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Tapping capital markets for corporate climate action

GreenBiz

Two tools funding decarbonization: Green bonds and supply chain financing programs.

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IBM Collaborates With the Commissionerate of Technical Education for Skilling in AI in Gujarat

3BL Media

Originally published by The Economic Times Technology major IBM has entered into a collaboration with the Commissionerate of Technical Education (CTE) of Gujarat to bolster technical and professional education in the state, the company said in a press release on Wednesday. Under this collaboration, the focus will be on leveraging IBM SkillsBuild to empower learners with essential skills in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), including generative AI , cybersecurity, hybrid cl

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Australian researchers make water battery breakthrough

Renew Economy

Researchers at RMIT University find a way to replace the electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries with water, an innovation that could remove the fire risk entirely. The post Australian researchers make water battery breakthrough appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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GoDaddy’s Love & Business Series: Sweets & Meats BBQ

3BL Media

As originally published by GoDaddy on Instagram. There’s love in the air and GoDaddy is celebrating couples who brave the adventure of running a business together. Sweets & Meats BBQ was launched in 2014 by business partners and sweethearts, Kristen Bailey and Anton Gaffney. GoDaddy chatted with the pair about how they juggle a romantic relationship while also building their Sweets & Meets BBQ empire.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Townsville to be home of vanadium flow battery manufacturing

Renew Economy

hree major companies have signed a collaboration agreement to build a complete vanadium flow battery manufacturing supply chain in Townsville. The post Townsville to be home of vanadium flow battery manufacturing appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Webster Bank Celebrates Age Diversity With Multi-Generations BRG

3BL Media

Webster Bank proudly supports a host of Business Resource Groups (BRGs) that provides our colleagues with an opportunity to build authentic communities and support our clients, colleagues and community. We’re spotlighting the leaders behind these BRGs, like Kelly Haskins, one of the leads of our Multi-Generations BRG that encourages a collaborative environment where colleagues of all ages recognize strengths and skills in each other and opportunities for growth and development.

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Modernizing Dairy Farming in India

3BL Media

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) has partnered with ISAP India Foundation to modernize dairy farming in the water-scarce region of Antargaon in Wardha District, Maharashtra. The initiative—"Economic and Social Development of Indian Village Through Technology-Enabled Dairy Farming"—also involved collaboration with technology implementation partner eVerse.AI to implement the corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.

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Biodiversity data, AI combine into one financially lucrative sector: Nature tech

GreenBiz

The preservation of natural systems is an economical no-brainer.

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Delmarva Power and the Arbor Day Foundation Provide Free Trees for Energy-Efficient Living

3BL Media

NEWARK, Del., February 21, 2024 /3BL/ - Delmarva Power customers can now request a free tree to plant at their home as part of the company’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program. Residential customers can reserve a complimentary tree on a first-come, first-served basis and reap the energy-saving benefits that trees provide.

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The Brief: Fusing philanthropy and investing in multi-donor funds

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Catalytic Capital Multi-donor funds emerge as a creative architecture for collaborative, catalytic capital. Heading for. The post The Brief: Fusing philanthropy and investing in multi-donor funds appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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Global EHS and Sustainability Conferences to Attend in 2024

3BL Media

Remaining informed about new trends and innovations in environment, health, safety, (EHS) and sustainability is crucial for industry professionals dedicated to continuously enhancing their company's processes and initiatives. There are a multitude of upcoming EHS and Sustainability events across the globe that can serve as invaluable resources for gaining fresh insights, identifying new trends, and ultimately contributing to a safer and more environmentally friendly workplace and planet.

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Accelerating global transition to net zero: Japan's financial innovation

Environmental Finance

Japan's foray into climate transition bonds is a commendable step forward, serving as an inspiration and a call to action for economies worldwide to follow suit, writes Sean Kidney

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Taco Bell Black History Month Spotlight: John H.

3BL Media

Taco Bell blog February in the U.S. is dedicated to acknowledging and honoring the history of Black Americans and celebrating their contributions to the economy, culture, arts and society. At Yum!, we are committed to making room for all people and voices at our tables, because we are most relevant when our people – at all levels – represent the customers and communities we serve.

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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Turning the Valve on Indigenous Economic Success

3BL Media

In 2018, seven motivated employees in a 7,500-square-foot warehouse began valve modification work for the oil and gas industry. Fast forward to 2023, and Alexander Valve and Supply is Canada’s first Indigenous community-owned valve and supply company—with $45 million in inventory, a strong track record of Indigenous employment, and hard-won expertise in the oil-and-gas, mining, refining, pulp-and-paper, and petrochemical markets.

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Rio Tinto Signs Australia’s Largest-Ever Clean Energy Deal

ESG Today

Global mining and metals company Rio Tinto announced today that it has signed Australia’s largest clean energy deal, agreeing to buy the majority of the electricity from a 1.4 GW wind energy project under development by renewable energy provider Windlab to power its Gladstone operations in Queensland. The deal marks the second mega-scale renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) for Rio Tinto over the past few weeks, following a deal last month to purchase all the electricity generated by

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CACI Named a Fortune World’s Most Admired Company for Seventh Consecutive Year

3BL Media

RESTON,Va., February 21, 2024 /3BL/ - CACI International Inc ( NYSE: CACI ) announced today that Fortune magazine has recognized it as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2024, commemorating its seventh consecutive year on the list and its 13th appearance since the list’s inception. CACI received notable results in Fortune’s survey criteria for the quality of its expertise and technology, long-term investment strategy, financial soundness, and social responsibility.

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Sustainable Battery Materials Provider Ascend Elements Raises $162 Million to Build new US Plant

ESG Today

Closed-loop battery materials solutions provider Ascend Elements announced today that it has raised $162 million in new equity investments, with proceeds aimed at supporting the building of a new 1-million square foot sustainable lithium-ion plant in Kentucky. Founded in 2015, Westborough, Massachusetts-based Ascend Elements provides closed-loop battery materials solutions, ranging from EV battery recycling to commercial-scale production of lithium-ion battery precursor (pCAM) and cathode active

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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New Customer Collaborator Announcement for Food Service Accelerator: Albertsons Companies

3BL Media

Originally published by The Clean Fight. By Semira Rose. With a new year upon us, The Clean Fight team has hit the ground running with the fourth edition of our Accelerator Program , focused on decarbonizing the food service industry in New York State. Today, we are delighted to announce Albertsons Companies as a stellar addition to our group of Customer Collaborators.

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Medtronic Appoints its First Chief Sustainability Officer

ESG Today

Medical device company Medtronic announced the appointment of Raman Venkatesh as its first Chief Sustainability Officer, with responsibilty for leading the development and execution of the company’s environmental sustainability strategy. Venkatesh joins Medtronic from Danish sustainability technology company Aquaporin, where he served as Executive Vice President, responsible for global market solutions, including commercial activities.

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Qualcomm Incorporated Releases Its Annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Focused on ESG Performance and Progress on Its Goals in 2023

3BL Media

The 2023 report features successes achieved this year, including progress on ESG targets and power efficiency of our Snapdragon products. Qualcomm’s ESG priorities include three areas of focus where the Company believes it can make the greatest impact — Empowering Digital Transformation, Acting Responsibly and Operating Sustainably. Key highlights from 2023 include: The Company continued to invent and develop products that enable customers to make a positive impact.

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Airbus, TotalEnergies Launch New Sustainable Aviation Fuel Partnership

ESG Today

Aerospace giant Airbus and energy company TotalEnergies announced today the launch of a new strategic partnership, aimed at advancing the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and supporting the decarbonization of aviation with the objective of achieving net carbon neutrality for the sector by 2050. Fuel accounts for the vast majority of the aviation sector’s emissions.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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National Grid Makes $20,000 Donation To Support Boonville Park, Nonprofit Agency

3BL Media

National Grid BOONVILLE, N.Y. /3BL/ - National Grid has announced a $20,000 corporate donation to support an employee-led fundraising campaign to support the Boonville community. Crews working on the southern section of the Smart Path Connect transmission corridor in Lewis and Oneida counties, a National Grid project, have used Boonville as their base of operation during construction.

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Schroders Expands Impact Investing Lineup with New SDG-Focused Global Equity Fund

ESG Today

Global investment manager Schroders announced the launch of Schroder International Selection Fund (Schroder ISF) Global Equity Impact, a new listed global equity impact fund aimed at investing in companies with solutions and actions addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to Schroders, the launch of the new fund comes amidst growing demand from clients for public equity-focused impact strategies.

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Kimberly-Clark’s African Ancestry Employee Network Celebrates Black History Month and a Milestone

3BL Media

As we celebrate Black History Month, we're also marking a major milestone. Kimberly-Clark’s African Ancestry Employee Network (AAEN) is celebrating its 30th anniversary! The Woodsmen, the founding members of the employee resource group (ERG), established AAEN in 1994. For three decades, AAEN and its 2,000+ global members have been a driving force for diversity, equity and inclusion at Kimberly-Clark.

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EU Adopts New Rules to Protect Consumers Against Misleading Green Claims

ESG Today

The European Council announced that it has adopted a directive aimed at protecting consumers from misleading green claims and other greenwashing practices, including banning unverified generic environmental claims such as “environmentally friendly,” or “biodegradable” and those based on emissions offsetting schemes. The announcement marks the last major step towards the passage of the legislative act, with its adoption now complete, following its recent approval in Parliament.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.

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When an Ounce of Prevention Can Be Worth a Lifetime of Cure

3BL Media

Originally published on the Aflac Newsroom By Dan Amos, Chairman, CEO, and President, Aflac Incorporated A few years ago, a friend told me his wife had been feeling out of sorts. She didn’t know why, but because of the pandemic she hadn’t been going to her regularly scheduled checkups. When she finally went, the news wasn’t good. Stage 3 cancer. Thankfully, she continues to improve, but sadly, her story isn’t unique.

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UK Pension Providers Failing on Climate

Chris Hall

Research demonstrates a lack of focus on the detail required for a truly robust climate strategy. The vast majority of UK pension providers lack robust and ambitious climate strategies, according to new research. The report , published by campaign group Make My Money Matter (MMMM) and sustainability research provider Profundo, assessed and ranked the climate strategies of the UK’s 20 largest defined contribution (DC) pension providers, who collectively manage £500 billion (US$629 billion) in

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The 2023 100 Black Men Las Vegas Impact Report Highlights the Nonprofit’s Accomplishments, Including Programs Made Possible by Sands Cares

3BL Media

February 21, 2024 /3BL/ - At the end of January, 100 Black Men Las Vegas released its 2023 Impact Report showcasing the positive results achieved last year, which have set the stage for even more ambitious goals in 2024. The nonprofit provides mentoring and leadership training for youth, as well as life skills and health and wellness coaching for people of all ages.

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Deploying generative AI in US state governments: Pilot, scale, adopt

McKinsey Sustainabilty

States could have much to gain from using generative AI tools in their operations. A low-risk strategy may be to test some applications while preparing a longer-term implementation plan.

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How Will Virgo Season Impact Your ESG Communication?

3BL’s in-house experts merge the celestial wisdom of astrology with current environmental, social, governance (ESG) communication trends to offer a unique perspective and practical advice on sharing your company’s commitments effectively. 3BL’s new “Navigating ESG Comms through the Cosmos” series begins with Virgo season! In this edition, we delve into: How businesses have responded to environmental disasters over the past few months and why you can expect a continued focus on the climate crisis