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Smithfield Foods Donates $75,000 to Support After-School Programs in Virginia

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:40am

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce a $75,000 donation to NextUp RVA to support the organization and its mission to provide Richmond middle school students with opportunities that promote continued learning beyond the school day.

Smithfield Foundation board member Dennis H. Treacy presented the donation to NextUp staff, volunteers, students, and their families at the NextUp Henderson Showcase at Henderson Middle School yesterday evening.

“We are incredibly grateful to Smithfield for their investment in our community’s youth,” said Barbara Couto Sipe, executive director at NextUp. “Our programs provide students with a safe environment and the possibility for personal and educational growth, and we’re seeing improvements in their grades, behavior, and enthusiasm for learning. This is possible thanks to the support of generous donors like Smithfield.”

NextUp is a free after-school system for Richmond Public Schools’ middle school students that provides safe, high-quality opportunities for students to explore interests, express themselves, make friends, and learn. Participants attend programs at schools and nearby locations at least two days each week, and are provided snacks, dinner, and transportation.

In Virginia, 36 percent of middle school students care for themselves after school and only nine percent participate in after-school programs. NextUp is working to close the gap for those students not yet participating in after-school programing.

“NextUp is doing tremendous work in our community and we’re proud to support their efforts to enhance academic and developmental progress for students and to create a stronger learning culture both in and out of the classroom,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “These children are our future, and Smithfield has a strong commitment to supporting educational programs that benefit our next generation of leaders.”

Understanding that supporting education dramatically strengthens communities, Smithfield’s partnership with NextUp RVA aligns with its commitment to contribute to the vitality of the places where its employees work, live, and raise their families. This gift builds on the company’s $50,000 donation in 2017.

For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to its local communities, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/responsible-operations/helping-communities.

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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.

About NextUp RVA

NextUp, powered by a joint effort by educators, youth providers, city and school officials, and business and community leaders, is committed to providing Richmond middle school students with opportunities to continue their learning beyond the school day through a variety of high-quality, coordinated programs to ensure they are productive, engaged and having fun! For more information, visit www.nextuprva.org.

Booz Allen Hamilton Named Consulting Partner of the Year by Americas 2017 NVIDIA Partner Network

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:40am

Booz Allen Hamilton has been honored with the Americas 2017 NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) Consulting Partner of the Year Award. The award, which recognizes the firm for its contributions in helping expand NVIDIA Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions in North America, was presented this week at the 2018 NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley, California.

Booz Allen Hamilton and NVIDIA have worked together since 2015 on a variety of initiatives that leverage NVIDIA’s GPU technology. Notably, Booz Allen Hamilton is one of six companies in the world that has obtained certification as NVIDIA “Service Delivery Partner” and is currently the only federal provider. NVIDIA will certify Booz Allen trainers for their Deep Learning Institute, allowing Booz Allen to deliver hands-on training to thousands of government employees. The training will help the U.S. government apply deep learning techniques to key challenges in healthcare, defense and cybersecurity; and ultimately identify risks before they happen, capitalize on trends that could save lives, and be more precise and accurate in decision-making and outcomes.

“While the necessary changes to becoming a machine intelligent operation may be overwhelming for an organization and its workforce, it is necessary to operate efficiently and securely in a data-driven world,” said Dr. Josh Sullivan, senior vice president, who leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s data science and advanced analytics capabilities. “We are honored to partner with NVIDIA to further innovation that will fundamentally change the way we accomplish daily tasks and create a world in which data and machine intelligence work together for the greater good.”

“GPU-enabled workflows are becoming increasingly common for early adopters of AI,” said Craig Weinstein, vice president, Americas Partner Organization, NVIDIA. “Booz Allen Hamilton has driven mutual engagements helping customers understand the value of AI and its impact on their business, delivered Deep Learning Institute training, and are also developing unique solutions with NVIDIA to target cyber security.”

Read more about how Booz Allen is unlocking the potential of Machine Intelligence here.

Northern Trust Asset Management Expands Relationship with Minority-Owned Brokers

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:38pm

Northern Trust Asset Management is enhancing its long-standing commitment to diversity by increasing the use of minority-owned brokerage firms. Consistent with Northern Trust’s pledge to support the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the firm has set a target to execute 10% of all equity security trading commissions with minority brokers for approximately 120 common and collective investment trusts (CIT) it manages. CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

As one of the world’s largest asset managers1 and an industry leader in diversity and inclusion, Northern Trust Asset Management already directs one-third more trading volume to minority brokers than its peers, according to a 2016 third-party study2 commissioned by Northern Trust. This underscores the firm’s commitment to partnering with minority firms and delivering best execution.

“We believe that bringing together individuals with diverse experiences, perspectives and qualities leads to better business outcomes,” said Shundrawn Thomas, president of Northern Trust Asset Management. “Furthermore, we believe that supporting diversity and inclusion in the marketplace creates greater opportunities for all stakeholders. Setting an explicit target for our commitment to minority-owned brokerages is a tangible way of both increasing our accountability and affirming our commitment to delivering better outcomes and expanded opportunities.”

Northern Trust Asset Management has been cultivating relationships with minority-owned investment management firms and brokerages for more than a decade. In February 2018, the firm expanded these relationships to include equity research firms owned by minorities, women or people with disabilities. The Emerging Managers Program, established in 1993, invests approximately $2.4 billion with more than 25 emerging and minority-owned investment management firms through manager-of-managers programs.

About Northern Trust Asset Management

Northern Trust Asset Management is a leading global asset management firm serving institutional and individual investors in 29 countries. Our robust investment capabilities span all markets and asset classes, from passive and risk-factor to fundamental active, multi-asset class and multi-manager strategies, delivered in multiple vehicles. As of December 31, 2017, Northern Trust has $1.2 trillion in total assets under management. For more information, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @NTInvest.

Northern Trust Asset Management comprises Northern Trust Investments, Inc., Northern Trust Global Investments Limited, Northern Trust Global Investments Japan, K.K., NT Global Advisors, Inc. and investment personnel of The Northern Trust Company of Hong Kong Limited and The Northern Trust Company.

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 23 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of December 31, 2017, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of $10.7 trillion, and assets under management of $1.2 trillion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/disclosures.

1 14th largest asset manager. The ranking is not indicative of future performance. It is based on total worldwide assets under management of $942.4 billion as of December 31, 2016 by Pensions & Investments magazine’s 2017 Special Report on the Largest Money Managers.

2 “Northern Trust Minority Brokerage Analysis,” May 2016 (Abel/Noser)

Pact to Implement USAID Project in Madagascar Strengthening Local Governance of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:38pm

Pact has received a new award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build the enabling environment for effective community-based management and protection of biodiversity resources in Madagascar. The $23 million USD, five-year project dubbed ‘Hay Tao,’ meaning ‘Know How’ in Malagasy, will focus on empowering local communities to lead the way in the management of their natural resources.

Hay Tao is the U.S. government’s largest environmental investment in Madagascar in nearly a decade.

“Our commitment to Madagascar’s environment is now stronger than ever,” Robert Yamate, the U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar, said in announcing the project this month in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital.

Hay Tao will improve the enabling environment for effective, lasting community-based wildlife management and conservation of biodiversity. With extensive experience in capacity development, governance, natural resource management and integrated development, Pact will take a systems approach to the project, in order to develop a sustainable conservation sector attuned to the needs of communities.

Hay Tao will build on the multi-stakeholder engagement model developed by Pact and USAID in the recent Mekong Partnership for the Environment project, and will also leverage a state-of-the-art data portal that will be at the heart of Hay Tao. Based on World Resources Institute’s Forest Atlas, the portal will underpin incisive analysis and drive innovative programming and evidence-based policies.

Madagascar is one of the world’s highest priority countries for biodiversity conservation because of its exceptional species richness, high number of unique plant and animal species, and the magnitude of threats facing these ecologically, culturally, and economically valuable resources. There are more unique species of plants and animals living in Madagascar than on the entire African continent, and more than 80 percent of its species can be found nowhere else on Earth. Threats to Madagascar’s biodiversity include widespread poverty and unsustainable land management practices. 

While Hay Tao expands the work of Pact in Madagascar, the organization has a long history in the African island nation. Pact has worked in Madagascar for more than 25 years, improving health, the environment, and educational opportunities. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the Government of Madagascar, civil society and local communities across this amazing country to help deliver a brighter future here,” said Mirana Rakotosamimanana, Pact’s Country Manager in Madagascar. “We know Hay Tao will make the Malagasy people’s lives measurably better.”

Pact will lead a group of international partners in implementing Hay Tao, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Center (URI-CRC), alongside two national civil society networks, Alliance Voahary Gasy (AVG) and Solidarité des Intervenants sur le Foncier (SIF).

Learn more about Pact’s work in Madagascar: pactworld.org/madagascar

Learn more about Pact’s natural resource management work: pactworld.org/nrm

Learn more about Pact’s capacity development work: pactworld.org/capacity

Solidia Technologies Can Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Cement and Concrete in California by 7.4 Million Metric Tonnes

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:38pm

 Solidia Technologies® Chief Commercial Officer Bo Boylan joined environmental leaders at a meeting of The California Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the impact of Solidia’s ecofriendly cement and concrete systems on California, including a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in the production of cement. Coupled with the capture of another 240 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) during cement curing, Solidia’s processes can reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete in the state by 70%.

“In California alone, our technologies would result in a reduction of more than four million metric tonnes of carbon emissions at cement kilns,” said Dr. Boylan. “By curing concrete with CO2 instead of water, we can also safely and permanently sequester 3.4 metric tonnes of CO2 in concrete products and save Californians 27 billion gallons of water each year.”

Additional environmental benefits that would be accrued at California cement plants include a 50% reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxide (5,000 metric tonnes), a 30% reduction in mercury emissions (110 kg), and a 30% reduction in energy consumption (13,000,000 gigajoules).

Each ton of cement produces approximately one ton of CO2, making cement production the second largest industrial CO2 polluter, representing 5-7% of the world’s total CO2 emissions. California’s nine cement kilns emit 13.53 metric tonnes of CO2 each year.

CARB describes its Green Building effort as encouraging design that accomplishes several environmental goals, including lowering GHG emissions: “Because buildings represent one of the largest sources of GHG emissions in California, the Green Buildings effort affords numerous ways to address environmental goals while lowering GHG emissions. Green buildings offer a cost-effective way to limit the use of energy, water and waste in residential and commercial buildings. Furthermore, by designing buildings to accomplish several environmental attributes from the beginning, the green building approach integrates renewable power generation, energy efficiency, water and waste reduction.”

Easy to adopt anywhere in the world, Solidia’s systems produce a sustainable cement and cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, while utilizing manufacturers’ existing infrastructure, raw materials, formulations, production methods and specifications. Stronger, more durable and higher performing than traditional concrete, Solidia Concrete™ products cost less to produce, reduce water and energy use, and cure in less than 24 hours.

"We applaud CARB for its commitment to environmental design through its Green Building effort,” explained Dr. Boylan. “That innovative mindset is a primary incentive for us to target California, which makes up the sixth largest economy in the world and is the second largest producer and consumer of cement in the country. Our technology has the potential to make a huge impact both environmentally and as an engine for economic growth as we give cement and concrete manufacturers a massive competitive edge.” 

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About Solidia Technologies® 
Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors. Follow Solidia Technologies at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.


About The California Air Resources Board (CARB)           
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

YourCause Global Good Network Members to Share Ideas and Best Practices at 8th Annual CSRworks Summit

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:38pm

YourCause, LLC, an industry leader in corporate philanthropic and employee engagement solutions, will gather corporate partners and employee engagement professionals this month at their annual CSRworks Summit with the largest gathering in the event’s eight-year history. The 2018 Summit will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28, at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel and Golf Club in Frisco, Texas and at YourCause headquarters. The invite-only conference features two days of strategic discussion and topical sessions on corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. Attendees will have multiple opportunities to discuss and learn about industry trends through data-driven presentations, peer-led workshops, and other sessions packed with industry insights, best practices, and case studies.

“For the eighth straight year, YourCause is proud to host the CSRworks summit and facilitate conversations with and among our clients. Our corporate partners have long told us of the value they find in this event and the connections they make each year, but I want to emphasize how important this gathering is to the YourCause team as well,” says Matt Combs, YourCause founder and CEO. “Our team understands that listening to our clients is critical to staying ahead of new CSR industry trends and the evolution of our partners’ own CSR programs. CSRworks represents two of the most important days of our year and helps define our strategic priorities for the year ahead.”

CSRworks is built upon innovation through collaboration and best-practice sharing in presentations and roundtables facilitated by notable philanthropy professionals and YourCause executives. The conference also provides attendees and prospective clients with a preview of future YourCause products and an introduction to newly released platform features developed with the input of the Global Good Network. YourCause is excited to host speakers including Sue Stephenson, Interim CEO of IMPACT2030 and Meredith Ferguson, Managing Director at TMI Strategy.

In response to the latest industry data and in consultation with members of the YourCause Global Good Network, the 2018 CSRworks agenda will include sessions on digital-first engagement strategies, devising a proactive rather than reactive disaster response plan, tips for advocating a strong business case for CSR, universal corporate philanthropy measurement standards, engaging employees around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and much more.

CSR professionals wishing to participate in next year’s summit should contact Cassandra Bennett: cbennett@yourcause.com.


About YourCause

YourCause, LLC is a Dallas, TX based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) and the GrantsConnect Corporate and Foundation Grants Management Platform (“GrantsConnect”), and integrated, fully hosted solution for corporations to more effectively deploy and manage their employee giving, volunteering, disaster relief, grant management, fundraising, and overall corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs. Ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for two consecutive years, and named a best place to work in Dallas, YourCause is rapidly expanding its operations through the ongoing deployment of end-to-end solutions for enterprises, nonprofits, and do-gooders. YourCause’s commitment to never taking a portion of any donation transacted within the platform allows the company to deliver maximum support to the more than 100,000+ nonprofits actively engaging with the YourCause Global Good Network.

Humana Foundation Addressing Root Causes to Create Improved and Sustained Positive Health Outcomes

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:38pm

The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 37 years, today announced the details of its planned health-focused community investing work for 2018 in its headquarters hometown of Louisville, Ky., as well as in seven additional communities where the foundation intends to make significant community investments this year.

Strategic Community Investments in ‘Bold Goal’ communities

Through the foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments work, it will invest $6.5 million in nonprofit organizations operating in eight communities, including Humana’s headquarters hometown of Louisville, Ky., plus San Antonio; New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla. Each investment will be no smaller than $500,000.

These are all communities where Humana Inc., in 2015, began pursuing its 2020 ‘Bold Goal’ to “improve the health of the communities we serve 20 percent by 2020 because we make it easy for people to achieve their best health.”

“Through our new Strategic Community Investments work, the Humana Foundation is signaling its intent to transition from a ‘funder of programs’ to an ‘investor in results,’” said Walter Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation. “With these major investments, we intend to target community models that can be scaled for maximum impact, focused on the broader gains that will result from the achievements our partner organizations will be able to make. And they’ll need to clearly demonstrate that by detailing targets and milestones as part of the application process.”

Organizations that receive a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment in 2018 will then have an opportunity to receive continuing funding for one or two additional years – based on the specific results they achieve over a 12-month period.

Also starting in 2018, the Humana Foundation has begun work to identify partner organizations – at the national, regional and local level – because joining forces with like-minded entities can result in more impactful, broad-based and sustainable change.

Louisville focus for Strategic Investments:
Post-Secondary Success (sustained employment); Asset Security

“As we announced earlier this year, the Louisville investments will go to nonprofit organizations that help residents here achieve post-secondary success (sustained employment), and asset security: organizations that connect people to resources that offer training and credentialing, allowing them to be hired for a job they keep, that pays a living salary, and offers opportunity for career mobility,” Woods said. “We want more people to protect the assets they are cultivating with the goal of building financial security that will lead to financial stability and then ultimately financial mobility.”

Focus for Strategic Investments in Humana’s additional Bold Goal communities:
Food Security; Social Connection

In each of its Bold Goal communities, Humana is addressing Social Determinants of Health, particularly food security and social connection. Complementary to Humana Inc.’s Bold Goal work, the Humana Foundation will begin making Strategic Community Investments in nonprofit organizations whose results ensure that people have daily access to healthy food, and that people are making the social connections they need to improve and sustain positive health outcomes.

“In those communities outside of Louisville, the community investments we make in 2018 will go to identifying and scaling organizations with the greatest impact on improving and sustaining positive health outcomes for socially isolated and food-insecure residents,” Woods said. “These root-cause influencers on health clearly have an impact on people’s ability to live healthy lives, and we are in a position to partner with nonprofit organizations to positively impact these issues.”

Application Process: 

Any organization – or consortium of organizations – interested in applying for a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment must fill out a Request for Application (RFA) and submit it to the Humana Foundation no later than April 27, 2018. After reviewing all RFAs it receives, the Humana Foundation will then ask a group of finalist organizations to go through a more detailed application process in May. (A link to the online RFA will be available on the “Our Investments” page of the Humana Foundation website beginning April 1, 2018.) 

Headquarters Hometown Community Relations

Through a new Headquarters Hometown Community Relations initiative, the Humana Foundation will award an additional $2 million to Louisville-area organizations in 2018, with slightly more than $1 million of that in grants ranging from $25,000 up to a maximum of $100,000. Organizations interested in applying for one of these grants will do so later this year, when the foundation will make final details of the program available. Also as part of this program, nearly $1 million will go to established foundation partners such as Metro United Way and the Fund for the Arts.

And, building on 2017 when Humana employees reported volunteering 108,000 hours in the Louisville area, the foundation will incorporate a significant new skills-based volunteerism component into the Community Relations initiative. This will result in more Humana employees in Louisville putting their strongest business skills to work for area nonprofits. 

The focus for these grants will be organizations providing critical safety-net services as well as those focused on civic and cultural opportunities.

“As the largest employer in downtown Louisville and the largest publicly traded company based in Kentucky – we understand the unique needs and expectations of a company like ours in our headquarters hometown,” Woods added. “This program – in addition to our new Strategic Community Investments work – will improve and sustain more positive health outcomes.”

Additional Giving

The foundation will give an additional $5.5 million in 2018 through an array of popular long-standing programs such as its matching-gifts program for Humana employees, Humana Foundation scholarships to children of employees, and disaster-relief support, to name just some examples. The foundation has increased its matching gifts for all Humana employees in 2018 who choose to take advantage of the program.

The $14 million in total planned philanthropy for 2018 represents the most the Humana Foundation has contributed in a year, and is approximately 20 percent more than the foundation gave in 2017, when it awarded $11.6 million – which also represented the foundation’s highest-ever one-year giving total.

“We are making significant changes in 2018 at the Humana Foundation, in part, because the communities we serve have increasingly greater needs,” Woods said. “The Humana Foundation’s future work will address root causes and, therefore, have the potential of creating improved and sustained positive health outcomes. We’re excited not only about the results we will be able to achieve, but also the human gains that will come from achieving those results.”

About the Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our employees, the communities we serve, and our planet.

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 with the goal of making 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 website at 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.

 

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Cisco to Provide Destination: Home With $50 Million Over Five Years to Help End Homelessness in Santa Clara County

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 6:37pm

(GlobeNewswire) – Destination: Home today announced that Cisco has committed $50 million over the next five years to help end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Destination: Home will utilize this significant partnership with Cisco to leverage existing public resources to build more housing for the most vulnerable residents, improve technology capacity across the homeless services sector, and invest in promising and evidence-based practices to most effectively help individuals and families in need of support and stability.  

Silicon Valley is home to some of the nation’s most prosperous communities, yet in Santa Clara County approximately 7,400 people are without home and 2,000 are considered chronically homeless — the third highest rate of chronic homelessness in the United States. To solve this crisis, there must be supportive policies in place, political and community will, and funding to acquire land and build the housing. 

This unprecedented private sector commitment from Cisco represents a unique opportunity for the community. With Santa Clara County voters approving Measure A in 2016, a $950 million housing bond with $700 million dedicated to increasing the supply of Extremely Low Income and Supportive Housing, this new funding from Cisco will give Destination: Home the ability to leverage, innovate, and fund the best solutions, programs, and approaches available to end homelessness in the region.

“We have said for a long time that it is up to all of us to end homelessness in our community,” said Jennifer Loving, CEO of Destination: Home. “Cisco has fully embraced that concept, and is stepping up in a big way to provide the type of critical private sector leadership and substantial funding that is necessary to address this crisis head on.  We couldn’t be more thrilled or grateful to have Chuck Robbins and the Cisco team at the table.” 

“We can put an end to homelessness in Santa Clara County and there is no better partner in this work than Destination: Home,” said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco. “I hope to join together with other business leaders across the technology industry so that with our collective creativity and innovative spirit, we can create a thriving community for all—including those who need our help the most.”

“One of the reasons that Silicon Valley will continue to thrive is because of the leadership of people like Chuck Robbins and generosity of companies like Cisco who invest in our community in a meaningful and compassionate way.”—Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

“My deepest thanks to Chuck Robbins and Cisco for their leadership, collaboration and commitment to solving our community’s homelessness crisis. Cisco’s extraordinary gift will go a long way to helping house more of our homeless neighbors, and serves as a prime example of how our community is coming together to confront some of our greatest challenges.”—Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose.

Cisco has made the first $20 million of its $50 million commitment to this work through the Cisco Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Additional Resources:

See how Destination: Home is changing lives.

Read the blog from Cisco Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins.

About Destination: Home

Destination: Home is a public-private partnership serving as the backbone organization for collective impact strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. The organization drives and aligns resources to create permanent housing, support technology-based solutions, and develop innovative and promising approaches to serve the most vulnerable residents in the community. As a convener, advocate, resource developer, and funder for the issue of homelessness in Silicon Valley, Destination: Home is improving how systems work together to prevent and end homelessness, while realizing the vision that no one sleeps outside.

To learn more, visit: https://destinationhomesv.org

Media Contacts:

Robyn Blum
Cisco Corporate PR
+1 408.930.8548
rojenkin@cisco.com

Ray Bramson
Chief Impact Officer, Destination: Home
408-242-6410
ray@destinationhomesv.org

Consumers Energy Employee Saves Two in Vehicle Accident

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:37pm

In 200,000 plus miles of travel to perform work for Consumers Energy, employee James Stratton has seen his share of accidents in the past six years. But it was usually after they had happened, when police and fire personnel had already responded.

That all changed in October, when Stratton, a journeyman pipeline welder with the company’s Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program, was the first responder at a vehicle accident involving a mother and her young daughter.

Headed to a work assignment in Alma, Mich., Stratton came upon a SUV on its side in a ditch along a Shiawassee County road. A woman with visible scrapes on her face was standing by the road screaming that her daughter was stuck in the backseat. 

“In the 20 seconds it took me to get to her vehicle, I was afraid of what I might find. But then I heard her daughter crying and I was relieved,” Stratton said.

He crawled into the vehicle, which was quickly filling with smoke. After shutting the vehicle off, he located the 2-year-old dangling from her car seat. After considerable effort he was able to free the little girl and climb out of the ditch, reuniting her with her mother. Fortunately neither one was severely injured, but Stratton said, “It was pretty emotional. It bothered me and stuck with me for a few days.”

Stratton credits his safety training at Consumers Energy as the reason he was able to stay calm during a potentially deadly event. “We’re trained to pay attention to every little detail at work about our safety,” he said.           

At Consumers Energy all union field employees and first line supervisors receive mandatory first aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and blood borne pathogens training, which is annually reviewed. This training is also offered to other employees as requested. Mandatory training is given to about 3,000 employees annually, and to another 300 non-union employees. 

Because of his unselfish efforts, Stratton has been nominated for an American Gas Association Meritorious Service Award. He is one of five Consumers Energy employees nominated for this award based on four potential lifesaving incidents.

“James’s actions exemplify the caring professionalism we want all our employees to embrace, and we are extremely proud of him,” said Michael Romein, executive director of gas system integrity and enhancement.  “At Consumers Energy safety is always our top priority, from providing continued training, personal protective and other equipment to keep employees safe on the job, to encouraging families to learn about safety at annual events across our company. Every day we stress ‘Safety 24/7’.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Media Contacts: 

Debra Dodd, (586) 918-0597 or Roger Morgenstern, (616) 530-4364

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

Check out Consumers Energy on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConsumersEnergyMichigan/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/consumersenergy

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/consumersenergy

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/consumersenergy/

Atelier Swarovski Promotes Conscious Luxury with New Fine Jewelry Collection Made Using Fairtrade Gold

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 9:37am

Atelier Swarovski reaffirms its commitment to conscious luxury with its latest fine jewelry collection, launched at Baselworld (March 22 – 27). Made with Swarovski Created Diamonds and Fairtrade Gold, the collection puts sustainability center-stage.

The new Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry collection marks the first time the brand has worked with Fairtrade Gold. The 18-karat white gold has been sourced from the Minera Limata Limitada co-operative in Peru through the Fairtrade system, which aims to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty.

Swarovski Created Diamonds have the same exceptional qualities as mined diamonds – both are 100% carbon, both have the same hardness and brilliance – but are widely accepted to have less impact on the natural world.

The new Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry collection marks the next step on Swarovski’s journey to becoming a leader in conscious luxury in fashion and jewelry.

For additional information, please contact:

Andrew Blakemore
PR and Marketing Assistant

Atelier Swarovski
T +44 (0) 20 7255 8496

M +44 (0) 77 2049 6603
andrew.blakemore@swarovski.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

Atelier Swarovski

  • Atelier Swarovski offers cutting-edge jewelry, accessories and home décor items which are the ultimate expression of Swarovski crystal. Pushing the boundaries of creativity, it collaborates with the finest talents in the world across fashion, jewelry, architecture and design.

  • Atelier Swarovski presents seasonal jewelry and accessories collaborations twice a year during New York, London and Paris fashion weeks, alongside its constantly evolving Core Collection. Atelier Swarovski’s home décor collections, launched at Milan Design Week in April 2016, consist of functional and decorative objects for the home.

  • Atelier Swarovski was founded by Nadja Swarovski in 2007 as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship and the art of crystal cutting and crystal innovations. Past collaborators include Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor&Rolf, Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela and Mary Katrantzou for jewelry, and Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Ron Arad for home décor. www.atelierswarovski.com

Swarovski and Sustainability

  • Throughout its history, Swarovski has endeavored to remain true to its founder Daniel Swarovski’s vision of a responsible company that not only has its employees’ wellbeing at heart but also that of the environment and society as a whole.

  • This vision drives the company’s dedication to conscious luxury: producing beautiful products using responsible methods that drive positive change.

  • Atelier Swarovski has begun the use of Fairtrade Gold in its Fine Jewelry collections. Fairtrade is a global movement and strategy that aims to promote sustainable development. It empowers farmers, workers and miners and allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. It offers consumers a choice to empower farmers, workers and miners through their shopping decisions. Fairtrade believes in the importance to bring opportunities to those artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who have been working hard to formalize, certify and become visible in the market.

  • Atelier Swarovski is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), established by the jewelry industry to advance responsible social and environmental practices. As a member, Atelier Swarovski pledges to positively impact and influence the industry. Atelier Swarovski received RJC certification after being successfully independently audited against the RJC Code of Practice, on materials including diamonds, gold and platinum group metals.

Nestlé Reports on Its 2020 Commitments

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 6:36am

The 2017 Corporate Philanthropic Practice Conference

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 6:36am

This day and a half conference will address new ways of organizing the function of corporate philanthropy professionals and how they are being impacted by new types of skills needed to interact and support nonprofit partners. We will discuss where the corporate philanthropic sector has been, is now, and where it is headed.

As an attendee, you will learn:

• The pros and cons of using an intermediary organization for help with grantmaking
• How to deal with today’s challenging political and social environment
• Innovative best practices for better relationships, strategies and results
• Insights to manage internal and external expectations

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"Xploration Station" Earns Eight Daytime Emmy Nominations

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:29pm

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and the Steve Rotfeld Productions produced block of E/I shows, Xploration Station, received eight nominations — making it the most nominated educational and informational block of programming on broadcast television this year.

Xploration Station is comprised of six half-hour, STEM-related series (science/technology/engineering/ math) that air in over 100 million homes nationwide primarily on Fox TV stations on weekends.  Five of block’s six shows were nominated across a wide variety of categories:

  • Outstanding Education or Informational Series – Xploration DIY Sci
  • Outstanding Education or Informational Series – Xploration Outer Space
  • Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program – Xploration Awesome Planet
  • Outstanding Special Class Series – Xploration Earth 2050
  • Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s or Educational and Informational Program – Steve Spangler, Xploration DIY Sci
  • Outstanding Writing Special Class – Xploration Earth 2050
  • Outstanding Writing Special Class – Xploration Outer Space
  • Outstanding Sound Editing – Weird But True!

All of the Xploration Station shows are produced and distributed by Steve Rotfeld Productions. Weird But True! is produced in partnership with National Geographic Kids, and the series is an extension of their popular books brand.  These eight nominations join Xploration Station’s twelve previous nominations, totaling 20 nominations for the critically acclaimed E/I block since its inception in 2015. 

 “Xploration Station continues to gain momentum year after year, and it’s really exciting to see that growth recognized both by the Academy and our viewers,” said Steve Rotfeld, president of SRP, “We believe there is an audience for smart, feel-good television that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and we’re happy to deliver just that. On behalf of everyone here at SRP, I’d like to thank all the talented folks who work on these shows, and our stations and partners for making this all possible.”

For more information on how to watch Xploration Station’s shows, viewers can check their local listings here: https://www.rotfeldproductions.com/tv-schedule/

About SRP:  Steve Rotfeld Productions has been producing and distributing shows for broadcast stations and cable networks for 25 years. In addition to Xploration Station, it also produces and distributes Wild About Animals, hosted by Mariette Hartley, Awesome Adventures, hosted by Nicole Dabeau; Whaddyado, Sports Gone Wild, and Greatest Sports Legends Presents.  Its founder, Steve Rotfeld, Emmy Award winning writer/producer, has also produced cable hits, The Haney Project and Donald Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf for Golf Channel and Wild Weddings on TLC, among other series.

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Public Relations Contact:
Stephanie Wolf
Steve Rotfeld Productions
610-520-0671
Stephanie@rotfeldproductions.com 

Trends in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:29pm

During a recent ReportAlert webinar, an attendee asked about trends in corporate reporting around CR and sustainability.

To answer, we have invited reporting veteran Tim Woodall and training extraordinaire Nancy Mancilla to share their observations on how corporate reporters are gearing up for 2018 and beyond. 

Hear whether integrated reporting continues gathering steam, how brands are incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into their updates, and how the Brands Taking Stands movement is manifesting itself in ESG disclosures.

This presentation will also include a focus on two platforms designed for companies and NGOs to drive awareness of their corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives – 3BL Media and ReportAlert.  Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, will moderate the discussion.

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In Canada, Chevron Faces New Risks From $12b Ecuador Pollution Judgment As Shareholders Step up Pressure

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:29pm

After losing three consecutive appellate court decisions in Canada, Chevron faces significant new risk ahead of a critical court hearing next month in Toronto where it hopes to avoid a high-risk trial on enforcement of the $12 billion Ecuador environmental judgment.

Chevron’s new challenges come at a time when several institutional shareholders in the United States are intensifying pressure on new CEO Timothy Wirth to settle the case before the company’s litigation position deteriorates further. One shareholder resolution accuses Chevron management of “material mishandling” the pollution liability, which grows by $300 million annually because of interest.

“Chevron’s April court hearing in Canada is critically important to the well-being of all indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador who have been harmed by the company’s pollution, as well as to all victims of corporate human rights abuses throughout the world,” said Greenpeace co-founder and Canada resident Rex Weyler, who is supporting the legal team for the Front for the Defense of the Amazon (FDA), the grass roots coalition in Ecuador that is enforcing the judgment for the affected communities.

Chevron must scale significant hurdles in the months ahead due to the rapid progress of the villagers in enforcing their judgment in Canada. Chevron’s risks include:

**On April 17, Chevron’s 20-odd team of lawyers will appear before the Ontario Court of Appeal to try to defend a claim that the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Canada (Chevron Canada) should be immunized from asset collection to enforce the Ecuador judgment. Already, the same court has ruled against Chevron unanimously on two prior occasions and the Canada Supreme Court has ruled against Chevron once on a jurisdictional question. (See here for background.)

**If Chevron loses a third time before the Ontario court, a portion of its estimated $15 billion in Canadian assets will be subject to seizure to pay for the court-ordered clean-up in Ecuador. The company also will be forced into a trial where its main defense is likely to collapse because of new evidence that it paid a witness $2 million to falsify evidence before a U.S. court, as this document explains. (See this article on how Chevron’s payments were not only unethical, but criminal.)

**Pressure on Chevron is also mounting after the company was forced by a new transparency law in Canada to disclose that it has been funneling billions of dollars from its Canadian subsidiary to the governments of Nigeria and Indonesia. The information – much of it still secret because of a protective order imposed by the oil giant -- severely undercuts Chevron’s argument in the upcoming court hearing that its subsidiary only operates in Canada and therefore its assets should be protected.

The disclosure also suggests a possible tax avoidance scheme by Chevron using its Canadian subsidiary as the vehicle -- similar to a scheme the company recently carried out in Australia, which resulted in an enormous fine being imposed on the oil giant by tax authorities in that country, said Weyler. (See here.)

**Chevron shareholders are again pestering Chevron management over the Ecuador litigation. Zevin Asset Management is among those that have advanced resolutions for Chevron’s annual meeting in May that are critical of the company’s poor performance in the case. Last year, two resolutions related to the Ecuador matter each received substantial support from major shareholders. Earlier, shareholders with a combined $500 billion in assets urged the company to settle the case. (See here.)

**Chevron also must contend with opposition from Canada’s powerful national indigenous federation, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The thrice-elected and longest serving national chief of the AFN, Phil Fontaine, harshly criticized Chevron while on a recent trip to Ecuador. In December, the AFN (which represents 634 nationalities) signed an agreement with Ecuador’s national indigenous federation to work together to hold Chevron accountable for environmental damage it has caused in both countries.  

In addition, Greenpeace co-founder Weyler accused Chevron of committing “ecological crimes” in Ecuador after his own visit to the region.

Chevron’s main objective in Canada is to avoid a high-stakes trial where its defense of “fraud” – based largely on false testimony from the Ecuadorian witness paid by the company – is almost certain to collapse, said Steven R. Donziger, the U.S. legal advisor to the FDA, the grass roots coalition that is enforcing the judgment.

Chevron’s apparent witness bribery also earned the company a criminal referral letter from Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients to the U.S. Department of Justice. Chevron has not publicly commented on the letter and the underlying evidence pointing to its guilt, which was turned over to the DOJ last November.

In the meantime, Chevron has continued to deploy what prominent U.S. appellate lawyer Deepak Gupta characterized as an “intimidation model” to try to deter advocates from working on the case. The company used a little-known discovery statute in the United States to sue more than 100 environmental activists, journalists, and bloggers who have tried to help the affected indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador.

Chevron also is seeking an order requiring reimbursement of millions of dollars in legal fees from Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients for the company's work on its now discredited U.S. litigation. After losing the pollution case in Ecuador, Chevron had retaliated by suing Donziger and the villagers in New York for $60 billion -- considered the largest potential liability in American history. Chevron dropped all the damages claims on the eve of trial to avoid a jury.

Chevron in recent weeks also has attacked prominent Canadian lawyers Alan Lenczner and Peter Grant after they agreed to represent the Ecuadorians, said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the FDA. "Chevron's attacks on human rights defenders as a way to evade its Ecuador pollution liability must stop," he said.

Three layers of courts in Ecuador – the venue where Chevron insisted the trial be held – found the company had deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste, leading to an outbreak of cancer in the region and a catastrophic public health crisis. See here for a summary of the evidence against Chevron.

After winning the Ecuador judgment, Salazar said he was optimistic that Chevron would soon be forced to pay compensation to the indigenous and farmer communities it harmed.

”Running around the world like a scofflaw debtor while indigenous groups give chase is only creating more risk for Chevron and its shareholders and is no way for a public company to act,” said Salazar. “Governments are now becoming hesitant to partner with Chevron on oil and gas projects given its long track record of environmental destruction, tax avoidance, disrespect for indigenous communities, and insensitivity to the threat of global warming.”

Donziger also indicated that the Ecuadorian communities, led by FDA President Carmen Cartuche, feel a "deep level of gratitude" for the support provided to their cause by Canadian indigenous and environmental leaders.

"Carmen and others at the community level in the Amazon asked me to convey to all Canadians their appreciation for the amazing outpouring of support being received in the country," he said. 

Biopharmaceutical Industry Marks World TB Day

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 9:28am

 IFPMA, the world body representing biopharmaceutical companies, confirms its commitment to the World Health Organization (WHO) drive to eradicate tuberculosis and its campaign “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”, focusing on building commitment at all levels of the community.

The biopharmaceutical industry is dedicated to bringing effective therapies and solutions to improve access to treatment and accelerate progress to end TB for good. IFPMA endorses the World Health Organization’s End Tuberculosis Strategy[1], as well as broader efforts to end TB that are underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goals.

The biopharmaceutical industry is contributing to the TB challenge with R&D and measures to improve access to treatments. The industry’s R&D efforts focuses on finding more effective, safer, all-oral regimens to treat all forms of TB, and new vaccines for adolescents and adults. There are now over 60 R&D projects for TB medicines and vaccines in the pipeline, including seven products in phase III clinical trials. The recent breakthroughs made by Johnson & Johnson and Otsuka (bedaquiline and delamanid) for the treatment of MDR-TB are not only important innovations, they are also illustrative of new approaches being taken by biopharmaceutical companies to make broadening sustainable and responsible access a priority.

2018 is a critical year for the global TB community, including IFPMA, culminating with the first ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB on 26 September 2018. Progress is being made. Just last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at the Delhi End TB Summit a bold vision for a TB-free India by 2025. As India has the highest burden of TB in the world, IFPMA acknowledges the importance of the commitments made by India’s PM.

For further information: Morgane De Pol (m.depol@ifpma.org)

Background:

Today, tuberculosis is curable, but its long treatment regimen is demanding, often unfortunately proving challenging for patients to complete their full course. This accounts in part to today’s continued death toll, as does lack of diagnosis, weak health systems and lack of access to medicines. It also accounts for the rise of multidrug-resistant or extensively drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB and XDR-TB).

Today, the biopharmaceutical is searching for new treatments for TB. There currently 60 R&D projects for TB medicines and vaccines in the pipeline[2], including seven products in phase III clinical trials. These new products are reaching the final stages of the 10-15-year R&D process – one in which many other possible treatments or vaccines have fallen by the wayside. Innovation in the field of TB research is becoming increasingly collaborative. Today, biopharmaceutical companies are involved in more than 30 collaborators (universities, research institutes, product development partnerships, etc.) to develop innovative medicines and vaccines for TB and MDR-TB.

After a gap of 50 years, major breakthroughs by Johnson & Johnson and Otsuka have seen the light of the day: two new medicines (bedaquiline[3] and delamanid [4]) have been approved for the treatment of MDR-TB under programmatic conditions in numerous countries, with both added to the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List. A priority is getting these new treatments to patients by broadening sustainable and responsible access.

Both Johnson & Johnson and Otsuka collaborate with a number of local, national and global partners to expand access to treatment, diagnostics and care. Both companies have introduced responsible, innovative and clearly structured approaches to expand dissemination of their new treatments while ensuring safe and appropriate use. They include programs providing healthcare professionals training and appropriate pharmacovigilance and surveillance activities to monitor resistance. This is a crucial for the introduction of new TB regimens to ensure they remain effective for patients today as well as tomorrow.

In addition to R&D, bioharmaceutical companies are involved in over 30 partnerships to increase access to TB treatment, diagnosis and care. These programs include donations, but also manufacturing partnerships to increase local capacity. Companies are working with the Global Drug Facility[5], a unique TB-specific mechanism for pooling the procurement of medicines and diagnostics. Some initiatives also focus on reaching isolated groups with TB diagnostics through door-to-door screenings and training of health workers. Companies work with health providers to prevent medicine stock-outs in rural health centres and ensure the quality of tuberculosis medicines in pharmacies across the world with mobile labs[6].

[1] http://www.who.int/tb/strategy/end-tb/en/

[2] R&D Pipeline for Tuberculosis (IFPMA) (March 2017).

[3] Also known as SIRTURO®

[4] Also known as Deltyba™

[5] The Global Drug Facility is the largest procurer of quality-assured TB medicines and provides TB drug management technical assistance in an effort to promote equitable access to TB medicines and diagnostics. 

[6] More information on IFPMA Health Partnerships Directory

#RaiseItForward: Water For People and Absolut Elyx Invite People Around the World to Raise A Glass to Help Solve the Global Water Crisis

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:26pm

From World Water Day, March 22, 2018 through Earth Day, April 22, 2018, people around the world are invited to take part in a social media movement called Raise It Forward. Simply by raising a glass of anything, adding the hashtag #RaiseItForward, mentioning @WaterForPeople and @AbsolutElyx, Absolut Elyx will contribute one week of safe water to communities where Water For People works.

Throughout the month, consumers will be able to make an impact on the global water crisis in a fun and engaging way by posting a picture of their toast on their favorite social media channel. 2.1 billion people around the world don't have access to safe water and 4.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. Women and children spend more than four hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases. By kicking off Raise It Forward on World Water Day, the campaign brings attention to this challenge while giving people a way to take action.

In 2015, Elyx joined forces with Water For People on a five-year partnership to bring access to safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide. Both organizations share a commitment to integrity and sustainability, and together work to amplify the goals and urgency in solving the global water crisis. To date, over 30,000 people have been given access to safe drinking water through this partnership.

“Water For People is an amazing organization making a huge difference around the world,” said Absolut Elyx CEO, Jonas Tåhlin. “Integrity being a key value for Absolut Elyx, we are proud to support their global mission. Giving back is just part of our business model and #RaiseItForward is an easy way for the Elyx community to support our efforts and bring awareness to this cause.”

In 2017, there were over 4,800 posts across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter which led to 672,000 liters of water donated. Celebrities, influencers, philanthropists, beverage industry professionals, and individuals around the world raised a glass to make an impact.

“#RaiseItForward is a great campaign to bring awareness to the global water crisis, while making a real difference for people who live without safe water around the world,” said Water For People CEO, Eleanor Allen. “We are grateful for the long-term partnership with Absolut Elyx. This collaboration has made a real, long-term difference for thousands of people around the world, and continues to make a greater impact year over year.”

In addition to #RaiseItForward, Absolut Elyx contributes to Water For People through events, purchases of Elyx Bottles and Elyx Boutique copper products. For every purchase made from the Elyx Boutique, a week’s worth of safe water (140 liters) is donated to those who need it. Learn more at elyxboutique.com

To learn more about this partnership, please visit waterforpeople.org/elyx

About Water For People
Founded in 1991 in Denver, Colorado, Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to achieve lasting quality water and sanitation services. Water For People brings together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build, operate, and maintain their own reliable water and sanitation systems and services. Currently working in 30 districts with 4 million people, Water For People is growing to deliver services to over 7 million people in 50 districts globally over the next 10 years. Water For People is also working at the national level in Rwanda, Uganda, Bolivia, and Honduras. Learn more at waterforpeople.org and on Instagram @waterforpeople.

About Absolut Elyx
Absolut Elyx is the Single Estate, Copper Crafted, Luxury expression of Absolut Vodka. Every bottle is made with soft winter wheat and the most pristine water in the world, drawn from the aquifer deep beneath the ground, in Åhus, Sweden. Elyx is distilled using sacrificial copper and further rectified by hand using a copper vintage still from 1921.  Krister Asplund, Master Distiller, and his team are knowledgeable to oversee the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx has joined forces with Water For People to support and raise awareness for long-term solutions to the global water crisis.
Discover more about Elyx at www.absolutelyx.comwww.elyxboutique.com and on Instagram @AbsolutElyx.

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