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Illumina Salutes Service Members on Veterans Day


This Veterans Day, we saluted employees like Martin Holguin, as he shared with us his personal journey from military service to civilian life as a Staff Program Manager of Manufacturing Technologies and Transfer here at Illumina. On joining Illumina As I prepared for my transition from the Navy to the veteran’s life, my goal was to pivot from government contracting or defense. I studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate and a postgraduate and learned a bit about business through an MBA. At first, I thought I wanted to go into tech. I visited several companies and did some career panels over the course of a year, but I didn’t feel connected to the work. I attended a military veteran’s symposium through Biocom California Institute, and I learned about the biotech industry and its need for veterans. I also learned of a personal connection I had with Illumina. My wife and I had done genetic tests through 23andMe to figure out where we come from. We’re both Hispanic from El Paso, Texas, and I found out I’m 50% Ashkenazi Jew. I thought, where does that come from? It was a life-changing surprise. I had no idea about how powerful the truth was inside DNA. You can't get any closer to the truth than what's in your DNA. As I was pulling at that thread, I was also attending these job symposia. And I realized 23andMe has the product, but it’s Illumina technology. Behind the scenes, it's the arrays that Illumina produces. This product upended my world, and now I get the opportunity to work with people who are providing the next steps in this technology. On the value of his military experience The common thread between my military career and Illumina is the need to help decisionmakers make decisions. I think what I learned from the military is to have that information available to support that decision-making process. On helping others make the transition from the military Military transition is a personal journey that requires a deep inventory that goes back to childhood. The transition period leaving the military is a time to reflect and make changes in the life you want to lead. Reflect on this, prepare your story, and then prepare for those 1,000 conversations with those who do what you think you want to do. Be mindful of your approach; If you ask for a job, you might get advice. If you ask for advice, you might get a job. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Illumina on

November 12, 2021 12:11 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Operation Surprise 2021: Ready to Roll

The Home Depot

Veterans Day marks the return of The Home Depot Foundation’s annual Operation Surprise campaign, which aims to provide life-changing moments of surprise and support for veterans and communities in need. Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, will partner with hundreds of local nonprofits in their communities to bring moments of surprise to those in need throughout the season. Volunteerism efforts will reflect all CDC and government safety guidelines, and the service campaign will run from Veterans Day through the end of the year. We’ve never been more ready. Ready to paint a brighter future for our communities. Ready to offer life-changing assistance and moments of surprise for veterans. Ready to celebrate the orange-blooded culture of Team Depot. This season of giving, we’re ready to roll. 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

November 12, 2021 12:02 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ Represented at the Annual Learning Impact Conference


2020’s sudden shift towards a virtual learning environment presented the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ with a daunting task: adapt our hands-on engineering projects, collaborative group work and interactive coding classes to fit into this new virtual educational world. During distanced learning, it became necessary to approach the program differently, and our nationwide network of collaborators rallied together to implement our weeklong, invention-based STEM camps in an online setting. Our Thinkabit Lab program demonstrates to students from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds that they can be part of inventing the wireless world of the future. Learners of all ages explore careers available at Qualcomm and other technology companies. They engage in fun and unique engineering projects culminating in the design of an Internet of Things (IoT)-themed invention to solve a real-world problem. These activities help students understand where they see themselves in the future workforce and how they could use technology to help make the world a better place. Earlier this month, the Thinkabit Lab had the opportunity to speak at the Annual Learning Impact Conference, which brings together leaders across K-12, higher education, corporate learning, and EdTech who are inspiring and achieving the new educational models that are helping every learner make a difference. Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, Head of Thinkabit Lab, discussed how our research informed how we adjusted our curriculum to fit a virtual setting and the planning, development, and coordination behind getting engineering kits into hundreds of students' hands. To understand how educators were preparing for the unusual school year and virtual learning environment, the Thinkabit Lab team surveyed teachers within their collaborator sites. Thinkabit Lab teachers leveraged video, podcasts, avatar programs, virtual coding manipulatives, software programs, and even games to engage students. To further support our educators, Thinkabit Lab staff provided real-time instructional best practices to guide teachers in implementing highly engaging camps in a connected learning environment. Additionally, Qualcomm provided all students with hardware kits and in a few cases provided laptops and tablets to ensure equitable participation. As one teacher noted, it all comes down to “creating online content that helps break students out of their usual home routines”. One of the most challenging invention-based projects, AgTech for Good, was implemented at our Thinkabit Lab in Porterville, an agricultural community in Central California. High school students developed apps of their own choosing such as an app that could prevent overwatering crops and wasting water. They used Bluetooth to communicate wirelessly between the app and hardware, including a sensor, motors, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) -- all of this from the comfort and safety of their own homes. At the Impact Learning Conference, Erik Santos, Pathways Learning Director for Porterville Unified School District, addressed program implementation, promoting impactful student outcomes and lessons learned. He shared best practices for guiding students through hands-on STEM activities in a virtual learning environment. For example, Santos encouraged educators to allow students time and flexibility in developing activities is key. He also stressed the importance of making expectations clear and being available to provide direct assistance beyond the “live” classroom time.  Rather, students can participate in activities individually and then share them during group virtual classroom sessions. And finally, Erik recommended that teachers ensure that they plan for and carve out time to play catch up with the students as a group.   The Thinkabit Lab’s quick pivot during 2020’s sudden shift towards virtual learning provided many lessons learned. The Annual Learning Impact conference was a great opportunity for our Thinkabit Lab team and collaborating educators to share these experiences and they are captured in our 10 best remote learning practices for teaching STEM. The Kentucky STEAM Mobile Learning program, a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and Qualcomm Wireless Reach, also highlighted how technology is essential to support students in today’s new learning environments. Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, a Wireless Reach research partner on this program, shared at the conference how students need a new generation of computing devices that are always on, always connected on to support learning both at home and school. Teachers and students require devices with extended battery life and the capacity for high bandwidth apps. For the 2021-22 school year, elementary school children and pre-service teachers in the Kentucky program will be utilizing low cost Always Connected PCs (ACPC) that have cellular connectivity embedded and powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform. The ongoing research examining the effectiveness of ACPCs on students’ learning outcomes from this program will be completed in 2022. The pandemic impacted lives in unimaginable ways. 2020’s sudden school closures forced a shift towards virtual learning environments and education looked vastly different for most. Teachers pivoted and found new ways to deliver education, while many students struggled due to a lack of broadband internet and adequate devices to access their online schoolwork. Qualcomm, through programs like Thinkabit Lab and Wireless Reach, continued supporting partners and collaborators within the education ecosystem. It was an honor to have the opportunity to share our learnings and our programs’ successes in this space at the Impact Learning Conference. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Qualcomm on

November 12, 2021 12:01 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Schneider Electric: EEC Engie Goes SF6-Free

Schneider Electric

Service continuity is very important to EEC Engie, New Caledonia. The company has a zero-carbon objective. Know all about the EEC Engie story: The New Caledonian electricity company partners with Schneider Electric to install the innovative SF6-free technology, in a green and connected, electrical kiosk. Schneider Electric’s new medium voltage switchgear is a sustainable solution and has a full set of digital features for better network reliability. EEC Engie replaces SF6 with pure air and provides an optimized service continuity to Noumea inhabitants. Discover SF6-Free Technology: Follow Schneider Electric in its SF6-Free journey! Subscribe here Click here to subscribe to Schneider Electric:   Connect with Schneider Electric: Global Website: Discover our Services: About Schneider Electric Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Schneider Electric on

November 12, 2021 11:21 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Kerri Fitzpatrick Puts Patients Front and Center

Gilead Sciences

As a registered nurse, Kerri Fitzpatrick, National Director, Clinical Nurse Educators, has years of experience in oncology and a passion for helping meet the needs of people facing serious diseases. Learn more about why she felt joining Gilead was the right next step in her career. Q: W hat drew you to your field and how did you come to work at Gilead? A: I’ve had an unusual, but amazing career path. I’ve been a registered nurse for 30 years. I’m board-certified in oncology nursing, and I have clinical oncology experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings, as well as experience in running clinical trials. I transitioned to the biopharmaceutical industry 20 years ago. Since then, I have served in a variety of roles, including National Director of Sales and National Director of Oncology Nurse Educators. My passion is in developing individuals and high-performing teams, and it was the opportunity to do that here that brought me to Gilead. Q:  Why did you choose Gilead? A:  I’ve long admired Gilead as a company that delivers life-changing medicines. As a nurse, I see a huge part of my role as being an advocate, and I was looking for a company that puts patients front and center in everything it does. I found this at Gilead. Q: How would you describe the company’s culture? A:  The culture at Gilead is diverse and recognizes the unique contributions each individual brings to the table. It is evident that we’re all here because we truly want to make a difference in the lives of people with life-threatening diseases. Gilead’s culture is one that is based on collaboration, motivation and support, and that’s what drives high levels of performance. Q: What was your most memorable day at Gilead, and what made it special?  A:  The level of support and partnership I’ve experienced at Gilead – throughout the entire recruiting process and every day since joining – is unlike what I’ve seen at any other company. My first day was certainly the most memorable so far. I received many welcome messages from colleagues and leaders letting me know how excited they were to have me on board, providing their personal phone numbers and encouraging me to get in touch if there was anything I needed. These may have been small gestures, but to me they confirmed I was a welcomed and valued employee. Q: Why is working at Gilead more than "just a job"? A:  Working for a company that is committed to creating a healthier world is a big responsibility. Gilead holds its values very high and as an employee I know the work I do needs to be nothing less than the best. To accomplish this, I have the best possible resources, support and people behind me. It’s a rare opportunity, and it’s one I hope to continue to have for a long time to come. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Gilead Sciences on

November 12, 2021 10:56 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HP Inc. Expands Forest Conservation Partnership With World Wildlife Fund

HP Inc.

As a tech analyst, I like to cover a wide range of topics, from hard news (new products, services, financials), to the softer content, such as business strategy, company culture and corporate social responsibility programs. It should be no surprise that those tech companies that shine in the latter areas also tend to be the most successful after the markets close on earnings day.    Industry stalwart HP Inc. stands out both for its venerable line of desktops, laptops and printers, but also for how it gives back. Environmental sustainability is HP’s bread and butter—the company has been prioritizing earth-friendly products and programs longer than most of its employees have been alive, introducing a recycling program for computer punch cards in 1966. It has become one of the champions of the circular economy movement in the last several years, replacing much of the non-renewables in its product line with recycled paper, plastics and metals.  Read more View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from HP Inc. on

November 12, 2021 10:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Seramount Names Merck As One of the 2021 Best Companies for Dads

Merck & Co., Inc.

Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) revealed its fourth annual list of the 2021 Best Companies for Dads today. This year’s winners are focusing on inclusive benefits for families, including paid gender-neutral parental leave, backup childcare, and how these organizations supported their employees throughout COVID-19. Merck was among the top companies that earned a spot on this year’s list. “Dads continue to be outspoken about wanting to be equal partners when it comes to parenting responsibilities and needing the flexibility from their employer in order to do so,” says Subha V. Barry, President of Seramount. “Our Best Companies for Dads are listening to their employees. They’ve made their leave policies more inclusive and have increased the support offered to families during a time when parents and caregivers are constantly juggling home and work life.” The top 10 companies for 2021 (in alphabetical order) are as follows: Bank of America, Citrix, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Goldman Sachs & Co., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Moody’s. Key findings from the 2021 Best Companies for Dads: ● Companies continue to move toward gender-neutral parental leave: 88 percent of this year’s winners offer fully paid, gender-neutral parental leave compared to 63 percent of winners a year ago. The remaining 12 percent offer fully paid paternity leave. ● Seventy-five percent of winning companies offer phase-back programs after leave (compared to 38 percent of last year’s winners). This year Seramount added specific questions about how organizations helped parents and caretakers with time off, flexible hours, and other benefits during COVID-19. There is a significant difference between the responses of companies that made the list and those that didn’t, showcasing how this year’s Best Companies for Dads pivoted to help working families. ● Seventy-five percent of Best Companies for Dads gave employees extra time off in 2020 because of COVID-19. ● Sixty percent of Best Companies for Dads increased health insurance coverage for employees and/or dependents as a result of COVID-19. ● Eighty-two percent of Best Companies for Dads increased mental-health coverage for employees and/or dependents as a result of COVID-19. ● Sixty-two percent of Best Companies for Dads increased childcare reimbursements because of COVID-19. ABOUT THE METHODOLOGY The 2021 Seramount Best Companies for Dads application includes more than 400 questions related to leave policies, benefits, childcare, flexibility, employee-resource groups for men and working parents, and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. This year we added specific questions about how organizations helped parents and caretakers during COVID-19. All applicants receive feedback showing how they compare with other applicants; however, the names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles and data come from submitted applications and reflect 2020 data. ABOUT SERAMOUNT Seramount, now part of EAB, is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Over four decades, partnering with some of the most iconic companies in the world, we’ve built a deep, data-driven understanding of the employee experience, which lays the groundwork for everything we do. Our comprehensive DE&I toolkit includes actionable research and insights, membership, strategic guidance and consulting, and inspiring events, meeting each client’s needs no matter where they are on their journey and guiding them along an ever-changing landscape. Seramount has empowered over 450 organizations to realize the business benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more at View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Merck & Co., Inc. on

November 12, 2021 10:26 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Five Remarkable Aspects of the Federal Infrastructure Bill


The United States is nearing an exciting and consequential crossroads, as lawmakers prepare to set in motion the largest infrastructure investment our nation has seen in decades. Specifics are still being negotiated and once we know the totality of the combined infrastructure investment opportunities, infrastructure leaders must be prepared to help guide the funding investments from IIJA and the reconciliation package to determine how and where it can be applied to improve American communities by rebuilding and renewing highways, bridges and public transit. These opportunities will come with new requirements and expectations, particularly in the areas of sustainability, equity and climate stewardship. Agencies that make these elements a key part of their proposals will stand the best chance of receiving the green light for their funding requests. Continue reading here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on

November 12, 2021 09:31 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Alliance Data Associates Participate In Virtual Veterans Day Salute

Alliance Data

Today we honor all those who have served our country. Yesterday, our Veterans Business Resource Group recognized associates and their family members at our annual virtual Veterans Day Salute. Thank you to each and every Alliance Data associate and their family members for their service, and to all veterans who have honorably and selflessly protected our freedoms. About Alliance Data Alliance Data ® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of tech-forward payment and lending solutions, serving customers and consumer-based industries in North America. Through omnichannel touch points and a comprehensive product suite that includes credit products and Bread® digital payment solutions, Alliance Data helps its partners drive loyalty and growth, while giving customers greater payment choices. Through its Comenity-branded financial services, it also offers credit and savings products to consumers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Alliance Data is an S&P MidCap 400 company that employs approximately 6,000 associates worldwide. In November 2021, Alliance Data completed the  spinoff  of its LoyaltyOne segment, which included the Canadian AIR MILES ®  Reward Program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty. The company is now known as Loyalty Ventures Inc. (Nasdaq: LYLT). More information about Alliance Data can be found at Follow Alliance Data on  Twitter,   Facebook,  LinkedIn,  Instagram   and  YouTube. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Alliance Data on

November 12, 2021 09:17 AM Eastern Standard Time

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