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12/31/1969
Major League Baseball and Discovery Education Invite Students and Educators Nationwide to Participate in the Global Sustainability Challenge

 Major League Baseball® (MLB) and Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, invite all students and educators nationwide to participate in the Global Sustainability Challenge. During this unique no-cost event, participants will explore their impact on the environment and learn about the importance of environmental stewardship through a set of flexible digital resources that can either be integrated by educators into classroom instruction or completed independently by students over the summer as part of an enrichment activity.

Through a weekly challenge, participating students will explore different conservation efforts currently ongoing in MLB ballparks across the United States and Canada. Each of the six challenges will be accompanied by a video from an MLB executive that will immerse students in a variety of topics including recycling, local food sourcing, water conservation, and energy efficiency. By learning how various baseball teams address these important sustainability issues, students will be challenged to think about how these topics relate to their own community.

After viewing these videos, students will use an extensive collection of curated resources aligned to each global sustainability challenge area to further investigate each topic. These resources, which include activity sheets, STEM career videos, and more, will help students establish career connections and share their findings with classmates, family, and friends throughout the summer. Additional details and the first week’s Challenge can be found here.

“Major League Baseball is excited to share with students and teachers nationwide the efforts our Clubs are making to be good stewards of the environment in their ballparks,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing for Major League Baseball Barbara McHugh. “By partnering with Discovery Education to present the Global Sustainability Challenge, we are hoping students are inspired by the great work of our Clubs and are encouraged to think about how they can help protect our shared environment.”

The Global Sustainability Challenge is part of an ongoing multi-year partnership between Discovery Education and MLB. Through this collaboration, educators using Discovery Education’s Science TechbooksStreaming Plus, and STEM Connect are empowered to use engaging, baseball-themed digital resources to help students connect America’s Pastime to key science and STEM concepts through real-world data and exciting gameday experiences that drive deeper learning.

“Discovery Education is thrilled to partner with Major League Baseball to launch the Global Sustainability Challenge,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney. “Providing students engaging ways to explore interesting science and STEM topics like sustainability and environmental stewardship during the summer months is a tremendous double-play!”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Major League Baseball:

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit MLB.com.

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.


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12/31/1969
Save the Children Launches New Centennial Initiatives in Collaboration with Global Corporate Partners

 Save the Children today announced new details around its 100th anniversary, inclusive of new private sector partnerships in cause marketing, consumer promotions and co-created products to increase awareness, drive engagement and raise funds for the organization’s work to support the most marginalized and deprived children in the United States and around the world. 

During its Centennial year, Save the Children is cultivating unique collaborations and developing strategic partnerships with corporations that share its vision of investing in childhood to address the complex global development challenges facing children, their families and their communities – consistent with its partners’ business and brand goals. By driving innovation in product, process and services that help ensure children are growing up healthy, educated and safe, Save the Children delivers results at scale. Since its founding in 1919, Save the Children has changed the lives of more than 1 billion children and currently works in 120 countries.

“Global corporate partnerships represent many of Save the Children’s most powerful collaborations to create positive change for children and have been instrumental in helping us reach this extraordinary milestone,” said Dana Langham, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Save the Children. “Thanks to the commitment, leadership and vision of our corporate partners, we are able to renew our commitment to addressing some of the most pressing issues facing many of today’s most vulnerable children far into our future.”

In celebration of 100 years of changing children’s lives, Save the Children is launching several new social impact initiatives and marketing campaigns in partnership with committed organizations to bring about meaningful change for children: 

  • CHANGEMAKERS FOR CHILDREN is a new initiative, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, honoring individuals who have raised their voice and used their influence to drive change for the world’s most marginalized children. Among philanthropists, policymakers, educators, advocates and everyday heroes who have positively changed children’s lives for the better, Save the Children is recognizing extraordinary corporate leaders as changemakers for children from organizations and brands including GSK, Google.org, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Mondelēz International, Nike Foundation, P&G, PayPal, Penguin Random House, Principal Financial Group, PVH Corp., Scholastic Inc., TOMS and Ulta Beauty. 

  • Multiple MOTHER’S DAY activations benefitting Save the Children’s U.S. early education programs including Bvlgari’s release of a new pendant as part of its signature Save the Children jewelry line, PVH’s annual at-register campaign across PVH’s TOMMY HILFIGER, CALVIN KLEIN, and Van Heusen/IZOD outlet stores and Ulta Beauty’s in-store and online promotion. 

  • A new READ A STORY, CHANGE THEIR STORY education campaign features an 100 DAYS OF READING initiative. From June 1 to September 8, International Literacy Day, families are encouraged to log their summer reading minutes at SavetheChildren.org. By participating, children and families raise awareness and funds for Save the Children’s early education programs across rural America. The campaign’s inaugural partners include T.J. Maxx along with American Girl, Brightly, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mattel and Penguin Random House.

  • The launch of Save the Children’s BRIDGE CHALLENGE. The new walk series will launch with an inaugural event Saturday, October 12, following International Day of the Girl, at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The 5K walk and event expo will raise funds to bridge the gap for the world’s girls by addressing three key challenges: education, protection and health. The event is sponsored by MPOWERD, Polar Beverages and Sunrays Citrus and includes opportunities for corporate employee engagement and volunteerism. 

  • Two CENTENNIAL EVENTS will be held this Fall: the Centennial Gala: Changing the World for Children in New York City on September 12 presented by Johnson & Johnson – with sponsorship support from Blackrock, PVH and T.J. Maxx as well as the Centennial Celebration: Once in a Lifetime in Los Angeles on October 2.

  • An exclusive Save the Children Centennial line of shoes will be released October 1 as part of TOMS 2019 Holiday Collection.  The designs are created from children’s artwork from Save the Children programs and will be sold in TOMS retail stores and online. Additionally, Save the Children will launch a new MAKE CHANGE HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN where consumers will be asked to give the gift of a lifetime to children in need through a social unlocking campaign.

  • And all year long, for every quote shared on social media through ‘Wisdom by Kids’, a new initiative that magically turns children’s words into art, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (up to $1 million!) to Save the Children.

“Changemakers brings together the many corporate partners who advocate for the most vulnerable children,” says Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson. “Johnson & Johnson is proud to lead this important work. When it comes to advocating for most vulnerable children, private sector leadership is a key driver in reaching success.”

To learn more about Save the Children’s Centennial year, please visit SavetheChildren.org/Centennial. 

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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12/31/1969
Sustainability and business results align in “Innovating for Impact,” ArcelorMittal’s 2018 United States Integrated Report

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12/31/1969
Heathrow 2.0: Inspiring a Sustainable Future for Air Travel

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12/31/1969
Consumers Energy Releases 12 Rare Blanding’s Turtles Protected During Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Twelve rare juvenile Blanding’s Turtles hatched from incubated eggs were released today back into a turtle-friendly habitat created for them near Saginaw by Consumers Energy employees.

The eggs, two adults and a juvenile Blanding’s Turtle were rescued in 2018 from along the path of Consumers Energy’s Saginaw Trail Pipeline. The adults were moved to a safe location, where they laid 12 eggs that were incubated, hatched and raised by the company’s contract herpetologist over the winter. The juveniles are now large enough to be released.

“At Consumers Energy we demonstrate our guiding principle of ‘leaving it better than we find it’ every day. The Saginaw Trail Pipeline project and the rescue of these rare turtles reaffirm our commitment to preserving Michigan’s environment as we modernize our gas infrastructure,” said Charles Crews, Consumers Energy’s vice president of gas operations.

“Not only do we seek out endangered reptiles like the Blanding’s Turtle, we have safely relocated thousands of frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles from the pipeline path and protected, enhanced, or restored more than 750 acres of land across the state last year alone,” he added.

The 12 juvenile turtles were given names suggested by Consumers Energy customers and employees. Over 200 suggestions were provided. Names include: Shelldon, Bubby, MiShell, Restoration, Roscoe, Myrtle, Tina (Turtle), Tommy, Crush, Thor, Taco and Darkhorse.

The Blanding’s Turtle is listed as a Species of Special Concern and is protected by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It is protected across the species range and is currently being considered for federal protection.

While it has a lifespan of over 80 years, the Blanding’s Turtle does not reach sexual maturity until about 20. Hatchling and juvenile turtles suffer very high mortality rates from predators, particularly raccoons. It may take one adult female decades to produce enough turtles to help keep the population stable.

The turtles prefer shrub swamp wetland and open water areas with logs and stumps to bask, so Consumers Energy enhanced the area near where the females were found to give the juvenile turtles a better chance of survival. Felled trees that were removed to safely install the pipeline were strategically placed to create basking/hiding areas.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Media Contacts: Debra Dodd, 586-918-0597 or Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

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12/31/1969
Megatrends: Shaping the CSR Agenda

On June 11, 2019, the BBB Foundation of Metro New York will present its twelfth BBB Forum on Corporate Responsibility, with the theme Megatrends: Shaping the CSR Agenda. This elite half-day program is attended by business leaders and their advisers working in corporate responsibility, sustainability, corporate communications and public affairs, as well as other interested executives. It will take place at Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street in Manhattan, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. This year’s Forum speakers will discuss how “megatrends” – issues such as plastic waste, water sustainability, human rights issues, consumer purchasing behavior, and ESG goals – shape and drive corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts.

The 2019 BBB Forum is generously supported by Major Sponsor EY; Benefactor Sponsors MLB, Nielsen, and Yext; and Media Supporter 3BL Media.

To kick off the 2019 BBB Forum, keynote speaker Al Iannuzzi, Vice President of Sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., will speak about Estée Lauder’s sustainability journey.

Following the keynote, a featured panel of CSR trend leaders will discuss corporate responsibility megatrends, sharing insights from their perspectives about how businesses are responding to these trends and shaping their CSR agendas accordingly:

  • David Korngold, moderator, Director, New York, BSR

  • Althea Erickson, Head of Advocacy and Impact, Etsy

  • Andre Fourie, Global Director of Water Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • Jamie Martin, Executive Director, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley 

Julia Wilson, Vice President of Global Responsibility & Sustainability at Nielsen, is the Featured Speaker who will follow the panel. She will discuss Nielsen’s research findings concerning consumer purchasing behaviors around sustainability issues. 

Two special reports will conclude this half-day event: 

  • Jamie Lee Mattison, Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY, will discuss how businesses and consumers are responding to plastic waste issues.

  • Caroline Rees, President & Co-Founder of Shift Project, Ltd., will deliver a presentation sharing her expertise on human rights issues as they relate to corporate responsibility, with some comments on the impact of AI.

BBB Forum 2019 Event Supporters include: Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, BSR, Council of Better Business Bureaus, CSRHub, Governance & Accountability Institute, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, New York Society of Association Executives, NYCharities.org, Partnership for New York City, Social Accountability International, Sustainability Practice Network, The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity – Baruch College, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (list in formation).  

Cost to attend:

BBB Accredited, CBBB National Partners, Event Supporter Guests, Nonprofits:
$90 per person until May 31, $125 per person after that.

Non-BBB Accredited:
$160 per person until May 31, $195 per person after that.

Please register in advance. Space is limited. Register now to assure seating.

Details & online registration:

https://www.bbb.org/new-york-city/csr-megatrends/

Registration by phone & more information:
Call: 212-358-2829
Email: mprowse@newyork.bbb.org  

About BBB Foundation of Metropolitan New York
Metro New York’s BBB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1967. It provides educational programs and services for businesses, charities and consumers; encourages informed consumer support of charities; promotes transparency and accountability; conducts research; and provides educational intern opportunities to students who are potential business and charity leaders.  It operates the BBB Charity Accountability Program, which publishes BBB Charity Reports on about 770+ Metro New York area charities based on performance against the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. BBB Charity Reports are available online at ny.give.org.

About BBB Serving Metropolitan New York
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2018, people turned to BBB more than 173 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.4 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are over 100 independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico. BBB Serving Metropolitan New York was founded in 1922, and serves New York City, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson region. Visit BBB.org for more information. 

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