims to prove that investing in the sector can generate competitive returns, while preventing plastic pollution, mitigating climate change, and improving livelihoods. It was created in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy, and its founding investors include PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Dow, Danone, Chanel, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, and Mondelēz International. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. Words, and variations of words, such as “will,” “may,” “expect,” “intend,” “commitment,” “target” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about Mondelēz International’s investment in the Circulate Capital Ocean Fund and the results and potential of that investment; Mondelēz International’s ambition to lead a more sustainable snacking company; and Mondelēz International’s plastics packaging and other environmental, social and governance strategies, goals, targets and initiatives. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Mondelēz International’s control, which could cause Mondelēz International’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated in Mondelēz International’s forward-looking statements. Please also see Mondelēz International’s risk factors, as they may be amended from time to time, set forth in its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including its most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. Mondelēz International disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by applicable law or regulation. In addition, historical, current and forward-looking sustainability-related statements may be based on standards for measuring progress that are still developing, internal controls and processes that continue to evolve, and assumptions that are subject to change in the future. The information included in, and any issues identified as material for purposes of, this document may not be considered material for SEC reporting purposes. In the context of this disclosure, the term "material" is distinct from, and should not be confused with, such term as defined for SEC reporting purposes. ### Maggie McKerr (Media) 1-847-209-7701 news@mdlz.com Read More View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Mondelēz International on 3blmedia.com

November 16, 2021 09:02 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Benefit Strategies to Support Women in the Workplace

Aflac Incorporated

By Kim Rudeen After decades of progress, the women’s labor force participation rate dipped to its lowest point in more than 30 years. In fact, more than 2.3 million women have exited the workforce since February 2020. This presents a challenge for businesses to not only retain and support their female employees, but also attract female talent back into the workplace. Benefits may be a key driver of employees’ overall job satisfaction, as well as their physical, financial, and mental and emotional health, according to the 2021-2022 Aflac WorkForces Report (AWR). Read the full article here View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Aflac Incorporated on 3blmedia.com

November 16, 2021 09:01 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Curb and HQ Announce Partnership Providing Streamlined Taxi Solutions to HQ’s Corporate Clients

Curb

Curb, the leading ride-hailing app for licensed taxi and for-hire rides in North America and HQ, the largest company for corporate mobility, announce their partnership. Fueled by customer demand, the integration allows HQ to add Curb on-demand taxis to its aggregated supply of mobility solutions to corporate customers, which also includes shuttles and private cars. HQ, the leading innovator in corporate mobility, provides mobility solutions to many of the world’s leading heavyweight companies including global investment banks and financial institutions, law firms, advertising and marketing firms, consulting companies, insurance companies and more. HQ’s solution is automating the entire process from bookings to payments, allowing companies to efficiently outsource all their mobility needs. The company was recently formed from a merger between shuttle solutions company Hip Mobility and corporate mobility software provider SummitQwest Ground to combine the two companies’ collective experience in transforming the way enterprises, and their employees travel. As pandemic restrictions ease and employees return to the office, businesses and their employees are looking for safe riding options. Whether they are commuting to or back from the office, driving to clients, or to or from the airport - HQ gives clients access to a list of safe and vetted riding providers who are part of the Summit Ground platform. Through the new partnership with Curb, HQ expands its Summit Ground Connect platform to include managed taxi solutions. HQ helps corporate clients transition back into work through Curb’s expansive network of taxis and other licensed vehicles in major U.S. cities. The integration leverages Curb’s suite of taxi mobility solutions with HQ’s platform to improve the employees’ riding experience by offering on-demand and scheduled cab rides for many of the world’s top blue-chip companies. With operations in over 65 cities nationwide, including New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and more, Curb provides quick, cost-effective taxi-hailing services as business travel and in-person work continue to regain their strength. “We’re excited to be launching this integration with HQ to give companies the ability to navigate the return to regular business travel efficiently and intuitively,” said Jason Gross, Vice President, Mobile, at Curb. “By working with HQ, we can collectively provide a modernized corporate mobility platform that connects riders with taxi services and we’re looking forward to collaborating closely to address important business travel issues” HQ clients will now have access to upfront pricing for taxi rides, a cost-effective option compared to major ridesharing apps without the added risk of surge pricing. They also have access to Curb’s Pair and Pay feature which allows users to pay for taxi rides hailed on the street or at taxi stands, as well as Curb’s ability to track travel metrics to offer transparency and help manage travel options. Combined with HQ’s advanced booking, management, and payment tools, business travelers now have even more options to choose from, making their trips easier to manage. “At HQ, we provide employees with the best riding experience by always ensuring that there is a ride for them when they need it. Our partnership with Curb Mobility has been instrumental for us to do just that,” says Jeff LaFave, Managing Director of HQ. “We have had a great experience working with Curb Mobility and are excited to expand our joint service to more clients of ours - we look forward to growing together as we continue to serve some of the leading companies in the world.” To learn more about Curb, please visit gocurb.com. To learn more about HQ, please visit hqtravel.com. About Curb Mobility Curb is reimagining urban mobility with a driver-first approach to ride-hailing. Bringing upfront pricing to the largest nationwide network of taxis and licensed for-hire vehicles, Curb provides unparalleled transparency to riders and drivers alike. Curb is connected to over 100,000 drivers in dozens of cities across the US and UK, powering millions of taxi rides worldwide and facilitating billions of dollars in payment transactions annually through its open mobility platform. Curb has built an innovative suite of products that provide a unified supply of taxis and licensed for-hire vehicles - the first of its kind to bring solutions for passengers, drivers, and fleet management. Their B2B services power millions of rides for transit agencies, healthcare providers, and businesses while also providing effortless payments and advertising that reaches captive audiences of millions on Taxi TV. About HQ HQ, the largest mobility company for corporate travel in the United States offers next-generation corporate mobility solutions and commuter shuttle options for corporations. HQ services corporate clients in the industry sectors of finance, marketing, technology including dozens of Fortune 500 companies and has one of the largest networks of car providers across the US. HQ is backed by top tier venture capitalists such as NFX Capital, Magenta Venture Partners, AltaIR Capital, and BoxGroup. Contact Details North 6th Agency for Curb Kevin Pryor +1 212-334-9753 curb@n6a.com Company Website https://gocurb.com/

November 16, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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First Ever Sizing Study Reveals 11.5 Million Americans Participate in the Creator Economy, Earning Money from Platforms Like YouTube, TikTok and Instagram

MBO Partners

A new study from ​ MBO Partners® shows that 2021 is the year of the creator. In the first-ever study of this segment, MBO Partners reveals that there are 11.5 million Americans in the creator economy and that 61%, or 7.1 million people, earned money the last year by doing so. This sector is poised for explosive growth, with another 3.2 million planning to become content creators over the next two years. This new Research Brief is being released in advance of MBO Partners’ 11 th annual State of Independence in America report, the country’s longest-running end-to-end study of the American independent workforce. As retailers harnessed technology to go direct-to-consumer (DTC), U.S. workers enacted their own version by selling their creative skills and talents directly to consumers and companies. The broader independent workforce grew to over 51 million in 2021, an unprecedented 34% growth in a single year. The growth of the creator economy subset mirrors this trend. The shift out of traditional occupations and into the creator economy has people like Wade Forbes pivoting their career paths. Forbes, an artist, and illustrator, spent 16 years working in cyber security and consulting with the DoD before jumping into the creator economy to pursue his lifelong passion of bringing concepts to life through his artwork. “I loved drawing as a kid but did not believe I could make a living as an artist,” Forbes said. “It is a dream to now be able to fulfill my passion while using the skills and expertise from across my entire career.” Technology news site The Information estimates that venture capital firms invested $2 billion in creator economy startups in the first half of 2021, and the venture capital firm Antler reports there are over 220 firms that cater to creators. This rapidly growing ecosystem of creator economy products and support services makes it easier, cheaper, less risky, and more attractive to become a successful content creator. “The Creator Economy validates the trend that more and more workers are realizing the freedom and wellbeing that comes from taking career control into their own hands,” said Miles Everson, CEO, MBO Partners. “Savvy organizations and politicians must realize the workforce of the future will be fueled by independent professional solo-entrepreneurs, choosing to design careers on their own terms. Creators are just one example of how the American workforce is changing at a rapid pace.” The report revealed several key insights about this fast-growing segment of the American workforce, including: Cash on the horizon. While 7.1 million are earning income in the creator economy, another 4.4 million are part of the segment but have not yet earned income. Diversity of talent. The creator economy skews young, with 75% of creators identifying as Gen Z or Millennial. The creators themselves are slightly more diverse than the American population at large, with 19% identifying as Black, compared to just 12% of the overall American population. Let’s collab. Creators are all about the collab with over half (55%) reporting that they are teaming up with other content creators on projects compared to only 21% of independent workers who aren’t content creators. Further, 36% of content creators have hired freelance contractors to help with their business, while only 14% of independent workers overall have done so. The struggle is real. The pressure to engage and reinvent are constant struggles for content creators, along with setting work/life boundaries. A third of all content creators (34%) report struggling with boundaries and burnout versus only 21% of independent workers. From punch the clock to TikTok. Almost six out of ten (59%) independent content creators are punching a clock at a traditional job. In fact, 46% have full-time jobs and 13% have a part-time job. The majority (63%) report working part-time as content creators, while 37% of income-earning digital content creators are doing it full-time. MBO Partners will release the full 2021 State of Independence study in December. To obtain a copy of the brief, please visit https://www.mbopartners.com/state-of-independence/​. About MBO Partners®​ MBO Partners is a deep job platform that connects and enables independent professionals and microbusiness owners to do business safely and effectively with enterprise organizations. Its unmatched experience and industry leadership enable it to operate on the forefront of the independent economy and consistently advance the next way of working. For more information, visit​ ​mbopartners.com​ Contact Details Words For Hire Karen Swim +1 586-461-2103 pr@mbopartners.com Company Website https://mbopartners.com

November 16, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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COLOR FACTORY ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Color Factory

Color Factory, the experiential art museum that celebrates the joy of color, has announced Tina Malhotra as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 8, 2021. Malhotra has served as Color Factory’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO) for the past three years, overseeing the creative, environmental design, technical production, and physical build-out of each Color Factory location. “Creating experiences that elicit emotional responses has been a lifelong passion of mine. I’m honored to lead Color Factory as we build towards transformational growth and inclusivity,” said Malhotra. “Color has a unique and powerful ability to impact moods, elicit emotions and tell stories. It is a universal language that our artists, designers, and guests use to create genuine human connection and expand empathy. We’re focused on bringing joy and immersive art to as many people as possible through our visionary experiences and community partnerships.” Malhotra brings over 14 years of experience in experiential marketing, event production, and creative strategy. Prior to Color Factory, she spent 11 years in New York City developing experiences for brands like LEGO, HBO, Converse, Coca Cola, Delta and Condé Nast. Malhotra will be responsible for various verticals across the company’s growth plan, including marketplace positioning and creative development of its newest location in Chicago, opening Spring 2022. “We are proud to announce the exciting transition and have Tina lead as Color Factory’s exceptional visionary, spearheading the company for promising growth,” said Jeff Lind, former CEO, Color Factory. “Tina is the driving force behind the creation, builds, and creative direction of each Color Factory experience - she is a natural fit, and we are thrilled for her to take over as strategic head of the company.” Malhotra has notably helped develop and launch Color Factory’s New York City and Houston locations, and serves on the Board of Directors. ### ABOUT TINA MALHOTRA Praised for her acute attention to detail and proven track record in the experiential space, Tina Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Color Factory, brings over 13 years of experience in experiential marketing, event production, and creative strategy. Malhotra is responsible for various verticals across the company’s growth plan, including marketplace positioning and overseeing the creative development for its newest location launch in Chicago, opening May 2022. Prior to being appointed CEO in November 2021, Malhotra served as Color Factory’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO) for three years, overseeing the creative, environmental design, technical production and physical build-out of each Color Factory location. Malhotra spent 11 years in New York City creating experiences for brands, including LEGO, HBO, Converse, Coca Cola, Delta, Wired Magazine and Candy Crush. ABOUT COLOR FACTORY Color Factory is an experiential art museum. Within each Color Factory location, visitors are invited to experience the joy of color through interactive installations, immersive rooms, and carefully curated moments. Color Factory collaborates with artists, art institutions, nonprofits, and brand partners to tell compelling stories that make life just a little more joyful. Since the 2017 opening of its first pop-up in San Francisco, Color Factory has grown into a series of flagship locations in New York and Houston, with a new location in Chicago opening in Spring 2022. Each location is inspired by and gives back to the city it’s in, working with local communities to identify charitable partnerships and local businesses to support along the way. To learn more, visit https://www.colorfactory.co/. Contact Details Jive PR + Digital Jalila Singerff +1 613-614-6777 jalila@jiveprdigital.com Company Website http://colorfactory.co/

November 16, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Small Talk: How Bayer Is Keeping an Ear to the Short Stature Corn Conversation

Bayer

by Bob Reiter, Head of Research & Development, Crop Science at Bayer With several successful trials complete and others underway, Short Stature Corn (SSC )* continues to evolve from a “what if?” to a potentially beneficial reality. As more growers take notice, they naturally have plenty of questions around how this new-look corn crop might take shape in their fields. Let’s explore five of the most common SSC questions we’re receiving so far – and begin unhusking the facts around this unique innovation. How can a small plant return a sizable yield? It’s easy to automatically associate taller corn plants with higher yield, and see smaller plants as either sick or non-productive. However, SSC is neither of those things. It isn't a miniature version of other corn varieties. Besides the shorter stalk height, SSC maintains similarly sized leaves, ears and general agronomic characteristics to taller traditional varieties. In fact, SSC's size provides advantages that can help farmers achieve an even greater yield compared with their counterparts. The shorter and more stable stalk enables growers to access their fields with equipment later in the season while also enabling closer and higher-volume planting. Once planted, SSC varieties' roots can explore a broader soil range faster than their traditional counterparts, accelerating the potential for better access to the water and nutrients critical for standability and durability. Will SSC require a change in my crop residue management processes? Growers may see the "short corn" name and assume these plants will produce less crop residue (including roots, husks and disposable materials). However, while SSC does produce less stalk material, the remaining plant biomass resembles that of its taller counterparts and is responsible for neutral or potentially more residue management compared to current varieties. The similarity in crop residue output between traditional corn and SSC largely stems from planting density. By itself, a single SSC plant produces roughly 10 percent less crop residue than a single standard corn plant. However, since growers are likely to capitalize on SSC's size and plant more seeds per field, the increased number of plants in play creates nearly even or more crop residue overall. With that said, we do not expect any significant change in crop residue management processes. How might SSC change my crop management routine? The management and optimization of SSC relies on the same core crop management pillars (such as nutrition and mitigation of diseases, pests and weeds) as traditional corn. If anything, SSC will give growers greater control over their fields and allow for more careful and deliberate crop care throughout the season. SSC offers growers greater flexibility to apply crop protection, nitrogen and other critical inputs more precisely and when needed, rather than through single, widespread and more burdensome applications. The crop's structure, which features both a canopy that closes at or near the same time as traditional corn plants and embedded herbicide tolerances, also complements growers' weed management efforts. Additionally, SSC's distinct characteristics offer growers the potential for an extended early season tool-bar access window, all while ensuring season-long access for standard ground equipment (with a clearance of at least 5 feet). Will I need to purchase new equipment to adopt SSC? No, growers will be able to use their existing planting, harvesting, and nutrient and crop protection application machinery to introduce and manage SSC within their fields. As an added bonus, SSC creates new possibilities for growers to use their equipment more strategically and efficiently throughout the growing season. Even at a reduced height, SSC stalks still will go through traditional combines and growers can drive over and through fields as normal. With that said, we continue to test and evaluate SSC's performance across a variety of terrains and field structures to ensure compatibility with a host of global land dynamics. Is SSC drought tolerant? While we have seen early SSC varieties perform well in drier climates, it's too soon to know if SSC is more drought tolerant. We continue to test SSC's response to varying environmental conditions – much as we evaluate herbicide and pest resistance traits – and remain committed to delivering seed varieties that meet growers' needs. SSC is on the horizon for Bayer and the growers we serve, and we continue to trial, pilot and characterize hybrids around the world. Given our progress, we're optimistic that customers will have the option to try SSC for themselves within the next few years. In the meantime, we're encouraged by growers' initial curiosity and excitement around SSC. We look forward to continued dialogue as we move closer to commercialization. Keep the questions coming - I welcome the chance to answer them! *Note: Bayer currently is pursuing pilots and field testing with Short Stature Corn varieties developed through traditional plant breeding, and our commentary reflects observations from this approach. We additionally are evaluating biotechnology and gene editing approaches to SSC for potential future application. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Bayer on 3blmedia.com

November 16, 2021 08:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

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