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Sustainability Thought Leaders and Innovators to Come Together at Yale University

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:36pm

Sustainability professionals from around the world will gather at Yale University this October 9-12 for four days of thought-provoking lectures and interactive discussions at the third annual Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum.

The Forum’s small class size fosters an environment of idea sharing and gives participants and speakers an opportunity to interact one-on-one. The distinguished speakers are thought leaders and innovators of sustainability drawn from Yale's own renowned faculty and beyond. They collectively offer an essential set of strategies and sustainability principles to guide our institutions, governments, businesses, and societies.

Forum Director and Professor Daniel C. Esty brings to the Forum decades of thought leadership on environmental law, policy, sustainability innovation, and public-private partnerships. He will lead discussions on sustainability and climate change.

Forum speakers will share a rich set of insights with participants and are all eminent in the field of sustainability:

  • The U.S. State Department's former top climate change lawyer and a key architect of the Paris Climate Agreement, Susan Biniaz, will teach a module on climate change negotiations.

  • A pioneer of industrial ecology, Professor Marian Chertow will lecture on new frontiers of the circular economy and industrial symbiosis.

  • Anthony Leiserowitz, an acclaimed expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, will discuss climate change communications.

  • Professor Gary Brudvig will offer a primer on energy literacy, including what we need to create a new energy future.

  • Professor of Green Engineering, Julie Zimmerman, will highlight the latest innovations in green design.

  • One of the nation's best-regarded environmental law professors, E. Donald Elliott, will teach a module on how environmental law and policy are evolving.

  • David Lubin, a world leader in the field of corporate performance management, will teach a module on sustainable investing.

  • Professor Brad Gentry will lead a dynamic session on land conservation and emerging strategies for land protection.

  • Professor Ken Gillingham will offer his insights on environmental economics in the age of 21st century sustainability. 

  • Long-time international climate change negotiator James Cameron will discuss global perspective on sustainability

To view the agenda, click here. To view the speaker line-up, click here.

Participants of the 2017 Forum praised the depth and breadth of the candid discussions and felt confident that they left Yale inspired and armed with a myriad of innovative and practical takeaways. Participant Jeffrey Gracer, Principal at Sive, Paget & Riesel commented, "The Forum helped broaden my horizons with perspectives from many different academic and practical disciplines, provided useful suggestions for interdisciplinary collaboration, and inspired me and other participants to play a more visible leadership role in our respective spheres of influence. I highly recommend the Forum for anyone who wants to get outside of their day to day professional bubble and be energized by great thought leaders." 

The Forum is designed to advance sustainability thought leadership and to inspire sustainability action. Applicants from every corner of the world and every sector are invited to join the third cohort on the Yale University campus. Space is limited.

Early bird applicants receive a 30% discount on tuition before August 31st. Scholarship opportunities are available for a limited time.

For more information on the Forum and to apply, please visit sustainability-forum.yale.edu.

Smithfield Foods Honors Employees and Facilities with Environmental and Sustainability Awards

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:36pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. has honored multiple facilities and employees with Environmental and Sustainability Awards, recognizing efforts that helped Smithfield save more than 1.1 billion gallons of water, more than 8.8 million kilowatts of electricity, and more than 21.1 million pounds of solid waste generation in 2017.

Smithfield President and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth M. Sullivan, honored the award recipients earlier this week at a ceremony during the company’s annual Environmental and Sustainability Conference. This conference is designed to engage employees on the company’s sustainability program through case studies, presentations, and breakout sessions.

“Sustainability is firmly ingrained in our company’s culture and is integrated into every aspect of our domestic and international operations,” said Sullivan. “Our employees work tirelessly to do things the right way – the sustainable way – and these award-winning teams exemplify those efforts.”

The facilities honored are instrumental to Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability program. Their efforts to improve resource efficiency support Smithfield’s larger sustainability goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2025 throughout its entire supply chain.

“These teams demonstrate the direct impact that employees throughout the company have on our sustainability goals,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “Each of the more than 54,000 members of the Smithfield Family help contribute to our industry-leading position in sustainability. Their hard work not only strengthens our company and sustainability program, but positively impacts the communities we call home.” ­­­

Environmental and Sustainability Award winners received $5,000 and the facility honored with the President’s Award received $10,000. Each winning team donated a portion of the prize to the charity of their choice.

PRESIDENT’S AWARD WINNER

Springdale, Ohio

Implemented a new ingredient purchasing process, which resulted in annual waste reduction of 32 tons and annual savings of more than $520,000.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Denison, Iowa

Improved water utilization by capturing water for reuse in three separate operations, resulting in an annual savings of $36,000.

Starachowice, Poland

Reduced water consumption by 20 percent and discharge by 10 percent by utilizing ultrasonic equipment to identify underground water leaks.

Animex Opole, Poland

Improved energy efficiency by 20 percent, decreased hot water production by 185,000 gallons, and decreased natural gas consumption by 6,300 cubic meters per month by expanding and modernizing its steam condensate return system.

Kinston, North Carolina

Improved fuel efficiency by 49 percent and reduced GHG emissions by recognizing and resolving inefficiencies in refrigeration units on trailers. This facility was also recognized for developing an award-winning system to capture product, previously sent to rendering, which reduces waste.

Orange City, Iowa

Reduced annual waste 250 tons by identifying a local biofuel producer to utilize the material as an alternate landfill disposal.

Warsaw, North Carolina

Developed a semi-annual standard operating procedure for cleaning equipment, reducing cost, reducing equipment downtime, and saving 3,000 bushels of corn used for animal feed annually.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Included the local fire department in its mock ammonia release, which included real-world emergency scenarios and facility evacuation.

Junction City, Kansas

Implemented an engaging employee training activity to identify intentionally created errors in refrigeration system flow charts.

Sioux City, Iowa

Volunteered and created a weekly schedule to perform maintenance on a local park for persons with special needs.

East Central Region, North Carolina

Provided a two-day presentation to 800 elementary students in Duplin County, North Carolina, including hog farm demonstrations and activities to support the students’ curriculum. 

Omaha, Nebraska

Eliminated unnecessary packaging from product and reduced waste material by 15,000 pounds annually.

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, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Aug. 11 (8-11) Serves as Convenient Reminder for Michigan Residents to Always Contact 811 before Digging

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:35am

With summer outdoor projects still in full swing, Aug. 11 or 8-11, serves as a natural reminder for Michigan residents to contact MISS DIG 811 before digging to have underground utilities marked.

“At Consumers Energy, we care about the communities where we live, work and serve. We are committed to raising awareness about safe digging practices by urging that everyone contact MISS DIG 811 to have underground utilities marked before they pick up a shovel or use power excavation equipment,” said Charles Crews, vice president of gas operations. 

Every hour in the U.S. more than six damages to buried utilities occur because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Through June, there have been 961 reports of damages to Consumers Energy underground facilities, 125 of which were caused by homeowners. In 85 percent of these incidents homeowners did not contact MISS DIG 811 before digging.          

While there is no requirement to contact MISS DIG 811 unless you are using power equipment, over half of utility damages are caused by homeowners who are hand digging.

Those planning digging projects should contact MISS DIG at 811 or submit an online locate request at www.MISSDIG811.org at least three business days before work is to begin. Utilities will then mark the requested digging site with flags, spray paint or both to show the approximate location of underground lines. The service is free of charge.

It is important to be aware of the location of utility lines because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground line exists. The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, including erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Visitwww.call811.com or www.MISSDIG811.org for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

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.

Media Contacts

Debra Dodd, 586-918-0597 or Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394

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

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RNG Clears the Air in Texas

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:35am

In partnership with Independence Fuel Systems (IFS), GAIN Clean Fuel announces the opening of a new public natural gas fueling station in Dallas, Texas, that will dispense premium, renewable natural gas (RNG). The station is conveniently located along I-20, between I-35 East and I-45 at 8181 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX, 75241.

GAIN Clean Fuel is a market leader in production, procurement and delivery of compressed natural gas (CNG) and RNG – the cleanest sustainable energy solutions for the transportation industry, capable of reducing emissions up to 125%, through efficiencies during fuel production and use.

The Dallas location, like all other GAIN Clean Fuel and Fast Flow stations, was designed to easily accommodate class 8 vehicles and constructed with only the finest equipment to provide fast-fill capabilities, delivering unmatched reliability, and reduced fuel times.

“This station will allow leading companies to reduce their transportation-related emissions – satisfying greenhouse gas targets and improving air quality for communities in the greater Dallas area,” says GAIN Clean Fuel President Mike Koel. “We’re committed to providing the best level of service at all of our stations, indicated by our unrivaled 99.7% site uptime.”

“IFS has been a great partner, instrumental in the expansion of our natural gas fueling network throughout Texas,” Koel adds. “We look forward to supplying this station and all other IFS locations with RNG from one of the many development projects we have online.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to further our mission of helping build America’s energy independence by providing high quality CNG stations,” said Kevin Russell, CEO at IFS. “We’re proud to have FastFlow CNG serve this region.” 

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Photo caption: New natural gas station at 8181 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX, 75241.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Alison Fiebig
Corporate Communications, U.S. Venture, Inc.
(920) 915-4389
afiebig@usventure.com    

Stephanie Lowney 
Marketing Manager, GAIN Clean Fuel
(920) 730-7134
slowney@usgain.com  

Matt Russell
FastFlow CNG/IFS
(903) 753-0242
MattR@ifsfuel.com                                                 

About GAIN Clean Fuel
GAIN Clean Fuel®, a brand of U.S. Gain®, is the very best choice for sustainable energy solutions that reduce emissions for a cleaner tomorrow. We proudly partner with forward-thinking organizations to satisfy their sustainability objectives through the use of compressed (CNG) and renewable (RNG) natural gas. Our 50+ station network, ample access to RNG and deep roots within the transportation industry allow for an efficient, profitable transition to alternative fuel. As a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., we are committed to Finding a Better Way. This progressive way of thinking creates strong, lasting relationships and leads to innovative solutions that ultimately give our customers a competitive edge. For more information, please visit: www.gaincleanfuel.com.   

About U.S. Venture
For more than 65 years, U.S. Venture, Inc. has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket. Guided by its company vision, “To be the very best value-adding distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America,” they deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge. Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company’s business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce®, U.S. Lubricants and U.S. Gain.

About Independence Fuel Systems (IFS)
Texas-born and Texas-based in Longview, FastFlow CNG owns and operates CNG Fueling stations for public and private use. Our extensive background in natural gas pipelines and production enables us to source the highest possible gas pressures. When combined with our patented fuel dispensing technology – FastFlow CNG delivers incredibly fast fill times – Guaranteed.

Hurricane Recovery Assistance Still Available for Military Families

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:34pm

As America prepares for the 2018 hurricane season, Operation Homefront, thanks to generous support from the Walmart Foundation and others, are ensuring that military families in Florida and other locations impacted by the devastating series of natural disasters in 2017 are not forgotten.  The need to assist these families continues, as temporary federal programs and moratoriums that were implemented to support the victims of these disasters are now expiring.

Military families from Puerto Rico who were displaced by these disasters and are now living in Florida and other locations on the U.S. mainland are eligible for assistance.

Military families residing in “Declared Disaster” areas who sustained damage from 2017 natural disasters throughout the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the USVI, are also encouraged to apply for assistance through the organization’s Critical Financial Assistance program.  

Operation Homefront can provide military and veteran families in need of assistance with hotel and temporary residence payments, mortgage/rent payments, utilities, auto payments/repairs, auto insurance, and food assistance.  All needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Critical Financial Assistance is available to support families of sick, ill or injured military veterans who left military service with an honorable discharge within seven years (or after September 11, 2001 for home repair assistance); as well as those actively drilling National Guard and Reserve personnel.  To qualify, families must show a critical need for assistance.  Detailed information on eligibility criteria is available at the Operation Homefront’s website, visit OperationHomefront.org.  Military families may call 877-264-3968 to receive assistance from an English- or Spanish-speaking caseworker who can help them complete their application.

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About Operation Homefront: 

Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

Aligning Business with the Global Goals: 3BL Media SDG Webinar Series Features Las Vegas Sands, August 23, 2 p.m. ET

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:34am

3BL Media’s live professional development series focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues in August with Las Vegas Sands, the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts.

This will be the third installment of the series, which is free to attend and designed for corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals. “Aligning Business With the Global Goals: Las Vegas Sands Takes Action” is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. ET. 

“Las Vegas Sands has been working diligently on sustainability, with its first five-year environmental reporting cycle commencing in 2011,” said Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, who will act as moderator for the event. “The company has embraced both the SDGs and science-based targets, and will discuss business drivers, milestones and overcoming challenges in hopes of inspiring peers to join in the effort to achieve the Global Goals.”

In September 2015, the UN officially introduced the SDGs to transform our world and “leave no one behind” by 2030. The goals were adopted by 193 nations, and the UN has called for broad-based support of the SDGs, including active involvement by the private sector.

Starting with a single property in 1990, the footprint and impact of Las Vegas Sands now extends worldwide, from Nevada and Pennsylvania to Macao and Singapore. The company has 51,000 Team Members and a global sustainability program dubbed Sands ECO360. 

Presenting on “Aligning Business with the SDGs: Las Vegas Sands Takes Action” will be Katarina Tesarova, vice President of global sustainability, for Las Vegas Sands.

For background on Las Vegas Sands, review the 3BL Media profile page and the Sands Eco360 2017 Environmental Progress Report.  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

About 3BL Media

3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled audience that is passionate about sustainable business.

Contact:
Dave Armon
3BL Media
darmon@3blmedia.com
+1.802.444.0177

Consumer Goods Companies Come Together in Colombia to Promote Healthier Lifestyles

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:34am

 The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has brought together its members from across the region in support of promoting healthier diets and lifestyles to consumers in Colombia. Grupo Bimbo, Cencosud, Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive, The Coca-Cola Company, Grupo Éxito, Kellogg's, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Postobón and Procter & Gamble are all participating in the CGF’s Collaboration for Healthier Lives initiative that provides in-store education and advice to customers about nutrition, personal care, physical activity and informed purchasing decisions.

The “Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life” programme originally ran back in May 2017, reaching 12,000 customers across eight Carulla, Grupo Éxito, Jumbo and Metro stores in Bogotá. This new phase, however, hopes to reach more than 40,000 customers as it expands the programme to 37 Grupo Éxito and Cencosud stores in Bogotá and Medellín. With expert nutritionists onsite, as part of instore health stations, customers will be able to get the very best advice and information on how to enjoy a balanced diet, manage portions, ensure proper hygiene, understand food labels and stay active.

The Consumer Goods Forum is the only organisation that brings together consumer goods retailers and manufacturers globally, and its work to empower consumers to adopt healthier diets and lifestyles is a key strategic initiative. It brings together members to collaborate on key topics impacting the industry, addressing both global and regional challenges through knowledge and best practice sharing, and through action. This latest drive in Colombia is just one example of how CGF members are collaborating on the issue of consumer health, with successful programmes also being run in the US, Japan, Costa Rica and Turkey, with more in the pipeline.

"Our members continue to work together, as retailers and manufacturers, regardless of whether we are competitors, with a collective approach to promoting healthier and active lifestyles, and to learn from each other on how best to address public health issues in Latin America, " said Erika Rodriguez, Regional Manager, Latin America of The Consumer Goods Forum.

Points of Sale

  • Bogotá: Éxito La Colina, Éxito Gran Estación, Éxito Villa Mayor, Éxito Salitre, Éxito Calle 80, Éxito Norte, Éxito Occidente, Éxito Américas, Éxito Chapinero, Éxito Floresta, Carulla Street 140, Carulla Pepe Sierra, Carulla Country, Carulla Street 102 , Carulla Chía, Carulla Corner of the Hill, Jumbo Santa Ana, Jumbo Hayuelos, Jumbo 170, Jumbo Santafé, Jumbo Street 80, Jumbo Boulevard, Jumbo Chía Sabana, Jumbo Suba, Jumbo Titan.

  • Medellín: Éxito Bello, Éxito Colombia, Éxito Poblado, Éxito Laureles, Éxito Mayorca, Éxito Unicentro, Éxito del Este, Carulla Oviedo, Carulla Visitación, Jumbo Street 65, Jumbo Las Vegas, Jumbo Santafé, Jumbo Rionegro. 

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

​The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

Press Contact:

Erika Rodríguez
Regional Manager, Latin America
The Consumer Goods Forum
Cell + 57 302 339 09 33
e.rodriguez@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:34am

Innovative partnerships, where businesses can work with and leverage the assets of governments, NGOs, and civil society can help develop creative, sustainable, and scalable solutions that can create significant impact. The partnerships and the technologies that make this possible is the focus of Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good, a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

This event will bring together business leaders, technical experts, and on-the-ground partners that are shaping the future of innovation and social impact. Participants will share how their organizations leverage new technologies and digital innovations, including blockchain, design thinking, virtual reality, robotics, data collaboratives, and cloud analytics to increase access and equity to individuals and communities.

Learn more and register here: https://goo.gl/osXZa9

Humana Highlights Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals in Newly Released Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:33am

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, today released its 2016-2017 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. In the comprehensive report, Humana, for the first time, announces the company’s alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), becoming one of the first U.S. health insurers to commit to the international targets.

“While we have made significant impacts in the local communities we serve, we realize our responsibility as a leading healthcare company is to ensure that we’re operating our business in a sustainable way,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Humana’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Just as we approach member health holistically, our SDG commitments are an example of how we’re taking a big picture view of what it means to be a health and well-being company in the world today. At Humana, our focus on social responsibility is all about the investments we’re making to help people improve their health.”

The company conducted an analysis of its corporate responsibility efforts and commitments against the SDGs and identified three goals that align with the existing Humana CSR pillars: Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance. They include:

  • Goal 3: “Good Health and Well-being” aligns with Healthy People. The UN goal that calls for organizations to reduce deaths from chronic illness and cover essential health services echoes Humana’s responsibility as a health services provider and purpose to help people achieve their best health.

  • Goal 12: “Responsible Consumption and Production” aligns with Healthy Planet. The UN’s call for sustainable consumption and production patterns is in line with Humana’s environmental sustainability efforts.

  • Goal 8: “Decent Work and Economic Growth” aligns with Healthy Performance. The goal that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all fits well with Humana’s values-driven culture and focus on inclusion and diversity – creating work environments where everyone feels welcome and safe to be their true selves.

Humana’s Accomplishments

Humana’s alignment with the SDGs comes to life through the company’s Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance CSR platform.

The Healthy People pillar details Humana’s efforts to improve the health of its employees, its members, and the communities in which it operates.

  • The Bold Goal is Humana’s commitment to helping the communities it serves become 20 percent healthier by 2020. In 2017, four of the original seven Bold Goal communities (Knoxville, Tenn., Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans and San Antonio) demonstrated improved health as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Days tool. This was due, in part, to strong relationships fostered among physicians, patients and community groups.

The Healthy Planet pillar addresses Humana’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which correlates with the company’s journey to help people achieve lifelong well-being.

  • Humana employees rallied around company environmental goals set in 2014 and have since reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than six percent and diverted 40 percent of waste (that would have gone to landfills) by using less and recycling more.

    Humana has also continued to pursue its goal to reduce energy consumption, and just hit its target of a 5 percent reduction (compared with a 2013 baseline) as of June 30, 2018 – thanks in part to investments in building efficiency improvements, the optimization of building occupancy rates, and new energy-efficient processes.

In 2018, Humana has set new environmental goals, including commitments to:

  • Decrease the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 percent each year (compared with 2017 emissions) over a five-year period – from 2018 through 2022

  • Divert 60 percent of its waste from landfills by 2022

Healthy Performance is Humana’s commitment to excellence in business standards and practices. Humana is dedicated to implementing best practices in the healthcare industry by promoting inclusion and diversity in its workforce, supporting employees’ professional development through training programs and holding its suppliers to high standards.

  • Humana increased the number of employee-led network resource groups (NRGs) to eight in 2017 by starting an NRG for employees living with disabilities. NRGs provide personal, experience-based forums for exchanging ideas, building community, and driving measurable business outcomes. Now, more than 25 percent of Humana’s employee population participate in NRGs, and those who do report higher scores in the areas of purpose and belonging on the company’s well-being index.

To learn more about Humana initiatives that are improving health, view these newly created videos highlighting Humana’s efforts to improve the health of its:

  • Employees: Humana’s 100 Day Dash, an annual friendly walking competition for employees and their families, inspires participants to integrate more activity into their lives and get at least 10,000 steps each day.

  • Members: At a Humana Center in Mesa, Ariz., the Humana Charity Crafters group brings members together in support of local cancer patients and each other, as members establish strong social bonds.

  • Communities: Humana’s Iora Primary Care partnership helps senior patients overcome barriers to health and helps improve the health of local communities one patient at a time.

The 2016-2017 CSR report content was collected and reported in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most recognized standards for environmental, social and governance reporting. GRI is an independent international organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues.

To learn more about Humana’s accomplishments and new SDG commitments in alignment with the Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance platform, read the 2016-2017 CSR Report (humanacsr.com).

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders

  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings

  • Most recent investor conference presentations

  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls

  • Calendar of events

  • Corporate Governance information

T. Rowe Price Releases 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Update

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:33am

T. Rowe Price has released its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Update, which is available at troweprice.com/CSRreport. The firm publishes a full CSR Report bi-annually, and the 2017 Update offers new data to complement and update information previously reported in the 2016 – 2017 CSR Report.

Highlights from the 2017 Update include:

  • Achieved a perfect 100 score on the Corporate Equality Index published by the Human Rights Campaign.

  • 27% of the firm’s U.S. workforce are minorities and 44% of its global workforce are women.

  • Associates volunteered 43,000 hours in the community in 2017.

  • $22.4 million in total firm giving to charitable causes in 2017.

  • 4.3 million people were reached through the firm’s financial education program, Money Confident Kids, in 2017.  

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by -14.6% between 2010 and 2017. While the firm’s associate population grew by 57.5% during that timeframe, it reduced greenhouse gas emissions per associate by 45.8%.

QUOTE

Renee Christoff, head of Corporate Responsibility T. Rowe Price

“We are pleased to share our progress and how the firm is having a positive impact. Corporate Responsibility isn’t just a nice-to-do at T. Rowe Price—it is an integral part of how we operate as a global investment manager. Our client first philosophy attracts people who have a desire to serve others and that translates into how we invest for clients, our associates, and our communities.”   

ABOUT T. ROWE PRICE

Founded in 1937, Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: TROW) is a global investment management organization with $1.044 trillion in assets under management as of June 30, 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 TwitterYouTubeLinkedInInstagram, and Facebook sites.

Microsoft, AT&T and Nike on AI

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:32pm

We’re on the threshold of a new era, where rapid advances in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, cloud computing, and automation will transform how we live and work.

Ethical Corporation has just published a new 40-page briefing that delves into the impact of AI on business and society and I wanted to send this across to you -you can access the report here.

There’s 40-pages of expert response and analysis from the likes of Danone, Nike, Flex, AT&T, PwC, Infosys, Microsoft, Sodexo and many more on:

  • All change: How AI is disrupting business

  • The reskilling challenge: Who will mind the robots?

  • Apocalypse soon? Fears rise of AI arms race

  • AI for good: How tech could transform sustainability

  • Machine learning: Automation case studies

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HanesBrands Reconocida Como Una de las Compañías Más Admiradas de CentroAmérica Y El Caribe

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:32pm

La revista Forbes reconoció a HanesBrands, empresa socialmente responsable líder en el mercado prendas para vestir de uso cotidiano, como una de las compañías más admiradas de Centroamérica y el Caribe. Hanes es la única compañía del rubro textil y de confección que forma parte de este primer ranking realizado en la región.

Para identificar y seleccionar a las 30 empresas más admiradas, Forbes realizó una encuesta con públicos de interés, estudiantes y consumidores en siete países. La encuesta evaluó los distintos atributos claves de cada compañía, incluidos el valor de la marca; la reputación; la calidad de los productos y servicios; el compromiso medioambiental; la innovación; la imagen corporativa, la inclusión de mujeres; la presencia local y global; y la responsabilidad social.

"Es un honor para HanesBrands ser reconocida por nuestras operaciones que más allá de tener un impacto directo en la vida de nuestros empleados y sus familias, también lo tiene en las comunidades donde operamos", dijo Javier Chacón, director global de operaciones para HanesBrands. "Especialmente estamos muy orgullosos de los más de 30,000 empleados que trabajan en nuestras operaciones en Centroamérica y el Caribe, quienes son finalmente los responsables de nuestro desempeño estelar en la región durante los últimos 45 años."

A diferencia de la mayoría de las compañías en la industria textil y de confección, Hanes manufactura principalmente en plantas propias en 20 países alrededor del mundo, incluyendo en la República Dominicana, El Salvador, Honduras y Puerto Rico. La compañía ha obtenido múltiples premios y reconocimientos internacionales, entre ellos:

  • Ser nombrada una de las 25 mejores compañías multinacionales para trabajar en América Latina por el Great Place to Work Institute en 2015 - la primera clasificación de este tipo para cualquier fabricante de ropa.

  • Obtener el Sello FUNDAHRSE de Empresa Socialmente Responsable durante ocho años consecutivos, así como ser premiada cinco veces por el Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía por sus prácticas y programas de responsabilidad social.    

  • Recibir el Premio de The Ethical Corporation de Empresa Responsable por el compromiso de sus empleados en el 2016. El innovador programa filantrópico de Hanes, Viviendo Verde (Green for Good) en Centroamérica y el Caribe, abarca tres de los pilares de responsabilidad social corporativa de Hanes: compromiso ambiental, voluntariado y desarrollo de las comunidades.

    El programa utiliza los ahorros de la gestión energética y reciclaje para financiar proyectos comunitarios enfocados en educación, salud, protección medioambiental y socorro en casos de desastres naturales, todos apoyados por empleados voluntarios.

    Desde 2010, más de 15,000 empleados de Hanes han donado 600,000 horas de su tiempo para completar un total de 70 proyectos realizados con el apoyo de U$ 4 millones de dólares en fondos aportados por la compañía. Los proyectos incluyen renovaciones de escuelas y hospitales, clínicas médicas, proyectos de potabilización de agua, siembra de árboles y limpieza de playas.

Para más información, visite www.hanesforgood.com.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands es una empresa socialmente responsable, líder en el mercado de ropa interior y de uso cotidiano a lo largo de las Américas, Europa, Australia, Asia y el Pacífico. La compañía comercializa camisetas, sostenes, ropa interior, fajas y moldeadoras, calcetines, medias y ropa deportiva bajo algunas de las marcas más reconocidas globalmente incluyendo a Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, y Bras N Things. Para más información sobre la compañía y sus galardonadas iniciativas de responsabilidad social corporativa, visite  www.Hanes.com/corporate o la sala de prensa newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Conéctese con HanesBrands a través de nuestras redes sociales, en Twitter y en Facebook.

Contactos:

Carole Crosslin
HanesBrands
336-519-3201

Mariana Mora (Español)
O’Malley Hansen Communications
312-377-0630

HanesBrands Recognized as One of Most-Admired Companies in Central America and the Caribbean

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:32pm

Forbes magazine has recognized HanesBrands, a socially responsible manufacturer and marketer of leading everyday basic apparel, as one of the most-admired companies in Central America and the Caribbean. Hanes is the only apparel company included in the region’s inaugural ranking.

To identify and select the 30 most-admired companies, Forbes conducted a survey with stakeholders, students and consumers in seven countries. The survey evaluated company attributes, including brand value; reputation; quality of products and services; environmental commitment; innovation; corporate image; female inclusion; local and global presence; and social responsibility.

“HanesBrands is honored to be recognized for our operations, which have a direct and positive impact on our employees and their families, as well as the communities where we conduct business,” said Javier Chacon, chief global manufacturing operations officer for HanesBrands. “But, most of all, we are incredibly proud of the 30,000-plus employees in our Central America and Caribbean operations who ultimately are responsible for our stellar performance in the region for 45 years.”

Unlike most companies in the apparel industry, Hanes primarily manufactures its garments in company-owned plants in 20 countries across the globe, including in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Puerto Rico. The company’s supply chain operations have earned multiple awards and international acclaim, including:

  • Being named one of the 25 best multinational companies to work for in Latin America by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2015 – the first such ranking for any apparel manufacturer.

  • Earning the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility Seal for eight consecutive years and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Award five times for socially responsible practices and programs.  

  • Receiving a 2016 Responsible Business Award for best employee engagement from The Ethical Corporation. Hanes’ innovative Viviendo Verde (Green for Good) philanthropic program, which operates in Central America and the Dominican Republic, mobilizes three of Hanes’ corporate social responsibility pillars – environmental commitment, employee volunteerism and community improvement.

    The program utilizes savings from energy-management and landfill-diversion efforts to fund community projects focused on education, health, environmental protection and disaster relief that are conducted by employee volunteers. Since 2010, more than 15,000 Hanes employees have donated 600,000 hours to complete 70 projects supported by $4 million in company funding. Projects have included school and hospital refurbishments, medical clinics, clean water projects, tree plantings and beach cleanups.

For more information, visit www.hanesforgood.com.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, and Bras N Things. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook.

Contacts:

Carole Crosslin
HanesBrands
336-519-3201

Mariana Mora (Spanish language)
O’Malley Hansen Communications
312-377-0630

The CGF Sustainable Retail Summit Heads to Lisbon

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:31am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) will be hosting its annual Sustainable Retail Summit (SRS) in Lisbon, Portugal on 25th-26th October. The two-day event, now in its third year, has quickly become an influential addition to the FMCG calendar for those organisations looking to drive positive change and support sustainable business practices that benefit people and planet, as well as business. Bringing key industry experts and stakeholders together to explore solutions, share best practices and create global networks that are a force for good, the 2018 edition will see an even stronger focus on behaviour change, transparency, innovation and technology, and how these topics cut across all areas of sustainable business.

The SRS will once again provide insights into how organisations are working collaboratively to overcome today’s leading sustainability and health challenges, including food waste, deforestation, consumer health and forced labour. And, new to the agenda this year, solid waste and plastics. Never has this topic been more front and centre and you'll hear first‐hand how our industry is looking to do its part to protect the oceans and shift towards a circular economy. Delegates will also be treated to insights from the BBC's Blue Planet II team, who will be sharing their learnings from filming the award-winning TV programme. Discussions will also address how the CGF's newly-launched Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative is best-placed to support the development of socially and environmentally responsible supply chains and ensure trust in sustainability standards worldwide.

And, back by popular demand, the SRS’s interactive workshops return, as does the impressive list of CEO speakers who will ensure delegates understand what it means to drive positive change from the top down. There will also be ample networking time for delegates to get together and develop global networks of like-minded industry peers.

The event is open to both members and non-members of The Consumer Goods Forum and will take place at the Dom Pedro Lisboa. It will bring together 300 change agents from the private sector, government and civil society. Speakers include:

  • Fernando Manuel Ferreira Araújo, Secretary of State for Health, Portuguese Government

  • Hans Van Bylen, CEO, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

  • Mike Coupe, CEO, Sainsbury’s

  • John Ross, President & CEO, IGA, Inc.

  • Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum

  • Alice Webb, BBC TV Executive and James Honeyborne, Executive Producer, Blue Planet II

  • Susana Correia de Campos, Head of Employee Relations & Internal Social Responsibility, Jerónimo Martins

  • Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer

  • Isabelle Grosmaitre, Alimentation Initiative Catalyst, Danone

  • Demir Aytaç, Chief Human Resources Officer, Migros Ticaret A.S.

  • Hugo Byrnes, VP Product Integrity, Ahold Delhaize

  • Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder of Futerra. Author of The Happy Hero - How to Change Your Life by Changing the World

  • Tiago Pitta e Cunha, CEO, Oceano Azul Foundation

  • Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars, Incorporated

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “The Sustainable Retail Summit is a great example of what makes the CGF unique. Led by the industry’s CEOs, the CGF is all about collaboration to implement positive change at scale on issues that consumers care about. The SRS addresses the issues Millennials and younger consumers care most about – a healthy and sustainable future. It makes collaboration easier, by bringing together leaders, not just practitioners from multiple stakeholders for two concentrated days of inspiration and best practice sharing”.

Pedro Soares dos Santos, Chairman and CEO of Jerónimo Martins, said, “Today’s pressing challenges cannot be addressed by one company on its own. Plastics, waste, deforestation, forced labour, health through food and the role that digital tools can play in promoting a more sustainable use of our planets’ resources demand for a collective effort. Regardless of where we operate our businesses, we are all exposed to globalisation through our supply chains and therefore we need to be ready to embrace complexity and act together to make positive change happen in the world. This is exactly where the Sustainable Retail Summit becomes an unmissable opportunity to engage in transformational discussions and build a common roadmap for a better future”.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

Press contacts:

Louise Chester
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.chester@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

/Journalists seeking accreditation for the event, including access to all sessions and networking events, should contact Lee Green, l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com /

Expanded SupplyShift Essentials™ Solutions Delivered

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 4:26pm

SupplyShift recently released their SupplyShift Essentials solutions that allow companies to quickly align responsible procurement strategies with best practices in their industry.  Each Essentials solution comes complete with ready-to-send assessments, built-in scoring methodologies, and pre-built analytics dashboards, all designed to streamline progress toward a company’s specific goals for supply chain responsibility and risk management. 

“Responsible sourcing has become a requirement for brands, especially for their Millennial consumers who drive the majority of consumer spending,” said Alex Gershenson, CEO at SupplyShift.  “Customers are demanding responsible sourcing, and companies are expected to know the details of their supply chains to ensure that their suppliers maintain the same socially and environmentally responsible sourcing standards that they do.”

In today’s connected world, the reputation of a company depends on the practices of all their suppliers – all the way to the source. SupplyShift provides a cloud-based platform to seamlessly gather intelligence about supply chains and the analysis tools critical to make informed procurement decisions.  While many organizations understand the need to implement responsible sourcing strategies, they often struggle with putting in place systems or processes to accomplish their goals.  SupplyShift Essentials provides a high quality, simple, and low-cost entry point for responsible sourcing.

Essentials Solutions Availability 

Through strategic partnerships, SupplyShift has initially made available five standard Essentials solutions specific to various industries.  The most recent one is the SupplyShift Coffee Library, which is a suite of purpose-built solutions for coffee supply chains designed in collaboration with leading industry groups and advisory partners. The other current Essentials solutions are: The Sustainability Index (TSC) Essentials, Paper, Pulp & Packaging Essentials, Labor and Modern Slavery Essentials, and the Non-GMO Project Essentials.  Additional Essentials solutions will be made available over the coming months in apparel/textiles, sugar, and other sectors. 

About SupplyShift      

SupplyShift provides a comprehensive network to seamlessly gather and analyze supplier and supply chain data, connecting companies to de-risk and improve supply chains while helping brands build sustainable supplier networks that are both consistent and responsible. SupplyShift’s cloud-based platform allows for reliable data management and performance measurement, secure traceability for supply chain transparency, and improved collaboration throughout the entire supply chain. We believe that, when properly managed, a company’s supplier network can deliver incredible value for the company, the greater economy, and can play an important role in changing our world for the better.

For more information, press only:
Contact: Jamie Barsimantov
Tel: +1.415.935.3681
Email: jbarsimantov@supplyshift.net 

Product:
www.supplyshift.net/solutions/essentials

Smithfield Foods Sponsors Scholarships for North America’s Largest Environmental Education Program

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 1:26pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced its donation of scholarship awards for the National Conservation Foundation’s (NCF) 2018 International Envirothon Competition where 250 high school students compete in teams to demonstrate their environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills.

The 2018 NCF Envirothon is the final round of an environmental education program and competition that attracts more than 50,000 high school students across the U.S., Canada, and China annually. In teams, students competed in hands-on and in-class activities to demonstrate knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues during regional and statewide competitions leading into the national event. The winning teams progressed to the 2018 NCF Envirothon Competetion, which took place July 22 through July 28 in Pocatello, Idaho. Smithfield Foods awarded scholarships to the top three teams, totaling $30,000, during the competition’s awards presentation ceremony on July 27.  

“The National Conservation Foundation applauds every student who participated in this year’s competition. Participants brought innovative and progressive research to advance sustainability efforts, which is a collective win for the environment,” said Tim Reich, vice chair of the NCF Board of Trustees. “We are so proud of all of the students’ dedication to better preserving our natural resources through their environmental efforts, and are thankful for the support we have received from Smithfield to be able to recognize and honor these students.”

In addition to financial support for scholarships, Smithfield employees donated their time and expertise to the program. During the regional, statewide, and national competitions, Smithfield employees served as volunteer advisors to lead training sessions, facilitate program curriculum, and coordinate activities.

“Smithfield Foods is honored to support Envirothon for the fourth year in a row, and to once again provide scholarships to the top three teams from this year’s competition,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “The students involved with this program consistently impress us, and we are confident that their future accomplishments will play a meaningful role in creating a more sustainable tomorrow.”

Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability program is focused on five pillars: Animal Care, Environment, Food Safety and Quality, Helping Communities, and People. The company actively supports NCF and its efforts to advance environmental education, aligning with both Smithfield’s environmental initiatives and its commitment to support the vitality of local communities through education.

For more information about Smithfield’s sustainability program, recent achievements, and industry-leading environmental programs, visit Smithfield’s most recent Sustainability Report available HERE.

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. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About NCF-Envirothon

NCF-Envirothon is a hands-on, environmental problem-solving, leadership development program that includes a competition involving high school students annually throughout North America. Participating teams complete training and testing in five natural resource categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues. The program combines in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences to provide a natural resources encounter for students.

NCF-Envirothon works in partnership with local conservation districts, and their state associations, forestry associations, educators, school officials, and cooperating natural resources agencies to organize and conduct competitions on the local, regional, state and/or provincial level. Winning teams from each state and province advance to a final competition for the opportunity to compete for recognition, scholarships and prizes as well as an understanding of natural resources issues. For more information on this exciting program visit www.envirothon.org.

Launch of Collaboration for Healthier Lives Initiative to "Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life" in Costa Rica

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:26am

Costa Rica has joined the global Collaboration for Healthier Lives movement.

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has successfully concluded a three-day campaign to support consumers in Costa Rica to adopt healthier diets and lifestyles. The “Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life” campaign was supported by CGF members Automercado, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Bimbo, Lala, Kellogg's, P&G, SC Johnson, Mars, Merck, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Sigma, Unilever and Walmart and ran from 27th-29th July in two stores in Costa Rica: Automercado de Alajuela and Walmart de San Sebastián.

The campaign is part of the CGF’s global health and wellness agenda and its Collaboration for Healthier Lives initiative that brings the CGF’s global membership, including retailers and manufacturers, together to collaborate regionally alongside other key stakeholders. In Costa Rica, the aim is to empower consumers to adopt healthier choices to support a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle. Specific information that was made available included the importance of a balanced diet, ensuring a caloric balance, controlling food portions and how to read and understand food labels.

Healthy stations at the Automercado de Alajuela and Walmart de San Sebastián, guided consumers so that they have more tools available to support their well-being and that of their families. During the initiative, customers were guided by different experts who gave advice and assistance around healthy habits and routines, accompanied by the partnering brands.

The 15 participating members of the CGF are working towards a common goal, to provide consumers with different tools that help them make a positive change in their daily lives by making increasingly healthier decisions. They understand that by working together as an industry, and with consumers, they can contribute to helping people adopt active and healthy lifestyles.

According to Nielsen, a global data measurement and analysis company, in its 2015 Global Health and Wellbeing Report, 54% of consumers in the region think they are overweight and 56% are doing something to lose weight. At the same time, they reflect that trends in the purchase of foods and beverages that have functional benefits or are low in calories have been strengthened with a 16% increase in sales. In addition, 75% of Latin Americans are interested in changing their diet, 63% are starting to exercise regularly and 48% are looking to reduce food portions that they consume.

The health and wellbeing of consumers is a priority issue in CGF members’ strategies and companies are united on the need to raise awareness around the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The "Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life" campaign was first launched in Bogota, Colombia in 2017 and will be heading to other countries across Latin America in the near future.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

Press Contact:

Erika Rodríguez
The Consumer Goods Forum
e.rodriguez@theconsumergoodsforum.com 

Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

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