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Tiger Fuel Company Pioneers a New Way To Reverse Environmental Impacts

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:04pm

The Markets of Tiger Fuel Company have partnered with Green Gas, at all nine of their locations in Central Virginia to encourage consumers to reverse their cars’ environmental impact at the gas pump. By simply agreeing to donate through an on-pump prompt, drivers can donate to GreenTrees, the leading reforestation carbon program in North America. With every turn of the wheel, Market customers can be part of the solution to regenerate forests in North America.

Donating just one dollar at The Market pumps is certified by Green Gas to absorb 189 pounds of carbon emissions, the exact amount of pollution emitted from the average 10 gallon fill-up. Since rollout, Market customers have already planted enough trees to absorb the carbon emissions of 144,000 miles driven on Virginia roads. To help supercharge the initiative, The Market is offering a free coffee to all donors.

The Market is the first gas station chain in Virginia to support the Green Gas project on its pumps, making it a pioneer in the retail fuel industry.  This partnership is part of an ongoing commitment by Tiger Fuel Company to support sustainable practices, following the company’s recent installation of solar panels at two of its newest locations.

“Sustainability is one of our core business principles,” said Gordon Sutton, president of Tiger Fuel Company. “We couldn’t be happier to offer such a unique program that enables our customers to express their environmental values.”

Consumers interested in supporting Green Gas and removing their car’s carbon emissions from the air can visit any of The Markets’ nine locations in Charlottesville and surrounding areas.

The Market Locations

The Market at 5th Street
1154 5th St SW
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 971-6614

The Market at Mill Creek
1335 Parham Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 817-1570

The Market at Bellair
2401 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 971-6608

The Market at Pantops
1192 Richmond Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 293-6796

The Market at Cherry Avenue
701 Cherry Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 293-5288

The Market at Preston Avenue
601 Preston Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 328-8266

The Market at Lake Monticello
53 Turkey Sag
Palmyra, VA 22963
(434) 591-0713

The Market at Locust Grove
32301 Constitution Highway
Locust Grove, VA 22508
(540) 854-4085


About Tiger Fuel Company
Tiger Fuel Company is a dependable full-service energy provider and a complete petroleum products distributor for Central Virginia. Tiger is the area's largest distributor of home heating fuels, and offers one-stop shopping for all your petroleum needs, and represents the following major brands: Exxon, BP, CITGO, and its own private label, EXCEL. Tiger also operates nine Markets, a chain of convenience stores featuring a gourmet-to-go food menu, as well as ten All American Car Wash locations in Central Virginia. For more information, please visit www.tigerfuel.com

About Green Gas
Headquartered in Boston, Green Gas is a nonprofit partner to fuel retailers, a leading provider of carbon neutral fuel solutions, inventing new environmental action tools for the greater public good and connecting millions of people to climate change solutions at gas pumps across the US. https://greengasmovement.org/

About GreenTrees
GreenTrees® is the largest reforestation program in North America with more than 120,000 acres of trees planted with its 500 landowner partners, producing over 1,000,000 tons annually on The American Carbon Registry. GreenTrees was awarded the prestigious Innovation Award in 2018 for the successful and scaled results to date. www.green-trees.com

Napa Valley Unified School District Transforming School Food With Get Schools Cooking Grant

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:03pm

Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) has set the table for transitioning to scratch cooking with the opening of a new centralized kitchen expected to open early February. The kitchen is another step in the District’s drive to provide healthier school food – a commitment that was bolstered last summer by receiving a Get Schools Cooking grant valued at nearly $200,000.

The centralized kitchen follows the January debut of a new kitchen and cafeteria for Willow Elementary, the first of 18 finishing kitchens planned for the District’s elementary and middle schools. As a result, students will receive better-tasting and healthier meals as the District’s first nutrition director, Chef Brandy Dreibelbis, takes the schools ever closer to scratch cooking.

“Nearly half of our District’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch and many come from food-insecure families,” said Dreibelbis. “I believe that we need to take care of them at school meals, so that they can be more successful learners.”

In 2017, NVUSD started the shift away from a third-party food provider and hired Dreibelbis to oversee the District’s nutrition programs. Prior to this role, she led the Boulder Valley School District nutrition services program for eight years, working directly under Chef Ann Cooper, an internationally recognized advocate of healthy food for children and founder of the Chef Ann Foundation.

Dreibelbis helped secure a 2018 Get Schools Cooking grant for NVUSD to help the District facilitate the change to scratch cooking. The comprehensive, multi-year program, a partnership between Whole Kids Foundation® and Chef Ann Foundation supports small- and medium-sized school districts in the U.S. working to transform their food service programs from serving more processed foods to scratch-cooked meals. It helps school districts by creating and implementing a custom plan for change including guidance in finance, procurement, management, marketing, education and staffing.

“We are so impressed with the great progress being made in the Napa Valley USD to bring healthier meals to students,” said Kim Herrington, Program and Finance Director for Whole Kids Foundation. “Napa is one of four districts in California and is among at least 15 or more school districts nationally that are making this journey.  Now more than ever, this type of leadership from school districts and states is critically important!”

Last year, NVUSD also was awarded a Whole Kids Foundation’s Let Move Salad Bars to Schools grant, which funded 10 new salad bars worth $40,000. Each school in the District now has a salad bar that only stocks fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables primarily grown in California.

A group of parent advocates lobbied for more than seven years for the District to build a healthier, tastier food service program, one that was managed from within the District and not reliant on packaged, pre-cooked meals shipped to the District from a third-party provider.

“Just as you’d support your child’s sport team, you need to play an active role in every aspect of your child’s education—and food is a big part of that,” said Katie Aaron, a parent advocate with two children enrolled in NVUSD. “Napa County has the highest childhood obesity rate in the Bay Area. So, it’s not about just taking care of your child, it’s about doing what’s right for the whole community. If everyone doesn’t have equal access to good food, then what are we doing?”

Since Dreibelbis joined NVUSD, the District has launched NOSH, Napa's Operative for School Food Health, introducing healthier options, vegetarian choices, more fresh produce and many of the meals are now made from scratch. Some updates to the menu include: fish tacos made with fish from the Monterey Bay; chicken pozole from poultry raised without antibiotics and hormones; hamburgers made with organic beef from local cattle raised without antibiotics and hormones; roasted sweet potato wedges; and organic white 1% milk from a local dairy.

NVUSD started its participation in the Get Schools Cooking program last fall when Dreibelbis attended a two-day workshop in Boulder, Colorado, which included sessions on a range of topics from creating menus to financial planning to human resources. The next steps are an on-site assessment beginning March 4, followed by an on-site assessment debrief and strategic planning.

In addition, Measure H Bond projects approved in 2016 are coming to fruition including the new state-of-the-art central kitchen, which houses the District’s food service department offices, a food warehouse and a production kitchen that services 19 elementary schools. The 12,456-square-foot space at 1360 Menlo Avenue tentatively is set to open Feb. 7.

NVUSD offers meals to more than 17,000 students in 28 schools and serves up to 8,500 meals daily, including breakfast and lunch.

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About Whole Kids Foundation®

Whole Kids Foundation supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.  Founded by Whole Foods Market in 2011, the independent, nonprofit organization is based in Austin, Texas and serves schools and organizations in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  For more information on the Foundation’s school programs including school gardens, salad bars, bee hives and nutrition education for teachers, visit wholekidsfoundation.org. For more information, visit wholekidsfoundation.org. For ongoing news and updates, follow Whole Kids Foundation on Facebook or Twitter at @WholeKidsFnd.

Scotiabank and Tecnológico de Monterrey Announce Factory A in Mexico City, a Corporate Accelerator Designed to Foster Fintech Innovation and Growth

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:03pm

Scotiabank and The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), commonly referred to as Tec de Monterrey, today announced the launch of Factory A in Mexico City, the bank's first accelerator.

"Factory A will unite the entrepreneurial and innovative focus of Tecnológico de Monterrey with Scotiabank's digital and banking experience", said Enrique Zorrilla, CEO, Scotiabank in Mexico, "We are pleased that the partnership is providing a solid foundation for FinTech growth in the region."

Factory A will select 10 FinTech ventures made up of young entrepreneurs from Latin America to join the program's Entrepreneur Coworking ecosystem. They will participate in prototype labs and receive legal counsel, public relations support and mentorship from leaders across the bank and Tec de Monterrey's networks. The program will explore tools and techniques for leveraging innovations and tackling technology related challenges such as data analytics, alternative scoring, electronic payments, Internet of Things, Know Your Customer (KYC) and cybersecurity in the digital ecosystem.

"The partnership with Tecnológico de Monterrey is a natural fit for Scotiabank as we both value entrepreneurship and innovation," said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, Group Head, International Banking and Digital Transformation at Scotiabank. "Partnering with academic institutions gives Scotiabank access to innovative research conducted by some of the brightest minds in the country."

"Developing models and networks of entrepreneurship is the key to meeting our goal of educating leaders, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and establishing internationally competitiveness. We are confident that this alliance with Scotiabank will promote the FinTech industry within the country," said Isaac Lucatero, Regional Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute Eugenio Garza Lagüera, Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Entrepreneurs interested in Factory A can apply at the following link: www.factorya.mx

ABOUT SCOTIABANK

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our more than 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 97,000 employees and assets of $998 billion (as at October 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

ABOUT TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY

The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), commonly referred to as Tec de Monterrey, is a private university with headquarters in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Recognized for its great reputation and academic recognition, Tec de Monterrey is one of the 45 universities in the world named with 5 QS Stars. In addition, the university holds the most registered patents in the country in the areas of biotechnology, health, automotive, food and manufacturing innovation. For more information, please visit www.tec.mx

Conact
Virginia Jamieson
Director of Digital Communications, Scotiabank
virginia.jamieson@scotiabank.com
Tel. 647-271-9289

Emerging Technologies Give Environmental, Health and Safety and Sustainability Leaders New Insights into Business Risk

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 6:00pm

Emerging technologies are rapidly changing how companies prevent pollution, keep employees safe and set sustainability goals, according to a report published today by the National Association for Environment, Health and Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) Management (NAEM)

 “There is a remarkable change taking place in how our members do their jobs,” said NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt. “Technology is creating new opportunities for risk reduction as well as new opportunities to understand the impact of their programs in real time.”

“The EHS&S Tech Transformation” report profiles the internet of things (IOT) technologies that are taking hold among leadership companies, explains what they mean for EHS&S management and showcases how companies are putting them to use.  The report also includes new analysis of NAEM survey data from 79 companies on emerging practices and technologies.

Among the latest analysis reported by NAEM:

  • 77 percent of respondents are using or testing mobile devices and apps to interface with employees, conduct audits and log incidents.

  • 31 percent of respondents have introduced or are actively evaluating the use IOT tools such as smart sensors and wearable sensors.

  • 20 percent of respondents are using or evaluating artificial intelligence tools such as machine learning natural language processing.

  • 14 percent of respondents are using drones to assist with activities such as inspections and compliance monitoring.

To leverage the volume of data these devices create, 38 percent of companies are using business intelligence tools and predictive analytics in their program management, NAEM found.

“The integration of new technology tools is the next step in the EHS&S technology adoption curve, which for most companies began with the implementation of their software system,” Ms. Neuvelt said. “We expect this to become an increasingly important focus of our conversations as more companies explore how to leverage these tools for the EHS&S function.”

To download the full results, visit https://www.naem.org/member-resources/research-reports/read/ehs-s-tech-transformation.

About NAEM

The National Association for Environmental, Health and Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces and promote global sustainability. As the leading business community for EHS&S decision-makers, we provide engaging forums, a curated network, peer benchmarking, research insights and tools for solving today’s corporate EHS&S management challenges. Visit NAEM online at naem.org.

Wells Fargo Foundation to Provide Nearly $13 Million to NonprofitsServing American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 2:59pm

To support greater economic empowerment in tribal communities, the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded nearly $13 million to nonprofits supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities as part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to expand its focus on tribal philanthropy. The funding will help increase homeownership, energy sovereignty and workforce development on tribal lands, promote development of native owned small businesses, and help build capacity for nonprofits to better serve their clients in Indian Country.

“Wells Fargo has been serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities for more than 50 years,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We believe it is important to support nonprofit and community organizations that empower tribal communities to determine their own way of life on their own lands — according to their time-honored cultures, traditions and beliefs — while also providing access to the tools and opportunities that can lead to financial success and well-being.”

The grants to 25 organizations range from $50,000 to $5 million and fall into four broad focus areas:

  • Helping tribal members succeed financially. Grants to organizations like Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition and Cook Inlet aim to help tribal members build financial assets that can be passed from one generation to another or leveraged for post-secondary education or starting a business. Grants to ONABEN and American Indian Chamber of Commerce Education Fund will promote entrepreneurship and development of native owned businesses.

  • Advancing tribal homeownership. Grantees First Nations Oweesta, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Minnesota Housing Partnership and the National American Indian Housing Council are among several focused on tribal housing initiatives including down payment assistance, affordable housing solutions and expanding the capacity of Native Community Development Financial Institutions.

  • Advancing energy sovereignty. A $5 million grant to GRID Alternatives provides seed funding for the organization’s Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund to catalyze the growth of solar energy and job training opportunities on tribal lands.

  • Capacity building for native nonprofits. Native nonprofits serving critical needs in Indian Country — including the National Indian Council on Aging, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and the American Indian Engineering and Science Society — received awards to build their organizational capacity and expand services.

“We are very pleased to have added so many important and deserving organizations to our national philanthropy programs,” said Cora Gaane of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We consulted with numerous stakeholders in identifying where our funding could have the greatest impact, and we value the expertise they bring in addressing the unique social, economic and environmental issues in Indian Country.”

National nonprofit organizations serving individuals, families and businesses in Indian Country who wish to be considered for a grant under the foundation’s commitment should contact AIANPhilanthropy@wellsfargo.com to determine eligibility. Community-based, local 501(c)(3) organizations serving the American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can continue to apply for grants through Wells Fargo’s online tool.

The following organizations received funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation in 2018, the first year of Wells Fargo’s five-year commitment:

  • Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corp.

  • Americans for Indian Opportunity

  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce Education Fund

  • American Indian College Fund

  • American Indian Engineering and Science Society

  • American Indian Graduate Center

  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium

  • Cook Inlet Lending Center

  • Enterprise Community Partners

  • First Nations Oweesta

  • GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

  • Housing Assistance Council

  • Indian Land Tenure Foundation

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation

  • Minnesota Housing Partnership

  • Native American Finance Officers Association

  • National American Indian Housing Council

  • National Congress of American Indians Fund

  • National Indian Council on Aging

  • Native Americans in Philanthropy

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment

  • Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition

  • ONABEN

  • Operation Tiny Home

  • Prosperity Now

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Contact:

E.J. Bernacki
ejbernacki@wellsfargo.com
303-863-4710

Multi-Year Effort Launches to Help Millions of Financially Vulnerable People Build Savings & Economic Opportunity

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:57pm

Decades of research points to the material, psychological and social value of wealth. Yet, building financial security is a persistent challenge for lower-income Americans who continue to become less wealthy, not more. In fact, more than 40 percent of people in the United States cannot cover an unexpected $400 emergency expense, according to the Federal Reserve.

Today, MetLife Foundation and Commonwealth announced a new project, Making Wealth Common: Extending Financial Opportunity for All, which aims to reverse this trend beginning with over 300,000 financially vulnerable Americans. The four-year initiative, implemented by Commonwealth with a $3.4 million grant from MetLife Foundation, will uncover and highlight new consumer insights, and pilot practices to enable wealth creation for millions of low-income individuals and families over time.
 
“Workers deserve a shot at the American dream, but it can be hard for people to turn aspirations into reality - or even to keep dreaming - with nothing in the bank,” said Timothy Flacke, Executive Director of Commonwealth. “Financial products and tools that exist today have traditionally focused on middle- to upper-income customers and are marketed and distributed in ways that don’t necessarily work for financially vulnerable people. We’re going to think outside the usual box of income, wealth and spending studies to find new avenues to help people turn their lives toward the future.” 

Commonwealth will partner with employers, retailers and other organizations to identify ways to help financially vulnerable people start to accumulate wealth. Commonwealth will examine personal outcomes such as hope and self-efficacy, as well as business benefits like loyalty, productivity and retention. Using customer insights, Commonwealth will help shape tools for companies and organizations that can most effectively reach lower-income workers.

“Solutions that meet customer and employee needs while also producing value for the businesses and organizations that offer them will be the most successful,” Flacke said.

“We want to help bring about new ways to enable millions of financially vulnerable individuals and families to create slack in household budgets and plan for the future,” said Sarah Willis, Director at MetLife Foundation. “We support Commonwealth for its approach to working across sectors to drive scale and adoption of new and proven wealth-building strategies.”
 
The work will further Commonwealth’s role as a trusted broker with employers, retailers and others. 

About Commonwealth

Commonwealth’s mission is to strengthen the financial opportunity and security of financially vulnerable people by discovering ideas, piloting solutions and driving innovations to scale. For nearly two decades, this mission-driven organization has designed effective innovations, products and policies enabling financial institutions, retailers and others to help over a half a million people accumulate more than $1 billion in savings. Commonwealth collaborates with consumers, the financial services industry, policy makers, employers and mission-driven organizations to deliver solutions that are aligned with business objectives, good corporate citizenship and are good for consumers. Additional information is available at buildcommonwealth.org.

About MetLife Foundation

At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employees to help drive impact. To date, our financial health work has reached more than 6 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit metlife.org
 
Media contacts for interviews, guest bookings and additional information:

Commonwealth
Steve Hirsh
ward@buildcommonwealth.org
202-441-1516

MetLife Foundation
Meredith Hyland
meredith.Hyland@metlife.com

ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum Series 2019

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 8:54am

We would like to raise your attention to the ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum Series 2019, organized with success in Germany the past three years and let you know that the 4th one is coming in 2019. The 4th ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum Series 2019 (Frankfurt 21.05.2019 in cooperation with SEB Bank, Berlin 01.10.2019 in cooperation with Investment Bank Berlin) offers speaking as well as partnership opportunities of great interest for you and your company. 

Please find the Forum Partners / Sponsors Deck with the relevant benefits and the agenda here. You may also visit the forum Website or Agenda 2018 to see the agenda and speakers of the previous ESG forum 2018 which took place in Berlin. 

After three successful years, we partner once again with the most important institutional association in Germany and in DACH Region, called Forum for Responsible Investment (FNG), which is the relevant association of responsible investors, managers and green banks as well as with SEB Bank & Investment Bank Berlin. For another year we partner with leading media such as Handelsblatt and accommodate senior speakers from leading firms of the investment, financial industry and corporate world. 

Previous participations: European Investment Bank, S&P Global/Trucost, MSCI, Triodos Bank, Deutsche Börse, Arabesque AM, BP, AON, German Council for Sustainable Development, Investment Bank Berlin & more.  

For your information, we recently conducted an ESG/SRI relevant market study under the title: "ESG Investing. From Niche to Mainstream", which you may find here

We would be honored to have you engaged as forum partner and speaker in one or more of our ESG Forums in 2019. 

Hormel Foods Drives Environmental Sustainability Results Through Annual Competition

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:51pm

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) has announced its Austin (Minn.) Plant team has been named the company’s 2018 Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best champion for its heat recovery project. The internal annual Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best award program, now in its 11th year, recognizes teams for their achievements in reducing environmental impacts.

The Austin Plant team’s winning project focused on the design and installation of the most efficient heat recovery system available to meet the plant’s needs, which resulted in an annual energy savings of 101,000 MMBtu and an additional 17 million gallons of water.

“Our companywide Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best program drives results and helps us achieve our environmental goals to reduce water use, air emissisions, solid waste sent to landfills and nonrenewable energy use by 10 percent by 2020,” said Tom Raymond, director of environmental sustainability. “Each year, our locations implement projects that deliver outstanding results, and this year was no exception. Congratulations to the Austin Plant for their winning project and thank you to everyone who participated!”

“When the company’s 2020 environmental sustainability goals were developed, we knew our plant played a key role in achieving these results for the company. By using a competition to help drive these results, the competitive nature of our employees really shines,” said Brandon Espe, project engineer at the Austin Plant. “Hormel Foods does a fantastic job of recognizing all the participants and hard work that has gone into these sustainability projects and continues to invest time and money to show just how important environmental sustainability really is.” 

The other finalists in the company’s 2018 competition included the company’s Ceratti (San Paulo, Brazil) team for their project that reduced boiler emissions, the Don Miguel Foods (Dallas, Texas) team for their water pretreatment improvements project and the Osceola (Iowa) Food team for their wastewater organic loading reduction project.

The Austin Plant team was named the champion by a panel of judges at the company’s Corporate Office in Austin, Minn., based on the criteria of project scope and goal setting, team work, project solving, achievement and savings. In total, 41 projects were entered in the competition, which documented these annual savings: over 62 million gallons of water, 146,000 MMBtu and 359 tons of solid waste.

For more information about the company’s environmental stewardship efforts, please visit https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

ABOUT HORMEL FOODS — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the tenth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125thanniversary and announced its new vision for the future — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.Kelly

Scotiabank Invests $15 Million to Help Provide Young People in the GTA a Strong Start

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:51pm

Today, United Way Greater Toronto announced a $15-million investment from Scotiabank to help ensure that young people in the GTA have the opportunities and resources they need to have a bright future. The funds – the largest corporate commitment in United Way Greater Toronto's history – will be invested in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that support more than 245,000 young people and their families, each year.

Scotiabank's $15-million investment over five years will focus on supporting young people in each of the critical stages of development:

  • In the crucial early years of life, community programming strengthens the bonds between parent and child for positive outcomes.
  • In the middle years, agencies make connection between family, school and community: breakfast groups, after-school homework and recreation clubs, summer programming and overnight camps. 
  • As they move into adulthood, community programs give high-schoolers the skills to navigate in a new world: media literacy, tools for resilience and mental health supports.

Why is this important?

A growing opportunity gap in the GTA is making it harder than ever for young people to thrive. While the GTA is the economic engine of Canada, it is also the child poverty capital of Canada. Beyond the personal impact, this unignorable issue hurts our society more broadly. Investing in young people today prepares them to take on the opportunities of tomorrow. United Way community investments ensure that no one is left behind – from infancy to independence.

About the 2018 Campaign

The Greater Toronto Fundraising campaign is the most ambitious local United Way fundraising campaign in the world. This year, Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter served as the Chair of the campaign and the overall results will be announced on February 7, 2019.

Brian Porter President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank; United Way Greater Toronto Campaign Chair: At Scotiabank, giving back to the communities in which we live and work is an important part of our culture, and we are very proud to have United Way as one of our longstanding charitable partners. We are confident that our investment will make a real and lasting difference for young people, and their families, across the GTA.

Daniele Zanotti, United Way Greater Toronto President and CEO: Young people have the world ahead of them. To succeed, they need their community behind them. By connecting young people with the power of community, this investment from Scotiabank is bending the opportunity curve and ensuring that everyone has equal access to opportunity. Ultimately, that's how we move forward as a region and ensure the GTA's future success.

About United Way

United Way Greater Toronto is dedicated to fighting local poverty in all its forms, working with communities in Peel, Toronto, and York Region. Together with our partners, we create opportunities for a better life for everyone across our region. As the largest non-governmental funder of social services in our region, United Way Greater Toronto mobilizes people and resources to support a network of agencies that help people when and where they need it most. Join United Way's #UprisingofCare and help us build a region where poverty has no power. unitedwaygt.org

About Scotiabank

At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2018, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our more than 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 97,000 employees and assets of $998 billion (as at October 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

Contact:
Adriana Suppa
Senior Manager, Communications, United Way Greater Toronto,
Mobile: 416-274-6004

Arizona Golf Tournament Aims to Drought Proof its Future

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:44pm

Tomorrow (Saturday), golf fans attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open are asked to wear green to celebrate the tournament’s sustainability initiatives. Known as GREEN OUT day, for every fan who wears green, environmentally focused charities, including Bonneville Environmental Foundation, benefit with a donation from the tournament host The Thunderbirds. As Arizona endures nearly two decades of drought, the event’s water-positive impact--which puts more water into the Verde River than the week-long golf tournament uses--is especially important.

“We know that freshwater is essential for golf, the broader tourism and recreation industries, and our community’s future,” said Janette Micelli from Waste Management, title sponsor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. “We are proud to conserve water during the tournament and together with The Thunderbirds, Swire Coca Cola, USA and M Culinary Concepts, we fund upstream projects that support farmers and keep the Verde River flowing.”

At the tournament, water from on-site kitchens is recycled for portable toilets, and hand-washing stations use hand sanitizer instead of water. Since 2011, these practices have saved more than 37,000 gallons of fresh water. Upstream in the Verde Valley, Waste Management Phoenix Open and Change the Course partners are supporting projects to modernize irrigation and protect stream flows. Since 2015, 270 million gallons of water have been restored to the Verde River and its tributaries that supply drinking water for the Phoenix area. This year, funding will help replace outdated irrigation systems at a Camp Verde ranch with modernized, efficient sprinkler systems that reduce water diversion and groundwater pumping by 30 percent.

Last month, the Green Sports Alliance and Bonneville Environmental Foundation recognized Waste Management with the first Water Stewardship Influencer Award, honoring the tournament’s innovation and its leadership.

"For the past five years, Waste Management has helped move the needle for corporate environmental water stewardship in Arizona. Leveraging the power and influence of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, they have driven awareness and resources to conserving water, reusing grey water, and restoring freshwater to nature in a state and at a time when it could not be more important," said Todd Reeve, CEO of Bonneville Environmental Foundation and co-creator for Change the Course.

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Business for Water Stewardship (BWS) works hand-in-hand with businesses to advance solutions necessary to sustain the well-being of our communities, economies, and rivers. A program of Bonneville Environmental Foundation, BWS provides a portfolio of services that catalyze business engagement and leadership. Bonneville Environmental Foundation also runs Change the Course, bringing together the public, corporations, and on the-ground conservation organizations to raise awareness about freshwater issues, reduce water footprints, and directly support water restoration projects. In just five years, Change the Course has supported more than 50 water projects across 13 U.S. states and Mexico, and restored over 10 billion gallons of water.

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GM to Invest $22 Million in Spring Hill Plant for Advanced Engine Technology

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:44pm

General Motors is investing $22 million at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, manufacturing complex to enable the engine plant to build 6.2L V-8 engines with GM’s advanced Dynamic Fuel Management technology. With this announcement, GM has invested more than $2 billion in the Tennessee complex since 2010.

“This investment will enable our Spring Hill team to continue building our award-winning engines enhanced with technology that will improve fuel efficiency and performance for our customers,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra during a visit to the plant to meet with employees and community leaders to celebrate the new Cadillac XT6. “This investment reflects our commitment to vehicles and technologies our customers desire today and in the future.”

For several years, General Motors has been transforming its business to win in the core automotive business and the future of personal mobility. The new investment is a testament to the company’s commitment to optimize its core business to meet strong customer demand.

GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management technology is the industry’s first cylinder deactivation technology, which enables the engines to operate in 17 different cylinder patterns to optimize performance. DFM enables only the cylinders needed to deliver the power a customer wants.

In addition to the new investment, GM is completing a previously announced $300 million investment at the complex for production of the all-new Cadillac XT6. Spring Hill will be adding more than 200 jobs for the all-new, three-row Cadillac crossover.

GM’s Spring Hill Manufacturing complex consists of a flexible vehicle assembly plant and an engine plant. On the vehicle side, the plant produces the GMC Acadia, Holden Acadia and Cadillac XT5. In addition, Cadillac just unveiled the all-new Cadillac XT6 and the plant will begin building the vehicle later this year. The engine plant builds four- and eight-cylinder engines.

The Spring Hill complex opened in 1990 and currently employs about 3,800 people.

GM has a strong presence in Tennessee with more than 4,000 employees working in the state. In addition to the Spring Hill complex, GM has a parts distribution center in Memphis. Tennessee is home to more than 200 suppliers and GM spends more than $700 million annually with those suppliers. GM currently has 78 independently owned dealerships across the state that employ about 4,800 people. Nearly 11,000 GM retirees currently call Tennessee home.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the CadillacChevroletBaojunBuickGMCHoldenJiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, Maven, its personal mobility brand, and Cruise, its autonomous vehicle ride-sharing company, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Story From the Field: Eliminating Child Labour

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:44am

Jam Muhammad Saleem is a smallholder cotton farmer who lives near the village Jhangar Marha, in the remote, rural district of Muzaffargarh, in Pakistan’s Punjab province. When his eldest son, Muhammad Umar, turned 12, Saleem — considering Umar old enough to work — saw no choice but for him to leave school to work on their farm. But just a year later, Saleem’s outlook changed completely.

The reason? After participating in BCI Decent Work training sessions implemented by our on-the-ground partner, WWF-Pakistan, Saleem’s perceptions about the importance of children’s education, including his son’s, shifted for good.

Defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as work that provides opportunities for people to work productively in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity, Decent Work is central to achieving a BCI licence. A key component of BCI’s Decent Work training is eliminating child labour, particularly where children are involved in heavy or hazardous tasks, such as working with dangerous tools or applying pesticides.

READ JAM MUHAMMAD SALEEM’S FULL STORY HERE

WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO HERE

Jam Muhammad Saleem’s story is not unique. By 2020, we will train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices.

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“I saw tears in my son’s eyes when I told him we were going to buy him some shoes… school shoes. Now, he is happy, healthy and confident that his dreams will be fulfilled.”

— BCI Farmer Jam Muhammad Saleem. Jhangar Marha, Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, 2018. 

“The BCI Programme was like a beam of hope for me. I would like to support all my children in achieving higher education and I believe we have a bright future. I want to extend a big thank you to WWF-Pakistan and the Better Cotton Initiative for this programme, which has changed my life in so many ways.”

— BCI Farmer Jam Muhammad Saleem. Jhangar Marha, Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, 2018. 

About the Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) — a global not-for-profit organisation — is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Last year, together with our partners we provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 1.6 million farmers from 23 countries. We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands to civil society organisations, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. Thanks to the support of partners and members, Better Cotton accounts for around 19% of global cotton production, and by the end of 2020, we aim to train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices and ensure that Better Cotton accounts for 30% of global cotton production. 

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Sustainable Retail Summit

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:44am

Our industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect our industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.

However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and our Sustainable Retail Summit , there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labor, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.

CNFA-Implemented Cocoa Initiative to Collaborate With Blommer Chocolate Co. in Côte d’Ivoire

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:43pm

 Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, announced that Blommer Chocolate Co. and the Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) project, implemented by CNFA, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Jan. 7 aimed at improving the cocoa value chain in Côte d’Ivoire.

MOCA, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, provides capacity-building, training and other support services to Côte d’Ivoire cocoa producers, cooperatives and exporters in order to boost stakeholder productivity and efficiency, improve farm incomes, and increase the supply of high-quality cacao beans.

Under the new agreement, Blommer—the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America—will partner with MOCA to work with farmers and cooperatives to strengthen the production of sustainable cacao beans.

To drive those efforts, Blommer and MOCA will collaborate over the next year to increase cooperatives’ management capacities, launch pilot mobile money solutions with selected cooperatives, and improve distribution channels for agricultural inputs.

“Blommer is a recognized leader in advancing sustainability efforts in cocoa communities,” said MOCA Chief of Party Marc Steen. “We look forward to working closely with them, and to leveraging our joint expertise to improve Ivorian farmers’ incomes and livelihoods through the sustainable production of high-quality cocoa.”

“Blommer is excited to launch this new partnership and pilot introducing new approaches to identified bottlenecks” said Kip Walk, Senior Director, Sustainability. “Finding ways to improve management capacities and instituting systems supporting mobile money are critical to the long-term success of the cocoa farming sector.”

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CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latina America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

Blommer Chocolate Company: Blommer Chocolate Company is the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America. With over 800 employees and five strategically located manufacturing facilities in North America and China, the company provides comprehensive business solutions for domestic and international customers of all sizes in the confectionery, baking and dairy industries. Among Blommer’s core competencies are cocoa bean processing, chocolate manufacturing, commodity risk management, and product and process R&D. The company is a leader in advancing sustainable cocoa farming as a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation, a member of the Cocoa Action sustainability initiative, a member of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative and through its privately managed global farmer programs. Founded in 1939, the company has developed and maintains an outstanding reputation for customer service and quality.

The Partnership Releases Voices of Male Youth Video Series

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:42am

Today, The Partnership for Male Youth, a national non-profit organization, announced the release of Voices of Male Youth, a series of unfettered and unscripted conversations among male youth exploring the beliefs and feelings they grapple with in today’s society. The purpose of the series is to encourage young males and others in their lives to challenge traditional or uninformed views and to spark conversations about a range of topics from consent to health care. The series is also available on our YouTube channel Partnership for Male Youth.

The first installment of Voices of Male Youth explores four subject areas: mental health, health care, norms of masculinity and consent. The participants in the first installment are in their early twenties and from a number of cultural backgrounds. Filming took place in November 2018 in New York City. The video package includes trailers as well as full video segments. 

“Today, discussions about masculinity and what it means to be a young male often leave out the voices of young males themselves,” said David Bell, MD, MPH, Board Chair of the Partnership. “It is the goal of this series to encourage other young males to speak about issues which are often sensitive, while at the same time educating those they interact with about the complexities of being a young male today,” he said.

The series is a part of the Partnership’s Campaign for Male Youth, a movement of over 50 organizations to elevate the visibility of current challenges to the health and well-being of today’s adolescent and young adult males.

Voices of Male Youth is sponsored by The Partnership for Male Youth, founded in 2013. The Partnership is the only national organization whose sole focus is on the health and well-being of adolescent and young adult males, or males between the ages of 10 and 27. Since its inception the Partnership has launched a number of educational initiatives, including sponsorship of the 2018 National Summit on Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health.

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