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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Metals Products Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Metals Products Sector?

SOURCE: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.


November 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Metals Products Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 14 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Metals Products Sector are:

  1. Materials
  2. Overall (Environmental)
  3. Water
  4. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  5. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  6. Indigenous Rights
  7. Security Practices
  8. Child Labor
  9. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  10. Anti-Competitive Behavior

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:

Organizations included in the Metals Products Sector study are:

Acerinox SA, Acindar Grupo Arcelor Mittar, Alcoa, APERAM, ArcelorMittal, ArcelorMittal USA, BHP Billiton, Componenta, CSC STEEL HOLDINGS BERHAD, Elval, Essar Steel, Franke Artemis Group, Halcor, Inscape Office Furniture Corporation, JSW Steel Ltd., La Farga Group, Metair Investments Limited, METALLOINVEST,NLMK (Novolipetsk Steel), Novelis, NUCOR Corporation, Nyrstar, OutoKumpu, PELLICONI, Qatalum, Qatar Steel Company, Rautaruukki, SABAF, SAIL, Sandvik, SKF Group, SSAB, STX Metal, Talvivaara, Tata Steel, The Doe Run Company, Umicore, USIMINAS, V & M do Brasil, Xstrata, Copper Canada, Xstrata Copper Peru, Yamana Desenvolvimento Mineral

About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (

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KEYWORDS: Reports, Business & Trade, Metals, Metals Products, Metals Products Sector, G3.1 Guidelines, G4 guidelines, GRI, GRI Aspects, materiality, sustainability reporting

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Quiz: What You Don’t Know About South American Energy

Quiz by Joe Eaton

SOURCE: The Great Energy Challenge


South America has vast energy resources, but how much do you know about the needs and reserves of its individual countries?

Visit The Great Energy Challenge Energy Quiz Hub and put your energy IQ to the test.


About The Great Energy Challenge
Energy is an issue that touches every person on the planet. That’s why National Geographic, in partnership with Shell, has launched The Great Energy Challenge.

The Great Energy Challenge convenes and engages influential citizens and key energy stakeholders in solutions-based thinking and dialogue about our shared energy future.

It’s a call to action to become actively involved, to learn more and do more—to change how we think about and consume energy so that we can all help tackle the big energy questions.

Tweet me: Quiz: What You Don’t Know About South American Energy @NatGeoGreen #energy

KEYWORDS: Energy, Alternative Energy, National Geographic, South America, Great Energy Challenege

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Workplace Boost: Powering Diversity and Inclusion Around the World

How do organizations build a diverse and inclusive culture? Let’s explore.



Innovation flourishes in a diverse environment. So how do organizations build a diverse and inclusive culture? In this article, we take a look at BNY Mellon’s latest global diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Launched by Chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell, BNY Mellon’s latest workplace-oriented diversity and inclusion campaign took the form of a relay — from East to West – across the company’s global footprint. BNY Mellon, known as the Investments Company for the World, employs some 50,000 people in 35 countries and 100 markets. The 2014 campaign is centered on the firm’s commitment to investing in, developing and engaging its employees.

Powering Diversity and Inclusion Around the World, the 2014 campaign theme, offers country-by-country opportunities for employees to celebrate the firm’s many accomplishments to advance a diverse and inclusive workplace. The campaign continues through November 21.

“We continue to make excellent strides in advancing diversity and inclusion while growing our brand and reputation in the marketplace as a coveted employer for the world’s best talent,” said Jyoti Chopra, BNY Mellon’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

Chopra notes recent highlights as shared points of pride for all employees:

  • Growth of the company’s internal and external diverse talent pipeline, with several hundred experienced level candidates identified.
  • Increased client and business engagement around diversity and inclusion through educational forums and symposia. Examples range from client events in London to diversity-oriented workshops for clients in Tokyo and New York.
  • External marketplace recognition as a place where diverse talent can excel and grow. BNY Mellon earned 22 external diversity awards last year, double the number from the prior year, and for 2014 BNY Mellon has accepted 20 awards to date.
  • Unconscious Bias diversity e-learning course for all employees worldwide.
  • A Global Diversity and Inclusion Council led and sponsored by BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell. The Council includes 40 leaders from all lines of business, business partner groups and regions.
  • Five employee-powered resource groups represent a vibrant and thriving employee community at BNY Mellon, with membership consisting of more than 20 percent of the company’s employees. With nearly 140 chapters globally, these groups add fuel to the company’s diversity and inclusion agenda. Each employee resource group has an Executive Sponsor, with a chapter structure and shared resources for year-round programming and employee leadership development opportunities.

HEART–focuses on increasing awareness of the needs of those with disabilities

IMPACT–focuses on the recruitment, development and advancement of multicultural employees

Prism–fosters an open and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their allies

VetNet–supports our desire to hire service members and veterans and to help with their transition to civilian life

WIN–focuses on the professional development of women

With the highest level of executive support and sponsorship at BNY Mellon, the 2014 campaign offers a strong fit for advancing the company’s diversity strategy as a business imperative for building collaboration across a diverse global workplace. With a groundswell of employee involvement starting with the launch in the company’s Asia-Pacific region, BNY Mellon is accelerating its diversity and inclusion across the globe. Learn more: or

Tweet me: Workplace boost: How do organizations build a diverse and inclusive culture? Let’s explore with @BNYMellon

KEYWORDS: Diversity and Human Resources, Business & Trade, #DiversityLeadership, BNY Mellon, diversity, inclusion, Employee Engagement


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Americans Believe That They Will Soon Be Living In A Keyless Society

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans


Nearly one quarter of Americans spend three or more minutes looking for those elusive keys every day – that’s over 18 hours a year! So, it’s not surprising that 62 percent believe that eventually they will be living in a keyless society and that the younger generation, aged 18 to 34 are more likely to hold this view. These are just some of the interesting findings from research commissioned by Schlage®, a brand of Allegion plc, which is a company focused on latest electronic lock innovation.

The survey by Schlage, conducted online by Harris Poll, surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults and found that a majority of Americans (65 percent) would consider a keyless electronic lock if they could more easily access their home without compromising security, while over half (53 percent) believe having a keyless lock on their door would save them time…as two-thirds admit they’ve been locked out of their home because they’ve misplaced, lost or forgotten their keys!

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum. 

Tweet me: 25% of Americans spend 3+ mins looking for their keys every day…over 18 hours a year! Go keyless via @Justmeans

KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Technology, schlage, Keyless society, Electronic Lock, smart lock technology, Harris Poll, home security

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Outerwall Supports Veterans Today and Everyday

SOURCE: Outerwall


On this, the 95th anniversary of Veterans Day, my colleagues at Outerwall and I offer our respect and heartfelt appreciation to the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country.

Outerwall actively supports veterans throughout the year as part of our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse culture within our company, which then extends to the communities outside the workplace.

Supporting Veterans Starts from Within

At Outerwall, we strive to create a culture which embraces diversity, encourages inclusion and maximizes each individual’s potential for creativity and innovation. The result is that these different talents and perspectives make us a better company and strengthen our community.

One of the ways we create a culture of inclusion is through our Business Resource Groups (BRGs). BRGs are created by Outerwall employees who share a community identity (e.g., women, lesbian gay bisexual transgender) or life stage (e.g., veterans, millennials, working parents). Outerwall BRGs are dedicated to fostering a diverse, welcoming and supportive work environment.

I have the highest respect for the men and women who serve in the military and their families; thus I jumped at the opportunity to be the executive sponsor for the Armed Forces and Allies (AFA) BRG. Also, I have a personal connection to the military having served in the Air Force as a Computer Systems Development Officer.

The mission of the AFA is to promote Outerwall as a military friendly company that encourages, supports and promotes members and veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and allies. The AFA provides career support and mentorship opportunities, sponsorship of deployed military families, education services, market place initiatives and community involvement.

In commemoration of Veterans Day, Lorraine Thomas, Development Director for the VA Puget Sound Fisher House, is visiting our Bellevue, Wash., office today to speak with Outerwall employees about recent successes and future goals for Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House Foundation is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Outerwall Support of Veterans Extends into the Community

Helping others is core to who we are as a company. In fact, 28% of Outerwall employees volunteered in 2013. Employees across the company — whether they work with Redbox, Coinstar, ecoATM or in New Ventures — share a commitment to helping veterans.

Outerwall Supports Fisher House Foundation

In honor of Veterans, Sounders FC and Outerwall have teamed up to support Fisher House Foundation. Each time Sounders FC score a home goal during the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, Outerwall and Sounders FC will donate $1,500 to Fisher House. The donations will support military families at both the Veteran Affairs Puget Sound Fisher House and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fisher House.

In addition, Outerwall honored veterans continuously throughout Monday’s game with field level LED signage displaying the message “Outerwall thanks veterans for creating a better everyday. We’re inspired by you.”

Earlier this year, Outerwall donated $15,000 and NASCAR tickets to Fisher House Foundation in honor of our AFA BRG.

Growing Veterans

On September 11, in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Outerwall employees worked with Growing Veterans and 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture.

Together, these organizations are helping veterans reintegrate while also teaching them how to grow food through sustainable agriculture. Our employees learned about sustainable farming practices, while removing non-native plants and cleaning up a greenhouse on 21 Acres’ Veteran half-acre. In addition, Outerwall gave a $5,000 grant to Growing Veterans.

National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.

This summer our leadership team volunteered with the NVTS’s Project REBOOT which assists members of the military in making the social and career transition from years of service by addressing their fears and “re-booting” their skills. We were honored to speak with veterans and provide insights about how to re-enter the job market.

These are just a few of the ways Outerwall is giving back to veterans who have given so much to all of us. We remain committed to helping veterans and their families as they come back home to live and work beside us.

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, outerwall, Veterans, military


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Meet Amgen Scholar Alumni Imaani Easthausen

SOURCE: Amgen Foundation


Imaani Easthausen

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

“It’s really cool to be in an environment to conduct research with other undergrads. I can be involved in the core of what’s going on in the decision-making process.”

  • Host University: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Home University: Bard College
  • Amgen Scholar Year: 2014
  • Major: Biology 
  • Expected Graduation: 2015


Journey to Science

Like many young scientists, Imaani Easthausen grew up curious about everything. She never ran out of questions, and always dug deeper in search of answers. She’d be the first to admit, the more she learned, the more confused she became, realizing that new answers just brought on a new set of questions. But one thing was clear to Imaani, a gay woman of color: Society often turned its back on her and her gay single mother.

All the racist and sexist remarks only fueled this future scientist to push harder and farther. In addition to obtaining an M.D.-Ph.D. in molecular biology, to research and create life-saving medicines, Imaani wants to make sure the right questions are being asked in the lab and for the right reasons. She wants to ask questions that get at what’s best for the greater good. 


Academic and Professional Ambitions

Why did you apply to the Amgen Scholars Program?

“Coming from a small liberal arts school, I knew becoming an Amgen Scholar would provide me with the hands-on research experience I couldn’t get back home. This experience offered me the chance to understand what it means to be a scientist on a daily basis.”

What did you work on in the lab?

“My research was all about figuring out how organ tissues know how to stop growing, specifically in relation to cancerous tumor growth. Over the summer, I had the chance to run a drug screening in order to identify compounds that are effective in reducing tumors associated with the Hippo signaling pathway (HSP). Since the HSP is involved in regulating tissue growth, if there’s a problem with it, then tissues will grow uncontrollably.”

What’s the larger significance of your Amgen Scholars research? What’s your ultimate career goal?

“I think a lot of questions being asked in the lab are removed from today’s most urgent social issues. I want researchers to think critically about the questions they’re asking: Where are these questions coming from? I’d rather have scientists look at how social issues such as racism and socioeconomic disparity are implicated in disease, instead of purely at funding. For this to happen, society will need to step up and identify research questions that are integrated with issues of social justice.”

What’s been the most rewarding part of your experience?

“The best part of this lab has really been the mentorship. I’m in a much smaller lab, so I have had the chance to gain more hands-on experience with big projects. It’s really cool to be in an environment to conduct research with other undergrads. I can be involved in the core of what’s going on in the decision-making process.”


To learn more about the Amgen Scholars Program, please visit our website and check out the #AmgenScholars hashtag on Twitter.

Visit and follow @AmgenFoundation to stay up to date with all STEM-related news from the Amgen Foundation.



Tweet me: “This offered me the chance to understand what it means to be a scientist on a daily basis.”– Imaani #AmgenScholars

KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Business & Trade, Amgen Foundation, Imaani Easthausen, Amgen Scholars Program, University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA, Bard College, biology

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VIDEO: Launch of the UN Global Compact Food & Agriculture Business Principles (FAB Principles)

SOURCE: United Nations Global Compact


Launched at the United Nations in September 2014, the Food & Agriculture Business Principles respond to calls for a common language and framework to achieve food security through more sustainable agriculture. In this video, leaders from business, government, civil society and the UN share their perspectives on the importance of the FAB Principles to help realize the goal of sustainable development.


Tweet me: Check out this video introducing the new @globalcompact Food & #Agriculture Business Principles #FABPs

Contact Info:

Kristen Coco
UN Global Compact
+1 (917) 367-8566

KEYWORDS: Ethical Production and Consumption, Business & Trade, united nations, Global Compact, agriculture, food, nutrition, AgriBusiness, private sector, Business, csr

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Cisco Employee Volunteers Help a Texas Family Rebuild

by Beth Kolman

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.


Within 24 hours of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas almost 2 years ago, Cisco’s Community Relations team had already committed to help residents impacted by the devastation and contacted me in Cisco’s Richardson office.

Within another month, we decided to partner with Waco Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a family home, and to send Richardson employees to volunteer. After a lengthy application and vetting process, the new homeowner was selected and groundbreaking for the new home was scheduled for Friday, November 7.

Although I have been involved with various Habitat organizations for many years, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend a groundbreaking ceremony. I attended with 10 other employees, and we were all moved as we listened to the story of homeowner Gloria Alamos, who explained how the only home that she and her family had known for more than 30 years was destroyed by the explosion.

Although her family wanted to rebuild, the man who owned the land wouldn’t let them, so they were left homeless with only their memories. But thanks to Habitat and Cisco, Gloria and her daughter will be living in a new house right behind the home she grew up in. Soon after Gloria’s comments and the official groundbreaking, Cisco employees and other volunteers were literally raising the walls of this beautiful new home.

Cisco’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity dates back to the 1990s, and has included participation not only in employee volunteerism through builds, but also through cash grants and vendor partnerships. Since 1998 Cisco has partnered with Habitat affiliates in 111 U.S. cities and 52 international locations. Cisco and Habitat for Humanity share a mutual focus to provide shelter and disaster relief to save lives and restore communities.

Cisco employees will continue to volunteer in West, Texas until the home is ready for the next big event…dedication.

Learn more about how Cisco employees support their communities at

Tweet me: Cisco employees and other volunteers raise walls of beautiful new home. Read more @CiscoCSR @Habitat_org

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco, Habitat for Humanity, community relations, cisco csr


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