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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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WEC Honors Ecolab with 2018 Gold Medal Award on May 17

 
WEC awarded Ecolab the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development during the 34th annual Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 17.   Doug Baker, chairman and CEO of Ecolab, accepted the award on behalf of the company. 
 
Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Ecolab’s application based upon its many initiatives to support global sustainable water management and conservation, its multiple sustainability commitments and partnerships, and integration of sustainability in its innovation processes and product development.
 
Preceding the award ceremony, WEC hosted its annual Gold Medal Colloquium, sponsored by Ingersoll Rand, which this year focused on the theme “Understanding Investor’s Expectations for Sustainability Performance.” The Colloquium featured leading investment analysts and company executives. 
 
Press release and more information is here.
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WEC Roundtable Discuss Managing Resource Streams Sustainably

WEC Executive Roundtable, was hosted by the WZU, University of Augsburg, on April 5-6 2018. This event has built on the learnings from a 2017 WEC Roundtable focused on business opportunities in a Circular Economy, which demonstrated the opportunities from extending product cycles, remanufacturing, and the Sharing Economy. Since then, business continues to devote an increasing amount of attention to the topic while, in parallel, governments have discussed at the highest levels how they can best support the transition to a Circular Economy. 
 
As the availability of several materials is getting critical, political and business leaders alike strive to reduce their economies’ dependency on certain substances and regions. This is reinforced by environmental concerns ranging from microplastics in the oceans to raising global temperatures, all of which are calling for technological innovation, regulation, and its enforcement. The topic was discussed amongst 25 senior business executives - it should be top of mind for any CEO. 
 
Click here to download the one-page summary.
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Lori Michelin Joins as WEC's President & CEO

 
The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the appointment of Lori Michelin as their new CEO & President. Ms. Michelin will oversee WEC’s world recognized programs and strategic mission to advance sustainable development and corporate sustainability in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders. Ms. Michelin comes from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where she led their global sustainability initiatives as the Vice-President of Sustainability and Environmental, Health, and Safety.
 
For more information, click here
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Mundo Latino: Initiative Aids Microenterprises in Central America

Mundo Latino: Initiative Aids Microenterprises in Central America

Por: Rodrigo Martinez

Originally Published on mundolatinomedia.com

El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos anunció el lanzamiento del concurso “El Poder de Crecer”, impulsado por la Red de Innovación e Impacto para identificar, premiar y apoyar microemprendimientos dentro de Centroamérica.

Las empresas al ser seleccionadas podrán acelerar la innovación y la creación de empleos en microemprendimientos de Centroamérica en sectores de agricultura, agroindustria y textil; contribuirán al desarrollo económico de toda la región; y se expandirán hacia mercados regionales e internacionales.

Click here to continue reading on Mundo Latino.

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About Power to Grow

Power to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled By La Red de Innovación e Impacto aims to support micro-enterprises by creating partnerships between mission-aligned organizations and current La Red member companies. Power to Grow selects innovative organizations to join forces with La Red companies (Alumni) towards: accelerating innovation and job creation opportunities for Central American micro-enterprises in the agriculture, agro-industry, and textiles sectors; building capacity of micro-enterprises to expand to new regional and international markets, with a focus on the U.S. market; and, generating economic prosperity across Central America. Awardees will receive a comprehensive support package, up to $43,000 to promote their solution, and partnership with a current member of La Red de Innovación e Impacto working towards the same goal. Visit powertogrow.wec.org to learn more and apply.

 
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La Red Member on Women Entrepreneurship in Mexico and Globally.

Milenio magazine examines the intersection of economic development Mexico and the growth of female entrepreneurs, and the specific benefits that come from that.  Maria Dolores Correa, head of iCam, a La Red member, is highlighted as a success in her field internationally as well as great example of the leadership of female entrepreneurs. The full article in Spanish is here.

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WEC Launches "Power to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled by the La Red de Innovación e Impacto"

 
We are excited to announce the launch of Power to Grow, an Innovation Challenge to discover and reward organizations that are empowering micro-enterprises in Central America. Power to Grow, is funded by U.S. Department of State, is a search to discover and reward organizations that are empowering micro-enterprises in Central America. Power to Grow selects innovative candidates to work with La Red member organizations towards: 
 
  • - Accelerating innovation and job creation opportunities for Central American micro-enterprises in the agriculture, agro-industry, and textiles sectors;
  • - Building capacity of micro-enterprises to expand to new regional and international markets, with a focus on the U.S. market; and,
  • - Generating economic prosperity across Central America. 
Apply to Power to Grow by May 14th for an opportunity to receive a comprehensive support package, up to $43,000, and partnership with a current member of La Red
 
Visit powertogrow.wec.org to learn more and apply.
 
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.
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After 11 years, Terry Yosie bids farewell and Gwen Davidow named Acting President & CEO

After 11 and half years of leading WEC, Terry F. Yosie steps down today from his position as President & CEO. Please read his farewell thoughts here

WEC Board Chair, Francisco Suárez Hernández, announced today the appointment of Gwen Davidow as the Acting President & CEO. Find here the letter from the Board Chair.

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2018: A year of living anxiously

WEC CEO Terry Yosie published an article that explores five obstacles to sustainability efforts and offers four practical suggestions to advance sustainable solutions. The article was published at: GreenBiz and PyxeraGlobal

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WEC & DFGE Expand Partnership to Foster Transparent CSR Information

World Environment Center (WEC) and DFGE Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy will expand their cooperation to help organizations to better integrate Sustainability Intelligence into companies’ daily business from a corporate as well as from a global perspective. First outcome of the partnership will be another webinar in March 2018 addressing "Climate-related Disclosures and Investment Decisions". Find more information here.

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Ecolab to Receive World Environment Center’s 2018 Gold Medal Award for Corporate Sustainability

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 34th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Ecolab. The Chief Executive Officer of Ecolab will accept the Gold Medal Award on Thursday, May 17, 2018, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information. 

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WEC 2017 ANNUAL REVIEW NOW AVAILABLE

During this past year, WEC’s Board updated our strategic plan to focus on a more defined mission of “accelerating sustainability solutions through innovation, thought leadership and public-private collaboration.”  This business driven approach guides all of WEC’s activities—including roundtables, capacity building projects, the Gold Medal program, and our diverse publications —and provides a resilient platform for the future.  Read more about the developments in our WEC 2017 Annual Review.

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WEC Europe & the Institute for Sustainability Awarded a Major Grant

It's with great pleasure to announce WEC and the Institute for Sustainability have been awarded by the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) to advance corporate sustainability Management in Latin America. This competitively awarded grant funds an initiative called “Advancing Sustainability Management in Latin America” and will consist of 4 workshops in Chile and Mexico through November 2018.  The workshops will focus on how Latin American companies can learn from German sustainability management practices and those of other global companies to create greater business and sustainability value.  WEC Europe, based in Munich, partnered with The Institute for Sustainability (Berlin) to submit a proposal and will work with local partners APLE (Chile) and CESPEDES (Mexico). For more information in English,  Español, and Deutsch here is and a link to November 9th press release.

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