Making progress on diversity and inclusion goals
Boeing and KeyBank were among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The list measured performance in metrics such as leadership accountability, talent programs, workplace practices, supplier diversity efforts, and corporate philanthropy.
Planning to reach net zero emissions
Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci spoke to Washington Post Live about the company’s plans to reach net zero emissions by 2040 through renewing its fleet, improving operational efficiency, and using more sustainable aviation fuels.
Contributing to vaccination efforts
Kaiser Permanente Washington recently partnered with YouthCare on a COVID-19 vaccination open house to offer the vaccine and information to the YouthCare community.
Providing school supplies to students
PEMCO, Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente, Bristol Myers Squibb, Vulcan, and other companies are holding a supply drive for students in need. PEMCO Foundation is matching the first two days of donations.
Addressing health disparities
Bristol Myers Squibb’s efforts to enhance health and meet the needs of underserved populations are highlighted in this article.
Avista, McKinstry, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are partners in a new Spokane development. The South Landing Eco-District is a model for sustainable buildings and a real-world demonstration of new building techniques, materials, and a sustainable shared energy model. Researchers at PNNL will deploy and test new building technologies and energy-management approaches involved in the Eco-District.
Congratulations to Comcast Washington, Slalom, Symetra, and Windermere, who were among those included in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s recent list recognizing Washington’s best workplaces of 2021. See the list here. In addition, Comcast was awarded the PSBJ’s Corporate Citizenship Award in the Education category for work connecting students and communities to the internet during the pandemic.
Investing in Black-led businesses & nonprofits
Bank of America is partnering with the Black Future Co-op Fund and University of Washington Foster School of Business’ Consulting and Business Development Center to build generational sustainability of Washington Black-led businesses and nonprofits. Bank of America contributed a $500,000 grant to the effort that will provide tailored technical assistance, leadership development training, financial management guidance, and help accessing funding to businesses and organizations. Amazon has announced the launch of the Black Business Accelerator to help build sustainable equity and growth for Black-owned businesses. The company is committing $150 million over the next four years to help thousands of Black entrepreneurs reach hundreds of millions of customers and become successful sellers on Amazon.
Flying the largest 737 MAX
Boeing completed a successful first flight of its 737-10, which can carry up to 230 passengers and incorporates environmental improvements.
Giving back to the community
Symetra was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 2021 Corporate Champion for its support of United Way of King County’s “Bridge to Finish” initiative and the “Care & Feeding” initiative.
Boeing and Alaska Airlines are partnering on the latest Boeing ecoDemonstrator program and will flight test advanced technologies to cut emissions, reduce noise, and recycle carbon composites. bp reached an agreement to purchase 9GW of solar development projects that will grow its renewables pipeline from 14GW to 23GW.
Reporting progress on racial equity initiatives
Microsoft released its Racial Equity Initiative: Strenghtening Our Communities report that focuses on justice reform, affordable broadband, skills and education, and nonprofit empowerment. Fred Hutch released its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Annual Report that includes work that has been accomplished related to research, workforce development, workplace climate and training, and community relations.
Contributing to COVID vaccination efforts
Kaiser Permanente Washington will take part in a webinar about the COVID-19 vaccines and children, and its experts are offering advice to people who are concerned about the vaccines.
Contributing to COVID vaccination efforts
Seattle Kraken partnered with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and the Washington Department of Health to offer a pop-up clinic that provided COVID-19 vaccines.
Giving back to communities
Battelle, which manages and operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, donated $40,000 to the 3 Rivers Community Foundation. Multiple Tri-Cities nonprofits received COVID-19 response grants from the foundation.
Addressing environmental challenges
In April, McKinstry and partners convened a roundtable discussion about how business is taking action to address climate change, with more than 30 executives from Pacific Northwest companies, including Avista, Amazon, and Microsoft. In April, Avista announced its goal to reduce emissions for natural gas. Avista’s goals include being carbon neutral by 2045 and a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emission by 2030. Microsoft has joined the Green Software Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at reducing software-related carbon emissions.
Looking to the future
Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci recently discussed the future of air travel with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. They also discussed Alaska Airlines’ pilot pathway program and the aircraft that symbolizes the company’s commitment to education and advancing racial equality.