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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.

Register Now! 5 Actionable Steps to Safely Unite Employees at In-Person Workplace Volunteer Events This Year

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With vaccines readily available to Americans, the return to in-person events is fast approaching. For many of us, this will also include returning to the office in some capacity. In fact, a new Return to Office Survey conducted by Eden Workplace has found that after a year of COVID-19 quarantine, 85 percent of workers want to return to the office. A desire to be with coworkers is the #1 reason employees are looking forward to returning, with non-white and younger workers expressing the most enthusiasm.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Focus of New Black & Veatch eBook

Free download explores essential technologies for the creation of flexible, reliable communications networks supporting smart transportation
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June 7, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The rise of digitization and smart technologies such as advanced driver-assistance systems, smart sensors and other Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are transforming the world of transportation as we know it.

Climate Action for a Green Recovery?

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This week WEC presents our 2021 Gold Medal Award to Microsoft. The pioneer of our digital age has also been a pioneer for sustainability with an impressive pledge: remove all the CO2 from the atmosphere that the company has emitted since it was founded. Microsoft is committed to decarbonize its business, invest with others in scaling carbon removal technologies (nature and technology-based), and push for public policies to transform the global economy

Vistra's Integrated Model Makes Solar More Accessible with TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar Days

Popular plan utilizes Vistra’s retail and renewable generation capabilities
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IRVING, Texas, June 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Ahead of a summer predicted to be hotter and drier than normal in Texas, Vistra is offering its Texas residential customers the opportunity to save money and reduce demand on the grid with TXU Energy Free Nights & Solar DaysSM.

Griffith Foods & The Social Gastronomy Movement: The Power of Sustainable Collaboration Models to Create Circular Food Waste Products

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Griffith Foods and the Social Gastronomy movement host dialogue focused on the power of sustainable collaboration models to create circular food waste products. This is part of their independent dialogue series in preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit.

United Nations Federal Credit Union Publishes 2020 Impact Report

Maintains Climate Neutrality, Identifies 2025 Impact Goals
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LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., June 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ – The United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) today released its 2020 Impact Report (PDF). The financial cooperative concluded its inaugural 5-year Sustainability Action Plan, attaining seven out of eight 2020 goals.

Achievements spotlighted in UNFCU's 2020 Impact Report include:

Gem Lab IGI Pledges to Become Carbon-Neutral

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June 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The New York office of the International Gemological Institute (IGI) is aiming to be the first carbon-neutral gemological laboratory by 2022.

“Our environment is an interdependent system where everyone has a role to play, and I am proud of the institute for stepping up and enacting real change,” IGI North America president Avi Levy said Wednesday. “While we are pioneering the practice in our sector, we look forward to others joining us in our environmental stewardship.”

MilliporeSigma Science Will Tell Podcast Series: Design for Sustainability

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Science Will Tell is a podcast series in which we explore infinite solutions to sustainability and community impact from the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.* 

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.

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