Samaritans publishes new handbook on men’s wellbeing services

Based upon the insights from a series of co-design workshops with men, Engaging men earlier: a guide to service design provides five key principles for anyone designing, running or commissioning wellbeing groups for men. From fostering achievement to building relationships and feeling a sense of purpose, the new Samaritans handbook is informed by what men told Samaritans is really important for maintaining positive mental health. It also includes practical elements for service providers to consider such as accessibility and communication, which are crucial in helping them appeal to men earlier…

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Even though many Americans are opposed to fast fashion, it might be here to stay

Half of Americans believe fast fashion is going out of style, according to new research. The survey of more than 2,500 Americans delved into the idea of “fast fashion” — clothing manufactured quickly and sold at a very low price point — and revealed 54% are opposed to it. That’s once they learned what it was, as only 38% knew what fast fashion meant without being given a definition. But even if they believe it’s unfashionable, it might be here to stay: results found six in 10 respondents believe social…

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CBI and Microsoft call for digital skills boost to help UK

The UK must seize the opportunity to become a leader in the use of technology to drive better business outcomes and create inclusive workplaces that support employees’ mental wellbeing, by accelerating investments in digital skills. That’s according to the CBI/Microsoft Tech Tracker 2020. Amid the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, the report celebrates companies’ efforts to rapidly accelerate technology adoption. Addressing digital skills gaps is key to building on this momentum and enhancing competitiveness, enabling organisations to harness the value of their data. Firms innovated at pace…

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The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Aim to Reduce Energy Consumption

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy programs are designed to help utility companies, municipalities, and corporate organizations distribute trees to their communities. The core purpose is to lower energy bills, improve air quality, sequester carbon, and manage stormwater runoff. Central to the program is an interactive online tool that was created through a Foundation partnership by The Davey Institute, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co. The tool uses peer- reviewed scientific research from the U.S. Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated energy savings over…

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Emerging and innovative private sector responses to the pandemic that support gender equality – a UN Women and IFC Report

Originally published on WEPS.org A new report by UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) highlights how companies are responding to the pandemic with practices that support gender equality. The emerging practices that are shared in the report aim to curb inequalities women are facing as the pandemic radically transforms the world of work. The pandemic threatens to push 47 million women and girls below the poverty line, the new report Titled “Bridging the Gap: Emerging and Innovative Private Sector Responses to Support Gender Equality During COVID-19” highlights how…

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