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HanesBrands ‘Faces’ Breast Cancer With National In-Store Campaign Designed to Raise Awareness About the Disease

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

Some are survivors, some are warriors. Others are preventers, still others are supporters. But all eight of the HanesBrands employees “facing” breast cancer in the company’s national, in-store awareness campaign have been touched by the disease. 

More than 200 of the company’s retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, which operate under the HanesBrands, Hanes, Maidenform and L’eggs-Hanes-Bali-Playtex nameplates, today launched the campaign that will run during October. Amid swaths of pink and messages including “You Matter” and “Always Lifting Women Up,” the employees are featured in window and store signage wearing “I Am A …” T-shirts that communicate each person’s personal experience with breast cancer.

Leah and Janice are survivors; Mary and Annette are warriors currently battling the disease; Milagros and Breanna are preventers who have taken proactive measures due to family history of breast cancer; and Chris and Garnett are supporters who have helped family members with the disease. From hoping for a new, lifesaving treatment to opting for a preventative mastectomy to helping both a mother and father with the disease, the employees embody the strength and stress, faith and fear, and hope and heartbreak associated with breast cancer. 

“I have seen the devastated lives this disease leaves in its wake,” said Garnett, a distribution center manager in North Carolina, whose parents both had mastectomies. “And I’m a proud supporter of those who persevere with uncommon courage.”

Uncommon courage is exactly what it took for the eight employees to participate in the campaign, according to Missy Sage, vice president of retail operations for HanesBrands.

“It is incredibly brave to stand up for our other employees and our consumers across the country facing breast cancer with the desire to provide support, even if unspoken,” Sage said. “As one of the world's largest manufacturers of intimate apparel, we touch the lives of millions of people every day – and many of them likely have their own stories of being a warrior, survivor, preventer and/or supporter.”

Recognizing this and to further support breast cancer awareness, HanesBrands is giving retail outlet store shoppers one of the four “I Am A …” T-shirts of their choice while supplies last this month with any bra purchase – including two post-surgery bras that are new to the company’s retail stores.

Bali and Playtex are among the first national brands to introduce post-surgery bra styles. Both the Bali One Smooth U Post Surgery Comfort & Support Wireless Bra and the Playtex Cotton Comfort Front & Back Close, Easy On & Easy Off Wirefree Bra factor in the myriad types of surgical procedures performed to treat the disease and focus on patients’ three most requested features – soft comfort, wire-free support and pockets for prosthetics.

Janice, who works for HanesBrands as a store sales associate, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at stage three in 2010. It took a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation – along with sheer determination – to help her beat the disease.

“As a HanesBrands store sales associate, I am able to help others who’ve had the same disease get properly fitted and taken care of,” said Janice, a New York-based employee, noting that all store associates have special training in fitting post-surgery breast cancer patients. “Sharing my story and being able to relate to theirs is what makes my job so impactful.”

Both Bali and Playtex have an ongoing partnership with nonprofit Earlier.org to promote the importance of early-stage breast cancer detection. Earlier.org is the nation’s only breast cancer charity focused exclusively on supporting research for an innovative biological test that can detect breast cancer five to eight years before current methods – and possibly before a tumor has formed.

“My message to all women is that you should listen to your body and get your annual checkups, including mammograms,” said Annette, a retail operations manager in Colorado, currently battling the disease. “If caught early, breast cancer can be cured – and every year, more advancements in medical knowledge and treatments make it possible for us all to live long, productive lives with this disease.”

To read the employees’ stories in their own words or for more information on HanesBrands’ breast cancer awareness initiatives, visit Hanes for Good.


HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including HanesChampionBonds, MaidenformDIM, Bali, PlaytexBras N ThingsNur Die/Nur Der, Alternative, L’eggsJMS/Just My SizeLovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom at https://newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Connect with the company via social media: Twitter (@hanesbrands), Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc), Instagram (@hanesbrands), and LinkedIn (@Hanesbrandsinc).


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New Holland Agriculture Awarded SITEVI Gold Medal Gold Medal for Sustainable Innovations in Grape Harvesting: Making Operators Lives Even Easier

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

New Holland Agriculture has received a coveted gold medal at the SITEVI Innovation Awards 2019 for its multipurpose software solutions for use on the brand’s self-propelled grape harvesters and straddle tractors.

CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) global agricultural machinery brand New Holland Agriculture, industry leader in grape and olive harvesting and specialist tractors, has triumphed at this year’s SITEVI Innovation Awards. The results were announced at a press conference ahead of SITEVI 2019, the international exhibition of equipment and know-how for vine-wine, olive and fruit and vegetable production, which will take place from November 26 to 28 in Montpellier, France.

The gold medal was awarded to New Holland for its dual software solutions, Plug-and-Play and Multipurpose-on-Demand, both of which are designed to enable the customer to use a range of implements on straddle tractors and Tier IV New Holland grape harvesters without the need for external assistance thereby enhancing both productivity and operator comfort.

These technologies makes operators lives significantly easier as when using the Plug-and-Play system, the grape harvester tractor unit automatically recognize the implement selected, adjusting the settings and screens on the in-cab monitor accordingly – reducing complexity for the operator and improving uptime – thereby enabling operations to enhance productivity in short operating windows. The Multipurpose-on-Demand system sees a customer’s dealer creating bespoke software programs for each implement, assigning functions to buttons on the machine’s multifunction handle – which means operators no longer have to use a multitude of control methods in the cab – again simplifying the operator experience.

The two solutions also enable the customer to take full advantage of New Holland’s Intelligent Management System 2.0 (IMS 2.0), winner of the SITEVI Bronze Medal in 2017, reducing their cost of ownership and maximizing their profitability. The IMS 2.0 constantly adjusts to the lowest engine rpm, which means the grape harvesters save fuel both when conducting road transport as well as working in the field, reducing overall emissions in the process.

Aflac Celebrates 12 Outstanding Employee Volunteers

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

 Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, today announced that it recognized 12 employees for their outstanding dedication to service in their local community. The top employees were honored at a luncheon earlier this year alongside their management. Their accomplishments have been noted in the company's recently released 2018 CSR Report.

"Aflac is proud that doing good and giving back are not just corporate speak, but a part of our culture. We have amazing employees living out this aspect of our company's beliefs every day in communities across the country even while off the clock," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "Employees like these 12 and many others who give their time and talents unselfishly, in big ways and small ways, truly are the heartbeat of the Aflac family."

Aflac asks employees across the company to track and log volunteer hours each year. In 2018, 450 employees logged a total of 15,356 hours for volunteer work — an impressive 29% increase in total hours logged over the previous year. Aflac is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Employee Volunteer Award for individuals who logged an astounding number of volunteer hours:

  • Theresa Aderhold

  • David Bailey

  • Craig Boaz

  • Michaela Coleson

  • Lea Craig

  • Sherricka Day

  • Billy Edmundson

  • Michael Frank

  • Dianne Gleason

  • Kevin Murphy

  • Tara Rotthoff

  • Mark Shreve

Aflac employees supported organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the Humane Society, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and many more. Employees are able to select organizations that align with their personal passions to help make an impact on what matters most to them.

Earlier this summer, Aflac also was named an honoree of The Civic 50 Award by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 13 consecutive years. To learn more about Aflac and its commitment to community, please visit Aflac.com/CSR.

About Aflac Incorporated

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., where it is a leading supplemental insurer, by paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than six decades, insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated's subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan, where it insures 1 in 4 households. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative in the United States, for eligible claims, Aflac can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. For 13 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 in 2019, Fortune included Aflac on its list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 18th time. To find out more about One Day PaySM and learn how to get help with expenses health insurance doesn't cover, get to know us at aflac.com.

Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York. WWHQ | 1932 Wynnton Road | Columbus, GA 31999.

Media contact – Kristen Fraser, 706.580.3813 or mediarelations@aflac.com

Analyst and investor contact – David A. Young, 706.596.3264, 800.235.2667 or dyoung@aflac.com

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JetBlue and TECHO Partnered to Build Homes for Families in Need in Bogotá, Colombia

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

On September 28 and 29 JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) completed a volunteer project with the non-profit organization, TECHO, in Cazucá-Soacha in Bogotá, Colombia building houses for families in need. TECHO seeks to build a fair, integrated, and poverty-free society, where everyone has the opportunities needed to develop their capacities and fully exercise their rights. This initiative is part of JetBlue For Good – the airline's platform for social impact and corporate responsibility.

To encourage volunteering, strengthen community ties and make a positive impact on its three Colombian destinations which JetBlue calls home, the airline launched an essay contest, inviting crewmembers from its network of more than 100 cities to participate for a chance to join other crewmembers and build houses with TECHO. Thirty crewmembers were selected to join local crewmembers from Colombia, as well as members of the community, business partners and volunteers from the TECHO organization to constructed three houses for families in need and from low incomes.

"Aligned with JetBlue’s mission of inspiring humanity, crewmembers from 30 JetBlue cities joined our crewmembers from Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellin, the three cities in Colombia that JetBlue serves, to help some of our Colombian neighbors in need", said Icema Gibbs, director corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “Through our partnership with TECHO, we will make a direct impact by providing three families with a place to call home and a new sense of community."

Supporting the communities it serves is part of JetBlue's DNA and is core of its mission to inspire humanity. Focused on volunteering and service, JetBlue concentrates on the areas that are most important to its customers and the crewmembers – Community, Youth and Education and the Environment. JetBlue's core programs and partnerships directly impact the areas where its customers and crewmembers live and work.

This year, JetBlue celebrated its tenth anniversary of service in Bogotá, the airline’s first South American destination, with service from Orlando International Airport and Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. Operation in the Colombian market has been part of JetBlue's continued expansion in Latin America. JetBlue's entry into Bogotá played an instrumental role in transforming air transportation in the market as it introduced great customer service standards at competitive fares. Latin America and the Caribbean currently accounts for one third of the airline’s network.

Over past ten years, JetBlue has also expanded its presence to other destinations within the country, offering service between Cartagena and Fort Lauderdale and New York (JFK) and between Medellin and Fort Lauderdale.  Orlando and Fort Lauderdale offer a large number of options to connect to many other JetBlue destinations.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.

CONTACT JetBlue Corporate Communications +1 (718) 709-3089 corpcomm@jetblue.com

Green STEM Career Education Initiative Partners With Ingersoll Rand’s Trane and Thermo King Brands

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is pleased to announce it will partner with Ingersoll Rand’s Thermo King® and Trane® businesses to further its national climate change education Green STEM Career initiative for the 2019-2020 year.

Together, the organizations will develop a new curriculum resource for educators and expand the existing Green Careers for a Changing Climate documentary and discussion guide. These education initiatives will reach over 5,000 educators across the U.S. and support Climate Generation’s mission to empower individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change.

“We’re excited to partner with Ingersoll Rand and its Thermo King and Trane businesses to meet the need for Green STEM Career education,” says Nicole Rom, executive director of Climate Generation. “These careers are growing rapidly, but students don’t have the knowledge of what they are or what education pathway is needed to achieve them. Many educators in our nationwide network have expressed a desire for more classroom resources to help their students understand the skills and training needed for these careers.”

Nearly 27 percent of workers in the manufacturing sector will retire over the next decade which leaves up to 3.5 million engineering and manufacturing jobs that will need to be filled in the U.S. In 2018, the number of teenage boys interested in STEM careers dropped from 36 percent to 24 percent while the number of teenage girls with the same interest remained at only 11 percent.

“Companies like ours are experiencing the challenge of an aging workforce and establishing a pipeline of talent for STEM jobs,” said Donny Simmons, president of Ingersoll Rand’s commercial HVAC business in the U.S. and EMEA. “Partnering with Climate Generation will provide thousands of educators and students with breakthrough tools for learning about environmental, social and business sustainability and related careers. This type of experiential learning helps equip students with the tools they need to build a sustainable future.”

Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, and its Thermo King business ensures that perishables like food and life-saving medicines are transported safely and efficiently – through transport refrigeration systems for trucks, bus, marine, air and rail. Trane makes people comfortable at home and at work – through environmentally responsible heating and cooling for homes and commercial buildings.                           

As part of the company’s 2030 Sustainability Commitments, it has launched the Gigaton Challenge to reduce 1 gigaton of carbon emissions from its customers’ footprint by 2030, transforming the way the world heats and cools buildings, and refrigerates cargo in transport. One gigaton is the equivalent of the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined. The Gigaton Challenge is one of three pillars of the brands’ 2030 Sustainability Commitment.

Since 2006, Climate Generation has built a suite of STEM-based climate change and energy curriculum resources and professional development opportunities for educators that are interdisciplinary and designed to foster student’s problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


About Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. Building on the experience of our founder, polar explorer and educator Will Steger, Climate Generation works with educators, youth and the general public to build climate literacy and action, using a solutions-oriented approach. For more information, visit climategen.org.

About Ingersoll Rand, Thermo King and Trane

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®Ingersoll Rand®Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.


1One gigaton equals 1 billion metric tons

Carnival Corporation Relief Effort Delivers 10 Million Pounds of Supplies to Bahamas

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;NYSE: CUK) recently announced its relief effort collected an estimated 10 million pounds of food and supplies for The Bahamas. In partnership with Tropical Shipping, the program began Sept. 4, three days after Hurricane Dorian struck the northwestern part of The Bahamas, and generated an outpouring of generous donations that has filled over 250 shipping containers. Most of the containers were delivered directly to the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) over the past three weeks, providing immediate relief to residents impacted by the storm. In close coordination with NEMA, the remaining containers are in process of being delivered as soon as possible for distribution.

"We are so appreciative of all the individuals and organizations that moved with such a sense of urgency and heartfelt concern to collect and drop off a remarkable volume of donations in a very short amount of time, all of which were delivered when needed most in the immediate aftermath of the storm," said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation. "It is truly inspiring to see so many people and organizations come together to help others in a time of need. We extend our deepest appreciation to everyone involved with the program. The donations have made and are making a big difference for our neighbors in The Bahamas."

The success of the program, which concluded Sept. 27, was driven by donations from countless individuals and organizations throughout South Florida and North America, with collection sites across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Carnival Corporation continues to provide support to The Bahamas in a number of ways. Last week, the company signed agreements to develop a new cruise port primarily for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama, and construct a new addition, including a pier, on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line's Half Moon Cay port. The Grand Bahama project will represent an investment of over $100 million, and the development on Little San Salvador will be an estimated $80 million investment over time.

On Sept. 12, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), owned in part by Carnival Corporation, announced it officially resumed operations and welcomed back its first commercial vessel, the Agathonissos, owned by Greece-based Eletson, for repair work. The shipyard, located in Freeport, Grand Bahama, remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5. In total, Grand Bahama Shipyard expects to service 29 dry-dockings throughout the remainder of the year, helping support recovery efforts through the ongoing work of its more than 600 employees and the additional economic activity generated for the surrounding area of Grand Bahama. Last week the shipyard dry-docked its first ship since reopening following the storm, which is a significant step toward returning to normal operations.

Through the end of the year, Carnival Corporation brands will visit Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. The three destinations received little impact from Hurricane Dorian, and the return to regular sailings is an important step in national recovery efforts in support of the country's tourism industry and its vital economic impact on local businesses and people. In total, six of the company's nine global brands plan to call on The Bahamas in the 2019-2020 cruise season. 

The company's cruise line brands are conducting donation drives through Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen. To date, Carnival Cruise Line guests and employees have donated more than $500,000 to the two organizations supporting Bahamas relief efforts. Two Carnival Cruise Line ships – Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride – visited Freeport the week of Sept. 13 to deliver relief supplies, including dozens of pallets of water, generators, chain saws and more.

Carnival Corporation and its philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, are among those providing support to Chef Jose Andres's World Central Kitchen, which is serving more than 25,000 meals per day to people throughout The Bahamas. As of September 24, the charity has provided over 500,000 meals throughout the Bahamas. To support World Central Kitchen's efforts, donate here.

Separately, in coordination with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, $2 million has been pledged in funding and in-kind support for the relief efforts.

Companies and individuals looking to get involved with the ongoing relief efforts are encouraged to visit https://www.bahamas.com/relief for information on ways to provide support.

About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Together, the corporation's cruise lines operate 102 ships with 241,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

With a long history of innovation and providing guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, Carnival Corporation has received thousands of industry awards – including recognition by the Consumer Technology Association™ as a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for the OceanMedallion™. A revolutionary wearable device that contains a proprietary blend of communication technologies, the OceanMedallion enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform transforming vacation travel on a large scale into a highly personalized level of customized service. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.princess.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.seabourn.com, www.pocruises.com.au, www.costacruise.com, www.aida.de, www.pocruises.com and www.cunard.com.

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SOURCE Carnival Corporation & plc

Carnival Corporation Media Contacts: Roger Frizzell, Carnival Corporation, rfrizzell@carnival.com, (305) 406-7862; Mike Flanagan, LDWW, mike@ldwwgroup.com, (727) 452-4538

RESOURCES Carnival Corporation Carnival Foundation Tropical Shipping The National Emergency Management Agency of The Bahamas CONTACT Chris Cradduck +1 (214) 893-9119 chris@ldwwgroup.com

Sodexo Recognized by DIVERSEability Magazine as One of the Top Disability-Friendly Companies

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

 Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has been recognized by DIVERSEability Magazine on their Best of the Best list as a Top Disability-Friendly Company.

“With diversity and inclusion at the root of our business, we take pride in advocating for our employees with disabilities,” said Gerri Mason Hall, Chief Diversity and Sustainability Officer, Sodexo Americas. “We are proud to be recognized by DIVERSEability Magazine for our inclusive culture.”

Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. In January, Sodexo was recognized on Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE’S 2019 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

DIVERSEability Magazine polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies via its annual survey and independent research for its 2019 Best of the Best evaluations. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives and government agencies. It provides non-biased results that are valuable resources for job-seekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

About DIVERSEability Magazine

Published semi-annually every April and October, DIVERSEability Magazine (DAM) is more than just a magazine raising awareness and providing educational, employment and business opportunities—it’s a movement celebrating advancements and achievements and showcasing the positive images of all people with all types of abilities. DIVERSEability Magazine is founded on the premise that policies and programs that support disability inclusion and diversity inclusion are critically overdue.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.comSodexoInsights.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

CONTACT Madison Brennan +1 (301) 987-4636 madison.brennan@sodexo.com Sodexo

Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Explore STEM Careers During 2019 National Manufacturing Day

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day (#MFGDay19), Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, Inc., are hosting a Manufacture Your Future  Virtual Field Trip on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During the immersive virtual experience, students will be transported from inside the walls of their classrooms to Arconic’s advanced manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tenn., just south of Knoxville, to learn about technological solutions that push the boundaries of what’s possible in industrial and automotive design. Educators, classrooms and communities are invited to register for the virtual event here. Participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd@Arconic_FDN and other experts for a live Twitter chat during the Virtual Field Trip premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #ManufactureYourFuture.

During the Virtual Field Trip premiere, real-life professionals will share how they’ve succeeded in the manufacturing industry and they’ll challenge students to set goals that inspire them to think about career options for the future. Featuring, Shaquana Moore, a senior electrical engineer; Boubacar Maiga, a business improvement manager; and Laurel Black, a lab quality systems coordinator, the Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip immersion will help students understand that their passion and potential in STEM, and manufacturing can be endless. Every year, National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute host Manufacturing Day, during which Arconic comes together with more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country to motivate the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators. 

“Arconic Foundation is committed to preparing tomorrow’s workforce for successful, rewarding careers that advance the future of manufacturing. Making STEM learning compelling is a big part of that, and our partnership with Discovery Education helps us to create breakthrough learning experiences that make STEM learning attractive,” said Esra Ozer, President, Arconic Foundation. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ experience encourages ingenuity in young learners and helps us to unleash in them the power of an innovative mindset.”

Manufacture Your Future resources are available at no-cost at ManufactureYourFuture.com and within Discovery Education Experience. An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Experience empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.

“Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation are excited to open up access to quality STEM education experiences that encourage kids to become solution-seekers and problem-solvers, as they consider exciting pathways to manufacturing careers,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ initiative helps us to advance best-in-class educational approaches that spur immersive learning for the next generation of manufacturing innovators.”

Manufacture Your Future, designed by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts for 3rd – 12th grade students, offers educators, guidance counselors and families, hands-on resources that build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Comprehensive, cross-curricular lesson plans range from a look at the history of manufacturing to STEM-based interactives on robotics, and are designed to stimulate insightful conversations between educators and students. The program’s family discussion starters extend the conversation beyond the classroom, giving parents a way to highlight the crucial role that manufacturing plays in day-to-day life.

“The career possibilities in manufacturing are endless and the ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ provides just a glimpse of what students could pursue after high school or college,” said Tiffany Mumm, Technology Teacher, Palm Beach County Middle School. “Whether students are interested in science, technology, engineering, math, computers, robots, labs, or management – modern manufacturing has a career for them. This virtually immersive and informative experience helps educators clearly communicate that within their classrooms.”

As manufacturing continues to evolve and require 21st-century skillsets, employers have continued to develop a pipeline of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. Manufacture Your Future empowers educators to connect to classroom-based STEM lessons and enriched, real-world career experiences. These experiences provide students with opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation. The initiative encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world applications. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the comprehensive program offers standards-based resources focused on STEM; lesson plans; a manufacturing career guide; family discussion starters; and Virtual Field Trips to give students an up-close look at some of today’s most prominent manufacturing careers.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.


About Arconic Foundation:
Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic, Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.

About Arconic: 
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: arconic.com. Follow @arconic: TwitterInstagramFacebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

Arconic Foundation
Suzanne van de Raadt
(412) 553-1849 phone 

Discovery Education 
Charmion N. Kinder
(240) 274-2173 phone

Whirlpool Corporation Named to 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

Whirlpool Corporation is among a distinguished group of companies included on the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) North America Index – a recognition of its longstanding commitment to sustainable business practices. This is not the home appliance manufacturer's first appearance on the annual index. In fact, Whirlpool Corporation has been recognized on the DJSI 13 of the past 14 years. This year's results were announced by S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), one of the world's leading index providers, and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused on Sustainable Investing (SI).

Whirlpool Corporation has shown consecutive years of improvement in the Household Durables industry. In the past year, the company has continued to accelerate its progress toward the goal of zero waste to landfill and has strengthened its commitments to renewable energy. Among Fortune 500 companies it is one of the largest users of on-site wind energy in the U.S.


Astellas Oncology Announces 2019 C3 Prize® Finalists

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas") has announced the finalists for its fourth annual C3 (Changing Cancer Care) Prize, a challenge that funds the best ideas beyond medicine to improve cancer care for patients, caregivers and their loved ones. The C3 Prize will award up to $200,000 in total grants and resources, including an opportunity to attend TEDMED 2020.

The Grand Prize finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on October 25 during a live event in New York City. C3 Prize partner TEDMED will provide professional coaching to all finalists in preparation for the live event.

"We were thrilled with the unprecedented depth and breadth of this year's C3 Prize submissions," said Mark Reisenauer, senior vice president, oncology business unit, Astellas, and C3 Prize judge. "Of the hundreds of innovative ideas submitted, the finalists were ultimately chosen because their ideas demonstrated the highest potential to impact cancer care for patients and their caregivers."

The Grand Prize finalists include:

  • Audrey Guth of Toronto, Canada, Nanny Angel Network, whose idea is to expand the reach and impact of Nanny Angel Network, which trains Nanny Angels to care for children whose mothers have cancer once a week for one year, providing stability, normalcy, and support during a challenging time.

  • Daniella Koren of New York, New York, USA, ARCHES Technology, whose idea is a digital patient education and engagement program that provides relevant information and evidence-based education.

  • Leslie Schover of Houston, Texas, USA, Will2Love, whose idea is a digital platform to empower people impacted by cancer with tailored resources on sexual health and fertility.

The expert panel of judges include:

  • Mark Reisenauer, senior vice president, oncology business unit, Astellas

  • Bill Rancic, cancer activist and celebrity entrepreneur

  • Margaret Laws, president and CEO, Hopelab, and TEDMED Delegate

  • Abbie Celniker, Ph.D., partner, Third Rock Ventures, and board member, MassBio

  • Hernâni Oliveira, Ph.D., 2017 C3 Grand Prize winner

"As a caregiver for my wife Giuliana when she was fighting breast cancer, I learned that one good idea can make a big difference in cancer care," said Bill Rancic, cancer activist, celebrity entrepreneur and C3 Prize judge. "That's why the C3 Prize resonated with me, as a former caregiver and as an entrepreneur. That initial support of grants and resources can be all it takes to give a great idea the momentum it needs to become a reality."

Applicants to this year's challenge submitted ideas in one of three categories:

  • Cancer Care Journey: Ideas to help improve the patient experience, ease decision-making, and navigate everyday care.

  • Cancer Health Disparities: Ideas to reduce the unequal burden of cancer care, with a focus on tools and resources that reach underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Cancer Survivorship: Ideas to address survivorship challenges and concerns.

This year, Astellas introduced a new Emerging Ideas Prize to recognize ideas that need additional cultivation before implementing. Abby Westerman of b-present Foundation was selected for this prize and will present at the live pitch event.

Along with the funding, all winners will have the opportunity to attend TEDMED 2020 as TEDMED Scholars, joining a unique, multidisciplinary community of leading thinkers and doers from across the landscape of health, medicine, and scientific innovation.

The winners will be announced in October following the live event.

For more information, visit www.C3Prize.com.

About the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize
The Astellas Oncology C3 Prize, launched in 2016, is a global challenge that aims to address the complexities of the cancer journey by funding the best ideas in cancer care beyond medicine. The C3 Prize sparks innovative developments in cancer care, tackling cancer challenges by awarding the winners with prize money and connecting them with resources and support. The C3 Prize directly reflects the mission of Astellas Oncology: striving to make every day better for those impacted by cancer. Astellas maintains no ownership in the ventures funded by the C3 Prize. For more information, visit the website at https://www.C3Prize.com.

About Astellas
Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at http://www.astellas.us. You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AstellasUS or LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/astellas-pharma.

TEDMED is the independent health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference and TED Talks, dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." TEDMED bridges the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage, and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. Best known for their annual event, TEDMED is a year-round global community. TEDMED is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

SOURCE Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

For further information:
Astellas U.S. Corporate Communications
Suzanne Johnson

GM Named One of the Top Companies Globally for Gender Equality

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

General Motors has once again been recognized as one of the top companies globally for gender equality. GM is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. and 11 in the world. GM remains the only automotive company ranked in the top 100. The study was conducted by Equileap, an organization aiming to accelerate progress towards gender equality in the workplace.

Analyzing thousands of companies based on 19 in-depth criteria, the research not only identified the top 100 companies, but also looked at the data by country and sector. U.S.-based companies represent 20% of the top 100, with three companies in the top 20 including Bank of America (3), General Motors (11) and Johnson & Johnson (17). Global key findings include:

  • More than half (58%) of companies globally still do not have an anti-sexual harassment policy, which indicates a clear margin for improvement.

  • Less than 1% of the companies (29 companies) have no pay gap (e.g. published an overall mean pay gap of less than 3%).

  • Representation is still low across all levels in companies, and while more women are employed at more junior levels, women represent 36% of the workforce and only 22% of board level positions globally.

  • Only one company achieves gender balance at the board, executive, senior management and workforce levels.

  • Australia, France and Sweden, remain the best performing countries on gender equality overall.

According to research report, the findings indicate that legislation, such as boardroom targets and pay gap reporting, achieve results. However, overall, transparency is low. 88% of the companies researched did not publish any information on differences between the salaries of male and female employees.

For the 2019 report, 3,519 companies in 23 developed economies representing 98 million employees were evaluated and ranked based on 19 gender equality criteria. These criteria include gender balance across the workforce, the gender pay gap, paid parental leave and anti-sexual harassment policies. Companies are publicly listed and have a market capitalization of more than USD 2 billion. 

At GM, women currently comprise 55% of the company's Board of Directors, and women and minorities represent 40% of GM corporate officers. GM is recognized as a top 25 company for multicultural women and one in every three employees is involved in an employee resource group.

GM is creating a future of Zero crashes, Zero emissions and Zero congestion with a diverse, inclusive team that brings wide-ranging perspectives and experiences to solving transportation challenges. The company publishes an annual report indexing data and information about its goals, initiatives and progress. GM has proactively taken steps to ensure it provides an inclusive culture for all employees. This includes more robust training that addresses sexual harassment, racism, unconscious bias and physical and psychological safety. Every employee (salary, hourly and contract) is required to undergo training in these areas. Additionally, the company has enhanced reporting tools to help identify and resolve issues quickly. As a workplace of choice, it is GM's desire to maintain a safe and inclusive environment consistent with values that promote diversity, empathy, innovation and productivity.

Download GM's Diversity & Inclusion Report to learn more about how GM draws upon unique perspectives to help drive innovation.

Visit equileap.org for information about the top 100 companies leading the way in gender equality.

CONTACT Jennifer Korail +1 (313) 319-0584 jennifer.korail@gm.com General Motors Corporate News http://media.gm.com

SCS Global Services Partners with TraceTrust to Provide Food Safety and HACCP Trainings for the Expanding Legal Cannabis and Hemp Industries

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

SCS Global Services (SCS) and TraceTrust are pleased to announce a joint partnership to provide Food Safety and HACCP trainings for the emerging legal Cannabis and Hemp Industries. The new training programs will ensure that existing cannabis and hemp companies, and those looking to enter these growing markets, will have the tools and training to succeed.

For more than 30 years, SCS has supported U.S., Mexico and Canadian food manufacturers and growers with food safety training courses that reinforce best practices and satisfy the demands of retailers, regulatory agencies, and customers. TraceTrust is an established leader for advocating for safe consumer use of legal Cannabis and Hemp derived products, uniting the industry on education, transparency and standardization. It has established the first independent third-party certification program for dose accuracy and transparency for these products.

The fast expanding manufacturing of Hemp and CBD products, such as edibles and CBD oils, has been under scrutiny to meet the same level of safety and quality as food companies. Education programs are crucial to implementing Good Manufacturing Processes and producing safe consumer products. There will be a complementary webinar offered on CBD, Hemp and Cannabis Safety and Quality November 20 10am-11am PST.

Food safety training services offered by SCS and TraceTrust will build retailer and consumer trust and identify manufacturers and brands that are committed to providing safe and reliable products.

Click here to register for this webinar.


About SCS Global Services 
SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, with a dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

For information, contact Diane Dulmage, Training Services Manager, SCS Global Services ddulmage@scsglobalservices.com

About TraceTrust 
TraceTrust is committed to elevating the Cannabis and Hemp industry’s standard of dose accuracy to support manufacturers dedicated to product transparency and safety, furthering consumer confidence in Cannabis and Hemp derived products. A True Dose™ and HGMP™ are the first universal independent third-party certifications to validate the source of all ingredients, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), instructions for use, and label claims. The company was founded by Merril Gilbert and Rhiannon Woo who have over 25 years of experience in food safety and manufacturing and have transitioned their expertise to the Cannabis and Hemp industry. They ‘make your edible credible™”.

For information, contact Merril Gilbert, Co-Founder + CEO, TraceTrust merril@tracetrust.com

Subaru of America Reaffirms Commitment to Pets in Need During October “Subaru Loves Pets” Month and Establishes First-Ever “National Make a Dog’s Day” on October 22

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:32pm

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced the return of its Subaru Loves Pets initiative, dedicating the month of October to supporting the well-being and protection of animals across the country. As in past years, Subaru will continue its partnership with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®), working together to help the approximately 3.3 million dogs that enter shelters annually find a safe, loving home. 

A commitment to caring for pets is integral to the Subaru Love Promise and this year, Subaru is expanding its dedication by establishing the first-ever National Make A Dog’s Day on October 22. On this day, Subaru and its retailers will sponsor a nationwide effort to help the hardest-to-adopt shelter dogs find loving homes. Working closely with the ASPCA, the automaker will champion special needs dogs, specifically senior dogs, amputees, visually and hearing-impaired dogs, and dogs with birth defects and physical challenges. The automaker invites dog lovers to do something special for their loving companions on this day.

“Pets play a big role in our lives and the lives of Subaru owners. While we support efforts all year dedicated to the betterment of animals’ lives, in October, we make a concerted effort to help shelter pets – particularly the hard-to-adopt ones – find loving homes,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “We are proud to establish the official National Make a Dog’s Day on October 22 and shine a light on the hundreds of thousands of dogs that are often times passed over including those with special needs.” 

To support the Subaru Loves Pets initiative and National Make A Dog’s Day, Subaru will launch a new creative campaign and will air dog-focused commercials throughout the month of October across broadcast and digital platforms. The campaign includes television spots that feature the automaker’s beloved spokesdogs, The Barkleys, on their latest adventures, as well as introduces some new faces through a set of advertising spots, entitled “The Underdogs.” These spots will feature the dogs needing the most help getting adopted and debunk the myths, as well as celebrate their unique charms.

Consumers are invited to do something special to celebrate their dogs on October 22 and share their happy dog in social posts using #MakeADogsDay. Consumers can join the effort to help hard-to-adopt dogs by considering adopting a shelter dog, volunteering at an animal shelter, or participating in a Subaru retailer collection drive.

Throughout October, select Subaru retailers across the country will collect unused pet supplies crucial to maintaining the health and well-being of shelter animals. In addition to these collection efforts, Subaru and participating retailers will donate 5,500 shelter supply kits and 4,800 new pet parent kits to local shelters. Also, more than 100 participating Subaru retailers will work in conjunction with animal shelters in their communities to host pet adoption events.

For more information about Subaru Loves Pets, please visit www.subaru.com/pets.

About Subaru Love Promise 

The Subaru Love Promise is just that. A promise. It is a promise to do right by our community by partnering with nonprofit education, health, community, environment, and animal organizations - to set Subaru apart through our deeds and the deeds of our partners. To be unlike any other car company by doing what is right and good, just for the sake of doing it.

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 $145 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Diane Anton Subaru of America, Inc. 856-488-5093 danton@subaru.com    Dominick Infante Subaru of America, Inc. 856-488-8615 dinf@subaru.com 

United Nations Global Compact Targets Gender Equality

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 2:32pm

The United Nations Global Compact today announced a new global initiative to increase women's representation and leadership in business.

To be rolled out early next year, the initiative — Target Gender Equality — will support companies participating in the UN Global Compact to set and meet ambitious, time-bound corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership across business and at all levels.

Through the initiative, companies will deepen their implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contributions towards Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls for women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making, including in economic life.

Last week, leaders attending the high-level events of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly — and the UN Global Compact Leaders Week — called for greater action to remove barriers to women's economic empowerment and highlighted the importance of corporate commitment and action to accelerate the pace of change. Target Gender Equality was introduced at the Trailblazing Women Reception on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

“Without women, the Global Goals will not become a reality,” said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “This is the moment to ensure that targets on women’s participation are nailed down as part of balanced scorecards and corporate strategies in all companies.”

Also speaking at the reception, Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chairman of Mastercard, said, “Why would you as a company just look for talent in half the human race? Quite frankly, you would be missing out on a tremendous amount of talent.” Reflecting on the process of hiring female country heads at Mastercard, she noted, “It just requires a bit of attention and really measuring what you want to achieve.”

Activist and Founder of the I Weigh movement Jameela Jamil, said, “I am delighted to be here to support this night that celebrates a changing landscape in business and, more importantly, in our entire society. May these events soon not need to exist because we have carved out a deserved equal space for women once and for all.”

In its first year, Target Gender Equality will engage companies across 20 countries in close collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks.

To learn more about Target Gender Equality, visit here

About the United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at www.unglobalcompact.org.

CONTACT Leila Puutio +1 (646) 884-7523 media@unglobalcompact.org United Nations Global Compact https://www.unglobalcompact.org/ https://twitter.com/globalcompact https://www.facebook.com/UNGlobalCompact https://www.linkedin.com/company/united-nations-global-compact https://www.instagram.com/globalcompact https://twitter.com/lise_kingo?lang=en media@unglobalcompact.org

Points of Light Releases The Civic 50 2019 Key Trends and Insights Report

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 2:32pm

Points of Light, a global nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, released The Civic 50 report featuring key trends, benchmarking data and insights from the 2019 honorees. The Civic 50 honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of at least $1 billion, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program – investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems and impact measurement.   

Points of Light will also host a webinar on Friday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. ET to take a deep dive into the findings and discuss emerging trends in the corporate citizenship sector. All registrants will receive the first copies of the report. 

“At Points of Light, we believe that companies, their employees and partners can be drivers of transformative social change in communities around the world,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “This year’s report shows that companies are making community support an increasing priority across the organization, not just in their community relations departments, and making sure their efforts drive sustained impact. We hope this report serves as a guide for other companies to find ways of deeper, lasting engagement.” 

Key Statistics and Highlights from The Civic 50 2019 Honorees: 

  • Generous giving. On average, The Civic 50 companies donate more than twice as much as other U.S. companies: $283,000 for every $10 million in revenue earned, as opposed to $130,000 (per CECP’s 2018 Giving in Numbers). 

  • Increasingly sophisticated investments. Grants are getting more integrated. Nearly 50 percent of The Civic 50 companies make multi-faceted investments where their grants are providing additional support through volunteerism, in-kind goods, or multi-year pledges.  

  • Board-level involvement. The vast majority (86 percent) of The Civic 50 companies include community involvement in the agenda of at least one board meeting a year. 

  • Performance reviews and goal setting. Sixty-two percent of The Civic 50 companies include community engagement in performance reviews, and 86 percent include it in department goals.  

  • Public leadership. Sixty-eight percent of The Civic 50 companies take national leadership positions on at least six public policy issues.  

  • Business impact and outcome measurement. The Civic 50 companies also measure the outcomes from integrating their community involvement with other business functions. More than half of the companies measure the outcomes of this integration with employee engagement, marketing/PR, and diversity and inclusion. 

Since 2011, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcased how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value and analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform The Civic 50 scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities. For more information, please visit www.civic50.org

About Points of Light 

Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

About True Impact 

True Impact provides web-based tools and consulting support to help organizations measure the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their programs and operations. For more information, visit www.trueimpact.com. 

About VeraWorks 

VeraWorks is a global consulting firm that helps managers and companies offer employees the opportunity to do societal good through their everyday jobs. For more information, visit www.veraworks.com.

Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education Launch National ‘Making for Good Challenge’ to Empower a New Generation of Innovators to Address Environmental and Societal Needs

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 2:32pm

 Stanley Black & Decker, the world's largest tools and storage company and leader in engineered fastening and security, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the Making for Good Challenge, a challenge encouraging students to develop a unique product that addresses societal and environmental needs. 

An extension of Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker’s Innovation Generation: Making an Impact program, the Making for Good Challenge asks high school students to work in teams of two-to-four to design a product solution that will help solve an environmental or societal problem in their home, school or community. Student teams must develop a product design blueprint and submit a 60 – 90 second video discussing the problem, how their product can help solve it, and explain how they used the engineering design process – ask, imagine, plan, create, test and improve. Overall, the initiative aims to cultivate student collaboration and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning acceleration in learning communities nationwide. 

Prizes for winning submissions, include:
Grand Prize Team: $15,000 and Stanley Black & Decker Virtual Mentorship 
First Runner-Up Team: $10,000 and Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack 
Second Runner-Up Team: $5,000 and Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack 

“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to fostering a spirit of STEAM learning in building, making and doing in the next generation of innovators, and we are excited to partner with Discovery Education to advance the future of engineering design-based learning and education,” said Deb Geyer, Stanley Black & Decker corporate responsibility officer. “The ‘Innovation Generation: Making an Impact’ program aims to inspire students to develop the skills necessary to create the future and the ‘Making for Good Challenge’ provides them with the tools and access needed to successfully achieve that goal.” 

Innovation Generation: Making an Impact complements Stanley Black & Decker’s existing maker-focused efforts – including Makerspace collaboration initiatives with universities and other organizations, global apprenticeship programs, sponsorship of WorldSkills International, and the company's recent announcement of its Manufactory 4.0 initiative that includes job retraining efforts and the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program.

“Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker, in launching the Making for Good Challenge, have one shared mission, vision and goal – to bridge the gap between classroom and real-world application for new generation of creators,” said Lori McFarling, Discovery Education senior vice president and chief marking officer. “We’re excited to showcase the program’s winning submissions, while continuing to encourage students to think outside the box.”

Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools, with powerful brands such as DEWALT, CRAFTSMAN, STANLEY, IRWIN and BLACK+DECKER, together with Discovery Education’s unparalleled classroom reach, Innovation Generation: Making an Impact aims to drive student learning with a premiere, STEAM-focused, cross-disciplinary initiative that invites students and educators to explore their worlds through building, making and doing. Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom, and the program’s no cost tools can be accessed online at innovation-gen.com.

Alongside Stanley Black & Decker experts, Innovation Generation will provide students with opportunities to learn about diverse STEAM careers in context – connecting them with examples of real-world applications. Exploring direct connections to vocational STEAM, young innovators will engage in Virtual Field Trips, maker activities and a national student challenge that represents the innovation continuum. This will ensure that students are exposed first-hand to how math, science, technology, creativity and teamwork can lead to technological advancements in our everyday lives.

“The ‘Innovation Generation’ partnership between Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker opens a world of innovation for our students and builds on the ideas of maker spaces in schools, and the ‘Making for Good Challenge’ takes students on an extraordinary journey through the process of exploring STEAM in action,” said Becky Goddard, Pine Lake Preparatory School instructional technology specialist, Mooresville, N.C. “As an educator, I’m always seeking ways to make learning exciting for my students and this initiative provides digitally immersive learning experiences that prepare them with rigorous STEAM competencies for careers of the future.”

Making for Good Challenge opens today and will close on January 30, 2020. Winners will be announced in Spring 2020. U.S. high school students can register and find more information about the challenge here.

Learn more about Innovation Generation: Making an Impact at innovation-gen.com and at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.


About Stanley Black & Decker: 
Stanley Black & Decker is a purpose-driven, $14 billion revenue industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 61,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world’s largest tools and storage business, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security services company, a leading engineered fastening business as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure businesses. The company’s iconic brands include Black & Decker, Bostitch, CRAFTSMAN, DEWALT, FACOM, Irwin, Lenox, Porter Cable and Stanley. Stanley Black & Decker is a company for the makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place. Learn more at stanleyblackanddecker.com.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder 
(240) 274-2173 phone

Stanley Black & Decker
Abigail Dreher
(860) 515-2759 phone

Olam Shares Tech With Wildlife Conservation Society’s Landscape Partnership to Tackle Deforestation

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 11:32am

Over 20,000 smallholder coffee farmers in southern Sumatra will benefit from a unique collaboration whereby global food and agri-business Olam International will grant use of its platform, the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS), to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to tackle forest encroachment in the Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBSNP) landscape in southern Sumatra. 

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest producers of coffee, with the majority grown by smallholder farmers in remote areas. The farmers face common challenges such as ageing trees, a lack of access to inputs, training and finance, and therefore typically have low yields. Their remoteness, and the length and complexity of the supply chain also makes traceability difficult. The Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (3,140 km2) in southern Sumatra is within one of Indonesia’s main coffee producing regions, and is one of the last strongholds of the Sumatran elephant and tiger, as well as being a significant carbon sink. However, the Park is under threat, with at least 10% of the park area having been converted into coffee farms. 

In 2018, to reverse this trend, WCS convened the Bukit Barisan Selatan Sustainable Commodities Partnership (BBS KEKAL). This pioneering multi-stakeholder Partnership is based on a principle of ‘collective responsibility’, in which companies work together and in close collaboration with local and national government, farmers, and civil society to find new ways to protect the Bukit Barisan forest while also improving livelihoods. The Partnership is supporting farmers operating in the ‘first mile’ of the park buffer zone to transition to deforestation-free coffee production, alongside National Park conservation and restoration efforts. This enables companies to actively address deforestation and protect biodiversity while supporting farmers and the sustainable development of the coffee sector. 

Olam initiated engagement to minimise the risk of coffee from deforested areas in the park finding its way into its supply chain, in recognition that only by acting in collaboration with stakeholders across the landscape and by actively supporting farmers around forest areas can a lasting, economically viable solution to this challenge be found.

A critical step towards the success of the Partnership is the ability to map farms, understand farmer needs and track volumes and origins of coffee entering supply chains from around the National Park. Olam developed the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) in 2014, with a GPS mapping system, so that smallholder supply chains could be geo-spatially identified and productivity support be more tailored to individual farmer needs. To date 370,000 farmers across multiple crops in Olam’s supply chains have been registered.

Through this collaboration, the BBS KEKAL project teams, led by WCS, will use OFIS to survey participating farms on the forest frontier, recording and monitoring data on farm boundaries, coffee yields and productivity, the number and age of coffee trees; economic, social and health infrastructure; and the surrounding eco-system. This will allow the Partnership to deliver tailored training and incentives to farmers for the production of legal and deforestation-free coffee. At the same time, this will enable participating companies to reduce their risks of sourcing from the National Park, while supporting solutions in priority areas. 

Financing for Olam’s participation in the Partnership has been provided by technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), including a grant from the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in Asia. ADB’s technical assistance will enable OFIS registration and capacity building training to smallholder coffee farmers in Indonesia, as well as Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam. The technical assistance complements ADB’s $88 million loan to Olam International in March 2018.

Commenting in New York during UN Climate Week, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cristián Samper, said: “Halting the loss of the world’s forests is increasingly urgent. BBS KEKAL demonstrates how companies must work together and in collaboration with government and NGOs to find new solutions to address deforestation. Only with collective action and by supporting farmers in vulnerable areas can we secure the future of this vital landscape. Olam’s involvement in this partnership is catalytic in moving from commitments to action”.

Co-Founder and Group CEO, of Olam, Sunny Verghese added: “Sharing our digital capability with WCS is one of the ways we are trying to re-imagine global agriculture and food systems for the better. This collaboration exemplifies how NGOs and corporates can work together to multiply positive impacts for farmers and our planet, while at the same time lowering the associated costs and risks for each party. More importantly it accelerates efforts to create a living landscape where deforestation is halted, land is regenerated and farmers can prosper. 

About Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS currently works in more than 60 countries worldwide and has experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe. WCS has been working to protect biodiversity in Indonesia since 1965 and has had a permanent office in the country since 1995, operating under an MoU with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Under this MoU, WCS has been committed to supporting the MoEF with biodiversity conservation activities in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and has had a permanent presence within and around the park since 1999.


The Bukit Barisan Selatan Sustainable Commodities Partnership (Kemitraan Komoditas Lestari) (‘BBS KEKAL’) is an innovative landscape partnership between local and national government, companies, communities and civil society. Led by WCS, BBS KEKAL aims to protect the forests of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP) and support improved farmer livelihoods across the landscape in southern Sumatra. WCS is working with the BBSNP Authority and Directorate General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems within the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to develop a roadmap for addressing encroachment. Outside of the park, WCS, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung and several leading coffee companies are collaborating to support farmers transition to deforestation-free production.

Read more about BBS KEKAL here, and about the Collective Statement of Intent, signed by 15 organisations in April 2018: World’s Leading Coffee Companies Commit to Tackle Deforestation in Indonesia: Association of Coffee Suppliers Lampung (Asosiasi Suplier Kopi Lampung; ASKL), Berindo Jaya (Neumann Kaffee Gruppe), Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Authority, Enveritas, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, PT Indo Cafco (ECOM), Jacobs Douwe Egberts B.V., Karya Bakti Ulubelu Farmer Group, Lampung Barat District Plantation Office, Louis Dreyfus Company, PT Mayora Indah, Nestlé S.A., Olam International, Sucden Coffee B.V., Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (IDH), and Wildlife Conservation Society

About Olam International Limited

Olam International is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 19,800 customers worldwide. Our value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of an estimated 4.8 million farmers.

Through our purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders.

Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalisation on SGX-ST.

More information on Olam can be found at www.olamgroup.com.

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Smithfield Foods Employees Collect More Than 130,000 Pounds of Food to Support Feeding America® During Hunger Action Month®

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 11:32am

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that its employees across the company’s domestic operations collected more than 130,000 pounds of food in support of Hunger Action Month®, the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks’ awareness campaign, which is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children, are food insecure.

“As a food company, we’re extremely passionate about fighting food insecurity in the communities we call home and across the country,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “Our company’s social purpose is to alleviate hunger, and we encourage our people to live that every day, through volunteer efforts and donations to local food banks, food pantries, and other community outreach organizations. We’re proud to have our employees go above and beyond to support their neighbors in need, not only during Hunger Action Month®, but with efforts throughout the year.”

For 11 years, Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, has dedicated the month of September to re-igniting its commitment to ending hunger.

“We are truly grateful for Smithfield’s continuous support and partnership with the Feeding America® network of food banks as we work together year-round to fight hunger,” said Karen Hanner, vice president of product sourcing for Feeding America®. “Smithfield has helped member food banks feed children and families in communities across the country through food and fund donations as well as generous employee volunteers.”

In addition to employee efforts during Hunger Action Month®, Smithfield works with Feeding America® throughout the year for the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative Helping Hungry Homes®. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has donated more than 140 million servings of protein across all 50 U.S. states in alignment with the company’s social purpose to end hunger and alleviate food insecurity throughout the country.

To learn more about Smithfield’s social purpose, visit the company’s 2018 Sustainability Report. For information about Helping Hungry Homes® or for a list of upcoming donation events, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/helpinghungryhomes.

About Smithfield Foods

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

About Feeding America®

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America® also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT Lauren Homrich +1 (904) 398-5222 lhomrich@daltonagency.com Dalton Agency for Smithfield Foods

Aflac Shares 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report Comprehensive Report Demonstrates Aflac's Purpose - 'The Aflac Way'

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 8:27pm

Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, celebrated its 2018 corporate social responsibility, also known as CSR, accomplishments by unveiling its 2018 CSR Report: "Purpose … with feathers." The comprehensive report highlights the actions and initiatives led by the company's leaders, employees and independent sales agents, who demonstrate Aflac's purpose through their actions.

The report reflects Aflac's commitment to bring value to the community through ethics, diversity, equity, inclusion, philanthropy and the environment. The report recounts the 2018 activities in both the United States and Japan, where the company's products protect more than 50 million people.

"The Aflac 2018 CSR Report celebrates the ways we put our values into action," said Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Aflac's senior vice president and chief environmental, social, governance and communications officer. "Finding the good at Aflac is easy; it's demonstrated at every level of leadership, through our employees, and in our rich history of being fair, ethical, and influential with the people and communities around us. It is the recognition that being a responsible company is our overall business goal, as research clearly shows that companies that do good in the community do better in business. It is also simply the right thing to do."

The 2018 report highlights Aflac's CSR efforts, reflecting on 2018 initiatives, including the inspirational impact of My Special Aflac Duck® and the company's ongoing, innovative One Day PaySM* initiative that enables the payment of eligible claims in a single day.

Also represented in the report is Aflac's strong governance program; our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce; awards for environmental conservation; and contributions to the treatment and research of childhood cancer. Specific accomplishments include:

  • A 29% increase in volunteer hours logged by Aflac employees in 2018, compared with 2017.

  • In 2018, Aflac received ISO 14001:2015 certification in environmental management at its headquarters in Columbus, Georgia.

  • In 2018, Aflac invested more than $3 million toward the My Special Aflac Duck project. As of August 2019, the company has provided more than 5,000 of these comforting companions to children at more than 220 hospitals in 48 states, free of charge.

With a culture that prioritizes its employees, the 2018 CSR Report also describes the contributions of employees, independent sales agents and a partner, whose efforts represent the Aflac Way of doing business. Special sections of the report include profiles of honored employees, including:

"Now more than ever before, people are turning their attention to the heart and conscience of the corporate world. It's important and it's time," Hernandez-Blades said.

The 2018 Aflac Corporate Social Responsibility Report marks the company's fourth year of dedicated work toward adherence to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, the world's most widely used sustainability reporting framework.** The report also includes the second year of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDG) reporting. Disclosures that fulfill GRI Standards and UN-SDGs, the latest guidelines, are noted throughout the report.

Visit Aflac.com/csrreport to see the full 2018 Aflac Corporate Social Responsibility Report, "Purpose … with feathers."

*About One Day PaySM

One Day PaySM is available for certain individual claims submitted online through the Aflac SmartClaim® process. Claims may be eligible for One Day Pay processing if submitted online through Aflac SmartClaim®, including all required documentation, by 3 p.m. ET. Documentation requirements vary by type of claim; please review requirements for your claim(s) carefully. Aflac SmartClaim® is available for claims on most individual Accident, Cancer, Hospital, Specified Health, and Intensive Care policies. Processing time is based on business days after all required documentation needed to render a decision is received and no further validation and/or research is required. Individual Company Statistic, 2019.

**Miller, Debbie. "How GRI targets common language for ESG reporting," IR Magazine, June 19, 2019.

About Aflac Incorporated

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., where it is a leading supplemental insurer, by paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than six decades, insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated's subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan, where it insures 1 in 4 households. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative in the United States, for eligible claims, Aflac can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. For 13 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 in 2019, Fortune included Aflac on its list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 18th time. To find out more about One Day PaySM and learn how to get help with expenses health insurance doesn't cover, get to know us at aflac.com.

Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York. WWHQ | 1932 Wynnton Road | Columbus, GA 31999.

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Mohawk Group Installs Latest Smartflower at Florida School as Part of Commitment to “Handprints Over Footprints”

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 8:27pm

Students at Emma Jewel Charter Academy now have a unique hands-on opportunity to study alternative energy and sustainability with the installation of an on-campus smartflower™ solar energy unit. The Mohawk Group initiative is part of the flooring manufacturer’s “handprinting” strategy to give more back to humankind and to the environment than it takes during its manufacturing processes.

For this project, Mohawk Group partnered with Brevard Public Schools, Stratica Group, Space Coast Strategy, Sunrise Systems of Brevard and SUNCATCH ENERGY. The smartflower technology was unveiled at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Sept. 27 at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.

The goal of the smartflower program is to place these devices in underserved communities near educational institutions with STEM curricula. The solar energy unit in Florida is the fourth of 10 smartflowers across the U.S. to be established by Mohawk Group. Others have been installed in Chicago; Eden, North Carolina; and Griffin, Georgia.

“The most valuable resource we have today are these children and many of the jobs they are training for don’t yet exist,” said George Bandy Jr., chief sustainability officer of Mohawk Flooring North America. “Our commitment is not only to Mother Nature but to these young leaders who need to know that somebody cares. This donation and this means of handprinting is about celebrating the next generation that is poised to change the world.”

Emma Jewel Charter Academy was chosen as the recipient of the smartflower through a special competition coordinated by Mohawk Group. Located in Cocoa’s Diamond Square Redevelopment District, the school was awarded the technology because of its ongoing implementation of comprehensive sustainable practices and desire to be the foundation for change in the greater Cocoa community.

“Since its opening in 2013, Emma Jewel Charter Academy has been committed to educating our scholars on the importance of health and nutrition by understanding the food we consume. By partnering with Mohawk, we hope to increase the amount of clean energy usage and simultaneously promote a healthy environment,” said Thomas Cole, principal of Emma Jewel Charter Academy. “We will use the smartflower donated by Mohawk to assist with reducing the energy consumption in our school, primarily the cafeteria. It is our belief that this will initiate other clean energy efforts in the school and in the community we serve.”

The solar energy collaboration was created to reduce Mohawk’s greenhouse gas emissions and offset energy and resources used during the manufacturing of a selection of Living Product Challenge Petal certified floor coverings in Mohawk’s growing carbon-neutral portfolio. Each smartflower optimizes the generation of solar energy using modular petal-shaped panels that autonomously follow the sun. By following the sun’s rays, the units generate 40% more energy than static solar panels.

Learn more about Mohawk Group's commitment to handprints at www.MohawkGroup.com/LivingProductChallenge.

About Mohawk Group
As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit www.MohawkGroup.com

CONTACT Luke Chaffin +1 (762) 204-5607 luke_chaffin@mohawkind.com