DOJ Gives Compliance Chiefs Powerful New Ally:

The FCPA Blog | By: Richard L. Cassin | December 22, 2017: The DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program — giving companies declinations or reduced penalties if they self disclose, cooperate, and disgorge profits — has now been enshrined in the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual. It’s a permanent guideline for prosecutors. What it means for companies is more certainty. If they discover potential…

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9-47.000 ~ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Of 1977:

Offices Of The United States Attorneys | GPE – December 22, 2017: This chapter contains the Department’s policy regarding investigations and prosecutions of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government…

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Unconventional Solar Panel Siting Saves Agricultural Land While Providing Plenty Of Power:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | GPE – December 22, 2017: There is an ongoing struggle going on between solar developers and farmers. Land that is best for solar installations are often well suited to growing crops or raising animals. Some experiments are being conducted to bridge the needs of both energy producers and agriculture, such as the one…

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Restoration ~ One Of The Most Overlooked Opportunities For Economic Growth:

World Resources Institute | By: Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné & Andrés Anchondo Ortega | December 19, 2017: Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people — governments, NGOs, investors, the public — are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. Research shows that every $1…

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Developments In Water Reuse ~ Reaching For The Ozone:

Water & Wastewater International | By: Vijay Sundaram, Lucinda Jooste, Melanie Holmer & Allegra da Silva | GPE – December 20, 2017: Ozone-biologically activated carbon has been in use at drinking water treatment plants for years. However, the benefits of such technologies are now being acknowledged at wastewater treatment plants for water reuse applications. Pressures on traditional water resources have…

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Dismal Employee Engagement Is A Sign Of Global Mismanagement:

Gallup | By: Jim Harter | December 20, 2017: According to our recent State of the Global Workplace report, 85% of employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work. The economic consequences of this global “norm” are approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity. Eighteen percent are actively disengaged in their work and workplace, while 67% are “not engaged.” This…

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Here Come The New EU Rules On Data Privacy:

The Wall Street Journal | GPE – December 20, 2017: Many U.S. companies may think they don’t have to worry about them. But, as Justin Antonipillai and Ajay Arora explain, they do. ‘There are thousands of companies that have no idea that you’re actually covered by this law.’ The Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Stone spoke with two experts to get…

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31 CFR § 1020.230 ~ Certification Regarding Beneficial Owners Of Legal Entity Customers:

FinCEN | GPE – December 20, 2017: The US Department Of The Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have produced a  form to facilitate conforming with the compliance requirements relating to Beneficial Owners. This is an optional form provided for your convenience. The required information may be provided in other f ormats. When completed, this form is provided to the…

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Single Use Plastic Problems Tackled With Water Purification Solutions:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | December 12, 2017: Single use plastic bottles are strangling the earth’s ecosystems. Every plastic water or soda bottle that we buy contributes to ecological degradation in the form of micro plastic — those small particles of plastic that are often invisible to the naked eye and can take thousands of years to break…

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The Amazon’s Important, But Southeast Brazil’s Water Companies Need To Watch Forests Closer To Home:

World Resources Institute | By: Suzanne Ozment & Rafael Feltran-Barbieri | December 12, 2017: As The Guardian newspaper recently reported, chopping down trees in the Amazon rainforest decreases water supply to distant Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city. Large-scale deforestation disrupts the water cycle and can affect weather patterns thousands of miles away. However, the Amazon is not the only…

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Why Companies Should Dip Their Toes In Clean Water (And Sanitation) ~ The Private Sector And SDG 6:

Pacific Institute: By: Abbey Warner | GPE – December 10, 2017: “Companies seeking to manage water-related business risks can and should contribute to improved water management and governance that is also in the public interest. If done responsibly, integrating private sector action into global policy frameworks and local implementation practices makes it possible for companies to contribute considerable resources and…

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Taking Climate-Friendly Farming To Scale:

Huffington Post | By: John J. Berger | GPE – December 10, 2017: On millions of acres of grazed American range land, if you plunge a shovel into the ground, you’re likely to find light-colored, depleted soil that’s lost much of its carbon-containing organic matter. That’s the stuff that gives rich, fertile soils their dark color and clumpy texture. Carbon-poor…

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Humanitarian Data Breaches ~ The Real Scandal Is Our Collective Inaction:

IRIN | By: Nathaniel A. Raymond, Daniel P. Scarnecchia & Stuart R. Campo | December 08, 2017: Why it’s time for an independent investigatory body. The news that a platform used by at least 11 major operational NGOs and UN agencies may be relatively easy to breach, potentially exposing the personal, location, and demographic data of tens of thousands of…

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China’s Smog-Plagued Hebei Draws Up Environmental Tax Plan:

Reuters | By: David Stanway | December 06, 2017: The smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei has drawn up plans to launch a comprehensive environmental protection tax starting in the new year that will give more incentives for local polluters to clean up, it said on Wednesday. China’s legislature approved a new environmental tax law late last year that gave…

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Open Ocean Aquaculture Developments:

Amirix Systems | Press Release | GPE – December 06, 2017: Amirix Systems announced on November 30, 2017 that it has been acquired by US based InnovaSea Systems. Amirix is the parent company of Bedford, Nova Scotia based Vemco and Realtime Aquaculture and Seattle, Washington based HTI-Vemco. Vemco and HTI-Vemco provide fish tracking and monitoring solutions for fisheries researchers worldwide…

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Bringing Nature Into Companies & Corporate Campuses With Farmscape:

Clean Technica | By: Andrea Bertoli | December 05, 2017: So many of us suffer from nature deficit: we spend lots of time indoors, staring at screens both large and small. This is tiring to our brains and our eyeballs, and keeps us from enjoying a connection with trees, plants, and open space. With the understanding that taking a break…

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Forest Man:

William D McMaster | GPE – December 02, 2017: Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis. Originally published June 13, 2014: Humble…

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Agency Says US, Canada Fall Short On Protecting Great Lakes:

ABC News | By: John Flesher | November 28, 2017: Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are still flowing into the five lakes that provide drinking…

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How An Intelligent Microgrid Saved A California Vineyard Amidst Wildfires ~ Stone Edge Farm Story:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | November 28, 2017: We recently had the opportunity to speak with Craig Wooster, Project Manager & General Contractor at the Stone Edge Farm (SEF) Microgrid Project, about the impressive work the team is doing to take the farm off the grid with sustainable energy and storage. In addition to talking about the microgrid…

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New Analysis Finds Conserving Forests Could Cut Carbon Emissions As Much As Getting Rid Of Every Car On Earth:

Clean Technica | By: Susan Minnemeyer, Nancy Harris, & Octavia Payne | November 27, 2017: New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars—more than all of the cars in the…

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