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Cummins' Environmental Month Educates and Empowers Employees on Climate Strategy

Cummins Inc.

July 6, 2022 /3BL Media/ Cummins Inc. last week wrapped up its 9 th annual June Environmental Month, a four-week series of seminars, presentations and more to help employees learn about the company’s commitment to a healthy planet, and the important role they play in implementing it. Discussion topics ranged from climate change to environmental justice as well as the state of PLANET 2050, the global power leader’s environmental sustainability strategy, and Destination Zero, Cummins’ newest initiative to guide its decarbonization journey. “It is very exciting to see how Cummins has embraced our PLANET 2050 goals and announced important efforts so we can do our part to preserve clean air, available water and a sustainable planet for future generations to enjoy,” said Vice President Jim Fier, the company’s Chief Technical Officer, in a note to employees introducing this month’s activities. Cummins is committed to taking a leadership role on the world’s climate challenges, working with other stakeholders to take action. The company is reducing the carbon produced by its core products, including internal combustion engines, while bringing to market the new technologies that will power the future, including battery-electric platforms and hydrogen fuel cells.  This year’s kick-off event was a presentation by Cummins board member Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, a former NASA astronaut and founder, Chairman and CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Company. Ad Astra is a leading spaceflight technology company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket propulsion. Chang Diaz and Ad Astra have been pioneers in exploring the potential of green hydrogen as a no-carbon fuel to address the world’s climate issues. Chang Diaz shared his perspectives on various technologies and the best course of action to address the environmental challenges the world faces. About 1,300 employees watched the live event or a video recorded of it. Environmental Month also served as an opportunity to discuss how Destination Zero aligns to PLANET 2050 and the company’s business strategy. Cummins’ PLANET 2050 strategy includes nine environmental goals timed to 2030. In addition to the new goals, PLANET 2050 also includes the aspiration to power customer success with net-zero emissions technology by 2050. Destination Zero is the company’s strategy to achieve that aspiration in a way that serves all of the company’s stakeholders. Company leaders believe the global drive to reduce carbon is a growth opportunity for Cummins.  Even employees who do not have a role directly tied to the company’s products can be part of the PLANET 2050 initiative by volunteering on a community-based environmental project or joining Cummins’ PLANET 2050 Influencer program, designed to raise awareness about the company’s environmental efforts. Nearly 250 employees have volunteered for the influencer program, so far. Brian Mormino, Cummins’ Executive Director of Technical Environmental Systems, told employees attending his Environmental Month presentation that PLANET 2050 aligns seamlessly with Destination Zero, which connects with the company’s business strategy. “Together, they provide a path to making a positive impact on the environmental challenges we face that aligns with Cummins’ mission to make people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world,” Mormino said. “We can’t have a prosperous world without clean air, water and land, and every employee has a role to play.” View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Cummins Inc. on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:20 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Life Takes Root at Big Creek

Edison International

By Gabriela Ornelas Energized by Edison Writer For the residents of Big Creek, the Sierra National Forest isn’t simply the place they call home; the old, towering trees are living, breathing beings embedded into the fabric of the tight-knit community. Sadly, the 2020 Creek Fire burned nearly 380,000 acres in Big Creek Canyon. But as any mountain resident will tell you, part of what makes the forest so resilient is its ability to heal over time. “The forest will plant itself on its own as long as it has a seed source. If we help it out, we can get it back to maturity faster,” said Don Dukleth, SCE senior utility forester and arborist. “The forest needs a lot of help after a 380,000-acre fire.” For the past year and a half, the Big Creek community has been on a steadfast course to help the forest recover from one of the largest wildfires in California’s recorded history. While reforestation efforts are ongoing, Southern California Edison, the U.S. Forest Service and the Big Creek Elementary School District recently joined forces, encouraged by a mutual desire to help restore the forest to its former glory. “SCE reached out to us about doing a collaborative event with the U.S. Forest Service. Big Creek Elementary School reached out to us on a separate occasion, wanting to know if we’re available to teach the kids how to plant trees. I brought up the idea of combining those efforts so that we could do a multi-agency event at once,” said Olivia Roe, a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. The three entities coordinated a joint reforestation event, gathering supplies and volunteers to help. While planting conditions typically peak in April, late seasonal snow extended the window, leading to the fortunate timing of the event: April 29 or Arbor Day. “We’re doing our part to keep the trees growing back so that we foster an environment for happy bio-life, humans and everything else,” said Dukleth. Arborists, foresters, volunteers and schoolchildren planted 1,000 native Ponderosa pine and sugar pine seedlings, contributed by SCE and the U.S Forest Service. After a planting tutorial by the U.S Forest Service and a safety discussion by SCE, the adults took charge of the planting equipment while the children carefully placed the trees in each hole. “It was really neat seeing them get involved in planting the trees, wanting to dig the holes, interested in best practices and how they should be doing it,” said Marc Jones, SCE Vegetation Management advisor. “Many of the kids lost their homes in the Creek Fire, so to be able to help them put trees in the ground was very special.” Each seedling was strategically placed 20 feet from existing trees to give them the greatest chance for survival. Once planted, they grow undisturbed by consuming water and nutrients from the earth, with the healthiest seedlings reaching over 100-feet tall and living for 300 years or more. “Everything in the forest is alive, and they’re a part of us, and we’re a part of them,” Jones said. “Everybody needs that connection with nature, and we can be a part of it sustainably.” Along with the new trees, the new partnership is planning an annual tree planting event in other areas of the Sierra National Forest. “I hope we can continue to do this in the coming years and make it bigger each year,” said Roe. “By doing it, we do things right by reforestation and get a lot more trees planted where they need to go.” For more information about SCE's wildfire safety efforts, visit Edison.com/wildfire-safety. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Edison International on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Sedex Identifies 10 Vital Data Points To Demystify ESG Reporting

Sedex

LONDON, July 6, 2022 /3BL Media/ - A new report from Sedex, the trusted partner for environment, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability data, identifies the key data to collect for businesses looking to conduct effective ESG reporting. ESG has become a business priority, as companies respond to investors’ increased interest in social and environmental performance. But a lack of reporting standards, with varying requirements across different ratings providers and frameworks, makes it incredibly challenging for businesses to meet ESG demands efficiently. Data and technology provide essential solutions to this challenge. Capturing the right information equips a company to achieve ESG goals and supports other sustainability activities, such as producing modern slavery statements and demonstrating tangible progress against targets. Data to meet multiple sustainability goals Sedex has identified the data businesses need most to meet ESG demands, and which feeds into many other sustainability-related activities. Gathering this data can save companies time, reducing duplication and effort, and helping build supply chain visibility to make more informed decisions. The 10 data areas: Air emissions Water use Physical waste Worker demographics Accident and injury occurrences Worker access to freedom of association Modern slavery risks and occurrences Gender pay gap Corruption risks and occurrences Governance bodies See Notes to Editors for full descriptions Data-led technology and tools enable businesses to collect, store, share and report on this data at scale across global operations and supply chains. Sedex’s Radar risk tool, for example, provides over 340,000 risk scores across countries and industries for businesses to compare social and environmental risks around the world. Jon Hancock, CEO at Sedex, says: “Data on a business’s operations, employees and supply chain is crucial for identifying and tackling social and environmental sustainability issues, and evidencing a company’s ESG impact in a credible way. This data, and the insight it brings, also supports many other business benefits - including more effective risk management, better response to supply chain disruption, and improved reputation with stakeholders including consumers. “We empower companies to do this with our solutions, including bespoke support on a company’s particular ESG and sustainability needs, and the tools to execute activities at scale. Businesses can capture the data they need in the most efficient way.” View the full insights report on the 10 core data points here: https://resources.sedex.com/10-data-points-for-esg-reporting/. ENDS About Sedex Sedex is the trusted partner for ESG and sustainable impact, providing accessible, affordable and intelligent tools that enable businesses to tackle key sustainability issues. Over 66,000 businesses use Sedex’s technology and insights to manage business risk, build supply chain visibility, comply with legislation, operate sustainably and drive positive impacts for people and the environment. Sedex is a membership organisation with offices in Australia, Chile, China, India, Japan and the USA. Members include many of the world’s biggest brands, such as Marks & Spencer, Proctor & Gamble, Reckitt, British Airways, The Body Shop and Bidfood. Visit our website for more information. Sedex’s data platform and services provide a seamless solution for holistic ESG management and reporting. Our tools support companies to gather, store and analyse relevant data, feeding into reporting and enabling businesses to demonstrate tangible progress with credible evidence. The 10 core areas for collecting data identified by Sedex Air emissions These are gas emissions connected to business activities that could have a negative impact on people or the environment. This includes greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that affect air quality, such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, and chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs). Recording and reducing air emissions is an important part of environmental sustainability and essential for ESG reporting. Water use How water is used in business activities, including the wastewater produced. ESG ratings providers look for companies to use water in a way that makes sure it will be available for future operations, prevents environmental degradation, and ensures local areas have enough water for people and ecosystems. Physical waste The amount of physical waste generated through business activities. ESG standards expect a company to manage physical waste appropriately and reduce their waste’s contribution to any environmental damage or health issues. Worker demographics This is the people who make the products, materials and services that a company sells, and uses to produce what it sells. Investors and other stakeholders want to see that a company treats people well – as an essential aspect of responsible business conduct, and to maintain a healthy, resilient, skilled workforce. Gender pay gap This is the difference between the average earnings of men and women. ESG analysts want to know how a company is addressing gender pay gaps to drive gender equality. Freedom of association and collective bargaining These are work sites covered by an independent trade union or collective bargaining agreement. Freedom of association and collective bargaining are fundamental labour standards and key enablers of better working conditions. ESG analysts will want to see that companies uphold this standard and support workers to have a voice. Accidents and injuries The number of accidents and injuries occurring at work. Across laws, ESG requirements and industry regulations, businesses need to show that they’re protecting employees from harm at work. High accident and injury rates are also a recognised risk to efficient operations. Modern slavery Instances of modern slavery identified, including forced labour, debt bondage, human trafficking, and the worst forms of child labour. Forced labour is the most prevalent form of modern slavery and can occur anywhere in a supply chain. Modern slavery is illegal and a human rights abuse - ESG ratings providers, investors, consumers and governments expect companies to actively tackle it. Governance bodies These are the people ultimately responsible for how a business operates and is governed – usually a Board of Directors or Executive Team. ESG ratings providers and analysts want to know who governs a business and its strategic decisions. Corruption Instances of dishonest or illegal behaviour, or abuses of power, by people in positions of power for personal or corporate advantage. In ESG reports, businesses will need to demonstrate that they work to prevent corruption and deal with it appropriately when it happens. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Sedex on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Finding Your Alignment With Hortense le Gentil

Carol Cone ON PURPOSE

“When you are aligned, you instinctively know what to do. You’re equipped to close the gap between the leader you are and the leader you want to be. When your professional and personal values are aligned, you lead with authenticity and everything becomes possible.” Many guests on Purpose 360 have shared how they activate employees, collaborate in partnerships, communicate to customers, and engage in the community. It is clear that purpose work requires companies and leaders to care for and focus on many different stakeholders. But while leaders must focus on internal and external stakeholder alignment, it’s vital to also invest in yourself to maintain alignment. Hortense le Gentil, Executive Coach and Author, defines alignment as the congruence of who you are with what you do. Much like how an organization looks to its values to define purpose, individuals must do the same to be the best version of themselves, drive change, and create impact. Listen for Hortense’s insights on: The most effective ways to find alignment Why showing emotion is vital in effective leadership. How to break down “mind traps” to unleash your potential What leaders can learn from model CEOs, including Satya Nadella (Microsoft), John Donahoe (Nike), and Corie Barry (Best Buy) Listen to this episode and others here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Carol Cone ON PURPOSE on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Annual Aflac and Atlanta Braves Night Supports Pediatric Cancer Patients and Their Families

Aflac Incorporated

Aflac's annual  Atlanta Braves  night is a tradition where  Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center  patients, families and staff come together for a welcome break and to cheer on the World Series Champions. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, Aflac was thrilled to host the 25th annual Braves Night that included face painting, pingpong, cornhole, coloring and more. Enjoy a recap of this special night full of baseball,  BLOOPER  and some incredibly inspiring kids. Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Since 1995, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has become nationally renowned as one of the leading childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs in the U.S. With innovative research programs and cutting-edge treatment options, the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer has improved dramatically, from 20% in 1965 to greater than 80% today. This worthwhile cause is very near and dear to the heart of the Aflac family, including the Aflac Foundation, Inc., our executives, employees and the field force, whose generous contributions help to provide a steady flow of funding for research. In total, Aflac’s contributions to the Aflac Cancer Center have exceeded the $160 million mark as of April 2022. This generosity has greatly contributed to the Aflac Cancer Center’s success and distinction in research, which has earned the Aflac Cancer Center recognition as one of the top pediatric cancer programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Aflac’s commitment is not only positively impacting kids with childhood cancer, but also those with rare blood disorders, including sickle cell disease – a disease that is not widely known or understood. The inspiration for Aflac’s efforts to help address challenges brought on by sickle cell disease, in relation to larger disparities in pediatric health care, are largely centered on the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: The Aflac Cancer Center is the most prolific provider of sickle cell disease care in the U.S., caring for nearly 2,000 pediatric patients each year and regularly performing blood and marrow transplants. In 2020, it was rated No. 1 in the nation for total sickle cell disease discharges in 2020 with 2,000-plus total patient visits, according to the Public Health Information System Data. Learn more about Aflac here View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Aflac Incorporated on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Tetra Pak Unites With Start-Ups, Tech Companies and Academia To Accelerate Innovation for the Future of Food

Tetra Pak

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 28, 2022 /3BL Media/ – Ahead of the United Nations World Food Safety Day Tetra Pak announced its new set of research collaborations and programmes to further accelerate efforts to address challenges facing food systems worldwide. The initiative is part of the company’s drive to nurture an innovation ecosystem to open new opportunities in the areas of food availability, safety and sustainability. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation UN FAO, the world is in a very different place compared to six years ago, when it committed to the goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. The current reality is that we have not been progressing fast enough towards ensuring access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food for all people. As an example, over 2 billion people did not have access to enough safe and nutritious food in 2020. Laurence Mott, Executive VP Development and Technology at Tetra Pak says: “Tetra Pak has been an early advocate of forming and strengthening links between academia and the food industry. We have several long-standing relationships with universities and research institutions. We’ve also been working with game changing start-ups and tech companies to accelerate innovation. Now more than ever this is vital. The challenges of the global food industry are broad and varied. The only way we can meet these challenges is to pool our expertise. Only together will we secure a better future in the areas of sustainability, food safety and food availability. I’m very happy to see the progress so far and will take this opportunity to thank all our partners”. In an attempt to address challenges around food and sustainability, Tetra Pak is teaming up with entities across countries such as France, US, Sweden and Italy, among others, to explore different innovations across the food system. These includes a range of development programmes - from exploring new food categories, such as plant based food, to using enzymes that reduce food waste to advancing the insect protein movement. Rodrigo Godoi, VP Processing Portfolio Management at Tetra Pak, says: “To drive innovation, we need to question status quo and keep pushing our boundaries, working together with external partners who bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the table. At Tetra Pak, we are continuously exploring new concepts, new food ingredients and new production methods that sit outside of our ‘core’ competencies. As an example, we have conducted over 300 screenings that resulted in more than 10 pilot projects to be researched. We encourage start-ups to come to us with their ideas as well as to join cross-industry teams to explore opportunities. We recognise the value in coming together with experts across an ecosystem in food, science and engineering to help identify new solutions and address challenges intensified by the changes in the food supply chain. Dr Karim Engelmark Cassimjee, CEO at EnginZyme, said “The food industry faces many sustainability challenges, especially the ability to achieve efficient and sustainable production at the same time. The cell-free biomanufacturing that we have pioneered at EnginZyme can meet this need with its broad applicability, low cost of production, short development timelines and predictable scalability. Our collaboration with Tetra Pak is an incredibly exciting opportunity – in particular how we are exploring solutions to unlock the potential of by-products like acid whey". Some of the programmes announced today include, France’s Paris&Co innovation platforms, Smart Food Paris and Urban Lab, technology start-ups EnginZyme, NuCaps and Tebrito and leading research universities in Italy and Sweden including University of Modena, Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) and Lund University. For more details of these collaborations as well as other Tetra Pak programmes, please see our whitepaper. Media contact Uzothile Ngobeni Tetra Pak Email: Uzothile.Ngobeni@tetrapak.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Tetra Pak on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast and FaceForward Productions Partner for Upcoming Docuseries, 'The Black Beauty Effect'

Comcast Corporation

PHILADELPHIA, July 6, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Comcast NBCUniversal and FaceForward Productions announced their partnership for the upcoming docuseries The Black Beauty Effect, releasing this fall exclusively on the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news and more. From creator and executive producers Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Black Actress), Emmy-nominee CJ Faison (Giants & Junebug), and Jackie Aina and Kahlana Barfield Brown, the docuseries will closely examine the social change, past and present, within the beauty industry, through the lens of the successful Black women who have led the charge. The Black Beauty Effect is a three-part docuseries capturing the current evolution, revolution, and disruption taking place within the beauty industry. Black beauty influencers, celebrities, and entrepreneurs have taken up the torch passed down from their pioneering predecessors. Each hour-long episode examines a different aspect of beauty – hair, skin, and makeup – through the lens of some of the beauty industry’s most iconic game-changers. The Black Beauty Effect peels back the gorgeous glow we see in advertisements to tell the ugly truths that have plagued the beauty industry for far too long. Featuring candid conversations with brand executives, celebrity makeup artists, beauty editors, and more, the docuseries focuses on the impact influencers have had on the industry’s changing perception of beauty. Participants include beauty influencers and EPs Jackie Aina and Kahlana Barfield Brown, former Editor-In-Chief of ESSENCE Mikki Taylor, influencer and Co-Founder of Melanin Hair Care Whitney White, Executive Vice President and COO of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever Esi Eggleston Bracey, NY Times bestselling author, journalist and the second youngest editor in Condé Nast history Elaine Welteroth, CEO of Sundial Brands Cara Sabin, Beauty Director of Cosmo Julee Wilson, Sr. Beauty Editor of InStyle Kayla Graves, Beauty Director for InStyle Maya Allen, actress, singer, author and activist Amber Riley, Editor-In-Chief of Allure Jessica Cruel, Digital Hair Editor for Allure Jihan Forbes, Creative Marketing Manager at Instagram Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli, makeup artist, author and the first Black spokesperson and ambassador for Revlon and Covergirl Sam Fine, VP of Marketing at Thrive Causemetics Tiffani Carter, celebrity hairstylist, beauty expert and entrepreneur Kim Kimble, visionary hairstylist Ursula Stephen, celebrity hairstylist Chuck Amos, influencer Shalom Blac, beauty vlogger and activist Nyma Tang, beauty influencer Ellarie, model, influencer and entrepreneur Choyce Brown, drag queen and comedian Bob The Drag Queen, Founder of The Lip Bar Melissa Butler, co-founder of Topicals Olamide Olowe, founder of Marsha’s Makeovers and MUA Marsha Page, VP of Marketing at Ulta Beauty Karla Davis, CEO and founder of Ami Colé Diarrha N’Diaye, CEO and co-founder of Mented Cosmetics KJ Miller, Creative Director of L’Oreal Sir John, Director of Face & Multicultural Beauty at L’Oreal Balanda Atis, CEO of Black Opal Cosmetics Desiree Rogers, Founder of Carol’s Daughter Lisa Price, owner of Aglow Dermatology Dr. Dina Strachan, Professor in the Department of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton Kristin Rowe, Associate Professor of Sociology Sabrina Strings PH.D., board certified award-winning dermatologist and AAD fellow Dr. Jeanine Downie and more. " The Black Beauty Effect is one of my dream projects,” said series creator Andrea Lewis. “As someone who grew up in the television and film industry, I’ve sat in more makeup chairs than I can count, and I have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of what it’s like being a Black woman and navigating the beauty space. I’ve always wanted to create a story that captured the fullness of our impact in the beauty industry, from the celebrity makeup artists, the Black beauty editors, and the countless beauty content creators. They’ve all been a part of bringing light to our impact. Comcast Xfinity has been amazing, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner who not only believes in our story but also put their full support behind Black filmmakers." “We’re thrilled to work with creator Andrea Lewis and FaceForward Productions to bring the exclusive premiere of The Black Beauty Effect to the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, furthering our company-wide mission of investing in authentic Black stories and amplifying voices that deserve to be heard,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services and Executive Producer of The Black Beauty Effect. "Through this partnership, we hope to highlight and celebrate the contributions of the Black community to the beauty industry, while also shine a light on the stories of the women who pushed for necessary change." KEESHA BOYD, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services The Black Beauty Effect is directed by Kwanza Nicole Gooden and produced by FaceForward Productions. The series was created by Andrea Lewis, who serves as Executive Producer along with CJ Faison, Jackie Aina, and Kahlana Barfield Brown. Emmy-nominated Takara Joseph and Summer Griffiths (Scale Productions) serve as producers, alongside Andrena Hale as showrunner. Attendees of this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) enjoyed a special sneak-preview screening and intimate discussion around The Black Beauty Effect on Thursday, June 16. During the panel, series creator Andrea Lewis, beauty expert Kahlana Barfield Brown, natural hair entrepreneur Whitney White (aka@Naptural85), and Emmy-nominated executive producer CJ Faison highlighted Black women and their tremendous impact on the beauty industry, despite history’s erasure of their stories. “The FaceForward Productions team jumped at the opportunity to executive produce and bring The Black Beauty Effect series to life to continue uplifting and amplifying the majesty and ingenuity of Black women. This series sets the stage to create a cultural movement worldwide, honoring Black women’s contributions and deeply embedded influence in the beauty industry. In the spirit of our company’s mission to capture the shared human experience through one forward-facing, culturally-nuanced lens, we knew joining forces with Andrea Lewis and Comcast would offer the perfect partnership,” said CJ Faison, Founder/ CEO, FaceForward Productions. Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news and more. Available at home on Xfinity X1 and Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app, the Black Experience on Xfinity features original and high-quality content from Comcast NBCUniversal and other major studios, in addition to content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, at no additional cost to Xfinity customers. The channel is the only one of its kind endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world's largest group of Black film critics that gives annual awards for excellence in film and television. Xfinity customers can access the Black Experience on channel 1622 or simply say “Black Experience” into the Voice Remote to instantly enjoy the ultimate in Black storytelling. Visit https://www.xfinity.com/learn/digital-cable-tv/black-experience to learn more about the Black Experience on Xfinity and other Black programming available on X1, Flex, and the Xfinity Stream app. For more information on The Black Beauty Effect, go to @blackbeautyeffect on social media and continue the conversation using the hashtag #BlackBeautyEffect. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Comcast Corporation on 3blmedia.com

July 06, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Advocating for a More Inclusive Future

Principal Financial Group

When McKenzie Kerry graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a leadership position in a financial services company was very much on her mind. A business management major, Kerry had long sought out extra opportunities and activities, such as DECA, a leadership prep group for high schoolers and college students. “It was my thing in high school. I competed for three years and was president,” Kerry says. “I knew when I graduated, I wanted to find a leadership development program.” Lots of familiar corporate names—the Wells Fargos, Bank of Americas, and TIAAs of the world—entered the post-college job search in her hometown of Charlotte. Then she happened upon a LinkedIn job posting for Principal Financial Group ®. “I had never heard of Principal,” Kerry says. “But I did some research and liked what I saw.” That feeling, along with insights from key people along the way, helped Kerry navigate the Principal interview, job offer, and eventual relocation halfway across the country to Des Moines. “There was a connection I felt with people I had already met, and the culture felt different,” she says. “I knew I didn’t want to miss out on it.” Photo: McKenzie Kerry, leadership development program associate at Principal ® As Principal has discovered, nurturing those connections helps support diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI, not just in communities and with customers, but also with employees. Those connections are multifaceted: support for Black-owned businesses, measurement of leadership representation, and celebrations old and new, such as the designation of Juneteenth as a Principal holiday. From global to local DEI isn’t a goal with an end point. It’s always on, and it begins at home—home in this case being Principal employees. Principal is continuing the work to increase diversity while making strides in areas such as gender. For example, women first received a seat on the board at Principal in 1980, and a Black woman joined the board two decades ago. Today, 42% of the executive management group are women. At Principal, inclusion translates into a work environment that’s: based on integrity, respect, trust, and belonging,   attracts and retains diverse talent, increases employee engagement, and develops the next generation of leaders, and   is flexible so employees can integrate life and work. Lofty goals indeed, but how do we know we’re making progress? Measurements can help. Inclusion: The 2021 inclusion index of 79% falls just below the goal of 80%.   Leadership: 62% of Board of Director members are either women or people of color.   Business support: By 2025, Principal will double the diverse small and midsize businesses it supports. The rate grew by 12% in 2021.   Global employment: Currently, women make up 54% of the Principal global workforce; 14% in the United States are people of color.   Outside recognitions: Principal is No. 12 on Diversity MBA’s 50 Out Front: Best Companies to Work for Women and Diverse Managers. 1 Those high-level initiatives become actionable in a variety of ways, including engaging employees through employee resource groups. Internally, the Principal African American/Black employee resource group (AABERG) hosted a virtual discussion reflecting on the history of Juneteenth and sharing practical steps to commemorate the meaning of the day. A long-time celebration turns national holiday When the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, 2 the Southern states still under control of successionists scoffed. Over the next two years, state by state, however, Union forces had an opportunity to put force behind law—except in Texas. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that enslaved people in Texas would learn that they too, had gained their freedom. 3 For 42 years, Texas has celebrated the anniversary of that momentous day as Juneteenth. In 2021, it became a federal holiday. This year, Principal marked Juneteenth as an official corporate holiday, and to celebrate the occasion, the Juneteenth flag flew above the headquarters in Des Moines as employees and community members commemorated the day together. Principal ® Foundation also funds a number of external initiatives, such as a grant to the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, which helps entrepreneurs and small business owners improve personal finances, and 1863 Ventures, a national business development non-profit for entrepreneurs that have been historically marginalized. Nationally, Black individuals 4 and specifically Black women 5 are becoming first-time entrepreneurs and business owners at one of the fastest rates in the country. Buying from these businesses on, before, and after Juneteenth helps; Principal sponsored Juneteenth festivities in Des Moines so individuals can support these businesses. Dannie Patrick, another transplant to Des Moines and global inclusion specialist, volunteered at the local Juneteenth event. “At Principal, we know that simply observing Juneteenth as a holiday is not enough for our employees. They want to be involved and actively volunteer to make an impact within the communities we serve,” Patrick says. “Volunteering at Juneteenth Neighbor's Day is so important to me because it gives me and others the opportunity to see ourselves reflected back in the mirror, which happens less frequently here in Iowa," Patrick says. “It’s empowering and helps me keep going. Having an employer that acknowledges and supports that is why I am proud to say I'm a Principal employee.” Candid conversations for a more inclusive future During Kerry’s formal interviews, “the tone was much different than other companies—very conversational and friendly,” Kerry says. “Everyone gave me the impression they wanted what was best for me. Principal did a great job during the process of making sure I was interviewed by people of color who work here, so we were able to talk about diversity and leadership.” Kerry started in April 2021 as a leadership development program associate. The early career program rotates associates in months-long assignments across Principal, helping them develop skills for an eventual placement as a leader with direct reports. Kerry relocated to Des Moines in September 2021, leaving behind family and her hometown. There have been challenges. There have been connections. There is still more work to be done. Fellow employees have helped her acclimate to Des Moines—hard in any situation, harder still when moving to a state that isn’t as diverse as the community you’ve left behind. “It’s taken adjusting, but there are great things this time in my life has to offer,” Kerry says. That includes competing in Miss Iowa and placing third; Kerry had never competed in a pageant before. It’s also taking advantage of the doors that the leadership development program opens—and working to open more doors for others. “I’ve had people advocate for me, and I want that for everyone,” Kerry says. “Hopefully some of the candid conversations we’ve had can make sure that we can continue to increase and then keep diversity in Iowa.” 1 All statistics from 2021 Principal Sustainability Report 2 National Archives 3 UC Denver 4 Bloomberg 5 USA Facts Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. ("Principal ® Foundation") is a duly recognized 501(c)(3) entity focused on providing philanthropic support to programs that build financial security in the communities where Principal Financial Group, Inc. ("Principal") operates. While Principal Foundation receives funding from Principal, Principal Foundation is a distinct, independent, charitable entity. Principal Foundation does not practice any form of investment advisory services and is not authorized to do so. ©2022 Principal Foundation. ©2022 Principal Financial Services, Inc. Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co (except in NY) and Principal Life Insurance Company®. Plan administrative services offered by Principal Life. Principal Funds, Inc. is distributed by Principal Funds Distributer, Inc. Securities offered through Principal Securities, Inc., member SIPC and/or independent broker/dealers. Referenced companies are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Principal Financial Group on 3blmedia.com

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Akeneo Has Been Named a Gold Medalist Within SoftwareReviews 2022 Product Information Management Market Report

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Akeneo, the global leader in product experience management (PXM) and product information management (PIM), today announced that it has been recognized as a gold medallist and leader in the 2022 Product Information Management Data Quadrant report from SoftwareReviews, a division of research and consulting firm Info-Tech Research Group. The award is based on the collective knowledge of real users and placement is based on satisfaction with product features, vendor experience, capabilities, and emotional sentiment. SoftwareReviews named Akeneo a gold medalist as it received an 8.4 composite score, which represents the complete and aggregated satisfaction score from end users. Usability and intuitiveness, quality of features and ease of data integration were amongst the strongest capabilities associated with Akeneo, resulting in a 100% Plan to Renew reported by their users. Akeneo also secured among the highest satisfaction scores in a variety of areas representing product features including: Advanced search and filtering, allowing users to quickly find information based on filtering multiple attributes and conditions and save filters for future use. Omni-channel information delivery, the ability to deliver product information in a differentiated manner, that is specific for channel requirements. Data export, providing users multiple export options into CSV, XLSX, XML, JSON, or PDF. Akeneo also received a high Emotional Footprint score of +84, receiving high scores around innovation, inspiration and improvement. Additional Emotional Footprint Metrics in which Akeneo ranked very highly include service experience efficiency, product experience reliability, and product impact trustworthiness. The Emotional Footprint makes the SoftwareReviews Data Quadrant unique as it is the inclusion of aggregated emotional response ratings in the areas of service, negotiation, product impact, conflict resolution, and strategy and innovation. This creates a powerful indicator of overall user feeling toward the vendor and its product from the software users’ point of view. “We’re incredibly happy that customers are having such a positive experience with us and our product,” said Ali Hanyaloglu, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Akeneo. “We’re constantly working towards raising the bar for a seamless and unique experience for users.” About SoftwareReviews Data Quadrant Awards and Software Reports SoftwareReviews Data Quadrant Awards recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace as evaluated by their users annually. Top vendors in a software category are eligible to receive Data Quadrant Gold Medals, provided their net-promoter scores meet the threshold for sufficiently high user satisfaction across four areas of evaluation: vendor capabilities, product features, likeliness to recommend, and vendor experience. In-depth product evaluation reports are available at http://www.softwarereviews.com. About SoftwareReviews SoftwareReviews is a division of Info-Tech Research Group, a world-class research and consulting firm established in 1997. Backed by two decades of research and advisory experience, SoftwareReviews is a leading source of expertise and insight into the enterprise software landscape and client-vendor relationships. By collecting real data from business professionals, the SoftwareReviews methodology produces the most detailed and authentic insights into the experience of evaluating and purchasing enterprise software. About Akeneo Akeneo is a global leader in Product Experience Management (PXM) helping businesses with products to unlock growth opportunities by delivering a consistent and compelling product experience across all channels, including eCommerce, mobile, print, points of sale and beyond. With its open platform, leading PIM, add-ons, connectors and marketplace, Akeneo PXM Studio dramatically improves product data quality and accuracy, simplifies catalog management, and accelerates the sharing of product information across channels and locales. Leading global brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, including Thras.io, Staples Canada, boohoo.com, and Air Liquide trust Akeneo to scale and customize their omnichannel commerce initiatives. Using Akeneo, brands and retailers can activate product experiences in any channel, therefore driving improved customer experiences, increased sales, reduced time to market, accelerated global expansion, and increased team productivity. For more information: https://www.akeneo.com. Contact Details North 6th Agency for Akeneo Erin Pugh +1 212-334-9753 Akeneo@n6a.com Company Website https://www.akeneo.com

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