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established in Danajon Bank and the Bantayan Islands in the Philippines in 2012, Net-Works has announced both local and global expansion, with a third collection hub activated in Northern Iloilo in the Philippines, and a hub currently being established in the Lake Ossa region of Cameroon, where nets used for freshwater fishing create a similar environmental challenge. Net-Works sets a new goal post in the journey towards tru ly inclusive business models, and provides an example of how Interface is progressing on its pat h to "Mission Zero," a 20-year-old, company-wide promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. JLL - Ai x Facilities Management Business Intelligence & Optimization Tool A benchmarking and business intelligence application, Ai X enables C-suite and corporate real estate (CRE) executives to compare costs and facilities management service levels at the site, portfolio and industry levels, quickly and with real- time operating data. Powered by technology from UMS Group, JLL's Ai X uses UMS' extensive database and vendor management software to aggregate, normalize and analyze data from 5,000 facilities that JLL manages on behalf of its clients. Through Ai X , users can benchmark their real estate operations against an industry-leading collection of financial and service delivery data in 10 major facilities management service categories. JLL experts use Ai X to provide performance models, optimization scenarios, data visualization and gap analyses for clients' unique strategic priorities. Clients have repor ted t hat Ai X led to faster adoption of standardized service delivery and more cost-efficient vendor contracts, as well as more effective use of reliable data to build a business case for real estate and facilities investments. Ai X brings together facility intelligence and expert analysis to help companies improve efficiencies, cut costs and optimize service levels in their facilities management operations. What makes the Net-Works program unique is its strong socio-economic benefit. Artisanal fishers and community members who generally live at or below the poverty level can earn supplemental income and benefit from new community banking infrastructure. Keeping these nets out of the water and off the beaches and reefs ensures their primary source of income – namely, local marine life – stays healthy and intact, while opening up to them a supplementary source of income. Communities get the best possible price for the nets and are empowered to clean up their coastlines and waters. Participants become inclusively part of a global supply chain— an opportunity not otherwise available in their villages. And the loans that community banks provide funds opportunities for new businesses such as seaweed farms, a n d e d u c a t i o n f o r village children. F o l l o w i n g t h e successful pilot of the ne t c ol le c t ion hu b s GIA 2015 A woman holds a carpet tile made from waste fishing nets. Global Innovator's Award Finalists "...it is possible not only to effectively tackle this growing environmental problem, but to also empower some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Philippines..." September/October 2015 | the LEADER 55

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