Want to make a great first impression on your first day of work? Then you must put yourself in your new manager’s shoes.The perspective you have as a new employee can be very different than that of your manager’s. While on the first day you want to impress your new boss, you also want to distinguish yourself as a new hire who will be a valuable asset to the company. Not only will this help you establish a good first impression (and also job security), but also you’ll get your career with this new company started on the right track.Here are some things you may want to think about as you prepare for your first day at your new job:Professionalism.The way you carry yourself, your attitude, and the way you communicate with others will illustrate your level of professionalism to your boss. You should be prepared to hold yourself to the level of excellence your boss expects from you and should also possess a sincere attitude. Your new boss is instilling trust in you, so strengthen that trust by being genuine and professional.Accountability.There are going to be plenty of ups and downs during your first few weeks on the job. On the first day, you want your boss to understand you are a responsible person. Your boss is going expect you to hold yourself accountable for learning your new job and meeting deadlines. Regardless of the ups and downs you experience, make sure you hold yourself accountable for your actions. There isn’t going to be time for you to place blame on outside factors that prevented you from completing a task or project.Innovative.Your employer hired you because you have new ideas to bring to the table. Your boss and coworkers are going to expect you to have fresh ideas and contribute your input to the rest of your team. Even if your ideas seem a little crazy, your boss will appreciate your effort to contribute to the company’s success.Enthusiasm to learn.Enthusiasm on the first day is a great way to start your new job. Your boss is going to want to see you are excited to work and passionate about what you do. Display your enthusiasm by asking thoughtful questions and taking notes. Your boss will see your desire to learn more about your position as a sign you are genuinely interested in the job. You should also be open to opportunities your boss presents you with and run with them, too.Ask for help (but make sure you truly need it first).Managers expect their new employees to need help, but they also expect them to be resourceful. On your first day, you’re going to have numerous questions and need some crash courses about your new position. Your new coworkers are there to assist you, so as long as you tried to use your resources first, there is nothing wrong with asking for help along the way.Be prepared to bring results.Remember, you want to show your new boss you are ready to bring the results you promised in your interview. This is your opportunity to scope out your new job and look for solutions to any problems. Your manager is going to expect you to accomplish goals and drive results for your department. To do this, you’ll need to have an attitude that’s willing to work hard to achieve desired results.Your first day is your chance to show what you have to offer as a professional and how you will continue to add value to your company’s goals. If you implement these different ideas, you’re bound to make an excellent first impression on your new boss and coworkers.What do you think employers expect of new hires on their first day? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Year-end reviews may not be the ideal time to ask for a raise or new job title, but if you are going to do it you better be prepared.At most companies’ raises and promotions are set in stone well before you meet with your manager, but it could be a great way to plant the seed for some time in the New Year.“If you do decide to bring up a change, you need to come prepared with data and stats to back up what it is you’re asking for,” says Luan Lam, vice president of global talent acquisition at software services company AppDynamics. “For instance, research market trends how much your peers are getting paid at other companies within the same industry, if you want a raise. Data speaks versus just saying, I want a raise.”Before you gear up to ask your manager for change you want to make sure it’s a realistic request. That’s why Vinda Rao, the marketing manager at Bullhorn, a recruitment software company says to ask yourself if requesting a raise or promotion isn’t far-fetched. If you can honestly answer yes, then it’s time to prepare. You want to go into any review with a clear idea of what you are looking for. For instance if research shows people in your same position typically make 10% more then you that’s what you should ask for. But even more important than having an idea of what you should be paid is being able to articulate clearly why you deserve it.According to Richie Frieman, an author and Modern Manners Guy, for the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, any employee who wants change needs to come to the review with facts to support why they should get a hike in pay, new title or more responsibilities. That means you want to have specific facts and supporting documents to showcase what you’ve done for the company over the year. Let’s say you are in sales and are looking for a higher commission in 2015. It’s not enough to say I worked really hard this year. You’ll need to show how your hard work boosted revenue for the company or increased the number of sales with hard numbers. It’s not unheard of for ambitious employees to create a power point presentation highlighting all their contributions.“Your best bargaining chip is your value as an employee,” says Rao. “If you’re terrible at your job and completely expendable to the company, no creative presentations will get you that raise. If you consistently burn the midnight oil, have generated huge revenue for the business, manage star performers or are a star performer yourself, then yes, you have leverage.”The year-end review isn’t the time to blind side your boss with your request either. Frieman says a way to get around that is to email your boss ahead of time what you want to discuss during the review. That will give your manager a chance to digest your request and be able to give you a concrete answer when you do meet.If you don’t like the answer you get you have options. You can ask your manager what you need to do in the New Year to be considered for a new role or more money or you can look elsewhere. What you don’t want to do is threaten to leave if you don’t get what you want. You’ll come off looking unprofessional, immature and weak. A better alternative is try to work with your manager to find a solution. If that goes nowhere, Lam says to keep in mind that someone is actually hearing you. “Typically your request truly didn’t go unnoticed and it’s important to remember companies are operating within parameters in terms of how much of an increase/when they can give an increase to employees,” he says. “It’s important to set your expectations with yourself and your hiring manager.”
When is the last time you thought about how the CEO impacts a company you want to work for before you applied?If you’re like many job seekers, your company analysis probably focuses more on things like compensation, cultural fit, and advancement opportunities. But think about who influences those things.In most cases, the CEO’s leadership style, vision and personality help shape the company’s culture and structure, making them an important part of the puzzle for job seekers looking for the right fit.Glassdoor recently released its annual list of Highest Rated CEOs and this year’s top five highest rated women CEOs. Unsurprisingly, CEOs from companies like Google, Nike, Starbucks, and Apple graced the top 50. But what makes these CEOs so highly rated? What should job seekers learn to look for in upper management based on Glassdoor’s list?Here are four outstanding traits that the best CEOs share, and why job seekers should look for them in the leadership of the companies they’re interested in:1. Vision that inspires.When upper management has a clear strategic vision, it inspires people at every level of an organization.By continuously sharing that vision and helping their employees understand how they fit into the overall success of the organization — both today and in the future — CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Kay Krill of Ann Taylor respectively inspire their employees to work “with more passion and happiness,” and make employees “feel inspired and eager to come to work everyday,” according to anonymous Glassdoor reviewers.When you’re considering where to work, it’s important to find an organization you look forward to being a part of everyday. Look for companies with leaders who value each individual’s contribution to the organization’s success and make them feel like a part of their long-term vision for the company. Leadership with a vision is inspiring, and that will make you a more engaged employee.2. Accessibility.Would you rather work somewhere where, in 10 years, you’ll only catch a fleeting glimpse of the CEO? Or somewhere where you see the CEO at lunch and *GASP* have a chance to say hello and strike up a conversation?Employees at Google clearly love the fact that they can interact with Glassdoor’s 2015 Highest Rated CEO, Larry Page, any time they see him: “You’ll see Larry… at TGIF and you’ll admire how they lead the company. They are brilliant, goofy, low key but intense, and likeable.” This accessibility helps create a culture of camaraderie and shows employees that upper management is with them, every step of the way.Sure, CEOs and upper management have different priorities and challenges, but the highest rated CEOS care about the direction of the organization and want people to feel at home around them, not intimidated.According to one Glassdoor reviewer, Enterprise CEO Pam Nicholson has created the same kind of culture, one that supports and encourages accessible leadership: “I love the people I work with! It’s not intimidating at all to reach out to upper management and there’s so much support from them!”Supportive and accessible leadership can help you make an impact with your ideas and, ultimately, advance your career faster.3. Respect.How annoying is it when leadership micro-manages every aspect of your work? At Google and other top rated organizations, CEOs and leadership know how to step back and respect their employees’ abilities. They understand that their employees are the ones who produce on a daily basis and respect them enough to give them the freedom they need.Job seekers should attempt to find organizations that value and respect their ability to contribute to the organization’s goals. Not only will this make the daily grind more enjoyable, but also it will help job seekers make an impact and highlight how much they care about the organization through their work.4. Engaging employees.Today, most employees are disengaged at work. CEOs like Dara Khosrowshahi from Expedia and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin make sure their employees are not a part of that majority. They know how to keep employees engaged and encourage their growth.For example, employee reviews of Khosrowshahi suggest that he and Expedia’s leadership team “truly cares about their employees and encourages growth both professionally and personally.” And Hewson from Lockheed Martin is not any different: “Upper management [is] always interested in employee feedback…Everything extra you give is valued.”These two CEOs keep their employees engaged by listening to them and encouraging them to share ideas that will make their organizations better. For job seekers, organizations like this offer more opportunities for growth and advancement.What traits do you look for in a company’s leadership? How do you find out more about a company’s leadership before applying? During an interview?
Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h 5.0★ Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You 4.7★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 2.8★ 2.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Odds are, you already know how important networking is. You might have leveraged your network to land a job, procure a new client or even switch careers entirely — or at the very least, you probably know someone who has. But despite the endless benefits of networking, many people still dread the experience.Often, this is because they simply don’t know what to say. After all, approaching a stranger you know nothing about can be pretty intimidating — what in the world do you talk about?Well, the next time you find yourself wondering this at an industry mixer, don’t fret. We talked to a handful of career experts to get their recommendations on great questions to ask while networking. Use any of these questions for a quick and painless conversation starter.1. “What brings you here?”This light-touch question is a great way to begin a conversation, explains Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of The Connector’s Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact.“This question shows you are interested in the other person and are not just trying to figure out how they can help you. Their response will give you a sense of what they are working on and what is on the front of their mind. That will lead you to extend the conversation and figure out how you can add value to them,” Tillis Lederman explains. “They will also likely ask you the question in return and give you an opening to share what your current objectives are.”How to Network2. “How did you get involved in the industry/company?”Once you know a little bit more about somebody’s professional background, ask them how they got their start. It can provide valuable takeaways for you, as well as make you seem more likable.“Finding out more about their journey leading up to their current role can offer an excellent insight into what you might need to do in order to work in that industry, role or company,” says Lars Herrem, Group Executive Director at recruiting agency Nigel Wright Group. “Demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm is key to creating a lasting impression and making yourself memorable, something which will prove extremely beneficial if you end up reaching out to this person in the future.”3. “Since you work in the industry, how do you feel about X?”Asking about a specific, timely event in the industry — whether it’s proposed legislation, a merger, a recent news story, etc. — is a great way to show the person you’re speaking with that you are knowledgeable and thoughtful, both of which are key to being memorable, says career coach Eli Howayeck of Crafted Career Concepts.“First impressions matter. The best thing you can do, besides being a nice person, is to demonstrate how you think and what you know about the marketplace,” Howayeck explains. “This helps direct the conversation and informs your conversation partner that you likely know what you’re talking about or, at a minimum, pay attention to what is going on in the world and [are] not only focused on yourself and your advancement.”4. “How would someone get their foot in the door in your company/industry?”The ultimate objective of networking is often to get a new job, but coming out and asking somebody you just met to help you get one can be pretty off-putting. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t approach the topic at all — you just have to do so delicately.This question “is a subtle way to ask about opportunities without coming right out and saying, ‘Do you know if they are hiring?’” says career coach Madelyn Mackie. “If you are lucky, they will ask you if you are interested and then provide you with a business card to follow-up with them after the event.”Even if they aren’t able to help you out directly, though, you will likely gain some valuable insight that will help you in your job search process.5. “Based on your journey, what do you wish someone would have told you earlier in your career?”This is a great question to ask if you’re speaking with somebody who is more senior than you are. It allows them to impart the knowledge they’ve acquired over the years with you, as well as appeals to their ego.“People are way more comfortable sharing their wisdom than they are sharing their contacts, and both can be very valuable,” Howayeck says. “Seeking to learn from others honors them and shows that you’re invested in growth. It also shows deference and can endear the person to you and deepen the connection.”5 Ways to Grow Your Network From Scratch In a New Industry6. “How do you spend your time outside of work?”At its heart, networking is all about forming connections with others, so don’t be afraid to veer towards lighthearted chitchat. Questions like this one help people open up, and make it clear that you don’t expect the interaction to be purely transactional.“This kind of question lowers the stakes and also gives the other person a chance to discuss what they’re passionate about,” Howayeck explains. “It also shows that you are actually interested in them as a person, and not just what they do and how it could help you.”Who knows? You may even bond over a shared interest or activity!7. “What’s the best way for me to get in touch/follow up with you?” Ask this question, and you’re guaranteed to avoid one of the biggest mistakes that novice networkers make, according to career coach Nikki Bruno: “Beginning networkers often make the mistake of giving away a stack of business cards but gathering none. 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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to get close to AS Monaco’s asking price for Kylian Mbappe.Monaco are insisting on €130 million to sell Mbappe this summer, says Diario Gol.Perez regards such a fee as too steep for a player of Mbappe’s inexperience, but he has spoken to Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev about a structured deal.Real are willing to put €100 million cash up front, with a further €20 million due in bonuses. Perez would also be willing to allow Mbappe play next season on-loan with ASM.With it being a World Cup year, Perez believes such a deal would not only suit ASM, but also the player.However, Rybolovlev believes with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City also in contact he can still raise over €130 million from Mbappe’s sale.
Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah is ready to prove his past Premier League doubters wrong.Salah insists he’s much better equipped to take the Premier League by storm during his second spell in England.The Egyptian winger failed to make his mark in the capital after Chelsea beat the Reds to his signature three-and-a-half years ago.But after completing his move from Roma yesterday, Salah declared on LFCTV: “100% yes. They have paid a lot of money for that!“Everything, even my personality is different. I was a kid then, just 21. Now, four years on, I have a baby and everything is different.“I feel better suited now. I have a lot of experience from three clubs. I was at Chelsea, Fiorentina and then Roma.“I always try to improve and get better and better. I think last season was my best season.“I feel like I am doing better and better every year. Now I have a new challenge here.“Liverpool fans will expect more. It won’t be easy but I am ready. I feel love from the supporters. They have been sending me funny photos and videos!“I have experience. I like the way English football is. I’m happy to be back.”
Manchester City are active in the Brazilian transfer market this month.UOL Esporte reporter Dassler Marques has revealed City scouts were present for the games Vasco vs. Atlético GO and Gremio vs. Corinthians.Enviado do Manchester City ao Brasil acompanhou o Vasco in loco e está agora em Porto Alegre também. Vários jogadores interessantes para ver— Dassler Marques (@dasslermarques) June 25, 2017
Former Sunderland striker Marco Gabbiadini believes Simon Grayson will be a success at Sunderland, because of his knowledge of the Championship.The Black Cats appointed the Preston North End manager as their new gaffer on Thursday. And Gabbiadini claims that Grayson will make astute signings because of his experience in the competition.”He [owner Ellis Short] may have made some bad decisions about who he’s trusted to use that money but if you look at the players who are leaving and the impact that will have on the wage bill, there should be some money there. “That’s why Simon will come into his own, he will know the players who can do well in the Championship. “Some of the players Newcastle bought last year are players who were suited to the Championship and they come at a different budget as well sometimes. “There are players out there hopefully who will be attracted to a club like Sunderland because they know they have a record of getting out of this league.”
By Jono SmithGraham Richards writes in from the UK to share a very successful legacy marketing idea he used when he was working for St. Gemma’s Hospice, the UK’s 4th largest hospice, which serves Leeds, a major city in West Yorkshire, England.St. Gemma’s relies on gifts in Wills to bring in around 25% of their voluntary income and, as such, are very proactive in communicating the message about this form of giving.Our ad agency, who give all their time for free, came up with a very simple idea, which any of your readers who have visited the UK might recognise. On buildings in towns and cities, you will see blue plaques, which commemorate a famous person. They tend to catch the eye of the passers by, as you don’t see that many around.Our agency designed a fake blue plaque, just like the real ones, but with the message: “It isn’t just remarkable people who can leave a legacy”, “Help St. Gemma’s Hospice with a gift in your Will”.We started off using A4 size posters, then we made some life-size laminated plaques, which were hung in the windows of our 15 charity shops. However, the most effective use of them was when we had two cast aluminium plaques made, which I then got permission to mount on buildings in the city centre (photo below).This was 2 years ago and last year saw our biggest legacy income to date at around Â£1.8million (approx $3.5 million), which is pretty good for a local charity in a provincial city. I’ve recently moved on to a new charity, the Ear Trust, who support cochlear implants in deaf adults and kids, but will be starting my legacy messagesto a whole new audience! Thanks, Graham!
Kristin Melville is the Director of Development & Community Relations, Shalom House, Inc.Create a very clear, consistent description of your organization. Be able to use it in all means of communication. If someone asked you what your organization does be able to respond in one sentence. e.g. Shalom House provides housing and support services for people with serious mental illnesses in the Greater Portland area.Identify your target audience.Communicate to the media what’s happening at your organization on a regular basis. New programs, new staff, new grants and success stories are all newsworthy.Hitch your wagon. Is there a local or national news story where your organization has the expertise to address the topic?There is success in numbers. Joint campaigns can help reach a larger number of people.Give them a reason to visit. Use your website as an educational tool. Offer something that is clever and fun like games, coupons, educational materials written by experts, valuable tips that change each month.Newsletters are used frequently to communicate to the public. Make your newsletter unique, easy to read, with lots of pictures. If your organization fund raises always include an article about development and a donor envelope.Community events can give you a captive audience. Keep in mind they are labor intensive and may not be cost-efficient. Be clear in your planning process if the event is a public relations event or a fundraiser event.Brand your expertise and share it with others. Utilize your agency’s professionals to help communicate your brand.Real life stories are the best illustrations of your mission. “You have changed my life.”Check the language of your 990. Make sure that your agency description is accurate and up to date.Volunteer your public relations experience with others. Giving back what you know means a lot.Source: http://nonprofitpr.com/2007/01/29/twelve-tips-for-gaining-awareness-of-your-nonprofit-organization.aspx
Here’s a nice summary of recent donor research by Nonprofit Communications guru Kivi.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 14, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, as donors, health program leaders, researchers, policy makers and advocates from around the world are meeting at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa to discuss evidence, programming and policy priorities for achieving the goal of “full access, full choice” for family planning. Some of the biggest news from the conference has been in the area of commitments to the FP2020 agenda, which was launched at last year’s London Summit on Family Planning. FP2020 released the first progress report on the initiative, highlighting developments such as commitments, accountability, innovation, collaboration and the agenda for evaluating progress that have emerged since the initiative. What is more, the report release coincided with new commitments from five countries with some of the world’s highest levels of unmet need for family planning . From FP2020: “Over a year ago in London, the global community declared women’s health and well-being an urgent priority. Today, we are seeing words translate into action,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, and Co-Chair of the FP2020 Reference Group. “What’s most encouraging is that the countries taking the greatest steps toward improving access to modern contraceptives, including through increased domestic resources for family planning, are the countries where family planning choices have been the most limited.” National Plans, Donor Resources, Civil Society Partnerships Underpin Progress The new national family planning pledges announced at ICFP 2013 focus on policy, financial and service delivery commitments that are critical to increasing access for more women and girls. These include: • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government will use domestic resources for the first time to purchase contraceptives. •In Guinea, funds will be used to recruit thousands of health workers who can deliver family planning in rural areas, as has proven successful in other countries like Ethiopia. •Myanmar will implement a monitoring system to strengthen quality of care and ensure women have a full range of contraceptive options. •Beginning in 2014, the government of Mauritania will commit to allocating health commodity security funds for family planning and, along with its partners, commit to mobilizing additional resources for the implementation of its national family planning action plan. •By 2015, Benin will ensure that modern methods of contraceptives are available without cost and that reproductive health training is provided for adolescents and youth. Countries currently make up one-third of the more than 70 commitment-makers to FP2020. Progress is being led by national governments, in collaboration with civil society organizations, service providers, advocates, industry leaders and experts. One-quarter of FP2020 commitment-making countries have launched detailed, costed national family planning plans. One-third of commitment-making countries have increased their national budget allocations for family planning services or supplies.Share this:
Five ways an innovative program increased facility birth in NigeriaThe Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) was set up as a game changer to reduce maternal and child mortality so Nigeria could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health (MCH). Since the publication of our PLoS Medicine paper, the MSS has subsequently been scaled up from 625 PHC facilities to an additional 375 facilities, providing 1,000 facilities across Nigeria with an additional 4,000 midwives and 1,000 community health extension workers. The MSS, in addition to the MCH component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) it inspired, has decreased maternal and neonatal mortality. In addition, it inspired a national policy change to allow community health extension workers, who form the bulk of the PHC workforce in Northern Nigeria, to provide contraceptive injectables to women. Lastly, it has also increased community engagement and inspired a conditional cash transfer program, which has increased facility birth by 27%.Share this: Posted on January 15, 2015October 28, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Over the last three weeks, we’ve heard from authors around the world who have seen concrete practice and policy results from their articles in our MHTF-PLOS Collection for Maternal Health. Our Translating Research into Practice Series featured these authors and the influence of their papers. Find a summary of the collection below. From inaction to advocacy: placing women and children at the center of sustainable developmentWhile a maternal death is devastating in its own right, a mother’s death is not an isolated event; when a mother dies there are immediate and lasting repercussions for her children, her family, and the broader community. As the dawn of the Sustainable Development Goals fast approaches, it is important that we turn to evidence from the Impacts of Maternal Death on Living Children Study to inform advocacy efforts toward the inclusion of women’s reproductive health and gender equality as a central, fundamental part of global development. Toward this end, we convened a panel of maternal health experts for a live webcast to discuss the implications of this research and the strategies advocates can use to mobilize influential donors and decision-makers to prioritize investments in sexual and reproductive health.Emergency obstetric referral and transport in low- and middle-income countries: the direction of travelOur study called for research to understand how referral and transport interventions work for obstetric emergencies. This research is crucial since decisions to seek care can be deferred or hindered, and even if decisions are rapidly made to seek care, transport may be unavailable or slow. This call has been met with research from Wilson and colleagues that elicited key factors that affect the use and uptake of transport in obstetric emergencies and Nwolise and colleagues that found where community-based loan funds were used along with other interventions, the utilization of health facilities for childbirth increased. Our topic has also received international attention with the World Health Organization supporting an international panel that recently identified research on transport and referral solutions as a priority area to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings.Improving birth and pregnancy outcomes through registries in southern EthiopiaDeveloping countries lack vital registrations that are present in high-income countries. Because of the shortage of such essential information, translating policy into action and monitoring programmes to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths is difficult. As a follow-up to our paper, Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in South-West Ethiopia: Estimates and Socio-Economic Inequality, we developed, validated, and used community-based birth registration in a population of about half a million people in four woredas, or districts, in rural southern Ethiopia. The most important lesson we learnt is that it is possible to obtain high-coverage birth registration and measure maternal mortality in rural communities with trained community health workers.Using research findings to influence maternal health action: An example from NigeriaOur paper—When Women Deliver with No One Present in Nigeria: Who, what, where and so what—revealed that over one in five births in Nigeria was delivered with no one present (NOP) with 94% of those deliveries occurring in northern Nigeria. Our paper has shaped the discourse on maternal and newborn health in Nigeria in the following ways:The start of a statewide community-based distribution of misoprostol and chlorhexidine to link mothers to providersA policy dialogue involving influential local religious leaders who now promote facility birthsGiven the influential nature of our paper, it was chosen as one of three presented at a launch event at Harvard for the MHTF-PLOS collection in November 2013 ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on May 5, 2015October 25, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post originally appeared in the American College of Nurse Midwives’ Quickening, Volume 46, Number 2 (Spring 2015).Today, May 5, is the International Day of the Midwife. This is an opportunity for the global community to come together to recognize the incredible impact midwives have on maternal and newborn health and decreasing mortality. Want to know more about what global leaders are doing to strengthen midwifery?On Monday, March 23rd, global leaders in midwifery and maternal, newborn and child health gathered in Washington, DC at the Wilson Center for Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery Movement. This symposium hosted four panels to discuss current data, country investments, important global initiatives and public private partnerships and innovation in midwifery. Each of the panels was presented in the context of exciting new strides in maternal health with the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals, an updated strategy for the United Nations’ Every Woman, Every Child initiative and the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility that supports it.While each speaker’s background and focus varied, the themes of the symposium were consistent:Improve management and leaderships skills of midwivesImprove pre-service and in-service educationInnovate to keep midwives in rural areasFill the need for well-trained midwifery facultyIntegrate maternal and newborn healthcareProvide respectful maternity care (RMC)Build capacityTo kick-off the symposium, His Excellency Björn Lyrvall, Swedish Ambassador to the United States told the story of midwifery in Sweden: in 1751, it was reported to parliament that 400 of 651 maternal deaths could be averted with midwifery. Parliament took this seriously and by training midwives with safe delivery techniques decreased Sweden’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) from 900 deaths per 100,000 live births (among the highest in Europe at the time) to 230. Sweden’s passion and investment in midwifery can act as an example to countries that are now facing a similar burden of maternal mortality.The data on midwiferyThe first panel on data summarized the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (SoWMy 2014), the Lancet Series on Midwifery and the International Confederation of Midwives’ (ICM) vision and programs. In his presentation on SoWMy 2014, Luc de Bernis, Technical Adviser at UNFPA, focused on projections of workforce availability and met need, or the ratio of workforce time available to time needed. Projections identify countries with a low-met need, medium-met need and high-met need in 2030. Interestingly, two countries that are doing well now, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, will not be able to meet their health workforce needs by 2030 if investment does not accelerate now to keep up with an increasing need for services.In her review of the Lancet Series on Midwifery, Holly Kennedy, Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale University, announced two papers that will be added to the series: one on disrespect and abuse and RMC and another that summarizes the top 10 research priorities from the series to improve maternal and newborn health using the QMNC framework.Frances Day-Stirk, President of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), then spoke on her organization’s vision and programs, including “A Promising Future,” a campaign to promote midwifery as the norm and not a novelty. The focus of ICM is to have midwives who are appropriate (well-educated and regulated), accessible (especially in poor geographic areas) and cost-effective. Day-Stirk also outlined the critical pillars of midwifery—education, regulation and association—which stand on a foundation of ICM core competencies. The focus and pillars of ICM were echoed throughout the remainder of the symposium.At the end of this panel, countries were encouraged to look at long-term plans for strengthening and scaling-up professional midwifery, instead of quick fixes with training auxiliary midwives.Country investments and lessons learnedRepresentatives from Cameroon, Afghanistan, Liberia and Ethiopia presented data on current initiatives in their countries to support and scale up midwifery. Ethiopia and Cameroon have both seen improvements in midwifery and maternal health indicators through investing in midwifery education and establishing accreditation of schools and training sites. Although they have seen success in their efforts, challenges still remain with a shortage of midwifery faculty and clinical training sites.In Afghanistan, the Community Midwifery Education (CME) program, supported by USAID, Jhpiego, WHO and UNFPA, provides quality, sustainable midwifery education. The 2-year program supports women with at least a 10th grade education, chosen by their communities to participate. After training is complete, women return to their communities where child care and transportation is provided to enable them to use their skills and also to incentivize them to stay in their community. Other initiatives include leadership training, accreditation and mobile programs.Marion Subah, a senior nurse midwife and Jhpiego’s country representative in Liberia, reported that since Ebola, antenatal care (ANC) coverage, skilled birth attendance and institutional delivery have all had an absolute decrease of about 10%, reversing recent advances in maternal health in Liberia. She recounted the difficulties of delivering maternal health care in the context of Ebola: six midwives have died from Ebola and women who need post abortion care are especially at risk because of the fears associated with contracting Ebola through bodily fluids. Moving forward, the ministry of health (MOH) has created a 10-year plan that focuses on increasing the number and quality of midwives, faculty development and establishing well-working computer and science labs and clinical sites.Global midwifery initiativesAll over the world, organizations of all types are banning together to improve maternal and newborn health by investing in midwifery. With initiatives by the World Bank, USAID, GE Foundation and global policy experts, there was a lot to be excited about.These initiatives are focused on creating a sustainable midwifery workforce, strengthening professional associations, improving workplace conditions for midwives, promoting RMC, building leadership and management skills, implementing global policies for ending maternal and newborn deaths and a new ICM Midwifery Services Framework. Many of the initiatives presented have overlapping goals, all to the end of creating a healthy, well-educated, accessible midwifery workforce.At the close of this panel, Laura Laski, Chief of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch at UNFPA, noted three upcoming critical turning points for midwifery:The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City: timed right after the agreement of countries on the SDGs, this conference in October 2015, provides an opportunity to emphasize the need to invest in midwives to accomplish the SDGsThe World Health Assembly: provides a forum in May to discuss the new version of Every Woman, Every ChildThe Women Deliver Conference in 2016Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships for MidwiferyTo end the day, we looked forward to the future with a focus on innovation and pioneering public-private partnerships (PPPs). Greeta Lal of UNFPA shared recently developed e-learning modules that were created in partnership with Jhpiego, UNFPA, Intel and WHO. With topics ranging from family planning to essential newborn care, these e-learning modules can be conducted almost anywhere with a battery-operated projector, solar powered charger and a cheap tablet, these modules can be used in almost any part of the world.In addition, Survive & Thrive and Nurses Investing in Maternal Child Health both seek to strengthen young professionals to become leaders in the field to create sustainable change. Both programs work internationally, but with different strategies. Survive & Thrive, supported by ACNM and other partners, works to strengthen professional associations and host master training of trainer courses for the management of maternal and newborn complications, from Malawi to Afghanistan. Nurses Investing in Maternal Child Health is an 18-month program supported by Johnson & Johnson and Sigma Theta Tau for nurse fellows to work with a mentor in order to gain leadership and technical skills in order to improve maternal and child health through evidence-based practice, health systems improvements and program evaluation.Lastly, the NGO Direct Relief, with technical support from ICM, creates midwife kits for facility-based deliveries. With essential commodities, these kits have the potential to decrease MMR and the neonatal mortality rate by 63%. Thus far, these kits have been distributed in the Phillipines after Typhoon Haiyan and in Sierra Leone in the wake of Ebola.The symposium was a full day of reviewing the incredible impact midwifery can have and what we need to do as a global community to realize that impact.Resources discussed at this symposium:Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery MovementEnding Preventable Maternal MortalityEPMM: USAID maternal health vision for action, evidence for strategic approachesEvery Newborn Action PlanICM Midwifery Services Framework (Pilot)Updated Global Strategy for Every Woman, Every ChildState of the World’s Midwifery 2014Lancet Series on MidwiferyShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
According to CNNMoney.com, “Everyone wants to start a small business.” A record number of Americans started new companies in 2006, and figures from the Small Business Administration show that “the total number of firms with no employees grew by 26% from 1997 to 2004, to 19 million.” Many workers are easing the transition to sole proprietorship by keeping another job while they get started: the article says that just over half of those new firms belonged to people with another primary source of income. It also notes that the small-scale, localized economic growth from entrepreneurs in helping America to stay competitive despite globalization. As an independent worker, have you maintained another source of income while starting your freelance career? And what role do you think entrepreneurs are going to play in an increasingly globalized economy?
Are you “employmentally challenged” (a term coined by Norm Elrod, an educated laid off worker)? You’re obviously not alone in these tough economic times, and as we continue to develop our unemployment protection proposal, we need to hear from you. Tomorrow evening, we’re having a webinar (so wherever your computer and phone are located, you can participate) with students from Milano (the New School for Management and Urban Policy) who will be presenting some models for how an unemployment program for freelancers could look, and they want your input. Date: Thursday, April 16 Time: 6:30pm [EST] Email email@example.com if you’re interested in participating.
A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN. Account numbers, on the other hand, identify your individual account and are usually 8 to 12 digits long. In many cases, such as when you set up a direct deposit for savings, you need to provide both the bank’s routing number and your account number. These two identifiers work together to make sure the money goes to the correct bank and account. You can avoid delays and potential fees by getting your routing number right the first time. Learn how to find your routing number on a check, through your online account, or by contacting your bank.Purpose of Routing NumbersSerious and Worried Freelancer Working at his Favorite Coffee PlaceRouting numbers were created in 1910 to make the processing of checks easier and more secure. Because this was prior to the age of computers, the routing number helped to identify the paying bank. Someone bringing a check to another bank could verify exactly which bank the funds would come from. Rather than misreading a bank’s name and confusing it with another bank, the money went exactly where it should. Today, routing numbers continue to make transactions between financial institutions, banks, and credit unions easy and secure. You might need to provide a routing number for automatic bill payments, wire transfers, direct deposits, and paying your taxes.How To Find Your Routing NumberWhile some small banks may only have one routing number, most larger banks have multiple. Your routing number is tied to the state or branch where you opened your account. For instance, a Bank of America branch in New Jersey will have a different routing number than a branch in New York. Your account itself might also have different routing numbers based on the transaction you’re performing. For example, if you’re setting up a direct deposit, the routing number could be different than when you’re doing a wire transfer. But don’t worry, you can locate the right routing number easily in three main ways. On your personal checks: The routing number is almost always located on the bottom left of the check, but sometimes it’s listed in the middle. Remember that you won’t get a routing number on a debit card, as your debit card uses an entirely different numbering system.Through your online bank account: When you’re logged in to your online account, you should be able to find your routing number under your checking account information. Sometimes it’s displayed near your account number or account nickname. When in doubt, use the search or help option through your online banking portal. By contacting your bank directly: If you’re unable to find your bank’s routing number or want to double check that you have the right one, contact your bank. Send them a message through an online chat or call customer service.When You’ll Need Your Routing NumberSerious and Worried Freelancer Working at his Favorite Coffee PlaceYou might need your routing number for a variety of different situations. Knowing how to find it will make life a little easier. Automatic bill payment: If you pay a bill through your bank, like your electricity or cell phone, you may need to input your routing number when you link your account.Direct deposit: When your paycheck is direct deposited into your checking account, you’ll need to provide your routing number. If you’re an independent contractor or freelancer, you may have to provide this information to every new client.Money transfers: If you’re sending money domestically or internationally, you’ll may need your routing number. Look online or contact your bank directly to ensure you’re using the right digits.Check processing: To deposit incoming checks, you may need to supply your routing number. Tax payments: If you owe taxes to the state or federal government, you can often have it withdrawn directly from your bank account using your routing number and account number.What To Do If Your Routing Number ChangesIf two banks merge or if one bank acquires another, your routing number might change. It’s a rare occurrence, but if it happens, it’s helpful to know what to do. As an account holder, you’ll be given notice of the change with enough time to make adjustments.Follow the steps issued by your bank: You’ll know months in advance if your routing number is going to change. Your bank will inform you of any necessary steps, such as changing your automatic bill payments to the new routing number. Update your automatic transactions: Consider all of your automatic deposits, withdrawals, and money transfers. Make sure to switch each of them to the new routing number. Be sure your employer has the right direct deposit information. It’s better to make the changes earlier than later, so nothing gets stuck in limbo. Order new checks: Your old checks might work for a while, as your bank phases out the old routing number. You’ll need new checks eventually, so it may be wise to go ahead and place your order. Check to see if your bank will give you a free box of checks for the switch. Keep your financial records current: Update your financial documents to ensure they’re accurate. Be sure any account and routing information is kept in a secure, confidential location.Knowing how to locate your routing number and important banking information helps you to be more in charge of your finances. From budgeting your automatic payments to socking away cash for a family vacation, you can be well on your way to financial prosperity. After all, when you’re confident about your finances, you can better enjoy all that life has to offer. 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Most people know that if you want to lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories and exercise on a regular basis. However, there’s much more to successful weight loss than just that. Among things you should do, there are also things you shouldn’t, and these mistakes can halt or even reverse your progress.We researched the most common weight-loss mistakes and wanted to share them with you.11. Not reading labelsMany packaged foods these days have healthy-sounding claims on the front of the package that fool you into believing they’re actually good for you. But if you check the nutrition label, you’ll see that most of those claims aren’t supported by any factual information. There is also a lot of sugar hiding among ingredients, often disguised as words ending with -ose: fructose, glucose, dextrose, maltose, and sucrose.Another mistake you make when not reading labels is assuming that one package means one serving. Did you know that one serving of chips is only 13 to 16 chips? There’s definitely more than that in even the smallest bag.Do this instead: always check the list of ingredients and the nutrition label on the back of the package, and don’t forget to take note of the serving size, as well. This way, you’ll make sure you only eat what you actually need.10. Weighing yourself too oftenWhile weighing yourself every day will not directly hinder weight loss, it can lead to a lot of frustration. It’s important to remember that healthy, successful weight loss is a slow process. The actual number on the scales can be affected by different reasons from day to day, for example, natural weight fluctuations during the menstrual cycle or gaining muscle through strength training. When you don’t see the results you want to see on the scales, you might get discouraged and binge eat, which could set your weight loss journey way back.Do this instead: try using a tape measure around your waist, hips, and thighs to track your progress once a week. If you really need to weigh yourself to keep yourself motivated, do it no more than once a week or even once every 2 weeks.9. Focusing on cardio and ignoring strength trainingYou can safely say that some exercise is better than no exercise at all. But if you’ve been watching your diet, doing cardio, and leading an overall healthy lifestyle, yet your weight loss is not as good as you think it should be, the reason might be the lack of strength training. Resistance training not only helps you build muscle, but it also boosts you metabolism and promotes belly fat loss.Do this instead: combine cardio and resistance training for best results. You can do them on alternate days or even on the same day if you have enough time.8. Forgetting about sugar and calories in drinksDo you know how much sugar your favorite Starbucks order has? Most popular Starbucks drinks have between 40 g and 60 g of sugar! It is 2-3 times as much as the maximum amount you should eat in a day — and that’s just from one drink! Soda, fruit juices, beer, and wine are also full of carbs and calories that still leave you hungry because the appetite centers in your brain don’t react to liquid calories the same way as they do to calories from food.Do this instead: drink water! If you can’t stand the blandness of plain water, try adding lemon wedges, your favorite berries, or mint leaves to it to give it some taste. Unsweetened green tea is also a good beverage option.7. Skipping mealsProbably the most common mistake people make when trying to lose weight is skipping breakfast or dinner. It might seem logical at first: you think if you reduce your calorie intake this way, you’ll lose weight faster. However, skipping meals not only slows down your metabolism but it also makes you much more likely to snack and overeat later in the day.Do this instead: make sure you eat a healthy, nutrient-rich breakfast that will give you energy and prevent you from eating too much later. The perfect breakfast combines good carbs with fiber and protein — oatmeal, eggs, and Greek yogurt with fruit are all good healthy-breakfast options.6. Restricting yourself too muchReducing portion sizes is one of the most common pieces of advice for people trying to lose weight. When done right, it really works. However, you should never eat portions so tiny that you’re constantly feeling hungry. First, it’s obviously unhealthy. And second, when your calorie intake is too low, your metabolism slows down in trying to preserve limited energy, making it harder for you to lose weight.Another mistake connected to restrictions is cutting out your favorite “bad” foods completely. This usually leads to serious cravings and to satisfy those cravings, you either eat too much of other foods or, if you restrict yourself for too long, end up gorging on your favorite “forbidden” treats and giving up on your diet altogether.Do this instead: eat sensible-sized portions that will satiate you but won’t make you feel too full. Allow yourself a cheat meal once in a while. 1-2 cheat meals a week will help you deal with your cravings while allowing you to stay on track with your diet.5. Choosing low-fat and fat-free processed foodsLow-fat and fat-free foods are usually promoted as healthy-eating options — and many people believe this. What they don’t know is that these foods are often loaded with sugar and other additives to improve their taste. For example, a fat-free flavored drinking yogurt can contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar! Surely, that yogurt doesn’t seem all that healthy anymore, does it?Do this instead: choose minimally processed and unprocessed whole foods — both those that are naturally low in fat and those that contain healthy fats. If you must buy something low-fat or fat-free, read the nutrition label to make sure the product isn’t loaded with sugar or additives and is actually lower in calories than its full-fat counterpart.4. Not getting enough sleepAt first glance, it doesn’t look like sleep and losing weight have anything in common, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sleep deprivation leads to the levels of leptin (the “fullness hormone”) to plummet down while ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) gets overproduced. As a result, you’ll always feel hungry, so you’ll eat more and your body weight will increase.Besides, the less sleep you’re getting, the more you crave high-fat and high-carb foods. And since you’ll be feeling so tired, you find it practically impossible to say no to those cravings.Do this instead: make sure you get enough sleep. Adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep to stay healthy. If you have trouble falling asleep, try creating a bedtime routine and sticking to a schedule.3. Not eating enough fiberWhen you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to incorporate enough fiber-rich foods into your diet. Soluble fiber is especially helpful since it absorbs water and turns to gel, which moves slowly through your digestive system and makes you feel full longer. Fiber is also known to slow fat absorption, as well as keep blood sugar levels in check, both of which help your body store less fat.Do this instead: eat a fiber-rich diet. Oatmeal, nuts, peeled fruits, and beans are high in soluble fiber, while whole grains, brown rice, leafy vegetables, and fruit skins are good sources of insoluble fiber.2. Having unrealistic expectationsSetting realistic, long-term goals for weight loss is a must. It’s understandable you want to lose as much as you can and do it as quickly as possible, but that can only be achieved through crash-dieting, which is neither good for your health nor helpful in maintaining your weight after weight loss since you’ll gain it all back after your diet ends. Having realistic expectations and understanding that weight loss is a gradual process will help you stay on track and not get discouraged.Do this instead: adjust your expectations to a more realistic goal. For best long-term results, aim to lose one to 2 pounds a week.1. Overeating healthy foodsIt’s easy to overeat healthy foods — you know they’re good for you, so you think a bigger portion won’t hurt. However, despite their healthy status, they can still lead to weight gain. Calories are still calories (and excess calories mean excess weight), even if they come from nutrient-rich whole foods, and foods like nuts, avocado, hummus, quinoa and brown rice are pretty high in calories to begin with.Do this instead: look up single servings of healthy foods and stick to them. A single serving of avocado, for example, is 1/3 of a whole avocado. It’s fine to eat more than that, but it is necessary to keep the serving size in mind.Source
The Impact of Restoring Degraded Land in Latin America and the CaribbeanAt least 200 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean are deforested or degraded, meaning that they are no longer being put to productive use. Restoration of this land is particularly important, not only for ecological purposes, but also for the regional GDP, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving rural livelihoods and bolstering food and water security. Healthy forests and productive land are vital to the social and economic fabric of Latin America and the Caribbean.Agriculture and forestry contribute nearly $300 billion to the regional GDP and up to half of rural household income. Unsustainable practices in these industries can cause deforestation and land degradation that drains land of its productivity, leaving fewer benefits for the people who depend on it for their livelihoods. Almost half of Latin America and the Caribbean’s emissions come from land-use change, forestry and agriculture. This is in stark contrast to the developed world’s emissions profile, which is typically dominated by energy use and industrial emissions. Land restoration is also an important component of efforts to improve food security by placing land back into productive use, as well as a mechanism to strengthen rural income and maintain natural capital like water, soil and biodiversity.3 Steps to Turn Commitments into RealityThe growing restoration movement can thus help improve the region’s economy, its environment and its citizens’ quality-of-life. Initiative 20×20 has successfully built momentum for a restoration revolution, but now comes the hard part—taking commitments and pledges to the ground.Restoration plans can only be successful if they have three things:Institutional capacity within the committing body: Governments, for example, need to put a national restoration strategy in place, define objectives and expectations, and establish baselines from which to monitor progress.A financial architecture: This includes setting up mechanisms to reduce risk and attract more investments, such as partial risk guarantees and capitalization funds. It also means collaborating with the private sector for the development of ecologically, socially and economically sustainable investments on the ground in a variety of restoration activities, such as agroforestry, silvopasture and assisted or natural reforestation.Capacity on the ground: Local landowners’ capacities should be strengthened in order to implement and monitor restoration programs. This capacity-building will be key for the long-term success of landscape restoration and requires the implementation of training plans and extension services for landholders (such as workshops, field visits to successful programs and internships) and the creation of cooperative associations, community groups and other voluntary organizations.Designing, Implementing and Monitoring Large-Scale Restoration ProgramsEach of these elements build upon each other and need to all be in place for restoration projects to work. Moving forward, Initiative 20×20 partners—including WRI, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), Fundo Brasileiro Para A Biodiversidade (FUNBIO), Fundacion Agreste, Bioversity, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Natural Capital Project (NatCap), Von Humboldt Institute and partners in national and regional governments and the private sector—will work at these three levels. By focusing on these three areas, Initiative 20×20 will prove to be successful in transforming the land, economies and societies in Latin America and the Caribbean.Note: The total number of hectares to be restored under Initiative 20×20 was updated from 24.8 to 27.7 after an additional announcement by Mato Grosso. A restoration movement is taking root in Latin America and the Caribbean.One year ago, eight countries committed to restore more than 18 million hectares of degraded and deforested land under Initiative 20×20, a coalition made up of national and regional governments, research organizations and private investors. Today, several new countries and investors are joining the initiative, pledging to restore an additional 9.08 million hectares and supply an additional $365 million. That means in total, Initiative 20×20 has secured commitments to restore 27.7 million hectares of land by 2020—an area the size of the United Kingdom —with private impact investors earmarking $730 million to support restoration projects in the region.These 27.7 million hectares will directly contribute to the Bonn Challenge, a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of land into restoration across the globe by 2020, as well as generate a host of co-benefits for the region’s people, economy and ecosystems.Click to enlarge
For big corporations, buying renewable energy is harder than it should be. That’s why Facebook and Microsoft are inviting collaboration with utilities to break down market barriers. These iconic brands are among 60 companies, and over 50 leading project developers and service providers, participating in the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) network.REBA is a coalition of four non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that is working with this diverse network of companies to add 60 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to the U.S. grid by 2025.“We all know we have a long way to go,” Brian Janous, director of energy strategy at Microsoft, told reporters in announcing the alliance on May 12. “We really believe the only way we’re going to get there is through collaboration across industries with customers and utilities, and that collaboration is critical for improving the availability and affordability of clean power.”REBA’s cooperative approach links the expertise of NGOs with the buying power and drive of corporate renewable energy buyers, spurring a transformed energy marketplace more quickly and effectively than either group could do alone. By identifying barriers to buying renewable energy and developing solutions that meet rapidly growing corporate demand, REBA aims to make the entire grid more sustainable.”We’re doing this not just to green our own supply – it’s really to help green the grid,” said Bill Weihl, Facebook’s director of sustainability. ” … We recognize that we can move faster and get a lot more done, both for our own supply and for the grid as a whole, by collaborating with others.”Growing Corporate Demand Is Changing the Status QuoCompanies that are committed to buying renewable energy have already changed the electricity market in the United States. Last year, businesses agreed to purchase more than 3 gigawatts of renewable energy, three times 2014’s total contracts. The extension of the renewable energy tax credits over the winter bodes well for purchases in 2016.”As the price of wind and solar continue to fall, the economic benefits of renewables will only get better,” said Michael Polsky, president and CEO of Invenergy. Polsky, a member of the WRI board of directors, noted that increased demand for renewable energy promotes innovation, the development of new technologies and advances in equipment to spur efficiency, Polsky said.The changes are rippling beyond new contracts. In the past, utilities decided how to power companies, but now companies want to be active partners in determining how the electricity they pay for will be generated. That said, companies still face significant obstacles to getting the cost-effective, renewable power they want at the scale they need. They may lack the expertise and staff to understand their options and navigate complicated energy markets, or they may be operating in markets that don’t have good options to start with.Collaborating with UtilitiesIn addition to making power purchase agreements simpler, REBA initiative fosters collaboration with utilities so companies can create new renewable energy options.For example, in Virginia, Microsoft partnered with the local utility, Dominion Virginia Power, and the state to bring new renewable energy to the grid through a new 20 megawatt solar project. Microsoft, which has renewable energy goals, will buy the renewable energy certificates from the project. The software giant’s commitment made the project more financially feasible for the utility and allows Dominion to build a significant solar farm at no cost to other ratepayers.“This is really what REBA is all about. It’s about bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders to accelerate the transition to renewable energy, which includes customers, utilities and renewable energy developers,” Janous said.REBA strives for solutions that better meet the needs of companies and local electricity customers. Effective public-private partnerships like this are developed when both sides come to the table.“At Dominion Virginia Power, we appreciate the efforts of REBA and deem their partnership invaluable in helping us respond to the renewable needs of our customers,” said Becky Merritt, Dominion’s vice president of customer service. “Their transparent discussion forums have enabled win-win renewable solutions, which is exactly what we are all striving for.”Companies can learn more about the utility offered options through WRI’s green tariff tracking table.How REBA WorksBy simplifying access to resources and peers, REBA helps companies pursue renewable energy more efficiently and enables electricity buyers and sellers to develop solutions together.REBA is built on the expertise of the tailored energy initiatives of four NGOs: World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund’s Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, and BSR’s (Business for Social Responsibility) Future of Internet Power. Companies participate in the initiatives that best match their goals and approach and the NGO’s work together to ensure a cohesive and impactful strategy.In a complex energy market, starting these discussions and connecting with the right people and resources can be very time-consuming. Finding a network if like-minded organizations streamlines the process of meeting the ambitious renewable energy targets many companies are setting.REBA connects policymakers, suppliers and customers to change electricity systems with renewables. Learn more about how REBA supports ambitious corporate buyers at REBuyers.org and at Facebook.com/REBuyersAlliance.