Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Announces its Support of Direct Global and its Sustainable Development Initiatives

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:30am

b'TORONTO, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the launch of the Caravan of Courage in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, uniting all small business owners and gig workers through the Direct Initiative\'s Local Driver Co-op and Direct Co-ops, Direct Global received an official letter of support from the United Nations\' Social Development Program.\nThe letter outlines the Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the Direct Initiative:\n"Through SDG #8, Direct Global will promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

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  • b'TORONTO, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the launch of the Caravan of Courage in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, uniting all small business owners and gig workers through the Direct Initiative\'s Local Driver Co-op and Direct Co-ops, Direct Global received an official letter of support from the United Nations\' Social Development Program.\nThe letter outlines the Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the Direct Initiative:\n"Through SDG #8, Direct Global will promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
  • Through SDG #9, they will build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  • Through SDG #11, they will make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  • "\n"So honored for Direct Global to be recognized for its efforts in championing sustainability and equality in the new economy and looking forward to an even bigger Caravan of Courage in over 10 cities in June."

Muhammad Sanusi II SDG Challenge Spurs Education Reform Across Africa

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 1:38pm

b'LAGOS, Nigeria, May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Muhammad Sanusi II SDG Innovation Challenge that empowers teachers with innovative solutions to bridge the gender gap in education has become a beacon of hope for raising more future leaders in Africa.\nThe initiative which is being coordinated by His Highness Muhammad Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in partnership with Canada\'s 1Million Teachers has as its focus SDG4, inclusive, equitable equality education and SDG 5 gender equity.\nThe potential of the innovation challenge in opening up opportunities for access to qualitative education was highlighted at the initiative\'s April fire-side chat which had Co-UN SDG advocates including the President of Ghana, One Million Teachers Board of Trustees, other stakeholders, policymakers and world leaders in attendance.\nThe need to upscale the initiative to accommodate more entries in consecutive cohorts was also expounded by HH Muhammad Sanusi, with an acknowledgement from President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.\nStill grooming its first cohort of 10 teachers with 10 projects, the project was established as a call to action for teachers especially female teachers across Africa.

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  • b'LAGOS, Nigeria, May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Muhammad Sanusi II SDG Innovation Challenge that empowers teachers with innovative solutions to bridge the gender gap in education has become a beacon of hope for raising more future leaders in Africa.\nThe initiative which is being coordinated by His Highness Muhammad Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in partnership with Canada\'s 1Million Teachers has as its focus SDG4, inclusive, equitable equality education and SDG 5 gender equity.\nThe potential of the innovation challenge in opening up opportunities for access to qualitative education was highlighted at the initiative\'s April fire-side chat which had Co-UN SDG advocates including the President of Ghana, One Million Teachers Board of Trustees, other stakeholders, policymakers and world leaders in attendance.\nThe need to upscale the initiative to accommodate more entries in consecutive cohorts was also expounded by HH Muhammad Sanusi, with an acknowledgement from President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.\nStill grooming its first cohort of 10 teachers with 10 projects, the project was established as a call to action for teachers especially female teachers across Africa.
  • Together with 1 million Teachers and partners, particularly Queens University in Kingston Ontario Canada.\nThe HH MS-II challenge is designed starting with the objective of improved equitable cost-effective, safe and coordinated provision of innovative, quality, gender-responsive education, especially for girls and to empower teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to experiment with innovative, scalable educational programme and practices by providing funding, training and incubation and exposure.\n\'\'It is designed to create a supportive environment that helps accelerate the development of their solutions and spread the benefits of the broader community to ensure greater and wider impact and access greater funding to enable development at scale," HH Sanusi explained.\nPresident Akudo-Addo echoed his personal belief that: We cannot develop our continent, nor achieve the Africa we want with an uneducated population; we cannot eliminate poverty on our continent if people are uneducated.\nThe HH MS-II Innovation Challenge hopes to use the ideas of the pilot cohort as proof of concept, to show how with these innovations qualitative education can be delivered to the less-privileged segments of the society.\nSome of the benefits of the participation included: an initial grant, showcasing and testing of their concepts and an initial 8-month incubator programme along with follow-up individual and group coaching and mentorship led by 1Million Teachers.\n'

DiMuto and OPAL Announce Agrifood Fintech Partnership to Tackle Trillion Dollar Global Trade Finance Gap

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 7:30am

The partnership gives OPAL an opportunity to reach more small and medium businesses globally, particularly in the agrifood and perishables trade, that have not been serviced by traditional banking institutions.

Key Points: 
  • The partnership gives OPAL an opportunity to reach more small and medium businesses globally, particularly in the agrifood and perishables trade, that have not been serviced by traditional banking institutions.
  • The exponential trade finance gap impedes the effort to reduce poverty and minimize inequality, two of the United Nation\'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).\nBy capturing and developing primary trade data through trade digitalization, DiMuto effectively reduces the risks associated with trade financing.
  • With both visibility of movement of physical goods and movement of money on the DiMuto Platform, DiMuto can now further develop data-driven agrifood asset financing.\n"At DiMuto, our vision is to power global agrifood trade with visibility.
  • "\nThe partnership between DiMuto and OPAL will enable trade that traditional trade finance cannot effectively support.

BCE announces Sustainable Financing Framework

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 10:15pm

"Our Sustainable Financing Framework is a concrete step to ensure the highest ESG standards are reflected in all our sustainable financing initiatives as part of a holistic approach across our business.

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  • "Our Sustainable Financing Framework is a concrete step to ensure the highest ESG standards are reflected in all our sustainable financing initiatives as part of a holistic approach across our business.
  • "\nUnder the framework, BCE will provide ongoing reporting and transparency to investors and other stakeholders, including annual updates on allocation and impact metrics until the net proceeds of a sustainable financing are fully allocated to eligible green and/or social projects.\nThe BCE Sustainable Financing Framework has been reviewed by Sustainalytics, a global leader in providing ESG research and analysis.
  • Sustainalytics issued a second party opinion confirming that BCE\'s Sustainable Financing Framework aligns with the International Capital Markets Association\'s Green and Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines, along with the Loan Market Association\'s and the Loan Syndications and Trading Associations\' Green Loan Principles.\nThe Sustainable Financing Framework links to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, designed to support positive environmental and social impacts in our communities and across the country.
  • BMO Capital Markets and Bank of America acted as structuring agents for the Sustainable Financing Framework.\nA copy of BCE\'s Sustainable Financing Framework, the second party opinion from Sustainalytics and further information on our sustainability strategy can be found at BCE.ca .\nBCE is Canada\'s largest communications company, providing advanced Bell broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communications services alongside the country\'s premier content creation and media assets from Bell Media.

 Scotiabank Launches Innovative ESG Investment Product Linked to the Inter-American Development Bank’s IndexAmericas and jointly structured in partnership with BNP Paribas

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 3:31pm

b'Scotiabank Mexico launched a MXN-denominated structured note linked to IndexAmericas, a corporate sustainability index developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Key Points: 
  • b'Scotiabank Mexico launched a MXN-denominated structured note linked to IndexAmericas, a corporate sustainability index developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
  • The innovative index is the first of its kind created by a multilateral development bank and the first in LAC to be fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • It is the result of a partnership with S-Network Global Indexes and is designed using data provided by Refinitiv.
  • The IndexAmericas initiative was created by the IDB Group in partnership with S-Network Global Indexes using data provided by Refinitiv.

DigiPlex Supports Sustainable School-Building in Cote d'Ivoire with 1.2 Million NOK donation to UNICEF

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 9:31am

b'OSLO, Norway, April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- DigiPlex ,the Nordic leader for sustainable, scalable, and secure data centers, will make a significant donation of 1,200,000 NOK over three years to UNICEF as part of its commitment to climate action and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • b'OSLO, Norway, April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- DigiPlex ,the Nordic leader for sustainable, scalable, and secure data centers, will make a significant donation of 1,200,000 NOK over three years to UNICEF as part of its commitment to climate action and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • We look forward to the cooperation with DigiPlex in the years to come, and we are proud of having them as our corporate partner.
  • "Sustainability is at the core of DigiPlex\'s mission, and as a leader in creating sustainable infrastructure for the digital world this important project in Abidjan adds valuable dimensions to our sustainability goals.
  • "\nBeing the first of its kind, fully operational the plastic bricks factory will have capacity to convert 9.600 tons of plastic/year into construction material.

DigiPlex Supports Sustainable School-Building in Cote d'Ivoire with 1.2 Million NOK donation to UNICEF

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 9:26am

b'OSLO, Norway, April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- DigiPlex ,the Nordic leader for sustainable, scalable, and secure data centers, will make a significant donation of 1,200,000 NOK over three years to UNICEF as part of its commitment to climate action and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Key Points: 
  • b'OSLO, Norway, April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- DigiPlex ,the Nordic leader for sustainable, scalable, and secure data centers, will make a significant donation of 1,200,000 NOK over three years to UNICEF as part of its commitment to climate action and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • We look forward to the cooperation with DigiPlex in the years to come, and we are proud of having them as our corporate partner.
  • "Sustainability is at the core of DigiPlex\'s mission, and as a leader in creating sustainable infrastructure for the digital world this important project in Abidjan adds valuable dimensions to our sustainability goals.
  • "\nBeing the first of its kind, fully operational the plastic bricks factory will have capacity to convert 9.600 tons of plastic/year into construction material.

BlueNalu Signs MOUs with Mitsubishi Corporation and Thai Union to Accelerate Market Development Strategy for Cell-Cultured Seafood in Asia

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 9:30pm

Global seafood consumption is at an all-time high and continues to increase, particularly in Asia, outpacing the growth in population.

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  • Global seafood consumption is at an all-time high and continues to increase, particularly in Asia, outpacing the growth in population.
  • BlueNalu is aligned with the United Nations\xe2\x80\x99 Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for our planet.
  • These forward-looking statements are based on BlueNalu\xe2\x80\x99s current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties.
  • BlueNalu undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information.\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210428005954/en/\n'

RESONA and Eisai Enter Into Business Alliance Aiming to Support People Living with Dementia and to Prevent Dementia in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 4:33am

Therefore, one of the major issues is making efforts to create a community where people can live with dementia, and prevent the onset of dementia.

Key Points: 
  • Therefore, one of the major issues is making efforts to create a community where people can live with dementia, and prevent the onset of dementia.
  • in Saitama Prefecture through the dementia ecosystem, aiming to co-create value for realizing a sustainable community where citizens of the prefecture can live with peace of mind.
  • Resona provides its customers with the opportunity to participate in the realization of the SDGs and contribute to the local community and society in Saitama Prefecture through their asset management.
  • This digital tool allows users to self-assess independently and in a short time frame (approx.15 minutes), enabling regular assessments in instances such as daily life and health checkups.

Corporacion Multi-Inversiones -CMI-, Successfully Issued Green Bonds For US$700 Million

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 4:54pm

The green bonds were rated Ba3 by Moody\'s, BB- by Fitch Ratings and BB- by S&P, which represents an improvement over the previous ratings.\nPlacing green bonds implies the issuer\'s commitment to carry out sustainable investments.

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  • The green bonds were rated Ba3 by Moody\'s, BB- by Fitch Ratings and BB- by S&P, which represents an improvement over the previous ratings.\nPlacing green bonds implies the issuer\'s commitment to carry out sustainable investments.
  • CMI Energy consolidates its investments in the region, under a solid vision for a sustainable future.\nThe 4 eligible categories, covered under green bonds, and aligned to specific SDGs, are:\nMr.
  • All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements.
  • These forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors.\nView original content to download multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/corporacion-multi-inversiones--c...\n'