I'm Breaking New Ground at CNH – Katie Hoare

CNH has developed its I’m Breaking New Ground series to recognize organizations and individuals who are committed to making a difference. The company welcomes Kate Hoare, winner of the Women in Ag Award at Agritechnica, to the series. Kate, together with her husband Kevin, actively pioneered a biomethane-capturing slurry lagoon at Trenance Farm in Cornwall thanks to CNH’s partnership with Bennamann. Their innovative sustainable farming model not only minimizes the environmental footprint but also sets a pioneering example for other farms to follow.

Follow CNH’s YouTube Channel to discover more of these projects, as the company and the individuals they highlight continue Breaking New Ground.

Ceres Applauds New Rule Prioritizing Sustainable Products in Federal Procurements

April 19, 2024 /3BL/ – Ceres welcomed today’s announcement by the Biden administration of a new rule updating federal procurement practices to prioritize the purchase of sustainable products and services. The U.S. government is the world’s largest consumer of products and services, with roughly $750 billion in annual procurements.

The Federal Sustainable Procurement rule put forward by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council requires agencies and contracting officers to purchase products and services recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies as sustainable. It is one of several rules that provide the U.S. an opportunity to make further progress in reducing financial risks in federal supply chains and ensuring the nation captures the enormous economic opportunities and taxpayer savings associated with the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable, and just economy.

“This is an important step forward in making the federal government’s supply chains more resilient and sustainable,” said Steven Rothstein, Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets at Ceres. “When making purchasing decisions, the government has a responsibility to manage the financial risks of climate change and other sustainability threats. This new rule will help ensure that the government uses its purchasing power to reduce these risks and strengthen the market for long-term stability while supporting climate and sustainability innovations.

Last year, Ceres, which filed public comments, published an analysis of all the public comments filed. It showed the overwhelming majority of public comments submitted to the FAR Council were in support of the rule. Ceres, along with its nonprofit partners and investor and company members, worked to highlight the benefits of the sustainable products procurement rule finalized today, along with the supplier climate risk disclosure rule that was proposed in November 2022, and awaits finalization.

“Now that the sustainable products procurement rule is final, it is time to take the next steps to finalize the supplier climate risk disclosure rule which will boost the federal government’s broader efforts to reduce climate-related financial risks by requiring the largest contractors to disclose greenhouse gas emissions, perform climate risk assessments, and set validated science-based targets,” Rothstein added.

About Ceres 

Ceres is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to accelerate the transition to a cleaner, more just, and sustainable world. The Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets aims to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets by engaging federal and state regulators, financial institutions, investors, and corporate boards to act on climate change as a systemic financial risk. For more information, visit ceres.org and ceres.org/accelerator.

Media Contact: Diane May, dmay@ceres.org, 617-247-0700 ext. 220

Essity Joins United Nations Initiative To Promote Inclusive Advertising

Originally published on Essity Newscenter

Hygiene and health company Essity continues its purpose to break barriers to well-being by joining the Unstereotype Alliance, a thought and action platform convened by UN Women, with the mission to eradicate harmful stereotypes in media and advertising content.

The Unstereotype Alliance seeks to eradicate harmful stereotypes from advertising and media to help create a more equal world. Convened by UN Women, an organization within the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, the Alliance collectively acts to empower people in all their diversity by using advertising as a force for good to drive positive change all over the world.

Essity and its brands have a long history of breaking taboos, raise awareness against bias and act for equality. For example through campaigns by its feminine care brands Bodyform/Libresse/Nosotras/Saba, and the global market leading incontinence care brand TENA, such as “Blood Normal” which was the first TV advertisement for period products to replace blue liquid with a more representative red, “Viva La Vulva” and “Befriend your Body” which helps normalize the conversation about the female body and “The Last Lonely Menopause” which encourages conversations about menopause.

“Essity has presence in 150 countries, and we take great responsibility in building our brands with our consumers and customers in a responsible and inclusive way. By joining the Unstereotype Alliance we want to contribute to accelerating progress and look forward to collaborating with UN Women and peers worldwide to empower people in this endeavor”, says Tuomas Yrjölä, President Global Brand, Innovation & Sustainability at Essity.

Essity has been a partner to the United Nations Foundation since 2016 with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with Goal 5: Gender Equality being one of Essity’s prioritized SDGs. 

For information about the Unstereotype Alliance, go to: http://www.unstereotypealliance.org

Viatris Announces Product Donations To Direct Relief of More Than 7 Million Doses of Medicine To Support Access to Medicine and Healthcare

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland, April 19, 2024 /3BL/ – Viatris Inc. (NASDAQ: VTRS), a global healthcare company, today announced that it has donated more than 7 million doses of medicine to its long-standing partner Direct Relief to support humanitarian medical relief efforts across the world. The donation came via Viatris’ Swiss affiliate, Viatris Pharma GmbH, and included medicine from a wide range of therapeutic areas, such as gastroenterology and cardiology, among others, to help meet urgent medical needs.

“Viatris is proud to support organizations that work to ensure people have access to healthcare, especially during times of crisis,” said Lara Ramsburg, Viatris’ Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. “The World Health Organization estimates more than 2 billion people globally do not have access to medicines, a situation much exacerbated by emergencies. The urgent health challenges and the growing areas of need are why we value partners like Direct Relief who are dedicated to providing resources for patients when and where they need care.”

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that works globally to expand access to medicine and healthcare by equipping doctors and nurses with lifesaving medical resources. The organization responds to crises of all types and humanitarian crises around the world.

“Guided by our mission to empower people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life, we are grateful to work with Direct Relief to make the most impactful contributions possible,” says Lewis Pearson, Viatris’ Country Manager in Switzerland.

To learn more about Viatris’ commitment to sustainability and how the company is working with partners around the world to address some of the world’s most pressing health, environmental and social issues, please visit the Company’s 2022 Sustainability Report.

About Viatris

Viatris Inc. (NASDAQ: VTRS) is a global healthcare company uniquely positioned to bridge the traditional divide between generics and brands, combining the best of both to more holistically address healthcare needs globally. With a mission to empower people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life, we provide access at scale, currently supplying high-quality medicines to approximately 1 billion patients around the world annually and touching all of life’s moments, from birth to the end of life, acute conditions to chronic diseases. With our exceptionally extensive and diverse portfolio of medicines, a one-of-a-kind global supply chain designed to reach more people when and where they need them, and the scientific expertise to address some of the world’s most enduring health challenges, access takes on deep meaning at Viatris. We are headquartered in the U.S., with global centers in Pittsburgh, Shanghai and Hyderabad, India. Learn more at viatris.com and investor.viatris.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and X (formerly Twitter).

¡Felicidades! To Cadence’s 2023 Latinx Students in Technology Scholarship Recipients

Cadence is thrilled to announce the eight recipients of Cadence’s 2023 Latinx Students in Technology Scholarship and spotlight their outstanding achievements.

Over the past three years, the number of applications for this scholarship has nearly doubled with each cycle, and we are excited to see this growth continue. Muchas felicidades to the selected students—each of our recipients is pursuing a technical degree and was awarded this scholarship based on their strong academic record, work in the community, leadership potential, and recommendations from professors. Get to know our impressive recipients in this short video and by reading more about their academic journeys below.

Hear directly from the students as they dive into their personal experiences, post-graduation goals, and what drives them to shape the future of technology.

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications this year. We hope to continue to reach STEM students from underrepresented groups with our upcoming scholarships. We also want to thank the talented individuals who were selected for sharing their inspiring stories and expressing how these programs have positively impacted their studies. We look forward to seeing where their passions take them next.

Allison Delgado, Santa Clara University 

“As a child, I quickly noticed the stark difference in the availability of technology for the children in my mother’s home country versus those around me in the United States. This imbalance of technology, crucial for medicine, education, and communication, made me realize that we are far from worldwide technological equity. This inspired me to study engineering so that I’d be able to share my perspectives and experiences to help bridge the technology access gap around the world.”

Emily Grace Arana, University of California, Davis

“Perseverance and energy conquers all! If you have a vision or a dream, it can be accomplished as long as you’re willing to put in the time. Your goals may not be accomplished on your desired timeline, but if you want it bad enough, it doesn’t matter how long it will take. Reach out to your network and consider all of your resources, there is help for you out there!”

Jimena Noa-Guevara, Oregon State University

“I am exploring the data science and human-computer interaction tracks within the computer science discipline. After graduating, I plan to enter the workforce for a few years and continue learning about how technology contributes to our world. However, the notion of “why not?” follows me everywhere, and I want to show people from diverse backgrounds that anything you put your mind to can be done. Thus, my end goal is to become the CEO of my own company, because: why not?!”

Jose Guajardo, University of California, Berkeley

“My first exposure to STEM was through a summer program that I attended at a local university in my hometown of Laredo, Texas. Over several summers in middle and high school, I learned fundamental math and science and was introduced to engineering through a LEGO Mindstorms project. Looking back, it’s hard to imagine that such a program was available in my hometown, and I have no doubt that it planted a seed that grew into my interest in electrical engineering.”

Rosalinda Garcia, Oregon State University

“My advice to future STEM students is that community is key! Seeking out clubs or friends who understand your experiences is an important part of the support needed to persist and succeed. There are also folks in industry or with more experience who can relate to you and are more than happy to help you navigate toward your degree.”

Sarah Barreto Ornellas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“After graduation, I plan to focus on research and development of new medical devices, in either academic or private institutions. I hope to apply the knowledge gained during my graduate studies to the development of new biosensors that are less expensive to manufacture and that can collect important health-related data to help providers make informed decisions or enable new diagnostics or therapies.”

Vinicius Cabral do Nascimento, Purdue University

“You have the same potential as anyone else. You might have to work hard to catch up, but you are capable. Find student societies for underrepresented groups. Attend panels with professionals who are ahead in their careers and have gone through similar experiences. Their success will inspire, and their struggles are relatable. In the event of any friction, avoid assuming cultural differences are an irreparable alienating factor. Seek common ground, and don’t put up barriers.”

Xiomara Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin

“As a recipient of this scholarship, I will be able to participate in conferences and professional development opportunities related to my field of study. These events are crucial for learning about the evolving demands for technology and innovative approaches to address challenges that arise. They also offer a rich environment where I can share my research and hear about others’ experiences.”

Learn more about the Diversity in Technology Scholarship Program and check out our past recipients:

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Meet the Family Farmer Growing Your Avocados

Originally published by TriplePundit

Avocado trees are native to southern Mexico, where they grew as wild cultivars for thousands of years before the Aztec and Maya people began growing the crop domestically. Today, avocado production is an economic powerhouse for the region.

The avocado industry has enjoyed record-breaking growth in recent years, and per-capita consumption in the U.S. has steadily climbed, as well as avocado imports from Mexico. The dramatic growth in avocado imports has been good for the U.S. economy, according to a report from researchers at Texas A&M University’s Agribusiness Food and Consumer Economics Research Center in partnership with Avocados From Mexico. In fiscal year 2021-2022, U.S. imports of Mexican Hass avocados added $6.1 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product and created 58,299 jobs. On the Mexican side of the border, hundreds of thousands of people earn their living from the prized fruit.

Michoacán, a Mexican state on the western coast, is at the heart of the country’s avocado sector and produces 73 percent of all avocados grown in Mexico. It is also where Martin Mendoza calls home and where he has been growing avocados since he was 16 years old. “My mother started our family’s farm in 1980, and my brothers and I started growing avocados then,” he told TriplePundit.

Michoacán: The global center of avocado production

Today, Mendoza and his four brothers manage a 250-acre operation, where they grow 15,000 avocado trees, divided into five orchards. “Our farm is spread out at diverse elevations between 1,400 and 2,700 meters above sea level,” Mendoza explained. “The difference in climates at the various locations allows us to harvest avocados year-round.” 

Michoacán is a lush environment, with rainforests, pine forests and deciduous forests spread throughout the state. “From my orchards, you can see the volcano Paricutín. In the past few weeks, it has had snow on top of it that we can see from the farm,” Mendoza reflected.

Mendoza typically starts his day on the farm around 7 a.m. When his employees arrive, they go over their plan for the day and address any production problems before any other work begins. While the farm’s full-time work crew consists of 20 employees, during times of heavy harvesting, they also manage outside picking crews.

Approximately 90 percent of avocado imports in the U.S. come from Mexico, and until recently, Michoacán was the only Mexican state to meet the rigorous requirements of the U.S. export program — which includes certifying the fruits are free from pests and plant disease, among other requirements. “We have participated in the export program since its inception, and we export mostly to the U.S.,” Mendoza said of his farm.

Ensuring sustainability and safety

Mendoza has spent decades learning about the needs of avocado trees. For example, avocado trees are highly sensitive to changes in temperature and precipitation. With much of Mexico experiencing drought, farmers are conscious of water use. “Climate change has affected our entire region,” Mendoza said. “However, in Michoacán we are blessed with a lot of rainfall. It rains most months of the year, and the rich, volcanic soil in Michoacán holds moisture and keeps the avocados alive without the use of irrigation.”

In Mendoza’s orchards, 80 percent of his trees rely solely on rainfall and soil moisture, and only 20 percent require additional irrigation. To ensure maximum uptake and avoid runoff, Mendoza utilizes micro-sprinklers and drip irrigation. These microirrigation technologies allow for greater precision by directing water only to the trees that need supplemental irrigation. Additionally, Mendoza harvests rainwater during the months with higher rainfall to use for irrigation during dry seasons.

The farm also invests in food safety and quality, and for Mendoza, that starts with the health of his employees. All employees undergo regular testing to ensure that nobody is sick while handling the avocados, and the Mendozas provide medical services for all employees working in their orchards.

They also monitor their water supply and ensure that any agricultural product that touches the avocados is environmentally-friendly and safe for consumers. “The guidelines for the export program are very strict, and they cover employees, tools, chemicals and more. We have to be impeccable,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza’s farm also carries additional responsible agriculture certifications, including Global GAP, and they employ a monitor who ensures that all outside picking crews and other employees are following responsible farming practices in each of the five orchards.

“We are very careful about the environment,” Mendoza said. “We take care of the land because we depend on it. Responsible farming practices are generally a key characteristic of Michoacán.”

Family farmers in Michoacán drive the avocado sector

The avocado sector in Michoacán provides an economic boost to the entire region through employment opportunities and additional outside investments, but this vibrant local economy would not be possible without the hard work of family farmers.

About 80 percent of avocado growers in Michoacán are smallholders with less than 12 acres, Mendoza said. “The avocado industry benefits thousands of farming families. There are 180,000 hectares in the avocado export program, but they are mostly the small family farms that support this industry.”

Running a larger farm in a sector that provides so many in the community with a livelihood is a lot of responsibility, but Mendoza said he embraces it.

“Avocados are the main economic engine of our state in terms of job creation and the economy,” he said. “My main challenge as a grower is to continue to export and continue to grow so I can generate employment for my community, but I am motivated by the challenge of making a good name for avocados from Michoacán. I am very proud to be Michoacáno.”

This article series is sponsored by the Avocado Institute of Mexico and produced by the TriplePundit editorial team.

Images courtesy of the Avocado Institute of Mexico

Empowering Future Leaders: How Keysight’s Mesa Program Fuels Innovation and Diversity in STEM

Discover the inspiring stories of Keysight employees who’ve thrived through the MESA program. Through mentorship, skill-building, and community engagement, they’ve unlocked their potential, driving innovation and diversity in STEM. Join us as we celebrate their journey and the impact of MESA on shaping future leaders.

About Keysight Technologies 
At Keysight (NYSE: KEYS), we inspire and empower innovators to bring world-changing technologies to life. As an S&P 500 company, we’re delivering market-leading design, emulation, and test solutions to help engineers develop and deploy faster, with less risk, throughout the entire product life cycle. We’re a global innovation partner enabling customers in communications, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, automotive, semiconductor, and general electronics markets to accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Learn more at Keysight Newsroom and www.keysight.com.

Expedia Group Announces Two New Sustainable Travel Programs for Destinations

New programs boost environmentally responsible travel and support economic advancement in local communities across the globe

Following successful pilots, Expedia Group is now accepting submissions

SEATTLE, April 19, 2024 /3BL/ – Expedia Group announced the launch of two new programs — Destination Climate Champions and the Destination Giveback Initiative — both designed to support destination marketing and management organizations (DMOs) in becoming better environmental stewards and helping ensure travel is truly a force for good in their local communities. The new programs are aligned with Expedia Group’s Open World™ social impact and sustainability strategy and its commitment to building resilient prosperity for destinations across the world.

“Responsible, sustainable travel means experiences that support local communities, while also protecting natural environments. Success requires collective effort – this is critical for the future of global travel,” said Aditi Mohapatra, vice president of Global Social Impact and Sustainability at Expedia Group. “Many DMOs are eager to take proactive actions on sustainability and social impact but may need initial support to get there. Expedia Group has invested in two new programs to further our destination partners’ capabilities, to transform local travel offerings, and empower travelers to make more responsible travel choices.”

Sustainability is a key value of travelers today. According to Expedia Group Media Solutions research, 90% of consumers already look for sustainable options when booking. And half of consumers would be willing to pay more for a trip if the travel options were more sustainable, meaning destination communities that offer more responsible tourism choices stand to enjoy economic benefits as well.[1]

Taking Climate Action

Expedia Group has partnered with the Travel Foundation, a leading industry NGO, to launch a first-of-its kind educational program for DMOs called Destination Climate Champions. The online training course and peer learning network equips DMO staff with the knowledge and skills to serve as climate champions and incorporate a climate lens into their day-to-day work, while also creating a destination specific Climate Action Plan. The program further enables DMOs to communicate credibly with travelers about sustainable tourism in their destination and promote more eco-conscious travel.

This program builds on Expedia Group’s own commitment to greener travel and to reaching Net Zero emissions by 2040, all detailed in its Climate Action Plan released last year. Recognizing that many DMOs may lack the resources needed to create a tourism-specific Climate Action Plan, the course will help destinations better meet traveler expectations while building community and industry resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The Destination Climate Champions program is being piloted with 30 destinations and three geographic cohorts across Europe, New Zealand, and the Northwest of the U.S. and Canada. The pilot cohorts began the training in February 2024 and the course will be available globally to additional DMOs later this year. There is no cost to participate; interested DMOs can register here.

“We are excited to embark on this transformative journey and support our DMO partners in this space,” said Rob Torres, senior vice president, Media Solutions at Expedia Group. “We understand that for many of our partners, the topic of sustainability is an urgent issue to address, but is often complex, and it can be hard to know how to put words into meaningful action. Our partnership with Travel Foundation reflects our shared vision of a travel industry that prioritizes both people and the planet. We’re providing DMOs with a step-by-step program that helps them to create a more environmentally-conscious approach to driving demand to their destinations.”

Giving Back to the Community

To further support destinations and local communities, Expedia Group has launched the Destination Giveback Initiative. Expedia Group makes donations to local causes identified together with its DMO partner on behalf of both parties, and provides support to local communities where they need it most while driving tourism growth. Depending on the destination’s overall level of partnership, the selected cause may also receive extra promotion across Expedia Group’s global marketing channels.

As an example, Destination Canada is one of Expedia Group’s most valued destination partners and engaged with the Destination Giveback Initiative in 2023 as part of their overall partnership. Expedia Group made a one-time donation of $100,000 USD to The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC). The fund offers a unique opportunity for travelers, Indigenous businesses and non-Indigenous companies to actively participate in and support Indigenous tourism development.

To learn more about the Destination Giveback Initiative, contact the Media Solutions team here.

To learn more about the Destination Climate Champions program, please visit here.

About Expedia Group

Expedia Group, Inc. brands power travel for everyone, everywhere through our global platform. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, we help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. We provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travelers. Our organization is made up of three pillars: Expedia Brands, housing all our consumer brands; Expedia Product & Technology, focused on the group’s product and technical strategy and offerings; and Expedia for Business, consisting of business-to-business solutions and relationships throughout the travel ecosystem.

Expedia Group’s three flagship consumer brands includes: Expedia®, Hotels.com®, and Vrbo®. One Key™ is our comprehensive loyalty program that unifies Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo into one simple, flexible travel rewards experience. To enroll in One Key, download Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo mobile apps for free on iOS and Android devices. One Key is currently available in the U.S. and will become available globally soon.

About Travel Foundation

The Travel Foundation is a leading global NGO that works in partnership with governments, businesses, and communities to develop and manage tourism in a way that maximizes the benefits for communities and the environment. Founded in 2003, it has since worked in over 30 countries around the world.


Saint-Gobain Reduces Manufacturing-Related Emissions by 96% at Three Exterior Products Manufacturing Facilities in the United States

Originally published on Saint-Gobain Newsroom

Saint-Gobain, through its building materials subsidiary CertainTeed Siding, announced that it has achieved a 96% reduction (Scopes 1 & 2 only) in emissions from the manufacturing of polymer shakes, vinyl trim, millwork, and vinyl siding at its manufacturing facilities in McPherson, Kansas, Social Circle, Georgia, and Williamsport, Maryland, respectively. With fully electrified processes and 100% of the electricity used backed by renewable energy credits (RECs), Saint-Gobain has taken a significant step in its mission to provide low carbon siding products to the US market and reduce its environmental footprint.

This ambitious project comes as the company continues to successfully execute its global Grow and Impact strategy which commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and includes aggressive sustainability goals for reduction of energy and water use, landfill contributions, and increased use of recycled raw material. The current energy project by the Siding business complements the company’s three existing Power Purchase Agreements that will provide enough renewable electricity to cover over 70% of the electricity demand at all of Saint-Gobain’s industrial sites in North America when fully on line by 2025.

With the production processes now powered by renewable energy at the initial three facilities, the business is working to eliminate remaining sources of emissions not directly related to production, such as natural gas for plant heating and propane for forklift trucks. That work will result in fully net-zero facilities within the next few years, and Saint-Gobain will expand the program to additional Siding manufacturing sites. In addition to emissions reduction, pursuit of Saint-Gobain’s sustainability goals through multiple projects within the Siding Group has resulted in significant reductions in water use and discharge, and landfill contributions, including the 50% reduction of water consumption (over 9 million gallons) by its Jackson, Michigan facility resulting from the installation of a smart water submetering system and upgraded production equipment.

“As a leader in light and sustainable construction, we must focus on ensuring our manufacturing practices are as sustainable as possible, and our efforts toward achieving a near net-zero production process for Scopes 1 and 2 emissions in McPherson, Social Circle and Williamsport are a giant step forward as we continue this work,” said Joe Bondi, Vice President and General Manager of CertainTeed Siding. “These achievements are a shining example of how we can continue to provide quality products to our customers while committing to sustainable business practices. I thank every member of the team for their work to make this progress possible and for your dedication to our purpose —‘Making the World a Better Home.”’

This project follows several other recent actions taken by the company to solidify its commitment towards sustainability:

In September, Saint-Gobain announced that it signed a 15-year, 100 MW power purchase agreement with TotalEnergies for the purchase of solar power, expected to offset Saint-Gobain North America’s CO2 emissions from electricity by 90,000 metric tons per year.In August, Saint-Gobain announced a circular economy initiative in its Ceramics business, where scrap finished goods from its Bryan, Texas facility are sent to other Saint-Gobain Ceramics plants to be reused in production, instead of ending in landfills.In July, the company announced upgrades at its CertainTeed Insulation plant in Athens, Georgia, which is projected to save over 7,300 MWh of energy and 20 million gallons of water annually, while reducing landfill waste by over 5,000 MT.Also in July, Saint-Gobain announced the opening of a new CertainTeed Architectural facility in Conyers, Georgia, which will be co-located with finishing partner QPC, allowing the company to drastically reduce the distance products must travel to finalize production, reducing carbon emissions by over 50 million pounds per year.In June, Saint-Gobain announced that it had been awarded a 2023 SEAL Business Sustainability Award for its work to create the first “net zero-carbon” gypsum wallboard facility for scope 1 and 2 emissions in North America at its plant outside Montreal, Quebec.

With over 145 manufacturing locations in the United States and Canada, every current and future member of the company’s team plays a vital role in achieving its sustainability goals. A current list of job openings at all Saint-Gobain locations, including in McPherson, Social Circle and Williamsport, can be found on the company’s career website.

About CertainTeed

With innovative building solutions made possible through its comprehensive offering of interior and exterior products, CertainTeed is transforming how the industry builds. As leaders in building science and sustainable construction, CertainTeed makes it easier than ever to create high-performance, energy-efficient places to live, work and play, so that together we can make the world a better home. 

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,900 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $5.6 billion in 2021. www.certainteed.com

About Saint-Gobain

Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.

€47.9 billion in sales in 2023
160,000 employees, locations in 76 countries 
Committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 

Media Contact: 
Saint-Gobain in North America: 
Peter Clark 
Saint-Gobain Corporate Communications 

For more details on Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com and follow us on Twitter @saintgobain.

5 Ways Northwestern Mutual Is Building a Better Tomorrow: 2023 Sustainability and Social Impact Report

Watch our Chairman and CEO John Schlifske discuss our commitment to sustainability and social impact.

Originally published by Northwestern Mutual on April 17th, 2024

We put people first, helping our clients build financial security across generations. This is why a commitment to sustainability and social impact is at the core of our business.

Check out five key takeaways from our 2023 Sustainability and Social Impact report: 

Delivering financial security for 167 Years 

We’ve been helping people to find financial security since 1857. In 2023, we proudly assisted more than 5 million Americans and delivered record-setting dividends to policyowners, a sum expected to reach $7.3 billion in 2024.

Expanding financial access for historically underserved entrepreneurs and communities 

We’re committed to bridging the wealth gap by investing in financial access. For example, through Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, we have a goal of investing $20 million in women and $20 million in African American/Black entrepreneurs. And through our $175 million Impact Investment Fund, increased by $75 million in 2023, we’re supporting entrepreneurs in underserved communities, both locally and nationally.

Investing in our communities to drive transformational and sustainable outcomes that improve lives 

We’re passionate about making a difference in our communities. Through the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, we’ve contributed more than $50 million nationally since 2012 to advance research and treatments in childhood cancer and support the families affected by it. In 2023, our Childhood Cancer Scholarship Program awarded $500,000 in combined scholarships to 50 childhood cancer survivors and childhood cancer siblings to help alleviate the financial cost of college for impacted families.

Enabling everyone’s success through a culture of belonging 

We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to grow and contribute their best for the benefit of our clients and policyowners. Today, more than one-third of our employees participate in employee resource groups. Additionally, 30 percent of employees are people of color and 49 percent are women.

Demonstrating long-lasting commitments to people and planet 

We’re reducing our environmental impact through energy efficiency, carbon reduction, water conservation, and waste management. In 2023, we announced a new $500 million investment in our Milwaukee campus, with a goal of diverting at least 75 percent of construction waste from landfills. That means a cleaner, healthier planet for all of us.

Learn more about how we are building a better tomorrow by reading the Northwestern Mutual 2023 Sustainability and Social Impact report.