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Legg Mason Announces Support of Catalyst, a Global Nonprofit Helping Accelerate Women’s Progress in the Workplace

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 1:05pm

Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE:LM) has become a supporter of Catalyst, a global nonprofit founded in 1962 that helps organizations accelerate progress for women and other under-represented groups in the workplace. Catalyst, based in New York, partners with 800+ organizations focused on driving positive change.

“Diversity and inclusion is more than just the right thing to do. It’s also a business imperative for better financial performance and enhanced overall decision-making. In short, it’s critical to our mission of investing to improve lives,” said Regina R. Curry, Legg Mason’s Chief Diversity Officer.

As a Catalyst supporter, all Legg Mason employees have exclusive access to its site, which offers tools, infographics, research reports, workshops, webinars, events, fact sheets and more, all related to women, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Topics of broad interest include advancing your own career, work/life effectiveness and gender equality. For example, the content ranges from webinars (“Take Charge of Your Career—7 Tips to Negotiate Your Role”) to case studies (The Business Impact of Gender-Balanced Teams) to research on sexual harassment (“How Companies Can Prepare, Prevent, Respond, and Transform Their Culture”).

“We’re making progress through the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council in partnership with internal business leaders, and through employee resource groups,” Curry added. “But fostering an inclusive culture is something that every employee has responsibility for. Ultimately, encouraging all aspects of diversity – including background and perspective – makes us a better place to work and a better, more resilient business.”

To learn more, visit the Catalyst website (http://catalyst.org/).

About Legg Mason
Guided by a mission of Investing to Improve Lives™, Legg Mason helps investors globally achieve better financial outcomes by expanding choice across investment strategies, vehicles and investor access through independent investment managers with diverse expertise in equity, fixed income, alternative and liquidity investments. Legg Mason’s assets under management are $758 billion as of March 31, 2019.To learn more, visit our website, our newsroom, or follow us on LinkedInTwitter, or Facebook.

Costa Cruises and Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus: The Battle Against Food Waste Arrives in Genoa

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 1:05pm

The collaboration project between Costa Cruises and the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus food bank to recover and reuse surplus food produced on board cruise ships for social purposes continues. Costa Fortuna, calling today at Genoa, has officially become part of the Costa ships' food donation programme.

This project allows food prepared but not served in on-board restaurants to be collected and distributed to local organizations that support people in need. Launched in Savona on July 22, 2017, the project currently operates in Italy, in the ports of Savona, Civitavecchia, Bari and Palermo, and has been exported as an Italian "best practice" to France and Spain, in Marseilles and Barcelona and, since last December, in Guadeloupe and Martinique as well. Over a period of 21 months, over 100,000 portions of food have been distributed to eleven associations who care for people in need. This has activated and reinforced a significant international network between local areas, local communities and ships, strengthening their interconnection.

Costa Fortuna, the Italian company's 103,000 gross tons ship carrying a total of 3,470 guests, has returned to calling regularly at the port of Genoa, where it will arrive every Friday until November 8, for a total of 34 stopovers, offering 1-week cruises in the western Mediterranean. Every Thursday preceding the ship's arrival in Genoa, at the end of dinner, all the dishes prepared in the catering areas and not served to guests, so-called "ready-to-eat" meals, will be collected. The meals will be placed in appropriate aluminum containers, which will be sealed and labeled to ensure their traceability, and then stored in the ship's refrigerators. The following morning, after the ship has docked in the port of Genoa, the containers will be unloaded and handed over to volunteers from Banco Alimentare, who will deliver them to the “La Casa dell’Angelo – Opera don Guanella”, center in Genoa, which for 68 years has been caring for young people between the ages of 6 and 18 with severe social and family-related problems, providing them with education and social care, working with the various municipalities of Liguria and the Children's Court of Genoa.

 “This partnership with Costa Cruises and Fondazione Banco Alimentare demonstrates that different worlds and interests can not only talk to one another but also cooperate and plan virtuous cycles to fight poverty and try to limit food waste. We and all the young people for whom we care, who will now be able to enjoy high quality food, are grateful to Costa Cruises and Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus” - says Don Attilio MolteniDirector of “La Casa dell’Angelo – Opera don Guanella”

"This project to recover food from Costa ships is a good circular economy practice of which we are very proud - says Marco Lucchini, Secretary General of Fondazione Banco Alimentare OnlusWe are committed to fighting food poverty and waste, as required by the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 12, so we are proud to have created a model with Costa Cruises that sensitizes citizens on the subject of waste reduction and is a concrete example of responsible consumption, with great attention paid to the social dimension."

“The return of a Costa ship to Genoa has enabled us to launch this initiative with Banco Alimentare Onlus in our city as well and is a real innovation in the maritime sector. The project began in 2017, also in Liguria, in Savona, and we are particularly glad to roll it out further within our region, giving a concrete sign of the commitment of Costa Cruises and glad to have an authoritative partner and benchmark as is Banco Alimentare Onlus” – says Giuseppe Carino, Vice President Guest Experience and Onboard Sales of Costa Cruises – “We are keen to thank and to highlight the hard work done by the Customs Agency and the Maritime Health Authority to develop the procedures for food to be delivered to all the parties involved in making this project possible.”

The Costa Cruises and Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus project, which contributes to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, has been made possible in particular by law 166/2016 against food and pharmaceutical waste promoted by Italian parliamentarian Maria Chiara Gadda, which came into force on September 14, 2016. The law reorganizes the regulatory framework that governs the donation of unsold food by introducing simplification, harmonization and incentive measures, allowing all kinds of food to be donated more easily and in an equally controlled and safe manner, but above all establishes the priority of recovering food to donate to the poorest people in Italy.

The donation of surplus food, managed in collaboration with Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, is part of the 4GOODFOOD initiative, through with Costa Cruises was the first to decide to review the issue of food in a sustainable way. Thanks to its integrated approach, which begins with the preparation of dishes and gets both guests and crew members directly involved, 4GOODFOOD has set itself the ambitious objective of reducing food waste on Costa ships by 50% by 2020, 10 years ahead of the UN Agenda 2030.

Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus 

Since 1989, Banco Alimentare has been collecting intact and unexpired food which would otherwise be destined for destruction because it can no longer be sold. Rescued from going to waste, it regains value and becomes a resource for the needy. The Banco Alimentare network operates across Italy, every day, through 21 food banks throughout the country, coordinated by Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus. In 2018, Banco Alimentare handled over 90,000 tons of food, including 8,500 tons collected during the Giornata Nazionale della Colletta Alimentare® [national food collection day], which has taken place on the last Saturday in November, for the last 20 years, in almost 13,000 supermarkets, where 5.5 million Italians donate their shopping to the needy. Every day, the food is redistributed free of charge to 8,000 charities which help around 1,580,000 disadvantaged people in Italy, including 135,000 children between 2 and 7 years old. Banco Alimentare is able to operate thanks to the daily work of over 1,800 volunteers. Liguria's Banco Alimentare association supports the work of 394 charities working with 55,800 needy people across the region.

Costa Cruises is an Italian company belonging to Carnival Corporation & plc, the biggest cruise group in the world. For over 70 years, the ships in the Costa Cruises fleet have been bringing authentic Italian-style hospitality and vacations to all the world's oceans, serving delicious food and selected wines, while offering unique shopping experiences and a wide range of famous Italian brands. The Costa fleet currently comprises 15 ships in service, all registered in Italy. In 2019 and 2021, two new, next generation ships fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the "cleanest" fossil fuel in the world, are due to be delivered. Costa Cruises' sustainable development strategy is strongly focused on nutrition and the food supply chain. In recent years, very effective work has been done on the Italian company's ships to reduce food waste to a minimum. 

For more information:

Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus 

Laura Bellotti - Press Office – Cell 340 2411074 - ufficiostampa@bancoalimentare.it

Costa Cruises Press Office:

Tel. +39 010 5483523 / 010 5483068 - costapressoffice@costa.it 

Gabriele Baroni - Communication Director - Cell +39 3497668013 - baroni@costa.it

Davide Barbano - Media Relations Manager – Tel. +39 010.5483523 – Cell +39 334.6525216 - barbano@costa.it

www.costapresscenter.com

Walmart Launches New Reusable Bag Campaign; Announces 93 Million Metric Tons of Supplier Emission Reductions through Project Gigaton and Announces New Sustainable Textile Goals

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 7:05pm

Today, at its 2019 sustainability milestone summit, Walmart announced that for the first time, checkout carousels at its U.S. stores will include reusable bags that will be available to customers for purchase. The aim of this new campaign is to help reduce plastic waste and increase customer convenience by placing reusable bags in easy to find and highly frequented sections of its stores. As part of the launch, Walmart is rolling out a new assortment of reusable bags that are made with post-consumer recycled content. 

The new reusable bag initiative will begin rolling out to stores next month and follows a recent announcement by Walmart on a series of plastic waste reduction goals that seek to advance the sustainability of the retailer’s private brand packaging by making it 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable by 2025. 

This year’s milestone summit also featured announcements and updates on several other sustainability initiatives. For example, the event marks the two-year anniversary of Project Gigaton, a platform in which Walmart is working with suppliers to avoid 1 billion metric tons, a gigaton, of emissions from global value chains by 2030. As part of the summit, Walmart Canada announced it is joining Project Gigaton, making it Walmart Inc.’s third international market to work with suppliers towards emissions reductions. 

In the first two years of Project Gigaton, many suppliers are already delivering results on their goals and report avoiding more than 93 million metric tons of emissions toward the one gigaton goal. Emissions totals are calculated in accordance with Walmart’s Project Gigaton Accounting Methodology. In an effort to make it easier to enlist more suppliers to the growing total of over 1,000 suppliers participating in the platform, Walmart also announced that it would publish its Project Gigaton Calculators, which are designed by Walmart and NGOs for suppliers to use in reporting progress toward the Project Gigaton goal.

“We are encouraged by the engagement of our suppliers in Project Gigaton,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc. “To achieve our ambitious climate goals, we aim to expand and deepen that engagement. The progress to date shows how companies can contribute to climate action through practical actions all along the product supply chain. Ultimately, building sustainable supply chains requires collective action from everyone – not only our associates and suppliers, but customers, business in general, and civil society. We are excited to be part of the solution.”

Reinforcing Commitment to Sustainable Textiles 

During the milestone summit, Walmart shared an update on its responsible sourcing work alongside NGOs, industry groups, governments and suppliers, with the aspiration to improve the lives of workers in the global apparel supply chain with a particular focus on women. Walmart also shared new sustainability goals for apparel and soft home textiles within Walmart U.S. stores, including: 

  • Sourcing More Sustainable Fibers: Walmart will increase the use of recycled polyester fiber, setting a goal of using 50% recycled content by 2025 and to source 100% more sustainable cotton.
  • Reducing Manufacturing Impact: By 2022, Walmart U.S. stores will source apparel and home textile products only from suppliers working with textile mills that use the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM) to measure and help improve environmental performance. Walmart will also prioritize sustainable chemistry, setting a goal to reduce the discharge of priority chemicals from the textile manufacturing process. 

Progress in Electric Vehicle Charging Station Expansion, Renewable Energy Leadership 

Walmart continues to make progress in its efforts to increase the availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at it stores and clubs across the U.S. As of 2018, Walmart has EV chargers available at retail locations across 29 states.  Walmart also outlined its progress towards its aspirational goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy – and to power 50 percent of its operations with renewable energy by the end of 2025. Over the past year, Walmart completed contracts for 136 new solar and wind projects, which will supply the company an additional estimated 2.14 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually – the equivalent electricity usage of over 260,000 homes in a year.   To receive more information on Walmart’s sustainability efforts, please read more in the Walmart Global Responsibility Report

About Walmart
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by  visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart

Bristol-Myers Squibb Receives 2019 ENERGYSTAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:04pm

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its outstanding contributions and leadership to improve the energy efficiency of facilities worldwide. Bristol-Myers Squibb has earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award for the past five consecutive years.

“We are proud to have our commitment to environmental responsibility recognized with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award,” said Carol Ryerkerk Powell, vice president of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Driving sustainable improvements to reduce our energy waste is essential in ensuring that we continuously protect our environment, our people and our patients. Our partnership with ENERGY STAR will help us to transcend our energy management goals while developing an innovative pipeline for patients in need.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb was recognized for the following accomplishments:

  • Sustaining more than a two percent energy intensity reduction for 2018 to contribute to a 12.2-percent energy intensity reduction since 2012.

  • Engaging over 460 employees and contractors at 13 sites in energy treasure hunts that identified over $12 million in cost savings since 2015. An Energy Treasure Hunt is a two- to three-day event that engages employees in identifying low-cost energy savings opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions.

  • Educating other ENERGY STAR partner companies, as well as the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Sierra Business Council on how to conduct energy treasure hunts.

  • Launching the GREEN Ambassador employee engagement program which uses ENERGY STAR as a key tenet to promote sustainability.

  • Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at its new state-of-the-art Princeton Pike office building and recertifying two other office buildings.

The highest honor among ENERGY STAR Awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition. 

About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

Contacts
Brian Castelli
609-252-4952
brian.castelli@bms.com

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Awards Grant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to Help Employers Combat Opioid Misuse

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:04am

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization focused on human and animal health solutions, awarded a grant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to support its effort to help business communities across the country address the opioid crisis. With the AmerisourceBergen Foundation’s partnership, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with a number of other sponsors including the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today launched a 10-city tour to engage businesses and equip them with tools to combat opioid misuse. The tour will also introduce the Sharing Solutions program, a digital platform designed to educate employers on prevention strategies in regions that have been impacted by opioid misuse.

“The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is committed to supporting community-oriented partners that are innovating to address opioid misuse,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “Employers are critical stakeholders in helping to address prescription medication misuse among our nation’s workforce and their families and we look forward to joining forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to bring resources and best practices to businesses across the nation.”

Central to the Sharing Solutions program is a web-based resource hub that aggregates credible resources, including education and prevention techniques, and allows employers and employees to easily access critical information at the click of a button. As part of its interactive online platform, Sharing Solutions enables companies to share their solutions to tackling the crisis, including improved business processes, employee support and community engagement. The 10-city tour serves to increase awareness of the resource hub and provide an opportunity for business and community leaders to discuss how they can work together to address the issue.

The tour, which includes a series of half-day workshops for small and mid-size businesses, begins in April and continues through the summer. Each session is tailored to address the specific needs of the local community to support their efforts to address and prevent prescription medication misuse among employees and their families. Initial stops on the tour include:

  • April 11: Abingdon, Virginia

  • June 24: Lexington, Kentucky

  • July 16: Columbus, Ohio

  • August 23: Reading, Pennsylvania

  • Additional dates and stops to be added

“We’re thrilled to launch the Sharing Solutions tour with AmerisourceBergen Foundation and provide critical resources to help businesses in at-risk communities,” said Carolyn Cawley, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation awarded this grant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation through its Opioid Resource Grant Program, which enables the Foundation to support and advance ideas from innovative nonprofits, at the local and national level, to fight against opioid misuse.

About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation          

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health-related causes that enrich that global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. The Chamber Foundation educates the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

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Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn Program and Discovery Education Uncover the Science Behind How Alcohol Affects Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior During Alcohol Responsibility Month

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:02pm

To turn awareness into action this Alcohol Responsibility Month, Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, LearnKids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced a new partnership aimed at educating students about the negative effects of underage drinking on the developing brain.

To kickoff conversations in classrooms nationwide around this topic, Ask, Listen, Learn and Discovery Education will be hosting a Digital Discussion on the Science and Impact of Alcohol on Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior - a day of online engagement dedicated to equipping students in grades 5-7 with the knowledge and tools to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking by releasing a series of new lesson plans and videos for the classroom.

“We are thrilled to be working with Discovery Education – and this event comes just in time for Alcohol Responsibility Month,” said Executive Director of Responsibility.org Dr. Ben Nordstrom. “Meeting educators and students where they are and offering additional science- and evidence-based resources about the developing brain will make a difference in the smart choices kids make to live a healthy lifestyle and to say ‘NO’ to underage drinking.”

On April 11, follow #BrainBodyBehavior on Twitter as teachers, school nurses, school counselors, and other subject-matter-experts discuss how to teach kids about the impacts of underage drinking on their developing brains, bodies, and behavior. A portion of the day will be dedicated to unveiling three digital, no-cost, standards-aligned lesson plans, a family resource guide, and three corresponding videos featuring five-time gold medalist swimmer, Nathan Adrian. Experts including Responsibility.org Educational Advisory Board member and founder of the blog Tech Savvy Mama Leticia Barr, school counselor and author of the book Middle School Matters Phyllis Fagell, Discovery Education’s STEM expert Cindy Moss, educators and athletes from Classroom Champions - including co-founder and three time Olympian Steve Mesler - and a team of Ask, Listen, Learn Ambassadors will lend their voices to discuss this new content and engage with educators and students in real-time. Educators are encouraged to share photos and videos of their class or ask experts their questions about how to talk to kids about living a healthy lifestyle using #BrainBodyBehavior.

Join us on Twitter for the Digital Discussion using #BrainBodyBehavior for the following sessions:
10 a.m. ET - “The Science Behind the Effects of Alcohol on Your Brain” 
12 p.m. ET - “Treat your Body like a Top Athlete
2 p.m. ET - “Informed Students Make Better Healthier Decisions” 

Be the first to explore these new, no-cost resources from Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education at DiscoverBrainBodyBehavior.com.

“Discovery Education is committed to the advancement of healthy lifestyles and development of whole children as they learn and grow. This Alcohol Responsibility Month we are proud to partner with Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn program to engage students in meaningful conversations about the dangers of underage drinking and to encourage healthy lifestyles in schools and communities nationwide,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “By empowering educators with science-based digital resources that help them build student mastery, we are providing young learners with the tools they need to jumpstart healthy futures.”

Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix, the underage drinking prevention program for kids ages 9-12 from Responsibility.org, provides free, evidence-based and standards-aligned lesson plans for educators. The program utilizes innovative science lessons and videos to teach kids what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what that can do to them. The program’s skills-based approach teaches kids about communication, decision-making, accessing appropriate resources, and advocating for themselves and their peers. Ask, Listen, Learn also has a suite of resources for parents to use to start conversations at home to prevent underage drinking.

Prevention specialists, educators and parents play a critical role in empowering students by giving them the confidence kids need to say “NO” to drinking underage. Since 2003, underage drinking has declined 50% (Monitoring the Future, 2016), and conversations between parents and their kids about alcohol have increased 73% (Responsibility.org, 2016).

“Informed students make better decisions. It’s vital for me to teach my students the science behind how alcohol affects their brains, bodies, and behavior to empower them to lead healthy lives,” said Rodney Crouse, Falkener Elementary School Educator from Greensboro, North Carolina. “Ask, Listen, Learnequips my students with immersive digital curriculum resources, and a deep dive into data and facts, that are critical to them comprehensively understanding the impacts of underage drinking. In no uncertain terms, this initiative is helping me create a healthy future for my students.”

All of the Ask, Listen, Learn resources are accessible for free at asklistenlearn.org. For more information about the Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, visit asklistenlearn.org. Stay connected with Ask, Listen, Learn through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest, and Responsibility.org on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix Program:
Ask, Listen, Learn is the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind. Developed and distributed by Responsibility.org, founded by distillers, and recognizing more than a decade of success, the program has innovative, science and evidence-based digital resources for teachers, counselors, school nurses and other educators that teach kids about what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what THAT does to you. The program also includes resources for parents, such as conversation starters and tips, to help kids say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking. For more information, visit AskListenLearn.org.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:

Responsibility.org
Erin Hildreth
Erin.Hildreth@responsibility.org
(202) 674-3071 phone

Discovery Education 
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone

Cascadian Farm Works to Advance Climate-Beneficial Foods With Limited-Edition, Small-Batch Honey Toasted Kernza® Cereal

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:02pm

Cascadian FarmTM, a pioneer in the organic food movement, is working to advance climate-beneficial foods with the launch of its small-batch, limited-edition Honey Toasted Kernza® cereal.

The brand has released only 6,000 boxes – to receive one, Cascadian Farm is encouraging consumers to join its mission to help advance climate-beneficial foods through its fundraising site - DeeplyRootedForGood.com.  All proceeds will benefit The Land Institute to advance further research on Kernza®, a perennial grain (intermediate wheatgrass) and wild relative of annual wheat, whose deep roots show promise to benefit the planet by capturing carbon from the air and storing it in the ground.

“Today’s food system is faced with challenges from resource scarcity to soil health and water quality,” said Dr. Lee DeHaan, lead scientist for the Kernza domestication program at The Land Institute, based in Salina, Kansas. “It is estimated that agriculture contributes to about 30 percent of global greenhouse emissions. It has never been more important – or more urgent – to implement farming practices that are climate-beneficial. Kernza has significant potential to redirect the course of climate change and significantly improve planet health.”

In 2017, Cascadian Farm and parent company General Mills announced their work with The Land Institute (TLI) to help commercialize Kernza.

Early research shows Kernza’s long roots may help preserve soil, enhance soil health, and reduce nitrogen movement into ground and surface waters. Farmers who produce Kernza don’t need to till and replant the crop every year, minimizing disruption to the soil.

“Honey Toasted Kernza quite possibly is the most important box of cereal Cascadian Farm has ever made,” said Maria Carolina Comings, Cascadian Farm Marketing Director. “Cascadian Farm has always known agriculture could contribute to a healthier planet and has been deeply committed to creating a positive relationship between food and the land where it is grown. Nearly 50 years later, we’re continuing to help shape the future of farming through the food we make.”

Cascadian Farm is committed to helping create a larger-scale market for Kernza by 2040 through work with partners, as well as scientists and farmers to improve yields. Commercializing Kernza on such a large scale is an ambitious goal.  Currently, there are about 1,200 acres of Kernza in production and the yields are relatively small – about one-quarter that of annual wheat. The limited-edition cereal is a first step in creating a market for the grain. Cascadian Farm plans to use the grain in more of its products from cereal to snacks as more Kernza becomes available.

“Through our collaborative work with The Land Institute, we hope that a Kernza variety with yields similar to annual wheat will be developed,” continued Comings. “Further research is also needed to precisely measure the impact increased acreage of Kernza will have on carbon sequestration. This is why we are asking consumers to join us and support this important work through our Deeply Rooted for Good campaign.”

Cascadian Farm is also growing a half-acre test plot of Kernza on its home farm in the Skagit River Valley of the Cascade Mountains in Washington. According to its farm manager, Ashley Minnerath, no one has tried growing Kernza in the unique weather conditions that occur on the farm.

“Kernza has never been planted in an environment with this much rainfall. We get approximately 80 inches of rain a year,” said Minnerath.  “We will be looking at how our yield compares to other areas and its ability to sequester carbon and enhance soil health at the home farm as well.”

People can show their support for the development of climate-beneficial foods like Kernza perennial grain by visiting DeeplyRootedForGood.com.  A variety of donation levels are available, starting at $25.  All proceeds directly benefit The Land Institute.

At the $25 level, Cascadian Farm will send a box of its limited-edition Toasted Honey Kernza cereal, while supplies last.  Supporters at higher levels will also have their names listed on a plaque at the Cascadian Farm home farm next to the Kernza test plot which serves to educate and inspire visitors about Kernza and its potential to have a positive impact on the environment.  

For more information, visit DeeplyRootedForGood.com.

Listen to “A Taste of General Mills” podcast to learn more about Cascadian Farm’s mission to advance climate-beneficial foods, featuring interviews with marketing director Maria Carolina Comings, as well as experts from The Land Institute and the University of Minnesota. https://blog.generalmills.com/2019/04/a-cereal-thats-deeply-rooted-for-good/ 

About Cascadian Farm
Cascadian Farm, a pioneer in the organic food movement was founded in 1972 in the Skagit Valley of the Cascade Mountains of Washington. As part of the General Mills family of natural and organic brands, Cascadian Farm has grown beyond its original home farm and is a pioneering supporter of farmers who use practices that regenerate the land and their communities. For more information, visit www.cascadianfarm.com.

About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, Blue and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2018 proforma net sales of U.S. $17.0 billion, including $1.3 billion from Blue Buffalo. In addition, the General Mills share of non-consolidated joint venture net sales totaled U.S. $1.1 billion.

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2019 Sustainability Summit

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:02pm

This year marks a critical threshold for companies. With intensifying expectations on their sustainability efforts coming from all directions—United Nations, NGOs, investors, and customers—organizations will be judged by their success to tangibly improve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) conditions. 

The 2019 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners to enjoy a safe space to learn how to generate ESG impact. Designed for ample collaboration, attendees will engage with leading practitioners, subject matter experts, and their peers to work through the processes of setting and achieving bold ESG goals, designing and delivering ambitious ESG programs, and measuring the benefits for society as well as the bottom line.  

The Benefits to You

By attending this conference, you will

  • Hear first-hand from thought leaders with direct experience and insights.

  • Gain access to leading research on sustainability from The Conference Board.

  • Examine proven methods for designing strategies and programs that deliver impact.

  • Learn how to transition from a compliance (or reactive) approach to an impact approach.

  • Find out how to focus your sustainability activities to generate financial returns.

  • Explore ways to make the business case, and engage senior executives and the Board.

  • Discover how leading practitioners have found ways to generate inspiring results at scale.

  • Better understand how to communicate sustainability performance to key stakeholders—from shareholders to consumers.

  • Collaborate and network with your fellow corporate sustainability leaders.

Who Should Attend

This conference is designed especially for Vice Presidents, Directors, and Senior Managers of:

  • Sustainability

  • Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Environment, Health, and Safety

  • Corporate Giving / Foundation

  • Public Affairs / Government Affairs / Corporate Affairs

  • Communications

  • Human Resources

  • Strategy

  • Marketing

To Register, download the agenda or learn more, visit us at: www.conferenceboard.org/sustainability2019

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Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen Committee Issues Grant RFP for Projects Helping to Reduce Global Warming

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:02am

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for one $100,000 grant to fund work in the 2020 calendar year for new or existing programs that will help to reduce global warming, whether through direct carbon avoidance, climate communication, climate education, industry engagement, or otherwise.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation committed to advancing the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Ray’s five grandchildren, along with their spouses, comprise the NextGen Committee of the Foundation, which makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for worthwhile grants and initiatives.   In 2018, the NextGen Committee decided to focus its philanthropic efforts on programs that help to reverse global warming and they awarded a $90,000 grant to Second Nature.   Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) charities in the United States   Those interested in applying for the grant should visit the grant web page to review the proposal guidelines and submit their proposal.   All grant inquiries should be directed to nextgengrants@raycandersonfoundation.org   No phone calls.

Co-op Way Report 2018

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 7:02am

Dennis Wilson Joins Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board of Directors

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:01pm

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Wilson, Director of Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) at Saint-Gobain in North America, as a member of its Board of Directors. Dennis was appointed by the HPDC Board in March 2019, pursuant to the HPDC Bylaws, to fill the manufacturer-designated seat, which was vacated as of December 31, 2018.  Dennis will serve for the remaining term of this vacated seat, from April 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.  

As Director of Sustainability and EHS for Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, Dennis is responsible for overall corporate sustainability, product stewardship and EHS programs in North America. Dennis has also served in leadership roles within the broader transparency and material health community over the past decade, including the HPDC Manufacturer Advisory Panel, and is currently a member of the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Material Resources TAG. Saint-Gobain has been a General Member of HPDC since 2015.

“As a leader in the manufacturing industry, Saint-Gobain is constantly looking to collaborate with organizations, like HPDC, that share our commitment to building material transparency and driving innovation throughout every aspect of the supply chain,” Wilson said. “It is truly humbling to have the honor to serve on HPDC’s Board of Directors to help set the overall strategic direction for an organization with a mission that truly reflects our company’s brand values.” 

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Dennis Wilson to the HPDC Board of Directors,” said Wendy Vittori, HPDC Executive Director.  “Adoption of the HPD Open Standard is growing very rapidly, including more and more companies based outside North America. In addition to understanding what is involved in introducing and scaling new sustainability practices within a large manufacturer, as industry leaders, Dennis and Saint-Gobain bring to our Board a welcome perspective on the need for global harmonization using industry standards.”

The HPDC Board of Directors oversees the business and affairs of the organization and its members. Working with the HPDC Executive Director, the Board sets the overall strategic direction of the organization and ensures operational activities are achieving desired results. The Board approves the annual budget of the organization and proposed revisions to the HPD Open Standard. The Board appoints members of the HPDC Technical Committee, which has responsibility for managing the evolution of the HPD Open Standard.

To learn more about HPDC, please visit: https://www.hpd-collaborative.org/

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.

In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 160 locations and more than 15,500 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.5 billion in 2018. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About HPDC

HPDC is a not-for-profit, member association with over 250 organizational members, representing the full spectrum of the building industry: architects, designers, building owners, manufacturers, consultants, tool developers, and others who all share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. The HPD Open Standard has become widely adopted as the industry standard for reporting on building product contents and associated health information, since its launch in 2012, with over 4400 HPD reports publicly available.  HPDC members champion the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the practices of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products.  For more information, visit hpd-collaborative.org.

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Consumers Energy Receives National Recognition as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, Saves Customers $2 Billion on Bills

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:01pm

Consumers Energy is being honored for the seventh time in eight years with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for energy efficiency programs that have saved Michigan homes and businesses over $2 billion.

“Energy efficiency is a critical part of Consumers Energy’s efforts to build a more sustainable energy future for Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “Reducing energy waste is good for people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity by saving money for household budgets, reducing carbon emissions and putting people to work.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hands out Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards to organizations that are leaders in reducing energy waste. The awards are the highest level of recognition from the EPA.

Consumers Energy started its current energy efficiency programs in 2009. A decade later, over 625,000 households and businesses have benefitted from programs that reward them for using less energy. Those include rebates on energy-saving appliances, lighting, heating and cooling equipment, smart thermostats, insulation and other home improvements.

     A look at the company’s energy efficiency programs, by the numbers:

  • 7 million – Tons of carbon dioxide reduced

  • 25 million – ENERGY STAR®-certified bulbs that have been sold or distributed

  • 7,000 -- Jobs added by companies doing energy efficiency-related work

Businesses can learn about reducing energy waste at ConsumersEnergy.com/mybusiness. Residents can learn more at ConsumersEnergy.com/myhome.

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

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Media Contacts: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Roger Morgenstern, 616-530-4364

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SC Johnson Asia Debuts on 2019 Best Multinational Workplace List

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:01pm

Today, SC Johnson announces that it has been recognized as a Best Multinational Workplace in Asia by Great Place to Work®. This is the first time the company’s Asia region has been recognized as a Best Workplace. SC Johnson Asia ranked No. 22 on the 2019 list of top places to work in the region.

“I applaud all of the SC Johnson people across Asia who helped earn this recognition for the first time,” said Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson Chairman and CEO. “Their commitment to creating a workplace culture of high trust and integrity is a reflection of our values and contributes to the company’s global success.”

Companies appearing on the Best Workplace list in each country are evaluated by Great Place to Work® to determine the top multinational workplaces in Asia. To be eligible for the Asia Best Multinational Workplace list, a company must have operations in at least three countries, must have at least 1,000 employees globally and 40 percent of its global workforce must work outside the home country.

This regional recognition is a result of individual Best Workplace recognitions received for SC Johnson operations in India and South Korea. The company remains committed to its operations in the region and to making positive differences in the communities where it does business.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 30 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

The company also received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index in 2019. This HRC honor marked the 14th time the company earned a perfect score and its 17th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

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Contact:
SC Johnson Global Public Affairs
USPublicAffairs@scj.com
262-260-2440

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com  #SCJRecycles

Covestro Introduces New Supplier Diversity Program in North America

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:01pm

Today, Covestro LLC announced the launch of its North American supplier diversity program, building on its continuous commitment to create a more diverse, inclusive and innovative culture. The new program opens the door for small and diverse organizations that have an interest in doing business with the global high-tech materials provider, which has operations throughout the United States and Mexico.

To learn more about Covestro’s supplier diversity program, visit the website at:

https://www.covestro.us/ company/diversity-and-inclusion/supplier-diversity.

“We believe that our supply base should reflect our company values and the diversity of the communities where we live and work. Our supplier diversity program paves the way by giving us a platform to connect with smaller, historically disadvantaged firms that share our passion for sustainability and innovation,” said Stacey Vigliotti, head of business procurement services at Covestro LLC.

That initial connection is made through an online portal, where potential suppliers can register for the opportunity to compete for Covestro’s business. The Supplier Diversity Portal acts as a hub of supplier information, which Covestro will use when considering new vendors for a product or service.

“Through this program, we hope to forge strategic alliances that allow us to better serve our customers, strengthen our culture of innovation and promote the growth of diverse businesses,” explained Micah Caporali, supplier diversity manager at Covestro LLC.

Covestro has long recognized diversity and inclusion as integral to its business and innovation strategies. That commitment extends throughout every aspect of its operations, including the supply network.

“We often look to our suppliers and business partners to bring new ideas and fresh insights to the table. And we believe that everyone should have a seat at that table,” said Haakan Jonsson, president and managing director of Covestro LLC. “By formalizing our commitment to supplier diversity, we aim to build relationships with forward-thinking, collaborative suppliers that want to grow with Covestro.”

“We’re early in this journey, but we’re committed to further developing our supplier diversity program through feedback and ongoing collaboration with suppliers,” he added.

Learn more about why the company is investing in supplier diversity:

https://youtu.be/GhASU1vbjxA. 

 

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,800 people at the end of 2018.

Find more information at www.covestro.us.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at www.covestro.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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Webinar: Engage Your Employees by Instilling Purpose in Your Workplace Culture

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:00am

Today’s workforce is looking for more than just a paycheck; they’re looking for purpose. Employees want their companies to stand for something. Corporate volunteering programs allow companies to put their purpose into action while improving employee engagement and retention.

Realized Worth’s Angela Parker and Salesforce.org’s Brandolon Barnett will explore how and why implementing a volunteering program makes the biggest impact on employee engagement.

You will learn about…

  • The benefits that come with workplace volunteering programs

  • The best and most effective programs companies are implementing

  • The evolution in how companies are thinking about employee volunteering and structuring their programs

  • The role technology has played in that evolution

Register Here

Circular Economy Webinar – Complimentary

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 7:00am

With increasing pressure on natural and man-made resources, innovative companies are taking a lifecycle assessment approach and tackling circularity from as early as product development, with the goal of reaping the reputational and commercial benefits.

In this one-hour debate, four senior leaders are ready to share their strategies for transitioning from a linear to a circular economy. Join us Thursday, April 25th, at 2pm BST/3pm CET for our free online webinar with:

  • Louise Koch, Corporate Sustainability Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Dell

  • Lorraine Francourt, Director Chemicals Management and Circular Economy, The Dow Chemical Company

  • Brendan Edgerton, Director, Circular Economy, WBCSD

  • Moderator: Samantha Veide, Associate Director US, Forum for the Future

Key areas of discussion will include:

  • Implement circularity principles from product development

  • Work with cross-industry & regulatory collaboration: partnerships delivering successful programmes

  • Measure and compare circular performance

  • Close the loop to shape a new economy. Is it possible by 2030?

Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings

Kind Regards,
Brenda

Brenda Staines
Programme Manager
Ethical Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7527 | brenda.staines@ethicalcorp.com
t:  @Ethical_Corp

Fraudulent Ecuadorian Judgment Is Unenforceable Against Chevron’s Canadian Subsidiary

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 3:59pm

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a request to review a decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario that a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation cannot be enforced against Chevron Canada Limited, an indirect subsidiary.  The Court of Appeal for Ontario’s decision, which is now final, dismissed all claims against Chevron Canada Limited, holding that it is a separate entity from Chevron Corporation and that its shares and assets cannot be seized by those seeking to enforce the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment. The Ecuadorian judgment itself has already been found by U.S. courts and an international tribunal in The Hague to have been obtained through fraud, bribery and corruption.

"We are pleased that the highest court in Canada has put an end to the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ attempts to enforce their corrupt Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron’s indirect subsidiary in Canada,” said R. Hewitt Pate, vice president and general counsel, Chevron Corporation.  “Canadian courts have rejected the plaintiffs’ efforts to circumvent the determination by U.S. courts that the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron was procured through bribery, fraud and other racketeering activity. Any further efforts by the plaintiffs’ lawyers to continue this lawsuit in Canada would be an abuse of the country’s legal system and a waste of its judicial resources.” 

Because Chevron Corporation has never had any assets in Ecuador, the plaintiffs, led by adjudicated racketeer and suspended lawyer Steven Donziger, are attempting to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in other jurisdictions. Donziger and his associates had sought to enforce the judgment against both Chevron Corporation, which has no assets in Canada, and Chevron Canada Limited, which was not a party to the Ecuadorian lawsuit. Today's decision confirms once and for all that the fraudsters cannot pursue Chevron Canada Limited's shares and assets.

Last September, an international tribunal administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued an award in favor of Chevron and its indirect subsidiary, Texaco Petroleum Company, finding that the Republic of Ecuador violated its obligations under international treaties, investment agreements and international law.  The tribunal —in a unanimous ruling by a panel including an arbitrator chosen by the Republic of Ecuador— held that a $9.5 billion judgment rendered against Chevron in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, in 2011 was procured through fraud, bribery and corruption and was based on claims that had been already settled and released by the Republic of Ecuador years earlier.  The tribunal concluded that the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment “violates international public policy” and “should not be recognised or enforced by the courts of other States.”  As a matter of international law, this award confirms Chevron is not obliged to comply with the Ecuadorian judgment. 

In 2011, the plaintiffs obtained a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court, but in 2014, a U.S. federal court found that the Ecuadorian judgment was the product of fraud and racketeering activity, including extortion, money laundering, wire fraud, witness tampering, judicial bribery, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and obstruction of justice. The court prohibited enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment in the United States. That decision is now final after having been unanimously affirmed by a U.S. court of appeals and denied review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2018, Donziger was suspended from practicing law in New York State and Washington, DC as a result of his unlawful conduct in procuring the Ecuadorian judgment.

The plaintiffs’ other attempts to enforce the judgment in jurisdictions around the globe have also failed:

  • In November 2017, Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice unanimously rejected an attempt to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in Brazil. Brazil’s Deputy Prosecutor General stated the judgment was “issued in an irregular manner, especially under deplorable acts of corruption.”

  • This followed a ruling by a court in Argentina in October 2017, which also denied recognition of the Ecuadorian judgment. An Argentine appeals court upheld this decision in July 2018, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

  • In December 2015, the Supreme Court of Gibraltar issued a judgment against Amazonia Recovery Ltd., a Gibraltar-based company set up by the plaintiffs’ attorneys and investors to receive and distribute funds resulting from the Ecuadorian judgment, awarding Chevron $28 million in damages.  The Court also issued a permanent injunction against Amazonia prohibiting the company from assisting or supporting the case against Chevron in any way. The court issued a similar ruling in May 2018 against directors of Amazonia, Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia, and Ecuadorian attorney Pablo Fajardo for their role in attempting to enforce the ruling, this time awarding $38 million in damages to Chevron. 

Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

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Contact: Sean Comey - +1 925-842-5509 or James Craig - +1 (925) 842-1319

18th Annual Employee Engagement Summit

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:59pm

This two-day peer-to-peer event brings together corporate citizenship and employee engagement professionals to learn and network, share promising practices, discuss the latest trends, and create greater social impact together.

Through interactive sessions and breakouts, the summit provides a forum for learning and effective practice exchange to engage the most pressing challenges facing today’s CSR professionals.

This year’s themes include how to align your corporate brand with social and employee activism, integrating business goals with CSR, measuring and demonstrating impact, the latest trends in employee engagement, the new frontiers of diversity and inclusion, and more.

Points of Light Celebrates National Volunteer Week With a Focus on Recognizing Individuals Who Make a Difference

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:59pm

Points of Light, in partnership with The UPS Foundation and TEGNA, celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 2019, through volunteer recognition and service events around the country. Each year, National Volunteer Week is celebration of the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.

“National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on people who are creating positive change in their communities,” says Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “It is also an opportunity to inspire others to lead and lend support to the causes they care about. In today’s society, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, doing good comes in many forms. We recognize and celebrate them all.”

Through recognition programs such as the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Daily Point of Light Award, Points of Light celebrates volunteers and the impact of volunteer service in communities across the country. Recognizing and sharing stories about individuals who are doing good serves to inspire others to take action and realize their own potential to make a difference.

With support from UPS® and media partner TEGNA, a Points of Light PSA featuring Natalye Paquin will be broadcast during National Volunteer Week to inspire volunteerism and encourage individuals to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Daily Point of Light Award. Additionally, four inspiring video stories featuring Daily Point of Light honorees will be shared through TEGNA’s national HeartThreadschannel on Facebook.

“Volunteering has the power to uplift individuals and entire communities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We committed to achieving 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020, and we are on track to achieve our goal. By bringing our strengths and our passion for serving others into action, and by supporting organizations such as Points of Light, we are able to amplify the results.”  

During National Volunteer Week, Points of Light will also recognize five individuals for their extraordinary commitment to service. These volunteers join a community of nearly 6,500 Daily Point of Light Award honorees, who show that every action, no matter how small, makes a difference.

  • Hannah Dehrandunwala created Transfernation, a platform that allows companies and corporate hospitality groups to donate untouched extra food, providing healthy, fresh options to those in need of food assistance. To date, Transfernation has rescued 530,000 pounds of food and provided 510,000 meals to those without reliable access to food sources.

  • Linda Horne is a retired nurse who has served more than 10 years as a volunteer with the Health Wagon, a nonprofit that provides free medical care for patients in need. She also volunteers her time for health fairs, ensuring each patient and their family has a meal to eat while in attendance.

  • Tedman Chai leads a community service organization that has collectively volunteered more than 1,000 hours in South and East San Jose, California. He also founded the Youth Policy Alliance, helping students become civically active and contribute to the community through long-term projects;

  • Alicia White is the founder of Project Petals, an organization that works to improve under-resourced communities in New York City by improving their environment and helping young people become leaders through educational programs. Her organization has grown to help communities and youth in Brooklyn, Harlem, the Bronx, and internationally in Uganda.

  • Terry Lauerman spends 15 to 20 hours each week at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, volunteering Tuesday to Saturday. He brushes all of the cats, spending extra time socializing with the shy ones, and slowly learns and communicates their likes and dislikes to other volunteers. After photos of Terry napping with shelter cats went viral last fall, the shelter received more than $20,000 in donations in a single day.

To nominate a volunteer making a difference for a Daily Point of Light Award, visit www.pointsoflight.org. Individuals interested in finding volunteer opportunities or planning a service project in their local community can visit www.allforgood.org.

About Points of Light

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

About The UPS Foundation

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2018, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $114.9 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

About TEGNA

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 49 television stations and two radio stations in 41 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 35 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA also delivers innovative and unparalleled solutions for advertisers through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.

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