The Forum is the largest annual gathering of Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) managers, directors and vice presidents.
With four days of networking, peer-led interactive sessions and keynote presentations, this is the premier event dedicated to showcasing best practices in EHS & Sustainability management.
Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today congratulated 20 executives from its client community, as well as CEO Bryan de Lottinville, for being named to Assent Compliance’s 2019 Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leader list. Independently researched by Lucas Taylor, University of Notre Dame MBA and LDT Consulting, the list recognizes leaders who made a difference in the CSR space in 2019 by contributing education, advocacy and action to issues impacting sustainability, human rights and more.
According to Assent Compliance, “a Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leader embodies corporate social responsibility (CSR), and uses their influence to help others establish or improve their CSR programs. Their efforts contribute to improvements throughout global supply chains, helping individuals and companies make a positive difference.” In addition to de Lottinville, a who’s who of executives from leading companies who partner with Benevity made the list, including:
Lisa Jackson, Vice President, Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives at Apple
Brigitta Witt, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability at T-Mobile
Icema Gibbs, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at JetBlue Airways
Jon Hixson, Vice President, Global Citizenship & Sustainability at Yum! Brands
Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer, & Chairman & President of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation
The Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leader list is one of several announced in 2019—including Fortune’s Change the World and San Francisco Business Times’ Top 100 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists—that have recognized leaders in the Benevity client community for driving CSR innovation and realizing positive social impact.
“I was surprised and delighted to be included in this group of thought leaders and change agents,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “A confluence of trends—including the recent Statement of Purpose of a Corporation by the Business Roundtable, growing pressure from investors and consumers for companies to have a positive Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) profile, new employee engagement opportunities built around pro-social actions and more—suggests that companies should be embracing a more holistic approach to corporate purpose. Together, we are learning what it takes to put ideas into action to make our companies and the world better in tangible and impactful ways.”
Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering and community investment. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to an employee base of 12 million users around the world, Benevity has processed over 3.5 billion dollars in donations and 20 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 200,000 charities worldwide.
Clear Blue Commercial, a commercial real estate property management company, has been named a B Corp Best For The World honoree for its positive impact on the environment, its workforce, its community, its suppliers, its clients and its corporate governance.
Best For The World honors go to the top 10% of Certified B Corporations — for-profit companies — which must meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit with purpose. B Corp certification and Best For The World recognition are administered by B Lab, a global nonprofit. Today there are 3,000 Certified B Corporations across 64 countries and 150 industries, dedicated to using business as a force for good and a shared goal of redefining business success. The Best For The World ranking puts Clear Blue Commercial in the company of Certified B Corporations that include such well-known businesses as Patagonia, Beautycounter, Dr. Bronner’s, TOMS and Seventh Generation.
B Lab named Clear Blue Commercial to its Best For The World: Overall list as well as the Best For The World: Governance list. The 2019 Best For The World honorees are identified on the basis of the verified B Impact Assessments of Certified B Corporations. The full lists are available on https://bcorporation.net.
B Lab doesn’t just evaluate a company’s product or service, it assesses the company’s overall positive impact. It evaluates how a company’s operations and business model affect its workers, community, environment and customers. To achieve the B Corp Certification, a company must attain at least 80 points on the assessment.
“It was Clear Blue Commercial’s goal since our founding five years ago to become a B Corp, and this honor is a recognition of philosophies we have long embraced,” said Carolyn Pistone, president and managing director. “Because commercial buildings are the world’s largest single source of greenhouse gases, we knew we had a role to play in helping our clients operate more sustainably. We help them save money while saving the planet. We actually didn’t set out to be a differentiator, but we want every company to think about its impact on the environment and make conscious choices to improve the human condition and the world.”
Clear Blue Commercial’s mission is to help improve negative environmental impacts through real estate, setting the bar for responsible and successful businesses around the world. As a property manager, it introduces sustainability practices to decrease energy and water usage, saving its clients millions of dollars a year. Other services include thoughtful business operations and decision-making on even everyday practices like office product purchases. Clear Blue Commercial is the only commercial real estate firm certified as a Bay Area Green Business, a Women-Owned Business and a B Corp.
“We’re incredibly proud of this year’s Best For The World honorees,” said Anthea Kelsick, B Lab’s chief marketing officer. “These inspiring companies represent the kind of business models and impact-driven business strategies that are building a new economy — one that is inclusive, regenerative and that delivers value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders. To that end, B Corps like Clear Blue Commercial are redefining capitalism and showing that it actually can work for everyone.”
About Clear Blue Commercial
Clear Blue Commercial is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage, sustainability consulting and project management company dedicated to maximizing its clients’ investments, saving its clients’ time, and adding value to local communities. A North Bay Business Journal Community Philanthropy and Outstanding Facility Management award winner and a Northbay Biz magazine Best Green Business, Clear Blue Commercial has successfully saved its clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in green upgrades and energy savings. Clear Blue Commercial is the only commercial real estate firm to be a certified Green Business, a certified Small Business, a certified Woman Owned Business and a certified B Corporation. Visit www.clearbluecommercial.com and follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About B Lab: B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s initiatives include B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs and software, and advocacy for governance structures like the benefit corporation. B Lab’s vision is of an inclusive and sustainable economy that creates a shared prosperity for all. To date, there are 3,000 Certified B Corps in over 150 industries and 64 countries, and over 50,000 companies use the B Impact Assessment. For more information, visit https://bcorporation.net.
GreenBiz Group and the state of California today announced a collaboration to advance California’s climate and energy goals in the wake of devastating wildfires, with a Grid Resilience Summit to be held on October 24 as part of VERGE 19.
The invitation-only, half-day Summit is designed to foster the collaboration needed to transform the State’s climate, energy and grid resilience priorities into actionable solutions. It will convene private-sector leaders, state and local public officials, policymakers, utility executives and service providers in an interactive format to identify and seed strategic actions towards the State’s goals.
“The next few years will define the future of California’s electricity grid,” said Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. “The State’s ambitious clean-energy goals coupled with the increasing severity and frequency of wildfires makes now the perfect moment to evaluate and future-proof our energy infrastructure. The Administration is committed to working with innovators and stakeholders to build a resilient California, while ensuring clean, reliable and affordable energy for all.”
GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 19 conference and expo is a three-day event focusing on the intersection of sustainability and technology and on accelerating the clean economy. The Grid Resilience Summit is part of a larger Summit Series, which also includes Summits focused on accelerating the market for zero-emission commercial vehicles in California and on eliminating food waste. VERGE 19 will take place October 22-24 at the Oakland Convention Center.
“Governor Newsom and his administration are already demonstrating the kind of bold, solutions-focused leadership that VERGE has been working to advance for nearly a decade,” said Shana Rappaport, Vice President and Executive Director of VERGE. “Accelerating a clean economy requires moving beyond talk to generating real, scalable solutions. This is the spirit behind our partnership and the design of the Summit.”
As part of the Grid Resilience Summit, participants will tour the VERGE microgrid, a fully functional, renewably powered microgrid, demonstrating the resilience and impressive efficiency possible in today’s energy systems. Since 2013, VERGE conferences have built such microgrids onsite in just one day to power the three-day events. This year’s microgrid will feature battery storage and power generation from solar and biomass gasification, among other technologies.
For more information about VERGE 19 and the Grid Resilience Summit, click here.
About GreenBiz Group
GreenBiz Group is the leading media and events company at the intersection of business, sustainability and innovation. We view climate change and other global environmental challenges as existential threats to business and society, as well as significant opportunities. We help our audiences — large and small companies, utilities, government agencies and others — navigate the emerging technologies, business practices, policies and societal expectations they need to know to succeed. We achieve this through media, events, research and a membership network of corporate sustainability professionals. www.greenbiz.com
About the Governor's Office of Planning and Research
The Office of Planning and Research (OPR), created by statute in 1970, is part of the Office of the Governor of California. OPR serves the Governor and the Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.
The Keep America Beautiful®America Recycles Day®, the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States, has opened registration for businesses, community organizations, government entities, individuals and others planning to host an America Recycles Day-themed event.
America Recycles Day, which takes place on and in the weeks surrounding Nov. 15, educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being, and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.
“Our fall recycling initiatives highlight the power that we all have to make more mindful decisions in our daily lives about recycling and using products made with recyclable materials,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “Keep America Beautiful has been working hard to improve recycling in America and we’re eager to continue those efforts by motivating and activating individuals to make recycling a part of their daily lives.”
Keep America Beautiful urges people to pledge to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle in every aspect of their life. Available online and via paper pledges at America Recycles Day events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle, by:
Recycling at home, work/school and on the go;
Buying products made with recycled content; and
Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.
Aside from the #BeRecycled Pledge, people can be part of the recycling solution by participating or hosting their own America Recycles Day event. Event organizers can access valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event on the America Recycles Day website where there are easy reference guides and resource materials for hosting events. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15.
Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include Title Sponsor Cox Enterprises, as well as International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and Macerich.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
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The Center for Sustainability and Excellence is expanding Sustainability Training and Consulting Services to the West Coast. We have long offered our consulting services to select clients west of the Rockies. We are now amplifying our activities.
West Coast issues reaching beyond the tech industry include Climate Change and sea-level rise, water resources, city growth and management and applying ESG (environment, social, governance) principles to the region. An important CSE strategy is to meet corporations where they are. From construction to Silicon Valley (Workday, Netgear), CSE has developed meaningful relationships with both SMEs and large international corporations. We’ve provided education on Sustainability to leading companies such as Google, T-Mobile, Sandia National Laboratories and other companies based in California and Washington.
CSE offers advanced certified education on Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy for professionals. Trainings maximize a company’s impact and help professionals become qualified in the field. They provide the latest practical tools and resources to implement or upscale corporate sustainability and ESG ratings to drive initiatives, generate value and create effective strategies.
We have added San Francisco, October 15, 2019, and Seattle to our rotation of trainings. Others include Houston, New York, Atlanta and Toronto. Senior managers and VPs from more than 90% of the FORTUNE 500 have attended our programs. They join over 1500 Certified Sustainability Practitioners from over 50 countries all over the world.
CSE has collaborated with Western Washington University to provide sustainability practitioner training focused on regional issues. The training covers Supply Chain, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy.
CSE has completed its second exploration of sustainability strategies and reporting in Silicon Valley (report forthcoming in September). CSE’s 2016 report uncovered the disturbing news that Silicon Valley companies lag other sectors in sustainability practices. The 2019 research indicates significant improvements. Still, there is plenty of room to raise standards and increase ESG Ratings relied upon by investors. The same year Google won the Silicon Valley Community Foundation award for its corporate social responsibility (CSR), CSE president Nikos Avlonas received their CSR Practitioner of the Year award.
To learn more about in-house trainings or CSE consulting services, contact email@example.com.
Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, held a celebration marking significant expansion to its Columbia, South Carolina facility, and ongoing efforts in environmental, social and business sustainability. Governor Henry McMaster, local and statewide public officials, and other esteemed members of the community joined Trane business leaders, employees and customers to:
Trane unveiled more than 1 million square feet of space for advanced manufacturing equipment, maintaining the innovation and production of heating, cooling and ventilation products for the company’s Commercial HVAC business. The investment applies Trane’s expertise in environmental technology and energy efficiency to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste-to-landfill.
“This is a celebration of our commitment to customers, employees, and our community,” said Donny Simmons, president, Commercial HVAC, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “As a major employer in the area, we know that investments in our people and plant will give back to the Columbia community for years to come. We thank the state of South Carolina, as well as Richland County, for their partnerships.”
“We’re excited but not surprised that Trane chose to expand in Columbia,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “Trane is a world-class organization that needed a world-class workforce and a collaborative business environment, and they found it in South Carolina. We celebrate their expansion and continued success.”
Trane leaders presented a $5,000 grant through the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to EdVenture Children’s Museum in support of early STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the area. With this grant, Trane Columbia will sponsor the museum’s summer 2020 Robotics Camp, including financial support for local underprivileged students.
“EdVenture Children’s Museum has worked proudly with Trane and the Ingersoll Rand Foundation since 2015,” said Nikki Hill, executive vice president, EdVenture. “Trane’s ongoing support, including through this latest grant, enables our continued efforts to provide innovative, hands-on learning experiences to local students that inspire a new wave of lifelong learners.”
The Columbia facility expansion, along with workforce initiatives and community donations, are in line with the company’s 2030 Sustainability Commitments, which it announced in May upon accepting the World Environment Center's 35th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The company designed these commitments to:
To learn more, visit www.IngersollRand.com/2030.
Trane is a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), which advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Trane solutions provide comfortable indoor environments through a broad portfolio of reliable, energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, parts and supply. For more information, visit www.trane.com.
The Merck Fellowship for Global Health program, a three-month, field-based international corporate service-learning program designed to leverage the skills and talents of Merck employees worldwide, won a prestigious Brandon Hall Group Gold Award of Excellence in the Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program category. The Fellowship program’s win was announced on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Winners are listed at brandonhall.com
About the Merck Fellowship for Global Health
As part of the Merck Fellowship for Global Health, selected employees serve as highly-skilled volunteer consultants to non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in advancing their mission to improve global health by helping to build organizational capacity and increase access to health services and education to underserved communities. Fellows bring back experiences that contribute to the company’s future success and its ability to deliver innovative health solutions to people around the world. Qualified employees develop their leadership skills while contributing their expertise to build the capacity of NGO partners to improve the health and well-being of people in the greatest need.
“The Fellowship program provides an enormous growth opportunity with exposure to real-life challenges and cultural differences that can’t be matched in a typical work environment,” says Carmen Villar, vice president, social business innovation. “Upon return, the Fellows apply these learnings to influence their day-to-day roles and to create momentum for larger and more far-reaching advancements for the company.”
Between 2012 and 2019, 220 Fellows from 34 countries have worked with 36 NGO partners. The program has touched thousands of lives in underserved communities around the world. The 10th cohort of Fellows is currently in the field. To learn more about their experiences, follow them on Twitter using #rtcfellows.
About the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program
“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program has recognized leading organizations for the past twenty-plus years for the latest trends in Human Capital Management,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The initiatives that were honored are not only innovative but fit the unique needs of the business and create truly remarkable success stories.” Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.
Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, February 4-6, 2020, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their leading practices during the conference. “The HCM Excellence Awards recognize programs that measurably benefit organizations,” said Mike Cooke, Brandon Hall Group CEO. “Many human capital management departments are unable to confirm that their initiatives help the business’s bottom line. Because we focus on measurable benefits, our awards program is universally recognized and highly prestigious.”
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) is pleased to announce that its Stanwood bottling facility in Michigan has received Gold certification under the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, the company’s second facility awarded this certification. Achieving advanced-level certification recognizes the additional effort and positive water stewardship outcomes that go beyond core requirements of the AWS Standard. NWNA remains the only company in North America with Gold-certified facilities. As the eighth Nestlé Waters facility to achieve AWS certification in the North America, and the 19th to receive certification globally, this is part of the company’s commitment to certify all of its sites to the AWS Standard by 2025.
AWS is a global, member collaboration, comprised of businesses, non-governmental organizations and public sector groups, which is committed to local water resources through the adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water. The AWS Standard is the first of its kind globally to promote best practices in water stewardship that benefit communities and preserve local watersheds, which are key priorities for Nestlé Waters North America.
“Nestlé Waters continues to set the bar for excellence in water stewardship performance. AWS Gold certification for their Stanwood site signifies their commitment to helping to ensure that the benefits of water stewardship reach the communities in which they operate,” said Matt Howard, Director for the Alliance for Water Stewardship North America. “It’s commendable that their water efficiency ratios at this plant are industry-leading, and the ground water modeling and water quality monitoring they do for the Mecosta region helps to ensure that their water stewardship performance creates shared value for stakeholders.
As part of the AWS certification process, auditors look at a number of factors within the catchment where a facility is located, such as water quality, the availability of existing water sources, and the health of water-related areas in the region. Additionally, AWS auditors identified and interviewed internal and external community stakeholders, as well as individuals within NWNA’s Stanwood factory.
“Nestlé Waters North America is committed to sustainably managing our natural resources, and the AWS Standard is a very rigorous global water stewardship standard,” said Alex Gregorian, Vice President, Head of Technical and Production, Nestlé Waters North America. “We are proud that both our Stanwood, MI and Cabazon, CA factories have achieved Gold certification under AWS, recognition of our exceptional efforts to help preserve and protect shared water resources and support the communities where we live and operate.”
Since NWNA came to Michigan more than 17 years ago, the company has conducted extensive studies and regular monitoring of groundwater, surface water, and the local ecosystem. Data is regularly collected from multiple monitoring points and then used to help ensure that withdrawals are sustainable and preserve a healthy ecosystem for the long-term. Stanwood employees have engaged in site and catchment-level water stewardship initiatives, both individually and as collective action partners. They have worked to further water-related education and provide access to safe drinking water through product donations and building community wells. They have also helped to improve local water quality by participating in river clean-ups and contributing more than $2 million to the Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund (IMESF), which supports the long-term sustainability of the Muskegon River Watershed and its ecosystems by funding environmental conservation projects and programs throughout the watershed. This effort, along with other water stewardship achievements, were recognized by third-party auditors as going above and beyond the core AWS requirements.
“The Ice Mountain team has a long history of supporting our local communities and helping to improve the health of the Muskegon River Watershed,” said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Natural Resource Manager, in the Midwest for Nestlé Waters. “The AWS audit process, and achievement of Gold-level certification, is a testament to the hard work and outstanding results achieved by these collective actions.”
SCS Global Services, a California-based global leader in third-party environmental, sustainability, and food quality certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, oversaw NWNA’s certification. “AWS Gold is reserved for sites achieving advanced-level water stewardship activities, and the Site has engaged in both individual and collective actions. Results of these projects were reviewed during the audit process and confirmed through stakeholder interviews with groups such as the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly,” said Stanley Mathuram, SCS Global Services Vice President. “SCS recognizes the Ice Mountain/Mecosta Team as a prominent leader and advocate for water stewardship in the Muskegon River Watershed.”
In addition to the factory in Stanwood, MI, all of NWNA’s California factories, including Ontario, Sacramento, Livermore, Cabazon, and Los Angeles, along with its Allentown, Pennsylvania factory have received AWS certification.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America offers an unrivaled portfolio of bottled water brands for healthy hydration, including Ice Mountain®Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Nestlé® Pure Life® , Perrier and S. Pellegrino® .The company also owns and operates ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé® , a customizable water and beverage delivery service. Just Click and QuenchSM.
Based in Stamford, Connecticut with approximately 8,000 associates located in North America, we manage natural resources for long-term sustainability, and we conserve nearly 21,000 acres of natural watershed area. We currently source water for our six regional spring water brands from 47 springs across North America. We are also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where we operate in the U.S. For more information, visit us at www.nestle-watersna.com/en and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @NestleWatersNA. Nestlé Waters North America is an affiliate of Nestlé Waters, the world's largest bottled water company. Nestlé Waters serves customers in 130 countries, with 52 well-known bottled water brands and is, in turn, a subsidiary of the world's largest food company, Nestlé, S.A, based in Vevey, Switzerland.
About the Alliance for Water Stewardship
AWS is a global membership-based collaboration that unites organizations behind its mission of promoting responsible use of freshwater in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. AWS achieves this through a global water stewardship system, centered on the International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard), that drives, recognizes, and rewards good water stewardship performance. The AWS vision is that water users and managers are responsible water stewards who protect and enhance freshwater resources for people and nature. The AWS Standard provides a globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impact, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable management within water catchment areas.
AWS has certified a total of 12 facilities in North America and 38 globally.
About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certiﬁcation, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, natural resource management, power generation, and more. SCS is now a leading AWS certification body, and the sole AWS-approved conformity assessment body in North America. SCS worked closely with AWS during the development stages of the certification program. SCS is based in Emeryville California, with representatives and affiliates around the world. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to many environmental NGOs due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a Chartered Beneﬁt Corporation, reﬂecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
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To support hunger relief efforts in the Carolinas, Harris Teeter and Smithfield Foods, Inc. joined forces at the grand opening of Harris Teeter’s newest store located in Cary, North Carolina to donate nearly 40,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina as part of Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®.
“Food insecurity remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina, even as we continue to expand our services to feed nearly 600,000 individuals struggling with food access,” said Carter Crain, Director of Food Partnerships for the Food Bank. “This donation from Smithfield and Harris Teeter gives us the ability to provide wholesome meals to those in need, and these companies are true long-term partners in the fight against hunger.”
The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings of protein, will support the Food Bank’s efforts to alleviate hunger across its 34-county service area. This is the 39th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 130 million servings of protein to food bank, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.
“With more than 10,000 employees throughout North Carolina, Smithfield Foods is proud to call this state home,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “As we work to address the needs of neighbors in our local communities, we are pleased to partner with organizations like Harris Teeter, to come together and serve wholesome meals to those who need it most.”
Following the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony, employees from Harris Teeter and Smithfield Foods volunteered at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Volunteers were tasked with packing, organizing, and labeling donation items for the food bank, ensuring the nearly 600,000 seniors, children, and individuals in need across the Food Bank’s service area receive high-quality meals.
“Feeding hungry families is Harris Teeter’s number one giving priority,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Through Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® program, we can help provide nutritious meals for families in need.”
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 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
About Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). The regional grocery chain employs approximately 30,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.
About Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2018-2019, the Food Bank distributed nearly 83 million pounds of food (over half of which was perishable) and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, almost 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. foodbankcenc.org.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently posted a report showing the effectiveness of spatial repellents in fighting malaria. The data outcomes came from the first study of a five-year program which is being conducted by the University of Notre Dame and The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in partnership with SC Johnson and with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is investigating the potential impact of spatial repellents in reducing mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, Zika and dengue fever.
“For years, we’ve been working to prevent malaria. It’s heartening that this week’s WHO report shows spatial repellents could be an effective tool against the disease,” said Fisk Johnson, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This successful outcome opens the door for additional study, which we hope will secure a WHO policy recommendation. Ultimately, we want this to get into the public health channels and save lives.”
Researchers tested the efficacy of an innovative spatial repellent product, developed exclusively by SC Johnson, to reduce the transmission of malaria. Analysis of data from the spatial repellent study, including some village clusters with zero baseline malaria transmissions, showed an approximate 28% reduction in first-time infection, while a subset of clusters with the highest number of mosquitoes saw an approximate 66% reduction in overall malaria infection.
“Spatial repellents may have a very important place in the mix of things we can do to help prevent malaria in these communities,” said Claus Bogh, Ph.D., Director of Health Programs, The Sumba Foundation. “This product category could really change things in malaria control internationally.”
The study results provide a path forward for this new tool in the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria. The study was conducted in Sumba, Indonesia, where malaria is endemic in large parts of the country.
Malaria: A Global Public Health Issue
Malaria is a preventable, curable but potentially life-threatening disease caused by a one-celled parasite in the genus Plasmodium. Malaria is transferred when the female Anopheles mosquito feeds on a person who has malaria. The malaria parasite is then transmitted to the next person via mosquito bite. It is estimated that there are over 400 types of Anopheles mosquitoes, however, only about 30 to 40 of those species transmit, or are vectors, of malaria.
Though progress has been made in reducing mosquito-borne disease mortality rates, WHO has indicated that malaria cases have significantly risen in several countries, with many of the most vulnerable communities unable to access prevention methods regularly.
According to WHO, nearly half of the world’s population, or 3.2 billion people, are at risk for malaria.1 In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million malaria cases globally – an increase of 3 million cases over 2016.1 Spatial repellents may offer a new opportunity for global public health channels to bridge gaps in existing mosquito prevention methods.
Spatial Repellents as a New Prevention Paradigm
The research-based spatial repellent product is designed to be easy to use and set up. It takes minimal handling, which may increase compliance, and can be hung in semi-enclosed and enclosed spaces to protect against mosquitoes for up to a month. The product passively emanates the active ingredient, transfluthrin, using natural airflow to protect people from mosquitoes in a specific area.
As an industry leader in consumer pest control products, SC Johnson provided integral industry and product expertise, manufacturing, and market access, particularly in the development and production of the spatial repellent product used in the University of Notre Dame study.
“Prevention is key for billions of people around the world who are at risk of malaria,” Johnson continued. “There is a great team at SC Johnson dedicated to developing real-world solutions for this serious public health issue.”
Sustained Commitment to Communities at the Base of the Pyramid
SC Johnson has provided sustainable business solutions to raise the standard of living for the estimated 4 billion of the world’s poor making less than a few dollars per day. With a focus on protecting families around the world from insect-borne diseases and improving lives in the communities in which it operates, the company’s Base of the Pyramid program has worked with communities to enact methods for reducing mosquito populations and educating residents about prevention strategies, including:
Launching an unprecedented multi-year partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Society for Family Health Rwanda to help address public health issues like malaria and construct health posts across the country. The company announced the addition of 40 additional health posts in Rwanda in January 2019 and is also working with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to co-develop national standards for mosquito-borne disease preventative offerings.
Teaming up with Cornell University’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in 2012 to launch the WOW™ club pilot in Ghana, which explores new ways to help families reduce malaria transmission through a business model that brings repellents and insecticides to rural families. The resulting efforts have helped low-income homemakers care for their families.
Sponsoring a three-year research program beginning in 2002 with Healthy Children, Healthy Homes™ in South Africa that reached more than 1 million people with malaria prevention information.
For more information about SC Johnson and its social corporate responsibility efforts, visit the company on Facebook, Twitter or at www.scjohnson.com. The full WHO report can be found here and the full results of the study are available here.
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About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
Today, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation (the Foundation), an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization dedicated to supporting health-related causes, announced it has partnered with more than 20 organizations to help prevent and curb the harmful effects of prescription drug misuse, especially among youth. Through the Foundation’s Opioid Resource Grant Program, several youth-based organizations will receive the necessary funding to support their prevention initiatives focused on education, youth advocacy, and community-building.
“Adolescence can often be a critical at-risk period for substance misuse. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation recognizes the importance of intervening at an early stage and investing in prevention efforts that build resiliency skills and reduce risk factors among youth,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “We believe working with community organizations to advance their programs can significantly influence the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of our children, and ultimately, impact their decision-making during this important prevention window.”
The Foundation selected several organizations with innovative education programs that help young adults avoid or stop substance misuse though safe disposal tools and proven school curriculums, including EVERFI’s Prescription Drug Safety, a digital learning program for high school students, and the Red Cliff Wellness Curriculum, a program designed to prevent alcohol and substance abuse in youth within a Native cultural context throughout the United States. Funding will also help implement training prevention activities that mitigate risk factors, including drug refusal skills and effective communication strategies and expand access to education programs designed to enhance protective factors and meet the needs of diverse youth populations. To advance education programming for youth, the Foundation will collaborate with organizations including:
Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
Young adults can personally relate to the same struggles and experiences as their peers, making them a critical player in substance abuse prevention. To continue to positively impact youth, the Foundation will provide additional grants to help train teens on mentoring, peer prevention messages, resistance techniques, and community engagement in order to become true advocates for healthy living. The Foundation will support youth advocacy programs in partnership with:
Young People in Recovery
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County
In addition to peer support, members of our youth can also find guidance in their community. Community support – whether at home, school or in public – can instill a sense of confidence in youth and reduce the chances of substance misuse. Additional grants will provide training and education opportunities for family members, local residents, and community stakeholders to make informed decisions on their health. Some programs will also help extend community support by increasing access to mental health professionals within schools and communities. For these community-building initiatives, the Foundation will support institutions such as:
Hampton Roads Community Action Program, Inc.
Youth First, Inc. of Indiana.
Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education Inc. of Tuscaloosa
Under the guidance and expertise of two External Advisory Committees (EAC), the selected grantees are part of the Foundation’s second giving cycle for fiscal year 2019. This year, the Foundation has collaborated with more than 50 community-based organization across both grant-giving cycles to help prevent opioid misuse and promote safe disposal. The Opioid Resource Grant Program has received an overwhelming amount of interest from nonprofit organizations seeking a meaningful partner who will help support their community initiatives and strengthen their impact on opioid prevention. For more information about the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and how to apply for the next grant-giving cycle, please visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.
About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health-related causes that enrich that global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.
In recognition of record-high levels of inequality Schneider Electric among a coalition of 34 leading international companies has committed to step up business action to advance human rights throughout their value chains, build inclusive workplaces and strengthen inclusion in their internal and external business ecosystems. In doing so, they will advance G7 government-led efforts to strengthen equality of opportunity, tackle regional disadvantages and fight gender discrimination.
B4IG members have a global footprint, cover a broad range of sectors, employ more than 3.5 million people around the world and have combined annual revenues of over 1 trillion USD. The B4IG coalition is the first business-led initiative of its kind, thanks to its 360° approach to tackling inequality, international dimension, and multi-stakeholder approach focused on building synergies between companies, governments and philanthropic organizations. The coalition’s strategy rests on three pillars:
A Business Pledge Against Inequalities to advance human rights, workplace inclusion & diversity and value chain inclusiveness;
An incubator to design or expand new inclusive business models, piloting social innovation and private-public collaboration at the micro-economic level; and
An inclusive growth financing forum to promote innovative financing mechanism between business, governments and philanthropic actors.
The G7 B4IG coalition will be coordinated by the OECD, whose work has shown that inequalities hamper growth and social mobility. The coalition will benefit from OECD economic and social evaluation expertise as it advances on this agenda over the next three years. Progress and lessons learned will be shared during an annual board meeting, with CEOs and key figures from public and civil society sectors, including the International Labour Organisation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. B4IG results will be shared with the Business 7 and Labour 7, to help inform their preparation and contributions to G7, with a view to foster more inclusive macro-economic growth policies. B4IG is presented to President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace on Friday, September 23, ahead of the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz.
Schneider Electric has brought Social Innovation to Tackle Energy Poverty in the B4IG incubator (more details below). Energy poverty is the inability of households to have adequate energy services in their homes. Around 11% of Europeans suffer from energy poverty, particularly the elderly, single-parent families with children, low-income households, children, the disabled, people with chronic illnesses, and single unemployed people. The Schneider Electric Social Innovation to Tackle Energy Poverty Solutions Accelerator aims to identify, engage, and support to scale up innovative projects that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle energy poverty and promote energy sustainability. So far 42 projects have been selected and supported with training with an estimated 40,000 beneficiaries. The Schneider Electric Foundation, through its Volunteering program, gives projects access to the skills of volunteer employees, while making sure other actors can benefit from these social innovations, and get access to funding.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric, commented: “Today, with the Business for Inclusive Growth Platform, we can all participate in the rare opportunity to reconcile the paradox between progress for all and a sustainable future for our planet. It requires innovation, dedication and investments but it will deliver so much more: fulfilled lives, preserved nature and a peaceful world.”
Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G7 Sherpa, said: “Growing inequality is one of the biggest social challenges in the world today. It is perpetuating poverty, undermining social cohesion and trust. Sustainable economic growth means inclusive economic growth. It means giving every individual the opportunity to fulfil her or his potential, the chance not only to contribute to a nation’s growth but to benefit from it, regardless of their background or origins. The OECD welcomes this initiative by France to involve some of the world’s most important companies to work hand-in-hand with governments and the OECD to tackle inequalities. For our part, we will continue to lead the way in its policy analysis, research and expertise.”
APPENDIX – G7 Business for Inclusive Growth pillars
1/ Pledge ensuring benefits of economic growth are shared more widely
The Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Pledge commits Schneider Electric to advance human rights throughout their production chains, fight child and forced labour and respect freedom of association. Signatories agree to build equitable and inclusive working environments, including by providing decent wages, promoting gender equality and helping prepare employees for the future of work through training and upskilling programs. The companies also commit to tackling inequalities of opportunity such as those caused by regional disadvantages by supporting community development programs, strengthening inclusive sourcing and expanding access and affordability of basic services.
Among the B4IG coalition, Schneider Electric will commit specifically to a three-year programme aimed at advancing the ambitions laid out in the pledge. Underpinning the pledge is the view that such engagement is not just good corporate citizenship but is the future of successful business. Business benefits from more inclusive growth models through a more educated and engaged workforce; a larger middle class of consumers with greater purchasing power; more stable operating environments; and a high level of trust from employees, customers and stakeholders.
2/ Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Incubator: a platform where companies can incubate, share, scale-up and replicate new inclusive business approaches
The B4IG incubator will act as a laboratory to test, scale and replicate social innovation projects. It aims to ensure micro-economic action can inform macro-economic policies at the G7 level and beyond.
B4IG members have already earmarked over 50 projects to the platform, mobilizing more than one billion USD in private finance and benefiting 100 million people to date. Through B4IG, they will look to leverage these projects to strengthen their collective social impact worldwide.
Certain projects will be accelerated, scaled or replicated through the B4IG incubator, leveraging collaboration with other coalition members, philanthropic organisations and the public sector. In addition, companies will share learnings from projects that are already underway and that can serve as inclusive business models to be emulated or replicated. Among the projects earmarked are schemes to tackle homelessness, help the unemployed back into work and improve access to basic services such as finance, insurance and transport in deprived and remote regions in G7 countries.
3/ An Inclusive Growth Financing Forum to bring synergies between financing streams
B4IG members will also establish an Inclusive Growth Financing Forum to catalyse innovative, hybrid financing for social impact, and to assess how to build greater synergies between private, public and philanthropic funding streams. The Forum will look at how to leverage promising financing mechanisms such as results-based financing, including through the B4IG incubator.
Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) is a global coalition, powered by the OECD, which aims to pool and strengthen efforts by private companies to reduce inequalities linked to opportunity, gender and territories, and to build greater synergies with government-led efforts. Current members include: Accenture, Agropur, AXA, BASF, BNP Paribas, Groupe BPCE, CareCentrix, Cogeco, Crédit Agricole, Danone, Engie, GINgroup, Goldman Sachs, Henkel, INGKA Group (IKEA’s franchisee), JPMorgan, JAB / Keurig Dr Pepper, Johnson & Johnson, Kering, Legal & General, L’Oréal, MARS, Groupe Renault, Ricoh, Schneider Electric, Sodexo, Suez, TIAA, Unilever, Veolia, Virgin and Ylva.
About the OECD
The OECD is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Together with governments and civil society, it establishes standards and seeks evidence-based solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. The OECD website provides further information on the B4IG initiative and on its work on inequality and inclusive growth. Additional enquiries on OECD work on inclusive growth and for the G7 should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, to email@example.com or to the OECD’s Media Office.
About Schneider Electric
At Schneider, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to do more with less, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.We are committed to unleash the infinite possibilities of an open, global, innovative community that is passionate with our Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.
On August 15, 2019, the first steel cut took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg for the sister ship of AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship that is fully powered with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG). Just recently, AIDA Cruises was awarded the Blue Angel, the German Federal Government’s ecolabel for AIDAnova’s environmentally friendly ship design.
With the official start of construction for the second ship of this innovative AIDA ship generation to be put into service in spring 2021, the company is continuing its course and making a further contribution to reduced emissions in cruising. As early as 2023, the third LNG cruise ship of AIDA Cruises, “Made in Germany,” will set sail. Through the use of LNG emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides are almost completely eliminated, nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions are sustainably reduced.
AIDA President Felix Eichhorn said, “By 2023, around half of all AIDA guests will be sailing on our state-of-the-art LNG ships that stand apart with many further technical innovations for greater efficiency, less fuel consumption and conserved resources. At the same time, we are offering our guests on board our ships an extraordinary variety of individual vacation options, innovative entertainment and culinary concepts that provide lasting impulses to the vacation market in Germany.”
With an investment of around two billion euros just for the construction of both ships in Germany, the company is contributing to the economy and to the creation of secure jobs in the shipbuilding and maritime supply industry.
AIDA Cruises is also a trailblazer in many other areas that contribute to the energy transition. By the end of 2020, twelve of fourteen AIDA ships will be equipped for shoreside energy from renewable sources. Parallel to this, AIDA Cruise is currently exploring the use of fuel cells, batteries and liquefied gas from renewable sources in cruising. The company plans to test the first fuel cell unit on board an AIDA vessel in 2021.
AIDA Cruises is Germany’s leading cruise line and currently employs around 15,000 people from over 50 countries, 13,500 on board its 13 ships and 1,500 at the company headquarters in Rostock and Hamburg. After putting AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship that can be fully powered with low-emission LNG, into service in December 2018, the company will build two more of these innovative ships by 2023. By the end of 2023, ninety-four percent of all AIDA guests will be sailing on ships that can be fully powered with low-emission LNG or, where possible, green shoreside energy at port.
Shipyard: Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Germany)
First steel cut: August 15, 2019
Commissioning: Spring 2021
Length: 337 meters
Width: 42 meters
Max. draft: 8.80 m
Gross tonnage: 183,900 GT
Number of staterooms: 2,600
Crew: approx. 1,500
The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) recognized three U.S. cities for their commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. The Walk Friendly Community designations include a Platinum-level designation for Portland, Oregon, only the fourth community to receive that honor. Both Burlington, Vermont, and Bellevue, Washington, were recognized as Silver-level Walk Friendly Communities.
These communities showcase the bold steps that cities and towns can take to prioritize people on foot. Communities recognized by the Walk Friendly Communities program include.
WFC is a national recognition program developed to encourage cities and towns across the United States to develop and support walking environments with an emphasis on safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Sponsored by FedEx and managed by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), the program distinguishes communities leading the way in walkability and seeks to share their stories to inspire other communities to move towards their own innovative solutions. In the ten years since the program began, it has recognized 74 cities across 32 States with Walk Friendly designations.
“These cities are showcasing what a commitment to pedestrian safety and walkability looks like,” said Dan Gelinne, WFC program manager. “It is especially exciting to welcome Portland, Oregon, as our newest Platinum-level community and celebrate all of the great work they are doing.”
Cities and towns interested in joining the ranks of Walk Friendly Communities are encouraged to submit an application. The next round of applications is open now, and submissions are due by December 15, 2019. Interested communities are encouraged to visit www.walkfriendly.org to learn more about the program and review the application process.
“FedEx is very proud to sponsor the Walk Friendly Communities program. As part of our FedEx Cares commitment, this program has had a far-reaching impact across the United States in making communities safer for pedestrians,” said Jenny Robertson, vice president, FedEx Communications.
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), NeighborWorks® America and its network member Business & Community Lenders (BCL) of Texas today announced the NeighborhoodLIFT® program will expand to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to boost local homeownership. The $6.6 million philanthropic commitment by the Wells Fargo Foundation will assist a total of 325 new homeowners in the City of Dallas and Tarrant County by offering homebuyer education plus $15,000 down payment assistance grants.
The 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Area NeighborhoodLIFT program follows the 2014 Dallas NeighborhoodLIFT program that included a $6.15 million investment from Wells Fargo and created 280 homeowners in Dallas County.
“Through the NeighborhoodLIFT program we are able to build upon our commitment to Dallas-Fort Worth by revitalizing communities through sustainable homeownership,” said Gary Hudson, Wells Fargo Greater Fort Worth region bank president. “The program will provide hardworking families and individuals the opportunity to achieve successful and sustainable homeownership. It’s one more way Wells Fargo is improving lives and strengthening communities.”
Free NeighborhoodLIFT event scheduled Sept. 20–21
Interested homebuyers are encouraged to register beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. at www.wellsfargo.com/lift to attend the free event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center, located at 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth. Walk-ins also are welcome on a first-come, first served basis while grants are available for reservation. Business & Community Lenders of Texas will administer the $15,000 grants, determine eligibility and provide homebuyer and financial education.
To reserve a $15,000 down payment assistance grant, eligible homebuyers must be pre-approved for financing with an eligible lender to purchase a home in either the city of Dallas or in Tarrant County. Eligible homebuyers can earn up to 80% the area median income, which is $66,500 in the city of Dallas and $60,800 in Tarrant County for a family of up to four. Military service members and veterans, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians may reserve down payment assistance grants of $17,500 and earn up to 100% of the area median income.
“This innovative collaboration is critical to creating more affordable and sustainable homeownership in Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Steve Barbier, senior relationship manager, western region with NeighborWorks America. “The required homebuyer education classes provided by certified professionals prepare NeighborhoodLIFT homebuyers to achieve their goal of sustainable homeownership.”
Approved homebuyers will have up to 60 days to finalize a contract to purchase a home in either the City of Dallas or Tarrant County and can obtain mortgage financing from any participating lender, as mortgage purchase loans made through NeighborhoodLIFT program are not exclusive to Wells Fargo. To reserve the full grant amount, participants buying a primary residence with the NeighborhoodLIFT program must commit to live in the home for five years.
“We’re ready to help more Dallas-Fort Worth area residents become homeowners with the support of NeighborhoodLIFT homebuyer education and down payment assistance,” said Rosa Rios Valdez, president and chief executive officer of Business & Community Lenders of Texas. “We are pleased to join Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America to make homeownership more affordable, achievable and sustainable.”
Wells Fargo has also committed $325,000 for up to 650 consumers to receive complimentary face-to-face homeownership counseling. Interested homebuyers may also receive a voucher at the Dallas-Fort Worth area NeighborhoodLIFT launch event that will provide in-person homeownership counseling at no charge with a participating HUD-approved housing counselor. The homeownership counseling grant program is a resource in addition to the homebuyer education required for a NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance grant.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Wells Fargo is bringing the NeighborhoodLIFT® program to Arlington and Tarrant County,” said Arlington Mayor W. Jeff Williams. “Through this outstanding program they are not only providing an opportunity for low to moderate income homebuyers to access financial assistance to purchase a home, but they are also providing homebuyer counseling to help consumers make good purchasing choices.”
NeighborhoodLIFT follows Wells Fargo’s announcement of an evolution in the company’s philanthropic strategy that includes a $1 billion commitment to address the housing affordability crisis, a $20 million challenge grant aimed at accelerating housing solutions nationwide and an increased focus on financial health and small business growth.
Overall, Wells Fargo has conducted 73 LIFT program events across the U.S. since 2012, creating nearly 22,000 homeowners with a total commitment of $475 million. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on Wells Fargo Stories.
About BCL and NeighborWorks America
Business & Community Lenders of Texas is a charted network member of NeighborWorks America, a national organization that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. NeighborWorks America supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Visit https://bcloftexas.org/ or www.neighborworks.org to learn more.
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 7,600 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 32 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.CONTACT Ruth Villalonga +1 (817) 334-7042 Ruth.Villalonga@wellsfargo.com Wells Fargo Breely Ungar +1 (202) 906-0369 firstname.lastname@example.org Wells Fargo