New Deloitte University Press Report Shows How the Power of Partnership Can Help Stop Modern Slavery

Today, Deloitte University Press issued "The Freedom Ecosystem – How the Power of Partnership Can Help Stop Modern Day Slavery." The report, a collaborative effort between Deloitte and Free the Slaves, describes how the Freedom Ecosystem can use collective action to remove conditions that allow slavery to exist. The ecosystem is a cross-section of organizations from the private sector, civil society, government, funding community, and the broader public.The report, which was previewed at the recent Freedom from Slavery Forum, will be discussed at an upcoming event "Deloitte's Expert Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) Panel" featuring Justine Currell, deputy head of the modern slavery unit, UK Home Office; and Andrew Wallis, founder and CEO of nonprofit Unseen. Both Currell and Wallace helped drive landmark anti-slavery legislation forward in the United Kingdom.


JA Solar Launches 400MW Solar Cell Manufacturing Facility in Malaysia

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. ("JA Solar" or the "Company"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced the launch of its high-performance 400MW photovoltaic (PV) solar cell manufacturing facility (the "Facility") in Penang, Malaysia. The Facility, which is JA Solar's first manufacturing facility outside of China, is equipped to produce high-efficiency multi-crystalline solar cells for use in PV power generation. These cells will primarily be used to manufacture JA Solar modules outside of China to provide competitive product solutions for certain overseas markets. JA Solar invested approximately MYR300 million in the facility located in the Penang Bayan Lepas Industrial Park. The Facility will provide up to 700 job opportunities for the local economy, and is able to accommodate further expansion in production capacity as needed to meet growth in demand.


Almond Industry and Sustainable Conservation Launch New Partnership

The Almond Board of California and Sustainable Conservation, a conservation nonprofit that unites people to steward California's resources in ways that make economic sense, today announced a new partnership focused on exploring the potential of California's one million acres of almond orchards for groundwater recharge. The partnership launches just as California is entering a much-anticipated El Niño year, which could bring an exceptionally wet winter. Groundwater recharge returns water to underground aquifers, collectively California's largest water storage system, through managed flooding with seasonal floodwaters.


Rhone Launches Holiday Pop-Up Shop in SoHo, NYC

Rhone, the premier men's active wear and lifestyle brand, announces today its first foray into brick & mortar with the launch of their Holiday pop-up shop in New York City's SoHo neighborhood.  Rhone worked with Thor Equities to secure the temporary holiday space located at 292 Lafayette St. which officially opened its doors to the public on October 15, 2015 and will remain open through January 15, 2016. "We're excited to launch our first Rhone retail experience. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with our customers and understand how we can best serve them and our community," stated Nate Checketts, co-founder and CEO of Rhone. "We plan to take this knowledge and expand to other areas of the country to give as many people as possible a hands-on experience and access to the product."


R&B & Pop Legends The Commodores Sign Worldwide Management Deal With 21st Century Artists, Inc.

Today the Commodores, William A. King, Walter "Clyde" Orange, and J.D. Nicholas, announced signing to a worldwide management representation deal with 21st Century Artists, Inc., a New York City based firm. The platinum-selling Motown group is at the forefront of an already star-studded client roster. Toby Ludwig, President of 21st Century Artists, Inc. said, "The Commodores are one of the most influential R&B groups of all time. For two decades the group out-sold every one of their Motown label mates – including the Jackson 5. Yet, they have never rested on their laurels – they are a 'Brick House'. We look forward to building on their solid musical foundation to delight old fans and new."


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