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Mon, 05/06/2019 - 4:52am

New Holland Agriculture Helps Myanmar Farmers Fight Malaria

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 4:50pm

New Holland Agriculture, a brand of CNH Industrial(NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), and its local distributor in Myanmar, Yoma Heavy Equipment (YHE), are partnering with M2030, a movement launched by the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to eliminate malaria in Asia by 2030.

Through this partnership, New Holland will be engaged in an innovative campaign that will see its dealers and customers at the forefront, with the common goal to help Myanmar’s farmers in the fight against malaria.

The campaign is being rolled out in 14 New Holland showrooms across 10 regions, including Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyitaw, Pyay, Magway, Meikhtilar, Pakokku, Shwe Bo, Kalay, Naung Cho, Heho, Loikaw, Pathein and Hinthada, and it is expected to benefit several thousands of farmers.

All of the involved New Holland showrooms will raise awareness about malaria by displaying M2030 communications materials. They will also raise funds through M2030 donation boxes and a unique pledge scheme that will see the dealerships donate funds to malaria programs for every New Holland tractor sold. When a customer purchases a tractor, the dealership will provide them with an information packet on the elimination of malaria and will deliver a short training session on malaria prevention. Tractors sold through this campaign will also display special M2030 decals to help increase awareness of malaria wherever the tractors go.

Honey Aye, YHE Business Development Manager, commented: “This is an important project for us, and by joining forces with our customers we can make a difference in the fight against malaria within the farming community. As their trusted dealer, we have a close relationship with our customers and speak to them on a regular basis. We can tell them about malaria prevention and

they can share this knowledge in their local communities. We believe that in this way we can make a real impact in the effort to defeat malaria.”

All funds raised through this campaign will support malaria elimination programs implemented by Population Services International Myanmar, one of the leading non-profit organizations fighting malaria in the country.

New Holland is the leading agriculture equipment brand in Myanmar, and YHE is the exclusive distributor for New Holland tractors in the country.

Gerhard Hartzenberg, YHE Managing Director, added: “At YHE we are proud to be associated with the M2030 movement and to be part of the effort to eliminate malaria in Myanmar. We value our commitment to the communities where we operate through initiatives of this kind, and New Holland makes it possible for us to participate in important projects that make a real difference.”

Emre Karazli, CNH Industrial Business Director, Agriculture, South East Asia & Japan, concluded: “I would like to thank YHE for their excellent contribution to this initiative. They are a valuable partner for New Holland in Myanmar that shares our values and commitment to supporting local communities. Together, through their network, we can reach deep into the farming community to help with sound prevention advice and raise funds for M2030 projects.”

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Duke Energy Florida As Tree Line USA Utility for 13th Consecutive Year

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 1:49pm

For the 13th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Duke Energy Florida as a Tree Line USA utility, highlighting its efforts in tree care.

The Tree Line USA Program demonstrates how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens by highlighting best management practices in public and private utility arboriculture.

Trees and vegetation are part of Florida’s natural  landscape, but they are also one of the leading causes of power outages for utilities. In order to keep electricity reliable, Duke Energy has a responsibility to protect the lines that deliver power to homes and businesses across the region.

“Receiving this award for the 13th straight year is a testament to the work our employees do to protect the environment and serve our customers,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “Trees are beautiful additions to yards, providing benefits of shade and helping conserve energy, which is why we work to educate customers about planting the right tree in the right place so we can continue to provide safe and reliable energy.”

Tree Line USA evaluates applicants based on several criteria including adherence to industry best practices for tree care, training of employees and contractors, implementation of public education and tree planting projects, and participation in annual Arbor Day events.

For the last two years, Duke Energy Florida, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, provided nearly 6,000 trees in 1-gallon pots to customers – for free – in honor of Florida Arbor Day in January.

Important points to remember when planting or caring for trees:

  • Customers, property owners and untrained contractors should not prune or cut trees and plants near power lines.

  • When planting trees near power lines, be sure to select a low-growing variety in order to minimize impact to the lines.

  • Contact Florida 811 prior to digging to locate any underground utilities which are often located in utility easements.

For information about planning and planting vegetation around electrical facilities, please visit: https://www.duke-energy.com/community/trees-and-rights-of-way/how-we-manage-trees/plan-before-you-plant.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Announces Secure E-Commerce Giving Plugin

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 7:48pm

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals) has announced the first secure e-commerce plugin to collect charitable donations from online shoppers at the point of sale. Powered by GiveWorx, the CMN Hospitals Giving Plugin integrates easily with any existing e-commerce website and can be ready for use in two weeks.

CMN Hospitals has been raising awareness and funds for local children’s hospitals through retail point-of-sale engagement since 1983. Available exclusively to corporate partners of CMN Hospitals, the Giving Plugin allows merchants to extend the in-store customer experience to e-commerce, empowering shoppers to donate to their local children’s hospitals with every online purchase. 

“As the e-commerce space grows more competitive, companies are looking for ways to improve their online customer experience and set themselves apart,” said John Lauck, CEO, CMN Hospitals. “Connecting online shopping to the needs of children in customers’ communities deepens customer relationships, builds affinity and encourages repeat business, lending local appeal to e-commerce businesses across North America.”

Built by financial technology specialists, the CMN Hospitals Giving Plugin operates through an API integration with each merchant’s e-commerce website. After a customer completes a purchase, a window appears asking if they would like to donate to their local children’s hospital, the name of which populates dynamically based on the customer’s IP address. The customer then selects their desired contribution amount, the Giving Plugin charges the donation to the payment method that was used to make the initial purchase and the full contribution amount is securely routed directly to the recipient hospital. Donations are entirely customer-funded and require no financial investment or accounting from the merchant. 

“As we pursue new partnerships with e-commerce businesses to expand the impact of our cause, data security, particularly with regard to customer payment information, is a top priority,” said Lauck. The Giving Plugin maintains industry-leading compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) to safeguard sensitive customer data and ensure donations are processed responsibly.

Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals treat more than 10 million children every year. Donations raised through CMN Hospitals’ corporate partners provide critical funding for medical equipment, patient education, life-saving research and charity care for sick and injured children when insurance and Medicaid fall short.

“We’re grateful to the partners who have joined in our goal to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible,” says Lauck. “Making our point-of-sale donation model available to e-commerce businesses as well as those who operate in-store brings us closer to that goal.”

To learn more about how the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals e-commerce Giving Plugin can help engage online customers, visit https://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/thegivingplugin/ 

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has been raising awareness and funds for local children’s hospitals through retail point-of-sale engagement since 1983, benefitting more than 170 member hospitals across the United States and Canada. Through relationships with corporate partners, online and offline donations have generated more than $5.7 billion for children’s hospitals—most given a dollar at a time. To learn more about the needs of children’s hospitals across the United States, Canada and in your hometown, visit https://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org

Media Contact:
Sally Gilotti
Vice President, Content Development, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
sgilotti@cmnhospitals.org
801-214-7416

CIT and Operation HOPE Celebrate National Small Business Week and Introduce Launch and Grow

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 4:48pm

 CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), in partnership with the nonprofit Operation HOPE, today introduced the next facet of its Launch and Grow initiative, a 12-week HOPE Inside program aimed at empowering women small business owners in New York City and Los Angeles. 

Building upon last year’s ten-part small business educational video series, the 2019 Launch and Grow program kicks off during National Small Business Week and includes a series of in-person workshops and classes for small business owners. Classes will focus on key topics such as maintaining strong personal credit, accessing capital, and managing budgets. 

“Empowering businesses is at the core of our mission, and the Launch and Grow HOPE Inside program is designed to provide small business owners with the training and coaching they need to bring their ideas to fruition,” said CIT Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Alemany. “We’re pleased to provide participating women the opportunity to grow, develop and pursue their passions through this rewarding program.”

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with CIT to help women entrepreneurs to achieve sustainable success,” said Operation HOPE’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant. “Our collaborative efforts will arm participants with the tools they need to thrive. Building and maintaining good credit is an absolute essential in this process so that the ‘woman behind the business’ is truly empowered.”

The Launch and Grow initiative is a HOPE Inside programming model created by Operation HOPE to provide no-cost financial empowerment coaching and education to small businesses.

Throughout the next 18 months, the program will provide over 400 women with tools and resources to cultivate their small businesses. In addition, the New York program will include a network of program partners to include Mastercard, the Francine A. LeFrak FoundationSTRIVE, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. These partners, along with CIT representatives, will provide their expertise and insights along the journey. The Los Angeles program is expected to begin in the summer.

The New York and Los Angeles cohorts will culminate with an “Ideas into Outcomes” business plan competition that will provide participants with the opportunity to showcase their plans and skillsets before a panel of distinguished judges. CIT will award the top three winners seed money to advance their business goals.

Individuals can access the content and resources by visiting www.cit.com/launch-grow and engage on social media by following #LaunchAndGrow.

About CIT

CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience, approximately $50 billion in assets as of March 31, 2019, and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company’s commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, real estate financing, equipment financing, factoring and railcar financing. CIT’s consumer banking segment includes its national online bank, CIT Bank, and a Southern California branch bank, OneWest Bank. Discover more at cit.com/about.

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope.

CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:

Olivia Weiss

212-771-9657

Olivia.Weiss@cit.com

 

OPERATION HOPE MEDIA RELATIONS:

Shalon Bell

404-941-2919

Shalon.Bell@operationhope.org

Bridgestone Group Awards 2019 Recognizes the Best Global Projects

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 4:48pm

Bridgestone Corporation announced the winners of the "Bridgestone Group Awards 2019" at a ceremony held on March 27, 2019.

The Bridgestone Group Awards began in 2008 as an annual recognition program open to all employees and organizations of the Bridgestone Group. This recognition program confers the Bridgestone Group’s highest level of awards to promote greater employee awareness and engagement incorporate activities based on the Bridgestone Essence. Since 2017 the program has included five categories based on the Group’s Our Way to Serve global CSR commitment, which includes the three Priority Areas of Mobility, People and Environment, an Achievement category, which recognizes excellence in general corporate activities, and the Management Fundamentals category that includes the Groups foundation areas to drive sustainability. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges comprised of members of global executive management.

In the 2019 Ceremony, a total of nine projects were recognized as exemplary initiatives, representing all of the company’s regions. The Bridgestone Global Awards represent an important channel for accomplishing the Group’s ultimate goal of becoming a truly global company and achieving the standing of “Dan-Totsu”—the absolute and clear leader—in all aspects of its business.

Our Way to Serve is meant to guide the Bridgestone Group’s ongoing development as a sustainable company and to accelerate fulfilling its mission of “Serving Society with Superior Quality.” Accordingly, these awards are an important driver of innovation and continuous improvement that helps ensure the Group’s ongoing competitiveness in a rapidly changing business environment. 
The activities selected and recognized are as follows.

Achievement: One Winner

Name: Shaping Tomorrow: New Bridgestone Americas Headquarters
Recipients: Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Overview: Following the construction of its new headquarters, Bridgestone Tower, and a new Operations Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Americas was able to consolidated more than 2,200 employees that had previously been spread across multiple bases, allowing for smoother communication between functions.

Mobility: One Winner

Name: “Precision Docking” Tire and Curb Development for Barrier-Free (Universal Design) of Advanced Rapid Transit
Recipients: Bridgestone Corporation Bridgestone BRM Co., Ltd.
Overview: This award was presented in recognition of a development project that examined both bus tires and curbs with the aim of enhancing curb docking by enabling bus tires to more closely approach curbs in order to minimize the gaps between boarding entrances and bus stops. The goal of this project was to allow for senior citizens, individuals using wheelchairs or pushing strollers, and others to board buses with greater ease. This project helped remove barriers to bus riding through the development of a specialized curb design for bus stops that prevents contact between vehicles and curbs while reducing wear on tire sidewalls as well as the development of technologies for avoiding wear on the portions of tire sidewalls that make contact with curbs.

People: Three Winners

Name: Driving Great Futures: Transporting More Youth Safely to Out-of-School Programming Recipients: Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC Overview: Bridgestone Retail Operations helped support the safe transportation of children by donating to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization that provides aid to economically disadvantaged children, to fund replacements and repairs of vehicles for transporting children.

Name: Improvement of the Support System in Disasters
Recipients: Bridgestone Tire Japan Co., Ltd., Bridgestone Corporation, Bridgestone Logistics Co., Ltd., Bridgestone Retail Japan Co., Ltd.
Overview: Learning from the recent increase in natural disasters, these companies introduced systems for confirming employee safety in times of disasters and also improved for storing emergency aid supply. These preparations proved beneficial when they facilitated the smooth confirmation of employee safety and provision of relief supplies to affected regions and stores following disasters that occurred in 2018, such as Typhoon Jebi and the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake.

Name: Bridgestone Indonesia Rescue Team for Community
Recipients: P.T. Bridgestone Tire Indonesia
Overview: Bridgestone Tire Indonesia took steps, including providing training to employees and assembling rescue teams, to prepare employees to rescue flood victims. Since 2010, employees of this company have provided safe evacuation procedures to approximately 1,000 flood victims while also offering support through the provision of relief supplies and evacuation areas. Environment: One Winner   Name: Reduction of Ground Water Use in Izmit Plant Recipients: Brisa Bridgestone Sabancı Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. Overview: One of the medium-term targets of the Bridgestone Group’s long-term environmental vision is to reduce per unit water intake by 35% from the baseline year of 2005 by 2020. To help move us toward this target, Bridgestone’s Izmit Plant has set the goal of reducing per unit water intake by 61% from the baseline year of 2008 by 2020. To accomplish this goal, the Izmit Plant has been working to conserve water within the plan while utilizing systems for recycling cooling water. As a result, in 2018 the plant realized a 47% reduction in per unit water intake from the baseline year of 2008.

Management Fundamentals: Three Winner

Name: Safety Transformation Journey: New Approaches to, Engage and Train Our Teammates
Recipients: Bridgestone Europe NV/SA
Overview: Bridgestone Europe has been implementing initiatives for improving the quality of its employee safety education programs. For example, this company created videos for raising awareness regarding potential dangers based on the theme of actual factory workplaces. In addition, the Béthune Plant in France conducts safety trainings that incorporate VR technologies. As a result of these initiatives, Bridgestone Europe witnessed a 30% reduction in occupational accidents in 2018 in comparison to 2016.

Name: “Global TQM Culture of Continuous Improvement“ Together with “QMK Foundation” Recipients: Bridgestone Corporation, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. Overview: The Bridgestone Group Global TQM Conference*1 is an event that has been held 148 times leading up to 2018 since its first iteration in 1963. Also, the Saga Plant commenced QMK*2 activities in 1985, and a total of 307 QMK-related meetings have been held to date. In this manner, the Group has a long and ongoing history of high-quality improvement activities. These companies have entrenched this culture of improvement into manufacturing bases and offices across the globe in order to disseminate and cultivate a Groupwide TQM culture. *1 TQM is an acronym for “total quality management.” Bridgestone’s TQM conferences serve as an opportunity for sharing information about superior workplace improvement activities in order to raise organization-wide quality awareness and enhance future TQM activities. In 2010, the Bridgestone Group began holding global-scale TQM conferences. *2 QMK is an acronym that combines “quality control” and “mondai kaiketsu (problem solving)” to encourage problem solving through quality control. Name: Name The Launch and Implementation of Three Key Global Policies: “Global Sustainable Procurement Policy,”“Global Human: Rights Policy,” and the “Bridgestone Code of Conduct”, Recipients Bridgestone Corporation, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Bridgestone Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Overview: These companies contributed to the improvement of the framework created by the Bridgestone Group’s corporate philosophy and global CSR commitment through the launch and implementation of three global policies: Global Sustainable Procurement Policy, Global Human Rights Policy, and Bridgestone Code of Conduct.

About Bridgestone Corporation:
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

Bridgestone Corporation
Public Relations Department
1-1, Kyobashi 3-chome
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8340, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6836-3333
Fax: +81 3-6836-3184
www.bridgestone.com

Study: White Oak Pastures Beef Reduces Atmospheric Carbon

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 1:46pm

Will Harris is many things to many people. To chefs and foodies, he is a legendary farmer producing some of the world’s best pasture-raised meats infused with the terroir of South Georgia. To athletes, body-hackers, and health-conscious consumers, he is the owner of White Oak Pastures, which ships humanely-raised, non-GMO, grassfed proteins to their doorsteps. To the communities surrounding Bluffton, Georgia, he is one of the last good ole’ boys and the largest private employer in the county. To his colleagues in agriculture, he’s a renegade and an inspiration. But Will Harris’ legacy might turn out to be something else entirely. He may be remembered as the cattleman who figured out how to enlist cows in future generations’ struggle to reverse climate change.

Industrial-Sized Cow Farts

Almost everyone these days has been educated that carbon emissions from industrialized beef production are a startlingly large contributor to man-made climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that livestock is already responsible for at least 14.5% of greenhouse gases being released worldwide.[1] FAO also estimates that global beef consumption will exponentially grow until it reaches 105 million metric tons before 2050.[2] Statistics on how bad beef consumption is for the environment are so ubiquitous that it is almost unthinkable for many climate scientists to advocate for anything but a vegetarian diet. Luckily for meat-eaters, scientists at Quantis, one of the world’s most respected environmental research and design firms, were not convinced that was the full story.

Quantis conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on beef raised by White Oak Pastures to “account for the energy and environmental impacts of all stages of a product’s life cycle, such as [the] acquisition of raw materials, the production process, handling of waste byproducts, and more.[3] Using both soil sampling and modeled data from 2017, the LCA analyzed the farm’s overall greenhouse gas footprint. The study included enteric emissions (belches and gas) from cattle, manure emissions, farm activities, slaughter and transport, and carbon sequestration through soil and plant matter.

The research team was so astounded by White Oak Pastures LCA that they called in academics from other universities and institutes to confirm the methodology.  Their results were so compelling that the lead researcher, Dr. Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University plans to publish them in a peer-reviewed journal later this year.

The LCA, funded by General Mills, confirms that “based on historical sampling, White Oak Pastures’ holistically managed fields went from 1 percent soil organic matter to 5 percent. Soil organic matter is a key indicator for soil health and among other factors, it influences soil aggregates and nutrient cycling.” according to Dr. Rowntree. “Aggregate stability indicates how well the soil holds together under rainfall, providing greater resiliency to the landscape. In the case of White Oak Pastures, aggregate stability increased 4x.”

The researchers zeroed in on White Oak Pastures because there are very few farms who have a 25-year history of holistically managed grazing. Harris has also acquired neighboring properties over the years, allowing the scientists to study fields that had been holistically managed for 20, 13, 8, 5, 3, 1 and 0 years to measure the effects of Harris’ management on the soil.

Radically Traditional Farming Must Be Commercially Viable

It has been more than 25 years since Will Harris began treating his great-grandfather’s pastures as the complete ecosystems they once were, an approach considered ‘radically traditional’ by most of his contemporaries. In that time White Oak Pastures has benefitted from improved biodiversity, better water retention in the soil and is more resilient against pests and disease. He accomplished this by raising many species of livestock using holistic management practices – cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits, geese, guineas, turkey, chickens, and ducks – not to mention the plants, wild animals (like bald eagles), millions of insects, and billions of bacteria and fungi in the soil.

“White Oak Pastures is one of EPIC’s key suppliers, and Will is truly a pioneer in the regenerative agriculture movement," said Taylor Collins, co-founder of EPIC Provisions. "Over the years, he’s inspired our brand to seek more suppliers who have multi-species, holistically managed farms that enrich the ecosystem. He’s also inspired our own land management practices as first-generation farmers. I’m thrilled that we finally have some data that proves what we’ve known all along—that raising meat the right way really can save the planet.”

“Our farm is creating more in terms of organic matter in the soil and microbial biodiversity than it is depleting,” points out Harris. “This shows that it is possible for humans to positively contribute to the environment through our food production system- using holistic management and planned grazing of livestock.” This is in contrast to carbon-emitting farms that strive to reduce costs by cultivating a monoculture to produce a specific commodity using artificial inputs like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMO’s, subtherapeutic antibiotics, and artificial hormones.

Saving More Than It Spends

The White Oak Pastures LCA study focused on one very important positive side effect: carbon storage in the soil. The study’s unprecedented conclusion was that the conversion of annual cropland to perennial pasture, holistic grazing and other regenerative management practices such as compost application had the side effect of storing more carbon in the soil than their cows emit during their lives, based on the LCA’s 2017 dataContrary to all conventional wisdom, not only about beef production but about consumption in general, Will’s zero-waste farm operates on a “save more than you spend” carbon model. Instead of producing net emissions, his grassfed cattle sequester more than they produce. The Life Cycle Assessment data indicates that White Oak Pastures is offsetting at least 100 percent of the farm's grassfed beef carbon emissions and as much as 85 percent of the farm’s total carbon emissions.

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White Oak Pastures is a multigenerational 3,200-acre farm located in Bluffton, Georgia. Committed to returning the farm to its ancestral roots in regenerative farming, fourth generation farmer Will Harris transitioned his conventional farm operations in 1995 to a grassfed, pastured program. Today, White Oak Pastures is proud to be the largest Certified Organic farm in Georgia, raising 10 species of livestock: cattle, goats, sheep, hogs, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and guinea fowl. Using prescribed grazing with livestock, White Oak Pastures takes great pride in providing customers with humane meat and poultry while regenerating dead soil into healthy, thriving grasslands.

As part of the farm’s zero-waste philosophy, White Oak Pastures produces skincare products, soap, and candles from beef tallow, along with pet chews and leather items from cow hides. Recognized as a leader in regenerative farming, White Oak Pastures received the Governor's Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2011, The University of Georgia's Award of Excellence in 2008, named the Most Respected Business Leader in Georgia, received the Growing Green Award in 2014, and the Georgia Organics Land Steward Award in 2016.

[1] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock. Rome, 2013 http://www.fao.org/3/i3437e/i3437e.pdf Accessed 4/29/19.

[2] Department Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Environmental Impacts on Food Production and Consumption. 2006. http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=EV02007_4601_FRP.pdf. Accessed 04/29/19.

[3] UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). Life Cycle Assessment: A Tool for Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Farm Crops. 2015. https://asi.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/life-cycle-assessment-fact-sheet-2015_0.pdf.  Accessed 04/08/19.

SC Johnson Turkey Named Best Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:46am

SC Johnson Turkey has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Turkey by Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year. The Turkey organization earned the No. 3 spot among mid-sized companies on the annual Best Workplace list of companies in Turkey with 50-250 employees.

“I congratulate SC Johnson Turkey for earning this recognition for the third year in a row, and for the team’s focus on engagement and empowerment across the organization,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. 

The Turkey team joins SC Johnson Central America, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Canada on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces. Their awards and placement in the rankings are determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies. The Turkey organization was recognized for its overall culture and high level of engagement.

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 honor marks the 14th time the company has 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

Duke Energy: Cleaner Energy Mix Can Be Affordable, Too

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 4:45pm

Duke Energy continues to generate cleaner energy at prices below the national average for its 7.7 million residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Those facts were spelled out today in the company’s 13th annual Sustainability Report – a report card on the company’s progress at meeting its sustainability goals. The report can be found here – and a PDF copy for download can be found here.

“Duke Energy is successfully reducing our environmental impact while keeping electric prices low for customers,” said Cari Boyce, senior vice president, stakeholder strategy and sustainability. “It’s not a question of clean or affordable. We’re safely and reliably achieving both.”

Among the highlights in this year’s report:

  • In the six states where Duke Energy has retail electric customers, the company’s electric rates were below the national averages, according to data from the Edison Electric Institute.

  • Duke Energy relies on a balanced energy mix that includes carbon-free nuclear, lower-cost natural gas, hydroelectric and coal. In 2018, nearly 38 percent of the energy produced by the company was carbon-free.

  • Duke Energy owned and purchased renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power) was equivalent to roughly 9.3 percent of its generation mix in 2018 – reflecting an 11 percent increase compared to 2017.

  • The company’s use of coal has dropped more than 50 percent from 2008 to 2018 – from 63 million tons annually to 29 million tons. The use of cleaner-burning and lower-cost natural gas has spurred much of that reduction.  

  • Duke Energy’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions remained roughly flat in 2018 – despite producing 2 percent more energy versus the previous year. The company’s carbon intensity, the amount of CO2 produced per kilowatt-hour generated, fell 2 percent from the previous year. Overall, the company’s carbon emissions have dropped 31 percent since 2005.

  • Duke Energy established new goals in the report. One is to reduce water withdrawals by its generation fleet by 1 trillion gallons by 2030 – compared to its 2016 mark of 5.34 trillion gallons.

  • Duke Energy is also investing more in energy storage. The company is looking to install more than 400 megawatts (MW) of battery storage over the next 15 years. Today, work is underway at the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station in South Carolina to increase its pumped storage output by more than 300 MW.

About Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

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Morgan Stanley Expands Partnership With KaBOOM! Through a New Grant, Creating Additional Innovative Play Spaces for Children in 21 Cities

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 4:45pm

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced a new grant to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. The two-year Morgan Stanley Foundation grant is a continuation of Morgan Stanley’s long-standing partnership with KaBOOM!, which has already led to the creation of 20 playgrounds, serving more than 9,500 kids around the country.

With this new grant, Morgan Stanley volunteers and KaBOOM! partners will work together to create 21 new play spaces for children, more than doubling the existing play spaces already created in efforts with Morgan Stanley employees. Five of these play spaces will be physical playgrounds built in cities across the United States. The remaining 16 will be creative play grants for Imagination Playgrounds and Rigamajig units, which allow for year-round activity in areas with limited space or inclement weather. These new play spaces will involve the collective effort of over 850 Morgan Stanley employee volunteers and will benefit an estimated 36,500 children living in underserved communities.

“Play is crucial to a child’s emotional, physical, and intellectual development, and we are proud to build upon our already successful partnership with KaBOOM!, expanding access to free, public play spaces for children everywhere,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. “For more than 50 years, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has supported healthy starts and solid educations for the children in our communities, and it’s inspiring to see our nonprofit partners and employee volunteers collaborate to have a tangible impact on children’s health and well-being.”

“Play is critical for kids to grow up happy, healthy and resilient, yet far too many kids are missing out on a chance to play,” said Lysa Ratliff, Vice President of Partnership Development, KaBOOM!. “Through our longtime partnership with Morgan Stanley, spaces are created so that more kids have the opportunity to get the play they need to thrive in life. We are grateful for their commitment to all kids getting the childhood they deserve through play.”

Where space is limited, creative play products allow for play to take place in the classroom, gymnasium, recreation centers, and beyond. Imagination Playground and Rigamajic encourage free play, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Imagination Playground is an innovative play system that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam shapes, Imagination Playground provides a changing array of elements that allow kids to create a playspace that is constantly built and re-built by their imagination.

Rigamajig is a large-scale building kit filled with wooden plants, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope that enhances STE(A)M learning and allows children to actively play and create. Rigamajig allows children to develop language, communication and problem solving skills that are key to cognitive development.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Media Relations Contact: Katherine Stueber, Katherine.stueber@morganstanley.com

Re-imagining Olam

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:44am

Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel: High School Student from St. Petersburg, Fla. Wins National PSA Video Challenge

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 7:43pm

To encourage positive driving habits for young drivers, Shorecrest Preparatory School junior, Caleb Kravitz developed a creative PSA to inspire his peers to practice safe driving skills. His video, titled Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel, is the winner of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national peer-to-peer driver safety public service announcement competition. More than a thousand videos were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by teens educating students on the risky behavior of distracted driving.

 “‘Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel’ provides an entertaining yet powerful narrative on the dangers of multi-tasking at the wheel and showcases reasons for teens to remain focused and stay safe on the road,” said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “We thank all of the students who entered the challenge for their work to encourage, engage and educate their peers about the life changing consequences of distracted driving, and congratulate all of the ‘TeenDrive365 Video Challenge’ finalists on their accomplishment.”

Caleb’s PSA takes the viewer on an unconventional journey through the mind of a teenage driver. He uses a recliner chair to travel through his neighborhood to show the causal approach young drivers take when behind the wheel. The PSA ends with Caleb informing his peers that they are not invincible to the consequences of their actions.

“Caleb is a clever, skillful and self-motivated young filmmaker who always sets out to achieve at a higher level than the class assignment requires,” said Bill Leavengood, Shorecrest class of 1978 and Caleb’s teacher for this class for the second year. “I am impressed by how he was able to get a familiar message across in his video submission to Toyota ‘TeenDrive365’ with such creativity and imagination without making it cliché or didactic.”

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, now in its eighth year, has received tens of thousands of inspirational submissions that have celebrated teen’s creativity, while elevating the critical goal of protecting teens on the road.  It is part of Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program, a comprehensive initiative to provide educators, parents and teens with critical safe driving materials.

“‘TeenDrive365’ presents teens with an incredible opportunity to use the power of digital content to become role models for their peers,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We applaud Caleb’s execution and delivery of the grand prize-winning video, alongside the work that all video challenge finalists put into this amazing initiative every year. Students nationwide combine their storytelling skills and creativity to positively influence their peers with the eventual hope of saving lives. We are proud to stand with Toyota to help spark this important national dialogue.” 

Caleb was awarded $15,000 and will transform his video into a TV-ready PSA. View the video here.

Other winners include:

Second Place: Christina Williams, student at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C. will receive $10,000 for developing Christina’s Community.

Third Place: Aaron Morales, student at International Community School in Winter Park, Fla. will receive $7,500 for developing Distractions.

People’s Choice Winner: Adelaide Wilson, student at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Mich. will receive $5,000 for winning this award and $2,500 for placing as a finalist. Her PSA Put That Phone Away ranked highest among public votes.

The additional six finalists will receive $2,500, and four regional winners from the Northeast, Midwest, South and West regions will each receive $1,000. National and Regional Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge finalists can be viewed here.

Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at no-cost and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, which empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Visit TeenDrive365.com to learn more about the annual TeenDrive365 Video Challenge to help promote safe teen driving. For more information about the program or to watch winning videos from previous years, click here.

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About TeenDrive365:

TeenDrive365 is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers; Heads Up! – an Interactive Road Distraction Challenge that allows teens to virtually experience some of the dangers of distracted driving; and a collection of online events, tools and social media elements that underscore how teens can make a difference by driving safely.

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.

OppenheimerFunds and Employees Donate More Than $15 Million to Nonprofits

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:42pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading asset manager founded in 1959, with its employees, contributed over $15 million in combined charitable activities. Together they gave $10 million in donations as part of an expanded gift matching program to celebrate the firm’s 60th year and to lend support to a broad spectrum of causes. Additionally, corporate donations were made through nonprofit grants submitted by employees and donations made across the U.S. and London.

“For 60 years, OppenheimerFunds has built its business on a strong foundation of client trust, collaboration and tireless investment stewardship. To celebrate this milestone, the firm has shown its gratitude through a number of employee-led philanthropic initiatives in 2019. It gives me great pride to know we will have a lasting impact on important causes for our communities and beyond, today and into the future,” said Art Steinmetz, CEO, OppenheimerFunds.

The program, open during January and February 2019, offered a six-times (6x) match for all employee donations of up to $6,000 made to qualified charitable organizations. Of the firm’s 2,000 employees, more than 700 participated, a record level of engagement, contributing to 1,200 nonprofits across a full range of social, civic, educational, cultural and health-related causes. 

In addition, employees submitted nearly 350 grant requests for their favorite charities. The corporate donations totaled $1 million in employee-directed contributions for these grants. The OppenheimerFunds Philanthropy Advisory Council, with representation from across the firm, was chaired by Andy Doyle, Chief Human Resources Officer, OppenheimerFunds.

"2018 marked OppenheimerFunds' second best year in our history in terms of financial performance, thanks to the superb execution and efforts of our teams across the firm,” said David Pfeffer, Chief Financial Officer, OppenheimerFunds. “I am so proud of our employees for stepping up and leading in their communities. The generous contributions by our colleagues through this expanded gift matching and grant programs will have a remarkable impact for years to come.”

Throughout its 60 years, OppenheimerFunds has taken an active, hands-on approach to helping communities, supporting a range of programs and organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. Its flagship program, 10,000 Kids by 2020, launched in 2016 to introduce 10,000 students to math literacy programs through nonprofit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. The firm delivered early on its goal, completing outreach to 10,000 children across its office location cities by April 2019, which is Financial Literacy Month. To achieve this objective, OppenheimerFunds worked closely with the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), for which it is an inaugural donor, as well as public schools and nonprofit organizations such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The firm also has a track record of global charitable engagement. For example, it has recently worked with organizations including MATHSWORLDUK, Common Impact and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provide impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills-based volunteer programs. Over the years, 15 OppenheimerFunds teams participated with CCS serving children abroad, most recently conducting vision tests and building out a computer lab.

Additionally over the last eight years at the firm’s Distribution Symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm's Distribution team, OppenheimerFunds made donations and volunteered with nonprofits across the country to curate murals for hospital walls; refurbish local school facilities; assemble and donate backpacks to troops; construct bicycles, wheelchairs and toddler beds; assemble care packages, school backpacks, meal kits and hygiene kits for families recovering from natural disasters; and more. Teams also helped build model solar cars and robotics to reinforce STEM skills with children of local Boys & Girls Clubs.

As previously announced, Invesco will acquire OppenheimerFunds from Oppenheimer’s parent company MassMutual, with the transaction expected to close during the second quarter of 2019.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors, and including its subsidiaries, manages more than $230 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of March 29, 2019.  

OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG. The firm is a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, while OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative, 10,000 Kids, which introduces children to math literacy programs.  

For more information about OppenheimerFunds:

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Podcasts: oppenheimerfunds.com/advisors/podcasts

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Smithfield Foods Makes Sizable Donation to Support STEAM Education in Rural Communities

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:42pm

 The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a $350,000 donation to FUSE Studios, a high-quality and results-driven educational program piloted through Northwestern University that aims to transform science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning in schools across America. Smithfield’s substantial contribution to FUSE is part of the company’s recently announced charitable grant programthat aims to address the unique needs of Smithfield’s local communities. The company’s donation will support 20 new FUSE Studios in participating school districts throughout the Midwest and North Carolina beginning in Fall 2020. 

“At Smithfield, we firmly believe in the power of education to transform communities,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We are pleased to support FUSE’s efforts to open new learning studios in the communities we call home to facilitate new interests and help develop students for the 21st century.”

Students taking part in FUSE programs are impacted beyond the learning studio where their developing skills and abilities are transferred into their work and classroom environments. Program participants also experience an environment with abundant peer support, encouraging the development of necessary ‘non-cognitive’ skills, such as problem-solving, persistence, and working together.

“We are thrilled by Smithfield’s generous support, and are encouraged by their dedication to ensuring their communities have access to quality educational programs,” said Henry Mann, FUSE program director. “With this grant, we are able to bring engaging STEAM education into schools that will provide a great benefit to both students and the community as a whole. Our innovative approach will give students access to a diverse suite of challenges to ignite creativity, collaboration, and discovery through tasks not found in a typical classroom setting.”

The new FUSE studios will launch in Fall 2020. For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to its local communities, please visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/helpingcommunities.

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

About FUSE 
FUSE is a STEAM (STEM plus Arts) education program that facilitates student exploration and learning through hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM and design practices. In FUSE, students work in a studio-like environment, learn through making, and develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, persistence and communication. Learn more at www.fusestudio.net.

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Fisk Johnson Raises Awareness of Deforestation, Continuing Longstanding Commitment to Global Forest Protection

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 10:42am

Forest protection has been a focus for SC Johnson for generations. Now, the company's Chairman and CEO, Fisk Johnson, is shining a spotlight on the topic in his ongoing effort to raise awareness of global environmental issues like deforestation and ocean plastic.

Johnson recently visited areas impacted by illegal deforestation with longtime partner Conservation International (CI), and confirmed the company's pledge to source 100% of its natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. Since then he's shared videos about forest protection and sustainable farming methods, bringing millions of views and ongoing dialogue to this topic.

"When you see the devastation of deforestation firsthand, it's very powerful. I wanted to share that experience so more people can see and understand the impact," Johnson said. "Human well-being depends on healthy forests for clean water, food security, carbon capture and other benefits. It's critical that governments, NGOs, companies and citizens keep fighting to protect them. It’s great to see the work CI is doing to lead this charge.”

A Legacy of Environmental Protection

Johnson's grandfather, H.F. Johnson, Jr., visited Brazil in 1935, beginning the company’s longstanding dedication to global forest protection. The company operated a research center in Brazil for decades, cultivating thousands of carnaúba specimens that laid the groundwork for years of continuing research and preservation. The facility was donated to the Escola de Agronomic of the University of Ceará in 1970 so study could continue.

Sam Johnson, the company's fourth-generation leader, led the protection of two reserves in Brazil's Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s, and the creation of The Fund for Conservation of Caatinga Association, a group dedicated to studying and protecting the region's environmental landscape. SC Johnson also donated 18,000 acres of Caatinga land for conservation.

Since 2001, led by Fisk Johnson, the company has undertaken numerous forest protection programs through an ongoing partnership with CI. Through SC Johnson's work with and contributions to CI, more than 100,000 acres of tropical forest have been conserved — much of it in the Amazon region.

“Environmental protection is prioritized in all aspects of our business and we’re always looking at ways to protect the Earth’s critical resources for generations to come,” Johnson said. “Currently we source 90% of our raw materials from sustainably managed forests, and committing to making that 100% by 2020 is a natural evolution in advancing this work.”

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8519251-sc-johnson-deforestation/

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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

Keep America Beautiful Rallies Grassroots Volunteers for Great American Cleanup ‘Earth Week’ Events Nationwide

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 1:35pm

The week surrounding the 2019 Earth Day (April 22) has been a focus of activity during the annual Keep America Beautiful® Great American Cleanup®, as the national community improvement nonprofit rallies volunteers at cleanup and green-up events across America. Thousands of events have unfolded from coast to coast prior to Earth Day and hundreds more are scheduled for the weekend of April 27-28, and throughout the remainder of the spring Great American Cleanup program period.

Prior to and on Earth Day, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego marked the 10th anniversary of Keep Phoenix Beautiful’s Earth Day Phoenix, joining KPB’s President Tom Waldeck for a ceremonial tree planting. Keep Austin Beautiful Day, a county-wide day of service, spanned more than 100 sites in the greater Austin area. More than 200 volunteers from local companies worked with Keep Massachusetts Beautiful on a Boston Earth Day cleanup. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Green Philly were joined by former Philadelphia Eagles’ star Connor Barwin and a host of volunteers to clean up Smith Playground in South Philadelphia. Nearly 2,000 volunteers joined Jersey City, New Jersey, Mayor Steven Fulop for the 4th annual Jersey City Cleanup on April 13.

“Many hands can make a sizable impact on a local level. Volunteering for the Great American Cleanup is a great way to become a community changemaker,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We all play a vital role in creating more socially connected places to live. If you haven’t yet participated in a Great American Cleanup event, Keep America Beautiful Month is a great time of year to help make your neighborhood cleaner, greener and more beautiful.”

Keep America Beautiful, with the support of its affiliates and their volunteers, social and civic service organizations, municipalities and government officials, and Great American Cleanup national sponsors will surpass many of the achievements of last year’s 20th anniversary Great American Cleanup, including 68 million pounds of recyclables collected; 24.7 million pounds of litter collected; 9.4 million volunteer hours logged; more than 55,400 miles of roads, shorelines and waterways improved and beautified; and nearly 21,300 public spaces cleaned.

Local hands-on volunteer events and education programs will renew public parks, trails and recreation areas; clean, enhance and protect shorelines, beaches and waterways; remove litter and debris from roadways, storm drains and public spaces; reduce waste and improve recycling; and plant trees, flowers and community gardens.

Here is a snapshot of Great American Cleanup events taking place this Earth Week and beyond:

  • Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful: More than 40 events are slated for April 27-28 throughout Palm Beach County, Florida, for a variety of activities, including waterway and beach cleanups, native planting activities, park and garden cleanups, and much more. Locations and times here.

  • Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is hosting the 5th annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands on April 27. As part of an ongoing partnership with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, this program seeks to promote the ongoing stewardship of Gwinnett’s wetlands and water resources. Volunteer information here.

  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, in Reno, Nevada, will conduct its Great Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, focusing on the cleanup of illegal dump sites in the open spaces surrounding the Truckee Meadows.

  • I Love A Clean San Diego: Join ILACSD on Saturday, April 27, as its volunteers beautify 100 sites in San Diego County during the 17th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Last year, nearly 6,500 volunteers successfully removed more than 145,000 pounds of litter and debris. Registration here.

  • Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful: The BIG Clean MKE community-wide cleanup day takes place throughout Milwaukee on April 27. Check the KGMB volunteer calendar for times and locations.

  • Keep Cincinnati Beautiful: Join Keep Cincinnati Beautiful us for its spring Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) cleanup on April 27! The NEP is a 90-day collaborative effort between the City of Cincinnati, neighborhood residents and community organizations. Volunteer details here.

  • Keep Virginia Beautiful: Keep Virginia Beautiful, in partnership with askHRgreen.org, is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to transform local parks, waterways, and neighborhoods across all 17 cities and counties in Hampton Roads on May 3-4.

  • Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful: The “Placemaking in Riverside” Community Cleanup takes place on Saturday, May 11, throughout the city with a volunteer recognition lunch to follow.

National sponsors of the 2019 Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup include the Altria Group, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation and Sazerac Company.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

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Larry Kaufman +1 (203) 659-0314 lkaufman@kab.org Keep America Beautiful

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