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The Consumer Goods Forum Launches New Podcast Series

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:18am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has today launched a new podcast series which will welcome guests from inside and outside the organisation and membership to discuss challenges facing the consumer goods industry, the planet and its people.

The first episode “A New Year in Sustainability” features Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Environmental Sustainability and Didier Bergeret, Director of Social Sustainability who review 2018, look at what we achieved as an industry and explore the challenges that this new year and the future may bring.

Lee Green, Communications Director at the CGF said: “The way that we tell stories is changing, and this new podcast series adds another dimension to our communications. It enables us to hear from people on what they do to drive positive change and their opinions on the issues at the heart of the industry. We need to tell more stories about the great work being done by our members around the world, and we need to build better relationships with our external audiences. We believe the new podcast series will help us achieve this”.

The podcast will be released monthly on iTunes and Google Play stores and will be available on the CGF website.

Listen to the first podcast, “A New Year in Sustainability” at www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

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 About The Consumer Goods Forum

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

MOMS Orange County Names Epsilon as 2019 Champion for Babies & Families

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 2:14pm

MOMS Orange County presents its Champion for Babies & Families award to Epsilon, a global leader in creating connections between people and brands, and an Alliance Data company. MOMS Orange County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low-income pregnant women and young families for more than 26 years, launched the Champion for Babies & Families award in 2018 to honor and celebrate Orange County employers that create working environments which are exceptionally supportive of expectant employees and new families.

“We are honored to present Epsilon with our Champion for Babies & Families Award and commend their outstanding support of their employees who are new parents,” said MOMS Orange County CEO Pamela Pimentel, RN.  

Epsilon, an all-encompassing  global marketing company, takes great measures to support new families and employees who are expecting. The company offers 12 weeks of leave for new parents whether they have a child, adopt or have a foster child placed with them. The company increased their medical insurance coverage to include fertility treatments in 2019, and they provide financial support to families wishing to adopt. Epsilon provides nursing rooms, free breast pumps and a variety of child care options and support through Life Solutions.

“Adding a new member to the family is an exciting and potentially stressful time. Because our associates are vital to the success of our business, we support these major life changes to make the transition to parenthood a little easier,” shared Laurie Fry, Epsilon senior vice president of human resources..   

PHFE WIC was also honored with the 2019 Champion for Babies & Families award. WIC is a nutrition education program for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children under age five.

Santa Ana-based MOMS Orange County plans to continue the tradition of honoring employers who go above and beyond to support pregnant employees and new parents. Nominations for the 2020 Champion for Babies and Families award will be accepted beginning in July 2019. For nomination information, please send inquiries to info@momsorangecounty.org.

About MOMS Orange County
MOMS Orange County formed 26 years ago in response to a crisis in access to prenatal healthcare for low-income, at-risk women. Today, MOMS Orange County serves more than 3,200 low-income families annually, directly influencing improvements in birth outcomes, maternal health, and developmental indicators among infants within a highly disadvantaged population.

To learn more about MOMS Orange County, visit www.momsorangecounty.org.

Media Contact
Barbara Kimler PR 

HACR Announces Addition of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as Its Newest Coalition Member

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 2:14pm

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is pleased to announce the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has joined HACR as its newest coalition member organization effective January 1, 2019. SHPE is the nation’s largest and most influential organization representing Hispanic professionals in the STEM industries. Raquel Tamez, president & CEO of SHPE, will serve on the HACR board of directors.

“The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is an outstanding addition to the HACR familia and we’re excited to have the presence of SHPE as our newest coalition member,” said Cid Wilson, president & CEO of HACR. “SHPE and its national programs for young STEM professionals compliment the work of HACR, our research institute, and our executive programs. As Corporate America becomes increasingly STEM-dependent, from the entry level positions to the corporate board, we want to be sure that Hispanics are included at all levels within Corporate America.” 

“On behalf of the HACR board of directors, we welcome the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as our newest coalition member and look forward to the contributions of Raquel Tamez to our board,” said Mary Ann Gomez Orta, chair of the HACR board of directors. “The addition of SHPE will make a positive difference to HACR especially as we advance Hispanic inclusion in industries with a strong reliance on the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

“As the nation’s largest STEM-focused membership organization for Hispanics, we are honored to join the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility as its newest coalition member,” said Raquel Tamez, president & CEO of SHPE. “I look forward to making a positive difference on the HACR board of directors on behalf of SHPE and the tens of thousands of members whom we represent around the country. Like many industries in Corporate America, Hispanics are underrepresented in the STEM fields. Together, we can make a positive difference to grow the presence of Hispanics in Corporate America, including the C-suite and corporate boards.”

About SHPE

Since 1974, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has been changing lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and impact

the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and professional development. We are a national organization with over 10,000 student and professional members and more than 225 chapters throughout the nation and in countries outside the U.S. SHPE’s educational programs and events directly serve tens of thousands each year representing a diverse Hispanic community, include: 1) children; 2) undergraduate and graduate students; and 3) academic and industry professionals.

About HACR

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organization representing 12 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.


REEF and the Surfrider Foundation Launch International Expansion of Better Beach Alliance Program to Protect Clean Water and Healthy Beaches

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:13pm

Today, REEF, one of the world’s premier beach footwear and apparel brands, and the Surfrider Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves and beaches, announced the international expansion of the Better Beach Alliance program to protect the coasts. The collaborative program will collectively contribute to the removal of up to 300,000 pounds of plastic pollution and trash through the efforts of an anticipated 90,000 volunteers at about 2,450 beach cleanups across the U.S. and Europe in 2019.

Launched in 2018, the Better Beach Alliance was developed by the Surfrider Foundation and REEF to expand the impact of Surfrider’s beach cleanup program and amplify the amount of trash removed, volunteers engaged and events hosted. As a result of this successful program, more than 33,092 volunteers joined together across the U.S. last year to remove about 227,580 pounds of plastic pollution and trash through 910 beach cleanups nationwide.

This year, the Better Beach Alliance will grow internationally with the addition of the Surfrider Foundation’s European affiliate to the program. An anticipated 60,000 volunteers will work to remove up to 100,000 pounds of trash and plastic through 1,600 beach cleanups across Europe. This significant impact will be in addition to the planned 200,000 pounds of pollution to be removed by 30,000 volunteers through 850 beach cleanups in the U.S.

“Expanding the Better Beach Alliance to Europe is a huge step forward in our collective goal of protecting our oceans and beaches around the world,” said REEF’s VP of Marketing, Mike Matey. “And we’ll keep working with the Surfrider Foundation to connect even more regions in the future to help fulfill our REEF brand purpose of uniting the world around the fun, freedom and spirit of the beach.”

The Better Beach Alliance underscores REEF’s continued efforts to reduce plastic pollution and protect healthy beaches. The brand’s mantra, Beach Freely, embraces the connection between protecting the beach from harmful pollutants and creating clean and healthy places to enjoy for the future.

“REEF is leading the way in helping to protect the world’s ocean, waves and beaches,” said Surfrider’s CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen. “Clean water and healthy beaches are critical for our coastal economies, communities, and ocean and coastal recreation. By supporting the reduction of plastic pollution from beaches across the U.S. and Europe, REEF is taking action to defend our ocean and coasts for this and future generations.”

The collaborative Better Beach Alliance program invites brands to play a role in the preservation of clean and healthy places for all to enjoy. In 2019, the Better Beach Alliance celebrates continued sponsorship at the supporting partner level from Clif Bar and welcomes a new supporting sponsor, Costa.

For more information on the Better Beach Alliance, visit reef.com/our-pledge.html. To get involved, find your nearest Surfrider chapter at Surfrider.org/chapters at or support Surfrider’s volunteer coastal defenders at Surfrider.org/support-surfrider


REEF is the global footwear and apparel brand that encourages people everywhere to Beach Freely. United by the spirit of the beach since 1984, REEF designs innovative and comfort-driven products to celebrate the freedom and fun of the beach lifestyle. 

REEF® and Reef Beach Freely are trademarks of Trestles IP Holdings, LLC.

About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over a million supporters, activists and members, with more than 170 volunteer-led chapters and student clubs in the U.S., and more than 500 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at surfrider.org.

Media contacts 

Surfrider Foundation

Jenna Dower
Public Relations Manager

BNEF: Clean Energy Investment Exceeded $300 Billion Once Again in 2018

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:13pm

Global clean energy investment[1] totaled $332.1 billion in 2018, down 8% on 2017. Last year was the fifth in a row in which investment exceeded the $300 billion mark, according to authoritative figures from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF).

There were sharp contrasts between clean energy sectors in terms of the change in dollar investment last year. Wind investment rose 3% to $128.6 billion, with offshore wind having its second-highest year. Money committed to smart meter rollouts and electric vehicle company financings also increased.

However, the most striking shifts were in solar. Overall investment in that sector dropped 24% to $130.8 billion. Part of this reduction was due to sharply declining capital costs. BNEF’s global benchmark for the cost of installing a megawatt of photovoltaic capacity fell 12% in 2018 as manufacturers slashed selling prices in the face of a glut of PV modules on the world market.

That surplus was aggravated by a sharp change in policy in China in mid-year. The government acted to cool that country’s solar boom by restricting access for new projects to its feed-in tariff. The result of this, combined with lower unit costs, was that Chinese solar investment plunged 53% to $40.4 billion in 2018.

Continuing reading here 

More on BNEF’s 2018 clean energy investment figures can be found at https://about.bnef.com/clean-energy-investment/.


[1] Investment in renewable energy excluding large hydro-electric projects, but including equity-raising by companies in smart grid, digital energy, energy storage and electric vehicles.

Aflac Offers Premium Grace Period for Policyholders Employed by the Federal Government and Impacted by the Shutdown

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:13pm

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that it is offering a grace period for premium payments from policyholders employed by the Federal government who are not receiving pay during the government shutdown. This grace period will extend until payroll resumes for these government employees. Eligible policyholders may inquire about the grace period online at aflac.com or by calling 888.515.1941.

Aflac U.S. President Teresa L. White stated: "We are committed to going the extra mile for those who go the extra mile for our country. This encompasses federal workers furloughed due to the government shutdown, including those active duty members of the Coast Guard, TSA employees and all other impacted government agencies. We have a tremendous appreciation for these committed employees and want to do our very best to support them during this difficult time. We are not only committed to maintaining their coverage, but also to providing benefits should a covered event take place. Aflac's core promise is to be there for our policyholders when they need us most by paying claims fairly and promptly, and this is another way we are making good on that promise."

When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leader in supplemental insurance sales at the worksite. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, for eligible claims, Aflac U.S. can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 12 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2018, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the 20th consecutive year and included Aflac on its list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 17th time. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit aflac.com or aflac.com/espanol.

Total Impact Boston: October 4 & 5

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:13pm

Total Impact is a multi-city convening series providing practical impact education and execution strategies to advisors, investors, family offices, wealth managers, and HNW individuals interested in aligning their investments to their values and mission.

Total Impact travels to Boston on October 4 and 5. Total Impact Boston will feature actionable impact strategies and tools across asset classes for advisors and investors. In addition, in partnership with key Boston stakeholders, we will highlight place-based opportunities and the impact success stories of the greater Boston area.

Receive a $200 discount when you use this code at registration: TI_SUBSCRIBERS

Total Impact conference series is a Good Capital Project initiative.

ARG Tears Down Chimney, Builds up Community

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:11pm

A fixture in the Tunungwant Valley for decades, the American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) boiler stack was demolished last summer. 

A $5.5 million investment replaced the refinery’s only remaining coal boiler in 2016. The company commissioned its new, environmentally friendly and compliant boiler that fall. All three of ARG’s massive boilers are now fired by cleaner, more-efficient natural gas, leaving no further need for the iconic stack.

Significant planning across all of ARG was required to prepare for the major demolition project, particularly ensuring that all appropriate safety and environmental-protection measures were in place from the start.

Visible for years from so many vantage points on all sides of the valley, it felt to some community members like the end of an era.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jeannine Schoenecker said, “The familiar ARG flue-gas stack may be gone from the Bradford landscape, but its subtraction is actually another sign of the progress being made throughout our facility.”

Regional reaction to news of the flue stack’s demolition was so strong, company leaders came up with a way to both assuage the local nostalgia and give back to the community.

“It was fascinating to hear from people all over the country who were interested in having a piece of what was – to those who do or have lived and worked here – really a memorable and even iconic structure,” Schoenecker said.

Bricks from the chimney were made available for a suggested donation of $5 to the McKean County Community Foundation. All proceeds and, perhaps most importantly, awareness generated by the event benefited the recently established McKean County Community Foundation’s general Fund for the Future.

 “From individuals who grew up in the valley and could see the chimney out of their bedroom windows, to folks who worked at the Bradford refinery or have relatives who did, the interest exceeded our expectations,” Schoenecker said. “So many people were disappointed to see the stack be torn down, but as a result we built up our new, but growing community foundation.”

More than $1,000 was raised for the foundation from bricks that would’ve otherwise been disposed of. For more information about the MCCF, visit https://tinyurl.com/yb7lmcy9, send an e-mail to mccf@zitomedia.net, call (814) 834-2125 or follow the foundation on Facebook.

For more information about ARG, visit www.amref.com or follow the refinery on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Media contact:

Sara Furlong
Executive Communications Coordinator
American Refining Group, Inc.
77 N. Kendall Ave.
Bradford, PA  16701

Black & Veatch-Designed Microgrid Actively Powering Shell Technology Center in Houston

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:11pm

A Black & Veatch-designed microgrid at Shell’s Technology Center in Houston, Texas, is actively powering part of the campus while serving as a critical research tool for Shell International Exploration & Production Company, Inc.’s work to explore the next generation of clean power and distributed energy technologies.

The microgrid, which incorporates solar photovoltaic panels, a natural gas reciprocating engine and an advanced battery storage system, was installed earlier this year and provides clean, resilient energy for a facility on the 200-acre Shell Technology Center Houston (STCH) campus. Home to nearly 2,000 Shell scientists, technologists and engineers, the STCH is the largest of the three Shell technology hubs; the others are in Amsterdam and Bangalore.

Microgrids are integrated systems of multiple power generation sources and electric loads. When operated under a consolidated control with a sustainable energy management system, microgrid systems can produce and distribute electricity and operate independently from the larger power grid, increasing resilience and reliability.

“By serving as a platform for hands-on research, the microgrid allows Shell to analyze different scenarios in renewable energy systems integration, providing an elevated level of technology assurance and insight,” said Dustin Rogge, Black & Veatch’s Project Manager​. “By enabling the testing, demonstration and development of sustainable power solutions, the microgrid allows Shell to better understand complex distributed energy integration challenges. With this knowledge, Shell can accelerate its development and move solutions quickly to market.”

“This project is an important step in Shell’s efforts to explore and develop new energy technologies as we work towards our goal to power progress together by providing more and cleaner energy solutions,” said Jon La Follett, Energy System Integration and Storage Program Lead in Shell’s New Energies Research and Technology Department. “Our New Energies business is working diligently to develop game-changing energy solutions, not just in urban areas like Houston, but in rural and remote areas around the world, from Asia to Africa.”

Paired with the ASSET360® cloud-based data analytics platform, which is available through Black & Veatch's software subsidiary Atonix Digital, the microgrid raises STCH’s resilience and reliability by providing critical services during a power outage or other service anomaly. Designed to provide actionable insights about the microgrid’s performance, ASSET360® allows Shell operators to optimize operation based on energy demand, solar production and other conditions.

“The microgrid is already generating value for STCH by providing resilient, renewable power for part of our campus,” La Follett said. “And by exporting power to the local grid, we are generating economic benefit.”

“But more importantly, this environment gives us the opportunity to test different ideas and strategies as we work to understand the operational envelope of these different components. One of the things that makes this microgrid unique is the diversity of the components that are involved. We wanted the flexibility to test numerous combinations of distributed energy resources.”

The system combines 300 kilowatts (kW) of ground-mounted solar, a 127-kW natural gas generator, a 250-kW, 1.050-megawatt-hour (MWh) (1,050kWh) lithium ion battery and a 250-kW load bank. In early 2019, the microgrid will be expanded to include additional Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) technologies and electric vehicle chargers.

Editor’s Notes:

  • To learn more about the STCH microgrid, please click here to access a multimedia project story.

  • Black & Veatch, a leader in the design and deployment of microgridsannounced earlier this yearthat it had been selected by Shell International Exploration & Production Company, Inc. to perform engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on the microgrid system.

  • Black & Veatch designed, built and maintains its own award-winning microgrid system that powers a substantial portion of the company’s world headquarters near Kansas City.


About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

Media Contact Information:

MELINA VISSAT | +1 303-256-4065 P | +1 617-595-8009 M | VissatM@BV.com

24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149

YouGiveGoods Posts Record Charitable Deliveries in 2018

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:09pm

 YouGiveGoods, the free workplace giving platform, impacted tens of thousands of lives in 2018. YouGiveGoods’ online events sponsored by corporations, schools, groups and individuals raised a collective total of over 259,000 brand-new, donated items for charities across the country (and Puerto Rico) in 2018.  

“We are thrilled to have impacted so many lives in 2018 and look forward to making an even greater impact in 2019,” said YouGiveGoods President, Lisa Tomasi. “The way people give is changing based on technology, social issues, local empowerment and more, and YouGiveGoods is poised to meet these changing needs.  It’s an exciting and rewarding space to be in.”

In the special report, Giving USA Special Report on the Evolution of Workplace Giving, it was noted that there was indeed, an “increased prevalence of technology in the workplace and in workplace giving. For example, employees have come to expect options for how they make their gifts.” YouGiveGoods’ proprietary technology enables corporations of all sizes to run unique workplace giving events that engage all employees including remote, part-time and consulting employees as they support the local causes they care most about.

Unlike traditional collection box drives, all goods raised using the YouGiveGoods platform are pre-vetted with the charity and shipped brand-new, in bulk, pre-sorted directly to the charity or to a pre-determined location for packing events. Results from 2018 include:

  • 259,132 total items purchased for donation

  • 212,960 pounds of food

  • 51,100 school supply items

  • 9,771 toys

  • Charities in 47 states plus Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, USVI received deliveries/donations

While food continued to be the most donated product group, YouGiveGoods saw the largest growth in school supplies and toys.  Corporations found that their STEM and early learning initiatives could be expanded by raising school supplies with YouGiveGoods. A key benefit is that a single corporate event can raise supplies for any number of schools or charities across the country enabling employees to make an impact in their local communities.  Toy donations are a perennial holiday favorite and continue to grow each year.

Corporate giving to disaster relief has seen great growth in the past three years and YouGiveGoods continues doing considerable work in this area. In 2018 YouGiveGoods events sent relief to victims of the California wildfires as well as Hurricanes Florence and Michael. YouGiveGoods was also pleased to continue to help with the relief effort in Puerto Rico with 3,299 items shipped to the U.S territory in 2018. Shipments included over 500 toys, 462 apparel items (socks, underwear, t-shirts), and 2,172 school supplies.

YouGiveGoods looks forward to continuing to help corporations use technology to engage employees in meaningful, measurable giving programs that make a social impact in causes they care about most while meeting the changing needs of the nonprofits in 2019.

About YouGiveGoods

YouGiveGoods, LLC, is an innovative e-commerce company that connects tangible workplace giving to community needs through our free giving platform.  YouGiveGoods' technology enables corporations of all sizes to create unique giving experiences with corporate branded drive pages.   Customize your workplace giving event and maximize employee engagement with our corporate challenge option, choosing to support one or many charities.  Support any cause when you raise food, disaster relief supplies, toys, school supplies, socks, diapers, blankets – any goods your selected charity may need, all brand-new and delivered to their door.  A YouGiveGoods online drive is a simple, efficient, measurable activity that makes a real difference in your community. 

For more information

Diane Frain
1-877-526-4483 x107


Tyson Foods and EDF Launch Partnership to Accelerate Sustainable Food Production

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:09pm

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today announced a new partnership to develop and deploy initiatives that support Tyson’s sustainability strategy and help meet increasing consumer demand for more sustainably grown food.

The partnership’s first project focuses on land stewardship and aims to pilot and scale agriculture practices on 500,000 acres of corn that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), improve water quality and maximize farmer profitability. This effort will also help Tyson meet its land stewardship goal of working with farmers to improve environmental practices across two million acres of corn production by 2020.

The pilot will use cloud-based agricultural technologies from MyFarms and Farmers Business Network(FBN), both of which collect information on agricultural production practices while protecting data privacy. Insights from the analysis of that data will inform sustainability practices at the field level.

“If the largest U.S. food company can prove the viability of farming practices that are good for the planet and for profits, it would be a game changer,” noted Jenny Ahlen, director of the EDF+Business supply chain program. “We’re using scientific analysis to measure the benefits of sustainable farming practices, help companies like Tyson evaluate the impact of their sustainability initiatives, and inspire transparency across the supply chain.”

MyFarms and FBN will work to enroll farmers in the initial sustainable agriculture project. FBN will be providing this opportunity to its 7,600 members, who span nearly 30 million acres, and are looking for new ways to continue their commitment to sustainable agriculture. Farmers enrolled in MyFarms will also have the opportunity to pilot a new scientific method, based on extensive scientific research compiled by EDF, for calculating nitrogen loss. Excessive nitrogen application is a primary water quality concern, contributes to agricultural GHG emissions, and is a source of lost income for farmers. 

“Developing a sustainable food system is important to our business and the planet,” said Justin Whitmore, executive vice president of continuous improvement and chief sustainability officer, Tyson Foods. “Joining forces with EDF enables us to bring together the best of our joint expertise in supply chains and sustainable agriculture and deliver value to growers, businesses and the environment.”

Other features of the partnership include:

  • Analyzing sustainability data on farmland, as part of Tyson’s land stewardship commitment.

  • Publicly communicate progress and best practices that surface from pilot projects.

“Farmers are the most important stewards of the land, and it’s vital they have tools and markets to farm sustainably and be profitable doing so,” said Charles Baron, co-founder of Farmers Business Network. “FBN is committed to finding new opportunities for crop farmers to develop markets for sustainable practices.”

“MyFarms believes that farmers have both the desire and the opportunity to learn from one another,” said Chris Fennig, managing director of MyFarms. “We also recognize the value of their long-term business relationships, so we’ve built a set of cloud-based tools that enable advisors to better inform their farmer clients about opportunities to improve economic and environmental outcomes at the farm gate."


About Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on our EDF+Business blogEDF VoicesTwitter and Facebook.

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company had 121,000 team members at September 29, 2018. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.TysonFoods.com.  

Cristina Mestre, EDF: 212-616-1268, cmestre@edf.org
Caroline Ahn, Tyson: 312-614-6047, caroline.ahn@tyson.com

Consumers Energy Supports Michigan Communities With First ‘Put Your Town on the Map’ Competition

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:09pm

Consumers Energy is strengthening its commitment to rural Michigan communities by announcing a new competition to provide funding for projects that will help energize towns in the Lower Peninsula.

The “Put Your Town on the Map” competition will provide a total of $15,000 to three initiatives that are designed to build a stronger sense of community. Up to 10 finalist communities will compete for the funding at the 2019 Small Town and Rural Development Conference on April 17 in Thompsonville, Mich.

“Consumers Energy is committed to supporting vibrant, thriving communities of all sizes in Michigan. We have worked with small towns for over 130 years, and are excited to help support their community development,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president of public affairs, who also will emcee the contest. “We look forward to seeing ideas that will create even more excitement around the communities we serve.”

Consumers Energy created the competition to reward ideas and provide critical dollars for projects that are being developed in small towns throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Communities with a population of up to 10,000 have until March 1 to submit proposals. Consumers Energy and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan will select 10 communities to make a pitch at the Rural Partners conference for a share of the grant money.

The “Put Your Town on the Map” competition aims to reward a variety of innovative ideas, such as those that attract visitors to downtowns, focus on  issues as housing, education or employment, create community pride and more. Community leaders can learn more and apply for the competition at http://rural.cedamichigan.org/conference.

Consumers Energy, its charitable foundation, employees and retirees contributed $18.5 million to support nonprofit organizations statewide last year.

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: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159

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

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Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:09pm

Explore how CSR and sustainability are driving brand value and business results across all industries today at the International Trademark Association’s first Brand Authenticity conference.

As consumers demand that their brands represent their values, being transparent about a commitment to CSR has become a central strategy for many brand owners. Ideal for legal and business professionals, and government relations, advertising and marketing specialists, this two-day conference will focus on how all stakeholders play a role in advancing consumer trust and protecting brand value. In particular, it offers brand counsel the information and tools to be conversant with CSR-related issues and be an even more effective strategic partner for business teams and clients.

The conference program will include keynote speakers, networking opportunities and sessions offering expert insight on timely topics such as:

  • The value of CSR and sustainability

  • The intersection of trademark protection and regulatory requirements in the new green landscape

  • How fighting counterfeiting improves our communities and the environment

  • Sustainability’s impact on financial ratings and investment decisions

  • Diversity and inclusion for brands and brand professionals

  • Update on green-related court decisions in Europe

The expert roster includes speakers from: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (United States); Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A. (Belgium); Elipe Limited (United Kingdom); Fjallraven (Sweden); German CSR-Forum (Germany); LEGO System A/S (Denmark); TOMS Shoes Inc. (United States); and others.

To learn more and to register, please visit www.inta.org/2017berlin.

HACR Announces New Board Chair and Executive Committee

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 2:04pm

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is pleased to announce that the HACR board of directors elected Mary Ann Gomez Orta as the new board chair. Gomez Orta, who is the president & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) will serve for a two-year term effective January 1, 2019. She succeeds Ignacio Salazar, president & CEO of SER-Jobs for Progress, who served as board chair since 2015, and will continue to serve on the board executive committee through December 31, 2019, and will remain on the full board of directors.

Additionally, the HACR board of directors elected Amy Hinojosa as the new board vice chair and Sonia Lopez as the new board secretary. Hinojosa is the president & CEO of MANA – A National Latina Organization. Lopez is the president & CEO of the Cuban American National Council (CNC). Ron Blackburn-Moreno, president & CEO of ASPIRA, was re-elected as board treasurer.

“It was a great honor to serve as board chair for the last four years, and I thank the HACR board of directors for the opportunity,” said Ignacio Salazar. “I join with my fellow board directors in extending our congratulations to Mary Ann Gomez Orta on becoming the new board chair and to the newly-elected executive committee. I am very confident that under Mary Ann’s leadership, the HACR board will continue to make a positive difference in the organization’s mission and impact.”

“I am deeply honored to be elected as the new board chair and look forward to working with my board colleagues to move HACR’s mission forward,” said Mary Ann Gomez Orta, who previously served as board vice chair. “I want to thank the HACR board of directors for its confidence in me to serve as board chair, and I especially thank Ignacio Salazar for his four years of leadership. Together with our board of directors, staff, and stakeholders, we are making a positive difference and continue to work towards a vision to be the premier national organization promoting and advocating for the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at all levels of corporate leadership and community involvement.”

“Our coalition board of Hispanic nonprofit CEOs is the unified strength and foundation of HACR, and we thank them for their leadership and contributions,” said Cid Wilson, president & CEO of HACR. “Congratulations to the newly-elected HACR Executive Committee led by new board chair Mary Ann Gomez Orta. My thanks to Ignacio Salazar for his four years of leadership as board chair. With the support of our coalition board and the dedicated work of our staff, HACR continues to make significant inroads in moving our mission-driven agenda forward, including growing corporate membership, increasing attendance in our programs, raising our voices on the issues of Hispanic inclusion, and making advancements in our corporate accountability strategy.” 

About HACR

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organization representing 12 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance. 


Sensata Technologies Foundation Grant Cycle Awards

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:04am

The Sensata Technologies Foundation, launched in November 2017, announced its first annual grant award recipients for funding year 2019. Community organizations in Attleboro, MA; Minneapolis, MN and Ventura, CA were among the twenty recipients.  Award criteria was based on alignment with employee feedback including level of impact; STEM and Community priorities; population served and applicant’s demonstrable track record of success.

 The more than $250,000 provides support for STEM learning, programs for children, domestic issues, literacy and special needs. Funds will be distributed throughout 2019. For a complete list of grant winners, please visit our website at www.sensatafoundation.org.

The Foundation also announced that the grant application for the 2019-2020 grant cycle is now available on the Sensata Foundation website and will close on Friday, June 28, 2019.  The Sensata Foundation’s Annual Grants are 12-month grants for new or existing projects related to one or more of the Foundation’s priorities of STEM and Community. Unrestricted general operations are not eligible for funding in this grant cycle. The Foundation looks forward to another successful grant cycle, and hopes that many qualifying organizations will seek funding.

About the Sensata Technologies Foundation

The Sensata Technologies Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting communities where Sensata has operations and fostering a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and all that they can make possible in the 21st century. The Foundation will achieve these objectives by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation through financial support and employee volunteerism. For more information, please visit the Sensata Foundation’s website at www.sensatafoundation.org.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions with operations and business centers in 12 countries. Sensata’s products improve safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of people every day in automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial, military, heavy vehicle, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, data, telecommunications, recreational vehicle and marine applications. For more information, please visit Sensata’s website at www.sensata.com.

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