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CBRE Achieves National Equality Standard in Property Advisor First

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:33pm

Following a robust assessment process, CBRE UK Ltd., the world's leading real estate advisor has been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES). CBRE is the first property services provider to achieve this accolade and the 22nd UK company overall.

The UK National Equality Standard was developed by business for business and sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion criteria against which companies are independently assessed. It is supported by EY, the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was involved in its development and launch and the standard is now utilised globally.

The NES assessment reviewed CBRE against 49 separate competencies focused on key topics such as; governance, culture, HR policies and processes, business planning, inclusivity, flexible working, leadership commitment and accountability, data as well as external relationships with CSR activities and the firm’s supply chain.

Achieving this accreditation, recognises our commitment to diversity. In a world where diversity, equality, and standards of ethics are increasingly important. We are very proud to set this benchmark for the property advisory sector. CBRE will continue to focus on equality, diversity and inclusion as this is a strategic business priority for our people and our clients.

Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director at CBRE

This achievement is significant recognition in how far we have evolved our business at CBRE, it is recognition to every leader, manager and employee of our business today. CBRE is a great and exciting place to work, we are on a continued journey to be world-class in everything we do.

Paul Hawtin, UK HR Director

Arun Batra, EY Director and CEO of NES commented:

“I am absolutely delighted that CBRE have obtained the National Equality Standard. The hard work that they have undertaken and the obvious commitment that they have demonstrated to their D&I agenda is something which they should be very proud of and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on this achievement.”

Simon Feeke, lead NES assessor added:

“CBRE have demonstrated tremendous progress in embedding their D&I ambition right through their business and HR processes with mechanisms for continuous review and measurement of progress.”

Business of Kindness - Washington, D.C. Regional Forum

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:33pm

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?

  • How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?

  • What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?

  • How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?

  • How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?

Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.

Opportunity Forward: 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:33pm

At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.

The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

  • The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

  • The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

  • Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed

  • Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good

  • Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory

  • Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

  • Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

  • Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton

The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.

NAMI Recognizes Smithfield Foods' Facilities for Environmental and Safety Achievements

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:33am

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recognized 43 of the company's U.S. facilities and hog operations for environmental achievements, as well as 24 company locations for workplace safety accomplishments. NAMI, the oldest and largest trade association representing meat packers and processors, presented the awards earlier this week at its Worker Safety and Environmental Recognition Awards program in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Environmental stewardship and workplace safety are core pillars of our industry-leading sustainability program," said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. "Protecting the employees we call family and the local communities we call home is essential to delivering on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way."

The NAMI Environmental Awards program recognizes companies that go beyond compliance by developing and implementing innovative environmental programs. It is a four-tiered program beginning with simple environmental compliance policies in Tier 1 and culminating with the more complex ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as Tier 4.

The NAMI Worker Safety Recognition Awards recognizes facilities for achieving high levels of safety performance as well as implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program, specifically injury and illness reduction efforts. The National Safety Council determines facilities' recognition level by analyzing both the Total Recordable Cases rate and the rate for Cases With Days Away from Work, Job Transfer, or Restriction (DART).

The award-winning facilities are listed below:

Environmental Award Winners

TIER 4

  • Algona, IA
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Burgaw, NC (American Skin Food Group)
  • Carroll, IA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Clinton, NC (Smithfield Duplin Marketing Company, LLC)
  • Crete, NE
  • Cudahy, WI
  • Denver, CO
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Grayson, KY
  • Junction City, KS
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Kinston, NC
  • Laurinburg, NC
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Mason City, IA
  • Middlesboro, KY
  • Milan, MO
  • Monmouth, IL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Orange City, IA
  • Peru, IN
  • Princeton, MO
  • Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Rose Hill, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Jose, CA
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Smithfield, VA (pork processing and packaged meats)
  • Smithfield, VA (Premium Pet Health)
  • Springfield, MA
  • St. Charles, IL
  • St. James, MN
  • Toano, VA
  • Warsaw, NC
  • Waverly, VA
  • Wichita, KS
  • Wilson, NC
  • Yuma, CO

Environmental Award Winners

TIER 2

  • Greenfield, IN

Worker Safety Award Winners

Award of Honor

  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Charlotte, NC (Stefano Foods)
  • Rose Hill, NC (Hog Production Division)
  • Rose Hill, NC (Smithfield Premium Genetics)
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Wilson, NC
  • Warsaw, NC (Hog Production Division)

Worker Safety Award Winners

Award of Merit

  • Algona, IA (Hog Production Division)
  • Clinton, NC (Hog Production Division)
  • Grayson, KY
  • Junction City, KS
  • Milan, MO
  • Milford, UT (Hog Production Division)
  • Omaha, NE
  • Orange City, IA
  • Peru, IN
  • Princeton, MO (Hog Production Division)
  • San Jose, CA
  • Springfield, MA
  • St. Charles, IL
  • Tar Heel, NC
  • Warsaw, NC (Hog Production Division)
  • Wichita, KS

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including SmithfieldⓇ, EckrichⓇ, Nathan's FamousⓇ, FarmlandⓇ, ArmourⓇ, Farmer JohnⓇ, KretschmarⓇ, John MorrellⓇ, Cook'sⓇ, GwaltneyⓇ, CarandoⓇ, MargheritaⓇ, Curly'sⓇ, Healthy OnesⓇ, MorlinyⓇ, KrakusⓇ and BerlinkiⓇ. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

MilliporeSigma Strengthens Corporate Responsibility Efforts With Nine New Signature Partnerships

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:32pm

Building on its commitment to accelerate scientific research and science education, MilliporeSigma today announced nine new or expanded partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations across the world. These long-term, multi-dimensional partnerships are designed to spark scientific curiosity and passion — paving the road for innovative breakthroughs with demonstrated impact and measurable outcomes.

“We have a long history of supporting innovative research- and education-based organizations, not only through financial investments, but also through the active involvement of our employees,” said Udit Batra, CEO, MilliporeSigma. “All of our signature partnerships include skills-based volunteer components, allowing our employees to bring their technical expertise and passion for science to communities around the world.”

To support today’s scientists in accelerating access to health, MilliporeSigma has announced several partnerships geared toward scientific research.

  • Boston Children’s Hospital—MilliporeSigma is supporting Boston Children’s Hospital with efforts spanning both scientific research and science education. This includes a donation to support the development of an injectable form of oxygen; hands-on science experiences for patients through MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Labs™ program; and a “Curiosity Cart” program to deliver science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, as well as virtual reality experiences for patients.

  • BioSTL—MilliporeSigma is partnering with BioSTL to advance St. Louis’ bioscience and innovation ecosystem through a variety of programs. The partnership will help local bioscience startups build their businesses through an entrepreneurship engagement component, in which MilliporeSigma employees will serve as mentors to help the startups solve problems. This partnership will also further BioSTL’s work to promote diversity, inclusion and equity by providing science education opportunities to female and minority students from local middle and high schools.

  • JDRF—MilliporeSigma is partnering with this leading global diabetes organization to support scientific innovation by creating opportunities to attract young, international scientists to pursue a career in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research through postdoctoral fellowship awards. MilliporeSigma employees will also participate in local community activities to raise awareness about T1D, raise funds for research and support local T1D communities.

  • Seeding Labs—Through an expanded partnership with Seeding Labs — which provides lab equipment, training and support to scientists in developing countries — MilliporeSigma will sponsor a new TeleScience online platform. Designed to accelerate teaching and research for thousands of scientists, this platform will include educational videos and sessions created and led by trained employees.

To spark curiosity in the next generation of scientists, MilliporeSigma has announced the following signature partnerships that focus on the advancement of science education.

  • Chemistry on the Go—MilliporeSigma is partnering with Tamkang University (Taiwan) on its Chemistry on the Go program to fund an additional mobile science lab — reaching more than 60,000 students annually. Employees from the company’s campuses in Taiwan will volunteer and provide guidance on experiment development. MilliporeSigma will also develop a structured professional development program for teachers.

  • Discovery World—Through a partnership with this interactive science and technology center in Milwaukee, MilliporeSigma will support the development of the “MilliporeSigma Virtual Explorer,” an exhibit that allows visitors to easily explore various science concepts using virtual reality equipment. Employees will assist with core scientific principles and engage thousands of students during MilliporeSigma Science Days.

  • Girlstart—MilliporeSigma is expanding its partnership with Girlstart to support its national expansion into Houston, Boston and St. Louis through the availability of summer camps and after-school programs. Employees will provide guidance on topics and lessons through extensive volunteer opportunities.

  • Technorama—Through a partnership with the Swiss Science Center Technorama, MilliporeSigma will help develop and operate a fully equipped, state-of-the-art branded wet lab, reaching more than 70,000 visitors annually. Technorama will use this lab to provide science-focused professional development for teachers throughout Switzerland. Employees will also collaborate with Technorama science education experts to develop new lessons for its innovative Curiosity Labs™ program.

  • KIPP St. Louis—MilliporeSigma is partnering with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) to expand and strengthen its middle school science program, increase access to science equipment and provide funding for two additional schools. Employees will donate their time and expertise, serving as mentors to students.

For more information on MilliporeSigma’s employee and community engagement initiatives, visit the Corporate Responsibility page here.

About the Corporate Responsibility Efforts of the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Through its corporate responsibility initiatives, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, harnesses the collective expertise, passion and energy of employees to minimize its environmental footprint and positively impact communities around the world.

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is uniquely positioned to solve the toughest problems in life science through its efforts aligned with strengths in research, innovation and collaboration with the global scientific community. This helps differentiate its business and provides a competitive edge for its customers, while accelerating access to health for people everywhere. The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility through extensive programs in three main areas: Greener Products and Solutions—which includes Design for Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Packaging and Recycling initiatives; Employee and Community Engagement; and Sustainable Operations.

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About the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global Life Science industry.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, Life Science and performance materials. The company has five businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Life Science and Performance Materials – and generated sales of €15 billion in 2016. Around 50,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. The company holds the global rights to the name and the trademark “Merck” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

UPS to Deploy First Electric Truck to Rival Cost Of Conventional Fuel Vehicles

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:32pm

 UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it  plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies – an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large scale fleet adoption. The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS) to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions.

“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline,” said Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS. “With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-built UPS® delivery fleet. The all electric trucks will deliver by day and re-charge overnight. We are uniquely positioned to work with our partners, communities and customers to transform freight transportation.” 

Workhorse claims these vehicles  provide nearly 400% fuel efficiency improvement as well as optimum energy efficiency, vehicle performance and a better driver experience. Each truck will have a range of approximately 100 miles between charges, ideal for delivery routes in and around cities. The class 5, zero emission delivery trucks will rely on a cab forward design, which optimizes the driver compartment and cargo area, increasing efficiency and reducing vehicle weight. The new trucks will join the company’s Rolling Lab, a growing fleet of more than 9,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.   

"This innovation is the result of Workhorse working closely with UPS over the last 4 years refining our electric vehicles with hard fought lessons from millions of road miles and thousands of packages delivered,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group. “Our goal is to make it easy for UPS and others to go electric by removing prior roadblocks to large scale acceptance such as cost.”

UPS will test the vehicles primarily on urban routes across the country, including Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. With zero emissions and lower noise, the electric delivery trucks will help UPS make its fleet cleaner and quieter, a  significant benefit in urban areas.

Following real-world test deployments, UPS and Workhorse will fine-tune the design in time to deploy a larger fleet in 2019 and beyond. Since most of the maintenance costs of a vehicle are associated with the engine and related components, UPS expects the operating cost of the new plug-in electric vehicle to be less than a similarly equipped diesel or gasoline vehicle. UPS’s goal is to make the new electric vehicles a standard selection, where appropriate, in its fleet of the future. UPS has approximately 35,000 diesel or gasoline trucks in its fleet that are comparable in size and are used in routes with duty cycles, or daily miles traveled similar to the new electric vehicles.

UPS has more than 300 electric vehicles deployed in Europe and the U.S., and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles. The company recently ordered 125 new fully-electric Semi tractors to be built by Tesla in 2019, the largest pre-order to date. Additionally, last September, UPS announced it will become the first commercial customer in the U.S. to start using three medium-duty electric trucks from Daimler Trucks Fuso brand, called the eCanter.

The initiative will help UPS attain its goal of one in four new vehicles purchased by 2020 being an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle. The company also has pledged to obtain 25 percent of the electricity it consumes from renewable energy sources by 2025 and replace 40 percent of all ground fuel with sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 percent in 2016.

UPS operates one of the largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the U.S. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.

For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

About Workhorse Group, Inc.

Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) is a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. We also develop cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that are fully integrated with our vehicles and enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. All Workhorse vehicles are designed to make the movement of people and goods more efficient and less harmful to the environment. For additional information visit www.workhorse.com.

T. Rowe Price Releases 2016–2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:31pm

T. Rowe Price has released its 2016–2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which is available at troweprice.com/CSRreport. The report details how CSR is an integral part of the firm’s culture and interwoven through its business, as demonstrated in how it invests for clients, associates, and communities.

Highlights from 2016 and 2017 include:

  • Recognized in 2017 by Pensions & Investments as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management.

  • Launched WAVE, MOSAIC, and PRIDE to serve as business resource groups for associates, charged with creating a more inclusive culture by advocating for women, minority, and LGBT+ associates.

  • 46% of senior-level new hires were diverse, with 32% female new hires and 23% minority new hires in 2016.

  • Associates volunteered 46,000 hours in the community in 2016.

  • $10.3 million in total firm giving to charitable causes in 2016.

  • 1.4 million people were reached through the firm’s financial education program, Money Confident Kids, in 2016.  

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per associate by 31% between 2010 and 2016. The firm’s total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 4% during that timeframe.

  • Strengthened the firm’s capabilities to analyze environmental, social, and governance investment considerations by hiring Maria Elena Drew to serve in the newly created role of director of research, responsible investing.

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Bill Stromberg, president and CEO of T. Rowe Price

“Our commitment to clients is unwavering, and so is our desire to bring about positive change in our communities. On behalf of our nearly 6,900 associates worldwide, I am proud and excited to share the results of our Corporate Social Responsibility program.

“Over the past two years, as president and CEO, I have been inspired by our associates’ long-term commitment to giving back to our communities. It speaks volumes about who we are and what we stand for.”  

About T. Rowe Price

Founded in 1937, Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS:TROW) is a global investment management organization with $1.05 trillion in assets under management as of January 31, 2018. The organization provides a broad array of mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools. T. Rowe Price's disciplined, risk-aware investment approach focuses on diversification, style consistency, and fundamental research. For more information, visit troweprice.com or our TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, and Facebook sites.

Download the CSR Report PDF here.

Heineken N.V. Publishes Combined Financial and Sustainability Annual Report 2017

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30am

(GlobeNewswire) - Heineken N.V. today published its combined financial and sustainability Annual Report 2017. HEINEKEN firmly believes in integrating sustainability in its business, therefore the company's sustainability strategy 'Brewing a Better World' is one of its four business priorities.   

HEINEKEN's financial highlights have been reported in its 2017 Full-Year results media release published on 12 February 2018, which can be downloaded from the company website.

Together with the 2017 Full-Year results, HEINEKEN announced its 'Drop the C' programme for renewable energy. The company aims to grow its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030. To drive a real change towards renewable energy the brewer will not purchase unbundled certificates to meet its reduction targets. Beyond production, in the next two years new science based reduction targets will be set for distribution, cooling and, for the first time, packaging.

HEINEKEN's 2017 sustainability highlights include the following:

  • HEINEKEN has surpassed its 2020 target for CO2 emissions in production by reaching 6.1 kg CO2 e/hl, down from 6.5 kg CO2 e/hl in 2016 (a 41% decline since 2008). Emissions decreased in absolute terms as well: even though production volumes were 57% higher in 2017 than in 2008, emissions were 7% lower.

  • Average water consumption in water-stressed areas decreased to 3.2 litres of water per litre of beer (2014: 3.8). Global average water consumption remained stable compared to last year, and decreased 29% compared to 2008, the baseline year for the 2020 commitments.

  • 28% of main raw materials came from sustainable sources (2016: 17%) with 42% of our agricultural raw materials used in Africa and the Middle East sourced locally. However, there is more to be done in sourcing agricultural raw materials used in Africa after challenging economic conditions impacted the ability to source locally within the continent.

  • 10% of total Heineken® media spend was dedicated to responsible consumption campaigns, in more than 70% of operating companies in scope.

The full Heineken N.V. 2017 Annual Report can be accessed and downloaded from the company website www.theHEINEKENcompany.com.

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About HEINEKEN:
HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a portfolio of more than 300 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders. We are committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management.

Through "Brewing a Better World", sustainability is embedded in the business and delivers value for all stakeholders. HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets. 

We employ over 80,000 employees and operate breweries, malteries, cider plants and other production facilities in more than 70 countries. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares trade on the Euronext in Amsterdam. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on Reuters under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. HEINEKEN has two sponsored level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programmes: Heineken N.V. (OTCQX: HEINY) and Heineken Holding N.V. (OTCQX: HKHHY). Most recent information is available on HEINEKEN's website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com and follow us on Twitter via @HEINEKENCorp.


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Avid Board to Add Daniel Silvers as New Independent Director

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30am

(GlobeNewswire) - Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID) ("Avid" or the "Company"), a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution and monetization of media assets for global media organizations, enterprise users and individual creative professionals, today announced that it would add a new independent director, Daniel B. Silvers, Managing Member of Matthews Lane Capital Partners LLC, to the Company’s Board of Directors.  The Board is expected to elect Mr. Silvers at its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 8, 2018.  The decision to add Mr. Silvers resulted from a thorough review process by the Company’s Nominating and Governance Committee and discussions with key shareholders, including Cove Street Capital, LLC (“Cove Street Capital”).  To allow for this appointment, the Board will increase its size to nine directors.

Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid stated, “Dan will bring extensive Board experience to our company.  With our strategic transformation complete, we are positioned to capitalize on our strong market position to generate profitable growth.  We believe that Dan’s experience and skills will complement the strong mix of experience and skills held by the existing Board members.”

“Our Board routinely evaluates its composition to ensure it encompasses a wide range of appropriate skills and expertise to provide increased value to shareholders,” continued Mr. Hernandez.  “We value the constructive discussions regarding the Board makeup with Cove Street Capital and are pleased to welcome Dan to our Board.”

Mr. Silvers stated, “I am honored to join Avid’s Board.  I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with my new colleagues on the Board and management team to support Avid’s further growth.  I am confident in the Board’s ability to work closely to realize the full potential of the company.”

“The addition of Dan to the Avid Board will undoubtedly bring a fresh perspective,” said Jeffrey Bronchick, Portfolio Manager and founder of Cove Street.  “We appreciate the collaboration and relationship we have had with Avid.  We believe Avid has outstanding value creation opportunities in the coming months and years.”

In connection with the Board’s decision to elect Mr. Silvers, Avid entered into a Standstill Agreement with Cove Street Capital, LLC.  Under this agreement, Cove Street Capital may not, during a standstill period described below, engage in certain activities, including, without limitation, soliciting proxies, acting in concert with third parties, seeking to effect or facilitate an acquisition of Avid, calling a special meeting, initiating or encouraging litigation against Avid, or making certain public statements or disclosures. The standstill period is the duration of the initial term for which Mr. Silvers is appointed (and such longer period as Mr. Silvers continues to serve on the Board), except that the standstill period will end ten days prior to the deadline for the submission of shareholder nominations for the annual meeting of Avid’s stockholders in 2019, if Mr. Silvers has tendered his resignation on or before such date and such resignation is due to a disagreement with the Avid Board that has been set forth in writing.  The agreement also requires Cove Street Capital, during the same period, to vote its shares of Avid stock for director candidates nominated by Avid and in accordance with the Board’s recommendations on specified other matters. Further details on the standstill agreement will be contained in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed by Avid.

About Daniel B. Silvers

Daniel Silvers is the Founder and Managing Member of Matthews Lane Capital Partners LLC.  He serves as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Leisure Acquisition Corp.  He serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Inspired Entertainment, Inc.  He also currently serves as Lead Independent Director on the board of directors of PICO Holdings, Inc.  He has previously served on the boards of directors of International Game Technology, Universal Health Services, Inc., bwin.party digital entertainment plc, Forestar Group, Inc., Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. and India Hospitality Corp., as well as serving as President of Western Liberty Bancorp, an acquisition-oriented company which bought and recapitalized Service1st Bank of Nevada, a community bank in Las Vegas, NV.  In 2015, Mr. Silvers was featured in the National Association of Corporate Directors' "A New Generation of Board Leadership: Directors Under Age 40" list of emerging corporate directors.

About Avid

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Whole Planet Foundation Launches Annual Prosperity Campaign in Whole Foods Market

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30am

On March 1, Whole Planet Foundation launches its Annual Prosperity Campaign to alleviate poverty around the globe for the world’s poorest people – mostly women – living in communities where Whole Foods Market® sources products. This year’s campaign goal is to raise $3 million to increase the foundation’s current reach of 72 countries and 16 U.S. cities. 

“Shopper generosity during the Annual Prosperity Campaign is tremendous. Whole Foods Market customers are part of a global movement of empowering women to change their own lives through their own hard work,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director. “A loan as small as $11 can shift a women’s self-perception and power her potential to see her own value, have the courage to become a businesswoman and generate income for herself and her family. This campaign enables us all to contribute.”  Because Whole Foods Market covers the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every donation benefits microcredit clients.

The average first loan size supported by Whole Planet Foundation is $183 and the loans do not require a formal contract or collateral.  In some parts of the world where women are often marginalized with little say in decisions, these small loans make a mighty impact.  Microcredits cannot guarantee that a woman will escape poverty herself, but they provide a chance for her to become a participant in her community’s economy, improve her family’s living conditions, and increase nutrition and education for her children.

For example, Maimuna is a microcredit client of Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partner Reliance in The Gambia in West Africa. Maimuna sells bread, dried fish and breakfast items in the village of Nyimina Dankunku where she lives with her family. With her loan of 5,000 Gambian Dalasis (about $117), Maimuna purchased ingredients for the food she prepares. On a good day, she can take home a profit of 300 Gambian Dalasis (about $6).  Microentrepreneurs in the United States run businesses including food carts, flower stands, artisan goods, mobile nail salons, and jewelry, shoes and clothing sales. 

“Since 2006 we have funded 2.6 million microloans providing 14.5 million opportunities for a better life. The microfinance organizations we partner with are experts in poverty alleviation and we are seeing reductions in global poverty,” said Philip Sansone, Whole Planet Foundation president and executive director. “We couldn’t do this work without our generous supplier partners who have donated a remarkable ten million dollars for these critical efforts.”

Amplifying this year’s Prosperity Campaign, suppliers to Whole Foods Market are donating $1.2 million to fund 36,000 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs around the world to change their own lives.  Suppliers donating $100,000 each include Allegro Coffee Company, Chobani, Frontier Co-op, Naked Juice, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, and Wallaby. Suppliers donating $50,000 each include Alaffia, Bonafide Provisions, Boulder Brands, Hain Celestial, Hiball Energy, IZZE, ORGANIC INDIA, Sambazon, Seventh Generation, Traditional Medicinals and Weleda.

Learn more about the transformative power of microcredit at Whole Planet Foundation, watch the documentary Living On One Dollar to understand extreme poverty, and join the Prosperity Campaign in Whole Foods Market stores or online to power the potential of women entrepreneurs worldwiide.

Food Forward

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30am

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a forward-looking summit around the future of food. During the FOOD FORWARD summit, we'll explore the innovations and emerging technologies that are changing the future of food: autonomous tractors, ground-based sensors, flying drones, vertical farming, new trends in supply chains and infrastructure, and more. Learn more and register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/food-forward

ZDHC Recognizes GreenScreen Certified™ by Clean Production Action as Indicator of Level 1 MRSL Conformance

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:30am

Today Clean Production Action and the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme announced GreenScreen Certified™ as the newest accepted certification standard for ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) Conformance.

“The ZDHC MRSL is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials, leather, and trim parts in textiles and footwear,” explained Scott Echols, Programme Director at ZDHC. “The ZDHC MRSL conformance process offers brands, material suppliers, and product finishers a choice of recognized and accepted options to demonstrate MRSL conformance. We are proud to announce the GreenScreen Certified™ Standard for Textile Chemicals as the sixth ZDHC Accepted provider of services to indicate Level 1 conformance to the ZDHC MRSL.”

GreenScreen Certified builds from Clean Production Action’s widely acclaimed chemical hazard assessment tool, GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals. GreenScreen defines the path to safer chemicals for industry standards and ecolabels, like the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard for green buildings, BIFMA’s LEVEL® standard for sustainable furniture, and EPEAT standards and TCO Certified for electronics.

“We are excited to integrate GreenScreen into ZDHC’s community of users,” highlighted Shari Franjevic, GreenScreen Program Manager at Clean Production Action. “We have over 60 textile chemical formulations certified to GreenScreen. Formulators use GreenScreen Certified to communicate achievement and suppliers and brands use GreenScreen Certified to select products.  All members of the value chain benefit by meeting or exceeding their sustainability goals while reducing their regulatory and reputational risks related to chemicals.”

All levels of GreenScreen Certified – bronze, silver, and gold – achieve ZDHC MRSL Level 1 conformance and can be included and verified in the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module. Formulators with GreenScreen Certified products, including Beyond Surface Technologies, Epygen Labs, Kemin Industries’ Garmon brand, and TLP International, can now list them in the ZDHC Gateway.

The Garmon brand, recently acquired by Kemin Industries, is the forward-looking R&D leader in total chemical solutions for garment finishes. Garmon was the first chemical formulator with GreenScreen Certified products. “GreenScreen Certified gives us the platform to clearly communicate our commitment to environmentally sound solutions for the denim and fashion industries,” highlighted Kimberly Nelson, Textile Auxiliaries – Business Development Manager of Garmon Chemicals for Kemin Industries.

To learn more about GreenScreen Certified and ZDHC MRSL Conformance contact us at greenscreen@cleanproduction.org

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About Clean Production Action

Clean Production Action’s mission is to design and deliver strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products. Our tools – including GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals and the Chemical Footprint Project – simplify the complexity of reducing the chemical footprint of hazardous chemicals. Our collaborations such as the BizNGO working group provide effective platforms for businesses and leaders from nonprofit, investment, government, and academia to work together to advance safer chemicals and healthy materials.

About the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme 

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme is an industry coalition of over 85 contributors working together to eliminate and substitute hazardous chemicals from the global textile, apparel, leather,and footwear value chain.  

ZDHC’s vision is the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry driving innovations and best practices in textile, apparel, and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers, and the environment.

For more information about the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme, visit: http://www.roadmaptozero.com.

Smithfield Bioscience and University of Virginia Announce Regenerative Medicine Research Partnership

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:29pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and the University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science announced today a research partnership to explore and advance regenerative medicine technologies leveraging porcine bioproducts. The research is part of a collaborative project between UVA and Smithfield Bioscience, a strategic business platform within Smithfield Foods that is focused on supporting a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication and regenerative medicine.

“Nearly one million Americans suffer from injuries, disorders, and diseases that result in a significant amount of skeletal muscle loss each year,” said Courtney Stanton, vice president of Smithfield Bioscience and Renewable Bioproducts. “From our wounded veterans to babies born with a cleft lip to those who have suffered traumatic accidents, there is an overwhelming need for bioengineered skeletal muscle. This research and partnership with UVA is a promising step toward meeting this demand.”

The goal of this research is to develop and test a tissue-engineering process for skeletal muscle repair and regeneration using porcine-derived materials. Leveraging these porcine materials has its advantages because it can be muscle-specific prior to implantation and more easily accepted by the human body. Researchers will also conduct proof-of-concept studies, which are a critical step in pursuing clinical trials.

“The research partnership between UVA and Smithfield Bioscience represents engineering at its best, as this partnership seeks to leverage the strengths of both organizations to ultimately use engineered cells and tissues as products that will benefit patients,” said Frederick H. Epstein, professor and chair of UVA’s Biomedical Engineering Department and professor of radiology and medical imaging.

This research is an important part of a larger consortium of about 100 organizations, including Smithfield and UVA. These organizations are coming together under the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, which is working to accelerate regenerative tissue research and creating state-of-the-art manufacturing innovations in biomaterial and cell processing for critical Department of Defense and civilian needs.

George Christ, a UVA professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery, Mary Muilenburg Stamp professor of orthopedic research in the School of Medicine, and co-director of UVA’s new $3 million Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing, explained, “There’s been a tremendous amount of money and time spent on research and development in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, but the ability to manufacture the cells, tissues, and biomaterials needed on a scale large enough to truly transform patient care doesn’t exist. By partnering with Smithfield Bioscience and leveraging porcine bioproducts, we are hoping to help change all of that.”

Dr. A. Bobby Chhabra, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery for UVA Health System, said, “We are hopeful that this research collaboration will reveal new technologies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, which would revolutionize the treatments physicians provide to patients with injuries involving large-scale muscle loss associated with upper and lower extremity trauma.”

For more information about UVA’s Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing, please visit uva-advancedbiomanufacturing.com.

For more information about Smithfield Bioscience, please visit smithfieldbioscience.com.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including SmithfieldⓇ, EckrichⓇ, Nathan's FamousⓇ, FarmlandⓇ, ArmourⓇ, Farmer JohnⓇ, KretschmarⓇ, John MorrellⓇ, Cook'sⓇ, GwaltneyⓇ, CarandoⓇ, MargheritaⓇ, Curly'sⓇ, Healthy OnesⓇ, MorlinyⓇ, KrakusⓇ and BerlinkiⓇ. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About Smithfield Bioscience

Smithfield Bioscience is a strategic platform of Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. Established in 2017, Smithfield Bioscience leverages byproducts from the meat production process for the development of pharmaceuticals, regenerative medicine, nutraceuticals, and medical device solutions. Smithfield leads the industry in developing these types of cutting edge initiatives, which support a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication and regenerative medicine. For more information, visit www.smithfieldbioscience.com.

About UVA Engineering

As part of the top-ranked, comprehensive University of Virginia, UVA Engineering is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected engineering schools. Outstanding students and faculty from around the world choose UVA Engineering because of our growing and internationally recognized education and research programs, focused on developing interdisciplinary solutions to global challenges. Our mission is to make the world a better place by creating and disseminating knowledge and by preparing future engineering leaders. Learn more at engineering.virginia.edu.

Workplace Productivity and Ethics: Building Integrity

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:29am

By, Cynthia Curtis, Senior Vice President, JLL  

Winston Churchill once wisely noted: “We shape our workplaces and thereafter, they shape us.”  Some 50 years after his death, his insight has enormous implications for the sustainability field as well as a broader impact on Wall Street itself.  In fact, the design and use of commercial office space influence a host of important topics on the sustainability agenda including ethics, employee wellbeing, engagement and worker productivity ~ all legitimate proxies for that elusive brass ring of return on investment.

As one of the largest global commercial real estate companies, JLL has a vested interest in backing up that kind of bold statement.  It comes as no surprise to the sophisticated sustainability professional or her colleague in the investor relations department that a successful sustainability strategy rests to a large part on the “built environment.”  The often-referenced statistic ~ approximately 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by buildings ~ is a clarion call for good corporate citizens to attend to their bricks and mortar.  Traditionally we have focused on how we can reduce our footprint through more efficient use of energy and conscientious disposal of our waste, and the payback statistics are now irrefutable.

However, a “best in class” approach suggests there is a lot more to be gained when you leverage the workplace as an ally. The way we design, develop and operate the workplace has profound impacts to our handprint: the people side of the sustainability equation.

In a recent research study conducted by JLL, 64% of respondents say that workplace surrounds clearly influence the ethical environment and 81 percent believe that open office plans, which cause staff to be more visible to one another, generally promote improved behaviors when compared to individual office plans.  Particularly considering the ongoing revelations about workplace harassment and abuse, JLL’s lessons learned have broad implications to the CSR community.

“When we first really understood the data, we were surprised by the strong correlation between the open floor plan and positive employee conduct,” explained JLL’s Global General Counsel, Mark Ohringer. “Simply put, when people work in an open floor plan, it is more difficult for them to do ‘bad’ things.” Data culled from JLL’s workplace productivity research reveals additional benefits to the triple bottom line attributed to emerging types of office space, including less absenteeism; increased collaboration; lower turnover and higher levels of employee engagement.  These more social KPIs are gaining legitimacy among investors who can now link the S in ESG to higher stock price and long-term value-add.  

Employee engagement was a focal point of the recent SRI Conference where fund managers consistently spoke to the need for companies to provide fuller disclosure about these types of non-financial metrics that drive value as one way to advance the sustainable responsible investment or SRI approach.

Data from Gallup shows that organizations with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every one actively disengaged employer experienced 147% higher earnings per share compared to the competition. And according to the consultancy Global Tolerance, almost half of the British workforce now wants to work for an organization that has a positive impact on the world. 

Net-net: developing an engaged workforce makes financial sense.

Our bottom line?

JLL is seeing a growing interest by clients in evaluating the socio-economic impact of their buildings and leveraging their workplaces as their ally to deliver bottom line impact.  Leading companies in the real estate sector are increasingly able to quantify their positive contributions to social value.  Why does it matter? Because more people are seeking purpose at work or demanding that their employers act according to ethical principles.  The following comments from our clients say it best.

Comments from clients with open workspaces:

  • “Employees are more aware of openness and sharing in the office and are less likely to commit ethics violations as a result.”

  • “Having open office space clearly makes it more difficult for someone to commit unethical acts (like sexual harassment or inappropriate internet use) …We simply no longer get these kinds of complaints about people in open office configurations.”

Consumers Energy Announces Clean Energy Breakthrough Goal: 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions, Zero Coal by 2040

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:27pm

Consumers Energy and CMS Energy today announced Consumers Energy’s plans to meet Michigan’s energy needs reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also said today that more than 40 percent of the energy produced will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040.

In the past five years, Consumers Energy has created a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for the state by taking a leadership position in reducing air emissions, reducing water usage, saving landfill space and boosting the amount of renewable energy supplied to customers. This continued transformation to cleaner fuel sources is part of a long-term strategic commitment to protect the planet. 

“Our actions speak louder than words and we have a track record of doing more than is required.  Our actions to date have reduced our carbon intensity by 38 percent, reduced our water usage by 35 percent and avoided over one million cubic yards of landfill disposal. We are still not satisfied. The goals announced today represent our further commitment to leave Michigan far better than we found it, because we live here, too,” said Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy & CMS Energy.

The company also announced new 5-year environmental goals for Michigan water, waste and land, including:

  • Water: save 1 billion gallons of water;

  • Waste: reduce waste to landfills by 35 percent; and

  • Land: enhance, restore or protect 5,000 acres of land in Michigan.

Consumers Energy has served Michigan with safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 130 years, and boasts a strong track record of environmental stewardship. The company:

  • Ranked as one of the Top 10 Greenest Companies in the Nation and the #1 company in Michigan in Newsweek’s annual rankings just last month.  This recognition reflects Consumers Energy’s commitment to environmental principles that are good for the people of Michigan.

  • Scored highest for sustainability performance among U.S. utility companies and ranked 16th among 195 global utilities, as assessed by Sustainalytics, for the second consecutive year.

  • Began moving away from coal by closing seven of its twelve coal-fired generating plants in 2016 – more than any investor-owned utility that year, resulting in a 38 percent carbon intensity reduction from 2008 levels.

  • Received the Governor’s 2017 Excellence in Recycling Award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Helped residential and business customers save over $1 billion with energy efficiency programs since 2009.

  • Announced in 2017 a Large Customer Renewable Energy Tariff program which allows large job-providing companies who elect to generate 100 percent of their energy with renewable sources from Consumers Energy.

  • Owns and operates two wind farms – the Lake Winds and Cross Winds energy parks – and operates two utility-scale solar projects at Western Michigan and Grand Valley State universities. In addition the company utilizes energy from the Apple Blossom wind park; and co-owns the Ludington Clean Pumped Storage facility, a hydroelectric plant on Lake Michigan.

  • The company is also investing in modernizing its natural gas infrastructure across the state, which is more safely delivering energy to Michigan customers while reducing greenhouse gas emissions as gas is transported.

Consumers Energy is embracing a cleaner, leaner vision focused primarily on reducing energy usage and adding additional renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. The strategic roadmap for reaching its clean energy goal by 2040 will be published later this year when the company files its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with the Michigan Public Service Commission.

“We’re proud and uniquely qualified to provide the strong leadership needed to protect our planet and our home state for decades to come,” added Poppe.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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This news release contains "forward-looking statements." The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause CMS Energy’s and Consumers Energy’s results to differ materially. All forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to time in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. 

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

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iCause to Increase Nonprofit Engagement

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 1:27pm

iCause seeks to simplify volunteerism and community involvement by bridging the gap between nonprofits and individuals, to make their engagement more sustainable.

Over the last few years, many sources have reported a decrease in the US volunteer rate. According to Tess Srebro of VolunteerMatch some reasons for this trend are:

  • Nonprofits lack the resources to effectively engage volunteers

  • Individuals have less time on their hands due to increased work and stress

  • A shift away from community involvement due to the emergence of social media

  • The international climate causing people to move more often in their lifetime

There is an endless supply of reasons that could explain why volunteer rates are falling. Last year, upon seeing the results, VolunteerMatch President Greg Baldwin argued that volunteer rates are falling because the US, as a nation, doesn’t invest enough resources in the nonprofit sector.  Without resources, nonprofits simply don’t have the capacity to effectively engage volunteers.

“iCause solves this problem by providing a free marketing, events, and rewards software suite for nonprofits. This unique and proprietary platform is perfect for engaging and rewarding volunteers who are involved with cause.” Kevin McAhren, CEO

The number one goal of iCause is to reverse the decrease in volunteerism and improve nonprofit engagement.

To learn more about iCause and to find events: https://events.icause.com

Disclaimer: iCause PBC is the source of this content.

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Prevention Action Alliance and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation Team to Join First-of-Its-Kind Prescription Drug Safety Network

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:26am

Prevention Action Alliance, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and Everfi today announced a new digital education initiative aimed at combatting opioid misuse and empowering Ohio high school students with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions about prescription medications.

Prevention Action Alliance and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation partnered with leading education technology innovator EVERFI, Inc. to provide the digital curriculum to select high schools across Southeastern Ohio, all at no cost to the schools. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, the digital course teaches students about prescription medications, specifically focusing on proper use, the safe disposal of unused or expired medications and strategies for how to handle situations involving misuse.

One in five high school seniors report that they have misused prescription drugs at least once, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Prescription drug misuse continues to be a major issue in Ohio, resulting in the death of 564 of our fellow Ohio residents in 2016,” said Marcie Seidel, executive director of Prevention Action Alliance. “The Prescription Drug Safety Network will help schools across Ohio create safer, healthier environments that are more conducive to learning and which protect their students.” 

Through the partnership, Prevention Action Alliance and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation join the Prescription Drug Safety Network, the nation’s first public-private initiative to combat prescription drug misuse by providing prevention education to schools. The national coalition is comprised of a variety of partners, including state leaders, healthcare companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies and foundations.

“The nation’s opioid crisis demands a collaborative approach, particularly at the community-level. This partnership reflects our commitment to provide communities in Ohio and across the nation with the resources needed to help prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation who is also Executive Vice President and Chief Communications & Administration Officer at AmerisourceBergen. “At AmerisourceBergen, we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. Expanding access to educational resources, like Everfi’s evidence-based digital courses, is a critical component to helping combat the opioid abuse.”

Established in 2014, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable giving organization focused on supporting health-related causes that enrich the global community. As part of its multi-pronged approach to combat the nation’s opioid abuse, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation in December launched a municipal support program that aims to promote the safe disposal of opioids. Through the program, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation will provide municipalities across the country with resources, like drug deactivation pouches and products, to deactivate expired or unused prescription medications.

“Prescription drug abuse has dealt a devastating blow to communities across the country, yet there are few initiatives aimed at positively preventing the abuse before it occurs,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. “We are extremely proud to welcome Prevention Action Alliance and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation to this network of leaders across multiple industries and thank them for their commitment to investing in prevention education.”

About Prevention Action Alliance
Prevention Action Alliance is a 510(c)3 nonprofit based in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness. The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, a program of Prevention Action Alliance, supports and connects adults and youth to build and expand youth-led prevention programs. To learn more, visit www.preventionactionalliance.org.

About AmerisourceBergen Foundation
Established in 2014, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation focuses on health and wellbeing initiatives that improve patient outcomes including pharmaceutical accessibility programs, pharmaceutical adherence programs and health improvement research. The Foundation aims to enhance healthcare delivery and improve access. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is a separate not-for-profit charitable organization distinct from AmerisourceBergen Corporation. For more information on the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, visit: www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.

About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas with more than 4,300 partners in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. EVERFI is an industry convener that builds Networks to tackle the toughest social issues, including the Campus Prevention Network, a coalition of higher education institutions committed to campus sexual assault and alcohol abuse prevention; and the Financial Capability Network, a coalition of industry leaders dedicated to improving financial outcomes for communities across the country. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, and The Rise Fund.  

Xylem Named to Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:12pm

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company, has been ranked number 10 on Barron’s inaugural 100 Most Sustainable Companies list, which was announced in its February 3, 2018 issue. Xylem was also ranked number 2 on Barron’s Special Report: The Most Sustainable Industrials. The full report can be found here.

“It is a great honor to be included among this auspicious group of sustainable companies, and we’re very pleased that our results have placed us in the top 10 on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies list,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem Inc. “At Xylem, it’s not just what we do that matters, but how we do it. Sustainable practices are woven into every aspect of our operations and business strategy. They define how we help our customers solve their water and infrastructure challenges, how we run our own operations, and how we treat our colleagues and give back to the communities in which we work and live. This recognition reflects the commitment and dedication of all our 16,500-plus colleagues who strive every day to make the world a better place by solving water.”

To determine the rankings, Barron’s partnered with Calvert Research and management, which analyzed the 1,000 largest publicly held companies, measured by market capitalization, with headquarters in the United States. According to the report, each company wasrated on its demonstrated responsibility in five stakeholder categories: shareholders, employees, customers, planet and community. Stock performance was not considered as a criterion in this ranking.

In December 2017, Xylem was named one of America’s Most JUST Companies, according to Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States on issues such as worker pay and treatment, job creation, healthy products and communities, environmental impact, and more.

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.

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