Alcatel-Lucent Foundation Blog: Building a Better Future for Young Girls and Boys in Brazil

SOURCE: Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

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A few days ago I was asked to do a virtual interaction with three young students from ConnectEd Brazil, the signature program of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. The idea was to do a mentoring session where I could share my experiences and answer questions from the youngsters. As it turned out, I ended up being the one who learned the most, was moved and felt inspired by their life stories and enthusiasm.

According to Sabrina, a 17 years-old student who wants to become a professional in audiovisual production, the ConnectEd program has changed her life. “The teachers and counselors from Instituto Aliança –the local partner organization for ConnectEd Brazil– helped me get a better job which is great. But more importantly, I now have a life project. I have learned that if I plan my future and work hard, I can accomplish anything I want.”

ConnectEd in Brazil works with young people from low-income families in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, who are enrolled in or graduated from formal secondary schools. Under ConnectEd, Instituto Aliança provides youth with access to a range of vocational training courses, work immersion experiences and work placement opportunities. The program also has a strong emphasis on information communication technology to ensure that youth develop relevant skills to enter the workforce. More than 1,600 young girls and boys have benefited from the program since it was launched three years ago.

But for me, more than the very important knowledge and skills that the students acquire through the program, it is the confidence and sense of empowerment that will have the biggest impact in their lives. Take Lucas, for example. He has been interested in computers and technology since he was very young, but before entering ConnectEd he felt that his main obstacles were poverty and lack of opportunities. Thanks to the program, he now has a better understanding of his capabilities and is fully confident in his future, and he even designed a computer game to showcase his career plan. With great enthusiasm, Lucas told me about his studies in digital gaming and his aspirations to get a job working with computers.

Before we started the session, Mazze Sequeira, ConnectEd coordinator, had told me that Nalesca, the third student, was a bit shy and may not had much to say. But I was pleasantly surprised by the spark in her eyes and the huge smile beaming on my screen as she described how she was very lucky to work with teachers that believed in her and motivate her all the time. “I was afraid to look for a job, but Mazze encouraged me to apply, and I’m now working at a chocolate store in a shopping mall. I’ve made a lot of friends and feel great about myself.”

They say that you can peak into the future by observing young people. Based on my interactions with Sabrina, Lucas and Nalesca, I now know that the future is bright! And I feel very proud by the work that the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation and its partners World Education and Instituto Aliança are doing in Brazil by helping these and many other youngsters expand their horizons and fulfill their dreams.

ConnectEd is the global signature program of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. ConnectEd is designed to address factors limiting the work and life options of disadvantaged youth, with an emphasis on girls and women. The program has better prepared 17,866 young people from marginalized communities for the world of work, and currently operates in Australia, Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia.

Learn more on Alcatel-Lucent Foundation and ConnectEd.

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KEYWORDS: Education, Philanthropy, Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, ConnectEd, World Education, Education, Volunteering, Instituto Aliança

   

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Source Intelligence Launches Conflict Minerals Case Study Series

SOURCE: Source Intelligence®

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April 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Carlsbad, CA based Source Intelligence embarked on a series of IDC Manufacturing Insights- authored case studies to develop a conflict minerals “best practices” resource across 5 industries. Insight will be based on actual compliance programs awarded to Source Intelligence and cover the 2013 reporting period.  The first phase of the case study initiative will offer conflict mineral compliance challenges, successes and lessons learned by showcasing a model Source Intelligence customer in the Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Electronics industries.

“Source Intelligence is committed to sharing invaluable insights based on actual 2013 programs with stakeholders impacted by conflict minerals compliance. It was a natural fit for us to sponsor IDC to develop these case studies given their business and IT expertise in supply chain and brand-oriented value chain issues,” commented Source Intelligence Chief Business Officer, Lina Ramos. “Technology and consumer demand for ethical sourcing has catalyzed a trend for transparency not just in the supply chain but up and down the entire value chain. Based on broader supply chain program requests from our customers, conflict minerals compliance is just the beginning.”

In 2012, the SEC adopted Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Rule requiring public companies to disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (3TG) originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. The deadline for the first SEC filing is May 31, 2014. Source Intelligence offers global brands a comprehensive Conflict Mineral compliance platform, which expands into FCPA and chemical management, MSDS/SDS and Supplier Assessments for a total vendor risk management solution.

The first webinar will broadcast on April 24, featuring the Oil and Gas Industry and a model company’s insights. Register here.

To request a demo of the platform click here.

About Source Intelligence (www.sourceintelligence.com)
Source Intelligence® is the leading value chain risk management company that provides a SaaS platform to help customers make informed decisions about their business partners and suppliers, so they can offer products that meet legal, ethical, and environmental standards. Its cloud-based information and analytics platform provides customers with visibility into product supply chains and material sources. Founded in 2009, Source Intelligence® has headquarters in Carlsbad, California and has operations around the world.

Source Intelligence® Contact:
Adam Harriss, Business Development Director
(877) 916 6337
aharriss@sourceintelligence.com

 

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UN Global Compact Bulletin (April 2014)

SOURCE: United Nations Global Compact

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, engagement opportunities, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that engagement opportunities and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in EnglishFrenchSpanish and Chinese.

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April 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Français | Español | Chinese

 

NEWS & UPDATES

1.    6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event Calls for Targeted Actions to Increase and Improve Women’s Work                Opportunities

2.    Child Labour Platform Engages Stakeholders Around Supply Chain Challenges

3.    PRI Appoints New Chair of Advisory Council

4.    Participant Status: New Signatories, COPs and Delistings

5.    Update to the Foundation for the Global Compact Bank Information

LOCAL NETWORK NEWS

1.    Local Networks in Asia/Oceania Region Discuss Business Engagement in Post-2015 Development Agenda

2.    More Local Network News

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

1.    Join Caring for Climate

2.    Call for Papers: Ethics, Transparency and Sustainability and Anti-Corruption

FEATURED RESOURCES

     1. A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains

     2. Addressing the Retention of Identity Documents

     3. Report on Business Stakeholders Meeting

WEBINARS

1.    Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y el Sector Privado: Nuevas tendencias, nuevas herramientas y recursos/ Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Emerging Trends, New Tools and Resources (23 Apr, online, 10:00 am EDT)

2.    Corporate Champions of Human Rights – Making Change from Within (29 April, online, 10:00 am EDT) 

3.    How to Tackle the Unconscious Mind for Inclusive Behavior (12 May, online, 10:00 am EDT)

4.    Respecting and Supporting Women throughout the Value Chain (21 May, online, 9:00 am EDT)

UPCOMING EVENTS

1.    Children’s Rights and Business Principles – Annual Conference (12 May, Nairobi)

2.    Building Bridges: The Business Case for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (20 May, New York)

 

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Published 9 April 2014

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Disney Parks Around the World Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘It’s a Small World’ with Global Sing-along

Celebration Continues Virtually at SmallWorld50.com, Where Fans Record ‘It’s a Small World’ Song and Design Dolls to Benefit UNICEF

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company

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NEW YORK/ANAHEIM, Calif./LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla./TOKYO/PARIS/HONG KONG, April 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disney’s “It’s a small world” theme park attraction, thousands of guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe united today in a historic “It’s a Small World” sing-along. Fans everywhere joined in online at SmallWorld50.com, a “global hub” of music and harmony created for the Golden Anniversary of the iconic attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope, saluting UNICEF, at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

“‘It’s a small world’ has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying ‘it’s a small world’ somewhere around the globe.  The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world.”

Throughout the day, Disney Parks guests participated in events in all five resorts around the world, including in-park sing-alongs, cavalcades and special musical performances. Richard M. Sherman, the Oscar®-winning songwriter who composed “It’s a Small World” with his late brother, Robert, led a sing-along at Disneyland Park in California and participated in a Google Hangout that can be seen at SmallWorld50.com

Going into Thursday’s events, visitors from more than 150 nations had already joined the celebration at SmallWorld50.com. They have designed enough digital dolls and recorded enough videos of themselves singing the song to reach half of Disney’s goal on the site, and they will continue to play along through May 30. Disney will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF as part of the anniversary celebration, plus $1 for every video or doll created, up to $100,000.  UNICEF works to provide health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children around the world.  

Celebrations at All Five Disney Resorts Worldwide

Today there are “It’s a small world” attractions at the Disneyland Resort in California (where the World’s Fair attraction was relocated in 1966), Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. All five resorts joined in the worldwide sing-along today and held other events to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

  • At Hong Kong Disneyland, approximately 200 resort cast members and students from Hong Kong Children’s Choir gathered in the park to sing “It’s a Small World” in Cantonese. A traditional Chinese lion dancer joined in the celebration to offer blessing for the anniversary.
  • Tokyo Disneyland cast members and guests celebrated and sang the song in Japanese at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • A “blue carpet” event featured the international cast members of Disneyland Paris gathered on Main Street, U.S.A., representing 100 nationalities. Nearly 200 international children and 50 choir performers sang a multi-language version of the iconic anthem in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • A choir of Disneyland Resort cast members sang the song in front of the original attraction at Disneyland Park in Anaheim. Songwriter Richard Sherman chatted with fans via Google Hangout while sitting at a piano in front of the attraction. He also was scheduled to appear in a sing-along cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., conducting hundreds of Disneyland guests in their “It’s a Small World” sing-along.
  • At Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, international cast members from the pavilions of Epcot led a choir of children and cast members in song in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. Also, hundreds of Magic Kingdom guests joined in the song during a special “pre-parade” before the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. Throughout the day, in-park performers – the Dapper Dans, Coke Corner Pianist, Notorious Banjo Brothers, Royal Majesty Maker Musicians and Main Street Philharmonic – are scheduled to include “It’s a Small World” in their appearances.

Disney Store also joins the celebration with the “It’s a small world” doll collection, inspired by the original Fantasyland attraction, along with in-store events. Through Sunday, April 13, children are invited to visit a participating Disney Store to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say “hello” in various languages and sing “It’s a Small World” along the way. Guests are encouraged to call their local Disney Store or visit DisneyStore.com to confirm participation and details.

SmallWorld50.com Activities Benefit UNICEF

The activities at the Small World 50th Anniversary website have inspired fans everywhere to join in the fun of the anniversary. Visitors have designed digital dolls with distinctive native headdress and jewelry, and recorded songs on their own or with friends and family, to benefit UNICEF’s work for children. Celebrities also recorded the song for SmallWorld50.com, including actress and producer Salma Hayek and the co-hosts of ABC’s “The View.”

People have visited the website from more than 150 countries – nearly 80 percent of the world’s nations – including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Visitors to the site have recorded the “It’s a Small World” song in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

Disney’s relationship with UNICEF began in 1964 when Walt Disney was creating “It’s a small world” for the New York World’s Fair. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity.  

At selected shops in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Ca., and Magic Kingdom Park in Buena Vista, Fla., fans may purchase special “It’s a small world” 50th Anniversary pins, totes and t-shirts from April 9-13, 2014, with the entire sale price (exclusive of sales tax) benefiting UNICEF. Fans at Disneyland Paris may purchase 50th anniversary t-shirts and pins from April 10-30, 2014, with the entire sales price (excluding VAT) benefiting UNICEF.

The Creation of a Classic 

One of the most beloved attractions in the history of Disney Parks, “It’s a small world” is featured at all five Disney Resorts around the world. The original attraction premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, created by Walt Disney himself and WED Enterprises, which eventually became Walt Disney Imagineering (the creative masters behind Disney theme parks and attractions).

The attraction features a gentle boat ride through a Lilliputian land populated by colorfully dressed Audio-Animatronics dolls. They represent children from many regions of the world, all singing a song about universal harmony. A team of WED artistic geniuses, including Disney Legends designer Mary Blair and costumer Alice Davis, created the attraction’s now iconic style.

In 1963, Walt Disney was asked to create an exhibit for the 1964 World’s Fair to salute UNICEF and children around the world. With Walt’s blessing, Marc Davis, one of the original Disney animators, designed the boat ride attraction through the regions and countries of the world. The first version of “it’s a small world” entertained and thrilled more than 10 million visitors in New York from 1964-65. In 1966, after some major enhancements, including an enlargement of approximately 33 percent, the attraction found a permanent home at Disneyland in California.

In the attraction, hundreds of dolls “sing” the familiar song, “It’s a Small World,” in five languages (English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish). Academy Award®-winning composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who won two Oscars® for their work on Disney’s feature film “Mary Poppins,” were asked by Walt Disney to create a simple, yet catchy piece that could be sung in many different languages while guests traveled by boat through the attraction. The resulting song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” became one of the most well known and happiest of all Disney tunes.

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About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than 55 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is currently under construction in Pudong New District, Shanghai. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

About UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.  Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA.

 

Media Contacts

Disneyland Resort Public Relations

714-781-4500

www.DisneylandNews.com

www.DisneyParks.com/blog

www.twitter.com/Disneyland

 

Andrea Sioris

U.S. Fund for UNICEF

212.880.9136

asioris@unicefusa.org

 

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U.S. Homeowners to Benefit from Groundbreaking Home Energy Loan Financing Platform

New National Public-Private Partnership to Transform the Home Energy Loan Market – Warehouse Facility to Facilitate $100 Million Medium Term Note Program

SOURCE: Citi

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San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Homeowners across the United States will benefit from an innovative public-private partnership announced today to make it easier to find lower-cost loans for home energy efficiency improvements.  Leading institutions from the public and private sectors today announced the formation of a national financing platform that will for the first time bring low-cost, large-scale capital to government and utility-sponsored residential energy efficiency loan programs – which can be utilized by homeowners in states that participate. 

The Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL) opens the residential energy efficiency finance market to large institutional investors – bringing low-cost capital to loans for home energy efficiency improvements.  Loans will be made to consumers and the investment grade securities available to institutional investors.  (Additional information about the program can be found at wheel.renewfund.com)

WHEEL is the product of a years-long collaboration between national leaders in the worlds of finance and energy, including Citi; the Pennsylvania Treasury Department; Renewable Funding; the Energy Programs Consortium; National Association of State Energy Officials and the U.S. Department of Energy.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky has also joined the WHEEL program as a charter member.  In addition, key financial support for the project was provided by Energy, Ford, Rockefeller, Surdna and William Penn Foundations.

“WHEEL is designed to serve a $200 billion unmet need for financing in the home energy efficiency market,” said Cisco DeVries, CEO of Renewable Funding.  “Now, we are making it easier for consumers and contractors to utilize affordable loans, supported by their state or utility, to make energy efficiency improvements. We are also making it easier for investors to find a path into this important and urgently needed market.”

WHEEL makes financing programs simple for states, utilities, contractors, and homeowners.  Approved local contractors will offer low-cost financing directly to consumers.  The loans will be purchased by Renewable Funding with a credit facility provided by Citi and the State of Pennsylvania Treasury, aggregated into diversified pools, securitized, and sold to institutional bond investors, thereby replenishing the capital to be loaned to consumers.

WHEEL builds on Pennsylvania’s successful Keystone HELP Loan program.  The State of Pennsylvania has supported low-rate loans for energy efficiency improvements since 2006.  These loans, originated by AFC First Financial Corporation, an energy efficiency lender, have helped more than 13,000 homeowners reduce their energy use – and provided the robust performance data necessary to launch the national WHEEL program.

“WHEEL demonstrates that innovative thinking by government, especially in partnership with the private investment sector, can save homeowners money, help the economy, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gases,” said Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, one of the architects of WHEEL.  “WHEEL, which will increase access to low-cost capital for energy efficiency investments, is the culmination of a careful strategy by the Pennsylvania Treasury to develop a national capital market for energy efficiency loans.  Capital market resources will now provide more loans to homeowners to improve their homes, save money, and reduce their energy bills.”

Mark Wolfe, Executive Director of the Energy Programs Consortium, added that “WHEEL represents an important milestone for state energy programs because it will provide a platform specifically designed to work with state and local government-sponsored programs as well as provide attractive pricing to support the further development of those programs.”

Key factors driving this new financing platform include:

  • McKinsey & Co. reported in 2009 that the U.S. could reduce energy consumption in homes by 28% by 2020, with an upfront investment of $229 billion. 
  • States and utilities are expected to double spending on energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs by 2025 – to approximately $15.6 billion. 
  • That leaves more than $200 billion in unmet need for financing to make homes more energy efficient. By tapping into the asset backed securities (ABS) bond market, WHEEL will help meet that need.

Taking the WHEEL concept to states across the country required an innovative capital partner.  Today, Citi announced a warehouse facility for Renewable Funding to purchase loans to facilitate a $100 million ABS medium term note program that will create bonds that can be sold to institutional investors.

Marshal Salant, Head of Alternative Energy Finance at Citi added, “This exciting public-private partnership will create a new, large-scale source of capital to help homeowners finance energy efficiency improvements, and tap into the unmet demand from institutional investors wanting to invest in this important new market.”

“Energy efficiency is the cheapest and often the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions,” said David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. “Through the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Initiative, innovative financing solutions are helping states, utilities and consumers implement cost-effective efficiency improvements that save money on energy bills and build a more sustainable, cleaner energy future.”

Residential buildings account for 22% of all energy use, according to the Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.  Older homes are significantly more inefficient than new homes.  Bringing homes built prior to 1970 up to the efficiency standards of newly constructed homes would cut total residential energy use by 10 percent.

“WHEEL is the single biggest financing innovation we’ve seen to help states achieve aggressive goals to reduce energy use,” said Mark Wolfe, Executive Director of the Energy Programs Consortium. “We strongly urge other states to join Pennsylvania and Kentucky in this exciting new program.”

“As one of the first supporters of both WHEEL and the Energy Programs Consortium, we saw the potential to change the way states work with the private sector to deliver residential energy efficiency programs and financing.  It’s a leap, not a step, forward and yet another example of how states can utilize U.S. State Energy Program funds and private resources to catalyze innovation in energy financing,” said David Terry, Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials.

In addition to its energy and environmental benefits, energy efficiency is a strong economic development tool.  Every $1 million invested in energy efficiency improvements creates 20 jobs – most of which are local construction jobs.  Important home energy efficiency improvements include insulation, windows and doors; and energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.  In the longer term, it is estimated that investment in energy efficiency and advanced technology would support and increase of 1.3 to 1.9 million jobs by 2050.

“Kentucky Housing Corporation has been a great partner and a recognized leader among statewide home performance programs,” said Len Peters, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary.  “The addition of WHEEL enhances the program by providing low-interest financing for homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements.  This also creates jobs for builders, remodelers and equipment providers—jobs that remain within the state.”

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Renewable Funding
Renewable Funding specializes in design, administration, technology, and financing solutions for clean energy upgrade programs. Since 2008, the firm has worked with over 200 clients across the U.S. to structure and administer residential and commercial financing programs.

Pennsylvania Treasury
The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is the custodian for more than $100 billion of public funds on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since 2006, the Department has provided capital to the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program, which serves as a model program for WHEEL.

Citi
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

Energy Programs Consortium
EPC is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. EPC is a joint venture of National Association of State Energy Officials, representing the state energy policy directors; National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, representing the state public service commissioners; and National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, representing the state directors of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the National Association of State Community Services Programs, representing the state weatherization and community service programs directors.

AFC First Financial Corporation
Founded in 1947 and based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, AFC First is a national leader in energy-efficiency and renewable energy lending and program management.  Nationally, it operates its EnergyLoan® program, in partnership with states, utilities, manufacturers and municipalities.  Programs are offered through a network of over 5,000 approved contractors. AFC First is the nation’s first private, non-utility Home Performance with ENERGY STAR sponsor, and the original approved originator and servicer for WHEEL. 

Kentucky Housing Corporation
Created by the 1972 General Assembly, KHC is a self-supporting, public corporation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky administratively attached to the Finance and Administration Cabinet. A portion of Kentucky Housing’s funds are derived from the interest earned through the sale of tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds. From these proceeds, Kentucky Housing has made homeownership possible for more than 86,000 Kentucky families. 

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Contact Info:

Tyler Daluz
+1 (212) 793-5234
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Edit Ruano
+1 (510) 550-8176

KEYWORDS: Energy, Citi, WHEEL, energy efficiency, warehouse for energy efficiency loans, Renewable Funding, Pennslyvania Treasury Department, Energy Programs Consortium, National Association of State Energy Officials, Department of Energy, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Surdna Foundation, William Penn Foundation

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What Happened at #Catalyze14?

PYXERA Global wraps two-day live and online event

SOURCE: PYXERA Global

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets, a two-day live and online conference, hosted by PYXERA Global, convened leaders from the private, public, and social sectors earlier this week.  Comprised of several events including the Public Private Partnership Forum, an honorary reception, and the International Corporate Volunteerism Conference, each activity addressed the central theme of catalyzing emerging market growth.

What Happened at the Forum
The Public Private Partnership Forum convened a cross-section of senior leaders from public, private, and social sectors on April 7th to address why there is a clear imperative for corporations to more closely partner with the public and social sectors.  “Partnership requires communication.  It means learning to speak one another’s language.  When successful, the impact is enhanced in ways that each partner likely never imagined,” noted Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global. “My hope is to initiate this kind of dialogue and amplify the impact that a true partnership can have.”

Moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton, The Forum addressed closely-related topics to the overarching event’s theme of catalytic emerging market growth.  In a conversation on powering new business in new markets, for example, leaders from The Dow Chemical Company, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and Credit Suisse examined how industry and investment can stimulate market growth in emerging economies.  Executives from the Intel Foundation, EY, and The Africa-America Institute spoke about the need for leadership at every level of the pyramid to address both the challenges and opportunities that new markets present.  In a session on the power of global corporate diplomacy, U.S. Congressman Jim Moran and executive leadership from JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Population Services International looked at what is now required for leadership in a globally connected world.  

Global health was also a timely theme as ONE Campaign, USAID, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration leaders took on the question – how can cross-sector partnership afford healthier lives for more of the world’s population?  In the Forum’s final conversation on shared value, IBM and PYXERA Global discussed roadmaps and operational realities behind true cross-sector partnership.

Broadcast live from the Newseum on pyxeraglobal.org and sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, the Forum drew a wide audience  online.  The Forum was further amplified through a global Twitter conversation on #Catalyze14.

An honorary reception followed the Forum, in honor of those committed to the future of cross-sector partnership.  Sponsored by EY, the reception convened an elite community of stakeholders, including those participating in the Forum, other members of Congress and their staff, and an array of corporate, private, and public stakeholders pursuing global engagement opportunities.

Sharing ICV Knowledge and Networks
On April 8th, the International Corporate Volunteerism Conference featured an evocative series of interactive workshops, flash chats, and panels designed to deepen the conversation around international corporate volunteerism, or global pro bono.  Sessions such as Partners in Innovation, How Pro Bono Volunteerism Fosters Leadership, and Hardwiring CSR to Leadership Development focused on new ways global pro bono is being integrated into company’s business units, while sessions such as The ICV Continuum, which featured over a dozen companies sharing programmatic knowledge, emphasized the mechanics of global pro bono at different stages of development.  PYXERA Global also released its Annual ICV Benchmarking Survey, an annual survey of over two dozen companies investing in global pro bono and shared new findings on ICV trends and program drivers.

Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global spoke about the shifting role of the private sector in the international development landscape.

About PYXERA Global
PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.

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Katie Levey
PYXERA Global
+1 (917) 593-1989
klevey@pyxeraglobal.org

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Determined to Succeed

Inclusive Employment

SOURCE: Keystone Human Services

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Joe is a young man who is focused and determined on doing the best job that he can do. In late 2010, Joe set forth to find a job where he could showcase his abilities and demonstrate what he is capable of doing.  Joe, who is visually impaired and on the Autism Spectrum, knew that he could be a valuable asset to a company that would give him a chance to prove himself. With the full support and encouragement from his family and support staff, Joe began the process of finding the right job for himself.

There were many ups and down in what was a 10-month journey for Joe. He was determined after each experience to keep trying until he reached his goal. Joe never gave up or despaired about not getting a job. After several opportunities that didn’t work out, Joe found a good fit.  In March of 2011, an opening at The Hotel Hershey working in the storeroom supplying the various restaurants presented itself. Joe had some experience volunteering at the food bank and felt this was a job he could handle. Joe landed the job and the first part of his goal was accomplished.

When Joe started working, he had support staff with him throughout the entirety of his shifts. Joe and the staff at The Hotel Hershey meshed quickly and he became more and more independent at doing his job on his own. With the support and guidance of his supervisor Lester, Joe quickly succeeded at learning and performing his job duties. Lester helped Joe become part of the family at The Hotel and gave Joe many chances to prove he could do the job. Within two months, Joe went from having 40 hours of support on the job site to none at all. He demonstrated that he was able to handle the job on his own and The Hotel Hershey staff embraced Joe, offering him support if he needed it.

Joe continued to work and take great pride in being a member of the team at The Hotel Hershey. Earlier this year, Joe displayed how determined he is to go above and beyond at his job. No matter the weather, Joe came into work. Even during some of the worst snow storms, Joe showed up ready to work. One day in January, Joe was the only one from his department able to make it to work and held down the duties of the department on his own.  The chefs and rest of the kitchen staff took note of Joe’s work and gave him Legacy Checks, a recognition program designed by employees of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) to recognize fellow employees for exceptional work. Lester was proud of the work Joe did, saying, “He had it all down and did a fantastic job.” Joe himself was very proud of the recognition, stating, “It has been wonderful and my coworkers have been so nice.”

The recognition of his hard work did not stop there. For all of his efforts, Joe was honored as the employee of the month in January at The Hotel Hershey. Speaking about how he was able to come in to work on those bad weather days, Joe said, “I am always there when you need me.”  Joe has now been at The Hotel Hershey for three years. He has found a place to grow and is continually offered more responsibilities in his job duties. Lester and the rest of The Hotel Hershey staff continue to give Joe the opportunities that make his determination worthwhile and are proud to call him a colleague.

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Contact Info:

Ann Moffitt
Keystone Human Services
+1 (717) 232-7509ext. 133
amoffitt@keystonehumanservices.org

KEYWORDS: Health, Diversity and Human Resources, Inclusive employment, autism, The Hotel Hershey, Keystone Autism Services

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GM Plants in Mexico Offer a Concrete Example of Creative Recycling

Nearly everything can be recycled. But there are instances where traditional recycling alternatives are very limited. This is especially true with materials containing a mixture of components that aren’t easily separated.

As a last alternative, there are options where those materials can be turned to energy through incineration.

Such is the case at our San Luis Potosi Complex in Mexico. We make use of our landfill-free expertise toward solutions to address some of the non-recyclable waste produced at the facility.

The result: teaming up with CEMEX, a global building materials company, who now uses the byproducts in their cement-making process. Essentially, the waste material feeds the ovens that provide the energy to create cement. CEMEX’s power generator plant also uses it to create energy to power part of the plant’s operations, cutting consumption of non-renewable resources. Continue reading

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