CSRwire Press Releases, Events and Reports https://www.csrwire.com/rss/feed CSRwire Press Releases, Events and Reports en-US Applications Close Soon for the Biomimicry Launchpad https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795921-applications-close-soon-biomimicry-launchpad Wed, 28 Feb 2024 01:25:20 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795921-applications-close-soon-biomimicry-launchpad Ray C. Anderson Foundation The Biomimicry Institute is inviting nature-inspired scientists, engineers, designers, and early-stage entrepreneurs to embark on a transformative 10-week journey. <img alt="Launchpad participants in the field" data-align="center" data-caption="Past Launchpad Participants in the Field with Janine Benyus" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfdba939-96d4-4c95-b236-7d81d1c20842" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/173.jpeg" width="640" /> <p>February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- The Biomimicry Institute is&nbsp;inviting nature-inspired scientists, engineers, designers, and early-stage entrepreneurs to embark on a transformative 10-week journey. Their free program offers unparalleled training, connections, and an in-person&nbsp;nature retreat, designed to help you&nbsp;turn your ideas into scalable solutions for environmental and social challenges.&nbsp;<a href="https://biomimicry.org/launchpad/" target="_blank">Apply now</a> for the Biomimicry Launchpad and be a catalyst for positive change. <strong>Deadline is February 29th.</strong></p> , full_html, The Biomimicry Institute is inviting nature-inspired scientists, engineers, designers, and early-stage entrepreneurs to embark on a transformative 10-week journey. Georgia-Pacific Makes Forbes America’s Best Large Employers 2024 List https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795916-georgia-pacific-makes-forbes-americas-best-large-employers-2024-list Wed, 28 Feb 2024 01:15:46 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795916-georgia-pacific-makes-forbes-americas-best-large-employers-2024-list Georgia-Pacific Georgia-Pacific has been recognized on the Forbes list as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2024. <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-02/Forbes%20America%27s%20Best%20Large%20Employers%20%7C%20Georgia-Pacific.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p>Georgia-Pacific has been recognized on the <em>Forbes </em>list as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2024. This prestigious award is presented by <em>Forbes </em>and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The list was announced on February 13 and can be viewed on the <a href="https://www.forbes.com/lists/best-large-employers/?sh=630406487b66" target="_blank"><em>Forbes</em> website</a>.</p> <p>This is the seventh time Georgia-Pacific has earned this recognition from <em>Forbes</em>. America’s Best Large Employers have been identified in an independent survey from a vast sample of over 170,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing more than 5,000 people within the U.S.</p> <p>“Being recognized on the <em>Forbes </em>list of America’s Best Large Employers is a tremendous honor and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees,” said Megan Sirna, senior vice president of Human Resources, Georgia-Pacific. “Our employees and culture are the driving force behind our success. We are proud to have such a talented and committed team that makes Georgia-Pacific a great place to work.”</p> <img alt="Forbes America’s Best Large Employers 2024 logo" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="35732775-064c-4ee0-a69d-f240c01a181b" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Forbes_gp_21524.png" width="640" /> <p><em><strong>We are honored to be named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2024.</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Georgia-Pacific</strong></p> <p>Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include <a href="https://www.quiltednorthern.com/" target="_blank">Quilted Northern</a>®, <a href="https://www.angelsoft.com/" target="_blank">Angel Soft</a>®, <a href="https://www.brawny.com/" target="_blank">Brawny</a>®, <a href="https://www.dixie.com/" target="_blank">Dixie</a>®, <a href="https://www.gppro.com/" target="_blank">enMotion</a>®, <a href="https://www.sparkletowels.com/" target="_blank">Sparkle</a>® and <a href="https://www.vanityfairnapkins.com/" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a>®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its <a href="https://www.gapacrecycling.com/" target="_blank">Georgia-Pacific Recycling</a> subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.gp.com/about-us" target="_blank">gp.com/about-us</a> . For news, visit: <a href="https://www.gp.com/news" target="_blank">gp.com/news</a></p> <p>View original content <a href="https://news.gp.com/2024/02/georgia-pacific-makes-forbes-america-s-best-large-employers-2024-list" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Georgia-Pacific is honored to be included on Forbes list as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2024. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c77b2d25-a593-406a-bfdf-cad3431e554e" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Forbesgp_gp_21524.png" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, Georgia-Pacific has been recognized on the Forbes list as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2024. Whirlpool Foundation Supports Curious Kids’ Museum Traveling Exhibit https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795911-whirlpool-foundation-supports-curious-kids-museum-traveling-exhibit Wed, 28 Feb 2024 01:05:53 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795911-whirlpool-foundation-supports-curious-kids-museum-traveling-exhibit Whirlpool Corporation The Curious Kids’ Museum in St. Joseph, Michigan revealed a new exhibit at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone this week with an intriguing connection to Whirlpool. <img alt="Collage of kids and adults using different play-kitchen items." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5768fd78-43f2-4ecd-893e-6fe3bd528556" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/CuriousKids_whirlpool_021424.jpg" width="640" /> <p>The Curious Kids’ Museum in St. Joseph, Michigan revealed a new exhibit at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone this week with an intriguing connection to Whirlpool. The exhibit, titled <em>Secret Ingredients: The Inner Workings and Hidden Histories of Your Kitchen</em>, is a traveling exhibit which will be available for children’s museums across the country later this year to rent, generating revenue for Curious Kids’ Museum. The exhibit was funded by and developed in collaboration with the Whirlpool Foundation. It is debuting at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone where it will remain through the summer.</p> <p>“Home appliances are an essential part of our homes; they’re tools and machines that even toddlers can name as they begin to build their vocabulary,” said Lori Marciniak, executive director of the Curious Kids’ Museum. “With the generous support of the Whirlpool Foundation, this exhibit reveals the hows and whys of home appliances, connecting visitors with important STEM concepts and cultural lessons in a fun and interactive way.”</p> <p>The Secret Ingredients exhibit includes the following highly interactive elements:</p> <ul> <li>a kid-powered, super-sized replica of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer</li> <li>a game allowing kids to compete in “powering” a washing machine and dishwasher</li> <li>an opportunity for kids to play the role of dirty clothes and go through a classic clothes wringer</li> <li>three play kitchens from prior eras, 1910, 1959 and 1989, to experience the evolution of appliances and food traditions in the last century</li> <li>a kitchen design area encouraging kids to design their dream kitchen</li> <li>an environmental impact space demonstrating the electricity, gas and water usage of appliances from various eras</li> <li>an inventor space highlighting appliance inventors (including local inventor, Lou Upton who invented the electric wringer clothes washer) and their process even giving kids the opportunity to invent their own appliance</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>“The power and potential of this exhibit is incredible, and it was an easy decision for the Foundation Trustees, knowing it supports a staple of this community by generating revenue for the Curious Kids’ Museum,” said Deb O’Connor, managing director of the Whirlpool Foundation. “It makes learning STEM and history fun and engaging, and it tells a very important story about the growth of our community and households around the country.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The <em>Secret Ingredient</em> exhibit can be experienced at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone on Fridays and Saturdays through the spring, from 12pm to 5pm, with additional hours added in the summer. For more information, visit <a href="https://curiouskidsmuseum.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">curiouskidsmuseum.org</a>.</p> <p>View original content <a href="https://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/whirlpool-foundation-supports-curious-kids-museum-traveling-exhibit/" target="_blank">here.</a></p> , full_html, The Curious Kids’ Museum in St. Joseph, Michigan revealed a new exhibit at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone this week with an intriguing connection to Whirlpool. Her Family Was Active in the Civil Rights Movement. Now She Aims To Lift Up Black History https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795906-her-family-was-active-civil-rights-movement-now-she-aims-lift-black-history Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:55:09 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795906-her-family-was-active-civil-rights-movement-now-she-aims-lift-black-history Duke Energy Benita Harrington is a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard (1987 to 1999), and someone who loves to hit the open road on her Hayabusa 1300 sport bike. <img alt="Benita Harrington sat on a bench in front of a window " data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6cfba262-13e2-4715-8c2a-40f898071aa1" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Benita-Harrington_Duke-Energy_021924.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Benita Harrington is a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard (1987 to 1999), and someone who loves to hit the open road on her Hayabusa 1300 sport bike.</p> <p>“I love the adrenaline rush,” she said. “It’s exhilarating.”</p> <p>Harrington’s colleagues know her as a senior real estate representative, a project manager of land and easement purchases for Duke Energy’s Natural Gas Business Unit in the Carolina's. Task her with a project and there is no stone left unturned, said Harrington’s former supervisor, Ebony Wiggins.</p> <p>“Benita steers people to excellence. To do more. To do better,” Wiggins said. “She learns and she teaches. So, she is always paying it forward.”</p> <p>Harrington’s service-minded attitude began at an early age. The North Carolina native was born into a family active in the Civil Rights Movement. Even as a child, she worked alongside local and state leaders in Erwin, N.C., fighting for change. And she was one of just a few Black students to attend an elementary school that was newly desegregated.</p> <p>Her exposure to the movement developed into a passion for advocacy, a thread woven deeply into Harrington’s personal and professional lives.</p> <img alt="Benita Harrington sat at a table" data-align="center" data-caption="Benita Harrington grew up in Erwin, North Carolina, approximately 20 miles from Fayetteville." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4c3c15d9-a00c-4e9a-a3e7-a7d573a9674c" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/2-Benita-Harrington_Duke-Energy_021924.jpg" width="400" /> <p>“It’s about legacy,” she said, “the transformation of where we’ve come from, what we grew out of and standing on that … the hands that built where and who we are today.”</p> <p>For Harrington, Black history is not a month – but something she lives and honors every day. It’s about shining a light on the smaller, quieter stories of Black history. The people who aren’t honored with holidays and memorials. Like the 109-year-old woman whom Harrington takes to the polls when it’s time to vote.</p> <p>She is vice president of her local NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization. And chair of the Raleigh, N.C., chapter of Advocates for African Americans (A³), one of many <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/why-heather-oxendine-is-inspired-to-share-her-indigenous-culture" rel="" target="_blank" title="">Duke Energy employee resource groups</a>.</p> <p>“It doesn’t surprise me to see Benita with anyone,” Wiggins said. “She’s inclusive of all groups. She sees people through their hearts.”</p> <p>Through A³, Harrington embraces the opportunity to engage and connect with her Duke Energy colleagues, especially through topics and events that can spark tough conversations.</p> <img alt="Benita Harrington sharing a photo on a mobile phone" data-align="center" data-caption="Harrington shares a photo from Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor of Dr. King's legacy, United Way and Boys &amp;amp; Girls Club of Raleigh volunteers engaged in community service." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42ab8681-3782-4d38-84a3-6bfd79a569e8" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/3-Benita-Harrington_Duke-Energy_021924.jpg" width="640" /> <p>When the national conversation focused on the killing of <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/focus-on-diversity-in-orlando-area-will-boost-grassroots-groups" target="_blank">George Floyd</a>, Floyd’s relatives spoke at an A³ event – standing on the principle of being “change makers, not victims.” Later, police officers were invited to discuss policing in America.</p> <p>“If not me, who?” Harrington said. “If no one puts in the work, how does it happen? How does change happen? For me, it’s natural. … It’s just something I’ve always done.”</p> <p>Sam Spilman sees firsthand how her excitement and passion draw people in.</p> <p>In his day-to-day job, Spilman is the director of project management and customer delivery in Duke Energy’s eastern Carolina’s region. He also sponsors the Raleigh chapter of A³, working closely with Harrington in that role.</p> <p>Spilman credits her with growing both the group’s membership and its leadership team.</p> <p>“Benita has a nice balance between driving action and [being] a joy to be around,” he said. “She’s both fun and mission-driven to make sure we get things done.”</p> <img alt="Benita Harrington sat at a table with their laptop" data-align="center" data-caption="Not only is Harrington a wife, mother and grandmother, she's a proud daughter, sister and aunt." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d564ae9e-2e85-4f21-ab0f-f2321ed41899" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/4-Benita-Harrington_Duke-Energy_021924.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Harrington is only a few generations removed from the shadows of slavery. Her late mother was the first in their family to attend college. Her grandmother, a housekeeper, cleaned two houses a day. Harrington will never forget the day – she was about 8 years old – when her grandmother quit, refusing to get on her knees and clean baseboards with a toothbrush (a task not included in her job description).</p> <p>“She stood on her principles,” Harrington said. “And that’s what she instilled in us.”</p> <p>So much of who Harrington is and how she sees the world is grounded in her family and her roots.</p> <p>“My grandkids still sit around my dad and say, ‘Tell me about when you were in school.’ And it’s the legacy we pass down that – for me – is Black history … knowing where you came from and where you’re headed.”</p> <img alt="Rendering of a mural on a building " data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1e21a84b-8c83-47ef-bde5-9111fe43d21d" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/mural-rendering_Duke-Energy_021924.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>Art contributes to the advancement of society</strong></p> <p>The 2024 theme of Black History Month is "African Americans and the Arts," spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements and more.</p> <p>Art has a unique ability to communicate emotions, promote empathy and raise awareness of social issues. Art can also inspire action and drive change by challenging norms and motivating individuals to advocate for a more just and equitable society.</p> <p><a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/3d-mural-will-honor-the-spirit-of-historic-charlotte-neighborhood" rel="" target="_blank" title="We share the story of a three-dimensional mural at Duke Energy Plaza">We share the story of a three-dimensional mural at Duke Energy Plaza</a>, the company's new headquarters, designed to symbolize the history and cultural heritage of the former Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte.</p> <p>View original content <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/her-family-was-active-in-the-civil-rights-movement-now-she-aims-to-lift-up-black-history" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> , full_html, Benita Harrington is a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard (1987 to 1999), and someone who loves to hit the open road on her Hayabusa 1300 sport bike. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Receives $175,000 Grant from KeyBank to Support Homebuyer Education Program https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795901-habitat-humanity-metro-denver-receives-175000-grant-keybank-support-homebuyer Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:45:36 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795901-habitat-humanity-metro-denver-receives-175000-grant-keybank-support-homebuyer KeyBank KeyBank awarded a $175,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (Habitat Metro Denver) to create a more robust and impactful homebuyer education program for low- and moderate-income families. <img alt="Team members from Habitat for Humanity shown with a $175,000 grant check from KeyBank." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="01de1931-565b-4027-9dfa-1487089494df" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Habitat%20for%20Humanity_KeyBank_2.26.24A.jpg" width="640" /> <p>DENVER, Colo.,&nbsp;February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;— KeyBank awarded a $175,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (Habitat Metro Denver) to create a more robust and impactful homebuyer education program for low- and moderate-income families. The homebuyer education program will serve both current and prospective Habitat homebuyers.</p> <p>Habitat Metro Denver partners with low- to moderate-income families to help them build and purchase their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. As part of the services it provides to the community, Habitat offers homeowner education classes on topics like financial planning and home maintenance to help prepare homebuyers for their journey of homeownership. With this support from KeyBank, Habitat Metro Denver will increase the influence of its homebuyer education program by teaching prospective homeowners about credit, saving, and investing, as well as how to access affordable lending options.</p> <p>“Habitat believes, and KeyBank wholeheartedly agrees, that when people have a stable, decent and affordable place to call home, the results are transformational for generations,” said Chris Picardi, president of KeyBank’s Colorado market. “This grant will help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver educate and prepare homebuyers to build wealth through homeownership.”</p> <p>Habitat will measure the homebuyer education program’s effectiveness with online survey tools designed to gauge the impact of the program on Habitat families. Short-term goals include creating financial stability and self-reliance for homeowners, and furthering education.</p> <p>“We are grateful for KeyBank’s generosity and creativity in helping us expand our homeowner education program,” said Jaime Gomez, CEO of Habitat Metro Denver. “This support will ensure Habitat homeowners are set up for success as they navigate the financial and logistical elements of becoming a new homeowner.”</p> <p><strong><u>About Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver</u></strong></p> <p>Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is part of a global, non-profit housing organization that seeks to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership, founded on the belief that everyone needs a decent place to live. Habitat homeowners help build or repair their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage or reduced cost for repairs. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver has served more than 2,000 local families throughout its 44-year history in Denver. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.habitatmetrodenver.org/" target="_blank">HabitatMetroDenver.org</a>.  </p> <p><strong><u>About KeyCorp</u></strong></p> <p>KeyCorp's roots trace back nearly 200 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $188 billion at December 31, 2023. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,000 branches and approximately 1,200 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit <a href="https://www.key.com/" target="_blank">https://www.key.com/</a>. KeyBank is Member FDIC.</p> , full_html, KeyBank awarded a $175,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (Habitat Metro Denver) to create a more robust and impactful homebuyer education program for low- and moderate-income families. How Kahlil Byrd of Shur Is Focusing on Helping Graduates Move From Student Debt to Wealth https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795896-how-kahlil-byrd-shur-focusing-helping-graduates-move-student-debt-wealth Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:35:26 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795896-how-kahlil-byrd-shur-focusing-helping-graduates-move-student-debt-wealth Northwestern Mutual We’re proud to be investing in Shur through the Northwestern Mutual Black Founder Accelerator® in collaboration with NM Future Ventures. <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-02/Black%20Founder%20Accelerator%20Video_0.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p><a href="https://www.northwesternmutual.com/life-and-money/how-kahlil-byrd-of-shur-is-focusing-on-helping-graduates-move-from-student-debt-to-wealth/" target="_blank">Originally published by Northwestern Mutual on February 1, 2024</a></p> <p><strong>Company:</strong> <a href="https://shur.co/" target="_blank">Shur</a></p> <p><strong>Founder and CEO:</strong> Kahlil Byrd</p> <p><strong>Year founded: </strong>2020</p> <p><em>We’re proud to be investing in Shur through the </em><a href="https://www.northwesternmutual.com/who-we-are/sustainability-report/" target="_blank"><em>Northwestern Mutual</em></a><em> Black Founder Accelerator® in collaboration with NM Future Ventures.</em></p> <p>Kahlil Byrd has spent most of his professional life building national impact organizations. Many of them were in the political arena and focused on non-partisan ideas to ensure individuals’ access to the kind of services that government can provide. He has collaborated with organizers around the country on education reform, climate issues and other areas. He also ran two national political organizations: one focused on electoral reform and one on education reform.</p> <p>In 2019, after two years of helping to build a U.S. presidential campaign, Byrd had an awakening of sorts. “From that particular experience, I learned that the American people were really looking for honest engagement,” he says. “At the heart of everything that concerns families, individuals and communities is this: “How financially stable are you? Do you have the ability to provide for yourself, your family, your community? Do you have the agility to make choices about where you want to take your life?”</p> <p>While considering how these questions applied to his own finances—and through a year of discovery with actors throughout the sector, plus deep consumer data analysis—he and his team realized that the crux of the problem for millions of Americans is directly linked to their student loan debt. So in 2020, Byrd founded Shur, a fintech/insurtech company that works with companies, cities and membership organizations to build financial solutions for graduates with student loan debt.</p> <p>Below, he shares the challenges he’s faced as a newcomer to the startup world, offers some advice to Black entrepreneurs and explains why he believes mastering student loan debt is the key to achieving economic freedom and building generational wealth.</p> <p><strong>What made you want to start Shur?</strong></p> <p>We live in a country where getting a college degree, like buying a home, is an aspiration. Millions of people and their families—my wife and I included—had to go into debt to pursue higher education. We found that even after earning degrees and creating professional lives of service, we weren’t really getting access to the products, advice, insurance, and other services that are the building blocks to wealth. This is missing in the business environment for millions of people looking for financial services. And even though graduates are working successfully in all kinds of occupations, people still hunger for high-quality financial advice. The sooner you get it, the better off you will be.</p> <p><strong>What is Shur’s mission?</strong></p> <p>As a financial services company, we work with student loan borrowers in their workplaces to help them move to financial capability. We connect them to banks, insurance companies and financial advisors much earlier than they would normally find these services. That’s because larger banks and insurance companies often have trouble finding student loan borrowers, mainly because their credit scores are artificially low, they have a negative net worth, or they have high debt loads. But your credit score and those other factors don’t tell the whole story.</p> <p>Shur has the ability to identify borrowers who are doing the right things but deal with limited access to opportunities to build true financial success. What about those people who paid their student loans during the pandemic even though they weren’t required to? And why not give individuals credit for success and longevity in their jobs—or those who have put in the time and effort to get that higher degree—a master’s or even a PhD? This could signal that you are a striver and have a strong work ethic and service capacity.</p> <p>Shur has the ability to identify these types of people, tell their stories to banks and other financial institutions, and help accelerate their pathways to financial capability. When we are successful, Shur will help millions go from debt to a strong middle-class life—and even more importantly, toward generational wealth.</p> <p><strong>What were the biggest challenges you faced getting your new company up and running?</strong></p> <p>Throughout my career, I have usually worked with companies or individuals who had extraordinary resources to start the project off so you didn’t really have to worry about making sure that you had the dollars. It’s has been a big change to start a venture-backed company because the field is crowded with amazing entrepreneurs with extraordinary ideas who are all trying to get investors. Plus, you have to have a product that resonates with your customers. In our case, that’s corporations or cities and our end-users, the student loan borrowers themselves.</p> <p>We have an extraordinary team of people who are dedicating themselves to this problem. I have found that the key to building a great team is getting people to work with you who could be doing anything else. Our chief technology officer, our chief revenue officer, our head of data and everyone else all have experience with building at scale. They know how to use data technology and, over the last several years, they have dedicated themselves to the idea that we can build a financial services company that can serve millions of people in a way that they’re not being served right now.</p> <p><strong>Where are you in the process of reaching that goal?</strong></p> <p>We started Shur in 2020—and it made a lot of sense to start during the pandemic. We spent a lot of time researching and understanding student loan borrowers using a wide variety of data sources. Our goal was to try to make the connection between the debt that they had, their payment history, their credit score and their ability to create wealth.</p> <p>From that hypothesis, the idea of building a financial services company emerged and we believe in it. We’ve also been building it since the beginning of 2022. We already have strong revenue from collaborating with companies on our data and insights around student loan borrowers. We have three institutional investors and over 21 angel investors. We are at what’s called the pre-seed stage, which means we need to prove our concept’s viability.</p> <p>This year, we are looking to go into the marketplace. We are building our technology platform and we’re developing our own credit score. The Shur Opportunity Score will launch next year. We are looking to have borrowers on our platform by the second half of 2024. That means the way we find and acquire borrowers in the places where they spend the most time: through their companies, membership organizations, or the city where they live.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to other Black founders?</strong></p> <p>You can’t be too specific about what you think is going to happen or what will resonate or be successful. You have to allow for enough space in your work with your team and with the ideas in your environment so you can be open to magic happening with regard to the product or the company that you’re developing. So be sharp, be focused, but make sure that you are staying open to opportunities.</p> <p>There’s an ocean of negative statistics about how little investment capital is available for a Black founder. While I wouldn’t dispute those statistics, I do worry they could dissuade a person with a great idea from starting the next fantastic company. It is absolutely worth it to make a decision to launch something you believe in into the world.</p> <p>I’ve been encouraged to find that a lot of people—all skin colors, young, old, in corporations, in the investment community—are really getting behind supporting Black founders and their development. The best example of that was our experience with Northwestern Mutual’s Black Founder Accelerator® program. It provided our team with opportunities to refine the product, sharpen our message and our presentations and introduced us to talent and new ideas.</p> <p>Plus, they made an investment in us earlier than most—but I actually put that the bottom of my list because of how valuable it was to be in a cohort of entrepreneurs doing slightly or very different things, but all coming through the same experience as a founder. The experience was transformative because the work we did there allowed us to get a clear vision of what success will look like.</p> <p><strong>How do you envision the future of your company?</strong></p> <p>Five years from now, I want student loan borrowers to know Shur not only as the place where they can come and find people who care about them and their financial journey but also where they can connect to borrowers who are navigating similar journeys successfully. And by the time their meeting with, say, a new financial advisor is finished, a borrower will understand that having student loan debt is not a lifetime sentence.</p> , full_html, We’re proud to be investing in Shur through the Northwestern Mutual Black Founder Accelerator® in collaboration with NM Future Ventures. HARMAN Highlights Connectivity Innovation with Latest Road-Ready Products Showcased at MWC 2024 https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795886-harman-highlights-connectivity-innovation-latest-road-ready-products Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:15:15 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795886-harman-highlights-connectivity-innovation-latest-road-ready-products HARMAN HARMAN, a global leader in connected vehicle solutions, is demonstrating its latest road-ready products designed to democratize automotive connectivity at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024. <img alt="Dashboard shown with in cabin enhancements." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f3f3f57d-afc6-4256-8b22-d349031e2eee" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/MWC%202024_HARMAN_2.26.24A.jpeg" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://news.harman.com/releases/harman-highlights-connectivity-innovation-with-latest-road-ready-products-showcased-at-mwc-2024" target="_blank">Originally published on HARMAN Newsroom</a></p> <p>MWC 2024, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/ – <a href="https://www.harman.com/" target="_blank">HARMAN</a>, a global leader in connected vehicle solutions, is demonstrating its latest road-ready products designed to democratize automotive connectivity at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024. The products, including the HARMAN Ready Connect 5G Telematics Control Unit, are market-ready and provide added value for automakers, including a reduction in overall cost of implementation while delivering consumer experiences at automotive grade.</p> <p dir="ltr">HARMAN’s new Ready Connect product serves as the critical underpinning technology to create compelling in-vehicle connected experiences. From receiving relevant traffic notifications to enhanced communication between the car and the surrounding environment, HARMAN Ready Connect offers safer and more amplified in-cabin experiences for drivers and passengers alike. When combined with HARMAN’s SaaS situational awareness offering, unlimited new applications and connected services can be made readily available to OEMs and their customers to provide enhanced mobility.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through its expanded partner ecosystem, HARMAN is collaborating with companies such as Samsung and Traffic Technology Services (TTS) to help innovate the connected in-cabin experience for the automotive industry. Leveraging expertise from its parent company Samsung, HARMAN developed its smart conformal antenna deployed in Ready Connect, resulting in optimal packaging design with integrated antenna sub-system and superior connectivity performance. In collaboration with TTS, a leading platform provider of connected safety and mobility solutions, Ready Connect can enable real-time traffic information pertinent to a driver’s route, without having to rely on roadside or in-vehicle sensors.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As the automotive industry continues to transform and embrace emerging technological breakthroughs and heightened consumer expectations, HARMAN continues to provide innovative new products and experiences for the vehicle. New additions to the Ready product portfolio underscore the power of collaboration across diverse areas of expertise to boost safety, personalization and sustainability for automakers and consumers,” said Suman Sehra, Global Vice President of Automotive Product &amp; Platform Portfolio Management at HARMAN. “HARMAN stands out by delivering products that pave the way for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Starting February 26 through February 29, 2024, at MWC in Barcelona, HARMAN will demonstrate how its lineup of Ready products, available today, are designed to work seamlessly together for a faster, cost effective, time-to-market. HARMAN technology that will be showcased at HARMAN's booth includes:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Democratizing Automotive Connectivity through Ready Connect</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">HARMAN delivers a new era of 5G telematics control units (TCUs) with Ready Connect, the latest addition to its expanding portfolio of products. HARMAN Ready Connect 5G TCU represents a significant advancement in automotive connectivity, delivering rich in-cabin experiences for consumers while reducing time to market and engineering efforts for OEMs. The result is improved in-vehicle connected mobility experiences focused on entertainment, productivity, and enhanced situational awareness. It provides OEMs with a future proof solution, via modular hardware upgradability from 4G to 5G coupled with a highly scalable software architecture to maximize software reuse across product variants. A predeveloped suite of software applications, such as vehicle diagnostics, reduce deployment and integration time for OEMs.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Building a Safer Experience through Ready Vision</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Ready Vision product portfolio seamlessly integrates important audio and visual needs for consumers, offering a safer and more informed driving experience that helps keep the driver’s eyes and mind on the road. The newest product in the lineup, Ready Vision QVUE, is powered by Samsung Neo QLED and delivers an unprecedented experience with outstanding visual performance and unrivaled packaging. It provides the right information in the right place for minimized distraction and maximized engagement, bright illumination in all light conditions along with size and feature-set flexibility. Ready Vision QVUE technology takes advantage of unused space at the base of the windshield to reflect relevant information closer to the driver’s line of sight. It also allows for an intuitive, connected experience and with Ready Connect, real-time updates on traffic, navigation and hazard alerts. Additionally, with Ready Care, drivers can be alerted to cognitive distraction, increasing overall safety when on the road.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>HARMAN Ignite Store Unlocks Advanced In-Cabin App Experiences</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">With the HARMAN Ignite Store, an integrated in-vehicle app store, HARMAN creates an in-cabin experience that’s greater than the sum of its parts and provides OEMs with full control over a curated catalog of more than 70 secure and reliable apps to enrich the driving experience. The HARMAN Ignite Store partner ecosystem leverages collaborations across key industries to enable an expanding portfolio of content, features and increased vehicle safety and connectivity. The HARMAN Ignite Store also works seamlessly with the new HARMAN Ready Vision QVUE, enabling push notifications of the driver’s choosing onto the Ready Vision display.</p> <p dir="ltr">Together, HARMAN and Samsung have pioneered new levels of collaboration that thoughtfully pull relevant consumer technology innovations. For more information on HARMAN’s latest products and the experiences they deliver, visit car.harman.com.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>ABOUT HARMAN</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Jessica Sader</p> <p dir="ltr">HARMAN</p> <p dir="ltr">Tel: +1 248-842-8304</p> <p dir="ltr">jessica.sader@harman.com</p> <p dir="ltr">© 2024 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.</p> , full_html, HARMAN, a global leader in connected vehicle solutions, is demonstrating its latest road-ready products designed to democratize automotive connectivity at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024. Building Skills in Afterschool: STEM Next and Qualcomm, Inc. Lead the Way for Future Innovators https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795881-building-skills-afterschool-stem-next-and-qualcomm-inc-lead-way-future Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:05:49 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795881-building-skills-afterschool-stem-next-and-qualcomm-inc-lead-way-future Qualcomm Inc. In a rural town in New York, a 6th-grade boy has just finished working through the Engineering Design Process and reflects, “When I thought about engineering, I thought it was just building things, but I learned what a mechanical engineer did and now that’s what I want to be.” <img alt="students work on a small circuit board and a laptop" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8696b6bc-9ad7-491e-882b-271acc66a57f" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/RTMDP-5310.jpg" width="640" /> <p>In a rural town in New York, a 6th-grade boy has just finished working through the Engineering Design Process and reflects, “When I thought about engineering, I thought it was just building things, but I learned what a mechanical engineer did and now that’s what I want to be.”</p> <p>Through the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™, youth engage in hands-on activities to build circuits like electrical engineers, code like computer scientists, and build an invention prototype like mechanical engineers. Since 2014, the program has reached more than 100,000 youth across 24 school districts, universities, and nonprofits. Now, thanks to STEM Next and its Million Girls Moonshot, Qualcomm, Inc. is collaborating with afterschool and summer programs throughout the country.</p> <p>In collaboration with Qualcomm, Inc. STEM Next leveraged the Thinkabit Lab curriculum and organized training with out-of-school time (OST) programs in New York, Indiana, and Wisconsin to provide students with a unique experience and exposure to STEM careers they may not have known existed. Of the students served, from seven different program sites, over half reported that they will continue to pursue a career in STEM.</p> <p>The Thinkabit Lab also provides an opportunity for STEM educators to learn best practices for engaging student. Educators were trained by Qualcomm employees, supplied with accompanying STEM kits, and provided implementation and evaluation support throughout the process. The collaboration leverages the experiential learning environments found in OST and meaningfully integrates quality STEM programming with youth who need it most.</p> <p>Areas with few STEM opportunities were prioritized in the Thinkabit Lab implementation, and the experiences did not disappoint. “As always when working with youth, those "lightbulb" moments are always great to see - once they (students) were able to successfully make the light blink or get the fan to spin, their pride was instant!” said a Wisconsin educator. “It was also cool to see some of the quieter kids step out of their shells and help others after they had gotten the hang of it.”</p> <p>Near Clarkson University in New York, one dedicated teacher drove over 60 miles to a small rural town to teach the Thinkabit Lab curriculum. “It is worth the drive because I get to share my passion with young students who have never done stuff like this,” said the educator. “The greatest moment for me was when my students plugged in their Arduino (an open-sourced electronic prototyping platform), uploaded the code, and saw their LED blinking or servo moving. I could see their sense of accomplishment and pride in successfully doing the build and uploading the code, and it made me happy to see it come to fruition. I know it made them happy because I witnessed that “a-ha” moment in them. It was truly special.”</p> <p>Skills building to overcome barriers is part of the Thinkabit Lab curriculum and has contributed to student and program success. In fact, 80% of the participating youth reported positive changes in their ability to persevere.<sup>[1]</sup></p> <p>“Many students were quick to frustration when they ran into a roadblock or error in their codes (in the world of instant gratification and information, this is normal for them). We had to do some extra coaxing to encourage them to continue to try instead of walking away - resilience is a trait we have been working extra hard on,” said the instructor.</p> <p>The Thinkabit Lab program is paving the way for students to pursue a career in STEM, and resilience is part of that process. “I am excited every week and always wondering what we will get to build next, " says a 5th-grade girl in Wisconsin. Thanks to the Qualcomm, Inc. / STEM Next collaboration, she and thousands of other girls can continue to build a brighter future.</p> <p>Learn more about the <a href="https://thinkabitlab.com/" target="_blank">Thinkabit Lab</a> and bring your students unique experiences and exposure to STEM careers.</p> <p>Learn more about how <a href="https://www.milliongirlsmoonshot.org/" target="_blank">Million Girls Moonshot</a> is engaging millions of girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs.</p> <p><sup><u>[</u>1]</sup> <a href="https://www.pearinc.org/common-instrument-suite" target="_blank">PEAR’s Common Instrument Suite</a>, validated self-report surveys that measure a variety of STEM-related attitudes. Data taken from Thinkabit Lab experience. Surveys were completed by youth (n=64) and educators (n=7) from BioBus Inc., Boys &amp; Girls Club of Manitowoc County, and COA Youth &amp; Family Centers.</p> , full_html, In a rural town in New York, a 6th-grade boy has just finished working through the Engineering Design Process and reflects, “When I thought about engineering, I thought it was just building things, but I learned what a mechanical engineer did and now that’s what I want to be.” Kohler China Marks 150th Anniversary With Commitment To Enhance Rural Bathrooms https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795876-kohler-china-marks-150th-anniversary-commitment-enhance-rural-bathrooms Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:55:34 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795876-kohler-china-marks-150th-anniversary-commitment-enhance-rural-bathrooms Kohler In honor of Kohler Co.’s 150th anniversary in 2023, our Kohler China team announced a five-year commitment to supporting 150 bathroom improvements across rural China. <img alt="Two people stood together against a blue backdrop " data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="36fc1afc-c540-4c7d-aa74-b64c8e0dd4c9" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Shanghai-charity-foundation_Kohler_021324.jpeg" width="640" /> <p>In honor of Kohler Co.’s 150th anniversary in 2023, our Kohler China team announced a five-year commitment to supporting 150 bathroom improvements across rural China.</p> <p>In partnership with the Shanghai Charity Foundation, the program will provide safe, comfortable, and water-saving bathroom products to rural areas in Yunnan Province, along with installation guidance and ongoing maintenance support. In its early stages, the rural revitalization efforts have prioritized schools, hospitals, and health centers.</p> <p>Since the launch in mid-2023, Kohler China teams have completed installations at six hospitals, with another seven hospitals and six schools on track to be done in April 2024.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kohler.com/en/about-us/social-impact" target="_blank">Learn more about Kohler's commitment to social impact here.</a></p> <img alt="A group of people stood together in front of of a blue &quot;believing in better&quot; backdrop " data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8eeeda2d-79a9-4460-9492-19a370146eca" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/2-Shanghai-charity-foundation_Kohler_021324.jpeg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="An adult helping a child wash their hands" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8bfdef86-cc4f-44df-9a25-71fb5fd63f9b" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/3-Shanghai-charity-foundation_Kohler_021324.jpeg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, In honor of Kohler Co.’s 150th anniversary in 2023, our Kohler China team announced a five-year commitment to supporting 150 bathroom improvements across rural China. GSK, in Partnership With Schneider Electric, Agrees Virtual PPA With IGNIS To Power Operations Across Europe With Solar Energy https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795871-gsk-partnership-schneider-electric-agrees-virtual-ppa-ignis-power-operations Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:50:21 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795871-gsk-partnership-schneider-electric-agrees-virtual-ppa-ignis-power-operations Schneider Electric Schneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) between global biopharma company GSK and IGNIS, a Spanish integrated renewable energy group. <img alt="Schneider Electric Logo ESG" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2858347b-0f2b-4419-a74c-6a4666742d45" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Schneider-Electric-logo-Life-is-On-png.png" width="400" /> <ul> <li>VPPA will add 200GWh of new green generation to the mainland Europe grid through two solar projects</li> <li>Power from the new solar sites will cover 50% of GSK’s electricity consumption across Europe, contributing to the decarbonization of healthcare systems</li> </ul> <p>MADRID, Spain,&nbsp;February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- <a href="https://www.se.com/us/en/" target="_blank">Schneider Electric,</a> the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) between global biopharma company <a href="https://www.gsk.com/" target="_blank">GSK</a> and <a href="https://ignis.es/" target="_blank">IGNIS</a>, a Spanish integrated renewable energy group. This agreement will facilitate the supply of 200 GWh of renewable electricity certificates per year, representing an estimated 72,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, from new solar sites to GSK sites across mainland Europe. Generating 200 GWh of renewable electricity is equivalent to powering approximately 32,900 European households for a year<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p>GSK will fulfill approximately 50% of its total electricity demand in mainland Europe from the VPPA for 12 years, starting from mid-2026. GSK’s footprint in mainland Europe includes 11 manufacturing sites, six R&amp;D sites, as well as its commercial operations, employing around 24,000 people.</p> <p>The two solar projects in central Spain will be constructed by IGNIS specifically for this VPPA, bringing additional renewable energy generation to the mainland European grid. Schneider Electric Sustainability Business managed the go-to-market strategy, conducted project evaluation of the bids received and advised during the PPA negotiation phase.</p> <p>Healthcare systems globally account for roughly 5% of all emissions, with more than half of these emissions being created in manufacturing supply chains<sup>2</sup>. Renewable electricity deals like this are part of how GSK is working to deliver on its ambitious sustainability targets, and to reduce the environmental impact of developing and manufacturing medicines and vaccines.</p> <p>GSK is committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across all scopes by 2030 and a 90% reduction by 2045, from a 2020 baseline. This includes a commitment as part of the RE100 initiative to 100% imported renewable electricity by 2025 and 100% renewable electricity (imported and generated) by 2030. VPPAs are one way for companies to increase the use of renewable electricity, alongside onsite renewables and energy efficiency.</p> <p>“It’s clear that climate change is already having a negative impact on human health. That’s why GSK is committed to achieving net zero impact on climate across our entire value chain to improve the health of the planet and help get ahead of disease,” said Regis Simard, President of Global Supply Chain at GSK. “This investment in renewable energy is a contribution towards our decarbonization goals, while also supporting business resilience by providing energy security and cost predictability in the long term.”</p> <p>“This commitment to invest in new, additional, renewable energy capacity solidifies GSK's role in shaping a more sustainable future for the healthcare sector across Europe,” said Santiago Bordiú, CEO of Asset and Energy Management at IGNIS. “We are thrilled to announce this agreement, where GSK goes beyond purchasing energy certificates and actively supports the addition of new green power generation, and IGNIS strengthens its role as a key integrated energy player pushing the energy transition globally.”</p> <p>“We are proud to support this transformative agreement between IGNIS and GSK, which is a major step forward in advancing GSK's initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing,” said John Powers, Vice President, Global Renewables at Schneider Electric.</p> <p>Alongside this commitment to renewable electricity in its operations, GSK through <a href="https://hub.zeigo.com/energize" target="_blank">Energize</a>, a program to increase the adoption of renewable electricity within the supply chain, is enabling its suppliers to take action to reduce their emissions. The program has 20 sponsor companies from the pharmaceutical sector, with 560 registered suppliers who can access a renewable energy educational platform and can elect to aggregate their electricity demand to have access to more impactful renewable energy options like the VPPA announced above.</p> <p><strong>About Schneider Electric</strong></p> <p>Schneider’s purpose is to <strong>empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability</strong> for all. We call this <strong>Life Is On</strong>.</p> <p>Our mission is to be your <strong>digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency</strong>.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>We are the <strong>most local of global companies</strong>. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared <strong>Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered</strong> values.</p> <p><a href="https://www.se.com/us/en/" target="_blank">www.se.com</a></p> <p><strong>About GSK</strong></p> <p>GSK is a global biopharma company with a purpose to unite science, technology, and talent to get ahead of disease together. Find out more at gsk.com.</p> <p><strong>About IGNIS</strong></p> <p>IGNIS is an integrated energy company, vertically integrated in the renewables sector and innovative energy solutions. Since its creation in 2015, IGNIS has been involved in the development of a portfolio of more than 20 GW of renewable projects in Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia. IGNIS currently manages a portfolio of around 6 GW of different generation technologies and offers customized and innovative energy solutions to industrial and SME clients.</p> <p><sup>1 </sup>Based on an average annual personal electricity consumption of 6.07 MWh</p> <p><sup>2</sup> https://a.storyblok.com/f/109506/x/96fc198cb8/smi-hstf-executive-summary.pdf</p> , full_html, Schneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) between global biopharma company GSK and IGNIS, a Spanish integrated renewable energy group. Brains and Brilliance Fuel Battle of the Bots https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795866-brains-and-brilliance-fuel-battle-bots Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:40:09 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795866-brains-and-brilliance-fuel-battle-bots Enbridge Inc. At Enbridge, supporting the education of youth is one of the ways we empower the next generation to become STEM innovators. The ingenuity of youth will help build vibrant, sustainable communities and allow us to continue to develop clean, renewable energy sources. <img alt="Team in matching shirts next to cases marked &quot;Team Canada&quot; at a robotics event." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a6a8e9da-770a-43cd-836e-24d4a00242b4" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/robotics_enbridge_110923.jpg" width="640" /> <p>One teen didn’t think she was “brainy” enough for science. Another was insecure because he didn’t know how to code when he joined the team.</p> <p>But both found a place on a <a href="https://telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/explore/experiences/team-canada-youth-robotics/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>youth community robotics team</strong></a> based at the <a href="https://telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Telus World of Science—Edmonton (TWOSE)</strong></a>, the local science center. And it’s lucky they did; it’s youths like these who will use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to solve humanity’s most complex problems—and change the world.</p> <p>TWOSE launched its program eight years ago to fill the gap for students in Grades 7 through 12 whose schools in Edmonton, Alberta, didn’t have robotics clubs. In spite of its humble beginnings, the team was selected to represent Canada at the <a href="https://first.global/fgc/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>FIRST® Global Robotics Challenge</strong></a> in Singapore from Oct. 7 to 10.</p> <p>Competing at the international level “is something they never really thought was possible,” says Jennifer Gemmell, a TWOSE staff scientist and robotics team lead.</p> <p>The chance to attend the global competition only comes around every decade. In Canada, provinces take turns selecting the team that will represent the country at the international, Olympics-style event.</p> <p>“It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Gemmell adds.</p> <p>In Singapore, the TWOSE group collaboratively competed alongside teams from 192 countries and autonomous states, working together to complete tasks that required robotics and STEM skills to solve. This year’s challenges centered on the theme of renewable, clean energy; participants were prompted to think creatively to reimagine the future of energy and envision more sustainable ways to power our planet.</p> <p>At Enbridge, supporting the education of youth is one of the ways we empower the next generation to become STEM innovators. The ingenuity of youth will help build <a href="https://www.enbridge.com/About-Us/Our-Values/Corporate-citizenship/Vibrant-Communities" target="_blank"><strong>vibrant</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.enbridge.com/About-Us/Our-Values/Corporate-citizenship/Sustainable-Communities" target="_blank"><strong>sustainable communities</strong></a> and allow us to continue to develop clean, renewable energy sources.</p> <p>We’ve supported FIRST® Robotics Canada teams and competitions in Ontario since 2013; since 2021, we’ve provided $210,000 in <a href="https://www.enbridge.com/About-Us/Our-Values/Corporate-citizenship" target="_blank"><strong>Fueling Futures grants</strong></a> to FIRST® Robotics in that province. This year, we also supported the youth robotics community with a $20,000 contribution to help cover the TWOSE team’s participation at the global competition. As presenting sponsor for the team, we were proud to help showcase Canadian STEM innovation on the world stage.</p> <p>TWOSE is using the momentum of its participation in Singapore to expand the robotics program. This fall, they launched two new teams—one for Grades 4 to 6, and another for Grades 7 to 9.</p> <p>“We’re trying to create a scaffolded experience where students can build their skills year after year,” Gemmell explains. “This will prepare them to pursue whatever career they’d like in STEM.”</p> <p>To date, 100% of youth participants in TWOSE have entered STEM-related fields of study in post-secondary school, and 90% have chosen to pursue engineering or a subject related to the skills they developed while on the robotics team.</p> <p>“It’s amazing,” Gemmell says. “The robotics team is using all of the same tools and skills needed to pursue robotics as a professional.”</p> <p>She adds: “These are transferable skills they’re learning.”</p> <p>The life-changing STEM journey begins when students say “yes” to joining the TWOSE team, no matter their experience with science, coding, or robotics.</p> <p>Remarks Gemmell: “If you give youth opportunities like this, they are more likely to pursue careers in STEM—because they’ll have the confidence to believe they can do it.”</p> , full_html, At Enbridge, supporting the education of youth is one of the ways we empower the next generation to become STEM innovators. The ingenuity of youth will help build vibrant, sustainable communities and allow us to continue to develop clean, renewable energy sources. LA Galaxy's Midfielder, Diego Fagúndez, and Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Joe Tutino, Inspire Migrant Students during AEG’s Coachella Valley Invitational https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795861-la-galaxys-midfielder-diego-fagundez-and-play-play-broadcaster-joe-tutino Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:30:22 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795861-la-galaxys-midfielder-diego-fagundez-and-play-play-broadcaster-joe-tutino AEG LA Galaxy midfielder Diego Fagúndez and the club’s sports broadcaster Joe Tutino stopped by Cahuilla Desert Academy to inspire the next generation of athletes enrolled in Coachella Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) Migrant Program on Feb. 12. <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-02/0d3d4679-26a4-4e79-9a5f-59ed7a5cfc8f.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p>Taking a break from the MLS pre-season Coachella Valley Invitational game exhibitions, LA Galaxy midfielder Diego Fagúndez and the club’s sports broadcaster Joe Tutino stopped by Cahuilla Desert Academy to inspire the next generation of athletes enrolled in Coachella Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) Migrant Program on Feb. 12.</p> <p>The purpose of the event was to provide kids from migrant families with a unique opportunity to learn directly from professionals. Fagúndez, who has played for multiple MLS teams, and Tutino, who has worked with the Galaxy for more than 27 years, wanted to fuel the self-confidence of the youths and encourage them to dream big.</p> <p>The intimate conversation between Fagúndez and Tutino focused on the diverse career opportunities available in soccer and delved into their personal backgrounds and the paths that led them to professional sports. They shared their Hispanic heritage with the students encouraging them to embrace their roots and pursue their dreams with passion and resilience. As role models who have overcome obstacles on their journey to success, the professionals exposed the kids to authentic narratives and invaluable insights that added a layer of cultural significance to the dialogue.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="LA Galaxy midfielder Diego Fagúndez speaks with students." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fd5ab753-3d91-4cd0-87eb-ff15dc19fd07" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/021224_LA_Galaxy_JR_064.jpg" width="640" /> <p>“It was a privilege and an honor to share my story with these children,” said Fagúndez. “Being an athlete is all about focus, confidence and practice, traits everyone can benefit from and I hope that my story can help inspire confidence in these kids to be the best versions of themselves.”</p> <p>The Coachella Valley is home to one of the largest farm and migrant worker communities in California, and many of the residents face economic challenges and hardships. All students in the CVUSD’s program have parents or families that had to move in and out of the area to follow seasonal agricultural work.</p> <p>"We know that professional athletes can be very powerful role models for kids," said Mariah Rodriguez, Community Relations Specialist at the LA Galaxy. “Inspiring the next generation of youth goes beyond the field and through initiatives like this, we can connect and give back to the community while also motivating these kids by exposing them to the journeys of these sports professionals. We hope that they will realize that no obstacle is too great to overcome if they believe in themselves and pursue their passions with unwavering determination.”</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="LA Galaxy midfielder Diego Fagúndez joins LA Galaxy's Community Relations and LA Galaxy Foundation Director Gabriel Osollo to pass out club branded shirts." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3ba5e551-faeb-4698-bc69-e8ac57319109" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/021224_LA_Galaxy_JR_085.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Following the discussion, the students received LA Galaxy-branded shirts, tickets to an upcoming regular season and participated in a 60-minute soccer clinic led by Fagúndez. CVUSD’s Migrant Program also received a check donation from the LA Galaxy Foundation in the amount of $5,000.</p> <p>CVUSD’s Migrant Program seeks to ensure that students from the Coachella Valley’s migrant families reach academic excellence and graduate with a high school diploma. To learn more about the program, please click <a href="https://www.cvusd.us/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>The LA Galaxy Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Los Angeles Galaxy, whose mission is to advance the game of soccer and use it as a vehicle for positive change throughout Southern California communities. To learn more about the LA Galaxy Foundation, please click <a href="https://www.lagalaxy.com/news/topics/la-galaxy-foundation/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="CVUSD’s Migrant Program received a check donation from the LA Galaxy Foundation in the amount of $5,000" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="45acaf91-c5b6-4a0c-ab87-35df76832ec1" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/021224_LA_Galaxy_JR_080.jpg" width="640" /><img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="LA Galaxy midfielder Diego Fagúndez led a soccer clinic with students." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad192ccf-5c64-4bac-89e1-9d1dbd3c7886" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/021224_LA_Galaxy_JR_129.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="LA Galaxy Midfielder Diego Fagundez, LA Galaxy Broadcaster Joe Tutino and LA Galaxy Staff spoke on a panel at Cahuilla Desert Academy." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f6fef0d1-4304-43a5-bdc7-769b09addc20" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/021224_LA_Galaxy_JR_040.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, LA Galaxy midfielder Diego Fagúndez and the club’s sports broadcaster Joe Tutino stopped by Cahuilla Desert Academy to inspire the next generation of athletes enrolled in Coachella Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) Migrant Program on Feb. 12. Chemours Celebrates Black History Month and HBCUs Role in Helping Create STEM Leaders Now and for the Future https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795856-chemours-celebrates-black-history-month-and-hbcus-role-helping-create-stem Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:20:18 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795856-chemours-celebrates-black-history-month-and-hbcus-role-helping-create-stem The Chemours Company Black History Month is a time when people in the United States both celebrate and reflect on the many accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans to the country. <img alt="Qutell Adderley and quote" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d8ba660-f33e-4f74-84b6-5db9f0828923" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/QutellAdderly_Chemours_022724.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Black History Month is a time when people in the United States both celebrate and reflect on the many accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans to the country. As a company driven by a commitment to creating a better world through the power of our chemistry, this month we celebrate the important contributions Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) make – they're responsible for 40% of the bachelor's degrees awarded to Black students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields – and how attending HBCUs helped shape some of our talented Chemourians career journeys.</p> <p>Jasmine Smith, Marketing Leader in our Titanium Technologies business segment attended Delaware State University, where she had the opportunity to be mentored by Black leaders in her field. Jasmine is now providing that mentorship to the next generation of leaders.</p> <p><em>“I was fortunate enough to have the mentorship of Black professors like Dr. Hayward and Dr. Winstead who helped me seek out unique research opportunities. With their guidance and encouragement, I had the support to get through the rigorous course load and prepare for a career afterwards.” - Jasmine Smith&nbsp;</em></p> <img alt="Joel Wallace and quote" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a6c61cf1-8d58-468c-a8f5-e77fa4792df1" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/joelwallace_Chemours_022724.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Joel Wallace, Associate Chemist in our Advanced Performance Materials business, credits his time at Fisk University for his in-depth knowledge of scientific principles and the hands-on research experience that shaped his career today.</p> <p><em>“Fisk played a pivotal role in shaping my understanding of scientific principles, providing not only hands-on research experience but also laying a robust foundation for my future scientific pursuits.” - Joel Wallace&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Another Fisk University alum, Qutell Adderley, Associate Chemist in our Advanced Performance Materials business, was able to explore her passion for STEM while giving and receiving mentorship that has allowed her to thrive in her career today.</p> <p><em>“Attending an HBCU provided me with the motivation and supportive environment to explore my scientific innovations, while receiving mentorship and providing mentorship to others.” - Qutell Adderly</em></p> <p>The future of Chemours and delivering the innovative solutions society needs depends on a talented workforce that is representative of the diversity of the communities in which we operate. As Black History Month comes to a close, Chemours continues to celebrate our team members who attended HBCUs and how their educational experience continues to shape their professional lives.</p> <img alt="Jasmine Smith and quote" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e8b3d91a-1b7e-48e4-b968-c94328e89c7d" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/JasmineSmith_Chemours_022724.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, Black History Month is a time when people in the United States both celebrate and reflect on the many accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans to the country. AI-Powered Avatar From Lenovo, DeepBrain AI, and the Scott-Morgan Foundation Creates New Communication Possibilities for People With Severe Disabilities https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795851-ai-powered-avatar-lenovo-deepbrain-ai-and-scott-morgan-foundation-creates-new Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:10:25 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795851-ai-powered-avatar-lenovo-deepbrain-ai-and-scott-morgan-foundation-creates-new Lenovo The groundbreaking avatar, created with DeepBrain AI technology and spearheaded by Lenovo, opens new pathways for applying generative AI to accessibility challenges and helps advance Lenovo’s vision of AI for all. <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-01/AI%20avatar%20video%20introduction%20of%20_AI%20Erin._.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p><em>Unveiled at CES 2024, the hyper-realistic avatar preserves the voice and personality of a 24-year-old woman with ALS to enable unprecedented communication and connection, complemented by a personal, on-device AI from Lenovo to optimize text prediction and output</em></p> <p>At CES 2024, global technology leader Lenovo, assistive technology non-profit <a href="https://www.scottmorganfoundation.org/" target="_blank">the Scott-Morgan Foundation</a>, and AI-generated video innovator <a href="https://www.deepbrain.io/" target="_blank">DeepBrain AI</a> revealed a hyper-realistic AI avatar dedicated to preserving the voice, personality, and physical mannerisms of someone with a degenerative disease. The groundbreaking avatar, created with DeepBrain AI technology and spearheaded by Lenovo, opens new pathways for applying generative AI to accessibility challenges and helps advance Lenovo’s vision of <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-releases/comprehensive-portfolio-ai-innovations-vision-tech-world-2023/" target="_blank"><em>AI for all</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>As part of an <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-releases/scott-morgan-foundation-groundbreaking-assistive-technology-solutions/" target="_blank">ongoing collaboration with the Scott-Morgan Foundation</a>, Lenovo proposed developing an AI-powered avatar to leap past traditional voice synthesis and transform communication and connection for people with severe disabilities. The Foundation invited Erin Taylor, a 24-year-old woman recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder that typically leads to full-body paralysis, to participate and help pilot a proof of concept for assistive communication.</p> <p>Lenovo then approached <a href="https://www.deepbrain.io/" target="_blank">DeepBrain AI</a>, a leader in next-gen avatars and a <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-releases/accelerates-ai-deployment-with-new-ai-innovators-program/" target="_blank">Lenovo AI Innovator </a>partner, to use its generative AI technology. Sponsored by Lenovo, the DeepBrain AI team captured a detailed full-body video of Taylor in its California studio. The video became the foundational data for her new AI avatar, debuted at CES 2024, and offering 96 percent true-to-life accuracy.</p> <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-01/circular-keyboard_lenovo_011924.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p>“This is a fantastic example of the untapped potential of generative AI to empower individuals and build a more inclusive future, especially with such visionary collaborators,” said Scott Tease, vice president and general manager of High-Performance Computing and AI at Lenovo. “Leveraging our expansive solutions portfolio and in-house expertise, we love finding these opportunities to reimagine what’s possible and help</p> <p>Lenovo’s also developed a prototype for a new predictive AI tool to accelerate text input when a traditional keyboard or voice-to-speech technology is not an option—as with advanced ALS. The personal, on-device AI operates entirely offline, leveraging a compressed large language model (LLM) to offer the speed, reliability, and accuracy essential when communicating health information or other urgent needs. This follows Lenovo’s approach to <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-releases/hybrid-cloud-platforms-and-services-accelerating-ai/" target="_blank">Hybrid AI</a>, operating across public, private, and personal foundation models that the company unveiled at its annual <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/press-kits/tech-world-2023/" target="_blank">Tech World event in October 2023</a>.</p> <p>Unlike common predictive text engines that provide a single suggestion, this novel AI solution provides multiple options after each character input to better assist users.</p> <p>The Scott-Morgan Foundation and Lenovo AI experts are working to integrate the predictive AI into the backend of their integrated communication platform showcased at CES. The platform combines the avatar, an original circular keyboard optimized for eye-gaze tracking, and multimodal inputs to support a wide range of physical capabilities.</p> <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-01/The%20Scott-Morgan%20Foundation%20_%20Explainer%20Video.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p>“Our vision is built on a commitment to ensuring a universal right to thrive through technology,” said Andrew Morgan, chief executive officer of the Scott-Morgan Foundation. “AI is accelerating work we began years ago, and our brilliant collaborators are helping us completely change the accessibility landscape. Collectively, we are lighting a beacon for what’s possible—not just for people with ALS, but for everyone.”</p> <p>The DeepBrain AI avatar technology was originally developed to power generative AI humans or assistants—such as the one <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/thinkedge-avatar-deepbrain-software-wows-f1-patrons/" target="_blank">showcased at a recent Lenovo Formula 1 event</a>—or to create versatile “twins” of celebrities, sports figures, or other influencers. Here, DeepBrain recognized a chance to deploy its proprietary technology as assistive tech.</p> <p>DeepBrain AI gave Taylor complementary access to its AI Studios, empowering her to create a nearly unlimited stream of digital content.</p> <p>“We are constantly amazed at how our partners and clients think of new ways to use AI-generated video. Lenovo had the foresight to share their vision on how this technology could be implemented as a component of an assistive technology platform,” said Eric Jang, CEO of DeepBrain AI. “Future developments at DeepBrain will enable hyper-realistic avatars for everyone.”</p> <img alt="Erin Taylor appearing as an avatar on a small screen, another looks at it." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c1f2d2e2-d8e9-480c-a06c-18e868fbb188" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/avatar_lenovo_011924.jpg" width="640" /> <p>After a brief series of escalating symptoms, Taylor was diagnosed with ALS in the summer of 2023. Her career in botany, forestry, and related work in the wild was abruptly paused as she and her mother faced countless questions about the progression of the disease. The shock was especially potent given the disease primarily affects people over the age of 40.</p> <p>“Feeling so devastated and lost, we were grateful to the Scott-Morgan Foundation for inviting us to help build something new and shape the future,” said Taylor, who lives outside Los Angeles with her mother, Lily. “The avatar is incredible, but what matters most to me is that this technology could help change the lives of many more people facing ALS or other diseases—a way of showing how bright the future can still be.”</p> <p>“I have no doubt this pioneering proof of concept will one day help shape even more staggering innovations,” Morgan said. “Our foundation was built on the dream that technology, and AI especially, can break through severe disabilities and ensure a right to create, connect, and live life joyfully. We’re making that happen.”</p> <p>Learn more about Lenovo’s <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-releases/comprehensive-portfolio-ai-innovations-vision-tech-world-2023/" target="_blank">vision of AI for all</a>, <a href="https://www.scottmorganfoundation.org/" target="_blank">the Scott-Morgan Foundation’s transformational work</a>, and <a href="https://www.deepbrain.io/" target="_blank">DeepBrain AI’s avatar technology</a>.</p> <img alt="Erin Taylor looking at an electronic device" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b34ac87f-4e27-432b-bd29-564442b45606" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Erin_Lenovo_011924.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>About Lenovo</strong>&nbsp;<br /> Lenovo is a US$62 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #217 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 77,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver Smarter Technology for All, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company by further expanding into growth areas that fuel the advancement of ‘New IT’ technologies (client, edge, cloud, network, and intelligence) including server, storage, mobile, software, solutions, and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and smarter future for everyone, everywhere. Lenovo is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange under Lenovo Group Limited (HKSE: 992)(ADR: LNVGY). To find out more visit <a href="https://www.lenovo.com/" target="_blank">https://www.lenovo.com</a>, and read about the latest news via our <a href="http://storyhub.lenovo.com/" target="_blank">StoryHub</a>.</p> <p><strong>About DeepBrain AI&nbsp;</strong><br /> DeepBrain AI humanizes digital interactions by utilizing real-time Artificial Intelligence (AI) and video synthesis solutions to generate the world’s fastest and most realistic human-like AI avatars. The company’s proprietary, patent-led technology adds a human touch to all digital content and interactions, reducing the cost and time of video production and improving the quality of digital engagement. DeepBrain AI is at the forefront of modern digital experiences and has significantly impacted various industries, such as media, finance, commerce, hospitality, and education.</p> <p><strong>About the Scott-Morgan Foundation</strong>&nbsp;<br /> The UK-based Scott-Morgan Foundation focuses on pioneering technology-driven solutions to empower people with severe disabilities. The Foundation develops both bold proof-of-concepts to inspire a brighter future and more immediate, scalable solutions. <a href="https://www.scottmorganfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Learn more about the Scott-Morgan Foundation</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/DrScottMorgan" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DrScottMorgan" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/scottmorganfoundation/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://uk.linkedin.com/company/the-scott-morgan-foundation" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a></p> , full_html, The groundbreaking avatar, created with DeepBrain AI technology and spearheaded by Lenovo, opens new pathways for applying generative AI to accessibility challenges and helps advance Lenovo’s vision of AI for all. Mastercard Perspective: How To Define Inclusive Growth https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795846-mastercard-perspective-how-define-inclusive-growth Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:00:12 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795846-mastercard-perspective-how-define-inclusive-growth MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth YouTube influencer and philanthropist Lilly Singh and Mastercard’s Shamina Singh took the stage in a packed room in Washington, D.C., to share how we can all encourage greater gender equity. <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth President Shamina Singh with comedian and YouTuber Lilly Singh. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d52ed36a-55e0-4a66-927e-0bf96b1ac3e5" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/lillysingh_TMCFIG_022124.png" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://www.mastercard.com/news/perspectives/2023/how-to-define-inclusive-growth-and-how-to-get-there/" target="_blank">Originally published July 14, 2023 by Mastercard.</a></p> <p>The Global Inclusive Growth Summit returns on April 18, 2024. As we look forward to coming back together in person and virtually, we offer these highlights from the 2023 event, hosted by Mastercard and the Aspen Institute. The Global Inclusive Growth Summit 2023 brought together private sector, social impact and government leaders to share ways to make economies more equitable.</p> <p>The 2024 Global Inclusive Growth Summit, hosted by the <a href="https://www.mastercardcenter.org/?cmp=paid.partner.syndicated.engagement.website.all.global.3bl.article" target="_blank">Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth</a>, advances real solutions to today’s most pressing challenges through collaboration and candid conversation among entrepreneurs, innovators, policymakers and emerging changemakers. First held in 2019, the Summit assembles a dynamic group of cross-sector leaders who collectively address topics including financial inclusion, data science for social impact, emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, climate and the environment, women’s economic empowerment and place-based development. After a decade of impact, we’re excited to continue the great dialogue and work focused on driving and creating inclusive growth for all.</p> <p>Get more information about the 2024 Global Inclusive Growth Summit <a href="https://globalinclusivegrowthsummit.com/" target="_blank">here.</a></p> <p>To learn more, visit: <a href="http://globalinclusivegrowthsummit.com/" target="_blank">globalinclusivegrowthsummit.com</a></p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach and comedian Trevor Noah backstage at the Mastercard Global Inclusive Growth Summit, held in Washington, D.C. April 13. (Photo credit: Rebecca Abraham)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e6236193-7308-4940-a8e5-5bc37dddf5c0" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/trevornoah_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>YouTube influencer and philanthropist Lilly Singh and Mastercard’s Shamina Singh took the stage in a packed room in Washington, D.C., to share how we can all encourage greater gender equity.</strong></p> <p>“We can’t change the issue of gender equality with just money … it's culture,” Lilly Singh said. "Culture determines how we treat women, how we view women. What is the patriarchy if not just a story that’s been told for a really long time? I believe if you change the stories, you can change the world. We can change culture.”</p> <p>The topic was just one of many big, thorny issues discussed Thursday at the <a href="https://globalinclusivegrowthsummit.com/" target="_blank">Global Inclusive Growth Summit</a>, which brought together private-sector and social-sector leaders, government officials, economists, and academics to spark conversation and drive change on the environment, digital inclusion and much more.</p> <p>A core sentiment of the daylong event, hosted by the <a href="https://www.mastercardcenter.org/" target="_blank">Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth</a> and the <a href="https://www.aspeninstitute.org/" target="_blank">Aspen Institute</a>, was that of urgency: There’s no more time left to kick the can down the road on climate — we need to address it now. The same with gender equality and financial inclusion.</p> <p>And if we all manage to drive greater inclusion, many of the speakers said, we could unlock far greater economic prosperity for everyone and build significantly more resilience in communities so they can withstand future challenges.</p> <p>Here are three takeaways from the event.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Philanthropist Melinda French Gates, left, discusses how the gender pay gap creates more turnover and higher levels of poverty with Trevor Noah, left, and MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="db7e71be-df49-49d0-9578-f729b490adc8" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Melindagates_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>01</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>There's no one way to define financial inclusion and inclusive growth:</strong> Financial inclusion is, quite simply, the work of bringing more people into the formal financial system, whether that’s giving people access to a bank account, insurance, working capital for their business or the ability to safely send money to family overseas. Inclusive growth, meanwhile, is all about encouraging economic growth that more people can benefit from, not just those at the top of the ladder.</p> <p>Many speakers at the event shared their takes on both ideas.</p> <p>Comedian and author Trevor Noah challenged the notion that inclusive growth and financial inclusion are primarily about charity. He said that people being left out of markets is a failing of those markets. When more people are included, that’s not inclusive growth, but really “complete growth,” he said.</p> <p>Building on that idea, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a separate presentation that her administration sees inclusive growth as a balance.</p> <p>“Yes, we want to grow our population. Yes, we want more businesses. Yes, we want more development,” she said. “Well, we want the people who have lived here in good times and bad times to be able to afford to live. So what that has meant for us is: How do we grow wages? And how do we build more affordable housing?”</p> <p>In a speech capping the event, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands said a focus on fostering financial health — encouraging people to save money and avoid excessive debt — was essential to true financial inclusion. “Without financial health we will not be able to do it.”</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, and Dan Porterfield, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, kicked off the summit with a discussion of place-based solutions as a key to financial inclusion. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c148e4e0-4ef0-4c13-843c-9f8b063ad2f3" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/MurielBowser_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>02</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Technology directed in the right way can have a big impact on inclusion: </strong>A number of speakers mentioned the potentially negative impacts of artificial intelligence, noting the rapid developments of generative AI models like <a href="https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt" target="_blank">ChatGPT</a>.</p> <p>But Microsoft Vice Chairman Brad Smith, whose company has invested in OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT, and <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/chatgpt-is-now-available-in-azure-openai-service/" target="_blank">provides ChatGPT in its products</a>, shared a much more optimistic view of how AI could be used. He said it could unlock huge benefits for nonprofits, allowing them to deliver programs and measure their impacts much more effectively and at a much lower cost.</p> <p>During another presentation, Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach said companies need to consider three factors when developing new technology: Does it solve a problem for people? Is it inclusive? Is it trustworthy?</p> <p>“If it’s not inclusive, it doesn’t scale. If it doesn’t scale, it doesn’t matter,” he added.</p> <p>Samantha Power, administrator of the <a href="https://www.usaid.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Agency for International Development</a>, shared how the Ukrainian government created an app that’s grown to include more than 200 government services. <a href="https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/jan-18-2023-us-supported-e-government-app-accelerated-digital-transformation-ukraine-now-ukraine-working-scale-solution-more-countries" target="_blank">That app, called Diia</a>, helped cut down on corruption by increasing government transparency and enabled people to let the government know if they’ve been displaced during the war.</p> <p>Potential legislation is shared on the platform, and citizens can share positive or negative sentiments with their leaders — not wait for an election to hold them accountable. “It’s the digital and democracy coming together,” she said.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Ade Adepitan, left, a TV presenter and Paralympic medalist from Nigeria, and Noah, born under apartheid in South Africa to a Black mother and white father and classified as colored, shared stories of their upbringing and how they use their talents and platform to advocate for inclusion. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="49080b1c-2232-4281-8af4-4e1a1e832102" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdeAdeptian_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>03</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Find ways to make the world work for more people: </strong>BBC journalist and Paralympian Ade Adepitan, who uses a wheelchair, asked the audience, somewhat jokingly, “What's this fixation you able-bodied people have with stairs!”</p> <p>The idea of adding more ramps and other means of access helps not just people like him, but many others, as well.</p> <p>Chetna Sinha, founder of the <a href="https://manndeshifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Mann Deshi Foundation</a>, which helps women in rural India access credit and build up their business skills, said that as the pandemic eased she worked with many women who had to start making money after their spouses lost their jobs.</p> <p>They asked to be armed with smartphones, not feature phones, saying they had better services, especially voice SMS, which could matter because many of them didn’t read or write.</p> <p>“They said, ‘Never give poor solutions to poor people. We are smart.'”</p> <p>Philanthropist Melinda French Gates reinforced the point about empowering women.</p> <p>“Make sure they have a great education. Make sure they can plan and space the first of their children. Make sure they have networks to get into a great job and be part of the banking system to save money,” she told the audience. “You will absolutely accelerate their growth. And guess what? They're going to accelerate your economy.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.mastercard.com/news/perspectives/2023/how-to-define-inclusive-growth-and-how-to-get-there/" target="_blank">Originally published by Mastercard</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.mastercardcenter.org/?cmp=paid.partner.syndicated.engagement.website.all.global.3bl.article" target="_blank">Check out more content from The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth</a></p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Shamina Singh, left, the founder and CEO of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, shared the stage with Lilly Singh, a comedian, YouTuber and founder of the Unicorn Island Fund to drive home the importance of forging your own path and creating space for others to do the same. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b572293d-986a-4b54-b683-0b8aef53b222" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/ShaminaandLilly_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Mike Froman, left, Mastercard's vice chair and president of Strategic Growth, and USAID Administrator Samantha Power, shared insights on how public-private partnerships can build a trusted digital ecosystem that supports democratic principles and fosters inclusive and sustainable economic development. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="585695b2-4f94-443b-b83e-aef160489511" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/MikeFroman_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Makhtar Diop, right, the manager director of the International Finance Corporation, joined Miebach for a discussion on innovation, technology and trust at a time of overwhelming complexity and uncertainty. (Photo credit: Isaac Latimer)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dea35cec-c01a-4165-862e-4831c0ab6ab2" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/MakhtarDiop_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Former Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, the U.S. nominee to lead the World Bank, chats backstage at the summit with Hindou Ibrahim, president of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad, who spoke on the environmental challenges currently being faced by communities in the Lake Chad region. (Photo credit: Rebecca Abraham)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d26f499d-cbf0-4d5d-b2b6-3ccdda1b905b" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/AjayBanga_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth's Salah Goss, left, and Singh, center, with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, second from left, Melissa Bradley, the manager partner of 1863 Ventures, second from right, and Coreata Houser, Birmingham's deputy director for the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity. Woodfin and Bradley joined Janis Bowdler, counselor for racial equity at the U.S. Department of Treasury, for a panel on how recent capital commitments have the potential to drive real, structural changes that will outlast one-time investment. (Photo credit: Rebecca Abraham)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9fe0480e-80ba-498d-8985-8b270a7b646c" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Group_TMCFIG_022124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, YouTube influencer and philanthropist Lilly Singh and Mastercard’s Shamina Singh took the stage in a packed room in Washington, D.C., to share how we can all encourage greater gender equity. Southern Company Ranks First Among Utilities in Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2024 https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795841-southern-company-ranks-first-among-utilities-fortune-magazines-worlds-most Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:50:36 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795841-southern-company-ranks-first-among-utilities-fortune-magazines-worlds-most Southern Company Southern Company ranks as the No. 1 most-admired electric and gas utility worldwide according to Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list for 2024. <p><a href="https://southerncompany.mediaroom.com/2024-02-05-Southern-Company-Ranks-First-Among-Utilities-in-Fortune-Magazines-Worlds-Most-Admired-Companies-for-2024?utm_source=3blmedia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=southern-company-ranks-first-among-utilities-fortune-magazines-worlds-most-admired-companies" target="_blank">Southern Company</a></p> <p>ATLANTA,&nbsp;February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- Southern Company ranks as the No. 1 most-admired electric and gas utility worldwide according to Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list for 2024. A ranking of the world's most respected and reputable companies, the list is based on a survey of more than 3,700 executives, directors and financial analysts.</p> <p>"It is an honor to be named the most-admired electric and gas utility by Fortune magazine," said Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. "This ranking is a recognition of the 27,000 Southern Company system employees who provide exceptional service each day as we deliver clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy solutions for the benefit of our customers and communities."</p> <p>In determining the list, Fortune collaborated with organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputation. They began with a universe of an estimated 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune's Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more.</p> <p>To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, ranging from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company's score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.</p> <p>More details about the <a href="https://fortune.com/2024/01/31/apple-microsoft-amazon-fortune-most-admired-companies-2024/" target="_blank">2024 World's Most Admired Companies list</a> are available on Fortune's website.</p> <p><strong>About Southern Company</strong>&nbsp;<br /> Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy distribution company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience and sustainability, we are taking action to meet customers' and communities' needs while advancing our goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, The Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit <a href="https://www.southerncompany.com/" target="_blank">www.southerncompany.com</a>.</p> <p>CONTACT: Southern Company Media Relations, 404-506-5333 or 1-866-506-5333, www.southerncompany.com</p> , full_html, Southern Company ranks as the No. 1 most-admired electric and gas utility worldwide according to Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list for 2024. Ten Years Running: FORTUNE Names Quest Diagnostics One of 2024 “World’s Most Admired Companies” https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795836-ten-years-running-fortune-names-quest-diagnostics-one-2024-worlds-most Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:40:06 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795836-ten-years-running-fortune-names-quest-diagnostics-one-2024-worlds-most Quest Diagnostics Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the nation's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced that it has been selected as one of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies in 2024 for the tenth consecutive year. <p>SECAUCUS, N.J.,&nbsp;February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the nation's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced that it has been selected as one of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies in 2024 for the tenth consecutive year.</p> <p>Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies recognition is based on nine criteria of corporate reputation, from innovation and quality of management and products, to social responsibility and people management.</p> <p>"I'm grateful to our dedicated Quest colleagues for making this possible," said Jim Davis, Chairman, CEO and President. "They are the heart and soul of this company. Every day our colleagues bring our purpose to life, working together to create a healthier world, one life at a time. It is an honor to be named one of Fortune World's Most Admired Companies for the last decade."</p> <p>The annual survey designated Quest as one of only five companies to attain Most Admired status in the "Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services" industry. The company scored high marks in people management, use of corporate assets and social responsibility.</p> <p>To determine the rankings, Fortune partnered with global organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry to survey thousands of executives, directors and analysts who rated companies in their industry based on nine criteria. The survey included a total of 660 companies from 29 countries.</p> <p>Find the full 2024 list of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies <a href="https://fortune.com/ranking/worlds-most-admired-companies/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Quest Diagnostics</strong>&nbsp;<br /> Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world's largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors, and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our nearly 50,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. <a href="https://www.questdiagnostics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.QuestDiagnostics.com</a>.</p> <p>SOURCE Quest Diagnostics</p> <p>For further information: For further information: Jennifer Petrella, Quest Diagnostics (Media): 973-520-2800 or mediacontact@QuestDiagnostics.com; Shawn Bevec, Quest Diagnostics (Investors): 973-520-2900</p> , full_html, Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the nation's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced that it has been selected as one of FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies in 2024 for the tenth consecutive year. Tetra Pak Index: Thoughts From Our President and CEO https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795936-tetra-pak-index-thoughts-our-president-and-ceo Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:35:11 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795936-tetra-pak-index-thoughts-our-president-and-ceo Tetra Pak Welcome to the 15th edition of the Tetra Pak Index, which focuses on what consumers see as the future of health and nutrition. Having experienced an unprecedented global pandemic, today’s consumers are more focused on health than ever. <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Adolfo Orive, President &amp;amp; CEO, &amp;nbsp;Tetra Pak" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3d393135-d276-4551-9940-de68bbce32ea" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Adolfo_tetrapak_021424.png" width="400" /> <p>Welcome to the 15th edition of the Tetra Pak Index, which focuses on what consumers see as the future of health and nutrition. Having experienced an unprecedented global pandemic, today’s consumers are more focused on health than ever, and are more demanding of their food and beverages. At the same time, the industry is investing heavily to meet their evolving needs and capture the opportunities they present, while also addressing the pressing sustainability challenges. As a result, we are now in an exciting phase, with a number of promising technologies generating ‘new food’ innovations like never before.</p> <p>Modern consumers are quite well-aware of the changes going on around them. They see technology as key to a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable future. But there are concerns to be navigated, with some becoming wary of innovation, desiring products that are as natural as possible.</p> <p>Interest in preventive health measures and holistic wellness continues to be strong, driving appetite for healthy products and those with specific benefits, notably immunity boosters. Mental health is a major focus: three-quarters of consumers now say that it’s as important as physical health – and more than four in five choose products to support it.</p> <p>In general, consumers are paying far more attention to what they eat and drink – and are feeling better as a result. Sugar is the number one food concern, with consumers, regulators and industry all taking steps to reduce its consumption. Personalisation is on the rise, as brands invest heavily in tailored solutions for narrower consumer groups, particularly around age and medical conditions. There are exciting possibilities for probiotics products - also known as functional foods – that may help to reduce the risk of serious illnesses, such as cancer and Alzheimer.</p> <p>Value and price are paramount, as consumers everywhere struggle with the cost-of-living crisis. Many worry that this will limit their access to healthy food, but they are determined not to give this up. There is continued high interest in organic and natural food, and almost half of consumers now strive to be flexitarian or to exclude meat altogether. While in some cases, higher price points have cooled the demand for plant-based protein alternatives, the longer-term forecasts for such products remain strong.</p> <p>Climate change and other environmental issues continue to be pressing concerns and are increasingly interlinked with health. Two-thirds of consumers now say that environmental factors impact health, and even more believe that healthy products should not harm the environment. Packaging is part of the picture: sustainable products should go in sustainable packages – such as those that use renewable and/or recycled materials with a low carbon impact, are recyclable and help reduce food waste. Many believe that the food and beverage choices they make can result in a positive difference; more than half say that by changing their diet they can contribute to a better world.</p> <p>In many parts of the world, people still rely on products such as milk and juices for their daily nutrition, so it is critical to optimise their value chain with innovations in sourcing, packaging, processing and distribution, which is where we have been playing an active role together with our customers and suppliers.</p> <p>In addition, considering that the world will need 60% more food by 2050, we need to complement these efforts through technologies that can help explore new sources of nutrition – ranging from new plant-based sources to alternative proteins produced with biomass and precision fermentation. Both these areas are critical to contribute towards food system<sup>1</sup> sustainability.</p> <p>For decades, we have been working towards building resilient and sustainable food value chains that improve livelihoods, reduce environmental impact, and ultimately, help provide healthy diets to the global community. Our latest Index shows plenty of examples of our recent work, including how we reduce food waste and climate impact; converting low-value side streams from food production into new ingredients; alternative protein; fermentation-derived proteins; and collaborations with start-ups that are providing technological solutions to some of the issues affecting global food systems today.</p> <p>All this is part of our commitment to the future - and to our long-standing purpose: “We commit to making food safe and available, everywhere. And we promise to protect what’s good: food, people and the planet.”</p> <p><a class="tpatom-link tpatom-link--transparent js-textImage-analytics" href="https://www.tetrapak.com/insights/tetra-pak-index/tetra-pak-index-2023" target="_blank" title="Explore the Tetra Pak Index report">Explore the latest Tetra Pak Index report⁠</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><sup>1 The term ‘food systems’ refers to all the elements and activities related to producing and consuming food, and their effects, including economic, health, and environmental outcomes (OECD, https://www.oecd.org/food-systems, 2023)</sup></p> , full_html, Welcome to the 15th edition of the Tetra Pak Index, which focuses on what consumers see as the future of health and nutrition. Having experienced an unprecedented global pandemic, today’s consumers are more focused on health than ever. Taco Bell Black History Month Spotlight: Kim E. https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795831-taco-bell-black-history-month-spotlight-kim-e Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:30:35 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795831-taco-bell-black-history-month-spotlight-kim-e Yum! Brands Thanks to Guild, Kim works at Taco Bell and pursues her passion for education at the same time. <img alt="&quot;Celebrating Black History Month&quot; Kim E. and profile." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="90943959-3104-48f8-962e-dbc4bec767cc" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/KimE_yumbrands_022724.jpg" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://www.tacobell.com/blog/black-history-month-2024-spotlight-kim-e" target="_blank">Taco Bell blog</a></p> <p><em>Black History Month started off as a one-week celebration founded by Carter G. Woodson in February 1926. Fifty years later, the week was extended into a month dedicated to honoring Black American history.</em></p> <p><em>This year’s nationwide Black History Month’s focus is African Americans and the Arts, detailing African American artistic and cultural movements.</em></p> <p><em>To celebrate our Black team members and these communities, we will share some of their stories. Get ready to be inspired, get involved and continue learning and celebrating the culture and achievements of the Black community.</em></p> <img alt="Kim E. in a graduation cap" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9e9c02fa-9269-4523-ae57-977ce83f2592" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/KimEgraduation_yumbrands_022724.jpg" width="400" /> <p><strong>Kim E. (She/Her)– Shift Lead, Taco Bell Corp.</strong></p> <p>Kim knew she wanted to become an educator from the very beginning.</p> <p>When Kim came to high school, she became a facilitator in her school’s first summer camp program. However, she found herself in some hard situations which made her realize that she was nowhere near becoming a teacher. This made her give up her dream of teaching.</p> <p>Over the years, Kim worked in several different spaces that she thought would bring her happiness. It wasn’t until she found Taco Bell in 2017 when this became true. During the first couple months, Kim spent time having fun with her team, doing competitions to see who could wrap the best tacos or produce an order the fastest. When October came around, Kim was asked to become a Shift Lead.</p> <p>“I was wary in the beginning because of the responsibility that came with this position. Working at Taco Bell was supposed to be a job where I could do the work, have fun and then go home. That didn’t last long as I took a leap of faith and became a Shift Lead.”</p> <p>After becoming a Shift Lead, Kim thought her life was as good as it got. Then came the opportunity to fulfill Kim’s dream of becoming a teacher.</p> <p>“Last year, I was granted an opportunity to further my education through <a href="https://tacobell.guildeducation.com/partner/" target="_blank">Guild</a>, the education and skilling program offered as a Taco Bell Benefit to corporate restaurant employees. I will be graduating with my Bachelor’s of Science in Education Studies from Wilmington University in 2024.”</p> <img alt="Graduation cap decorated with rainbow hearts, taco bell logo, and other writing." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cf984f05-d1f7-40d0-9a58-07e488d5e165" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/graduationcap_yumbrands_022724.jpg" width="400" /> <p>Thanks to Guild, Kim works at Taco Bell and pursues her passion for education at the same time. One thing she loves to do is bring new perspectives into the classroom setting. Especially during Black History Month, Kim encourages her students to research and educate their peers about Black Heritage.</p> <p>“Black History Month is a time of reflection and to think of what my impact on this earth will be for future generations. I celebrate it in many ways, one being in my classroom where I encourage my students to pick a field and to do research on an African American who had influence in that field. In this process, I learn more about my heritage as well!”</p> <p>Being enrolled in a program through Guild also gave Kim the opportunity to be part of a corporate mentorship program at The Bell where she was assigned mentor Leslie P., Associate Manager of Menu Operations. Throughout the mentorship program, Leslie helped Kim transform her outlook and find a path moving forward.</p> <p>“Leslie made me realize that it did not matter what my situation was. If there was a goal in sight, we could achieve it together. She showed me the different areas of growth throughout the company and shared stories of people who were similar to me and still found their own path.”</p> <p>For Kim, this journey has given her the confidence to do anything she sets her mind to.</p> <p>“This journey allowed me to see that If I can dream it, I can achieve it. Upon onboarding, we have a training that teaches us the Taco Bell core Brand Values. Leslie showed me that these values are not only applicable to how we act with our customers and team members, but evident in our personal lives too. Live Más is everywhere and with anything.”</p> <p>Looking to the future, Kim hopes to motivate others to persevere through the tough times and be their authentic self.</p> <p>“My advice would be to be Authentically YOU. I never thought I’d get to a point where I could envision a future, a brighter future for myself or for my family. However, I am thankful that Taco Bell took a chance on me to show the heart and soul of the Live Más culture.”</p> , full_html, Thanks to Guild, Kim works at Taco Bell and pursues her passion for education at the same time. Marketing Predictions in the AI Era https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795891-marketing-predictions-ai-era Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:25:24 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795891-marketing-predictions-ai-era Keysight Technologies As 2023 wraps up, no one can dispute that AI has dominated and disrupted every facet of our lives, and this trend shows no sign of abating in 2024. <img alt="3D AI render of a brain" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="54c4bf3c-5b46-4388-a2d6-6dd78d65eaca" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/AI-brain_Keysight_020824.jpeg" width="640" /> <p>As 2023 wraps up, no one can dispute that AI has dominated and disrupted every facet of our lives, and this trend shows no sign of abating in 2024. If you doubt the impact of the technology, consider this—of the 84 billion views Wikipedia received this year, the leading page is <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2023/12/07/most-viewed-wikipedia-articles-2023-chatgpt/71837664007/" target="_blank" title="ChatGPT, with 49.5 million views">ChatGPT, with 49.5 million views</a>!</p> <p>Research from <a href="https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/quantumblack/our-insights/the-state-of-ai-in-2023-generative-AIs-breakout-year" target="_blank" title="McKinsey">McKinsey</a> found that a third of organizations are using AI regularly in multiple departments, and 40% plan to increase their investment in the year ahead. And according to Gartner, AI is more than a trend and is forever changing how humans and machines interact.</p> <p>The technology is transforming every aspect of marketing, from content to automating tedious tasks and analyzing vast volumes of data. Marketing has been inundated with AI tools and as teams grapple with these and try to navigate this new intelligent era, it has created a slew of opportunities and challenges in the quest to optimize marketing strategies and drive efficiencies.</p> <p>With this in mind, let’s dive in and explore six predictions on how AI will impact marketing in 2024 and beyond.</p> <p><strong>6 Predictions on how AI will impact marketing in 2024—and beyond</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>Campaign Optimization</strong></li> </ol> <p>AI is disrupting every facet of marketing, and teams will increasingly integrate the technology to help analyze data, uncover insights, and deliver efficiency gains, all in the pursuit of optimizing campaigns. Any organization not exploring and testing how AI can improve marketing efforts will struggle to stay competitive.</p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong>Copyright Comes into Focus</strong></li> </ol> <p>Generative AI design tools are increasingly being adopted, but one thorny issue is copyright. Many of these AI solutions scrape visual content without being subject to any consequences. The <a href="https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2023/1004.html" target="_blank" title="U.S. Copyright Office">U.S. Copyright Office</a> has provided some initial guidance and launched a formal AI initiative. In 2024, you can expect there will be a lot more energy, effort, and public policy discussions focused on finding a solution to the copyright problem with AI image creation to clarify ownership. This will allow marketing teams to embrace AI design tools without fear of encountering legal issues, saving precious time and money.</p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong>Customer Engagement: AI in the driving seat</strong></li> </ol> <p>By the end of 2024, most customer emails will be AI-generated. Brands will increasingly use generative AI engines to produce first drafts of copy for humans to review and approve. However,&nbsp;marketing teams must train large language models (LLMs) to fully automate customer content and differentiate their brand. By 2026, this will be commonplace, enabling teams to shift focus to campaign management and optimization.</p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong>AI Key to Scaling Personalization Efficiently</strong></li> </ol> <p>Generative AI tools will help appease the never-ending thirst for content. In addition, the intelligence will be pivotal as marketing has historically struggled to scale personalization efforts. The technology will enable marketing to generate more customer experiences from improved segmentation and optimize advertising targeting and marketing strategies to achieve higher engagement and conversion levels.</p> <ol start="5"> <li><strong>AI and Talent: The Augmentation Era</strong></li> </ol> <p>As AI becomes more pervasive, this will inevitably change the fabric of marketing teams. Lower-level admin-centric roles will disappear, and many analytical positions will become redundant. However, it's not all doom and gloom; the demand for data scientists will explode, making it one of the most sought-after skill sets for the rest of this decade and immune to economic pressures. Humans will continue to drive marketing, but the role of machines will increase each year. This era of AI (with guardrails) augmenting humans will continue for at least another decade in marketing.</p> <ol start="6"> <li><strong>The Intelligent Future</strong></li> </ol> <p>For employees, hoping they will not need to adapt and reskill to some extent is naive. As with every disruptive technology, those who embrace it and look for ways to harness it will no doubt reap the benefits and create new and exciting career paths. Everyone should be learning how to work with AI and, for example, exploring how to use prompts effectively. At Keysight, the marketing team is test-driving various tools to determine the best mix for our organization to drive results and continue to delight our customers. As marketing teams plan for the year ahead, they should look to expand their skill set and become AI literate.</p> <p><strong>Embrace the future and potential of AI</strong></p> <p>Rather than fearing AI, I’m excited about the possibilities it’s opening up for all of us, irrespective of whether you are starting your career, in the final stretch, or at some point in between. Embracing change is a mantra for success in business and life, and I look forward to seeing how marketing is transformed in the AI era in the coming months and years. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.</p> , full_html, As 2023 wraps up, no one can dispute that AI has dominated and disrupted every facet of our lives, and this trend shows no sign of abating in 2024. CNH Honored by Princess of Thailand at FFT’s 44th National Academic Conference https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795826-cnh-honored-princess-thailand-ffts-44th-national-academic-conference Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:20:31 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795826-cnh-honored-princess-thailand-ffts-44th-national-academic-conference CNH Industrial CNH was recognized by the Future Farmers of Thailand (FFT) for the Company’s exemplary contribution to agricultural education in the country. <img alt="Person curtsies to Princess" data-align="center" data-caption="CNH’s commemoration at this event and honoring by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is a testament to the company’s dedication to supporting Thailand’s farmers and the impact it has made at a national level" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6633619e-39e1-425f-be5e-72db8b95e0d6" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/1-princess-Thailand-ffts_CNH-Industrial_020124.png" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://www.cnh.com/" target="_blank">CNH</a> was recognized by the Future Farmers of Thailand (FFT) for the Company’s exemplary contribution to agricultural education in the country. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented a prestigious commemorative pin to Chun Woytera, CNH President, Asia Pacific, at the opening ceremony of the FFT’s 44<sup>th</sup> National Academic Conference in Lamphun.</p> <p>Reflecting on the award, Chun Woytera commented, “At CNH, we believe in and are committed to the future of Agriculture. Through FFT, CNH has the opportunity for academic collaboration and to ensure that Thailand’s future farmers can access advanced farming technologies and insights. It’s an honor to be among Thailand’s trusted education, technology and training partners. We thank Her Royal Highness for recognizing and sponsoring the critical role that FFT plays in fostering an innovative, sustainable, and inclusive future for agriculture.”</p> <img alt="person holds bouquet of flowers" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6114b7fa-ebcc-4a92-bf7e-696723480c63" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/4-princess-Thailand-ffts_CNH-Industrial_020124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>CNH has made substantial contributions to the FFT. Company representatives delivered tailored training on its latest innovation and technology. CNH has also donated tractors, combines, and sugarcane harvesters to Thailand’s leading agricultural and vocational training institutions.</p> <p>The five-day event in Lamphun provided a vibrant platform for Thailand’s agricultural and vocational technology institutions. CNH showcased industry-leading products and technology at the fair’s agriculture exhibition. Other featured activities for students, the farming community, and the general public included professional skills competitions, an innovation challenge, and a wide range of cultural and recreational contests.</p> <p>CNH’s commemoration at this event and honoring by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is a testament to the company’s dedication to supporting Thailand’s farmers and the impact it has made at a national level.</p> <img alt="People standing in front of a large image" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="41320742-8262-4ede-a108-671b3c7d9a7f" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/2-princess-Thailand-ffts_CNH-Industrial_020124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img alt="four people standing next to a tractor" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="94c75c08-cd25-427b-90ae-c94299c0d114" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/3-princess-Thailand-ffts_CNH-Industrial_020124.jpg" width="640" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, CNH was recognized by the Future Farmers of Thailand (FFT) for the Company’s exemplary contribution to agricultural education in the country. Toni Townes-Whitley's Dynamic First 100 Days at SAIC https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795821-toni-townes-whitleys-dynamic-first-100-days-saic Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:10:07 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795821-toni-townes-whitleys-dynamic-first-100-days-saic Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) During her first 100 days with the company, SAIC CEO Toni Townes-Whitley embarked on a listening tour to visit with dedicated employees, impactful customers, and committed community partners. Here are some memorable highlights from her tour. <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-02/ToniTownes_SAIC_022724.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p>During her first 100 days with the company, SAIC CEO Toni Townes-Whitley embarked on a listening tour to visit with dedicated employees, impactful customers, and committed community partners. Here are some memorable highlights from her tour.</p> <p><strong>About SAIC</strong></p> <p>SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation’s technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.</p> <p>We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion , which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro-forma annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For ongoing news, please visit our <a href="https://www.saic.com/who-we-are/newsroom" target="_blank">newsroom</a>.</p> , full_html, During her first 100 days with the company, SAIC CEO Toni Townes-Whitley embarked on a listening tour to visit with dedicated employees, impactful customers, and committed community partners. Here are some memorable highlights from her tour. Syracuse Financial Professional Granted $25,000 From Northwestern Mutual To Support GiGi’s Playhouse https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795816-syracuse-financial-professional-granted-25000-northwestern-mutual-support Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:00:57 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795816-syracuse-financial-professional-granted-25000-northwestern-mutual-support Northwestern Mutual Northwestern Mutual is celebrating the outstanding volunteerism of its financial professionals through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="370" src="https://www.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/2024-02/Heather_NorthwesternMutual_022724.mp4" width="100%"></iframe></center> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUwamTgqyY4&amp;t=1s" target="_blank">Originally published by Northwestern Mutual on February 24, 2024</a></p> <p>SYRACUSE, N.Y.&nbsp;February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- <a href="https://www.northwesternmutual.com/who-we-are/sustainability-report/" target="_blank">Northwestern Mutual</a> is celebrating the outstanding volunteerism of its financial professionals through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. This year, 16 financial advisors and representatives were recognized for their transformational impact on the communities they serve, totaling $295,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide. Local Syracuse resident Heather Mulye, investment operations coordinator at Northwestern Mutual – Syracuse, has been named a 2024 Most Exceptional<em> </em>Community Service Award winner, receiving a $25,000 grant for GiGi’s Playhouse.</p> <p>“At Northwestern Mutual we believe in putting people first. This value is highlighted through our dedicated financial advisors who are not only building better tomorrows for their clients, but also for their communities,” said Steve Radke, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Through their philanthropic work, our advisors are donating their time and talents to help local nonprofit organizations.”</p> <p>GiGi’s Playhouse is committed to changing how the world views Down syndrome by educating the public and empowering individuals and families affected by it. By providing free programs focused on education, therapy and career development, GiGi’s Playhouse is supporting families and encouraging acceptance for all. As a volunteer, Mulye often leads activities like GiGiFIT classes and serves as a parent advocate on the board of managers. She also acts as a resource for families and was the lead chair for its 5K run event this past year, helping to raise $48,000.</p> <p>“After my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I searched for local resources and found the incredible community at GiGi’s Playhouse,” said Mulye. “This organization is driven solely by donations and with the Syracuse location growing in popularity, it’s clear that more classes and spaces are needed. Northwestern Mutual’s grant from its Community Service Awards program will help make this expansion possible.”</p> <p>Now in its 29<sup>th</sup> year, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation and Community Service Awards program, has donated nearly $7 million to nonprofits supported by financial professionals in their communities across the country.</p> <p>Learn more about Heather Mulye and her volunteer efforts with GiGi’s Playhouse <a href="https://youtu.be/YUwamTgqyY4?si=GSjSy6OcrVVTOD74" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Northwestern Mutual Foundation&nbsp;</strong><br /> The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $400 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination. Visit <a href="http://northwesternmutual-foundation.com/" target="_blank">Northwestern Mutual Foundation</a> to learn more.</p> <p><strong>About Northwestern Mutual</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.northwesternmutual.com/" target="_blank">Northwestern Mutual</a> has been helping people and businesses achieve financial security for more than 165 years. Through a comprehensive planning approach, Northwestern Mutual combines the expertise of its financial professionals with a personalized digital experience and industry-leading products to help its clients plan for what's most important. With more than $570 billion of total assets being managed across the company's institutional portfolio as well as retail investment client portfolios, nearly $35 billion in revenues, and $2.2 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than five million people with life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, and brokerage and advisory services. Northwestern Mutual ranked 111 on the 2023 FORTUNE 500.</p> <p>Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (investment brokerage services), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (investment advisory and services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance). Not all Northwestern Mutual representatives are advisors. Only those representatives with "Advisor" in their title or who otherwise disclose their status as an advisor of NMWMC are credentialed as NMWMC representatives to provide investment advisory</p> <p class="text-align-center"># # #</p> <p>For further information, contact:<br /> Jennifer Erickson, 1-800-323-7033<br /> <a href="mailto:mediarelations@northwesternmutual.com" target="_blank">mediarelations@northwesternmutual.com</a>&nbsp;</p> , full_html, Northwestern Mutual is celebrating the outstanding volunteerism of its financial professionals through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. Paychex Ranks Fourth on List of World’s Top Training Organizations https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795926-paychex-ranks-fourth-list-worlds-top-training-organizations Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:35:18 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795926-paychex-ranks-fourth-list-worlds-top-training-organizations Paychex, Inc. Paychex, Inc. has been recognized as one of the top training organizations in the world with a 2024 Training APEX Award, presented by Training magazine. <img alt="&quot;training APEX Awards 2024 Winner&quot; badge." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="afd05144-ed24-411f-a3dd-94590a97516e" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/apexaward_paychex_022724.jpg" width="640" /> <p>ROCHESTER, N.Y.,&nbsp;February 28, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- <a href="http://paychex.com/" target="_blank">Paychex, Inc.</a>, a leading provider of integrated human capital management software solutions for human resources, employee benefits, insurance services, and payroll, has been recognized as one of the top training organizations in the world with a 2024 Training APEX Award, presented by Training magazine. Paychex ranked number four on the list that identifies organizations that excel at training and employee development. This is the company’s 23<sup>rd</sup> consecutive appearance on the list and fourth consecutive year in the Top 10, earning Paychex a spot in the Training Hall of Fame.</p> <p>“Over the last year, the Paychex Learning and Development organization has had a renewed focus and roadmap for improving skills and providing development opportunities for our 16,000 employees,” said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericatoluhi/" target="_blank">Erica Toluhi</a>, director of people strategy and talent management at Paychex. “It’s an honor to again earn recognition as one of the world’s top training organizations for a 23<sup>rd</sup> consecutive time and to be inducted into the Training Hall of Fame for our commitment to employee development and innovative training programs.”</p> <p>The Training APEX Awards ranking is based on a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including demonstrated innovation and financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives. Winners demonstrate peak performance in employee training and development and organizational success.</p> <p>The Paychex training programs recognized included:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Year-End Training Program:</strong> To ensure the company is prepared to meet the needs of customers during the high-volume end-of-the-year business activities and to support a successful year-end for employees, Paychex front-line service providers are trained on the latest regulations and most common situations involving year-end processing. Training topics are divided into three phases, with e-learning and workshops developed to address fringe benefits, W-2s/1099, and year-end adjustments.</li> <li><strong>Comprehensive and Integrated Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Programs:</strong> To build stronger, more inclusive teams and communities, Paychex launched a comprehensive DEI Action Plan that included the Connection Mentoring Program, DEI and culture-specific training library, and formal Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRG).</li> <li><strong>Optimizing with Technology and Analytics</strong>: Investments in technology, such as Artificial intelligence (AI), have helped optimize and innovate learning and development across the company. Examples include the sales organization using insights tools to improve selling skills, leveraging data to drive learning analysis discussions, upskilling learning instructors and designers to build a more skilled workforce, and gamification to drive more independent learning and provide additional application opportunities.</li> </ul> <p>The complete Training APEX Awards list is available in the March issue of Training magazine and on <a href="https://trainingmag.com/training-magazine-ranks-the-winners-of-the-2024-training-apex-awards/" target="_blank">trainingmag.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Paychex</strong>&nbsp;<br /> Paychex, Inc. (Nasdaq: PAYX) is an industry-leading HCM company delivering a full suite of technology and advisory services in human resources, employee benefit solutions, insurance, and payroll. The company serves approximately 740,000 customers in the U.S. and Europe and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. The more than 16,000 people at Paychex are committed to helping businesses succeed and building thriving communities where they work and live. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.paychex.com/" target="_blank">paychex.com</a>.</p> <p>View original content<a href="https://www.paychex.com/newsroom/news-releases/paychex-ranks-fourth-on-2024-apex-training-list" target="_blank"> here.</a></p> , full_html, Paychex, Inc. has been recognized as one of the top training organizations in the world with a 2024 Training APEX Award, presented by Training magazine. Kotex Global Study Finds Nearly 60% of Women Feel Progress Is Lacking and Launches #ProgressFeelsLike Movement To Ignite Action on International Women’s Day https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795931-kotex-global-study-finds-nearly-60-women-feel-progress-lacking-and-launches Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:25:08 EST https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/795931-kotex-global-study-finds-nearly-60-women-feel-progress-lacking-and-launches Kimberly-Clark Corporation Kimberly-Clark’s Kotex, creator of the period care category, is marking International Women’s Day (March 8) by releasing eye-opening data from a study around how women worldwide feel about progress. <img alt="two people with #ProgressFeelsLike in white text and kotex logo" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="14ff6f2a-6865-4df3-a9bb-995107b38984" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/progressfeelslike_Kotex_022724.jpg" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://www.kimberly-clark.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Kimberly-Clark</a>’s Kotex®, creator of the period care category, is marking International Women’s Day (March 8) by releasing eye-opening data from a study around how women worldwide feel about progress. Kotex uncovered that nearly 60% of women believe that the speed of women’s progress is either stagnant or moving slowly. Half of the women polled indicated that the world is a more uncomfortable place for them than ever before. Furthermore, the study showed that these sentiments are relatively stronger among the younger generation. With this data top of mind, Kotex is launching its #ProgressFeelsLike effort to speak to this serious threat and encourage women around the world to have a voice and share their view of what progress is like in their daily lives and in the world around them.</p> <p>“In a long history of advancement of women’s rights and equality, today we are reminded that progress isn’t a given,” said <strong>Alison Lewis</strong>, chief growth officer at Kimberly-Clark. “Now is a crucial time for women everywhere to use their voices to inspire change, and we are pleased to offer a platform to share what #ProgressFeelsLike from their viewpoint. On International Women’s Day and every day, #ProgressFeelsLike unites us and empowers us in our pursuit of progress across every culture and every country in the world. Because period or not, She Can.”</p> <p>To help show the world what #ProgressFeelsLike, Kotex is debuting a provocative <a href="https://youtu.be/2Wls8bcd_Pg" target="_blank">film</a> produced by an all-female Kotex team in partnership with <a href="https://www.capitalacreative.com" target="_blank">Captial A Creative</a> and <a href="https://www.rakish.us/" target="_blank">Rakish</a>, led by renowned director,<a href="https://www.rakish.us/directors/jaci-judelson#b-for-bank-life" target="_blank"> Jaci Judelson</a>. The powerful #ProgressFeelsLike film speaks to the data unearthed in Kotex’s study. It depicts the reality around the globe that women face bias related to inequality, their periods and other restrictions, which continue to challenge or hinder progress.</p> <p>Kotex is encouraging women worldwide to participate in the movement by using #ProgressFeelsLike in social media posts. The period care brand is also organizing on-the-ground activations to ignite conversation and inspire change for women within their communities. Examples include:</p> <ul> <li>In Turkey, Kotex is increasing its commitment to women’s progress to ensure a more comfortable world where women can express themselves freely and break menstrual taboos. For every tweet using #ProgressFeelsLike in Turkey, the Kotex team will make a matching product donation to non-profit women’s organizations.</li> <li>In Brazil, Kotex is launching a digital art festival to visually depict what #ProgressFeelsLike and to celebrate women's achievements, question the stigmas around menstruation, and show that women haven't come this far to stop here.</li> <li>In the US, U by Kotex will donate two period products to Alliance for Period Supplies from the purchase of any U by Kotex product purchased at Walmart during March 2024. U by Kotex will also donate two additional period products to APS for each repost of its social media post for National Women’s Day on March 8, 2024, to drive awareness of period poverty, an issue that impacts one in three low-income women in the US.</li> <li>In Vietnam, Kotex is launching a music video that calls for consumers to submit entries that speak to what #ProgressFeelsLike when it comes to chasing their dreams. The top three winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship to make their ideas a reality.</li> </ul> <p>As part of the #ProgressFeelsLike movement, Kotex is leading by example and has formed a new partnership with <a href="https://shesthefirst.org/" target="_blank">She’s the First</a>, a non-profit organization that fights for a world where every girl can choose her own future. As a part of the partnership with She’s the First, Kotex is standing behind its pledge to progress and donating funds to help support the organization’s mission to make sure girls everywhere are respected, educated and heard. The #ProgressFeelsLike movement and new alliance with She’s the First is an extension of Kotex’s <a href="https://www.kimberly-clark.com/en-us/responsibility/social-impact/kotex-she-can-initiative" target="_blank">She Can</a> Initiative and existing work with Plan International and WASH United. The three partnerships align with Kotex’s ongoing mission to champion women’s progress by fighting period stigmas and the barriers they cause, by promoting access to education in schools and communities and by helping to open doors so women gain equal opportunity.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/15JEhkJw__2J5uiAvCMjUZCMJIRygp10f/view" target="_blank">here</a> to view and download the #ProgressFeelsLike infographic. Click <a href="https://youtu.be/2Wls8bcd_Pg" target="_blank">here</a> to watch the film. Click <a href="https://www.kimberly-clark.com/en-us/responsibility/social-impact/kotex-she-can-initiative" target="_blank">here</a> for more information about the Kotex #ProgressFeelsLike movement and She Can Initiative.</p> <p><em>*= Kotex’s Global Consumer Insights Study, September 2023 Total N = 3500.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>About Kotex</strong><br /> Our Kotex, U by Kotex, and Intimus brands aim to ensure a period never gets in the way of any woman's progress. Kimberly-Clark created the period care category with the launch of the Kotex brand 100 years ago, and today, its products are trusted by millions of women in more than 100 countries to provide outstanding protection and inspire confidence that period or not, she can.</p> <p><strong>About Kimberly-Clark</strong><br /> Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries and territories. Fueled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people's most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what's important to them. Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Plenitud, Sweety, Softex, Viva and WypAll, hold No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in approximately 70 countries. We use sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, build strong communities, and ensure our business thrives for decades to come. We are proud to be recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies(R) by Ethisphere for the fifth year in a row. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company's 150-year history of innovation, visit <a href="https://www.kimberly-clark.com/en-us/" target="_blank">kimberly-clark.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About She’s the First</strong><br /> She’s the First is a global girls’ rights organization that fights for a world where every girl can choose her own future. They team up with grassroots leaders to make sure girls everywhere are educated, respected, and heard. Over the past 13 years, they’ve created transformational outcomes for 563,741 girls by working alongside 685 community organizations in 42 countries. To fulfill their mission, they teach a girl how to speak up for herself in her home, school, and community, while they teach the mentors in her life practical ways to support her agency. As a result, these girls become the first women in their families to achieve amazing milestones—and they are never the last.</p> <p>Their diverse team is based across the U.S., Kenya and Guatemala. They’ve built a strong reputation as an anti-oppressive and girl-centered organization. Their leadership in the girls’ empowerment space is recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama, the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, Women Deliver and the DVF Awards.</p> , full_html, Kimberly-Clark’s Kotex, creator of the period care category, is marking International Women’s Day (March 8) by releasing eye-opening data from a study around how women worldwide feel about progress.