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Humana Highlights Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals in Newly Released Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:33am

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, today released its 2016-2017 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. In the comprehensive report, Humana, for the first time, announces the company’s alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), becoming one of the first U.S. health insurers to commit to the international targets.

“While we have made significant impacts in the local communities we serve, we realize our responsibility as a leading healthcare company is to ensure that we’re operating our business in a sustainable way,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Humana’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Just as we approach member health holistically, our SDG commitments are an example of how we’re taking a big picture view of what it means to be a health and well-being company in the world today. At Humana, our focus on social responsibility is all about the investments we’re making to help people improve their health.”

The company conducted an analysis of its corporate responsibility efforts and commitments against the SDGs and identified three goals that align with the existing Humana CSR pillars: Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance. They include:

  • Goal 3: “Good Health and Well-being” aligns with Healthy People. The UN goal that calls for organizations to reduce deaths from chronic illness and cover essential health services echoes Humana’s responsibility as a health services provider and purpose to help people achieve their best health.

  • Goal 12: “Responsible Consumption and Production” aligns with Healthy Planet. The UN’s call for sustainable consumption and production patterns is in line with Humana’s environmental sustainability efforts.

  • Goal 8: “Decent Work and Economic Growth” aligns with Healthy Performance. The goal that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all fits well with Humana’s values-driven culture and focus on inclusion and diversity – creating work environments where everyone feels welcome and safe to be their true selves.

Humana’s Accomplishments

Humana’s alignment with the SDGs comes to life through the company’s Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance CSR platform.

The Healthy People pillar details Humana’s efforts to improve the health of its employees, its members, and the communities in which it operates.

  • The Bold Goal is Humana’s commitment to helping the communities it serves become 20 percent healthier by 2020. In 2017, four of the original seven Bold Goal communities (Knoxville, Tenn., Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans and San Antonio) demonstrated improved health as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Days tool. This was due, in part, to strong relationships fostered among physicians, patients and community groups.

The Healthy Planet pillar addresses Humana’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which correlates with the company’s journey to help people achieve lifelong well-being.

  • Humana employees rallied around company environmental goals set in 2014 and have since reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than six percent and diverted 40 percent of waste (that would have gone to landfills) by using less and recycling more.

    Humana has also continued to pursue its goal to reduce energy consumption, and just hit its target of a 5 percent reduction (compared with a 2013 baseline) as of June 30, 2018 – thanks in part to investments in building efficiency improvements, the optimization of building occupancy rates, and new energy-efficient processes.

In 2018, Humana has set new environmental goals, including commitments to:

  • Decrease the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 percent each year (compared with 2017 emissions) over a five-year period – from 2018 through 2022

  • Divert 60 percent of its waste from landfills by 2022

Healthy Performance is Humana’s commitment to excellence in business standards and practices. Humana is dedicated to implementing best practices in the healthcare industry by promoting inclusion and diversity in its workforce, supporting employees’ professional development through training programs and holding its suppliers to high standards.

  • Humana increased the number of employee-led network resource groups (NRGs) to eight in 2017 by starting an NRG for employees living with disabilities. NRGs provide personal, experience-based forums for exchanging ideas, building community, and driving measurable business outcomes. Now, more than 25 percent of Humana’s employee population participate in NRGs, and those who do report higher scores in the areas of purpose and belonging on the company’s well-being index.

To learn more about Humana initiatives that are improving health, view these newly created videos highlighting Humana’s efforts to improve the health of its:

  • Employees: Humana’s 100 Day Dash, an annual friendly walking competition for employees and their families, inspires participants to integrate more activity into their lives and get at least 10,000 steps each day.

  • Members: At a Humana Center in Mesa, Ariz., the Humana Charity Crafters group brings members together in support of local cancer patients and each other, as members establish strong social bonds.

  • Communities: Humana’s Iora Primary Care partnership helps senior patients overcome barriers to health and helps improve the health of local communities one patient at a time.

The 2016-2017 CSR report content was collected and reported in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most recognized standards for environmental, social and governance reporting. GRI is an independent international organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues.

To learn more about Humana’s accomplishments and new SDG commitments in alignment with the Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance platform, read the 2016-2017 CSR Report (humanacsr.com).

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders

  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings

  • Most recent investor conference presentations

  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls

  • Calendar of events

  • Corporate Governance information

T. Rowe Price Releases 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Update

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:33am

T. Rowe Price has released its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Update, which is available at troweprice.com/CSRreport. The firm publishes a full CSR Report bi-annually, and the 2017 Update offers new data to complement and update information previously reported in the 2016 – 2017 CSR Report.

Highlights from the 2017 Update include:

  • Achieved a perfect 100 score on the Corporate Equality Index published by the Human Rights Campaign.

  • 27% of the firm’s U.S. workforce are minorities and 44% of its global workforce are women.

  • Associates volunteered 43,000 hours in the community in 2017.

  • $22.4 million in total firm giving to charitable causes in 2017.

  • 4.3 million people were reached through the firm’s financial education program, Money Confident Kids, in 2017.  

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by -14.6% between 2010 and 2017. While the firm’s associate population grew by 57.5% during that timeframe, it reduced greenhouse gas emissions per associate by 45.8%.

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Renee Christoff, head of Corporate Responsibility T. Rowe Price

“We are pleased to share our progress and how the firm is having a positive impact. Corporate Responsibility isn’t just a nice-to-do at T. Rowe Price—it is an integral part of how we operate as a global investment manager. Our client first philosophy attracts people who have a desire to serve others and that translates into how we invest for clients, our associates, and our communities.”   

ABOUT T. ROWE PRICE

Founded in 1937, Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: TROW) is a global investment management organization with $1.044 trillion in assets under management as of June 30, 2018. The organization provides a broad array of mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools. T. Rowe Price's disciplined, risk-aware investment approach focuses on diversification, style consistency, and fundamental research. For more information, visit troweprice.com or our TwitterYouTubeLinkedInInstagram, and Facebook sites.

Microsoft, AT&T and Nike on AI

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:32pm

We’re on the threshold of a new era, where rapid advances in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, cloud computing, and automation will transform how we live and work.

Ethical Corporation has just published a new 40-page briefing that delves into the impact of AI on business and society and I wanted to send this across to you -you can access the report here.

There’s 40-pages of expert response and analysis from the likes of Danone, Nike, Flex, AT&T, PwC, Infosys, Microsoft, Sodexo and many more on:

  • All change: How AI is disrupting business

  • The reskilling challenge: Who will mind the robots?

  • Apocalypse soon? Fears rise of AI arms race

  • AI for good: How tech could transform sustainability

  • Machine learning: Automation case studies

Click here to receive the 40-page briefing

HanesBrands Reconocida Como Una de las Compañías Más Admiradas de CentroAmérica Y El Caribe

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:32pm

La revista Forbes reconoció a HanesBrands, empresa socialmente responsable líder en el mercado prendas para vestir de uso cotidiano, como una de las compañías más admiradas de Centroamérica y el Caribe. Hanes es la única compañía del rubro textil y de confección que forma parte de este primer ranking realizado en la región.

Para identificar y seleccionar a las 30 empresas más admiradas, Forbes realizó una encuesta con públicos de interés, estudiantes y consumidores en siete países. La encuesta evaluó los distintos atributos claves de cada compañía, incluidos el valor de la marca; la reputación; la calidad de los productos y servicios; el compromiso medioambiental; la innovación; la imagen corporativa, la inclusión de mujeres; la presencia local y global; y la responsabilidad social.

"Es un honor para HanesBrands ser reconocida por nuestras operaciones que más allá de tener un impacto directo en la vida de nuestros empleados y sus familias, también lo tiene en las comunidades donde operamos", dijo Javier Chacón, director global de operaciones para HanesBrands. "Especialmente estamos muy orgullosos de los más de 30,000 empleados que trabajan en nuestras operaciones en Centroamérica y el Caribe, quienes son finalmente los responsables de nuestro desempeño estelar en la región durante los últimos 45 años."

A diferencia de la mayoría de las compañías en la industria textil y de confección, Hanes manufactura principalmente en plantas propias en 20 países alrededor del mundo, incluyendo en la República Dominicana, El Salvador, Honduras y Puerto Rico. La compañía ha obtenido múltiples premios y reconocimientos internacionales, entre ellos:

  • Ser nombrada una de las 25 mejores compañías multinacionales para trabajar en América Latina por el Great Place to Work Institute en 2015 - la primera clasificación de este tipo para cualquier fabricante de ropa.

  • Obtener el Sello FUNDAHRSE de Empresa Socialmente Responsable durante ocho años consecutivos, así como ser premiada cinco veces por el Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía por sus prácticas y programas de responsabilidad social.    

  • Recibir el Premio de The Ethical Corporation de Empresa Responsable por el compromiso de sus empleados en el 2016. El innovador programa filantrópico de Hanes, Viviendo Verde (Green for Good) en Centroamérica y el Caribe, abarca tres de los pilares de responsabilidad social corporativa de Hanes: compromiso ambiental, voluntariado y desarrollo de las comunidades.

    El programa utiliza los ahorros de la gestión energética y reciclaje para financiar proyectos comunitarios enfocados en educación, salud, protección medioambiental y socorro en casos de desastres naturales, todos apoyados por empleados voluntarios.

    Desde 2010, más de 15,000 empleados de Hanes han donado 600,000 horas de su tiempo para completar un total de 70 proyectos realizados con el apoyo de U$ 4 millones de dólares en fondos aportados por la compañía. Los proyectos incluyen renovaciones de escuelas y hospitales, clínicas médicas, proyectos de potabilización de agua, siembra de árboles y limpieza de playas.

Para más información, visite www.hanesforgood.com.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands es una empresa socialmente responsable, líder en el mercado de ropa interior y de uso cotidiano a lo largo de las Américas, Europa, Australia, Asia y el Pacífico. La compañía comercializa camisetas, sostenes, ropa interior, fajas y moldeadoras, calcetines, medias y ropa deportiva bajo algunas de las marcas más reconocidas globalmente incluyendo a Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, y Bras N Things. Para más información sobre la compañía y sus galardonadas iniciativas de responsabilidad social corporativa, visite  www.Hanes.com/corporate o la sala de prensa newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Conéctese con HanesBrands a través de nuestras redes sociales, en Twitter y en Facebook.

Contactos:

Carole Crosslin
HanesBrands
336-519-3201

Mariana Mora (Español)
O’Malley Hansen Communications
312-377-0630

HanesBrands Recognized as One of Most-Admired Companies in Central America and the Caribbean

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:32pm

Forbes magazine has recognized HanesBrands, a socially responsible manufacturer and marketer of leading everyday basic apparel, as one of the most-admired companies in Central America and the Caribbean. Hanes is the only apparel company included in the region’s inaugural ranking.

To identify and select the 30 most-admired companies, Forbes conducted a survey with stakeholders, students and consumers in seven countries. The survey evaluated company attributes, including brand value; reputation; quality of products and services; environmental commitment; innovation; corporate image; female inclusion; local and global presence; and social responsibility.

“HanesBrands is honored to be recognized for our operations, which have a direct and positive impact on our employees and their families, as well as the communities where we conduct business,” said Javier Chacon, chief global manufacturing operations officer for HanesBrands. “But, most of all, we are incredibly proud of the 30,000-plus employees in our Central America and Caribbean operations who ultimately are responsible for our stellar performance in the region for 45 years.”

Unlike most companies in the apparel industry, Hanes primarily manufactures its garments in company-owned plants in 20 countries across the globe, including in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Puerto Rico. The company’s supply chain operations have earned multiple awards and international acclaim, including:

  • Being named one of the 25 best multinational companies to work for in Latin America by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2015 – the first such ranking for any apparel manufacturer.

  • Earning the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility Seal for eight consecutive years and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Award five times for socially responsible practices and programs.  

  • Receiving a 2016 Responsible Business Award for best employee engagement from The Ethical Corporation. Hanes’ innovative Viviendo Verde (Green for Good) philanthropic program, which operates in Central America and the Dominican Republic, mobilizes three of Hanes’ corporate social responsibility pillars – environmental commitment, employee volunteerism and community improvement.

    The program utilizes savings from energy-management and landfill-diversion efforts to fund community projects focused on education, health, environmental protection and disaster relief that are conducted by employee volunteers. Since 2010, more than 15,000 Hanes employees have donated 600,000 hours to complete 70 projects supported by $4 million in company funding. Projects have included school and hospital refurbishments, medical clinics, clean water projects, tree plantings and beach cleanups.

For more information, visit www.hanesforgood.com.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, and Bras N Things. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook.

Contacts:

Carole Crosslin
HanesBrands
336-519-3201

Mariana Mora (Spanish language)
O’Malley Hansen Communications
312-377-0630

The CGF Sustainable Retail Summit Heads to Lisbon

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:31am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) will be hosting its annual Sustainable Retail Summit (SRS) in Lisbon, Portugal on 25th-26th October. The two-day event, now in its third year, has quickly become an influential addition to the FMCG calendar for those organisations looking to drive positive change and support sustainable business practices that benefit people and planet, as well as business. Bringing key industry experts and stakeholders together to explore solutions, share best practices and create global networks that are a force for good, the 2018 edition will see an even stronger focus on behaviour change, transparency, innovation and technology, and how these topics cut across all areas of sustainable business.

The SRS will once again provide insights into how organisations are working collaboratively to overcome today’s leading sustainability and health challenges, including food waste, deforestation, consumer health and forced labour. And, new to the agenda this year, solid waste and plastics. Never has this topic been more front and centre and you'll hear first‐hand how our industry is looking to do its part to protect the oceans and shift towards a circular economy. Delegates will also be treated to insights from the BBC's Blue Planet II team, who will be sharing their learnings from filming the award-winning TV programme. Discussions will also address how the CGF's newly-launched Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative is best-placed to support the development of socially and environmentally responsible supply chains and ensure trust in sustainability standards worldwide.

And, back by popular demand, the SRS’s interactive workshops return, as does the impressive list of CEO speakers who will ensure delegates understand what it means to drive positive change from the top down. There will also be ample networking time for delegates to get together and develop global networks of like-minded industry peers.

The event is open to both members and non-members of The Consumer Goods Forum and will take place at the Dom Pedro Lisboa. It will bring together 300 change agents from the private sector, government and civil society. Speakers include:

  • Fernando Manuel Ferreira Araújo, Secretary of State for Health, Portuguese Government

  • Hans Van Bylen, CEO, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

  • Mike Coupe, CEO, Sainsbury’s

  • John Ross, President & CEO, IGA, Inc.

  • Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum

  • Alice Webb, BBC TV Executive and James Honeyborne, Executive Producer, Blue Planet II

  • Susana Correia de Campos, Head of Employee Relations & Internal Social Responsibility, Jerónimo Martins

  • Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer

  • Isabelle Grosmaitre, Alimentation Initiative Catalyst, Danone

  • Demir Aytaç, Chief Human Resources Officer, Migros Ticaret A.S.

  • Hugo Byrnes, VP Product Integrity, Ahold Delhaize

  • Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder of Futerra. Author of The Happy Hero - How to Change Your Life by Changing the World

  • Tiago Pitta e Cunha, CEO, Oceano Azul Foundation

  • Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars, Incorporated

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “The Sustainable Retail Summit is a great example of what makes the CGF unique. Led by the industry’s CEOs, the CGF is all about collaboration to implement positive change at scale on issues that consumers care about. The SRS addresses the issues Millennials and younger consumers care most about – a healthy and sustainable future. It makes collaboration easier, by bringing together leaders, not just practitioners from multiple stakeholders for two concentrated days of inspiration and best practice sharing”.

Pedro Soares dos Santos, Chairman and CEO of Jerónimo Martins, said, “Today’s pressing challenges cannot be addressed by one company on its own. Plastics, waste, deforestation, forced labour, health through food and the role that digital tools can play in promoting a more sustainable use of our planets’ resources demand for a collective effort. Regardless of where we operate our businesses, we are all exposed to globalisation through our supply chains and therefore we need to be ready to embrace complexity and act together to make positive change happen in the world. This is exactly where the Sustainable Retail Summit becomes an unmissable opportunity to engage in transformational discussions and build a common roadmap for a better future”.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

Press contacts:

Louise Chester
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.chester@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

/Journalists seeking accreditation for the event, including access to all sessions and networking events, should contact Lee Green, l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com /

Expanded SupplyShift Essentials™ Solutions Delivered

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 4:26pm

SupplyShift recently released their SupplyShift Essentials solutions that allow companies to quickly align responsible procurement strategies with best practices in their industry.  Each Essentials solution comes complete with ready-to-send assessments, built-in scoring methodologies, and pre-built analytics dashboards, all designed to streamline progress toward a company’s specific goals for supply chain responsibility and risk management. 

“Responsible sourcing has become a requirement for brands, especially for their Millennial consumers who drive the majority of consumer spending,” said Alex Gershenson, CEO at SupplyShift.  “Customers are demanding responsible sourcing, and companies are expected to know the details of their supply chains to ensure that their suppliers maintain the same socially and environmentally responsible sourcing standards that they do.”

In today’s connected world, the reputation of a company depends on the practices of all their suppliers – all the way to the source. SupplyShift provides a cloud-based platform to seamlessly gather intelligence about supply chains and the analysis tools critical to make informed procurement decisions.  While many organizations understand the need to implement responsible sourcing strategies, they often struggle with putting in place systems or processes to accomplish their goals.  SupplyShift Essentials provides a high quality, simple, and low-cost entry point for responsible sourcing.

Essentials Solutions Availability 

Through strategic partnerships, SupplyShift has initially made available five standard Essentials solutions specific to various industries.  The most recent one is the SupplyShift Coffee Library, which is a suite of purpose-built solutions for coffee supply chains designed in collaboration with leading industry groups and advisory partners. The other current Essentials solutions are: The Sustainability Index (TSC) Essentials, Paper, Pulp & Packaging Essentials, Labor and Modern Slavery Essentials, and the Non-GMO Project Essentials.  Additional Essentials solutions will be made available over the coming months in apparel/textiles, sugar, and other sectors. 

About SupplyShift      

SupplyShift provides a comprehensive network to seamlessly gather and analyze supplier and supply chain data, connecting companies to de-risk and improve supply chains while helping brands build sustainable supplier networks that are both consistent and responsible. SupplyShift’s cloud-based platform allows for reliable data management and performance measurement, secure traceability for supply chain transparency, and improved collaboration throughout the entire supply chain. We believe that, when properly managed, a company’s supplier network can deliver incredible value for the company, the greater economy, and can play an important role in changing our world for the better.

For more information, press only:
Contact: Jamie Barsimantov
Tel: +1.415.935.3681
Email: jbarsimantov@supplyshift.net 

Product:
www.supplyshift.net/solutions/essentials

Smithfield Foods Sponsors Scholarships for North America’s Largest Environmental Education Program

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 1:26pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced its donation of scholarship awards for the National Conservation Foundation’s (NCF) 2018 International Envirothon Competition where 250 high school students compete in teams to demonstrate their environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills.

The 2018 NCF Envirothon is the final round of an environmental education program and competition that attracts more than 50,000 high school students across the U.S., Canada, and China annually. In teams, students competed in hands-on and in-class activities to demonstrate knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues during regional and statewide competitions leading into the national event. The winning teams progressed to the 2018 NCF Envirothon Competetion, which took place July 22 through July 28 in Pocatello, Idaho. Smithfield Foods awarded scholarships to the top three teams, totaling $30,000, during the competition’s awards presentation ceremony on July 27.  

“The National Conservation Foundation applauds every student who participated in this year’s competition. Participants brought innovative and progressive research to advance sustainability efforts, which is a collective win for the environment,” said Tim Reich, vice chair of the NCF Board of Trustees. “We are so proud of all of the students’ dedication to better preserving our natural resources through their environmental efforts, and are thankful for the support we have received from Smithfield to be able to recognize and honor these students.”

In addition to financial support for scholarships, Smithfield employees donated their time and expertise to the program. During the regional, statewide, and national competitions, Smithfield employees served as volunteer advisors to lead training sessions, facilitate program curriculum, and coordinate activities.

“Smithfield Foods is honored to support Envirothon for the fourth year in a row, and to once again provide scholarships to the top three teams from this year’s competition,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “The students involved with this program consistently impress us, and we are confident that their future accomplishments will play a meaningful role in creating a more sustainable tomorrow.”

Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability program is focused on five pillars: Animal Care, Environment, Food Safety and Quality, Helping Communities, and People. The company actively supports NCF and its efforts to advance environmental education, aligning with both Smithfield’s environmental initiatives and its commitment to support the vitality of local communities through education.

For more information about Smithfield’s sustainability program, recent achievements, and industry-leading environmental programs, visit Smithfield’s most recent Sustainability Report available HERE.

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

About NCF-Envirothon

NCF-Envirothon is a hands-on, environmental problem-solving, leadership development program that includes a competition involving high school students annually throughout North America. Participating teams complete training and testing in five natural resource categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues. The program combines in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences to provide a natural resources encounter for students.

NCF-Envirothon works in partnership with local conservation districts, and their state associations, forestry associations, educators, school officials, and cooperating natural resources agencies to organize and conduct competitions on the local, regional, state and/or provincial level. Winning teams from each state and province advance to a final competition for the opportunity to compete for recognition, scholarships and prizes as well as an understanding of natural resources issues. For more information on this exciting program visit www.envirothon.org.

Launch of Collaboration for Healthier Lives Initiative to "Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life" in Costa Rica

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:26am

Costa Rica has joined the global Collaboration for Healthier Lives movement.

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has successfully concluded a three-day campaign to support consumers in Costa Rica to adopt healthier diets and lifestyles. The “Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life” campaign was supported by CGF members Automercado, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Bimbo, Lala, Kellogg's, P&G, SC Johnson, Mars, Merck, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Sigma, Unilever and Walmart and ran from 27th-29th July in two stores in Costa Rica: Automercado de Alajuela and Walmart de San Sebastián.

The campaign is part of the CGF’s global health and wellness agenda and its Collaboration for Healthier Lives initiative that brings the CGF’s global membership, including retailers and manufacturers, together to collaborate regionally alongside other key stakeholders. In Costa Rica, the aim is to empower consumers to adopt healthier choices to support a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle. Specific information that was made available included the importance of a balanced diet, ensuring a caloric balance, controlling food portions and how to read and understand food labels.

Healthy stations at the Automercado de Alajuela and Walmart de San Sebastián, guided consumers so that they have more tools available to support their well-being and that of their families. During the initiative, customers were guided by different experts who gave advice and assistance around healthy habits and routines, accompanied by the partnering brands.

The 15 participating members of the CGF are working towards a common goal, to provide consumers with different tools that help them make a positive change in their daily lives by making increasingly healthier decisions. They understand that by working together as an industry, and with consumers, they can contribute to helping people adopt active and healthy lifestyles.

According to Nielsen, a global data measurement and analysis company, in its 2015 Global Health and Wellbeing Report, 54% of consumers in the region think they are overweight and 56% are doing something to lose weight. At the same time, they reflect that trends in the purchase of foods and beverages that have functional benefits or are low in calories have been strengthened with a 16% increase in sales. In addition, 75% of Latin Americans are interested in changing their diet, 63% are starting to exercise regularly and 48% are looking to reduce food portions that they consume.

The health and wellbeing of consumers is a priority issue in CGF members’ strategies and companies are united on the need to raise awareness around the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The "Give a Healthy Twist to Your Life" campaign was first launched in Bogota, Colombia in 2017 and will be heading to other countries across Latin America in the near future.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

Press Contact:

Erika Rodríguez
The Consumer Goods Forum
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Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Responsible Business Alliance Signs Agreement to Support Bali Process Efforts on Modern Slavery

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:26am

The Bali Process Government and Business Forum (Bali Process) Secretariat (Walk Free Foundation) and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to collaborate on anti-slavery efforts through the Bali Process.

An estimated 40 million people are victims of modern slavery across the world, with nearly 25 million working in situations of forced labor. The Bali Process seeks to address issues of human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery in the Indo-Pacific and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) is a global organization with a mission to end modern slavery. The RBA is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics, retail, auto, telecom and toy companies. Its members are committed to supporting workers and communities worldwide that are affected by the global electronics supply chain.

The WFF and RBA will share subject matter expertise, relevant information, connections and opportunities to collaborate on various projects. These efforts may include, but will not be limited to, cooperation on the development, promotion and implementation of the Bali Process Acknowledge, Act and Advance (AAA) Recommendations; engagement with the RBA’s multi-industry, multi-stakeholder Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI); stakeholder outreach; special projects; and access to RLI tools and services, where appropriate.

“RBA is a leading industry body in ethical business with more than 120 member companies,” said Jenn Morris, CEO, Walk Free Foundation. “We cannot end modern slavery without input and action from business. RBA’s member companies are already taking responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of their supply chains and we look forward to engaging them in the Bali Process Government and Business Forum to make slavery a thing of the past.”

“The RBA is looking forward to working with Walk Free, as the Bali Process Secretariat, governments and business leaders to address human trafficking in global supply chains by putting the Acknowledge, Act and Advance Recommendations into action through our membership and programs. There is a tremendous opportunity here to accelerate change,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director, Responsible Business Alliance.

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About Bali Process Government and Business Forum

The Bali Process Government and Business Forum provides a strategic platform for collaboration. It brings together influential business leaders and senior ministers from 45 countries and three UN organisations to develop regional strategies to combat modern day slavery in the Indo Pacific region. The Forum was launched in 2017 as the inaugural business track of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (established in 2002).

About Walk Free Foundation

The Walk Free Foundation is a global organisation, headquartered in Perth, Australia, with a mission to end modern slavery in our generation by mobilising a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business, and raising unprecedented levels of capital to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for modern slavery today. For more information, visit WalkFreeFoundation.org and follow @WalkFreeFdn

About Responsible Business Alliance

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. RBA members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The RBA is comprised of more than 125 members with combined annual revenue of greater than $4.75 trillion and directly employing over 6 million people. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.

National Grid's Statement on U.S. Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 4:19pm

National Grid issued a statement today responding to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule.

“National Grid continues to support the existing vehicle emission and fuel economy standards for vehicles made from 2022 to 2025 in order to reduce reliance on imported fuels, maintain a balanced energy mix, and reduce greenhouse gas and criteria air emissions. Greater adoption of electric vehicles and plug in electric hybrids is paramount in order to achieve all of these goals. For this reason, National Grid joined other utilities and states in challenging EPA’s determination that the existing emission standards for cars and trucks must be revised. The proposed rule released yesterday, the Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, takes a significant step backwards. National Grid firmly believes that the existing standards are an integral component of decarbonizing the transportation sector and achieving a clean energy future.”

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company that supplies the energy for more than 20 million people through its networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. 

National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Read more about the innovative projects happening across our footprint in The Democratization of Energy, an eBook written by National Grid’s US president, Dean Seavers. 

For more information please visit our website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, like us on Facebook, find our photos on Instagram.

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The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Trends to Watch

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 4:19pm

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY) is an alumni organization seeking to strengthen alumni networks, support services, professional development, and education opportunities.  The Sustainable Business Committee produces events related to green businesses, the environment, sustainability, and pioneering new industry.  Visit CBSACNY online at http://www.cbsacny.org.

  • Hear from expert panelists with diverse experience in CSR and Sustainability Reporting.

  • Understand key factors and motivations that guide a company’s reporting strategy.

  • Learn about different reporting methods, frameworks, and standards.

  • Explore trends in CSR and Sustainability Reporting in the US and around the world.

  • Get answers to your questions - unique opportunity for open audience Q & A.

As companies strive to protect their reputational assets and earn trust from stakeholders, sustainability reporting and disclosure are no longer reserved solely for “green” or mission-oriented companies. Demand for transparency and disclosure is increasing, and sustainability reporting is becoming mainstream. However, how reporting is done may vary depending on the target audience and purpose of those disclosures. Dominant frameworks such as GRI and SASB, and emerging methods such as Reporting 3.0, Trucost, and <IR>, are evolving to play different parts and complement each other. Our expert panel will discuss best practices employed by companies, and how such practices create value for shareholders and stakeholders. While sustainability reporting remains largely voluntary, our panel will explore legal trends and any potential movement to integrate sustainability and financial disclosures, from a US and global perspective.

Register and learn more: http://www.cbsacny.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1088046

For more information, please contact:
Leila Goldmark, LGoldmark10@gsb.columbia.edu (re event details)
CBSACNY, contactus@cbsacny.org (re event registration and ticketing issues)

Smithfield Foods Donates $75,000 to Fund Life-Saving Technology

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:19pm

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce a $75,000 donation to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to fund a proof-of-concept phase for its Timely Donor Referralsm technology pilot. The donation is a result of a successful challenge grant announced in March, through which Smithfield has matched dollar-for-dollar all donations to UNOS to help meet its goal.

“We’re thrilled to be able to advance the proof of concept for this project, which could help change the lives of so many,” said Brian Shepard, chief executive officer of UNOS. “Smithfield’s gift made this possible by inspiring others to participate.”

UNOS is the national organ transplant system that matches donated organs to the more than 100,000 men, women, and children awaiting life-saving transplants. The Timely Donor Referralsm technology project’s goal is to improve the manual processes by which staff in donor hospitals notify organ procurement organizations (OPO) about potential organ donors. With Smithfield’s gift, the pilot project will begin to build and test technology to integrate with electronic medical record (EMR) systems used by the nation’s health systems. The end result could be a quicker, more secure, and reliable exchange of highly time-sensitive information between the donor hospitals and OPOs. This project seeks to exponentially increase the number of lifesaving organs available for transplant

Over the next few months UNOS will collaborate with a team of key partners, including Cerner, a national provider of electronic health information technology to hospitals and health systems, the Gift of Life Michigan (an OPO), and StatLine, a technology provider to OPOs. Together, the team will identify, develop, and test solutions, as well as analyze the cost benefits and expense for a national implementation of this solution. The targeted completion of the proof of concept phase is December 2018.

“Smithfield’s contribution to UNOS is just one of several ways we are investing in the innovation, improvement and advancement of the medical industry,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We believe the life-saving benefits of this pilot program have the potential to create a positive and progressive impact across the country.”

In addition to this gift, Smithfield also supports advances in medical technology through Smithfield Bioscience, its business unit focused on supporting a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication, and regenerative medicine.

The Smithfield Foundation’s challenge grant provides the needed funding to begin developing this UNOS technology. However, a project of this magnitude requires continued support and dedication from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Those interested in making a philanthropic investment in this project can make a gift online. For more information about UNOS, please visit UNOS.org.

About Smithfield Foods

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

About Smithfield Bioscience

Smithfield Bioscience is a strategic platform of Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. Established in 2017, Smithfield Bioscience leverages byproducts from the meat production process for the development of pharmaceuticals, regenerative medicine, nutraceuticals, and medical device solutions. Smithfield leads the industry in developing these types of cutting edge initiatives, which support a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication and regenerative medicine. For more information, visit www.smithfieldbioscience.com.

About UNOS

UNOS serves as the nation’s organ transplant system, providing vital services to meet the needs of men, women and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Based in Richmond, Va., UNOS is a private, nonprofit IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization. UNOS members encompass every transplant hospital, tissue-matching laboratory, and organ procurement organization in the United States, as well as voluntary health and professional societies, ethicists, transplant patients, and organ donor advocates. For more information, visit UNOS.org.

Media Contacts:

UNOS

Anne Paschke

anne.paschke@unos.org

(804) 782-4909

 

UNOS Philanthropy

David Zanitsch

david.zanitsch@unos.org

(804) 782-6581

Being Fearless Live Online

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:19pm

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.

New York Bar “Referee” in Chevron Pollution Case Quits After Disclosure He Helped Union Carbide Escape Liability in India’s Bhopal Disaster

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Paul Doyle, a corporate lawyer appointed by the New York bar to recommend possible discipline of prominent human rights defender Steven Donziger – the lawyer who helped Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples win a landmark $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron -- has resigned his post after the disclosure that he had helped Union Carbide escape liability in the Bhopal disaster in India that has killed an estimated 15,000 people.

A New York appellate court appointed Doyle in early July to determine whether Donziger should be disbarred after staff attorneys at the Manhattan grievance committee – apparently at the behest of Chevron -- deemed him an “immediate threat to the public order” and suspended him on an interim basis without a hearing based on the disputed civil findings of a New York judge that have been contradicted by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador as well as by extensive forensic evidence.  Donziger, a Harvard Law School graduate, has worked for two decades to help Ecuadorian rainforest communities hold Chevron accountable for the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into the Amazon rainforest in what is considered the world’s worst oil-related catastrophe, known globally as the “Amazon Chernobyl”.

In 2011, the affected Ecuadorian communities with Donziger’s help won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador -- the venue where Chevron insisted the case be heard. The Ecuador trial court found Chevron had systematically dumped toxic waste into streams and rivers, poisoning the drinking water of local communities. The pollution plunged the region into a humanitarian crisis that Donziger calls "a slow genocide.” Cancer, birth defects, and other diseases have killed, or threaten to kill, thousands of people. Three appellate courts in Ecuador – including the country’s Constitutional Court in an 8-0 ruling – have affirmed the judgment based on more than 100 expert evidentiary reports and 64,000 chemical sampling results.

(Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron; here is a summary of the evidence on cancer rates in the area where Chevron operated.)

The New York bar’s decision to suspend Donziger – made by Chief Attorney Jorge Dopico and staff attorney Naomi Goldstein -- was harshly criticized by prominent lawyers, academics, and environmental activists for denying the lawyer a hearing where he could challenge Chevron’s allegations and the findings of Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.  (See here and here; here is the voluminous scientific evidence relied on by Ecuador's courts to find Chevron liable.) In 25 years of legal practice, Donziger has not received even one client complaint and has been bestowed with numerous testimonials for his public service. 

Dopico and Goldstein decided that the civil findings of Kaplan issued four years ago, in a lawsuit brought by Chevron in 2011, should be sufficient to suspend Donziger from the practice of law in 2018 as a "threat to the public order" without a hearing.  Kaplan ruled in a non-jury civil trial that Donziger had committed “fraud” in Ecuador – a finding that has been discredited by evidence that Chevron’s main witness was paid $2 million by the company and later admitted lying under oath in Kaplan’s court after being coached for 53 days by Chevron lawyers prior to taking the stand. Forensic evidence also proved he lied; see this criminal referral letter of Chevron and its lawyers to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In seeking Donziger’s suspension as an “immediate threat” to the public order, Dopico and Goldstein refused to consider thousands of pages of evidence that he had submitted challenging Kaplan’s findings. (See this 12-page letter summarizing Donziger’s response and this legal brief.) The staff attorneys also failed to consider the Ecuadorian court decisions affirming the judgment against Chevron and they ignored evidence that Kaplan exhibited animus against Donziger and his clients during the trial. Kaplan continually called the Ecuadorians the “so-called” plaintiffs and mocked the case as “not bona fide” litigation. (Here is an article on Kaplan and here is a rebuttal of his findings.)

Doyle initially accepted his appointment to recommend Donziger's final sanction but then withdraw after the Ecuadorians disclosed that he had played a leading role in eliminating almost all of Union Carbide’s liability after the company’s chemical plant in Bhopal released deadly gases in 1984, considered the world’s worst industrial accident. An estimated 3,800 people were killed within days of the disaster and an estimated 15,000 people have died from ongoing exposures. Doyle, a partner at Kelly Drye & Warren, markets himself on his firm’s website as having taken 40 trips to India to help Union Carbide evade paying compensation, saving the company billions of dollars.

Doyle helped reduce Union Carbide’s liability to a paltry $1,500 per victim, which did not remotely compensate families for the death of loved ones, birth defects, blindness, a lifetime of disabilities, or loss of basic health functioning. "Like the Chevron pollution case in Ecuador,” said Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler, "the Bhopal disaster has became a global symbol of the legal system’s failure to provide adequate compensation to victims of industrial pollution.” 

(Here is background on the Bhopal disaster; here are photos published in The Atlantic. Here are photos of the victims of Chevron’s Ecuador disaster.) 

After his appointment as Donziger’s referee, Doyle proposed several dates in September to conduct a sanctions hearing based on the Kaplan findings. But Doyle abandoned his appointment after a press release appeared last week exposing his corporate-friendly background and work for Union Carbide. In the same press release, prominent attorney Rick Friedman – a leading U.S. trial lawyer, the former President of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and a best-selling author on trial practice – also harshly criticized the process that led to Donziger’s interim suspension without a hearing.  See here.

Donziger said he thought Doyle's appointment was symptomatic of a deeper problem in the New York bar grievance process.

“Appointing a former Union Carbide lawyer, who blocked thousands of impoverished victims in India from receiving compensation, to preside over any aspect of a case involving Chevron’s poisoning of the people of Ecuador represents in my view an acute conflict of interest,” he said. In addition, Donziger criticized the fact that six of Judge Kaplan’s colleagues on the New York federal bench urged Dopico and Goldstein to suspend him without a hearing based on the judge's disputed findings, without disclosing the existence of contrary findings by three appellate courts in Ecuador. Furthermore, Dopico and Goldstein never disclosed to Donziger that Doyle had served as panel chair of the Manhattan bar disciplinary committee that is prosecuting his case, creating a second conflict of interest. 

“Given his background, it would seem impossible for Mr. Doyle to be considered a neutral arbiter in this type of case," added Donziger. “Respectfully, I find it astonishing that the New York bar officials would not recognize these obvious conflicts up front. They also should have adhered to their own rules and not invoked an automatic suspension of an attorney based on disputed findings that are still being litigated in other jurisdictions. Once Mr. Doyle's background was revealed, he probably realized how the optics would look. Naturally, he withdrew.  Nevertheless, the deeper problems — the denial of my due process rights and what appears to be favoritism toward Chevron — remain.”

Donziger's referral for bar discipline is steeped in its own controversy given that it seems to have been orchestrated by Judge Kaplan, who has been the subject of wide criticism for refusing to consider the environmental evidence against Chevron and for his biased comments from the bench. Several Ecuadorian villagers who attended parts of the Kaplan trial accused him of being racist. (See this account from a young Harvard lawyer who volunteered to help defend Donziger.)

Six of Judge Kaplan’s colleagues on New York’s federal trial bench in Manhattan, led by Judge Kevin P. Castel, sent a referral letter in late 2016 urging Jorge Dopico to disbar Donziger without a hearing based on their colleague's findings. Donziger said the Castel letter -- addressed to "Jorge" and showing an intimate personal familiarity with the Chief Attorney of the grievance committee -- ignored the many evidentiary problems with Kaplan’s decision and was not in keeping with the judicial obligation of impartiality. Donziger said the letter created enormous pressure for the bar staff attorneys to move against him. 

“Bar staff attorneys answer by and large answer to judges,” Donziger said last week. “When six federal judges urge disbarment based on a high-profile decision of a colleague that has been contradicted by courts in other countries and whom they are obviously trying to protect, I would imagine it would be difficult for a bar staff attorney to resist the pressure. But that does not excuse the bar for refusing to give me a hearing where I can present critical and highly probative evidence prior to any suspension.”

In the meantime, the judges of the Manhattan appellate court who appointed Doyle are looking to appoint a new referee. Donziger said he suggests they appoint somebody from another jurisdiction who has no ties to the New York judiciary and who has a demonstrated record of impartiality when it comes to corporate accountability issues. “The system as currently set up is obviously populated by lawyers who have a cozy relationship with each other, who regularly appear before the six federal judges who recommended me for disbarment, and who are appointed by the very people prosecuting the case based on fabricated and disputed evidence,” said Donziger. “The system is structurally flawed and in my view has been hijacked by Chevron as an arm of a litigation strategy designed to evade liability to the Indigenous peoples of Ecuador.” 

Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace and author, said Chevron's corruption of the judicial process to evade its Ecuador liability reaches "historic proportions."

“This entire bar grievance process in New York,” said Weyler, "is obviously being manipulated by Judge Kaplan, his colleagues, and Chevron’s powerful law firm to help an American company evade a liability to foreign plaintiffs. The proceedings against Steven, riddled with witnesses bribed by Chevron and fabricated testimony, stink to high heaven by any objective measure.” 

“Doyle’s aborted appointment is only the most recent example of a process that has fast become an embarrassment to the New York judiciary,” said Weyler, who accused Chevron of “ecological crimes”after visiting Ecuador last year. "The corporate-dominated bar in New York City is trying to make Steven Donziger, a hero in the environmental community, an enemy of the state by claiming he is a ‘threat to the public order’. The attack is part of a broader corporate attack on activism we are seeing all over the country. Similar copycat ‘racketeering’ lawsuits to that used by Chevron have been filed against Greenpeace and other humanitarian and ecology advocates in an attempt to criminalize social activism. Not a single voluntary member of the New York bar disciplinary process appears even to practice in the area of human rights law or corporate accountability; in fact, most get paid to defend corporations.”

In 2009, Chevron had disclosed its defense strategy was to “demonize Donziger” rather than litigate on the merits. Later, a company official threatened the Ecuadorians with a “lifetime of litigation” if they continued with the case.  After losing in Ecuador, Chevron retaliated by suing Donziger and his clients before Judge Kaplan for $60 billion. This astonishing sum is still considered the largest potential personal liability for anybody in U.S. history. However, just prior to the actual trial and after focus groups of potential jurors showed it would likely lose on the merits, Chevron dropped the financial damages claim to avoid a jury of impartial fact finders. That decision kicked the case to Judge Kaplan as the sole decision maker. 

Attorney Rick Friedman, the past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, said last week that he was “utterly dismayed” by the bar’s decision to deny Donziger the opportunity to present evidence to challenge Kaplan’s findings.  “This type of decision not only violates fundamental due process, it is not in keeping with the American tradition of using judicial processes as a truth-seeking exercise,” he said. “It reminds me of something that might happen in Russia under Putin or Turkey under Erdogan, but it should not be happening in New York.  The goal of the New York bar staff attorneys seems to be to suppress evidence that might prove Judge Kaplan got his decision wrong, not to seek the truth or ensure a fair adjudication.  That’s a sad commentary on the state of the New York bar and unfortunately our legal profession because Steven Donziger should rightly be regarded as a hero for his work in Ecuador. This reflects far more poorly on the New York bar and Judge Kaplan than Steven Donziger, a person whom I deeply respect.” 

While Chevron is targeting Donziger through the bar process, the Ecuadorians are advancing in Canada in their attempt to enforce their environmental judgment and seize company assets to pay for a clean-up.  Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in their favor on a key jurisdictional issue (see here) while company shareholders are putting enormous pressure on management – including new CEO Michael Wirth -- to settle the case because of the growing risk posed by the enforcement action. Chevron has an estimated $25 billion in assets in Canada; Donziger said he believes Chevron hopes to use his bar suspension to try to taint the validity of the Ecuador judgment before Canadian courts.

Donziger, who still has a law license to practice in the District of Columbia, has attracted wide support from prominent lawyers in the U.S. and Canada, musicians such as Roger Waters, Indigenous leaders such as Phil Fontaine (former National Chief of Canada) and Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, and environmental activists including Rex Weyler and Atossa Soltani, the founder of Amazon Watch. The affected communities in Ecuador also have flooded Donziger with letters of support. 

Recycled Hangers Reincarnated Into a Dish Cap - Seventh Generation Introduces New 100 Percent Post-Consumer Recycled Dish Cap

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 1:18pm

(GlobeNewswire) - Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care products company and pioneer in the environmentally conscious products space, has introduced a new green cap for its Natural Dish Liquid. The cap utilizes 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, many of which were plastic clothes hangers, marking the very first 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic cap on the market.1 

This is just the latest evolution in Seventh Generation’s ambitious undertaking to reduce environmental impact and create a brighter future for the next seven generations. The new design also supports the company’s goal of ensuring each packaging component across its product portfolio is virgin petroleum free and widely recyclable by 2020.

“This small design change will make a big impact on reducing the footprint of our dish soap, and we hope, will also set a new standard for the industry,” said Joey Bergstein, Chief Executive Officer of Seventh Generation. “Caps are among the last piece of the packaging portfolio to convert to virgin petroleum free plastic and with this announcement, we’re happy to report about 85 percent of Seventh Generation packaging components are already there.”

Seventh Generation worked closely with TricorBraun, a global packaging leader, to make the cap. Their task was to not only make it out of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, but also make it effective, focusing on the quality and addressing consumer preference. 

Though the packaging has changed, the formula for the dish liquid remains the same. Seventh Generation’s complete line of dish liquids are free of dyes, biodegradable and not tested on animals. The 95% plant-based (USDA certified bio-based) formula is also proven to cut through grease and tough, dried-on food. The dish soap comes in a Free & Clear variety which is clinically proven hypoallergenic as well as in a line of fragranced varieties which are scented with 100% essential oils and botanical ingredients. 

The new cap is rolling out on store shelves this month. To learn more, please visit www.seventhgeneration.com

About Seventh Generation
For nearly 30 years, it’s been Seventh Generation’s mission to help you protect your world with our environmentally conscious and effective household products. Our products are solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it.  Seventh Generation offers a full line of laundry, dish and household cleaners, baby products including Free & Clear diapers, training pants and baby wipes, plus recycled paper products and recycled plastic trash bags, and feminine care products including Organic certified tampons. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company's website visit www.seventhgeneration.com. To read more about Seventh Generation's corporate responsibility, visit the Corporate Consciousness Report at: www.7genreport.com.

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Newmont Partners With Project WET to Provide Water Education in South America and Beyond

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:18am

 Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) today announced a partnership with the Project WET Foundation – a global leader in water education – to advance responsible use of water resources through community-based teacher training. 

The partnership will focus on empowering school teachers and other educators to build community awareness and expertise on how water is used, managed and protected in their respective regions. This includes developing a customized curriculum for teacher training workshops beginning in Peru and Suriname where Newmont has mining operations. 

“We are excited to work with Newmont and our local partners to build a water education program that is relevant and meaningful for these communities,” said Dennis Nelson, Project WET Foundation President and CEO. “Our site visits and discussions with educators and water managers in Peru and Suriname demonstrated the importance of water education in the communities near Newmont’s operations.” 

The partnership in Peru will work alongside ALAC, the Asociación de los Andes de Cajamarca, a foundation established by Newmont’s Yanacocha operation to promote sustainable development in the Cajamarca region. Work to identify and prepare a community-based partner in Suriname is currently underway. The Project WET-Newmont partnership is also evaluating opportunities to expand the water education program beyond South America.   

“Local educators play a pivotal role helping teach children, families and all users about effective and responsible water management,” said Elaine Dorward-King, Newmont’s Executive Vice President for Sustainability and External Relations and Project WET board member. “We are proud to partner with Project WET and look forward to improving water education and stewardship in our shared watersheds.”

About Project WET Foundation
Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide. Find Project WET at projectwet.org and on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Newmont
Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company’s operations are primarily in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925. 

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Media Contact
Omar Jabara                          303.837.5114              omar.jabara@newmont.com

Investor Contact
Jessica Largent                      303.837.5484              jessica.largent@newmont.com

Project WET Contact
Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter           406.585.4115             nicole.ritter@projectwet.org  

Kinross Releases 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 7:17pm

(GlobeNewswire) Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX:K; NYSE:KGC) ("Kinross") is pleased to present its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, a comprehensive and transparent account of the Company's health and safety, socio-economic, community and workforce engagement, ethical conduct and environmental performance across its global operations.

"Corporate Responsibility (CR) is engrained into our core business and every facet of our operations at Kinross," said J. Paul Rollinson, President and CEO. "Our approach to CR continues to focus on the well-being of our employees, host communities and surrounding environment, which includes generating sustainable benefits in the host countries and communities where we operate, and acting ethically and transparently. This report, which marks ten years of our formal CR reporting, provides important details about our strong performance and the measures we take to ensure we meet our commitments as a leading responsible mining company."

Key elements of Kinross' 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, which is available at 2017corporateresponsibilityreport.kinross.com, include:

Putting People First - Health & Safety

  • A tragic fatal accident at the Kupol mine in Russia is a stark reminder of the utmost importance of keeping safety as a first priority. This was the first employee fatality at a Company mine site since 2012. The Report describes measures that have been implemented to improve safety, including a critical risks and controls program and improved reporting of high potential incidents.

  • Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 0.32, the lowest in Kinross' history.

Generating Socio-Economic Value

  • $2.8 billion spent in host countries through wages and procurement of goods and services, including $800 million spent in local areas around our sites on wages, goods and services, and local taxes.

  • 79% of goods and services sourced in-country, working with more than 3,500 suppliers.

Empowering our Communities

  • 112,000 stakeholder interactions at operating sites.

  • Reached more than 850,000 beneficiaries through community programs.

Managing our Environmental Footprint

  • 82% of water from operations recycled.

  • Among the lowest carbon footprint in comparison with our peers.

  • Further strengthened tailings dam management and monitoring program.

Engaging our Workforce

  • 97.7% of Kinross workforce hired in host countries.

  • 33% of board of directors are women.

  • Promoted employee development through core values, new 8 People Commitments, leadership development model, and the new online Kinross University.

Ethical Conduct

  • Zero cases of corruption or allegations of human rights violations.

  • Continued to improve processes and policies, including updating the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and publishing a new Working with Integrity guidebook for employees.

The Report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, fulfills Kinross' commitments as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact by publishing a "Communication on Progress" report, and includes coverage of how Kinross has linked business performance to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The Report also documents key stakeholder issues and Kinross' responses on a site-by-site basis, and provides results from a recent socio-economic study examining how mining contributes to sustainable development in the rural areas around our Tasiast mine in Mauritania. The study demonstrates the significant reductions in poverty in the region around the Tasiast mine between 2011 and 2017.

Four case studies in the Report illustrate specific examples that relate to environmental stewardship through water conservation and world-class reclamation, and support for programs that empower Indigenous groups and women in communities around our mines. The case studies include:   

Kinross has also continued to evolve and improve how it approaches its Corporate Responsibility strategy. The Company updated its Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility after a cross-discipline review to ensure there is operational accountability through relevant metrics that track performance against each Principle. You can find Kinross' Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility here.

About Kinross Gold Corporation

Kinross is a Canadian-based senior gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Russia, Mauritania, Chile and Ghana. Kinross' focus is on delivering value based on the core principles of operational excellence, balance sheet strength, disciplined growth and responsible mining. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).

Corporate Responsibility Contact 
Ed Opitz
Vice-President, Safety and Sustainability
phone: 416-369-6476
ed.opitz@kinross.com

Media Contact 
Louie Diaz
Director, Corporate Communications
phone: 416-369-6469
louie.diaz@kinross.com

Investor Relations Contact
Tom Elliott
Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
phone: 416-365-3390
tom.elliott@kinross.com

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