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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

An open letter from Global Reporting Initiative to our stakeholders
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Dear friends,

As an international organization, with employees and stakeholders around the globe, GRI has been closely monitoring the developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. At all times we have been striving to respond appropriately, adhering to the expert advice from local and global health authorities – while continuing to operate effectively and provide services within this ever-changing environment.

National Grid Temporarily Suspends Collections-Related Activities to Lessen COVID-19 Hardship on Customers

Company deploys comprehensive pandemic response plan, continues to closely monitor outbreak
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WALTHAM, Mass., March 13, 2020 /3BL Media/ - National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may have on our customers. The decision is part of the company’s pandemic preparedness plan, which is designed to mitigate the impact the virus has on our customers, our workforce and our ability to deliver safe, reliable electricity and natural gas to our customers.

COVID-19: How Companies Are Responding

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on a daily and almost hourly basis, it is an “all-hands-on-deck” situation to mitigate the health crisis that requires government, nonprofits, business and individual citizens to act and support. As we all seek to better understand how companies can be a positive force during uncertain times, we’ve rounded up a few examples of companies stepping up to support coronavirus mitigation:

Pushing Beyond The Ordinary in Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe that over the next 10 years, effective CSR initiatives of purpose-driven companies will be characterized by three principles: business alignment, user-centricity and co-creation.
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Corporate social responsibility—the practice of companies holding themselves accountable to serve a social purpose and make a positive impact—was not always the main focus of business leaders. Channel some profits into philanthropy, it was thought, and you’ve checked the CSR box.

Those days are long gone.

Be Alert! Scammers Are Back!

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Callers who ask you to pay in a few hours or have power disconnected are not legitimate. But scammers are getting more sophisticated.

We have received reports from customers in Wisconsin and Iowa that they are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be Alliant Energy. These callers threaten to cut off power in a few hours unless immediate payment is made.

Alliant Energy does NOT call customers and demand immediate payment.

We will not ask customers to purchase prepaid credit cards, and we do not ask for payment over email.

Special Delivery: Ensuring Product Quality in Our Distribution Centers

Inside the Jacksonville, Florida Facility.
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At the 15,000-square-foot Medtronic warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida, a team of 35 employees spend their days carefully packing and shipping boxes. And every member of the team knows the value of what’s inside those boxes.

Their work is critical to making sure ear, nose, and throat surgery products make it to doctors and hospitals treating patients across the United States and internationally.

Read more.

UPS Tired of Waiting for Electric Vehicles, Decides to Make Its Own

by Tina Casey
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Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new partnership is Arrival’s unique manufacturing model.

Instead of relying on large, centralized factories, the company plans to establish a number of “micro-factories.”

Depending on where and how the new factories are sited, the arrangement could provide UPS with an opportunity to bring new jobs into communities that need them, rather than encouraging workers to uproot and follow jobs to remote locations.

Goodyear’s New Assurance ComfortDrive is First Tire to Use Unique, Sustainable Materials

Premium commuter touring tire, featuring soybean oil and rice husk ash silica, offers a smooth, quiet ride with superior wet performance
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AKRON, Ohio, February 6, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive. With its unique combination of innovative tread design and sidewall features, this all-season tire offers Goodyear’s most comfortable ride to date. 

Consumers can drive comfortably and confidently with all the benefits that the Assurance ComfortDrive has to offer: 

Bechtel’s Brian Reilly Begins Term as Board President of Engineers Without Borders USA

Nonprofit organization aids communities to meet basic human needs and helps leaders solve pressing global challenges
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RESTON, Va. - February 5, 2020 - /3BL Media/ - Bechtel senior vice president Brian Reilly has begun a one-year term as president of the board of directors for Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), a nonprofit organization that delivers engineering projects to solve pressing global challenges and meet basic human needs in vulnerable communities.

As EWB-USA president, Reilly will focus on opening new country offices, growing EWB-USA’s volunteer pool, and increasing access to funding for each project.

The Importance of Data Privacy, Today and Every Day: Insights from Alliance Data’s Chief Security Officer

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Data privacy was a major topic among financial services and technology leaders at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting last week in Davos, Switzerland. Google CEO Sundar Pichai asserted that in 2020, privacy should not and cannot be a “luxury good.”

In recognition of International Data Privacy Day on January 28th, Alliance Data’s Chief Security Officer Mike Britton highlights a few changing industry trends around data privacy and why the issue is so central to the company’s values and obligations.

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