(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Charities that focus on veterans will benefit from a partnership struck between Teak Media + Communication and Salute American Vodka. Teak will be in charge of launching Salute in major cities across the U.S. with an aim to become the number one spirit contributor to veteran’s charities across the country.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Economic Forum includes financial literacy as one of six core ‘foundational literacies’ essential for students to thrive in the 21st century economy. Supporting the next generation to manage money is not only vital in securing their future, but also the future of business and the wider economy. Improved financial confidence and knowledge among consumers and employees benefits everyone.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Placing sustainability at the heart of the business model is helping companies improve their relationships with stakeholders and providing a robust competitive advantage. Sustainable ways of doing business help companies to reduce risk across operations, while maintaining value and relevance to consumers and inspiring employees.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The English language is an ever-expanding landscape of words and expressions and every year new entries make it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the leading reference books on the English language. In a recent blog post, Merriam-Webster presents some of the more than 1,000 words that have been added.
Mountain Rose Herbs has achieved a Zero Waste Facility Certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). It is the first Oregon-based company to received certification, scoring Platinum status, the highest level of certification. Companies awarded zero waste certification have to divert at least 90 percent of all non-hazardous waste from landfills and incineration.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The financial crisis of 2008 was marked by an excessive focus on short term profits, aggressive acceptance of higher risks, and an erosion of trust between institutions and consumers. The positive outcome of that crisis has been a growing recognition of values-based investment decision criteria, and an increasing consideration of ESG issues in investment decisions and services offered by financial institutions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has recently added a healthy dose of renewable energy to their portfolio.
The company has announced the signing of a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that will allow their client, Sun Chemical, to cut electricity costs at its Carlstadt, N.J., production facility by roughly $400,000. This extends the energy savings the company has realized through their partnership with Schneider, which runs into the millions.
This highlights the direction that the company has taken in their recent acquisition of Renewable Choice Energy, a leading provider of renewable power to industrial and commercial clients. By the time of the acquisition, the two companies had already helped clients install over 2 GW of renewable power.
At Sun Chemical’s Carlstadt facility, rooftop and carport photovoltaic (PV) arrays at the site will generate over a million kilowatt-hours annually. That’s more than thirty percent of the facility’s total electricity demand.
The move deeper into renewables by Schneider is a smart one. As knowledge of building performance has grown, practitioners like Schneider are better to prepared to take a holistic view of energy opportunities. Clients will often ask, I want to go green, how do I get the best bang for my buck? Is it efficiency, or should I just go with renewables? While it’s certainly not a black and white issue, one thing is clear. If energy demand can be reduced up front, through efficiency, that will reduce the size and cost of the investment in renewables.
Steve Wilhite, Schneider’s Senior Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services, puts it this way, “As clean energy reaches price parity with traditional energy, companies are taking aggressive steps to integrate renewables. We are seeing tremendous demand from clients to source a mix of green energy at a competitive rate.” He says that as a team, Schneider and Renewable Choice can effectively address the concerns of “clients looking to diversify their overall energy strategy, while providing critical sustainability and risk mitigation benefits via clean energy solutions.”
The recent solar installation is a case in point. Gary Andrzejewski, Corporate Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Sun Chemical said, “Our decision to build PV arrays at our Carlstadt facility is the latest example of how our own facility managers have been challenging themselves with regard to eco-efficiency.”
Using a data-driven process, the company worked with Schneider to identify the best path to cost reduction. Schneider then oversaw the solar bid process and contract negotiation.
The Global Impact Investing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Digital technology is gradually turning the dream of financial inclusion in the developing world into a reality. User-friendly financial apps and mobile banking are empowering citizens in remote regions to participate in the financial economy and improve their lives.