Organization awards sustainability prize

first_imgOne project developed a plant for processing cassava on-the-go. The other created a scorecard for assessing resilience to climate disasters.Both are recipients of the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize, an annual award presented by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is best known for an index that ranks countries in order of their vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change.“Our mission is really to increase the world’s awareness about the need to adapt in order to inform investments in both the private and development sector to improve livelihood in the face of climate change,” Joyce Coffee, managing director of ND-GAIN, said.The prize, which ND-GAIN awarded to two recipients at an event in New York City on Wednesday, focuses on corporations making a difference in the world of “climate adaptation,” according to Coffee.“The reason why we have the award in the first place is that frankly, not until very recently was it possible to walk into a room and say the words ‘climate adaptation’ and have anyone know what you meant,” Coffee said. “We’re really celebrating climate adaptation as a method for corporations to serve their triple bottom line: the value of their corporation to their shareholders, the value of their corporation to the world and the value of their corporation to the environment.”The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO), a Netherlands-based corporation, received the prize for developing a mobile plant that allows them to process cassava close to local farmers, according to a DADTCO press release.“The technology we have is mobile so we can go close to the farmers, and we can make sure that the same day, the cassava roots are processed,” Renske Franken, a member of the enterprise development team at DADTCO, said.Franken said this mobility is key, as cassava’s high perishability makes it difficult to ship long distances. While reducing transportation costs and emissions, the mobile plant also makes way for cassava — an important climate adaptation crop because of its ability to survive in poor weather conditions — to play a bigger part in local markets.“We say we want to start the cassava revolution,” Franken said. “It shouldn’t be neglected any more as it has been.”“It’s helping to build an economy, and whenever you build an economy, you definitely see an increased resistance to any kind of shock, including climate shock,” Coffee said.Coffee said the cassava mobile plants will be implemented in other industries as well.“The starch from cassava is used for a variety of things, including for beer,” Coffee said. “So this is our first craft beer adaptation project we can think of.”The second innovation recognized grew out of a partnership between engineering firm AECOM and technology leader IBM. The two companies worked together, for free, to develop a disaster resilience scorecard for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The scorecard, which Coffee says looks to identify the “biggest risks” for a city, focuses on 85 different resilience criteria that cover aspects such as infrastructure, environment and recovery. “It’s not just that you create a scorecard; the scorecard helps you prioritize your investments, so that in an era of limited resources, you have a scorecard that tells you where you’re going to be able to optimize your infrastructure investment or your human investment,” Coffee said. Award submissions must be based in a country that ranks below 60 (out of 180) on the Global Adaptation Index, Coffee said. Additionally, the project must have some kind of corporate background.“We need to see a corporate lead because we are trying to prove that corporations gain benefits from being climate adaptation leaders,” Coffee said.Once submitted, a panel of judges — including members of ND-GAIN and judges from outside institutions like PepsiCo and the Catholic Relief Services — reviewed the projects before reaching a final decision.Ultimately, Coffee said, the Corporate Adaptation Prize fits into the University’s larger mission of social justice.“There’s a new risk that cuts across all sectors and all communities,” she said. “It’s disproportionately felt by the poor, and we need to be sure that leaders of every sector are aware of the risks and the opportunities presented to this new global era.”Tags: AECOM, climate adaption, Climate change, corporate adaption prize, DADTCO, IBM, ND Gainlast_img read more

Get ready to do business in a fundamentally different way

first_imgThe next decade is poised to deliver an exponential rate of change in consumer financial services. As described below and in the EY report, NextWave Consumer Financial Services Insights, the key drivers of exponential industry change will include competition based on consumer trust, artificial intelligence-driven financial health platforms and subscription-based consumer financial services. More than just bolt-on products to existing infrastructure, these trends represent fundamentally different ways of doing business.To thrive in the coming decade, credit unions will need to embark upon strategic planning that integrates NextWave concepts into a comprehensive value creation model that prioritizes innovation, agility and scalability.A New Approach to TrustAlthough consumers trust their credit unions, the financial services industry suffers from a trust gap. According to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer, financial services is the least trusted industry among those surveyed. The top-ranked technology sector will surely seek to exploit their advantage through services that encroach upon financial services. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Solskjaer reveals what Man Utd stars must forget ahead of Arsenal clash

first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Super Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous Movies8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram Read Also: Manchester United to Solskjaer: Your job is safe “I’m always an optimist. If the right ones become available we do have the resources and I do have the backing from the board, but it’s also about getting the right ones. “It has to be. There’s no point suddenly bringing someone else in now for the sake of three or four months if that can disrupt any good feeling or chemistry in the group, because the chemistry in the group is really good. “It has to be the right type and it has to be a good investment for the long term as well.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “But hopefully in a few years we can. It’s not going to be overnight, it’s only them that can do that. “We are more with fast flowing, quicker attacking, but if you can mix that with what we have had in recent games then you’ve got a chance.” Solskjaer will be buoyed by the expected return of Paul Pogba for the trip to Arsenal on New Year’s Day, but will be without Scott McTominay who suffered knee ligament damage in the win over Newcastle . And the Norwegian is hopeful of recruiting a couple of additions in the January transfer window – but insists he will not be spending money for the sake of it. “If we can keep this lot fit and if we can keep on improving, one addition or if you get two additions, of course that will be competition for places,” he said.center_img They are without a Champions League triumph since 2008 and have more recently lost their place at Europe’s top table altogether. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho came and went before Solskjaer – and the Norwegian knows the scale of the task in front of him to provide both stability and success for the Red Devils. He said: “2020 sounds quite good to me – and I’m going to make it a good year for myself. “I think we’re on the right track. We are still in a transition period, but we’ve seen other clubs do it and come out stronger after a couple of years. Solskjaer admits United are still striving to re-discover their identity – and concedes they have a long way to go catch up with rivals Man City. “We’re improving and I think we can see more and more of what we want to be and our identity and what we’re good at,” he added. “We’re making games suit our style more and more. We’ve played the same way for a little while and we’re getting used to each other. “We’re quite a bit away still from where we want to be, but we have to learn that way of playing football. I’ve said we’re not a Manchester City , we can’t outplay and out football teams like they do yet. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to consign their decade of decline to history as they enter a new year. United have steadily fallen since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the 2012-13 season – their last Premier League title.last_img read more