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Vigilant Global and LCCHS' New Hopes for 2015 FIRST Robotics

Team #3985 head to FIRST Robotics with their best robot yet.

SOURCE: Vigilant Global


For the fourth year running, mentors from Montreal tech firm Vigilant Global have teamed up with students from LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School to build a competition-ready robot for Robotique FIRST Quebec.  

This year’s six week build period began on a high note, with students and mentors rising to the challenge by finalizing the concept for their robot during the first two weeks. To win the competition, their bot will need to be able to stack and place objects on the playing field and outpace the other teams doing the same. 

The team decided to up their strategy for the 2015 challenge by building two robots simultaneously. The first robot was completed just short of the build period deadline and will be used in the competition. The second robot will be used to test impending improvements to the original bot during the upcoming weeks, right up until competition weekend on March 21st

The head Vigilant mentor was especially impressed by the new LCCHS recruits and says that “the students were more involved in the build this year than they have any previous year. This year in particular our most dedicated and improved students [are two girls who] came in rather shy at the beginning [and are now] my star students.”

Both students and mentors feel there is lots of work left to do before FIRST weekend, but are willing to pull their weight to get it done. They are confident that their best robot to date will perform like a champion on game day. 

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Stopping Corruption in the Public Sector. Using Guidelines to Do It.

SOURCE: Source Intelligence®


From public to private industries, anyone involved with dealing business globally, has the potential of being infiltrated by corruption and its issues. As private and public sector entities are becoming more adverse in conducting business globally, the market is seeing an increase in potential corruption cases. Companies and government bodies are taking notice that there is an issue and proactivity is needed in order to control it. In places like Botswana, Africa, corruption has entered into both private and public organizations, which has lead to ongoing support to combat it. Kelebogile Taolo of the All Africa Daily News writes how government agencies are taking steps forward to fight corruption.

Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service, Keabetswe Makgophe, recently launched a campaign to aim its focus on the internal struggles that surround their department.

Anti-Corruption compliance and development is no easy task, but in order to generate a corruption-free environment, much planning is needed to move forward and correct the problem.

“We should always closely monitor all our processes and be proactive in closing any gaps available for corruption to occur.”

Corruption hurts all those involved, be it directly or indirectly.

“Some members of the public still do not understand that when you bribe a police officer, you are equally guilty of corruption. This is wrong and should be discouraged at all costs because it has the potential to dent the good image of the organization as well as the country.”

In order to develop a good anti-corruption compliance program there needs to be a set of rules or guidelines that an organization may follow to make sure that the proper steps are taken. These guidelines ensure that, whatever methods are being used to devise a plan, any organization looking to create a quality anti-corruption program, are using methods that are accepted worldwide and have proven to work. It takes time to create a quality anti-corruption program, but with the help of guidelines and proper mentoring, any organization has the ability to stop corruption. For a copy of our Policies, Procedures and Records guidelines, click here

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KEYWORDS: Reports, Business & Trade, FCPA, FCPA Blogs, anti bribery, anti corruption, Anti Corruption Compliance, Anti Corruption Practices, anti corruption guidelines, botswana, Source Intelligence

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Equipping Tomorrow's Workforce

Sanofi Pasteur contributes $350,000 to local college science labs and classrooms

SOURCE: Sanofi


Building on its foundation of support for Northampton Community College (NCC), Sanofi Pasteur provided early and significant funding for the College’s new Monroe County campus in Tannersville. The company’s donation of more than $350,000 underwrote NCC Monroe’s science labs and classrooms on the third floor of the Kapp Hall academic building.

“Yet, Sanofi Pasteur’s partnership with NCC’s Monroe campus goes beyond the company’s generous donations to our capital projects,” said Dr. Matt Connell, Dean of NCC’s Monroe Campus. “Their employees have also mentored our student interns, served on our advisory boards, taught in our classrooms as adjunct faculty, and helped develop our biotechnology degree program. This crucial, multifaceted support has allowed NCC biotechnology and biological science students to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the workforce.”

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Business & Trade, Biotechnology, Sanofi Pasteur, Northampton Community College


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The United States Without Nuclear Power

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans


With the start of the new session of Congress, there is a lot of maneuvering going on to establish turf and battle lines. Senator Lamar Alexander, long-time Republican senator from Tennessee, now the head of the Sub-committee on Water and Energy Development, came out with a strong statement last week regarding the future of nuclear energy in this country.

The speech was entitled “The United States Without Nuclear Power,” and while that sounds like a perfectly reasonable title for an advocate of alternative energy, it was, in fact, anything but. The senator refers to a hypothetical day when the US is without nuclear power and calls it, “a day we don’t want to see in our country’s future.”

It’s not exactly clear who the “we” is that he’s referring, but it’s clear that it’s something that he wants to avoid. He gives three reasons and goes on to tell three stories.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Business & Trade, Lamar Alexander, nuclear power, renewables, Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Shams-1 solar thermal power plant, Oak Ridge National Lab, Sheik Zâyed bin Sulṭân Âl Nahyân, Fukushima, Japan, Germany, Justmeans

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Unsustainable Suppliers Risk Losing Business From Dell, Microsoft, Unilever, Nissan, L’Oreal

Large global companies are increasingly of the view that changing consumer preferences, growing investor concerns, and a stronger regulatory environment make a compelling case to raise their business sustainability profile consistently. One of the key steps in this direction for almost every multinational company is to ensure that the companies which are a part of its supply chain take clear measures to address the issues of sustainability and reducing their environmental footprint.

Top global companies such as Nissan Motor, L’Oreal, Dell, Microsoft, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, and Jaguar Land Rover rely on a number of Indian suppliers that lag behind in their commitment to address the concerns on sustainability, particularly the amount of their carbon emissions. These suppliers in India and other countries stand to lose out unless they step up their efforts to improve sustainability.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of “The Power of Money” (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations “Decisions for Life” run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Companies, Cause Global, India, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Nissan Motor, L’Oreal, Dell, Microsoft, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, Jaguar Land Rover

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Don't Miss 20% off Registration for the 2015 Sustainability Forum!

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on May 6-7 for The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value. Register now for early bird discounts through March 31!

SOURCE: USCCF Corporate Citizenship Center


February 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Join the U.S. Chamber Foundation as we dive into circular economy principles at the 2015 Sustainability Forum. Register today for The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value, and receive a 20% early bird discount!

The event will bring together some of the most influential leaders and thinkers from business, government, and nonprofit organizations to explore how to make the circular economy work for businesses, examine how innovative “green” business models can accelerate cost savings, and explore new advances in cradle-to-cradle design

This year’s forum will feature leaders such as Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Trisa Thompson, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Dell, Ron Gonen, Co-founder & CEO, Closed Loop Fund, and more. Don’t miss your opportunity to join hundreds of private and public sector leaders committed to raising the bar for sustainable business practices in May 2015, register today!

Learn more about this year’s speakers and access the current agenda here.

May 6 – 7, 2015
Washington, D.C.


In partnership with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Supported by The Dow Chemical Company, DSM-North America, FedEx, MGM Resorts International, Microsoft, Sealed Air, Shell Oil Company, Veolia

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General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter

January/February 2015

SOURCE: General Motors



Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2016 Volt

Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Signals Brand’s EV Strategy

Chevrolet made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept – a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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Chevrolet Spark EV Plugs into Maryland

Chevrolet will start selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, expanding the pure electric mini-car’s “range” to the East Coast.

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GM Reducing Environmental Impact in a Variety of Ways

Jeanne Blaisdell, founder and publisher of The Green Samaritan blog, shares her behind-the-scenes experience at this year’s North American International Auto Show. 

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Department of Energy Recognizes GM for Workplace Charging

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized GM’s leadership in supporting the development of the national plug-in electric vehicle workplace charging infrastructure, promoting workplace charging and increasing the charging stations available to GM employees.

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GM Ventures Sees Potential in Fuel Saving Technology

GM Ventures is optimistic that its 2012 equity investment in Silicon Valley-based startup Tula Technology, Inc. will result in a revolutionary new fuel economy technology that could be deployed in future gasoline engine-powered General Motors’ vehicles.

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GM Dealers Show Their Sustainability to Customers

Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the U.S. are showing customers their environmental credentials as part of a new “Green Dealer Recognition” program.

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GM Leadership and Employees Learn from Climate Expert

Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, met with GM employees for a roundtable discussion on how external stakeholders view the company’s sustainability performance and how they can help continue the progress.

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Fort Wayne Assembly Powered by Wide Array of Renewables

GM’s Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana finished construction of a 100-foot-long, 14.4 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array. The company now houses 46 megawatts of solar power at 18 of its facilities globally.

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Embracing the Disruption

David Tulauskas, GM’s director of sustainability, sees opportunity in industry changes and challenges.

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9 Technologies Shaping the Future of Sustainability

From aerial drones to “smart” floor tiles, GM Manager of Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld sheds an energy-efficient light on the latest sustainability technologies.

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Getting to the Green: The Beautification of our Detroit-Hamtramck Plant

With some urging from a local resident, GM and the Greening of Detroit set out to plant new trees to replace those destroyed by the emerald ash borer.

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Native American Weavers Harvest Dogbane at Fort Wayne Assembly

Colonies of the dogbane plant growing near GM’s Indiana manufacturing facility are being used to making clothing and bags.

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Vauxhall Creates a Sustainability Culture, Wins Award

GM’s Vauxhall brand in the U.K. received a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice from the Green Organisation, an international nonprofit.  

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Four Chevrolet Models Are 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks

The 2015 Chevrolet SparkVoltMalibu and Equinox have been named 2015 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks.

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Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat Goes to Work

Forward Collision Alert technology available in several 2015 Chevrolet models, including the Silverado, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse, alerts customers in everyday car-following situations if they may be seconds away from a crash or following much too closely.

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Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Now Open

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2015 scholarships until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 27.

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GM Foundation Contributes $2.875 Million to Higher Education

The General Motors Foundation announced grants totaling $2.875 million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

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SAP Employees Donate $50,000 to STEM-Focused Non-Profits

Promoting education and developing STEM skills among youth is a key focus for SAP workers!




More than 8,000 votes decided how funds from SAP would go to local non-profits.

One of the top 20 corporate donors in Silicon Valley, SAP invited employees to distribute $50,000 among three organizations focused on building STEM skills in youth.

In a two-week voting sprint, employees reached out to their extended networks to build support for their non-profit of choice.

Continue reading the original article on Patch about SAP employee donations >>

Original source: Patch

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Education, SAP, STEM, Non-profits


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