Business & Trade CSR News

Pandemic Raises Stakes for Success of the SDGs

By Tina Nybo Jensen, International Policy Manager, GRI

In this Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we hear much about how organizations, countries and individuals are stepping up their efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Despite this, the reality is that the pace of action has not been quick enough and we are already far behind on delivering the Global Goals. 

New Trades Training Facility in Orlando Expands Path to Pro Program


The Home Depot Foundation’s nonprofit partner, The Home Builders Institute (HBI), has announced the official opening of its new Orlando-based facility for training people for jobs in construction. The BuildStrong Academy of Orlando will train and place thousands of area students who want to pursue careers in the skilled trades for the building industry.

ViacomCBS Puts a Spotlight on Employees Who Exemplify Volunteerism with the Impact Awards

By Noor Kaur

The ViacomCBS Impact Awards recognize employees who exemplify our values and are making differences in their communities. This year we are proud to award five winners who will have $10,000 donated to an organization of their choosing.

Laura DiMarco, New York City, USA

Real Time ESG Tracking From StockSnips


The researchers at StockSnips have been transforming unstructured data into financial sentiment insights for several years. Their AI / ML (Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning) based system reads thousands of articles and tags the relevant snippets to derive a quantified investor sentiment measure that could drive stock performance. StockSnips has now developed an ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) signal leveraging the platform used for its Financial Media Sentiment. We have begun adding this data set into CSRHub’s consensus measure of entity ESG performance.

The Time is Now to Accelerate Climate Action

By Lisa Fewins, Associate Vice President and Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s Environmental Business and Interim Corporate Sustainability Manager

Industry emissions and the simple acts of living every day is heating our world. Climate change is scientific fact. It’s a tangible part of our existence that no longer is focused thousands of miles away as ice sheets break off glaciers in the Artic or retreat from distant mountains. The consequences of our polluting actions have arrived at our doorsteps.

How Back to the Roots Is Helping Children Garden and Grow


Growing a personal garden does more than just fill your plate. According to the Journal of Environmental Horticulture, it can also lessen stress levels and help promote mental wellbeing. Perhaps that’s why one in three American households plant seeds each season.

Principal Charity Classic Sets Charitable Giving Record in 2021

Annual PGA TOUR Champions event raised more than $7.3 million for Iowa children’s charities
Press Release

DES MOINES, Iowa, September 22, 2021 /3BL Media/ – The Principal Charity Classic today announced its 2021 tournament raised more than $7.3 million in support of Iowa children’s charities, surpassing the event’s previous record of $6.7 million set in 2020 despite the tournament being canceled due to COVID-19.

The annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines has now raised more than $37 million for Iowa children’s charities since Principal Financial Group® became the title sponsor in 2007.

Paying It Forward: How Mentors are Helping Open Career Doors at Koch


Felipe Lopez faced a number of speedbumps in college that threatened to impede his efforts to earn a degree. He worked three jobs to pay tuition, making it harder to focus on classes. As the first in his family to attend college, there was no one to show him the ropes, so he learned about internships, networking and how to write a resume through trial and error.

Room to Breathe: Industrial Projects and Communities Are Challenged to Coexist


In Louisiana, the impact of Hurricane Ida has revived the justice debate over a 128-MW, $210-million natural gas power plant completed last year by utility Entergy in New Orleans as an emergency supply, despite fierce opposition from its mostly Black and Vietnamese community neighbors. The plant did not operate for two days after the storm hit on Aug. 29, and then supplied power only for a small area.

Country 2 Country 4 Cancer (C2C4C) Event

Multimedia with summary

More than 150 colleagues from 14 EU countries just finished cycling 3,000 km in our Country 2 Country 4 Cancer (C2C4C) event to raise awareness and much-needed donations for cancer research. It’s more than a bike ride — together, as one global BMS family, it’s part of our long-standing commitment to cancer research and our patients.


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