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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.
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Mundo Latino: Initiative Aids Microenterprises in Central America

Mundo Latino: Initiative Aids Microenterprises in Central America

Por: Rodrigo Martinez

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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.

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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 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 to learn more and apply.
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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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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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WEC Expands U.S. Department of State “La Red Innovators" Program in Latin America

It's with great pleasure we share the news that La Red de Innovacion e Impacto Program funded by the US Department of State and led by the World Environment Center will be extended for two more years to continue supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability in Central America and the Dominican Republic. We will continue working together to create opportunities for collaboration and sustainable growth. Click here for more information.

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Alice Korngold with WEC Release New Study on Leadership Development

Alice Korngold with the World Environment Center release a new study evaluating the leadership development value of nonprofit board service. The study also shows how companies can enhance nonprofit board-matching services for their employees. Companies supporting and participating include American Express, Datamaran, HP Inc., Johnson Controls, PIMCO, Symantec, and The Dow Chemical Company.

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Apply for WEC’s President & CEO Position

Applications are now being accepted for the position of President and CEO of the World Environment Center. The search will be managed by the principals at Korn Ferry. View the position announcement and application instructions.


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WEC Europe Hosted Two Workshops

WEC Europe hosted two workshops on September 22 and 28th in Germany on Sustainable Development Goals and Science Based Targets. The September 22 workshop in Munich provided an interactive session for member companies working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals. On September 28, WEC Europe organized a Frankfurt workshop that explored how interested member companies can find value in committing to Science-Based-Targets, the management of internal processes and the validation of S-B-T commitments and further practices.     For further details and links to summary visit here.

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HP Receives 2017 Gold Medal

WEC is pleased to announce that its 33rd annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was awarded to HP Inc. (HP) on Thursday, May 11, 2017, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. An independent jury selected HP’s application for corporate responsibility initiatives such as its strategic alignment with 16 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, its supply chain responsibility and circular economy efforts, and genuine commitment to advocating on behalf of migrant workers, refugees, and underserved populations. - See more at:

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WEC holds circular economy roundtable

On April 26 the WEC Europe office, led by WEC Europe Director Frank Werner, held a highly successful roundtable in Zurich, Switzerland, on the circular economy. Hosted by Dow, the discussion centered upon circular economy business solutions, as well as practical recommendations for implementation of circular economy innovations. Further information can be found in the roundtable agenda and summary.

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Sustainability and the Modern CMO

What new responsibilities have CMOs accepted in order to incorporate a heightened strategic commitment to corporate sustainability? How is sustainability illuminating new opportunities in the traditional marketing value proposition? Why is authenticity critical to sustainability communication strategies? What are some examples of top companies deploying marketing-sustainability integration in the “real world”? A report published by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and World Environment Center (WEC) highlights how leading CMOs leverage sustainability thinking for smart business decisions.

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WEC featured in Guatemala press

The Guatemalan Center for Cleaner Production (CGP + L), in partnership with the World Environment Center (WEC) and Rafael Landívar University, promoted a project benefiting a group of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which has drastically reduced production costs while implementing new environmentally friendly practices. In Guatemala, 76% of participating companies, mostly SMEs, report having achieved an average annual savings of US $4,000 in operating processes, states a Guatemalan article about the project.

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WEC Board Elects 2017 Members

World Environment Center’s Board of Directors has elected three individuals for Board membership. They are Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer (United Kingdom); Carol Ryerkerk Powell, Global Head and Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Bristol-Myers Squibb (United States); and Isabel Studer, Executive Director, Mexico and Northern Central America, The Nature Conservancy (Mexico). In addition to these appointments, the Board elected the following individuals as its 2017 Officers: Francisco Suárez Hernández, New Business Project Director, Coca-Cola FEMSA—Chair;  Linda J. Fisher—Vice Chair; Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute—Secretary; and Liz Maw, President & CEO, Net Impact—Treasurer. For the full announcement please see:

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2016 Annual Review Now Available

Whereas last year yielded agreements on important new commitments—a global climate accord, UN Sustainable Development Goals—this year began the important work of implementation for these and other important initiatives. WEC has mounted a major effort to assist companies to carry out their sustainability goals in harmony with the UN SDGs, explored the next generation of sustainability reporting, and begun an examination of disruptions and opportunities in business planning for the future. Our initiative examining the impact of sustainability in the C-suite continued with publication of a major new study on the transformation of the Chief Marketing Officer’s role and responsibilities. And, with an eye on the future, WEC’s Board of Directors is embarked on rethinking our strategic plan. Read about these and other exciting developments in the WEC 2016 Annual Review.

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