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Merck earns 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

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Merck received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Merck has been named a Partner of the Year for 15 years in a row, and in Sustained Excellence for 13 years.

Companies receiving the award were selected for demonstrating how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.

Bayer Employees Volunteer to Conduct SARS-CoV-2 Tests in Newly Established Berlin Laboratory

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Our newly established testing laboratory in Berlin which supports the fight against the Corona virus is already running: In the lab, our employees – more than 140 have volunteered – are able to conduct up to 1,000 additional SARS-CoV-2 tests per day. This helps to slow down the spread of the virus as fewer infections remain undetected and infection chains can be better reconstructed.

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An Open Letter from our Chairman and CEO

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Daniel O'Day
 

When the news of the coronavirus first emerged, Gilead immediately began to investigate the potential of remdesivir, a medicine we had been studying for many years as part of our extensive research in antivirals. Remdesivir had never been approved for use but based on what we had learned to date, we knew it might have potential with the novel coronavirus. Since then, we have been working with the greatest sense of urgency and responsibility to determine whether remdesivir does indeed work against COVID-19.

Announcing Ceres 2020 Digital Program for April and May!

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Earlier in March, we announced that the Ceres 2020 in New York in-person event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, we’ve been working hard to reimagine how we can deliver the content we planned that aims to address the challenges investors, companies and policymakers alike face when it comes to sustainability.

We launched our Ceres 2020 digital program last week with three successful sessions, and are excited now to announce the following sessions for April.

A Commitment That’s About More Than Chocolate -- It’s About Saving Our Forests

BEATRICE MOULIANITAKI, Head of Sustainable Sourcing
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The world loves chocolate. But the world needs trees – now more than ever. The challenge is that trees are disappearing at alarming rates and sometimes that is due to the production of cocoa to make chocolate. In the past 60 years, 90% of Côte d’Ivoire’s forests have disappeared according to NGO Mighty Earth.

It’s a situation that strikes home for me having grown up around trees on the island of Crete. I take this issue seriously, and for me, it’s personal. 

The Urgency of a New Social Contract

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By: Dunstan Allison-Hope, Vice President, BSR and Katie Abbott, Manager, Inclusive Economy, BSR

The COVID-19 crisis makes one thing abundantly clear: the social contract between government, business, employees, and people is not working as it should.   

How TalkingPoints Is Helping Teachers and Parents Stay Connected to Enhance Student Success and Well-Being

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With more students learning from home, it is even more crucial for teachers and parents to stay connected to each other. TalkingPoints has received cash grant support from the Cisco Foundation to develop its mobile platform that automatically translates messages between teachers and students’ families. Through the platform, teachers can interact with any family member in over 100 different languages.

IWBI Membership Program Welcomes New Organizations

IWBI members continue to accelerate the adoption of a worldwide culture of health as the program enters its second year since launch
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NEW YORK, March 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is pleased to announce the continued growth of its membership program, and with it, a growing impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. The most recent members to join this global network include schools, healthcare facilities, designers and engineers, product manufacturers and real estate developers. 

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Awards $20 Million in Initial Grants to Fund Clinical Trials

Researchers at three institutions in the U.S. and U.K. receive grants to advance studies of repurposed drugs and novel antibodies in preventing COVID-19
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PURCHASE, NY – March 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The partners in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator have announced grants of $20 million to three institutions—the University of Washington, University of Oxford, and La Jolla Institute for Immunology—to fund clinical trials in order to identify highly potent immunotherapies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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