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ViiV Healthcare Awards $1 Million in Grants for Positive Action for Women in the U.S.

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:29am

ViiV Healthcare announced $1 million in grants for Positive Action for Women (PAFW), a pilot initiative that supports innovative, forward-thinking community collaborations that break down isolation and stigma for cis- and transgender women of color living with HIV and link women to networks of care.[i] While the number of new HIV diagnosis among women of color is declining, 80 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in women in the U.S. are among women of color.[ii] Furthermore, complex social dynamics and isolation have limited the promise of medical advances from reducing the impact of the HIV epidemic. Responding to this current situation, ViiV Healthcare has committed to address the disproportionate impact of HIV among women of color in the U.S. as part of our global commitment to support communities most affected by HIV.

“We’re thrilled to advance our company’s commitment to women and take another step in closing the gap in HIV care for women of color living with HIV in the U.S.,” says Amelia Korangy of ViiV Healthcare. “We’re confident that our grantees and their partners will be able to extend their reach and break down isolation affecting women in their communities.” 

PAFW grants were inspired by extensive research in communities working to find new solutions that will make a difference for women of color affected by HIV. Organizations are being supported to develop Networks for Community Action and Networks for Women to break down persistent barriers for women living with HIV and engage more women across the prevention and care continuum. 

Networks for Community Action

  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago is working with partners to develop a local action plan that successfully engages more cis- and transgender women of color across the HIV prevention and care continuum. Working in partnership with Chicago Women AIDS Project, Affinity Community Services, Stroger Hospital and others, the project will strengthen women’s leadership, create a shared data-collection tool and develop actionable recommendations across the system of care.

Networks for Women

  • Christie’s Place is collaborating with others to enhance its nationally recognized, trauma-informed HIV assistance and navigation program, CHANGE for Women, to incorporate a series of vital empowerment, education and family engagement activities for Spanish- and English-speaking women of color living with HIV in San Diego.
  • Iris House is collaborating with the National Women and AIDS Collective partners on the Love Your Life project to scale and customize campaign materials, create emotional wellness groups across the country and share strategies for addressing isolation and stigma. Partners include The Afiya Center (TX), Minority AIDS Council (SC), Voces Latina (NY), WORLD (CA) and Ribbon Consulting Group (DC). 
  • Positive Women’s Network is working with affiliates in six states on the PWN Cares project to engage cis- and transgender women who are not currently connected to care through a series of videos and linked virtual “coffee table” discussions, a state-based strategy to support new members in reaching women who are isolated, and the development of a Trans-Centered Reproductive Justice Agenda.
  • Transgender Law Center is expanding the Positively Trans project with partners in Detroit, New Orleans and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale to conduct a trans-led participatory needs assessment that bolsters leadership and advocacy, sharpens data literacy and expands local support networks.
  • The Well Project is developing collaborations with healthcare providers on the Building H.O.P.E project to expand access to resources for newly diagnosed women through online content, peer bloggers, direct engagement with emerging leaders and creative online communities focused on women who are disconnected from care in underserved areas across the country.

"Positive Action for Women embodies an innovative, community-informed approach to addressing the urgent need for solutions," said Vignetta Charles, Ph.D., member of PAFW Advisory Board and chief executive officer (CEO) of education, training and research (ETR). “The grantee’s programs are community-driven efforts to address isolation that may impact women’s engagement with HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.”

More information on the program and grantees is available at https://us.viivhealthcare.com/positive-action-for-women.

PAFW is part of ViiV Healthcare’s global commitment to supporting research and community programs that close the gaps in data, address social and cultural barriers to care and drive solutions for women living with and affected by HIV.

About ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action

Positive Action was created in 1992 as the first pharmaceutical company programme to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS. ViiV Healthcare is proud to continue the Positive Action programme and its valuable work with these communities. Positive Action works with those communities most vulnerable to HIV disease, including youth, girls and women, sex workers, gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, injecting drug users (IDU), the homeless and the incarcerated. Our projects range across education, prevention, care and treatment-related activity such as treatment literacy and community/clinical engagement.

About ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Shionogi joined as a shareholder in October 2012. The company’s aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and new HIV medicines as well as support communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline and commitment, please visit www.viivhealthcare.com.

[i] Transgender means a person who identifies with a gender different from the gender he or she was assigned at birth. Cisgender describes a person who is not transgender; cisgender women were born female and identify as female.

[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report – 2015; vol. 27. Table 3b, Page 23. Published November 2016. Accessed August 2017. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-report-2015-vol-27.pdf.

Major Leaguers Go to Bat for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 7:22pm

For perhaps as long as the game has been played, Major League baseball players have cared deeply about the places where they play and live, and that passion and compassion came to the forefront this week when baseball took a backseat to many players’ concerns for the people in communities devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Whether it was Astros players who make Houston their home town for much of the year, players who live or have friends and family in Southeast Texas or those who just want to help, the sick feeling of helplessness and futility when the storm hit quickly gave way to action plans to support people in need and help rebuild for years to come.

Jay Bruce of the Cleveland Indians, who lives in especially hard-hit Beaumont, Texas, worked out an arrangement with his new club in which he will match peoples’ donations to Cleveland Indians Charities up to $100,000 through Sept. 10 for flood victims. Among Bruce’s concerns was that smaller locales like Beaumont wouldn’t get the attention they need.

“It’s my hometown,” Bruce said. “It’s where I was born and raised and it’s affecting so many more people than I could’ve ever imagined that I know personally. “As someone from there, with the platform to raise awareness and do my part, since I can’t be there helping, I felt like this was a no-brainer for me,” Bruce said, noting his family is safe but other families he knows have lost all of their physical possessions. “It’s going to be a long road, but I’m confident and very hopeful that the community of southeast Texas and the community of Beaumont overall will band together and do a great job of rebuilding this whole deal,” he said on Wednesday.

Yankees reliever David Robertson is from Alabama, not Texas, but disaster relief has been a driving force in his life since 2011 when tornadoes struck Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and he and his wife, Erin, began High Socks for Hope to help families rebuild their lives.

Robertson’s charity was already in high gear before Harvey hit land as a hurricane, providing helpful information and support on various social media platforms.

Click here for more and for a listing of some of the organizations providing assistance in Texas that are being supported by the Players.

Hurricane Harvey: Unique Ways Companies Are Stepping Up

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:22pm

Hurricane Harvey made landfall a week ago but the damage it leaves behind will not dissipate so quickly. The storm is a one-in-1,000 year rain event, dumping 24.5 trillion gallons of rain and displacing countless individuals in its wake. As relief workers begin to grapple with the scale of the disaster, the cry for help is urgent and widespread. This call extends to companies who are stepping up by providing money, in-kind donations and solutions. Although the list of companies providing support is extensive, with major companies like Walmart, Verizon and Amazon pledging large cash donations, here, we have highlighted a few unique activations:

  • Halting Business As Usual to Help: This week, beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped beer production at its Georgia plant to instead produce 50,000 cans of water to send to Red Cross shelters in Louisiana. In total the beer giant has donated 155,000 cans of water to areas affected by Harvey as part of a longstanding program to provide emergency drinking water during disasters. Since 1988, the company has donated more than 76 million cans of emergency drinking water to natural disaster relief efforts.

  • Taking to Social to Amplify Impact: National grocery chain Kroger is taking to social media to drive donations and aid. The Kroger Foundation has already committed $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank and the company is encouraging consumer engagement by donating $5 for every retweet of the #KrogerCares hashtag, up to $100,000. The company is also live-tweeting updates on store openings and closures in the Houston area.

  • Creating Solutions Using Core Competencies: In addition to a $2 million pledge, Google is leveraging what it does best to provide urgent information to those in impacted areas. The tech goliath has created a real-time crisis map to help those on the ground – showing shelters that are open, closed or at capacity, plus traffic alerts including accidents and closed roads. Users can also overlay precipitation and storm information.

To read more, please click here.

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Hurricane Harvey Starkly Exposes the Financial Burden of Climate Change on Economy, Environment and Human Health

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 1:22pm

Hurricane Harvey, potentially the costliest disaster in U.S. history, “starkly exposes the colossal financial burden of climate change and its impacts on the economy, the environment and human health,” Ceres said in a statement today.

Cynthia McHale, the director of insurance at Ceres, added:

The staggering suffering and economic losses brought by Hurricane Harvey are further evidence that the climate is changing. Climate scientists have long predicted that a warming atmosphere will bring more frequent and extreme rainfall events. Harvey also shines a stark spotlight on the insurance industry—and its regulators—which for the most part have severely neglected to address the destructive impacts and escalating costs of climate change.

While estimates about the ultimate costs of Hurricane Harvey are still preliminary, property damages will be in the many tens, if not hundreds, of billions, and most of these losses are not insured. Additionally, due to the complex network of refineries, oil and gas storage tanks and other fossil fuel energy infrastructure, the extensive flooding has caused significant environmental and public health threats in the city of Houston and surrounding areas, as well as disruptions to energy supplies.

As Harvey’s expansive and costly climate change-fueled impacts continue to unfold, we know that insurers may not pick up much of the tab for rebuilding Texas. At the same time, through their underwriting of coal, oil and gas companies and as major institutional investors with vast holdings in the sector, insurers have extensive financial ties to the fossil fuel industry that contributes the lion’s share of carbon emissions that are driving climate change. A 2016 Ceres report found that the 40 largest property casualty and life insurance companies held nearly $500 billion in coal, oil and gas, and electric and gas utility investments.

As the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, and the wettest single storm in the history of the continental U.S., Harvey’s unprecedented impacts demonstrate the urgent need for effective federal, state and local leadership, as well as action from the insurance sector to increase our resiliency to current and future climate change-driven extreme weather events.

Only a few leading insurers, including Allianz, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, The Hartford, and Munich Re have declared that they will continue climate action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Insurance companies by-and-large have failed to communicate the threat or respond adequately to the mounting risks of unabated climate change.    


Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. For more information, visit www.ceres.org and follow @CeresNews.

FCA US and the FCA Foundation Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 1:22pm

As Texas continues to face unprecedented flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, FCA US LLC and the FCA Foundation have partnered with disaster relief organizations to support residents and communities affected by the storm.

The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US, announced a total of $200,000 in grants to three disaster relief organizations that provide resources in communities across the country. Americares will receive $50,000 and First Response Team of America and Team Rubicon will each receive $75,000. All three organizations are currently providing disaster relief support to the residents of Texas.

  • Americares is focused on meeting the immediate health needs of those affected by the storm. The organization is well positioned to provide the critical medicines and supplies needed and help restore health services to the area.

  • Team Rubicon has activated three floodwater rescue teams in Operation Shallow Draft, focused on Galveston and Harris counties. Additionally, two reconnaissance teams will work with local authorities in Victoria and Nueces counties to assess the situation and begin to determine where Team Rubicon can answer unmet needs.

  • First Response Team of America is currently working in Rockport and Aransas Pass, Texas, clearing roads for first responders to do search and rescue, and for those areas where it is safe to return. The team is also clearing the way for homeowners to come back to their homes, assisting with clearing home sites and will soon head to Houston to do the same.

FCA US Employees in Michigan and Indiana Donate Essential Items
FCA US through its Motor Citizens employee volunteer program is partnering with Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW) to collect cleaning supplies at the Company’s Auburn Hills (Michigan) Complex. The Motor Citizens will also help sort and package the supplies at DRAW’s warehouse in Waterford, Mich.
FCA US is also rallying its Southeast Michigan employees to “Stuff A Semi” – an initiative led by a group of local concerned businesses. Subsequently, the Houston Flood Relief Agency will ensure the donated toiletries, clothing and other essentials supplies are delivered to those in need.
Additionally, FCA US employees in Indiana are donating non-perishable food and toiletries to support the Midwest Food Bank Indianapolis, which will facilitate the delivery of the supplies to Texas.
About the FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being. We seek to support outcomes in our communities that ensure people can enjoy equality and dignity. The FCA Foundation directs its resources toward the following areas of focus:

  • Youth Development – helping young people develop the leadership qualities and resiliency necessary to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

  • Education – building the skills and competencies that lead to achievement and support educational access and success.

  • Military/Veterans – ensuring veterans successfully transition to civilian life and that the needs of military service members and their families are supported.

  • Service – leveraging the talents and contributions of all members of the community.

Note: Applications for funding are accepted by invitation only.

For more information, please visit the FCA US LLC media site at http://media.fcanorthamerica.com.

Hormel Foods Lends a Helping Hand After Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:21am

Hormel Foods has a history of being a good neighbor and Hurricane Harvey is no exception. Hormel Foods is lending a helping hand to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey through its partnership with Convoy of Hope. In anticipation of hurricane season this year, Hormel Foods partnered with Convoy of Hope to help stock their warehouse with protein-rich products, such as SKIPPY® peanut butter, Stagg® chili, Hormel® premium chicken breast and SPAM® products, that could be positioned and distributed immediately for disaster relief efforts. Convoy of Hope sent their disaster services team with our products to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on Friday, Aug. 25, and began distributing over the weekend.

In addition to our disaster relief efforts with Convoy of Hope, Hormel Foods has a long-standing partnership with Feeding America and other foodbanks, and continually donates products that can be used for hunger and disaster relief. In fact, in 2016 we donated more than $7.4 million in cash and product donations toward these efforts.

The company will continue to work with Convoy of Hope to ensure that they receive additional support to ensure they can take care of those in need.

Bacardi Contributes Up to $100,000 to Support Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:21am

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s impact and devastation in parts of Texas, Bacardi U.S.A, Inc. announced today its contribution of up to $100,000 to support its business partners and others affected by the storm.

In an effort to provide immediate assistance to Bacardi USA business partners and their families at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Bacardi USA will immediately donate $50,000 to the Southern Glazer’s Fund, a relief fund for employees in the Texas-area.

“While we do not have offices directly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we do have 300 people in our extended family within Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits who are directly affected,” says Pete Carr, Regional President for Bacardi in North America.

Bacardi USA has donated $50,000 to the Southern Glazer’s fund with a commitment to match up to an additional $50,000 of Bacardi employees’ contributions to the Southern Glazer’s fund, the American Red Cross, the Houston Food Bank/Feeding Texas, the Houston Humane Society or the Salvation Army.

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the distributor for the Bacardi portfolio in more than 40 markets across the United States.

About Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.

Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world's leading spirits and wine producers. The company boasts a portfolio of some of the most recognized and top-selling spirits brands in the United States including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR'S® Blended Scotch Whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, MARTINI & ROSSI® sparkling wine, and other leading and emerging brands. For additional information, visit wwwbacardiusa.com.

Subaru of America Donates an Additional $100,000 to American Red Cross to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:21am

Subaru of America, Inc. announced today its donation of $100,000 to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, through its ongoing support of the American Red Cross. As a platinum member of the American Red Cross Ready 365 Giving Program, Subaru already contributes $100,000 annually to support Red Cross’ proactive response to disaster relief efforts. Due to the extreme severity of Hurricane Harvey, the automaker is matching its annual support with an additional donation to help bring aid to those affected in the Gulf Coast. Subaru will also donate vehicles to the Red Cross at a later date to further assist in recovery efforts.

Furthermore, Subaru of America Foundation has enhanced its existing matching gifts program to establish a way for SOA employees to help support relief and recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana. Through the program, employee donations to eligible organizations actively responding to Hurricane Harvey will be matched on a $2/$1 basis for this relief effort.

To assist Subaru customers directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, Subaru Motors Finance1 is waiving or refunding late fees for auto accounts through September 10. Subaru Motors Finance is also providing payment options if customers are having trouble making monthly payments. Customers should call the special-care line at 1-888-356-0023 (select option 4 for auto) to make those arrangements. Additionally, Subaru of America is offering $500 toward the purchase or lease of a new Subaru vehicle for customers whose vehicle was damaged as a result of the hurricane and flooding.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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21CF Donates $500,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas, Sets up Financial Assistance Grants for Affected Colleagues

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 7:20pm

Nearly 500 of 21st Century Fox’s colleagues in Texas are affected by the unprecedented rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, including those based in Fox Networks Group’s critical network operations center in The Woodlands and the local Fox Television Stations. As an initial step in its response to the flooding and devastation in that area, the company is donating $500,000 to United Way of Greater Houston’s relief fund.

The relief fund will help meet storm-related needs and recovery in its local community, with a priority given to safety, shelter and basic needs like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts.

21CF colleagues and their families were able to find shelter on-site at Fox’s disaster-ready facilities in the affected areas, with live events and news coverage kept on the air since Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Affected colleagues will be eligible for financial assistance grants from the company to help meet their relief and rebuilding needs.

“Our contributions will make a significant, lasting impact in communities that have been forever changed by this disaster,” said 21CF EVP and Chief Communications Officer Julie Henderson, and 21CF EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Thomas Gaissmaier in an internal memo to 21CF colleagues. 21CF will also match colleague donations to the United Way relief fund.

“It’s been really gratifying that I’ve gotten so many emails from all over the country continuing to ask how our employees in the FOX Sports family are doing down in The Woodlands,” said Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer of FOX Sports, during a Town Hall in New York on Wednesday. He shared that the FOX Sports facility in the area withstood the hurricane and flooding, staying on air to produce 80 games over the last few days and giving colleagues and their family members a safe place to live. FOX Sports is also encouraging its on-air and online viewers to donate to relief efforts.

At least 31 people are confirmed to have died as a result of the severe rainfall and flooding in the affected areas in Texas, and nearly 50,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Estimates for the total damage run as high as $190 billion.

“We have received donations of all sizes from individuals and companies and we thank everyone who has answered this urgent call for help in our community – every gift counts,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston.

To donate, go to United Way of Greater Houston’s website or text “UWFLOOD” to 41444.

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Habitat Hammers Back: Habitat for Humanity Mobilizes Harvey Response, Calls for Support

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 7:20pm

Habitat for Humanity is mobilizing its response to Hurricane Harvey and putting out a call for support for long-term recovery efforts along the Texas and Louisiana coast.

“Harvey may prove to be the largest housing disaster in American history,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “Building on more than 20 years of disaster response, we are prepared to help Texas and Louisiana on the long road to recovery.”

Donations can be made at habitat.org/harvey or by calling 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828 ).

“We need to be prepared for this recovery to take years, not months,” Reckford added. “We encourage those contributing to the Harvey response to consider the long-term needs of these communities by supporting Habitat’s response.”

Habitat is deploying Mobile Response Units and Disaster Corps volunteers to the region to begin rapid assessments as flood waters recede. There are about 30 local Habitat for Humanity offices throughout the parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana affected by the storms. With their help, Habitat for Humanity International is assessing the shelter and housing needs in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and developing response options.

In addition to long-term housing repair and construction, Habitat’s response will include organizing volunteers and resources to help with the cleanup and mucking out homes damaged by wind and flood waters. Construction plans will be determined after evaluations and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

Habitat for Humanity has been responding to disasters since 1997 and to date has helped more than 230,000 families in 52 countries through its disaster response work. Following Hurricane Katrina, Habitat organizations along the Gulf Coast built more than 6,000 homes and removed debris and cleaned more than 2,500 homes in preparation for rehabilitation. Habitat also mounted responses to Hurricane Sandy, tornadoes through the South and Midwest, and earthquakes and typhoons overseas.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

Covestro Donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 7:20pm

Today, Covestro LLC donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help fund ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Texas. As part of its corporate giving program, i3 Give, Covestro’s donation will be used to assist the Red Cross in providing safe shelter and comfort to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Click to tweet: .@CovestroGroup donates $100k to @RedCross to support #HurricaneHarvey relief and @CovestroBaytown colleagues: http://bit.ly/2x9SeM8.

The hurricane’s devastation hits close to home for Covestro, whose largest North American manufacturing facility is located along the Gulf Coast in Baytown, Texas. There, the company manufactures high-tech polymers for use in a wide range of industries, such as automotive, construction and furniture. Covestro also has manufacturing operations in nearby Channelview.

Critical manufacturing operations at both facilities have been shut down due to storm conditions and the inability of plant personnel to report to work. 

“The safety of our Texas employees is the top priority right now,” said Jerry MacCleary, president, Covestro LLC. “With this financial donation, we hope to provide additional support to them, their families and our neighbors in the community who have been affected by the storm.”

Covestro employees around the world are eager to join the company in helping their friends and colleagues in Texas. To unify support and maximize impact, Covestro is working with the Red Cross to set up a donation portal where individual employee contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Covestro.

“I’m touched by the tremendous amount of support we’ve seen from our Covestro colleagues, who continue to share words of encouragement and express their personal desire to help,” said Rod Herrick, vice president and site manager, Covestro Industrial Park Baytown. “The storm has given us all some challenges to work through, but there’s comfort in knowing that Covestro takes care of its own.”

Covestro has been in contact with all of its Texas employees and their families, and the company is actively seeking ways to directly assist them in the hurricane relief and recovery efforts.

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 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 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 medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.

About i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate)

i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts. i3 Give is designed to innovate corporate philanthropy strategies that combine both human and financial resources to build stronger communities. i3 Engage re-imagines the way employees from for-profits and nonprofits engage with one another for more effective outcomes. And, i3 STEM ignites young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow through support of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education, workforce experience and employee volunteerism.

For the latest on Hurricane Harvey’s impact to Covestro operations in Texas and related news, visit www.covestro.us/company/harveyupdates.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press 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 on the Covestro website at www.covestro.com. Covestro assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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Tiffany & Co. Highlights Progress and Commitments in New Sustainability Report

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 7:20pm

Tiffany & Co. released its seventh annual Sustainability Report, which details the company’s continued leadership in sustainable luxury and its progress in 2016 towards its commitments to environmental and social responsibility. 

“Tiffany believes we have both a moral and a business imperative to do our part to sustain the natural environment and contribute to the communities where we operate,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer, Tiffany & Co. “From speaking out about climate change to advocating for precious landscapes, seascapes and wildlife, we’ll continue to use Tiffany’s brand influence to have a positive impact and help set the standard for the luxury jewelry industry.”

The 2016 Sustainability Report provides an overview of the company’s efforts to further integrate sustainability throughout its business, from its approach to vertical integration and ethical sourcing—through which it maintains environmental and social integrity in sourcing, processing and crafting jewelry—to its climate goals.

Noteworthy achievements and commitments made in 2016 include that Tiffany:

  • Sourced 100% of rough diamonds either directly from a known mine or from a supplier with known mines.

  • Voiced support for the Paris Climate Agreement and continues to make progress towards its aim of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

  • Announced the creation of its Jewelry Innovation Center to advance innovation excellence in jewelry design, including embedding sustainability principles and encouraging collaboration across R&D, design, manufacturing, quality and supply chain teams.

  • Created rigorous Sustainable Wood and Paper Sourcing Guidance to support its 2020 responsible forestry goal.

  • Established its Sustainability Leadership Council to increase collaboration and innovation on sustainability across Tiffany.

  • Supported the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign to raise funds for the Elephant Crisis Fund to help stop poaching, trafficking of and demand for elephant ivory.

  • Contributed to the protection of an additional 3.6 million square kilometers of the ocean through The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

  • Supported Conservation International in the making and debut of Valen’s Reef, an immersive virtual reality film set in the waters of Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Seascape, where 600 types of hard coral are now thriving. 

“Responsible behavior is an implicit part of the Tiffany brand promise,” said Michael J. Kowalski, chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer, Tiffany & Co. “Along with artful design, great craftsmanship and gracious service, it is a critical dimension of our competitive advantage and defines the relationship with our customer.”

A member of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, Tiffany is building on its sustainability commitments and wildlife conservation efforts through the September launch of Tiffany Save the Wild, a collection of elephant charms and brooches. Tiffany is donating 100% of profits from the collection to support the Elephant Crisis Fund, with a minimum commitment of $1,000,000 by 2019.

For more details on Tiffany’s progress and to read the full Sustainability Report, please visit Tiffany.com/sustainability.

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The UPS Foundation Mobilizes Relief Network, Pledges More Than $1 Million

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:20pm

 UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced more than a $1 million pledge, through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The pledge is a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise to provide urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance.

“In this time of enormous need, it is critical to establish and support extensive networks of public-private partnerships to get aid to those who need it, as quickly as possible,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “At the same time, setting aside funding and other resources for long-term recovery efforts is also important, and we are laying that groundwork as well.”

The UPS Foundation is working with FEMA, the American Red CrossThe Salvation Army, and other humanitarian aid partners to assess longer-term needs, and will commit an additional $500,000 in cash and in-kind assistance for recovery needs that will be specified during the post-crisis recovery phase in the coming months. 

When a disaster strikes, The UPS Foundation moves quickly to support first responders and provide immediate in-kind relief to assist with recovery efforts on multiple fronts. The UPS Foundation will work with its preeminent group of humanitarian relief agency partners to provide over $500,000 in assistance in the short-term.

Immediately, The UPS Foundation is engaging with the following organizations, committing both cash and in-kind assistance:

  • American Red Cross – $150,000 in cash and in-kind support, in addition to The UPS Foundation’s annual commitment to the Annual Disaster Giving Program that provides funding that enables the American Red Cross to open shelters immediately for Hurricane Harvey flood survivors. 

  • The Salvation Army - $125,000 in cash and in-kind support for hurricane relief efforts.

  • Good360 - $150,000 in funding and in-kind support.

  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster - $50,000 to assist member in-kind needs and  provide warehouse technology solutions  to expedite and track recovery items.

  • SBP – An additional $25,000 to send an advance team to Texas to support home recovery efforts.

  • Operation Hope – An additional $25,000 to provide financial counseling  to disaster survivors to speed their recovery.

  • Toolbank Disaster Services – UPS will transport the tool trailer to assist volunteers with clean up and rebuilding.

  • Hewlett PackardConnection Spot Trailer – UPS will transport the communication trailer to provide Wi-Fi internet access, printers and charging stations to help expedite flood claims processes.

UPS and The UPS Foundation have a history of leveraging the company’s logistics expertise and moving quickly to assist in delivering humanitarian aid and relief efforts after natural disasters. In fact, providing humanitarian relief is an ongoing program. Last year, The UPS Foundation responded to 20 major world disasters and invested more than $13 million in funding, in-kind, and technical support for community safety initiatives that included enhancing urgent disaster response preparedness, response, and recovery. Also last year, the UPS Foundation provided in-kind support for 468 shipments of humanitarian aid and relief in 53 countries – almost $6 million worth of in-kind services.

About The UPS Foundation

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of 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 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

Albertsons Companies Raises Money Nationwide for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief and Pledges $200,000 in Matching Funds

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:20pm

As Hurricane Harvey continues to bring catastrophic flooding and devastation to parts of Southeast Texas, Albertsons Companies is mobilizing its entire chain of 2,300+ stores across the U.S. to aid in the disaster relief effort.

The company announced a nationwide fundraiser to help the tens of thousands of people in the affected areas meet their basic needs.  In addition, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation is matching the first $200,000 donated by customers.

"As a company with a long and proud presence in Texas, including the hardest-hit areas, we're committed to helping our neighbors get through this crisis," said Chairman and CEO Bob Miller. "We know that the needs are immense, but so is our resolve for making a meaningful impact on the emergency response and humanitarian efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Texas."

All donations will go directly to several disaster relief and outreach organizations that are on the ground in Southeast Texas, including the local Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and other respected organizations that provide disaster outreach in the region. Donations can be made at checkstands at any of the company's 20 retail banners, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, ACME Markets, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, and others.

Along with the financial assistance, the company's Albertsons and Tom Thumb stores in Dallas—Fort Worth donated refrigerated tractor trailers to bring and store food at the Salvation Army's rescue shelter in Houston. They are also working with multiple food banks throughout Texas to provide food and other necessities to multiple emergency shelters in and around Houston and Dallas—Fort Worth. 

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

Comcast NBCUniversal Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:20pm

Our hearts go out to the people of Houston, including the thousands of our own employees and customers, who have been impacted by the catastrophic flooding and devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.  To help support those impacted by the disaster, Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to providing well over a million dollars in support to Houston-area relief efforts, including cash and in-kind contributions.

The over one million dollar commitment includes $500,000 in cash that will be shared between Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the American Red Cross.  Additionally, the company will donate advertising time on our cable systems to these organizations to run public service announcements to help educate concerned citizens about how they can assist with flood relief efforts.  Our owned NBC and Telemundo stations also are implementing local phone banks and telethons to raise awareness of ways communities can help with the crisis in Houston.

Comcast NBCUniversal’s pledge is another step in the company’s commitment to providing a combination of financial and additional resources to assist with the relief efforts in Houston.  This past weekend, Comcast opened 53,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots around the Houston area to help residents and emergency workers, whether they are an Xfinity customer or not, to connect during Hurricane Harvey. 

The outpouring of support from our employees across the country has been tremendous.  Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the storm, and we will continue to identify ways that we will give back as rebuilding efforts begin.

NRG Energy and Reliant to Provide Over $2 Million in Relief for Hurricane Harvey

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:20pm

As Hurricane Harvey emergency response continues across Texas and Louisiana, NRG Energy and its subsidiary Reliant today announced broad preliminary efforts to assist millions of Texans impacted by devastating rains, floods and winds. NRG and Reliant will provide more than $2 million of disaster relief resources, comprised of $1 million in cash donations, as well as in-kind relief efforts valued at more than $1 million in community support and customer assistance. The funding goes toward charitable contributions including a relief fund for impacted employees, deploying disaster-response power generation solutions to assist first responders, providing Houstonians backup power and phone chargers, and offering enrollment and billing assistance to impacted customers.

“We are devastated to witness the hardship and suffering endured by so many in and around Houston, Corpus Christi and southeast Texas,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer. “Houston is our home, and NRG and our employees will do everything we can to provide assistance and resources to those in need and who are bearing the tragic effects of this historic natural disaster.”

NRG and Reliant’s combined relief will include $1 million in cash contributions to: the Greater Houston Community Foundation on behalf of the City of Houston and Harris County; the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts; the J.J. Watt Foundation Houston Flood Relief Fund; Team Rubicon; SBP USA; BakerRipley; the NRG Employee Relief Fund to help employees facing financial hardship immediately after the natural disaster; and a handful of other relief agencies and charities.

Reliant will also provide direct financial relief for customers impacted by Harvey, including payment extensions, late fee and deposit alternatives/waivers as well as increased funding of bill payment assistance in the CARE program (Community Assistance from Reliant Energy).

Finally, NRG and Reliant will provide numerous in-kind donations, including:

  • Deployment of Power2Serve, a 26-foot-long truck that serves as a mobile power generation station and provides a climate-controlled pavilion to assist emergency responders and area residents;
  • Two 18-wheeler trucks filled with Goal Zero portable solar-powered generators and battery charging products, to be distributed by Reliant Home Services across impacted communities; and
  • 20 NRG Go stations that dispense portable phone battery chargers, delivered to area shelters.

“As a native Houstonian and fourth-generation Texan, I am heartbroken by the loss so many in our community are experiencing this week. We want everyone affected by Harvey – the communities here in Houston and beyond, and all public officials, first responders and tireless volunteers – to know they are in our thoughts and prayers during this most trying of times,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant and NRG Retail. “The spirit of our state and our residents are resilient, and together we will overcome this adversity and emerge stronger than ever.”

NRG and Reliant are continuing to support fundraising efforts, as well as developing plans for expanded customer and community assistance and programs in the days and weeks ahead.

About NRG
NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best in class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers, large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

About Reliant, an NRG Company
Reliant brings electricity, smart energy solutions and home services to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 500 company that is at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of nearly 140 power generating facilities that can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG’s retail companies, including Reliant, deliver electricity and home security services and serve almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia. NRG retail brands collectively are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant products and services, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and Twitter @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.

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Being Fearless Live Online

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. We need a new way forward. Join us for a 3-day online event, live and on demand, featuring Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Opal Tometi, and other courageous voices. With a $5 donation or more, gain insight and tools to navigate these complex times and help open the event to thousands.

Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Opal Tometi & Others Gather at Omega Conference to Call for a New Kind of Activism in These Times of Disruption

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

From climate reports warning of dire consequences, to threats against health care and human rights, to the rise of racist hate speech and violence, to the propagation of fake news, Americans are struggling with how to move forward in a country that seems increasingly divided and confused. It is against this backdrop that Omega Institute is convening a global conversation to illuminate the complex interplay between issues and offer tools for making deep change. Omega has gathered an extraordinary lineup of change agents for its 3-day conference Being Fearless: Action in a Time of Disruption that will marry activism with contemplative wisdom as a foundation for navigating these complicated times. The entire event will be available to a global audience online for just $5, thanks to the support of those backing the crowdfunding campaign.

“So much is happening in the world and the problems can feel overwhelming. Between social media, news sound bites, and the proliferation of misinformation, people are tuning out at a time when it’s critical to tune in,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. “This conference is unique in that we’re offering a blended approach to personal development and social change. Mindfulness practices will be taught as essential tools for being more grounded in the chaos. Our ability to widen our discernment is critical to seeing the interconnection between issues and how to make the kind of deep change these times demand.”

Omega’s Being Fearless conference brings together leading voices in the media such as Van Jones, Bill Moyers, and Amy Goodman, with activists like professor and social critic Cornel West, Black Lives Matter cofounder Opal Tometi, environmental visionary Paul Hawken, and leaders in the mindfulness movement like Rhonda Magee and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

The event, taking place in Rhinebeck, New York, is intended to reach and mobilize a global audience via live stream (and on-demand for 60 days). Omega is able to offer the entire 3-day live stream for a nominal $5 donation, thanks to the many backers of its crowdfunding campaign. Additionally, those registered for the live stream will receive access to a post-conference on-demand event filmed in New York City with Buddhist monk and best-selling author Matthieu Ricard, at no additional cost.

Being Fearless: Action in a Time of Disruption is a program organized by the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), a key initiative of Omega Institute. All of Omega’s sustainable education and environmental outreach fall under the umbrella of the OCSL. Founded in 2009, the OCSL, a state-of-the-art water reclamation facility and environmental education center, originated as the first green building in America to achieve both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification—the highest standards currently available in sustainable architecture. More than just a building, the OCSL has evolved into an environmental leader, offering programs that teach the regenerative environmental practices modeled by the building. 

For more information visit eOmega.org, and follow Omega on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+

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About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation's most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega otters diVerse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 250 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world. eOmega.org

Join Wendy's in Supporting the American Red Cross Relief Efforts for Hurricane Harvey

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:20am

Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the Wendy’s Family and all those who have been affected by this tragedy. 

Wendy’s has partnered with the American Red Cross to help speed relief to those in the affected areas. Please join Wendy’s employees, franchisees, and others connected to our family to immediately assist in the relief efforts by visiting https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/wendys-emp to make a donation that will help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Though the total damage is still being assessed, the relief efforts will be ongoing for several months.  We will continue to evaluate how we can provide additional support as the situation unfolds. 

Thank you for your support.