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Republic Services Strengthens Commitment to Reduce Fleet Emissions With Expanded Adoption of Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 3:19pm

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) today announced an agreement that represents the widest geographic usage of Clean Energy (NASDAQ: CLNERedeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) in North America. RNG is an ultra-low-carbon intensity transportation fuel that substantially lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

A growing number of Republic Services’ natural gas-powered vehicles will utilize increasing amounts of Redeem fuel across 21 states over the next five years. This is projected to reduce fleet emissions by roughly 250,000 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year, which is equal to taking 53,000 passenger vehicles off the road1.

“As the operator of the 7th largest vocational fleet in the country, we are continually looking for sustainable business solutions, and committed to the reduction of fleet emissions,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic Services. “We continue to expand our fleet of clean-powered collection vehicles, and RNG is a seamless complement with additional environmental benefits.”

RNG is derived from biogenic methane, or biogas, which is methane generated by the decomposition of organic waste from dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment facilities. Once the gas is processed and purified, it is sent into the natural gas pipeline and made commercially available to Clean Energy customers as Redeem.

Republic Services is not only a natural gas customer of Clean Energy, but also supplies some of the gas from its landfills to create Redeem, demonstrating Republic’s commitment to the circular economy.

“We commend Republic Services for its long-term use of natural gas to support sustainability objectivesand furthering the growth of RNG as a vehicle fuel with the expanded use of Redeem,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president, Clean Energy. “Together we will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make a positive environmental impact on communities across America.”

As part of Republic Services’ ongoing Blue Planet® sustainability initiative, the Company continues to build durable practices and programs across its sustainability platform. These initiatives further improve its environmental and social impacts through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies and the use of renewable energy. Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of more than 3,000 natural gas vehicles and 43 natural gas fueling stations.

About Republic Services

Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make responsive waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We’ll handle it from here.®, the brand’s promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.

For more information, visit the Republic Services website at RepublicServices.com. “Like” Republic on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepublicServices and follow on Twitter @RepublicService and Instagram @republic_services.

About Clean Energy

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in the United States and Canada, with a network of approximately 530 stations across North America that we own or operate. We build and operate compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas stations (LNG) stations and deliver more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the United States. Clean Energy sells Redeem™ RNG fuel and believes it is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%. For more information, visit www.CleanEnergyFuels.com.

Republic Services Contact:Clean Energy Contact:
Raleigh Gerber

​Jennifer Eldridge

1  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions calculator.

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Workplace Giving Platform Bright Funds Achieves SOC2 Type II Compliance

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 3:05pm

Bright Funds, a leading workplace giving platform, announced today that it has completed the requirements for a System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II Audit. With a focus on security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy, SOC 2 best meets the demands of the Bright Funds marketplace.

This achievement provides independent validation that Bright Funds’ internal controls are in accordance with the selected Institute of Certified Public Accountants' trust services principles and criteria. After reviewing compliance with the SOC criteria, the company conducted both an external and internal security penetration test.

Leading independent auditor, Frank, Rimerman +Co completed the SOC 2 audit, verifying that Bright Funds processes and systems meet all the requirements for security, availability and confidentiality. Frank, Rimerman +Co is a California-based CPA and consulting firm and one of the top ten fastest-growing large accounting firms in the nation. 

“The SOC 2 controls are part of our team’s daily routine here at Bright Funds. We make sure the processes adhere to the standards we set within,” said Srinagesh Vitthanala, CEO of Bright Funds. “We are excited about the achievement and this milestone demonstrates both our compliant processes and our commitment to the donors, the clients, and the nonprofits.”

“Achieving SOC 2 compliance is a major milestone for any service provider and demonstrates a significant commitment to a strong internal control environment. Obtaining a SOC 2 report is a major differentiator for Bright Funds as they look to continue growing their business," said Nelly Spieler, Senior Leader, IT Audit at Frank, Rimerman +Co. 

For more details, visit https://www.brightfunds.org/ or send an email to info@brightfunds.org.

About Bright Funds
Bright Funds is a workplace philanthropy company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It partners with companies to provide them with a secure, global technology platform that supports employee giving, volunteerism and grants management.

Johnson & Johnson Announces 10-year Initiative to Help End Tuberculosis, the World’s #1 Infectious Killer

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 3:05pm

Ahead of the first-ever United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB), Johnson & Johnson announced a comprehensive 10-year initiative in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the TB pandemic by 2030. With the goal of saving an estimated 1.8 million lives and preventing 12 million new TB infections in the next decade, Johnson & Johnson will work with partners to improve detection of undiagnosed cases of TB, broaden access to its novel medicine for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and accelerate research & development (R&D) to discover next-generation TB treatments.

“TB is the worlds number one infectious killer, and TB and MDR-TB cause major devastation for people, communities and entire countries around the world,” says Paul Stoffels, MD, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “The good news is TB is both preventable and treatable, and Johnson & Johnson is committed to doing everything we can to create a world free from TB. This new initiative will unleash the power of science and technology to forever change the trajectory of TB.”

Every year, 10 million people fall ill with tuberculosis and approximately 1.6 million people die from the disease. TB is difficult to diagnose, and many of the drugs used today have had historically low cure rates and can lead to debilitating and even fatal side effects. Further, the disease is developing resistance to first-line medicines. Drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) now accounts for approximately one-third of deaths from antimicrobial resistance (AMR), making TB the single largest cause of AMR-related deaths. There is growing consensus that new innovations are urgently needed in order to end the TB pandemic.

This new, comprehensive initiative builds on Johnson & Johnson’s significant investments over two decades in the discovery, development and delivery of bedaquiline, the company’s medicines for the treatment of pulmonary MDR-TB in adults (≥ 18 years of age). When bedaquiline was conditionally approved by the FDA in 2012, it was the first targeted TB medicine with a novel mechanism of action in more than 40 years. Today, it is approved in 56 countries, including those with the highest TB burdens. As part of the company’s commitment to ensure access to bedaquiline for patients who need it, Johnson & Johnson has provided nearly 70,000 courses of treatment to patients in 107 countries.

“Bedaquiline is a significant breakthrough in addressing the scourge of MDR-TB, and we are confident we can build on our innovation, our know-how and our network of committed global collaborators to do even more,” says Jaak Peeters, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health, Janssen-Cilag GmbH. “Our goal is to end the TB epidemic forever by finding and treating patients all over the world.”

Improving Detection of MDR-TB in High-Burden Countries

Every year, approximately 4 million cases of TB – including hundreds of thousands of cases of MDR-TB – go undiagnosed, posing a risk to patients and public health security. As part of its new initiative, Johnson & Johnson is forging new strategic collaborations aimed at finding undiagnosed patients.

The first of these is a new, never-before-announced partnership with Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company that developed and manufactures the GeneXpert® System for TB. Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and Cepheid will partner in India to train healthcare professionals to improve patient referrals for TB diagnosis and treatment. Further, they will partner in China to improve access to molecular tests for high-risk populations and train healthcare professionals on TB diagnosis and treatment.

Ensuring Affordable Access to Novel MDR-TB Treatment

Johnson & Johnson is also reinforcing its commitment to expand affordable access to bedaquiline to all eligible people with MDR-TB by offering a non-commercial, special-effort price for more than 130 low- and middle-income countries, as well as non-governmental organizations, procuring through the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility.

The special-effort price was announced in July in recognition of South Africa’s leadership in the fight against TB and extended to additional countries to help catalyze further action against MDR-TB. In June, South Africa became the first country to recommend an injection-free, bedaquiline-containing regimen for all eligible MDR-TB patients. The special-effort price covers the cost of manufacturing and critically important efforts focused on strengthening health system capacity and ensuring safe and appropriate use of bedaquiline in high-burden countries.

Accelerating R&D to Discover Innovative TB Treatments

Additionally, Johnson & Johnson is building on its track record of successful therapeutic innovation for tuberculosis by significantly accelerating the development of next generation treatments and regimens for children and adults suffering from TB or MDR-TB.

Both internally and through research collaborations with India’s Institute of Microbial Technology and other leading research institutions, the Janssen Pharmceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson will:

  • Conduct pediatric studies for a bedaquiline-containing regimen for the treatment of children infected with MDR-TB,

  • Advance a potential next-generation triple-drug regimen to treat and cure people suffering from MDR-TB with the aim of reducing the burden of treatment,

  • Advance a potential universal, fast-acting TB regimen to treat and cure all forms of TB, whether drug-sensitive or drug-resistant, and

  • Conduct early research into the potential of TB medicines to prevent latent TB infection from becoming active by intercepting and treating this dormant form of the disease.

* GeneXpert® is a trademark of Cepheid.


About TB & MDR-TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population — 1.7 billion people — are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. In most of them, the infection is in a dormant state. But every year, 10 million people develop active tuberculosis and approximately 1.6 million people die of it.1

Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) is a particularly complicated form of the bacterial infection, and is characterized by resistance to at least two of the most powerful drugs in the first-line treatment regimen (isoniazid and rifampicin). Globally, MDR-TB is a growing threat. In 2017, there were more than 450,000 new cases of MDR-TB, and drug-resistant TB now accounts for approximately one-third of all deaths from antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Many of the drugs used to treat TB, especially MDR-TB, are decades old, have low cure rates and can cause debilitating and potentially even fatal side effects. Injectable antibiotics — which have been part of the first-line drug regimen for treating MDR-TB — cause deafness in as many as 3 out of every 5 people taking them. Other commonly used MDR-TB drugs cause liver and kidney damage and psychosis.

About Johnson & Johnson 
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Learn more at www.jnj.com. Follow us at @JNJNews.

About the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science. We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at www.janssen.com. Follow us at @JanssenGlobal.

About Johnson & Johnson’s Heritage in TB

Johnson & Johnson has a long history of innovating to develop new TB tools and technologies. We are inspired by the legacy of Dr. Paul Janssen, who lost his 4-year-old sister to tubercular meningitis in the 1940s. This tragic event led Dr. Janssen to devote his life to medical research, and ultimately, to found what is now the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. During his lifetime, Dr. Janssen wanted to end TB. Today, the company bearing his name is determined to achieve this mission. Learn more about our work on TB at www.jnj.com/TB.

About Our Global Public Health Approach

Charting a bold new, self-sustainable approach, Johnson & Johnson has established the first fully-dedicated organization within a healthcare company focused on combining innovative R&D, novel access programs & approaches, in-country operations, advocacy and the power of multi-sectoral partnerships to ensure that treatments and technologies are available, affordable and accessible for the world's most under-served populations. Harnessing the extensive resources and expertise from across Johnson & Johnson, its Global Public Health team is using big for good to place an unparalleled focus on accelerating the pace of innovation needed – from discovery to delivery – to make TB and HIV history, eliminate intestinal worms, address mental health and wrestle other public health challenges. Learn more at www.jnj.com/global-public-health and follow us @JNJGlobalHealth.

Cautions Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding bedaquiline (SIRTURO®). The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies and/or Johnson & Johnson. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: challenges and uncertainties inherent in product research and development, including the uncertainty of clinical success and of obtaining regulatory approvals; uncertainty of commercial success; manufacturing difficulties and delays; competition, including technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges to patents; product efficacy or safety concerns resulting in product recalls or regulatory action; changes in behavior and spending patterns of purchasers of health care products and services; changes to applicable laws and regulations, including global health care reforms; and trends toward health care cost containment. A further list and descriptions of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, including in the sections captioned “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” and in the company’s most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of these filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Neither the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies nor Johnson & Johnson undertakes to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information or future events or developments.

What's Hot - and What's NOT - in Workplace Giving Technology

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 3:05pm

New research by Deloitte shows that nearly 9 out of 10 working Americans believe that companies that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those that do not, and 77 percent say that volunteering is essential to employee well-being. But companies by and large are still struggling to get the full benefit from employee volunteering programs. How can we use technology to make it fun, easy and compelling to activate and engage employees in community efforts?

In this 45-minute Q&A format Town Hall, you’ll get a glimpse into what’s happening now in innovative workplace giving technology, plus ask questions and get advice on some of your most pressing technology challenges. You’ll learn:

  • What’s happening in technology today that promises to make it easier to do more good and seamlessly give to more causes than ever before 

  • Fun ideas for managing volunteers, shift schedules, and pre- and post-event logistics (including those much loved / equally hated post-event surveys!) 

  • How advancements in reporting and events management can save program managers up to 1.5 days a week in administrative time

  • Why new ways of thinking about systems are making it possible for small businesses to take advantage of workplace giving and volunteering (finally!) 

Join Laura Plato, President & COO of Causecast, for an engaging shared learning experience featuring real use cases from customers using Causecast’s Community Impact and Impact AI platforms, listed in “HR Technologies to Watch” in 2016 and 2017.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2uyfAtd

Tiger Fuel Company Pioneers a New Way To Reverse Environmental Impacts

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Market Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About Whole Kids Foundation®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Virginia Jamieson
Director of Digital Communications, Scotiabank
Tel. 647-271-9289

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

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

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

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

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

Among the latest analysis reported by NAEM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About NAEM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corp.

  • Americans for Indian Opportunity

  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce Education Fund

  • American Indian College Fund

  • American Indian Engineering and Science Society

  • American Indian Graduate Center

  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium

  • Cook Inlet Lending Center

  • Enterprise Community Partners

  • First Nations Oweesta

  • GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

  • Housing Assistance Council

  • Indian Land Tenure Foundation

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation

  • Minnesota Housing Partnership

  • Native American Finance Officers Association

  • National American Indian Housing Council

  • National Congress of American Indians Fund

  • National Indian Council on Aging

  • Native Americans in Philanthropy

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment

  • Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition


  • Operation Tiny Home

  • Prosperity Now

About Wells Fargo

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


E.J. Bernacki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Commonwealth

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

About MetLife Foundation

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

Steve Hirsh

MetLife Foundation
Meredith Hyland

ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum Series 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hormel Foods Drives Environmental Sustainability Results Through Annual Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this important?

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

About the 2018 Campaign

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

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

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

About United Way

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

About Scotiabank

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

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

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

Arizona Golf Tournament Aims to Drought Proof its Future

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story From the Field: Eliminating Child Labour

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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