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Sustainable Brands Spotlights SB’17 Copenhagen Program

H&M, Novozymes, IDEO, Max Burgers among leaders sharing industry insights
Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Sustainable Brands® reveals the full program and networking highlights for its upcoming conference, SB’17 Copenhagen.

Environmental Research From De Beers' Sites Goes on Show at Major Conference

One of the world’s leading environmental historians will headline at a high-profile research conference opening at De Beers Group’s South African headquarters in Johannesburg today.
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Professor Emeritus Jane Carruthers will kick off the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference in front of more than 200 conservationists, scientists, academics, students, nature lovers and activists.

Her keynote address will give an overview of research over the last century, looking at what has shaped the knowledge of the present research and conservation arena.

Tomorrow begins with Professor Norman Owen-Smith of the University of Witwatersrand presenting several case studies on how different species can be monitored continuously for extended periods.

NACS and Keep America Beautiful Publish New Guide for Trash Management

Convenience stores team with iconic community improvement nonprofit to help end littering in America
Press Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and STAMFORD, Conn., October 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Keep America Beautiful and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have partnered to produce the new resource, “Being a Good Neighbor: A Guide to Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encouraging Recycling.”

Student Trio Cash in on New De Beers Partnership

Three South African students are the first to benefit from a partnership between De Beers Group and computer giant Dell that will cover all their university fees and study expenses.
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The young trio, from the company’s mining communities, were selected from the De Beers Financial Study Assistance Scheme and awarded R80,000 each towards their tuition fees and study material by the Dell Development Fund. They also received brand new Dell laptops as part of the bursary.

Maanda Makgatho, Ndlaleni Mkwanazi and Anisa Camroodien initially applied for R25,000 each but ended up with more than three times as much.

De Beers Mine Sets up Business Incubator

A ‘business incubator’ has been launched by De Beers Group’s Venetia mine in South Africa to boost budding entrepreneurs and enterprises in mining communities.
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The programme, run by the specialist mentoring and training company TrioPlus, will provide support to 40 businesses or entrepreneurs – 20 each from Blouberg and Musina. It kicked off in August with two workshops targeting existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Classroom training, run monthly, will cover topics such as market research, financial management and operational management, ultimately leading to a bankable business plan. One-to-one sessions with entrepreneurs will help mentors evaluate their progress and provide coaching and support.

Conservation, Community, and Commercial: Realizing the 3 C’s in Post-Conflict Liberia

Using sustainable, commercial approaches to maximize the benefits of forest and mineral resources
Blog

Leif Kindberg, an associate focused on environment and natural resources with Tetra Tech International Development Services, describes the approaches needed to create sustainable, commercial activity for forest and mineral resources in Liberia. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Giving Adapted to Economic Times

Blog

Over the past two years, Cenovus has intentionally supported organizations and causes that have experienced increased demand during the downturn - focusing on basic needs, mental health and vulnerable populations with more philanthropically-motivated donations.

When the price of oil was around the $100 mark, the community investment team at Cenovus was carefully investing millions of dollars in three strategic areas that aligned with both the integrated oil company's focus areas (learning, safety and well-bring, and sustainable communities) and their business values.

Celebrate Main Streets This Weekend!

By Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation
Blog

American Express has long advocated for historic preservation and small businesses, engaging the public in activities that help commercial corridors thrive.

Dear Cities: Resist Amazon's HQ2

There is something untoward about the feeding frenzy we are witnessing as cities across the country vie to be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters (“HQ2”).
Blog

There is something untoward about the feeding frenzy we are witnessing as cities across the country vie to be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters (“HQ2”). Amazon, after all, is the poster child for driving, first, independent booksellers and then retailers out of business, hollowing out communities across America.

HPE and PwC Expand Partnership to Power Future Cities

New Center of Excellence will develop innovative use cases in various industry verticals to demonstrate the power of emerging technologies
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On September 12, 2017, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced a new project with long-time strategic partner, PwC, to jointly create a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Kolkata, India, to advance development for future cities. Together, HPE and PwC are capitalizing on the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape to create opportunities for city administrators to optimize their assets and provide citizen-centric services.

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