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WWF to help Starbucks build better stores for the planet
world wildlife fund

At the Global Climate Action Summit, Starbucks announced its commitment to a global plan to design, build and operate 10,000 Greener Stores by 2025. Over the next year, WWF will work closely with Starbucks and Green Business Certification, Inc.—an organization that independently certifies environmentally friendly buildings—to develop a detailed plan that sets a new standard for sustainable practices in stores and ensures new Starbucks stores will be built and operated in a way that significantly reduces environmental harm.

WHY IT MATTERS: This partnership will develop a plan that protects the future health of the world’s natural resources. The participation of Starbucks, a large-scale global coffee retailer, provides an open-sourced road map to the entire retail industry to make similar advancements.

A President, an Actor and an Idea That Can Change the World
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In this article, President & CEO of Americares, a Concordia Programming PartnerMichael J. Nyenhuis reflects on the important conversations that took place at this year’s Concordia Annual Summit. He emphasizes a recurring theme that arose throughout the two days: how grassroots, local efforts can have a global impact.

WHY IT MATTERS:  Concordia’s core mission is to foster an inclusive environment for cross-sector collaboration. Michael Nyenhuis’ recount of the Summit enforces the belief that partnerships are the only way to spark conversations that lead to actionable, tangible global impact.

HHS Expands Partnership with J&J

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently announced its plans to expand a strategic partnership with Johnson & Johnson. ASPR noted that the expansion will focus on the development of innovative products to combat the potentially fatal health effects of chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear threats, emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistant infections.

WHY IT MATTERS: Cross-sector collaboration allows organizations and agencies operating within different divisions to combine their knowledge, expertise, resources, and networks towards a common social impact goal. In this instance, cross-sector collaboration will bring innovative products to the market that help combat health security threats, as well as meet daily healthcare needs.