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2019 Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability Management Forum

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 10:32am

The Forum is the largest annual gathering of Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) managers, directors and vice presidents.

With four days of networking, peer-led interactive sessions and keynote presentations, this is the premier event dedicated to showcasing best practices in EHS & Sustainability management.

T I E Initiative: Infusing African Artistry Into the World of Fashion and Interior Design

Wed, 12/25/2019 - 1:31pm

There’s a new model launching African artistry into the world of fashion and interior design: the T I E Initiative (Tradition. Innovation. Entrepreneurship). Showcasing the bright and complex hand-woven fabrics of Ghana and Ethiopia, the T I E model sets the stage to introduce iconic African design to global markets. It will provide the world of fashion and home décor a beautiful—and ethical—way to bring traditional hand-crafted products to consumers, while enhancing quality of life in African artisan communities.

“We’re at the beginning of this journey.  One of the things we’re excited about is to launch a new social business at the Full Circle Festival in Accra. We’ve been working over the past year to define new market potential, so that people across the globe can experience the unique beauty of these designs. T I E brings Ghanaian and Ethiopian style forward in a way that is tasteful and artistic. This kind of design expresses joy and pride, and tells important stories through color and traditional patterns. These works are treasures of a rich cultural heritage that must be shared,” said Deirdre White, CEO, PYXERA Global.

T I E is a ground-breaking effort, conceived by leadership of the US African Development FoundationPYXERA GlobalAssociation of Ghana Industries and Jaipur Rugs Company. Designed to open broader—and global—market channels, it addresses the challenges facing African weavers today, reframes the artisan story and opens a path for a new generation of cultural entrepreneurs.


The T I E Initiative will be featured at Essence Magazine’s Full Circle Festival in Accra, Ghana this December 26, 2019 – January 2, 2020. The week-long immersion brings together US cultural influencers and business executives with Ghanaian regional leaders and communities. The Festival is designed to showcase African nations as global destinations by highlighting their critical roles as ancestral, spiritual, cultural, and commercial epicenters. 

Through an experiential exhibit, T I E will provide these leaders an opportunity to meet the entrepreneurial weavers directly and experience their fabrics. To learn more, go to tieinitiative.com.


“Currently, the global handicraft market is US$32 billion. It largely bypasses African products—in 2018, Ghanaian handicrafts exports totaled less than US$14 million. We hope to see T I E help increase Ghanaian exports at least tenfold,” said Seth Twum-Akwaboah, Board Member, CEO, Association of Ghanaian Industries and Board Member, PYXERA Global Ghana.

T I E is also supported by an important partner—the Ghanaian government. Nadia Adongo Musah, Deputy Director at the Office of the President of Ghana, Diaspora Affairs Office, said, “We are committed to supporting a working group for the T I E Initiative, a program designed to support Ghanaian kente and smock weaving." Ghanaian kente exports totaled just over $300,000 in 2018, in comparison with the $32 billion global marketplace of artisan products.

The T I E model transforms rural weaving communities into hubs of entrepreneurial excellence that are connected to the global marketplace. Beginning in Ghana and Ethiopia, T I E weavers will participate in trainings and be linked into high-value global supply chains. Through these programs, T I E will also work to address the comprehensive needs of artisans and their families, including education, healthcare, and food security.


T I E is a unique social business, built by African, Indian and US partners, with decades of proven experience linking artisans and other entrepreneurs to global markets.  

C.D. Glin, President and CEO of U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), says, “T I E continues to grow after USADF’s initial catalytic investments helped identify the opportunity. We’re delighted to see enthusiasm for this model and to support artisanal weavers.”

T I E is modeled after Jaipur Rugs, one of the largest social enterprises in the world.  Today, Jaipur Rugs employs 40,000 Indian artisans and exports to more than 60 countries. Nand Kishore Chaudhary, Chairman and Managing Director said, “We are humbled and thrilled that the lessons of the work Jaipur Rugs Company has honed over four decades in India are now being applied to raise the dignity of artisans across the African continent.”


Sign up at tieinitiative.com to learn more about how you can help preserve African cultural heritage and build the next generation of cultural entrepreneurs.

T I E Initiative:  Cultural entrepreneurship. Bound by tradition. Unbound by innovation.


About PYXERA Global

For nearly 30 years, PYXERA Global has facilitated mutually beneficial partnerships between the public, private, and social sectors worldwide to create social impact projects that enrich lives and livelihoods, inclusively and sustainably.


Katie Levey

Vice President, Public Affairs, PYXERA Global



Roger Bain

Thought Leadership and Media Manager, PYXERA Global


Alliance Data Named a Best Workplace for Diversity

Wed, 12/25/2019 - 1:31pm

Alliance Data has been named a Best Workplace for Diversity by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE for the fourth consecutive year! Coming in at 71 on this year’s list, Alliance Data is proud of its inclusive, respectful workplace that develops and empowers associates, resulting in 84 percent of employees saying Alliance Data is a great place to work.

Companies included in the Best Workplaces for Diversity 2019 list are ranked based on not only how diverse each organization and its management teams are statistically, but for how employees characterize how they are treated in their workplaces. Experiences of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, employees who are Boomers or older, and people who have disabilities are all analyzed to determine the list.

View the full list of Best Workplaces for Diversity here.

IWBI Welcomes New Organizations to Its Growing Membership Program

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 1:30pm

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is pleased to announce the continued growth of its membership program. The most recent members to join the growing global network of product manufacturers, research institutes, real estate developers and many more diverse organizations are united in the mission to build a healthier future.

“IWBI membership serves as a dynamic platform for collaboration that fosters deeper engagement with the WELL movement,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “As aligned members, these committed leaders are playing a critical role in working toward global transformation.”

There are two tiers of membership and a third designation for companies already enrolled in the WELL Portfolio program. This allows companies to select the best fit for their organizational goals. Member benefits include discounts on the WELL Certification process and WELL AP credentialing program, specialized opportunities to publicize accomplishments, and more touchpoints with IWBI leadership and across the broader community through members-only year-round events and enhanced digital engagement. The program creates pathways for WELL advocates and champions to stay connected, share best practices, explore new shared initiatives and receive greater recognition for these efforts.

The continued growth of IWBI membership parallels WELL’s rapid uptake across the globe as the tool of choice for leaders who value the verified performance of design and operations when the health and well-being of people is at stake. To date, over 3,900 projects with more than 475 million square feet of registered space are participating in WELL in 58 countries. Much of WELL’s success is driven by a global network of WELL APs – nearly 10,000 people are either credentialed or in the process – that helps provide expertise and guidance to project teams across the world.

New members since Sept. 9, 2019:


Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited

Atelier Ten




CCW Design Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd.

City of Austin

Covestro Polymers (China) Co., Ltd. 

Delta Electronics Inc.


Flad Architects


Greenjump Sustainability Co., Ltd

Novalis Innovative Flooring

Perkins and Will

Shanghai Teammax Furniture Co., Ltd

Shenzhen Yuezhong Green Building Sci - Tech Development Co., Ltd.

Urban Green Council

WELLTHY Health Design & Technology Ltd

YT Resolution Services, LLC


These members join IWBI’s existing membership community, including:

A SustainAble Production (ASAP)


Aircuity Inc.



Armstrong Flooring, Inc.

ArthaLand Corporation



Athie Wohnrath


BCCI Construction Company

BEE Incorporations

Beijing DIHE Construction Engineering Design Co.,Ltd.

Beijing Tenhong Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

Better Home

C.Y. LEE & PARTNERS Architects / Planners

CBRE Group

China Academy of Building Research Shanghai Branch

China Jinmao Green Building Co. Ltd


China Railway Construction Real Estate Group Co., Ltd

China Resources (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd

Contract Workplaces

COOKFOX Architects, DPC



Cushman & Wakefield

D Squared Consulting Pty Ltd

Das Daring Energy Technology Co., Ltd



Earth Friendly Products


EBA Investments

Ecoworks Studio

EDGE Technologies


Enriching Spaces

Environmental Market Solutions, Inc.

GB Tech Consulting Ltd.

GuocoLand (China) Limited

HB Reavis


HKS, Inc.



HVAC Services Pte. Ltd.

I.DEA Ecological Solutions

iDA Workplace + Strategy



Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd.

KRIEA C.I (Korea Research Institute of Eco-Environmental Architecture)



Lendlease Corporation

M Moser Associates

Material Circle


Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.



Minmetals Land

Mohawk Industries


Poly Development Holding Group Co., Ltd.



RDG Planning and Design

Research Center for Healthy Cities, Institute for China Sustainable Urbanization, Tsinghua University

Robarts Spaces


Ronald Lu & Partners

SaShuang Intelligent Technology (shanghai) Co., Ltd

Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences (SRIBS)


Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Junye Building Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Lemajorservice Technology Co., Ltd

Shenzhen Nottingham Sustainable Development Institute Ltd.


Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited


SOCOTEC Immobilier Durable


Steve Leung Designers Limited

Steven Winter Associates Inc

Structure Tone Organization

Sweden Green Building Council

Taiwan Architecture & Building Center



Tellmach (Beijing) Engineering Consulting Co., LTD

Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group

The Green Engineer

The Spinnaker Group

Well Living Lab (China)

Well Living Lab (US)

YAMA Desarrolladora Inmobiliaria

“We look forward to this next chapter of sustaining and energizing a movement and welcome all organizations to join us in this ‘second wave’ of sustainability,” Fedrizzi said.

About the International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2 pilot is the latest version of its popular WELL Building Standard, and the WELL Community Standard pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. IWBI is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, and helps companies advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of WELL. More information about membership can be found at https://www.wellcertified.com/membership/

International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL, The WELL Conference, We Are WELL, the WELL Community Standard and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries.

AEG Community Foundation Awards $445,000 in Grants to Nonprofit Organizations Throughout United States

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 1:30pm

AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today announced that it has awarded $445,000 in grants to eight non-profit organizations in the United States through the AEG Community Foundation, which supports charitable, community and civic programs that focus on children and youth in the areas of education, the arts and health and wellness.

The grants, which were given as part of the AEG Community Foundation’s second grant cycle in 2019, included for the first time, three macro grants which are designed to support capital campaigns and large-scale projects. The macro grants totaling $375,000 were awarded to Los Angeles-based organizations to help each of them complete new building projects that will enable each organization to double the capacity of services and people served in their respective communities.  The three organizations were Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Little Tokyo Service Center and Wellnest. 

“The AEG Community Foundation has allowed us to build upon AEG’s strong philanthropic commitment to communities throughout the United States through grantmaking,” said Martha Saucedo, Executive Vice President, AEG. “We are thrilled to award our first macro grants to Heart of Los Angeles, Little Tokyo Service Center and Wellnest and look forward to continuing to invest in projects and capital campaigns that further amplify the impact of our community partners.” 

The macro grants were awarded to the recipients by the AEG Community Foundation during a check presentation ceremony on Dec. 17 at AEG’s annual Community Holiday Party at L.A. LIVE, as part of the company’s annual Season of Giving. 

The eight organizations that received grants from The AEG Community Foundation were:

  • Heart of Los Angeles (Los Angeles) - $150,000

  • Wellnest (Los Angeles) - $125,000

  • Little Tokyo Service Center (Los Angeles) - $100,000

  • West End House Boys & Girls Club (Allston, Mass.) - $25,000

  • Just Keep Livin’ Foundation (Los Angeles) - $15,000

  • Gardena-Carson Family YMCA (Gardena, Calif.) - $10,000

  • Louisville Urban League (Louisville, Ky.) - $10,000

  • Community Alliance for Learning (Oakland, Calif.) - $10,000

Since awarding its first grant in December 2018, the AEG Community Foundation has awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants to 75 nonprofit organizations in more than 20 cities throughout the United States. Over the past 10 years, AEG has contributed more than $120 million in direct financial and in-kind support to community and civic programs with a focus on children and youth in the areas of education, the arts and health and wellness.  To find out more about AEG 1Community and the AEG Community Foundation, click here.  

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports and live entertainment company. The company operates in the following business segments: Facilities, which through its affiliation with ASM Global, owns, manages or consults with more than 300 preeminent arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts venues around the world; Music through AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival; Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, Mercedes Platz in Berlin and The O2 in London; Sports, as the world's largest operator of high-profile sporting events and sports franchises including the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Eisbären Berlin; and Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 160 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com. 

Media Contact
Allegra Batista

Subaru of America, Inc. Releases Inaugural Corporate Impact Report

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 1:30pm

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) today released its inaugural Corporate Impact Report. The report details the company’s efforts to address its environmental impacts; to impact the communities where Subaru employees live, work and serve; and to make Subaru the best place to work.

“At Subaru, it is our responsibility to show love and respect to all who interact with us,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, Inc. “This report is our first of many and will give us a place to measure our corporate responsibility progress year over year, as well as provide transparency to our stakeholders who can challenge us to grow.”

The 2019 report contains just a sampling of SOA’s Corporate Responsibility stories and reflects benchmark data through the end of the 2018 calendar year. On an annual basis, SOA will reflect on how they have upheld their commitment to live out the Subaru Love Promise and be the best version of Subaru throughout the previous year. Highlights from the inaugural report include:

Our Subaru Family

  • Kelley Blue Book’s Most Trusted Brand for five years running.
  • Continue to receive 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Equality Index year over year.
  • Employees participated in over 170 volunteer events, donating over 7,300 hours to serve their communities.

Our Planet

  • 3,900,000-quart bottles saved from the waste stream by the bulk oil and coolant programs.

  • 4,500,000 pounds diverted from the landfill through a partnership with the National Park Foundation.

  • 71 percent reduction per square foot of energy consumption at SOA facilities over past 15 years.

Our Community

  • $4,000,000 philanthropic support invested in Camden, NJ since 2016 and $840,325 in grants donated to the Camden community.

  • $153,700,000 donated through Share the Love corporate and Foundation giving over the past 11 years.

  • 34,000 volunteer hours donated by Subaru employees over the past 11 years.

Measuring Our Impact

  • Plans to expand the returnable shipping container initiatives at the Subaru parts distribution centers by one- hundred and thirty-three percent.

  • Goal to increase recycling rates at three focus national parks – Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Denali – by fifteen percent.

  • Plans to plant 500,000 trees in California regions impacted by wildfires over the next four years, as part of the Forester Reforesting program.

SOA’s full Corporate Impact Report can be found and downloaded here – https://www.subaru.com/content/dam/subaru/about-subaru/Downloads/Subaru_Report_2018.pdf.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $165 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

For additional information, visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States, to Serve as Keynote Speaker at the 30th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 1:30pm

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States, will serve as keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday breakfast on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Minneapolis Armory.

Organized in partnership by General Mills and United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the event’s theme is “Rise Up: Standing Together for Positive Change.”

“Dr. King believed that as individuals we do not start living until we rise beyond our own individualistic concerns and address the broader needs of humanity,” said Nicola Dixon, executive director of the General Mills Foundation. “This event, now in its 30th year, is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s vision and legacy while exploring how the causes he fought for continue to parallel the issues we face today.”

In remembrance of Dr. King, a 1948 graduate of Morehouse College, which is part of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) network, proceeds from the event benefit the MLK Scholarship Fund to provide college scholarships to deserving local students.

New Volunteer Opportunity

The MLK holiday breakfast continues to inspire change in the world and honor those individuals whose footprints uplift the community. Following the Breakfast, any member of the community can participate in a new volunteer opportunity at U.S. Bank Stadium (two blocks from the Armory) in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings to impact students and teachers in the Twin Cities. Volunteers can register at mlkbreakfast.com.

About Eric H. Holder, Jr.

President Barack Obama appointed Eric Holder as the nation’s first African American Attorney General in 2009. He has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the United States on several critical issues, including the defense of voting rights, marriage equality and reform of the federal criminal justice system. In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most Influential People,” stating that he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” After his departure from the Department of Justice in 2015, Holder returned to the law firm of Covington & Burling. He currently focuses on complex litigation and international investigatory matters.


Musical entertainment will be provided by Jovonta Patton, a four-time #1 chart-topping Billboard recording artist, composer, producer, and entrepreneur born and raised in Minneapolis.

A performance will be made by Minneapolis-based SHAPESHIFT, a hip-hop/contemporary storytelling dance company that uses a fusion of dance styles to create powerful theatrical productions tackling issues of social justice, loss, love and human emotions.

Event History

The annual holiday breakfast began when UNCF and General Mills joined together in 1991 to host a community celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

Past speakers have included former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, actor David Oyelowo, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Rev. Joseph Lowery, the late Yolanda King, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Donna Brazile, Vernon Jordan, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and news anchor Don Lemon.

This event is made possible by General Mills, UNCF and Best Buy. Additional support has been provided by Ecolab, Cargill, Medtronic, Target, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy.


To purchase tickets or for more information about the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday breakfast, please visit: MLKBreakfast.com.

Live Stream

To enable more people to experience the MLK Breakfast, the event has transitioned from a televised event to streaming online exclusively at www.mlkbreakfast.com beginning at 8:00 a.m. CST.

About UNCF

UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of \African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

About General Mills

General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, BLUE and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2019 net sales of U.S. $16.9 billion. In addition, General Mills’ share of non-consolidated joint venture net sales totaled U.S. $1.0 billion. For more information, visit GeneralMills.com and follow our A Taste of General Mills blog.

CONTACT Claudine Galloway +1 (763) 764-3260 Claudine.galloway@genmills.com General Mills Monique LeNoir +1 (202) 810-0231 mlenoir@uncf.org UNCF Communications

Hormel Foods Named One of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, was recently named of one America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek magazine.

Hormel Foods came in at No.100 on the inaugural list of 300 companies recognized.

“As a leading corporate citizen, we are honored to be recognized for the outstanding work we are doing on Our Food Journey™,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “We have always believed that building social value and creating economic value are not competing goals. We are proud to demonstrate this belief through the positive impact we have on our team members, consumers, partners, communities where we live and work and our planet.”

Newsweek partnered with global data research firm Statista Inc. to publish the ranking of America’s Most Responsible Companies. Statista worked from a universe of 2,000 public companies and analyzed them based on an independent survey among 6,500 U.S. citizens and research based on publicly available key performance indicators derived from annual reports and corporate responsibility reports. The analysis covered three important areas of corporate responsibility: environment, social and corporate governance.

To view the complete list of America’s Most Responsibility Companies, please visit https://www.newsweek.com/americas-most-responsible-companies-2020.


Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly® guacamole, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

AEG Community Foundation Awards Playworks $25,000

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today announced that Playworks, a national nonprofit that supports learning and physical health by providing safe and inclusive play to low-income students in urban schools, has been awarded $25,000 from the AEG Community Foundation as the winner of the 2019 #SpreadCheer Challenge.  

The AEG Community Foundation launched the 2019 #SpreadCheer Challenge on November 18, 2019, which allowed three participating non-profit organizations -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America,  Playworks and Special Olympics USA – to engage their communities to complete a digital puzzle which generated points that users then awarded to one of the three charities; the winner being the organization with the most points.

Playworks previously won the 2018 #SpreadCheer Challenge to receive an additional $25,000 grant from the AEG Community Foundation, in addition to its initial $25,000 grant from the Foundation’s first grant cycle. 

“We are thrilled to be the winners of this year’s #SpreadCheer Challenge and to receive $25,000 from our invaluable partner and community collaborator, the AEG Community Foundation,” said Celeste Soto, Director of Development, Playworks. “AEG’s #SpreadCheer Challenge enabled us to engage Playworkers throughout the country and our local school communities to celebrate this special time of year through the power of play, just as our organization leverages play to develop safe, inclusive and meaningful play environments at more than 200 schools every day.”

“The AEG Community Foundation's contribution and continued support of Playworks will allow our organization to continue to develop a place for every child on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills throughout Southern California," said Soto. 

Over the past three years, AEG has partnered with Playworks in schools in the Los Angeles area through activations with the LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park as well as serving as the official partner for AEG’s annual Service Day for the past two years, during which AEG brought more than 300 employees to two elementary schools in the greater Los Angeles area to beautify the campus and engage with students during recess. 

“Playworks has been a fantastic community partner and we’ve enjoyed growing our relationship with them over the years to advance the important work they do for children and communities throughout the country,” said Martha Saucedo, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, AEG. “AEG is committed to giving back to the communities where we do business and we are proud to partner with all three participating #SpreadCheer Challenge organizations.” 

Over the past 10 years, AEG has contributed more than $120 million in direct financial and in-kind support to community and civic programs with a focus on children and youth in the areas of education, the arts and health and wellness.  To find out more about AEG 1Community and the AEG Community Foundation, click here.  

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports and live entertainment company. The company operates in the following business segments: Facilities, which through its affiliation with ASM Global, owns, manages or consults with more than 300 preeminent arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts venues around the world; Music through AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival; Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, Mercedes Platz in Berlin and The O2 in London; Sports, as the world's largest operator of high-profile sporting events and sports franchises including the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Eisbären Berlin; and Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 160 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com

Media Contact
Allegra Batista

First U.S. Solar Road Gets a Technical Upgrade - More Energy Production Expected

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm
First U.S. Solar Road Gets a Technical Upgrade - More Energy Production Expected

The Ray, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), and international infrastructure innovator Colas have unveiled an upgraded version of the Wattway solar road at the Visitor Information Center located at Exit 1 on Interstate 85.

Colas invented the Wattway solar road in partnership with the French National Solar Energy Institute. These thin, heavy-duty photovoltaic panels are affixed onto the existing roadway using a patented surface texture that has been designed to provide as much skid resistance as conventional pavement. The Wattway technology enables the road to multi-task: to both provide a surface for safe vehicular traffic, as well as a new land opportunity for generating clean, renewable energy.

Wattway on the section of I-85 referred to as The Ray was originally installed in December 2016. The first year following installation, Wattway was the highest-renewable energy producing pilot project of the 40-pilot projects worldwide, generating 8,420.74 kWh, which is enough energy to drive a single electric vehicle approximately 35,000 miles. It remains the only public, drivable solar road in the United States.

"In partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, The Ray is a cutting-edge pioneer in experimenting with innovative technologies that foster user safety and sustainable development. Thanks to high-quality partners like them, Smart Road solutions such as Wattway can progress. We are happy and proud to have The Ray and Georgia DOT among our partners," said Etienne Gaudin, Wattway Manager.

Since 2016, feedback from The Ray’s I-85 test site has helped Colas to improve installation techniques, the electrical architecture and perfect the patented photovoltaic panel. Wattway has capitalized on this information and developed successive versions of photovoltaic panels that are more resilient and weather resistant, more compact, and more economical. In addition, performance has been improved by 21 percent, reaching 144 Wp (Watt peak) / m².

“We broke the mold with version one in 2016,” said Harriet Anderson Langford, founder and president of The Ray. “I give so much credit to Georgia DOT for working with us to permit something so groundbreaking. What we’ve done today is the obvious next step - innovation in real-time. This new version is better because of The Ray and we’re excited to see how it performs over the next several years.”

“Georgia DOT’s focus on embracing innovative new technologies has driven dynamic new relationships with partners like The Ray and Colas,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “We are grateful for the partnership with these two organizations and are delighted that this installation in Georgia has led to even better versions of Wattway that can be deployed around the globe.”

About The Ray

The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, beginning with the corridor of I-85 in Georgia that is named in memory of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a Georgia native who became a captain of industry and was recognized as a leader in green business when he challenged his company, Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., to reimagine the enterprise as a sustainable company—one that would pursue zero environmental footprint. Chaired by Ray’s daughter Harriet Langford, The Ray is an epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Learn more at www.theray.org.

About the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT)

Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT and its nearly 4,000 employees are committed to delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility. Through a culture of innovation and collaboration, the Department’s vision is to boost Georgia’s competitiveness through leadership in transportation. Learn more at www.dot.ga.gov

About Wattway

Wattway is a photovoltaic road surface that is a Colas Group innovation. Heavy duty and able to bear all types of vehicle traffic, Wattway panels are glued directly to the roadway to produce electricity through solar energy. The solution has been rolled out on some 40 trial sites in France and around the world to test the technology and uses in real weather and traffic conditions.

RESOURCES “Connected Roads” Lane Markings on The Ray to Improve Driver Safety & Facilitate Safe Testing of Self-Driving Vehicles The Ray Receives Recognition and Accolades for Smart, Sustainable Highway in Georgia The Ray Selected in Newsweek’s Top 100 Smart City Partner - Momentum Awards CONTACT Valerie Bennett +1 (770) 317-5858 valerie@raycandersonfoundation.org Ray C. Anderson Foundation http://www.raycandersonfoundation.org Anna Cullen +1 (404) 405-2685 anna@theray.org The Ray http://www.theray.org Twitter: @therayhighway Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRayHighway/

Arbor Day Foundation and YouTube Surpass Donation Goal to Plant 20 Million Trees Through Viral #TeamTrees Movement

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

The Arbor Day Foundation has announced that as of December 19 2019, at 3:28 p.m. CT,  #TeamTrees — a viral social media campaign driven by YouTube creators Jimmy Donaldson (aka MrBeast) and Mark Rober — reached its goal of raising $20 million to plant 20 million trees around the globe, beating the initial goal of January 1, 2020. Launched on October 25, the campaign is the largest crowdfunding effort in YouTube’s history and one of the fastest-growing environmental fundraising initiatives to-date.

The #TeamTrees campaign came to life when the online community challenged 21-year-old YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson – aka MrBeast – to plant 20 million trees to commemorate hitting 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. MrBeast’s Gen Z fans then suggested he join forces with other online influencers to drive awareness, including Mark Rober – a fellow YouTuber and former NASA scientist. The duo engaged the Arbor Day Foundation to make this lofty goal a reality, knowing that the organization had recently launched the Time for Trees initiative and is a consistent, trusted leader in tree planting of this scale.

“#TeamTrees is a prime example of youth leadership – especially the Gen Z ‘Change Generation’ – moving beyond retweet activism and harnessing the power of social media to address key societal issues,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The 20 million trees planted through this campaign will absorb and store 1.6 million tons of carbon, the equivalent of taking 1.24 million cars off the road for a year.”

More than half-a-million individual donations were collected over the course of 56 days. Inspired by this grassroots movement, industry tech leaders, including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke, donated between 200,000 to 1,000,001 trees each.

“When Mark [Rober] and I started this campaign, we couldn’t have predicted the incredible support #TeamTrees would receive,” said Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson, YouTuber and philanthropist. “From hundreds of YouTube creators, to the biggest names in Silicon Valley, to kids holding bake sales, a huge team came together to make this possible. This is a big win for the planet.”

The trees will be planted across the globe in a variety of forests on both public and private lands in areas of great need, including state and national forests managed by government agencies. While the final list of all planting locations is still in development, the first wave of tree planting projects will be distributed throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa. All trees funded through #TeamTrees will be planted by December of 2021.

The campaign will continue to collect donations beyond January 1, 2020, the original deadline for #TeamTrees. As with the first $20 million, every additional dollar will plant a tree and contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s ongoing Time for Trees initiative — a commitment to planting 100 million trees by 2022. To learn more or to donate, visit teamtrees.org.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Jen Hallaman +1 (402) 473-2024 jhallaman@arborday.org Arbor Day Foundation

CIT Donates 1.5 Million Meals This Holiday Season to Fight Hunger

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

 CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) today announced the results of its second annual One Million Meals1 campaign to fight hunger in partnership with Feeding America®. Customers, employees and others came together to donate 1.5 million meals to people in need and helped CIT exceed its original campaign goal by 50%.

"We're grateful to all those who joined the One Million Meals effort to provide food for people in need this holiday season," said CIT Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Gina Proia. "Together, we are making a meaningful impact in the battle against hunger across the communities we call home."

Individuals participated by following #GiveLikeYou on CIT's Facebook and Twitter pages and engaging with social media content to support Feeding America's Mobile Pantry Program and MealConnect Program. For every vote or engagement (like, comment or share) on social media, CIT provided 10 meals to the program of choice.

CIT also contributed meals for every opening of a Savings Builder account at CIT Bank, the company's national online bank, and for every equipment loan financed through CIT's digital Small Business Solutions platform. Additional meals were also donated for every qualifying checking account opened at OneWest Bank, CIT's Southern California branch network.2 

Based on program support, approximately two-thirds of CIT's donations support Feeding America's MealConnect Program and the other third supports the Mobile Pantry Program. The MealConnect Program is a technology platform that connects donors with surplus food to local food banks. The Mobile Pantry Program directly serves clients and supplements local hunger-relief agencies in areas of high need.

"We are extremely grateful for CIT's generosity and the tremendous support from across their network," said Doug Montgomery, managing director of New Partnerships for Feeding America. "Thanks to the generous support of partners like CIT, we are raising awareness of the vital role these programs play in delivering food to communities in need."

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 local food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together serve more than 40 million people each year. Last year, the inaugural One Million Meals campaign also exceeded its goal by 50%.

About CIT
CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience, approximately $50 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2019, and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company's commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, real estate financing, equipment financing, factoring and railcar financing. CIT's consumer banking segment includes its national online bank, CIT Bank, and a Southern California branch bank, OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A. Discover more at cit.com/about.

1 $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. CIT committed to donate up to 1.5 million meals.
2 Although our 1.5 million meal target has been met, OneWest Bank's checking account promotion continues.  You can find full details at www.onewestbank.com/250checking.

Christmas Delivered

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

 IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), has deep roots in Brazil, with extensive manufacturing presence in the country. And in order to integrate more effectively in the countries and communities in which CNH Industrial operates, the Company and its brands adopt social initiatives that respect both people and the region. In this vein, IVECO inaugurated the Solidarity Cargo project in South America back in 2015 with the aim of helping underprivileged communities in concrete ways.

This year Christmas cheer was brought to an isolated corner of Minas Gerais state in northern Brazil, to the poetically named town of Fruta de Leite, literally ‘Milk Fruit’ town. The town’s 6,000 inhabitants, predominantly involved in subsistence farming, were visited not by Santa’s sleigh but by an IVECO Hi-Way truck, laden with educational materials, which will be used in the town’s schools and day care centers. Notebooks, pencil cases, educational games and play equipment were among just some of the 2,000 items which will be put to good use. These items will make a significant difference to their day-to-day lives.

Watch this inspirational webisode during which we hear from students, teachers and youth workers, who all pay testament to the real-life impact these gifts will have. Discover how this was more than just about transporting goods from one place to another, rather it was about carrying hope, the means to make a difference and most importantly the dream of a better future.

Watch the episode at: cnhindustrial.com/christmasdelivered_en

International Paper Debuts Original Children’s Book as Part of Accent On: Reading Program

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, announced the publication of its new original children’s book, Apollo the Spacedog, along with the inaugural initiative of its Accent On: Reading program.

An Augmented Reality Adventure Book

Apollo the Spacedog is an original children’s book created by International Paper in collaboration with illustrator Kyle Beckett. This adventure story introduces young readers to Apollo, a shelter dog who longs to find a home, and Andi, a 7-year-old girl who’s into astronomy — two daring characters who team up to outrun a space monster. Apollo the Spacedog gives readers a glimpse of Andi’s vivid imagination, with action scenes brought to life through the magic of augmented reality.

The book’s cover is printed on Accent® Opaque 100 lb. Cover Super Smooth and its text is printed on Accent® Opaque 80 lb. Text Super Smooth with ImageLok Technology. The book is printed on the Canon ImagePress C10000 and the Océ ColorStream 6000 Series Color Inkjet Press, both of which are available from Canon Solutions America. The augmented reality experiences were created by the agency Trekk.

Pairing Kids with Shelter Animals to Develop Reading Skills

Apollo the Spacedog is part of International Paper’s new Accent On: Reading program, which promotes literacy initiatives for both children and adults, partners with other service-oriented organizations and produces original educational materials.

Through the Accent On: Reading program, International Paper continues to be a force for good, mobilizing its people, products and resources to address critical needs where its employees live and work. International Paper’s community engagement efforts focus on critical community needs such as education, which is why the company chose to invest resources in developing reading skills for kids in Memphis, where the company is headquartered.

As part of the launch of Apollo the Spacedog, International Paper is working with local schools and literacy partners to connect kids with dogs that are up for adoption at the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. By reading aloud at the shelter, the kids are able to practice their reading skills in a fun, low-stakes environment while also helping to socialize the dogs and make them more adoptable.

International Paper has provided the Human Society with copies of Apollo the Spacedog, as well as a library of children’s and middle-grade books donated through an employee book drive.

“It is the passionate readers of the world who help the print industry grow and thrive, and International Paper is on a mission to support and strengthen the bonds between readers and the books they love,” says Karin King, Commercial Printing Brand Manager at International Paper.

Community Involvement

Those who wish to bring the Accent On: Reading program to their local communities may contact their local International Paper representative or get in touch at accentopaque.com/contact-us.

For questions about Apollo the Spacedog, Accent Opaque or anything else in this press release, contact karin.king@ipaper.com.

About Accent Opaque 

Accent Opaque is International Paper’s premium paper line, beloved by designers, printers and paper merchants for its ability to keep colors true with enhanced whiteness and brightness. With a variety of sizes, weights and finishes, including options made with 30% post-consumer fiber, Accent is the preferred choice thanks to its quality and results. 

To learn more, visit accentopaque.com.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

To learn more about International Paper’s community initiatives, visit ipgiving.com.

About the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County

Since 1933, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has been providing shelter, food and medical care to thousands of injured, neglected and abused animals. With support from local animal lovers, the Humane Society is able to provide animals with a safe place to recover, nutritious food and outstanding veterinary care. They are dedicated to giving these animals a brighter future and a second chance at life.

Subaru Winterfest Brings Music, Food and Adventure to Nine Ski Resorts in 2020

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:29pm

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced the return of Subaru WinterFest presented by Harman Kardon®, the automaker’s highly anticipated, music and lifestyle tour offering one-of-a-kind experiences for winter warriors across the country. Featuring weekend stops at nine of the nation’s top mountain resorts, the 2020 Subaru WinterFest tour will feature live music, complimentary snacks and refreshments, dog activities (at select resorts), daily giveaways and gear demos to create a truly unique experience for outdoor enthusiasts and Subaru owners alike. To eliminate and divert waste from landfills, the automaker will again implement green event practices including expanded recycling collection with TerraCycle® and waste reduction education with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

In partnership with POWDR, one of the last family-owned adventure lifestyle companies with multiple mountain resort destinations, each stop on the Subaru WinterFest tour will include live music sponsored by Harman Kardon®, the premium audio partner for Subaru vehicles. Subaru WinterFest will include shows from national touring bluegrass, indie and Americana bands such as Shakey GravesBilly StringsThe Infamous StringdustersRailroad EarthThe Lil SmokiesFruition and more. 

Attendees are encouraged to demo the latest gear from top brands such as Nordica, Lib TechSHREDThule, and other partners offering daily giveaways on-site. Mountain-goers are invited to play lawn games, relax in hammocks, or warm up at upgraded hangout zones with fire pits by Solo Stove while enjoying winter comforts from ChocoloveKIND Healthy SnacksLa Colombe Coffee Roasters, and SMASHMALLOW. The latest Subaru vehicles will also be on hand for exploration including the all-new 2020 Outback

Through dynamic programming executed by POWDR’s experiential marketing team, weekend guests are encouraged to engage with experts and like-minded adventure seekers – making time off the slopes just as exciting as on them. In addition to guest activities, Subaru owners are invited to partake in the “Subaru Weekend Takeover” featuring special experiences for Subaru owners such as exclusive mountain gondola rides, tram jam sessions, intimate backcountry YURT concerts, and much more. Subaru owners will also receive VIP parking and special gifts (while supplies last).

“Subaru has long been known for its all-wheel-drive vehicles that help power skiers and snowboarders to countless winter adventures,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. “We are delighted to once again help winter warriors seize the snow days and enjoy a memorable experience at the nation’s top mountain resorts.” 

Subaru Loves the Earth 

In line with the automaker’s Subaru Loves The Earth initiative, Subaru will again work alongside TerraCycle to collect hard to recycle waste generated during Subaru WinterFest and Leave No Trace Center to educate consumers on zero landfill practices. Additionally, Subaru has provided co-branded TerraCycle Zero Waste Box™ to all Subaru WinterFest resorts, offering a convenient way for attendees to recycle snack wrappers accumulated from outdoor activities. In partnership with Klean Kanteen, Subaru and Klean event teams will also provide attendees with reusable bottles, mugs, apparel (while supplies last), and daily Klean bundle giveaway prizes, all of which help reduce the environmental footprint. 

Subaru Loves Pets

Dogs and their people are welcome at select Subaru WinterFest resort locations, where they will find games, guided training sessions, photo ops, and giveaways at the Super Chewer Outpost by BARK. These basecamps for dog adventures are built at select tour stops (excludes Snowshoe Mountain, WV and Snowbird, UT) in partnership with BARK, the makers of BarkBox. 

In collaboration with longtime partner the National Ski Patrol® (NSP), Subaru will continue to put a spotlight on outdoor safety by celebrating the mountain communities’ canine heroes. During WinterFest events this season, for every Subaru information form received, Subaru will donate $1 to the Subaru National Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dog Scholarship Fund, created together with NSP to send avalanche rescue K-9 teams of dogs and their handlers to the biannual Wasatch Backcountry Rescue’s International Dog School. To date, Subaru of America has donated more than $35,000 to the avalanche dog scholarship fund. Avalanche rescue dogs are an amazing resource for ski patrols as one dog can search a far larger area in much less time than even a dozen trained humans.

2020 Tour Dates A full schedule for Subaru WinterFest 2020 locations can be found below:   WEEKEND                                         RESORT February 1st – 2nd                            Jack Frost / Big Boulder, PA  February 8th – 9th                            Snowshoe Mountain, WV      February 21st – 23rd                         Killington Mountain Resort, VT  February 28th – March 1st              Copper Mountain Resort, CO  March 6th – 8th                                  Snowbird Ski Resort, UT             March 14th & 15th                            Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, CA March 20th – 22nd                             Boreal Mountain Resort, CA  March 27th – 29th                             Eldora Mountain Resort, CO April 3rd – 5th                                     Mt. Bachelor, OR    For more information on a Subaru WinterFest stop near you, please visit: www.subaru.com/winterfest and follow #SubaruWinterFest.    About Subaru of America, Inc.    Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $165 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.   For additional information, visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Diane Anton
Subaru of America, Inc.


Megan Baroska

AmerisourceBergen Named One of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 1:26pm

AmerisourceBergen was recently named one of America’s “Most Responsible Companies” by Newsweek magazine. As a global healthcare solutions leader, AmerisourceBergen works diligently to ensure that corporate citizenship is the common thread through the work of its associates, provider customers, manufacturer partners and suppliers. AmerisourceBergen achieved a score of 73.4 out of 100 on Newsweek’s inaugural list and ranked 10th in the Health Care & Life Sciences category.    

“At AmerisourceBergen, we know our duty as a company extends far beyond the services we provide and the customers we serve. It is our obligation to improve the wellbeing of human and animal populations by expanding access to quality healthcare, operating sustainably, engaging associates and upholding the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Gina Clark, EVP, Chief Communications & Administration Officer at AmerisourceBergen. “We are honored to be recognized by Newsweek for our unwavering commitment and tremendous progress, and look forward to advancing our strategy as we continue to fulfill our promise of strong corporate citizenship.”

Newsweek, in partnership with Statista, began with a selection of more than 2,000 companies spanning 14 different industries headquartered in the United States. This selection was then filtered down to the top 300 performing companies by using publicly disclosed data from Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Reports, as well as from an independent online survey of 6,500 US citizens’ perceptions of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. Each company was scored across Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance dimensions, resulting in a final Corporate Social Responsibility score.

For more information about AmerisourceBergen’s ongoing corporate citizenship efforts, please refer to the 2018 Corporate Citizenship Report.

For more information about Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies, please visit www.newsweek.com.


About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers depend on us for services that drive commercial success for their products. Through our daily work—and powered by our 22,000 associates—we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #10 on the Fortune 500, with more than $175 billion in annual revenue. The company is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa. and has a presence in 50+ countries. Learn more at amerisourcebergen.com.

Valley Bank Receives “Outstanding” Rating From OCC

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:26am

Valley Bank received an “Outstanding” rating from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for exceeding the terms of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) exam. The Community Reinvestment Act requires banks to meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income communities across America. The exam rates institutions in three categories: lending, investment, and services. Included in the assessment are bank practices such as mortgage lending, small business lending, community development lending, investments and services to communities, along with employee community involvement. Valley received notification of this award in November, 2019.

Valley’s Board established a Community Reinvestment Act Committee which supported senior management in its efforts to achieve this assessment rating. Management worked together to foster collaboration amongst Valley employees, community organizations and other stakeholders. Additionally, the bank worked very closely with its advisory board members in each geographical region help shape a culture that is responsive to community needs while embracing social responsibility and sustainability.

Valley publishes a Corporate Social Responsibility report each year available on its website which can be found on our website: https://www.valley.com/VNB/media/Library/PDFs/8586_2018_CSR_FINAL.pdf.

Some of Valley’s significant achievements as noted by the OCC during the exam period:

  • Provided flexible lending and innovative retail products that meet the needs of customers within assessment areas

  • Originating almost $50 million dollars in SBA loans and small business lines as a preferred SBA lender

  • Collaborated with organizations like New Jersey Citizen Action and Association for Neighborhood Housing Development to create residential mortgage products responsive to first-time home buyers

  • Originated over 250 Community Advantage and Community Advantage Plus loans totaling $56 million

  • Focused on providing financial literacy to empower adults, seniors, and students into making the best financial decisions as well as increase board presence and participation.

“We are proud of our achievements and the culture we are building at Valley,” remarked Executive Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility – CRA, Bernadette Mueller.  “Our commitment to meeting the needs of the community put us among an elite group of financial institutions who received this rating.  We look forward to building on this accomplishment with a strong focus on community and sustainability in everything we do.”

About Valley
As the principal subsidiary of Valley, Valley National Bank is a regional bank with approximately $33.8 billion in assets. Valley is committed to giving people and businesses the power to succeed. Valley operates many convenient branch locations across New Jersey, New York, Florida and Alabama, and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable team dedicated to meeting customer needs. Helping communities grow and prosper is the heart of Valley's corporate citizenship philosophy. To learn more about Valley, go to www.valley.com or call our Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

Wessanen Becomes Europe’s First Multinational B Corp Food Business

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:26am

(GlobeNewswire) – Wessanen, leader in organic and sustainable food, has proudly announced that all of its businesses have now earned B Corp certification; making it the first group-certified food company in Europe.

Each of Wessanen’s businesses have undertaken B Corp’s rigorous impact assessment against a set criteria to measure the company’s current sustainability status and goals for the future.

Collectively, the Wessanen group has achieved a consolidated score of 91.7 points, which far exceeds the benchmark 80 points to earn the certification.  

As part of the B Corp movement, Wessanen pledges to be a ‘Force for Good’ and to deliver a positive social and environmental change through its pioneering brand portfolio. Committed to a mission of ‘connecting to nature’, Wessanen aims to help people make choices that accelerate the transition to sustainable food and are better for people and planet. 

Christophe Barnouin, CEO at Wessanen, says:

“To us B Corp is not only a certification, it is a reward for all the work and huge positive change we have gone through as a company over the years. I am very proud of what we have achieved as a company. It’s totally due to the hard work and dedication of the team – from the organic products we make, the sustainable initiatives we take and the green energy we use in the company that makes us a force for good.”

Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director at B Lab Europe, commented:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Wessanen to the global community of Certified B Corporations. Wessanen has achieved this status after having certified various subsidiaries in previous years. Now having completed the full evaluation of the entire company, Wessanen's certification is a significant milestone as the first multinational food company to become a B Corp.”

With its ambition to be a new kind of food company, Wessanen is focused on food that is healthy, organic and ethically produced, and to improving its environmental impact, from using renewable energy sources to becoming fully carbon neutral.

Each of the Wessanen companies are part of the growing B Corp movement which has over 3,000 Certified B Corporations from over 130 industries and 60 countries.

For more information or an interview with Christophe Barnouin, please contact:

Klaus Arntz (EVP Marketing and Sustainability)
Phone      +31 20 3122 114
Email       klaus.arntz@wessanen.com
Twitter      @Wessanen_250 

About Wessanen
Wessanen is a leading company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food. In our offices and production sites in six countries we employ around 1,350 people. Our purpose is ‘connect to nature’ and we focus on organic, vegetarian, fair trade and nutritionally beneficial products. Our family of companies is committed to driving positive change in food in Europe. Our own brands include many pioneers and market leaders: Allos, Alter Eco, Bjorg, Bonneterre, Clipper, Destination, El Granero, Isola Bio, Kallø, Mrs Crimble’s, Tartex, Whole Earth and Zonnatura. 

About B Corp
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of December 2019, there are more than 3,000 Certified B Corporations from over 130 industries and 60 countries.

About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.