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Global Battery Alliance Pledges to End Child Labour

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  • The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) has submitted a 2021 Action Pledge to End Child Labour in the Battery Supply Chain as part of the Alliance 8.7’s campaign to encourage significant and meaningful actions in the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
  • Child labour in the battery supply chain is an escalating issue as the demand for batteries grows rapidly to contribute to the goals for a low carbon transition.
  • The GBA will focus on four areas of action related to its pledge in 2021:
    • Development of a digital Battery Passport to track and authenticate the absence of child labour in the sourcing of cobalt and sustainability criteria of the battery;
    • Contributing to the sustainable development of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and surrounding communities through the Cobalt Action Partnership;
    • Raising millions of dollars for The Fund for the Prevention of Child Labour in Mining Communities – A Global Battery Alliance Collaboration; and
    • Convening policymakers to accelerate adoption of best practices to formalise lead-acid battery recycling.
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  • The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) has submitted a 2021 Action Pledge to End Child Labour in the Battery Supply Chain as part of the Alliance 8.7’s campaign to encourage significant and meaningful actions in the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
  • Child labour in the battery supply chain is an escalating issue as the demand for batteries grows rapidly to contribute to the goals for a low carbon transition.
  • The GBA will focus on four areas of action related to its pledge in 2021:
    • Development of a digital Battery Passport to track and authenticate the absence of child labour in the sourcing of cobalt and sustainability criteria of the battery;
    • Contributing to the sustainable development of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and surrounding communities through the Cobalt Action Partnership;
    • Raising millions of dollars for The Fund for the Prevention of Child Labour in Mining Communities – A Global Battery Alliance Collaboration; and
    • Convening policymakers to accelerate adoption of best practices to formalise lead-acid battery recycling.

Brands Going Beyond the Rainbow-wash

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As we start to celebrate Pride Month, the growing call from consumers for brands to avoid “rainbow-washing” is substantive. And with every rainbow-branded product, individuals are looking under the hood to find out if and how the company is truly supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

Responsible Minerals Initiative Releases ESG Standard for Mineral Supply Chains

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 3, 2021 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the release of its Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Standard to further improve conditions for workers, address environmental and community impacts, and manage governance risks in all mineral supply chains.

Responsible Business Alliance Announces Process Chemicals Policy to Protect Workers in Manufacturing Supply Chains

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 2, 2021 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced a new policy and approach to protect workers from exposure to hazardous process chemicals during manufacturing, which includes the establishment of an Industry Focus Process Chemicals List (IFPCL).

Process chemicals include those used during the manufacturing of a product or maintenance of related equipment. Examples of process chemicals include cleaning agents, solvents, lubricants, refrigerants, hydraulic fluids, adhesives, inks and coatings.

Ramona Gardens Natural Park - Air Pollution Reduction Measures

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The Ramona Gardens Housing Development is in the Northern Boyle Heights neighborhood of central Los Angeles. The housing complex is home to 1,800 residents, including 700 children. The community is situated less than 150 feet north of the 12-lane I-10 freeway, 2-lane express toll road, and the Metrolink rail corridor. 

When compared to average California communities, Ramona Gardens is disproportionately impacted by air pollutants due to:

International Paper Launches Signature Pro Bono Initiative Campaign; Will Assist Individuals Living in Underserved Communities

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 26, 2021 – International Paper (NYSE: IP) recently announced the kickoff of the Signature Pro Bono Initiative, marking a significant milestone for the legal community in Tennessee and for individuals living in the state’s underserved communities. As part of the Tennessee Pro Bono Services Alliance, this initiative will help deliver equal justice to Tennessee residents by focusing specifically on expungement, voter rights restoration and driver’s license reinstatement.

Benevity Sees Exponential Surge in Searches for Nonprofits Providing COVID-19 Support in India

More companies activate relief campaigns on Benevity’s platform for the crisis in India, expected to peak in mid-May
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CALGARY, Alberta, May 11, 2021 /3BL Media/-- Benevity, Inc., the leading provider of global corporate purpose software, today announced a surge in activity on its platform from companies and their people looking to support COVID-19 relief for India. Seven of the top 10 searches on the platform in April 2021 were directly related to the COVID-19 crisis in India, indicating a strong desire for companies and their people to find and support trusted nonprofit organizations that are providing relief.

Sands Academy: Supporting Career Development and Growth

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Acting under a unified global charter, Sands Academy, our global development and mentorship program, supports the career goals of our Team Members, while simultaneously improving our business operations through fostering stronger, more knowledgeable teams. Additionally, as we recognize the unique needs of our individual business regions, Sands Academy tailors its programs to the unique needs of our communities in the United States and Asia.

Ecocentricity Guest Blog - Environmental Justice and the Soul of America: A Conversation with Rev. Gerald Durley

Reprinted from Drawdown Georgia's Weekly Blog
Summary: 

“Dr. King told us that we had to look at the soul of America. And in my estimation, the soul of America is the environment, because if you destroy the soul, then nothing else exists. If you destroy the air, if you destroy the water, if you destroy the wildlife, if you destroy the plants - that's the soul of America.”   --The Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley

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“Dr. King told us that we had to look at the soul of America. And in my estimation, the soul of America is the environment, because if you destroy the soul, then nothing else exists. If you destroy the air, if you destroy the water, if you destroy the wildlife, if you destroy the plants - that's the soul of America.”   --The Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley

Water Mission and FedEx Team up to Help Honduras After 2020 Hurricanes

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Guest blog courtesy of Water Mission

In November 2020, back-to-back Hurricanes Eta and Iota caused major devastation in Honduras, affecting more than 3 million people, about one-third of the country’s population.  Immediately following the storms, FedEx worked closely with Water Mission to provide people in remote areas of Honduras with access to safe water.

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