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Employee Fulfillment Trumps Engagement

Imperative releases 2019 Workforce Purpose Index
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Never confuse motion with action. Good advice from Benjamin Franklin. Never confuse motion with meaningful action. Even better advice from Aaron Hurst et al., in the third Workforce Purpose Index, released May 16.

For the Love of Dirt: General Mills Invests in Soil Health

By Mary Mazzoni
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For most of us, dirt is little more than an inconvenience. It ruins our shoes, musses our cars and seems omnipresent on our hardwood floors. Rarely do we appreciate dirt for what it really is—the foundation of all life on Earth.

More than 95 percent of the food we eat depends on a mere 6 inches of topsoil. Soil not only provides us food, but it also purifies our water and acts as a natural carbon sink.

General Mills Meets U.S. Department of Energy “Better Plants Challenge” Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule

Company met its goal of 20 percent reduction in energy consumption at U.S. production facilities
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MINNEAPOLIS, May 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ – In 2012, General Mills set a 10-year goal to improve energy efficiency in the company’s 26 largest U.S.-based plants by 20 percent (from FY12-FY22). Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that General Mills achieved its goal four years ahead of plan, with a total efficiency improvement of 20.4 percent since fiscal year 2012.  

Labs Rack up Big Energy Bills and Produce a Ton of Trash. Many Are Trying to Become More Eco-Friendly

by Megan Thielking
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Scientific labs produce a ton of waste: plastic pipette tips and the plastic racks that hold them, plastic foam coolers that house chemicals and cells, surplus solvents that expire in storage. They also rack up big energy bills: special freezers keep experiments cold, high-tech vents keep air clean, and dedicated machines keep equipment sterile.

A More Sustainable Way to Print on Fabric

HP moves into textiles with Stitch, a portfolio of wide-format printers that open new creative possibilities for fashion, signage and interior design, while reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.
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By Sarah Murry

First plastic, then glass and wood, and now — fabric.

Putting Good Food to Good Use in the UK

By Claudine Galloway
Blog

Big Ben. Fish and chips. “The Tube.”

The United Kingdom is known for all of these (jolly good) things, and much more.

But one thing few people know about is the level of hunger that exists across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In fact, in the UK, one in eight people go hungry every day.

Yet 163,000 pounds of perfectly good food is wasted every day in Britain.

At General Mills, we believe that all food should be eaten, and that taking a lead role in surplus food recovery is a business, moral and sustainability imperative.

Review of the GRI Universal Standards

Project to look at the sustainability reporting standards that apply to all organizations
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The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the independent standard setting body of GRI, is launching a project to review the universal Standards.
 

Ecolab Ranks Eighth on 2019 Best Corporate Citizens List

Sixth consecutive year in top 10
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May 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ For the sixth consecutive year, Ecolab Inc. is ranked within the top 10 on Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, which recognizes leading U.S. public companies for their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. Ecolab ranks eighth on the 2019 Best Corporate Citizens list.

Ingersoll Rand Awarded World Environment Center’s 2019 Gold Medal Award for International Sustainable Development

Chairman and CEO announces bold next generation 2030 sustainability targets for Ingersoll Rand and strategic brands Trane® and Thermo King®
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SWORDS, Ireland, May 16, 2019 /3BL Media/– Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, today was awarded the World Environment Center’s 35th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

Former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz presented the award to Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand, tonight during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

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