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WEC Elects New Emeritus Directors

As part of an ongoing commitment to expand its thought leadership, diversity and effectiveness as a global sustainability organization, the World Environment Center’s Board of Directors has elected the following individuals as Emeritus Directors:

  • Linda Fisher, Dupont (retired) – served on the WEC board from 2012 – 2018
  • Jeff Seabright, Unilever – served on the WEC board from 2005-2012
  • Neil Hawkins, Dow (retired) – served on the WEC board from 2009-2015.
  • Jane Nelson, Harvard – served on the WEC board from 2007-2013.  
WEC thanks them for their service and outstanding contributions to the Center.  WEC is truly delighted to have access to such a well-respected group of leaders to help support our efforts as we work to advance sustainable development.
 
Read the full press release here.
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Leading Companies in Mexico Proposing Solutions to Water Use Challenges

Yesterday, a group of leading companies convened by CESPEDES and The World Environment Center with sponsorship of Dow Chemical, ECOLAB and Coca-Cola FEMSA, gathered to share best practices and initiatives to address challenges for sustainable water management, calling to action to accelerate partnerships between private sector, civil society and governments to guarantee water access in safe conditions for everyone. 

During the forum, participant companies shared their challenges and learnings while implementing projects to optimize processes for responsible use of water and all coincided in the importance of generating company commitments under the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate initiative.  

Among best practices, ECOLAB presented the “Smart Water Navigator” a tool to self-assess and develop plans for continuous improvement facilitating companies to improve water management and stewardship practices, assess water risk, determine their place on a water maturity curve, and find necessary steps to get water-smart.

Additionally, participating companies agreed on the need to foster conservation initiatives to protect watersheds through multisector programs such as “Water Funds”, highlighting the recently launched fund “Agua Capital”, a social investment with participation of CitiBanamex, HSBC, Mexichem, Grupo Modelo, and Coca-Cola FEMSA, oriented to the conservation of water resources in the Mexico City area. 

You can read the full press release in English here.  Haga clic para leer en español.

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Lori Michelin joins Penn State Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board

Lori Michelin joins Penn State Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board.  Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board members lend their experience and expertise to the Smeal Sustainability Council and serve as conduits to the latest corporate developments in sustainable business practices. The board assists in guiding Smeal’s sustainability agenda by helping to match the college’s strengths with the sustainability issues that the board members encounter as they lead their corporations’ sustainability efforts.

The board also benchmarks Smeal’s sustainability efforts with those of other business schools, identifies essential sustainability research areas, explores collaborations with other University sustainability initiatives, and evaluates the college’s graduate and undergraduate sustainability curricula.

Find out more here.

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WEC to Promote Environmental Governance in Morocco and Jordan

The United States Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has funded the World Environment Center to promote environmental governance through improved practices and technologies in Morocco and Jordan.  The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen environmental governance that will lead to the adoption of improved environmental practices, technologies, and services, particularly in addressing air pollution, water and waste management challenges.  WEC has partnered with EDI Consulting in Morocco and Water and Environment Center/Cleaner Production Unit at the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan to provide their on-the-ground knowledge and support to achieve project objectives.

WEC and its local partners will create public-private partnerships involving priority sectors to address those environmental challenges, while fostering the use of U.S. environmental technologies.

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Lori Michelin to lead Supply Chain Keynote at RBSNY in March

We’re excited to announce that Lori Michelin, President & CEO, World Environment Center, will lead the Supply Chain Keynote at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit, New York [March 18-19].

As part of the newly announced strategic partnership between Ethical Corporation and World Environment Center for the Responsible Business Summit New York, WEC members can benefit from a $200 saving on passes to the event. 

At the event Lori will lead the supply chain keynote alongside John Kern, SVP Supply Chain Operations, Cisco, Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability Officer, Enel and Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech. The keynote will outline decarbonizing the supply chain through new technology and innovations 

Other speakers at the event include:

  • Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • James F. Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • Caroline Rees, President and Co-Founder, Shift
  • Jay Gould, CEO, Interface
  • Mindy Lubber, CEO, Ceres
  • Marilyn Ceci, Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds, JP Morgan
  • Satya Tripathi, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Environment
  • Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago
  • Virginie Helias, CSO, P&G
  • Plus many more

To see a full run-down on the sessions and speaker, please click here.

WEC Members will receive a $200 saving on passes to the event - please refer to the code sent via email communications.

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Business Workshop on Implementing the UN SDGs

The World Environment Center, DNV GL and nine global companies met on February 6, 2019 in a workshop in Munich/Germany to explore trends in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to share best practices. While global trends are showing that the large majority of large corporations have prioritized the SDGs for their organization and find value in them, meaningful engagement on target-level is hardly established. This is concerning as none of the SDGs are on track to being met. The workshop revealed that companies have now understood that the SDGs provide an opportunity to take additional action beyond established corporate sustainability goals and that it is more promising to focus action on target-level than addressing one of the 17 Goals without differentiation. The discussion helped to share practical ideas about how business can best start the process of working with the SDGs and how focused collaboration can be achieved. 

Global companies that joined the dialogue were:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Dow Chemical
  • Draexlmaier
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Merck KGaA
  • METRO
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • SAP
  • Volkswagen

Read the event summary here.

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WEC's 2018 Annual Report is now live!

WEC is pleased to share the results of our efforts to raise expectations and standards for business excellence in environmental sustainability, catalyze thought leadership and implementation strategy for sustainability, prepare current and early career leaders to achieve a sustainable future and implement scalable public and private capacity building programs around the world.

2018 highlights include:

  • Presenting Ecolab with WEC’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development
  • Framing our Thought Leadership agenda on megatrends that will redefine how sustainable business runs in the future
  • Working with business leaders to develop strategies and practices to future-proof themselves in a fast-changing world via our Roundtable events
  • Collaborating with businesses and universities to prepare leaders for a sustainable future via Advisory Board Service and Better World Leaders Program
  • Partnering with the U.S. Department of State to empower micro, small and medium enterprises and drive sustainable economic growth and prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean via the La Red Network
  • Partnering with the Germany Ministry of the environment to study how to promote sustainability management in Latin America.
Read the Annual Report here.
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WEC Welcomes GINgroup to Our Network

WEC welcomes GINgroup to our network of sustainability leaders committed to driving change. GIN group is a leading Mexican company, in the overall human capital solutions. 

GINgroup has 37 years of experience, with 4,000 clients in diverse sectors, and operation centers through the Americas have a positive impact in establishing sustainable development practices. 

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Better World Leadership Initiative

 
The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Better World Leadership (BWL) to prepare business leaders to implement sustainability. BWL studies provide evidence that nonprofit board service is an effective pathway for companies seeking to grow shareholder value by advancing diversity and inclusion, developing human capital for innovation, and helping to achieve global goals for sustainability. BWL is conducting further studies in 2019, presenting webinars, and convening multinational corporations seeking to establish, enhance, and expand their board service programs worldwide. 
 
Find the full press release here.
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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Environmental Pollution caused by human and veterinary pharmaceutical substances is an emerging environmental concern.  This roundtable convened a multi-stakeholder group to share insights and discuss responsible business practices.  Speakers included senior executives from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer, ERM, Merck, Travers Smith, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, F. Hoffman-La Roche, Health Care without Harm, Merck Group, Ministry of the Netherlands, Novartis and University of Gothenberg
 
Roundtable participants agreed that industry’s best option to tackle the issue is a collaborative approach to increase data transparency, share knowledge, and educate the public about a responsible use of pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with all stakeholders involved in their product stewardship. It was recognized that pharmaceuticals enter the environment via a variety of pathways, many of which are not under the direct control of the pharmaceutical industry.  However, leading pharmaceutical companies treat wastewater from own operations to minimize release of pharmaceuticals to the environment, with excellent results when modern technology is used.  In addition, leading pharmaceutical companies have made commitments to require treatment of wastewater from contract manufacturers/suppliers to minimize release of pharmaceuticals to the environment. 
 
You can read the event summary here.

WEC thanks Bristol-Myers Squibb for their generous sponsorship of this event.
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La Red Summit Highlights

  
The new La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red) members were inducted at the 2018 Annual La Red Summit in Antigua, Guatemala on October 29th and 30th. These new members were selected through the international Power to Grow Innovation Challenge.
 
The Summit provided training and capacity building as well as convened a Business Roundtable to share insights from experts in the region’s impact investment sector, including key actors in corporate value chains, Ministry, multilateral agencies, and US Government Officials. Highlighted speakers included the author of the recent, well-received Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA) study on the Linkages Between multinational corporations and MSMEs in Latin America, Dr. Carlos Parra of Florida International University. 
 
Agenda of the event can be found here in English & here in Spanish. Event summary is shared here in English & in Spanish.
 
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Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig Pasquel joins the WEC Gold Medal Award Jury

WEC warmly welcomes Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig Pasquel to the WEC Gold Medal Award’s independent jury. Lorenzo joins a distinguished group of international leaders that select the Gold Medal recipient annually. The WEC Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Sustainable Development is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition of a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Only global manufacturing, processing or service corporations that can document well implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete for the award. 

Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig bring has 35+ years of experience in the environmental and conservation finance field. As President (CEO) of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (a $150 million endowment Conservation Trust Fund) for more than 24 years, and Chairman of the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (a $35 million endowment Regional Conservation Trust Fund) for more than 12 years, he has acquired extensive experience in fundraising and execution of capital campaigns, and the operation and funding of biodiversity conservation, environmental research, regional development and capacity building projects. He has also contributed to the design and incorporation of learning and practice networks for the National Environmental Funds of Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLAC) and 5 additional communities of practice in fire management, coral restoration, protected areas and marine conservation.

He is a member of several boards and advisory councils, some include the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) Executive Committee, The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), The Mesoamerican Reef Fund, The Healthy Reefs Initiative, The Fund for Communication and Environmental Education, the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Conservation and Exploration Fund, and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). In the latter, he brings the Latin American perspective to global development issues linked to biodiversity and natural resources.

Lorenzo has a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Engineering (1976) from the Monterrey Technological Institute (ITESM) and a Master in Science degree in Marine Biology and Seafood Technology (1977) from Oregon State University. Fields of expertise include biology, ichtiology, ornithology, natural sciences, environmental engineering, corporate sustainability reporting, food science and toxicology, as well as leadership and capacity building, financial investment and asset management. He is fluent in English and Spanish, has basic German language skills, is an artist and scientific illustrator and a Certified Nitrox and Recreational Diver.

He has also contributed to more than 30 books and capacity building tools and publications and has participated in 6 technical field guides as wildlife illustrator and photographer.

 
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La Red Welcomes New Members

We are proud to announce the newest members of La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), an international network of innovative organizations supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to drive sustainable economic growth and prosperity across Latin America. These new members were selected through the international Power to Grow Innovation Challenge.
 
The new La Red members will be inducted at the 2018 Annual La Red Summit in Antigua, Guatemala on October 29th and 30th. The Summit will provide training and capacity building as well as convene a Business Roundtable to share insights from experts in the region’s impact investment sector, including key actors in corporate value chains, Ministry, multilateral agencies, and US Government Officials. Highlighted speakers include the author of the recent, well-received Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA) study on the Linkages Between multinational corporations and MSMEs in Latin America, Dr. Carlos Parra of Florida International University.
 
Agenda of the event can be found here in English & here in Spanish. More  information can be found here
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WEC Board Appoints Sheryl Telford

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Telford to its board of directors.  
 
Telford leads corporate responsibility and environmental health and safety at Chemours.   Most recently she guided development of Chemours’ recently launched Corporate Responsibility Commitment and its associated goals. The Chemours Corporate Responsibility Commitment is an enabler of the company’s growth strategy with emphasis on an evolved portfolio of products, inspired people, and caring for a shared planet. Telford is responsible for engaging 7,000 Chemours employees in 58 locations around the globe to advance the company’s commitments. 
 
For more information, read our full press release here
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Emilio Tenuta Joins WEC Board of Directors.

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Emilio Tenuta, vice president of Corporate Sustainability at Ecolab, to its board of directors.  

Tenuta is a recognized sustainability leader and for the last six years, has led Ecolab’s sustainability strategy focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably.  He is actively involved in advancing global sustainability practices, with a significant focus on water stewardship. Ecolab helps companies in a wide range of industries worldwide meet their own sustainability goals. The company’s 26,500-strong field team helps customers operate more efficiently, using less water and energy, at nearly three million customer locations in more than 170 countries.

For more information click here.

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La Red Phase 1 Evaluation Report Released

 
People and economies thrive when micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are empowered to reach their full potential. These enterprises create 75% of all jobs in Latin America, but many need better connections to markets, information, and supportive policies. They need support and incentives to access new markets, adopt sustainable practices, and strengthen workers’ rights.
 
The U.S. Department of State funded the WEC and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée, Context Partners, and EarthShift Global, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America. Because of this work, more than 300 micro, small and medium enterprises in have benefited from technical assistance, 1,800 people have found new or better employment, and more than 4,400 farmers have improved their operations.
 
WEC is proud that Phase I of La Red was considered as relevant and highly satisfactory overall when evaluated in accordance with OECD evaluation criteria. The recently approved program assessment report can be accessed at: The Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge/La Red.
 
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Gold Medal Award 2019 Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the World Environment Center’s (WEC) 2019 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that demonstrates deep, organization-wide commitment to sustainability in its business practice and beyond.

Submissions of the 2019 WEC Gold Medal Award Nomination Form must be received by Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Self-nominations are welcome. WEC membership is not required as a criterion for submitting a nomination nor for receiving the award.

Find the Press Release here.

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Linking Education to Industry (new publication)

WEC is delighted to share that a journal article, Linking Education to Industry: Water and Energy Sustainability in Latin America, was published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences on June 29, 2018.

The journal article summarizes the impact on small and medium enterprises of the academic-industry model that was introduced by the Pathways to Cleaner Production in Americas Project. The article cites the model as a high-quality but low-cost solution that has helped small and medium enterprises reduce water usage and energy consumption and related emissions. It also noted that the program helped to improve environmental performance and compliance with national regulations.

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WEC Partners with Interreg Mediterranean Green Growth

WEC Europe joined the European Union's "Interreg Mediterranean Green Growth" program as a network partner. The program supports scientific research in Southern European countries that leads to innovative, green business practices including Circular Economy models and Sustainable Cities.

WEC and its members can benefit from:

  • learning about innovative solutions relevant in Mediterranean markets,
  • expanding their networks into the countries of that region, and
  • accessing opportunities to participate in new project initiatives.

Frank Werner, Director of WEC Europe, will follow the Interreg Mediterranean Green Growth’s activities and reach out to individual WEC members if opportunities emerge. You can learn more about the organization here.

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Gold Medal Colloquium Summary

WEC hosted its annual Gold Medal Colloquium, sponsored by Ingersoll Rand, which focused on the theme “Understanding Investor’s Expectations for Sustainability Performance.” The Colloquium featured leading investment analysts and company executives. 
 
Summary of the event is here
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