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CSRleader.com and World Biz Magazine present 2019 CSR Leader 100. With the world facing complex challenges, careful solutions are required, however the simplicity of commitment from corporate stakeholders to make a difference is of critical importance. There is almost complete consensus from the global business community for the urgent need for action on climate change, gender parity, access to education and opportunities for underserved communities, elimination of hunger, disease treatment and prevention, natural disaster and conflict relief, and the general provision of inspiration and hope to the world. Engagement on CSR is at an all time high; the positive momentum built up by the earnest commitment of millions of companies worldwide is beginning to achieve transformational results in the empowerment and life improvement of their employees, suppliers and the communities within which they operate, while affecting the world for the better. We created the CSR Leader 100 to applaud the efforts by the global business community that comprise our audiences and to celebrate the many monumental results they have achieved. The CSR Leader 100 shines the spotlight on the organizations that are listening to their customers, employees, advisors and partners. We celebrate the companies that have woven Sustainability, Positive Impact and Responsible Corporate Citizenship into their operational strategy. Above all, the CSR Leader 100 celebrates results - we are grateful to all companies that are making a difference to people in their communities and shaping a better future for the globe. The CSR Leader 100 showcases the companies that have made the greatest difference and impact. The companies we have highlighted in our CSR Leader 100 are the flag bearers this year. these companies and the specific project examples that we covered made the top list because they are leading the way.
METHODOLOGY: Companies we have covered and Submissions: We began with 1,000 identified companies and specific CSR initiatives whose actions we have covered in the last 12 months. We also included the companies whose nominations and press submissions have reached our editorial team but were not published on our channels yet.Â Impact: We allocated Impact Points to each company based on the the measured results of each company's total CSR actions over the preceding 12 months. The questions our researchers asked themselves were: Did the actions achieve the desired results? How significant are the short, medium and long term impacts of the actions on the specific target group or geography and the wider world? Impact Points were allocated on a scale of 1 to 5. Commitment: We also allocated Commitment Points to each company based on the level of human capital and financial investment in addition to ongoing business involvement in the CSR action. Commitment Points were allocated on a scale of 1 to 5. These points were awarded relative to the size of each organisation so our teams considered that while every CSR action is to be lauded and encouraged, we wanted to recognise those companies of all sizes that have gone above and beyond their comfort zone to make a difference. Variety: While the CSR Leader 100 is based on points, we did want to ensure that there was a diversity of industries, geographies and types of CSR initiatives included on the list.Â We reserved 15 places on the list to ensure variety and those companies and those companies had to have scored at least 70% on the Impact and Commitment points. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 002
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Novo Nordisk RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY TO COMPLETELY POWER USA OPERATIONS BY EARLY 2020 New $70 million investment in 105-megawatt solar panel installation in North Carolina underscores 'Circular for Zero' commitment to environment. Beginning in early 2020, Novo Nordisk's global production will be completely powered by renewable electricity, with a ten-year goal of achieving zero carbon emissions from operations and transportation. The announcement follows a $70 million investment in a 105megawatt dc solar energy installation to be built in Pender County, North Carolina. When completed, ground-mounted solar arrays will harvest sunlight and provide renewable electricity to all existing Novo Nordisk US offices, laboratories and manufacturing facilities as well as to support the new manufacturing facility under construction in Clayton, N.C. Developed and constructed by Cypress Creek Renewables, the solar panel installation will be one of North Carolina's largest solar sites. Construction of the solar site began in March 2019, and is creating approx. 900 construction-related jobs this year. Last year, Novo Nordisk US production sites in Clayton and New Hampshire emitted 13,460 tons of CO2 from electricity use. With the new solar project, the company's net CO2 emissions from electricity will go down to zero. The solar site is an example showing how, over the next decade, Novo Nordisk is taking steps to clean the air, minimize consumption and turn waste into resources, designing and producing medicines, packaging and devices so they can be recovered and re-used, and collaborating with suppliers to embed circularity in its supply chain. The goal is part of the company's new 'Circular for Zero' strategy, aiming for zero environmental impact globally. "Reducing our environmental impact is part of our corporate responsibility to the patients we serve, the communities in which we operate and future generations," says Chad Henry
corporate vice president and general manager of the Diabetes Finished Products site in Clayton, N.C. "For us, the call to act is clear, and we are making a significant financial investment in new renewable energy production in North Carolina to supply Novo Nordisk offices, manufacturing facilities and laboratories across the United States." In 2015, Novo Nordisk made a commitment with The Climate Group and The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) by joining RE100, a collaborative, global initiative of businesses committed to using 100% renewable power. Once the solar site is completed in early 2020, Novo Nordisk expects to be the first pharmaceutical company in the RE100 to achieve this goal. The North Carolina facility will be joining the ranks of other Novo Nordisk sites from around the world that already benefit from renewable energy. Novo Nordisk's production in Tianjin in China uses 100% wind power. In Monte Claros in Brazil the company uses 100% hydropower and in Europe all production sites use 100% wind power. In Denmark, all facilities, production sites and offices, run on 100% renewable power. About Novo Nordisk's Circular for Zero strategy: In addition to the zero emissions target, the Circular for Zero strategy commits the company to a significant shift towards circular thinking within three focus areas: Circular company, Circular supply and Circular products. Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company, has been committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people living with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives for 95 years. We remain steadfast in our conviction that the formula for success is to stay focused, think long term and do business in a financially, socially and environmentally responsible way. With U.S. headquarters in New Jersey and production and research facilities in five states, Novo Nordisk employs nearly 6,000 people throughout the country. For more information, visit www.novonordisk.us PAGE 004
Sheetz Inc. SHEETZ FOR THE KIDZ DONATES $601,000 TO HELP FEED CHILDREN STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER Donation to help provide 6 million meals. Sheetz For the Kidz,TM an employee-driven charity helping children in need, is proud to announce a donation of $601,000 to local Feeding America® member food banks to provide hunger relief to children struggling with hunger throughout the states in which Sheetz operates: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. In America, one in six children may not know where they will get their next meal. Millions of children throughout the country receive free or reduced-price lunches and breakfasts during the school year. During the summer months, most children lose access to these meals. Funds from Sheetz For the Kidz will be distributed to Feeding America member food banks within the Sheetz footprint, where they can make a difference for some of these children. The $601,000 donation will help provide 6 million meals for children and is part of a new annual commitment to Feeding America. "Sheetz and Sheetz For the Kidz have always been passionate about helping youth that live in the communities we serve," said Sheetz For the Kidz Executive Director Sarah Piper. "For more than 27 years, our employees have helped underprivileged children have a brighter holiday season through Sheetz For the Kidz. This new program takes the community support of our stores to the next level as we are very excited to start our partnership with Feeding America. Thanks to the fundraising efforts led by our employees and the generous support of our customers and business partners, we have the ability to broaden our connection with the communities we serve." As a regional convenience store, Sheetz is committed to helping to fight childhood hunger in the communities it resides in. Through its program "Made-to-Share," Sheetz is rescuing food from their 588 stores and donating it to Feeding America member food banks located in their six-state footprint.
"The number of children who struggle with hunger concerns our company greatly and we cannot sit back while children in our communities have difficulty obtaining their next meal," said Sheetz President/COO Travis Sheetz. "Without adequate food and nutrition, children are unable to reach their full potential. We are deeply committed to helping children facing hunger and are proud that this donation from our corporate charity will go directly toward helping them fight, and win, this battle." "Proper nutrition is critical to a child's health, growth and development. Yet, one in six children face hunger in America," said Nancy Curby, senior vice president, corporate partnerships at Feeding America. "Feeding America is thankful to Sheetz for the Kidz for its generous support and commitment to helping children who need it most during the summer months." Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.To learn more about Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org. About Sheetz, Inc.: Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America's fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 19,000 employees. The company operates over 585 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an awardwinning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. Sheetz For the Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children. The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com PAGE 005
Air Canada PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CANADA'S LEADING AIRLINE AND 4OCEAN TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS 4ocean, the global ocean cleanup company partnered with Air Canada to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastics on the airline's aircrafts and in its lounges. As 4ocean's exclusive Canadian airline partner, Air Canada's partnership marks a key milestone in its plastic reduction and elimination strategy, which will start with eliminating all plastic stir sticks on aircraft and in lounges in the summer of 2019. Through this partnership, Air Canada is also creating the opportunity for its employees to participate in 4ocean's coastal North America clean-ups in 2019. "We are ecstatic to partner with Air Canada in an initiative to eliminate single-use plastic," said Tony Chvala, Chief Operating Officer at 4ocean. "We believe Air Canada's sustainability program is a giant leap forward in this initiative. 4ocean is looking forward to removing thousands of pounds of plastic and waste with Air Canada." "A key target of Air Canada's corporate waste strategy is our Single-Use Plastics Reduction program. Our partnership with 4ocean as the exclusive Canadian airline is a great fit with this journey and we are especially delighted with the opportunity to engage our employees in our communities," said Teresa Ehman, Senior Director of Environmental Affairs at Air Canada. "There are many Air Canada employees who care deeply about sustainability and the environment who are keen to make a difference in actively help reduce ocean plastic pollution." To date, 4ocean has removed more than 4 million pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines in 27 countries and partnered with over 15 charities. The company currently employs more than 300 people in the U.S., Indonesia and Haiti. Drawing from their years of experience, 4ocean will also work with the Air Canada team to develop educational resources on ocean conservation for employees to draw from and further enhance the company as an environmental steward.
Air Canada's ongoing plastic reduction efforts include researching and rethinking important decisions made at various stages of the supply chain. In 2018, a review and assessment of all plastics used onboard was conducted, and the company identified options to eliminate, replace, reduce or recycle its single-use plastics. The plastic stir sticks will be the first singleuse plastic to be eliminated. The company is supporting this work in partnership with University of Toronto graduate students in their final year of their Master of Science in the Sustainability Management program. The students are working with Air Canada to identify alternatives to plastic use onboard. 4ocean is a global company that actively removes trash from the ocean and coastlines, helps create sustainable economies around the world and inspires individuals to work together for a cleaner ocean. Global cleanup operations are funded entirely through the sale of their bracelets and sustainability products, where every item purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean. By creating jobs, utilizing the latest technology and raising awareness about the impact of plastic and trash in the ocean, the company is building the first economy for ocean plastic and creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for the ocean. Website: www.4ocean.com Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2018 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com PAGE 006
Planet Fitness 'TEEN SUMMER CHALLENGE' PROGRAM TO OPEN ITS DOORS TO TEENS FOR FREE ALL SUMMER LONG Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, invited high school teenagers ages 15 – 18 to work out for free. Program offered at any of its more than 1,700 Planet Fitness locations throughout the USA until September as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative. Free fitness classes specifically for teenagers were also made available Monday through Friday via certified fitness trainers. Additionally, all teens who signed up beginning May 15 were automatically entered into Planet Fitness' Scholarship Sweepstakes. By the end of summer, 51 lucky teens across the USA, will be randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship, and one teen will receive a $5,000 grand prize. Teens will also have the chance to win exciting prizes on Planet Fitness' Twitter and Instagram channels throughout the summer, such as club swag, movie tickets and wireless headphones. The nationwide launch of the Teen Summer Challenge builds on a successful local program first launched last summer in New Hampshire, Planet Fitness' home state. "Teens today are under ever-increasing pressure to succeed academically and socially, battle a growing list of responsibilities both inside and outside of the classroom and become well-rounded members of their community," said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness. "At Planet Fitness, a healthy and active lifestyle should never be a challenge – which is why we're flipping that notion on its head with the launch of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge. We want to give teens across the United States the chance to stay active when school is out – a time when they may not otherwise have access to organized fitness or athletic programs, which is why we're offering a safe space to exercise for free and spend time with their friends all summer long."
To uncover how teens ages 15 – 18 view health and fitness today, Planet Fitness commissioned a national study that sheds light on how teens and parents feel about health and wellness. Key findings include: Wellness is On the Brain. Today's teens are more health-conscious than ever before, seeing exercise as not only a way to be in shape, but believing that – among those who work out already – it positively impacts their mental health (72 percent) and focus on schoolwork (47 percent). Sadly, nearly half of all teens (42 percent) lack a positive body image, noting they're self-conscious and have trouble finding the confidence to try something physically challenging. In addition, with two-in-five (42 percent) of today's teens also battling anxiety and body image issues, many teenagers are recognizing that exercise may be the answer. Those who work out note they feel more confident (47 percent) and happier (43 percent) in addition to feeling less stressed (37 percent) and anxious (24 percent). In addition to opening its doors to all teens ages 15 – 18 all summer long, Planet Fitness also offers extremely low prices and a variety of benefits, including a hassle-free environment, brand name cardio and strength equipment, fully equipped locker rooms, flat screen televisions and much more About Planet Fitness: Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2018, Planet Fitness had more than 12.5 million members and 1,742 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women. Website: www.PlanetFitness.com PAGE 007
Kroger Co. AMERICA'S LARGEST GROCERY RETAILER CELEBRATES ZERO HUNGER ZERO WASTE ACHIEVEMENTS The Kroger Co. released its latest milestones and results for Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, the company's bold vision to end hunger in the communities it serves and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. "Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is shaping the national discussion around how to end hunger and eliminate waste across America," said Jessica Adelman, Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs. "At Kroger, we are intently focused on using our scale for good and we encourage our customers, associates and other businesses to join us." Kroger announced Zero Hunger | Zero Waste in September 2017. Since then, the retailer has worked relentlessly to drive change and conversations inside and outside the company. Last year, Kroger was named sixth on Fortune magazine's Change the World 2018 list, joining 50 big companies around the world that are also using their resources to solve society's most complex issues. Through leadership, engagement and commitment, Kroger continues to make progress in its journey to achieve Zero Hunger | Zero Waste. Notable 2018 milestones include: - Kroger donated $328 million to local communities in 2018, including more than $192 million in food and funds to end hunger. - Kroger provided a total of 316 million meals to communities across the country. - Kroger rescued 100 million pounds of safe nutritious food that could no longer be sold in its retail stores, or shipped from its distribution centers and manufacturing plants, for Feeding America® food banks. - Kroger increased meal donations through its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program by 10%. - Kroger partnered with Oprah Winfrey to donate one million meals to Feeding America. - Together with Winfrey's food line O, That's Good!, Kroger pledged an additional one million meals to Feeding America.
- Kroger accomplished 76% waste diversion, redirecting 2 million tons from landfills across its 35-state footprint. - Kroger increased year-over-year food waste diversion by 37%. - Kroger achieved Zero Waste operations in 34 of its 36 manufacturing plants. - Kroger increased total recycling by 19%. - Kroger committed to eliminating single-use plastic grocery bags from its family of stores by 2025. As of April 1, Kroger's QFC division in the Pacific Northwest no longer offers customers single-use plastic bags. - Kroger launched the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund, a program of The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, awarding $1 million in grants to innovators developing solutions to prevent food waste. "It takes everyone working together to achieve a world with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, and we are continuously inspired by our associates who are leading the way," added Adelman. "Today, we are excited to not only share our outstanding progress against our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste goals, but to also recognize our Kroger 'Zero Heroes' for uplifting our communities through their volunteerism." At The Kroger Co. we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste by 2025. Every day we open our doors and welcome millions of hungry people. But they’re not just hungry for food. They’re hungry for something that can make their lives healthier, easier, brighter and a bit lighter. They’re hungry to feel good, do well, to go from anxiety to inspiration. So whether we manufacture, market, stock, check, deliver, or manage, we all try to make their experience as uplifting as possible. Website: www.thekrogerco.com PAGE 008
General Mills COMPANY TO MATCH 100 PERCENT OF ITS ANNUAL U.S. ELECTRICITY USE WITH NEW WIND POWER AGREEMENT General Mills has taken one of the biggest steps thus far toward its climate goal by signing a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC, a joint venture partnership between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, for 200 megawatts (MW) of its Maverick Creek wind project. The wind project, located in central Texas, will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that, together with the company's previous wind power agreement, are calculated to equal 100 percent of the electricity used annually at the company's owned domestic facilities. During the peak of construction, the project is anticipated to create approximately 175 jobs in the clean energy workforce. "General Mills began its milling operations more than 150 years ago with water power from the banks of the Mississippi River," said John Church, chief supply chain officer and global business solutions officer at General Mills. "By learning from history, and tying back to our clean power roots, the equivalent of our domestic facilities' annual electricity needs will be covered by clean wind power, helping to reach our climate commitment of decreasing our carbon footprint by 28 percent by 2025." Maverick Creek is just 10 miles from Cactus Flats, the wind project in General Mills' first wind energy purchase agreement. The project is located in a particularly favorable wind area in central Texas, which is the leading state in the U.S. for wind energy production with over 24,899 MW of installed capacity in that state alone. General Mills' commitment to purchase green power from Roaring Fork will help to finance the construction of the Maverick Creek wind project being developed in Concho County, Texas by RES and Steelhead Americas. The project's renewable energy credits can be applied toward General Mills' greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and will enable the company to reduce its Scope 2 emissions as part of its target of sustainable emission levels across its global value chain by 2050. Through 2018, General Mills has reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of its value chain by 13 percent compared to 2010.
The U.S. wind industry employs 102,500 workers across 50 states. That figure continues to rise annually, with the number of people employed by wind expected to top 248,000 by 2020. According to Navigant Consulting, the wind industry is expected to deliver over $85 billion in economic activity during the same period. General Mills: General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, HĂ¤agen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, Blue and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2018 proforma net sales of U.S. $17.0 billion, including $1.3 billion from Blue Buffalo. In addition, General Mills' share of non-consolidated joint venture net sales totaled U.S. $1.1 billion. General Mills is listed on the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and the 2018 CDP Climate A- List and Newsweek Green Rankings (#34). RES: RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for over 35 years, RES has delivered more than 16 GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 5 GW worldwide for a large client base.â€Ż Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured 1GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs), enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs more than 2,000 people and is active in 10 countries. Steelhead Americas: Steelhead Americas, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a wholly owned development subsidiary of Vestas. Through a development and co-development pipeline of over 3,000 MW of wind energy projects, Steelhead Americas aims to enable future growth in the North American wind energy market. Vestas is the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer and leading provider of wind energy solutions, with over 101 GW of wind turbines installed in 80 countries. PAGE 009
Jaguar Land Rover INSPIRING TOMORROW'S ENGINEERS AND PREPARING THEM FOR THE SELF-DRIVING FUTURE Jaguar Land Rover is looking to inspire the next generation of software coders and talents with its Land Rover 4×4 In Schools programme. Land Rover 4×4 in Schools programme gives tomorrow’s engineers the chance to learn to code selfdriving vehicles of the future today. Launched in 2006 in UK the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge was taken globally in 2015 and is now active in 20 countries. Since its inception, more than 15,000 young people have joined the programme. The challenge has inspired many students in pursuing STEM careers in the automotive industry including former participants who have later on joined Jaguar Land Rover. Jaguar Land Rover’s Land Rover 4×4 in Schools programme helped the company reach more than four million young people since 2000. In the 2019’s Land Rover 4×4 In Schools Technology Challenge world finals some 110 students from 14 countries have qualified. This year’s world finals were held at the University of Warwick where the NewGen Motors team from Greece won the trophy following two intensive days of competition. According to Arm an estimated one billion lines of computer code is needed for self-driving cars, as compared to just the 145,000 lines required by NASA to land Apollo 11 on the moon in 1969 (LOC for Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC)). Land Rover 4×4 In Schools programme is aimed at inspiring the next generation of software engineers in order to meet the growing need for more coders to deliver these future autonomous and connected vehicles. During this year’s Land Rover 4×4 In Schools Technology Challenge world finals talented teenagers have written 200 lines of code in just 30 minutes, to successfully navigate a scale model Range Rover Evoque around a 5.7-meter circuit. According to David Lakin, who is head of education from the IET, UK alone will require more than 1 million software engineers to fill the growing demand for skills like coding, software engineering or electronics.
Here is what he said: “We’re in the midst of a digital skills shortage – the UK alone requires more than 1 million software engineers to fill the growing demand for roles requiring a knowledge of coding, software engineering or electronics. Digital skills are vital to the economy, which is why the IET is proud to support initiatives like the Land Rover 4×4 In Schools Technology Challenge to ensure we inspire, inform and develop future engineers and encourage diversity across STEM subjects from a young age. If we are to safeguard jobs for the next generation, we must equip the workforce of the future with the skills they will need to engineer a better world.” According to Evans Data Corporation there were 23 million software developers worldwide as of 2018 and this number is expected to to grow to 27.7 million by 2023. Furthermore, research from the World Economic Forum predicts some 65% of today’s students will end up working in jobs that don’t currently exist. That’s why, Jaguar Land Rover is planning this year to launch a new Digital Skills Apprenticeship programme aimed at attracting the best computer engineers to help code its nextgeneration electric, connected and autonomous vehicles and support the factories of the future. According to Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, the rapidly changing automotive industry sees the computer engineering and software skills as more important than ever. “Computer engineering and software skills are more important than ever in the rapidly changing automotive industry, and that will only increase as we see more autonomous, connected and electric vehicles on the roads. The UK will need 1.2 million more people with specialist digital skills by 2022, and as a technology company, it’s our job to help inspire and develop the next generation of technically curious and pioneering digital engineers. The Land Rover 4×4 In Schools Technology Challenge is just one of the ways we are doing this, as well as our new Digital Skills Apprenticeship we are launching this year.” Website: www.jaguarlandrover.com PAGE 010
Arçelik CEO AIMS TO RAISE AWARENESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS THROUGH MT. EVEREST CLIMB Arçelik takes another key initiative to tackle global warming in line with its 'Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide' vision. CEO Hakan Bulgurlu will attempt to climb Mount Everest to raise awareness on climate change risks. Arçelik continues its efforts to build a sustainable future through its environment friendly products, sustainability projects and campaigns. Having sustainability at the heart of its business operations, the company created a product portfolio which is more than 90% recyclable and set a goal of being carbon-neutral in manufacturing by 2025. This time Arçelik takes another initiative to draw attention to global warming, with catastrophic effects already having an impact on the future of our planet. Starting by the end of April, Arçelik CEO Hakan Bulgurlu will attempt to climb Mountain Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, to raise awareness on climate change risks. Bulgurlu will try to reach the summit in nearly four weeks using the northern route together with a team of five from different countries. Previously, Arçelik teams climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and in 2018, Elbrus in 2017, and most recently Mount Aconcagua in last January to draw attention to global warming's growing and deteriorating impacts. Mount Everest is one of the globally known geographies hit hardest by global warming. A recent study found that the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, could lose two-thirds of its glaciers by 2100, if global efforts to limit global warming fail. Last year, a landmark report released by United Nations also suggests that if greenhouse gas emissions continued at the current rate, the atmosphere would warm by as much as 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2040. The expedition will be documented in a series of social media posts on Arçelik Global and Hakan Bulgurlu's social media channels.
"Working towards an economic model that reduces waste, emissions and water consumption isn’t just a box we tick at Arçelik — it’s at the center of everything we do. That means staying ahead of the curve when it comes to discovering innovations. My vision and that of Arçelik’s employees is far bigger than simply creating improvements in one factory or another. For us, the vision of cultivating sustainability carries across all brands and industries. At Arçelik, we won’t develop a new business plan or make a new investment without focusing on our goal for a more sustainable model — how can we reduce waste, emission and water consumption. Keeping an eye on developing technology is the best way for us — and everyone — to stay ahead of the curve." - Arçelik CEO Hakan Bulgurlu "To create a more sustainable future — reduce waste, emissions and water consumption — we must look to the amazing advances happening across the world. It’s our responsibility to share our innovations and be receptive to scientific breakthroughs across all industries. That way we can find the best way forward, no matter what corner it comes from." Arçelik: Founded in 1955 Arçelik has operations in the durable consumer goods industry with production, marketing and aftersales services. We work for a sustainable future through our technology, human resources and production power. Our vision of “Respecting The World, Respected Worldwide” aims to ensure profitable and long-term sustainable growth; to increase market share acting on global target market approach, to reach more consumers with innovative products and services in a rapidly changing world, to secure the future with the consciousness of corporate responsibility and to integrate and optimize the components of the global organization to be a global group. Arçelik offers products and services in 146 countries with its 32,000 employees, 22 different production facilities in 9 countries (Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa, Thailand, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh), 34 sales and marketing companies all over the world and with its 12 brands. Arçelik is listed on Istanbul Stock Exchange. Website: www.arcelikglobal.com PAGE 011
Eminence Organics ORGANIC SKIN CARE BRAND PLANTS 12 MILLION TREES THROUGH ITS ECO-INITIATIVE, FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE Organic Skin Care Brand Celebrates its 7th Year Planting a Tree for Every Retail Product Sold. Eminence Organic Skin Care, a natural, organic and Biodynamic® professional skin care brand, celebrates Earth Day every day of the year through its eco-initiative, Forests for the Future. This past April, they celebrated having planted 12 million trees around the globe. In November 2012, Eminence Organics committed to planting a tree for every retail product sold. Since that time, they have surpassed every imaginable milestone and now celebrate adding 12 million trees to the planet. The brand's Forests for the Future program helps train farmers in developing countries how to build productive and sustainable Forest Gardens. The trees play a key role in the development of these Forest Gardens in rural communities. The gardens then empower local people to restore their environment, grow their own food and build a sustainable income and future for themselves, their families and their communities. Eminence Organics is proud to contribute to the development of these Forest Garden Projects and is celebrating planting over 12 Million trees globally. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year, while also providing a habitat for biodiversity and helping combat climate change. By choosing Eminence Organic Skin Care products, consumers are choosing to make a difference by contributing to the fight against global climate change. Since our inception in 1958, we have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products .We believe in providing the best skin care products possible. Our products are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.
For every product sold, a tree is planted. A single tree can: - Help prevent deadly mudslides, floods and soil erosion. - Replenish the fertility of soil essential to growing life sustaining crops. - Provide habitat for a wider range of biodiversity creating natural sustainability for all life forms. - Help lower air temperature and combat climate change Stabilize the soil and prevent wind and soil erosion through its roots. - Contribute to the fertility of land through nitrogen fixation and increased water penetration. To find out more on the Eminence Organic Skin Care Forests for the Future initiative, please visit: eminenceorganics.com/forests-future. Eminence Organic Skin Care of Hungary: An award-winning provider of the most effective, professional skin care products, is sold in leading spas in 50+ countries worldwide. Eminence Organics blends herbal craftsmanship, innovative skin rejuvenation techniques unique to Hungary and hand-picked ingredients to craft premium natural, organic and Biodynamic® skin care that is both good for the earth and the skin. Eminence Organics is proud to be a Certified B Corporation®, the leaders of the global movement using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, held to rigorous standards of performance, accountability and transparency. The mission of Eminence Organic Skin Care is to enhance well-being naturally through extraordinary products and extraordinary service. We continue to use hand-picked fresh ingredients to create products that contain potent healing and beautifying properties. Many of these ingredients are combined with pure waters drawn from a thermal hot spring lake containing minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We are proud to use wind energy and solar power energy in the making of our products and we plant a tree for every product sold. Website: www.eminenceorganics.com PAGE 012
Grover Gaming LEADER IN ELECTRONIC GAMING DESIGN SURPASSES $100 MILLION RAISED FOR CHARITIES Grover Gaming, Inc., a leader in electronic gaming design and software development, announced that it has surpassed $100 Million in monies raised for charity through their charitable gaming partners. Over One Hundred Million Dollars has gone directly to the charities utilizing Grover Gaming Electronic Charitable Gaming systems in New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio, North Dakota, and Virginia in the past five years. "Electronic Raffle and Electronic Pull-Tab devices in these jurisdictions really enable these charities to flourish and provide for their core purposes unlike those in states that do not allow electronic charitable gaming," said Kevin Morse, Director of Market Development for Grover Gaming. These partner charitable and fraternal organizations represent hundreds of lodges and fraternal groups such as the Loyal Order of the Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and many others. Money raised by these organizations through charitable gaming is used to benefit the communities they represent and lessen the burden of those in need by funding Family Centers, hospitals, retirement homes, schools and other worthwhile causes. "We are proud that our charitable partners have reached this incredible milestone," said Garrett Blackwelder, President of Grover Gaming. "Seeing firsthand how their contributions benefit places like the Mooseheart Children's School, the Eagles Diabetes Research Center, and so many others, keeps us committed to providing the most entertaining gaming experiences in the industry." Located in Greenville, North Carolina, Grover Gaming develops software, game content and gaming systems, and is licensed in New Hampshire, Kentucky, North Dakota, Washington, Ontario Canada, Virginia, and South Dakota.Â Their games, knownÂ
throughout the industry for high-resolution graphics and exciting design, are created at Grover Gaming's design and development facility by over 130 talented employees, including developers, artists, audio designers, programmers, and .net developers. Grover Gaming is a privately owned company that evolved from the success of a gaming route started in 2003 by owner Garrett Blackwelder. The team assembled since 2003 continues to grow and adapt to the ever changing gaming environments across the globe while serving Lotteries, Charitable Gaming, and other niche gaming markets. Creating engaging content that is representational of a paper process can impose certain challenges. However, Grover Gamingâ€™s creative team is helping to drive the digital transformation of historically paper-based charitable gaming markets. With Grover Gaming's ability to create commercially successful games, backend systems, and global reporting sites, it is not surprising that we are the undisputed leader in the majority of digital pull-tab markets. Grover's state-of-the art technology can be played across a wide variety of platforms including, but not limited to, the ones shown in the diagram below. Keeping up with the latest networking and communication technology enables Grover Gaming partners to drive their revenues higher as well as keeping the end user engaged in the games. The production of customer focused, top-quality, game content is one of the cornerstones of Grover Gaming's ability to maximize the value of your existing systems. Our willingness to collaborate and communicate in that process is vital to your ability to use innovation as a strategy. The creative components of Grover Gaming are 100% in-house. Our programmers, game developers, sound designers, and innovative art teams allow us to remain flexible and agile as Grover Gaming continues to drive change in the world of gaming software. Website: www.grovergaming.com PAGE 013
Kuaishou Technology LAUNCHES 'SOCIAL IMPACT INSTITUTE' FOLLOWING $2.8 BILLION USD GENERATED FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURS Kuaishou Technology, developer of Kuaishou, one of the world's leading short video applications with 160 million daily active users, announced the launch of the Kuaishou Social Impact Institute, a new research arm in partnership with world-leading academic institutions to assess the impact of Internet technology on the alleviation of poverty, social impact research and more. Following 16 million users who've earned an income through Kuaishou, many of whom use the platform for their livelihood, the institute is the latest milestone in Kuaishou Technology's mission to empower users to create their own sustainable ecommerce businesses, with an emphasis on impoverished households.
Also seeing success with the "Kuaishou Goods For Good Program," Kuaishou Technology provided guidance and business resources to 4,000 sellers of 'sweetheart apples," among which 1,300 were under the poverty threshold, who collectively sold fifty different locally-produced products and generated $37 million USD in revenue on Kuaishou in 2018. To power this poverty-fighting movement, Kuaishou's platform, down to its algorithms, is designed to be ethically conscious, unlike any other short video and live streaming app. Recommendations are deliberately 'inclusive.' In other words, Kuaishou offers new users an equal opportunity to feature their best content, be guaranteed a real audience, and the opportunity to turn their content into a viable social ecommerce business through short videos and streaming.
Kuaishou has helped users from impoverished rural backgrounds in China generate $2.8 billion USD in revenue in 2018. Having recognized the interest in creatively promoting local goods among users, Kuaishou Technology kickstarted a development initiative in 2018, running pilot programs that offered both platform-based e-commerce tools and on-theground business operations support for its users, the latter of which was established as the "Kuaishou for Social Good" initiative. This initiative, designed to offer direct education and resources for rural citizens to being a career in social ecommerce entrepreneurship, runs multiple parallel pilot programs, a couple of which include the "Kuaishou Rural Entrepreneurship Incubation Program" and the "Kuaishou Goods For Good Program."
"When a company embeds social value creation into both the company's mission and business operations, this strengthens the business' foundation, while also generating more happiness for all," said Su Hua, Founder and CEO of Kuaishou Technology. "As just business growth isn't enough for any enterprise to garner respect and acceptance from society, Kuaishou is on a mission to use our technology ethically, to both solve major societal issues and create real social value."
Empowering citizens from the most underprivileged regions in China, the "Kuaishou Rural Entrepreneurship Incubation Program" has been an ongoing pilot program that began with educating twenty participants on how to set up, establish and run business operations. Consequently in 2018, Kuaishou Technology directly helped these newly established rural entrepreneursÂ generate $1.4 million USD in collective revenue for their own social e-commerce businesses, while also lifting 500 households out of poverty.
Kuaishou Technology: Founded in 2011, Kuaishou is one of the world's leading short video social platforms boasting more than 160 million daily active users. Kuaishou is designed to shine the limelight on the often overlooked, yet diverse and down-toearth communities of people in China. Since its launch, Kuaishou has grown to become China's largest life sharing platform with 15 million pieces of user generated content daily, 350 million daily likes, and of 9 billion original videos. Website: www.kuaishou.com
Participants of the Kuaishou Social Impact Institute include Oxford University, the University of Birmingham, Peking University, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Renmin University of China and Tsinghua University.
Mayorga Organics COFFEE IMPORTER EMPOWERS OVER 350 SMALL CHIA FARMERS IN NICARGUA AND MEXICO Mayorga Organics operates the only facility in North America that directly imports, sterilizes, and packages organic chia in direct-to-consumer packaging. All of the product that goes through this closed system is fully traceable to small farmers that work directly with Mayorga staff in Nicaragua and Mexico in a highly efficient supply chain that benefits consumers and farmers beyond traditional supply chains. This supply chain disruption is what has grown Mayorga into a national powerhouse that works with local, regional, and international grocers and retailers. "Farmers are our first customer," states Martin Mayorga, founder of Mayorga Organics. "By being at the origin countries working hand-in-hand with producers, we can understand and address their true needs as well as the needs of the community. We can also express the consumers' needs in regard to quality, value, and food safety. We've even opened our own export companies in multiple countries to be more efficient. This direct supply chain just makes so much sense, but most companies won't do it because it requires a lot of extra human capital." Mayorga continues to explain that they work with about 330 farmers in northern Nicaragua and about 20 in Mexico. "Our organic chia program has grown from 12 farmers and about 40,000lbs to about 350 farmers and over 4,000,000 pounds. Our farmers are happy and empowered so they grow better product and we know how to go to market more efficiently than our competitors. Our chia also happens to be sterilized using the only organic approved system that can achieve a 5-log kill step. That's nerd-talk for really, really, really, safe to eat," says Mayorga. Mayorga Organics was founded by Guatemalan-born Martin Mayorga and operates with the purpose of alleviating systemic poverty through the direct trade or artisanal organic foods. They operate a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Rockville, MD primarily focused on importing, roasting, and packaging coffee. They are currently building a facility in Florida.
100% Organic, Small Farmer Direct, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Kosher Certified Chia Seeds. By purchasing Mayorga chia, you are a vital and appreciated part of a new model that provides better income for farmers and their families. Mayorga's Purpose is to eliminate systemic poverty in rural Latin America through responsible trade of artisanal organic foods. We don’t just source and sell artisanal organic products. We exist and operate with the purpose of eliminating systemic poverty in rural Latin America through responsible trade. We have dedicated our lives to creating a SUSTAINABLE business model that puts FARMERS first as we believe that HEALTHY farming communities will produce better quality products that ultimately will benefit our valued customers. The agriculture industry is broken. The farmers in Latin America that grow the foods we consume to nourish our bodies are as poor as ever. Marketing and "greenwashing" by companies-big and small--will let consumers believe that things are changing. While there are some success stories, farmers in Latin America are amongst the poorest 1% in the world. Their communities are being poisoned with chemicals for the purpose of growing more volume, rather than better quality. Rather than put a bandaid on it on these issues, we work every day to redefine and shift the industry. We communicate with producers almost daily, we visit them constantly, we seek better ways to grow organic products, better ways to finance the supply chain, more efficient ways to ship their products, and the most efficient way to run our business. We don’t do these things for PR or marketing. We do them because we believe that it’s our obligation for future generations of farmers–and consumers. The solution isn’t as simple as paying farmers a few cents more. It’s about treating our farmers as EQUAL PARTNERS and empowering them through communication and cooperation. It’s about “trimming the fat” in the agribusiness supply chain to create more value for farmers and for consumers - all while obsessively focusing on quality. Website: www.mayorgaorganics.com PAGE 015
Gemperle Farms CELEBRATING 8 MILLION EGGS DONATED SINCE 2000 TO CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY CHARITIES Earlier this year Gemperle Farms topped the 8 million mark for eggs donated to local charities since the year 2000. Each week thousands of Gemperle eggs go to lunch programs, local nonprofits, food banks, and food pantries. Gemperle Family Farms donates between 350,000 and 500,000 eggs each year. More than 75% of those eggs go to United Samaritans Foundation and its affiliates, Hilmar Helping Hands, Turlock Together, and Salvation Army. "We receive 450 dozen eggs a week from Gemperle Farms. We use them to make egg salad sandwiches every Tuesday. We have many stories to tell that are heartwarming about our egg salad sandwiches. Everyone remembers them," said Bev Hatcher, Executive Director, United Samaritans Foundation. Eggs are one of the best sources of affordable, high quality protein. More than half the protein is found in the egg white. One large egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals and is a rich source of vitamins D, B6, B12, Zinc, Iron, Choline and Selenium. These are rich nutrients that can help both children and adults stay healthy with less sickness and days lost at work and school. In parts of the world where chronic hunger is a frequent factor, people often eat an egg a day to maintain good nutrition. The United Samaritans Foundation was co-founded in 1994 by Ernie Gemperle with the mission to deliver food to people in need in Stanislaus County. The foundation also facilitates services to assist people in transitioning to a better quality of life. United Samaritans operates a lunch truck program, food pantry, senior lunch program, homeless services and a clothes closet."The problem with poverty and food insecurity is great in our Central Valley. One in five children live in poverty. Here we are the Bread Basket of the World and there are people who just get by every day," Hatcher said. United Samaritans' Daily Bread Ministry lunch trucks serve a little under 400,000 meals every year. Their emergency Food
Boxes serve over 33,000 meals including eggs every year. The foundation believes they could not achieve this without the support of Gemperle Farms' aggressive egg donation program. Gemperle has been their largest donator of food for 20+ years. "Many of our families and individuals live in areas considered food deserts where there are no full-service supermarkets within a mile of their homes. With the help of Gemperle Farms we have made a difference in our community. Everyone who comes to receive food from us is always appreciative," Hatcher said. Selfless giving was ingrained into every member of the Gemperle family from the time they were children. Gemperle Family Farms was first established in the 1950's in the Central Valley of California by Swiss immigrants Annemarie and Ernie Gemperle. Their children now operate the farm and continue the legacy of community involvement and philanthropy. "The Central Valley is our home and our community. It is very important for us to practice sustainable stewardship of the land and to give back to the community," explains Mike Gemperle, VP of Gemperle Farms. Family members donate and are involved in many California based charitable boards and committees including: United Samaritans Foundation, Carnegie Art Center, CSUS Foundation, CSUS One Purpose Scholarship Program, Turlock Community Theatre, Greater Yosemite Council Boy Scouts of America, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Center for Community Solutions and Community College District Advisory Board. Gemperle Family Farms has been producing eggs in the Central Valley of California for over 7 decades with a commitment to sustainable and humane farming practices. They practice sustainable and organic farming practices in their integrated orchard crops. They produce all varieties of eggs without hormones and antibiotics – the natural way that eggs should be. Website: www.gemperle.com PAGE 016
PNC Financial Services PNC GROW UP GREAT® 15TH ANNIVERSARY KICKS OFF WITH EXTENSION TO $500 MILLION The PNC Financial Services Group this year launched its 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great®, announcing an additional $150 million to extend the program that supports high-quality early learning for young children. The program is now a $500 million initiative benefitting 40 markets. "The workplace of tomorrow will require skills and knowledge we can't begin to imagine today. As a Main Street bank, we recognize that we have an important role to play in helping ensure that all children have the opportunity to acquire and strengthen the skills they need to succeed so that our communities prosper," said William S. Demchak, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. "I join with my PNC colleagues in sharing the pride in all that has been accomplished through PNC Grow Up Great. In this celebration year, the time is right to extend our support and prepare our future leaders for success." "Fifteen years in and we know the best is yet to come thanks to the support of our employees, along with the terrific collaborations we've embarked on with Fred Rogers Productions, Sesame Workshop and National Head Start Association," said Sally McCrady, president and chair of the PNC Foundation. "We look forward to making an even greater impact by helping more families, teachers and others inspire the love of learning in our youngest children. Since 2004, Grow Up Great has focused on helping to prepare children, especially underserved children, from birth to age 5, for success in school and life. The initiative goes beyond the classroom, supporting learning and social-emotional development of children at home and across communities by also providing free resources and tools to parents, guardians, caregivers and neighborhood organizations. Access to highquality early childhood education and resources is critical. Research shows that quality early education reduces dropout rates, poverty and crime while improving the skills of tomorrow's workforce.
Highlights of PNC Grow Up Great's impact over the last 15 years include: - Awarded nearly $160 million in grants through the PNC Foundation to support young children in our communities. - Encouraged families, caregivers and teachers to inspire a love of learning through educational resources and experiences for more than five million children. - Demonstrated leadership by leveraging our relationships with the business community, policymakers and other key stakeholders to elevate discussions about the importance of access to high-quality early childhood education. - Donated employee time, skills and expertise in support of the mission. - Through Grow Up Great, PNC employees have contributed more than 850,000 volunteer hours and 1.2 million items for use in classrooms and the personal well-being of young children. Throughout the year, PNC will continue the anniversary celebration with additional initiatives and events continuing to support the efforts of early childhood education champions – the teachers, experts, caregivers and parents committed to building a foundation for success. The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Website: www.pnc.com PAGE 017
ALDI BY 2025, ALL PRODUCT PACKAGING WILL BE REUSABLE, RECYCLABLE OR COMPOSTABLE ALDI this year announced a series of commitments it has made to help combat the global plastics crisis. By 2025, 100% of ALDI packaging, including plastic packaging, will be reusable, recyclable or compostable. ALDI will also reduce packaging material across its entire range by at least 15%. ALDI has the ability to influence how its products are sourced, produced and brought to shelves because more than 90 percent of its range is ALDI-exclusive. The company is committed to working with its supplier community to achieve the following comprehensive goals: - By 2025, 100 percent of ALDI packaging, including plastic packaging, will have reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging. - By 2025, packaging material of all ALDI-exclusive products to be reduced by at least 15 percent. - By 2020, 100 percent of ALDI-exclusive consumable packaging to include How2Recycle label. - By 2020, implement an initiative to make private-label product packaging easier for customers to reuse. - Guide continuous improvement of product packaging by internal expertise and external evaluations. "ALDI has never offered single-use plastic shopping bags. And while we're pleased that we've helped keep billions of plastic grocery bags out of landfills and oceans, we want to continue to do more," said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI U.S. "The commitments we're making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make." These new goals are an extension of the company's existing sustainability initiatives. For more than four decades, ALDI U.S. has never offered single-use plastic grocery bags, and shoppers have brought their reusable bags. By company estimates, this progressive business decision has helped keep approximately 15 billion single-use plastic bags out of landfills and oceans.
In 2018, ALDI recycled more than 250,000 tons of materials, including paper, cardboard, plastic and metal. Through this recycling effort, ALDI avoided the greenhouse gas equivalent of 8,094,533 gallons of gasoline. In July 2018, ALDI partnered with How2Recycle, a standardized labeling system, to empower its customers to recycle. These packaging goals, along with other environmental initiatives, are part of the larger ALDI Corporate Responsibility program, which actively works to reduce food waste, support natural disaster relief efforts through employee volunteerism and donations, and build stronger communities through a longstanding partnership with Feeding America. About ALDI U.S. A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI operates more than 1,800 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month benefit from the simple, streamlined approach ALDI brings to retailing. ALDI sells frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, and these products meet or exceed national name brands on taste and quality. Among our ALDIexclusive products, 1 in 5 is award-winning*. For the eighth year in a row, ALDI was recognized as the value leader among U.S. grocery stores by a Market Force InformationÂŽ survey of U.S. consumers. ALDI also backs up its products with a Twice as Nice Guarantee: replacing the product AND offering a full refund. ALDI cares about our people, communities and world and our role as a business, working every day to help create a better world to live in. We want our customers to love grocery shopping as much as we do. Itâ€™s our job to make sure our customers can trust the products they buy at ALDI have been grown, caught or made with care for the environment and the people involved in bringing them to market. We are devoted to upholding the highest level of integrity and professionalism. Website: www.aldi.us PAGE 018
Royal Bank of Canada RBC CELEBRATES 150 YEARS WITH $5.5 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CANADIAN, U.S.A AND U.K. COMMUNITIES RBC strives to have a positive economic, environmental and social impact and to provide responsible leadership wherever we operate. Lots of companies care about community. What sets RBC apart is how we bring our company and our networks together to tackle the big issues of today and tomorrow In celebration of its 150th birthday, RBC announced a $5.5 Million investment to communities across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. This is as part of an overall $500 Million commitment to youth over the next ten years. The donations will be directed to youthfocused organizations committed to helping young people and their communities thrive. "RBC is honoured to have served and supported our clients, their families and their businesses, in communities around the globe, for the past 150 years," said Dave McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer, RBC. "To celebrate our shared history, we're giving back to our communities, in line with our RBC Future Launch program, and engaging youth to help drive positive change for future generations." As part of this initiative, RBC and the RBC Foundation will be donating funds towards organizations that focus on programs and services for young people, including education, skills development, health, wellness, employment and more. The charitable partners receiving financial support include: Canada: Community Foundations of Canada U.S.: DoSomething.org U.K.: Prince's Trust Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago: YMCA and Cayman Islands: Feed our Future. Additional donations to the Bahamas and Barbados will be announced. "This announcement further reinforces our continued investment in youth and the critical role social enterprises play in helping deliver that support where it's needed most," concluded Mr. McKay.
Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 84,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada's biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 33 other countries. RBC is committed to helping clients thrive and communities prosper, supporting strategic initiatives that make a measurable impact on society, the environment and the economy. We support initiatives and creating programs that help youth realize their full potential. Ongoing Activities to Support Youth in Canada: - RBC Future Launch is empowering Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow by engaging the public and private sectors to understand the barriers young people face and make a significant impact on their lives. - The RBC Youth Mental Well-being Project is our commitment to support programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time. So far, we have provided more than $34 million in support. - Increasing in popularity every year, RBC Race for the Kids events have attracted more than 124,000 participants to date, and raised over CAD $27 million for childrenâ€™s charities around the world. Our Impact: Unlocking the Potential of Youth. $500 Million commitment to preparing youth for the future of work over the next ten years. 292 communities supported across 75 cities since 2017. Website: www.rbc.com PAGE 019
Altria Group $1 MILLION GRANT TO SUPPORT SUCCESSFUL CATALYST WOMEN ON BOARD™ PROGRAM Joining Forces to Sponsor Board-Ready Women. Altria Group made a $1 million grant to Catalyst Women On Board™, a sponsorship program that matches exceptional candidates with leading CEOs and board chairs to help advance more women onto corporate boards. "Boards impact almost every aspect of our lives, and for far too long, representation by highly qualified women, especially women of color, has been lacking on the boards of the world's most influential organizations," said Lorraine Hariton, President and CEO, Catalyst. "Catalyst Women On Board™ is helping to turn the tide by making powerful connections, bringing together women, sponsors, and companies to create opportunities and increase diversity in the boardroom." Catalyst Women On Board™ helps address the fact that boards do not reflect the diversity of the population: women hold 22.5% of all Fortune 500 board seats and women of color hold only 4.6%. Sponsorship accelerates change, and Catalyst's exclusive cohort of sponsors help spark change by opening their networks to women candidates, in particular to women of color who are uniquely underrepresented in corporate boardrooms. "Thoughtful development of a diverse and inclusive leadership team provides competitive advantage. That's true for us at Altria. As leaders, we must be intentional about advocating and sponsoring women into senior leadership roles and onto boards," said Howard Willard, Chairman and CEO, Altria Group and newly elected member of Catalyst's Board of Directors. "I am pleased that with our grant, Catalyst will be able to expand this highly important work to advance representation of women in the boardroom." Since Catalyst's acquisition of Women On Board™ Canada in 2013 and its subsequent launch in the United States in 2016, the program has led to more than 176 board appointments, with approximately 67% of alumnae appointed to seats on corporate boards.
Catalyst recently announced nine board-ready senior executive women have been selected as the third US class of Catalyst Women On Board™, including: Board candidates: Nancy A. Altobello, Former Global Vice Chair, Talent, EY Kathie J. Andrade, Former CEO, Consumer Finance, TIAA Christine S. Breves, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Support and Chief Supply Chain Officer, United States Steel Corporation Cindy R. Kent, Former President and General Manager, Infection Prevention Division, 3M Sue-Jean Lin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Alcon Sandra MacQuillan, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation Amy Shore, President, P&C Sales and Distribution, Nationwide Eileen Simon, General Counsel, Global Businesses, Mastercard Christina S. Sistrunk, President and CEO, Aera Energy Sponsors: Edward H. Bastian, Chairman and CEO, Delta Airlines Peter T. Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP Rodney O. Martin Jr., Chairman and CEO, Voya Financial Stephen S. Rasmussen, CEO, Nationwide Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente Peter Voser, Chairman of the Board, ABB Ltd. James D. White, Retired Chairman and CEO, Jamba, Inc. Altria Group holds diversified positions across tobacco, alcohol and cannabis. Through our wholly-owned subsidiaries and strategic investments in other companies, we seek to provide category-leading choices to adult consumers, while returning maximum value to shareholders through dividends and growth. Our tobacco companies – which have been the undisputed market leaders in the U.S. tobacco industry for decades – include some of the most enduring names in American business. Website: www.altria.com PAGE 020
Natura Brazil PARTNERSHIP WITH SANTANDER TO OFFER BANKING TO OVER 1 MILLION BEAUTY CONSULTANTS Natura Beauty Consultants will now have access to an account free of maintenance charges as well as a digital microcredit line and card terminal. Natura, in partnership with Santander, will offer its Beauty Consultants a bank account with exclusive benefits. The initiative, part of the company's revitalisation plan and the digitalisation of its business model, will contribute towards bankarisation as well as the increase in productivity and income for its Beauty Consultants, expanding sales and consolidating loyalty by allowing them to offer a better customer experience. The fully digital account has an embedded interface with both the website and the Natura Consultant App, allowing access to banking services such as the Natura card, withdrawals, deposits and transfers, as well as a POS (point of sale) machine for credit and debit card payments offering exclusive conditions. The proceeds from sales (made via the webpage, the Rede Natura or the card terminal) will be paid directly into the account. The balance can be used to make purchases with the Natura card, to pay bills and to make transfers. Beauty Consultants will also be able to access microcredit directly through the App, to be used solely for the purchase of Natura products. The new service also aims to offer credit to Beauty Consultants so that they can invest in the expansion and professionalisation of their activity. "This is yet another initiative to empower our Beauty Consultants, enabling them to offer better customer experience. Moreover, we are contributing to their bankarisation and social inclusion", says João Paulo Ferreira, Natura's CEO. "Our goal is to enable the Consultant to earn more, which in turn will increase our revenues. By enabling them to conduct more business transactions, it is a win win situation for all. It is also another step towards further cementing their loyalty. New services like this pave the way for an ongoing increase in Consultant productivity."
"Providing support for Natura Beauty Consultants means providing support for enterprise and financial inclusion, both fundamental needs in Brazil, where the most urgent challenge is to generate employment and income", states Sérgio Rial, president of Santander Brasil. "This partnership was only possible because we are a bank that has an integrated vision of the value chain. We are able to offer solutions both for large companies and for their suppliers, employees and partners." Since 2016, Natura has been conducting a study to measure its Beauty Consultants' Human Development Index (HDI). The study identified a high need for financial education. To address this, the Natura Account card will be pay-as-you-go, that is, the Beauty Consultant can only make purchases when there is a positive balance in the account. Natura will also be offering Beauty Consultants training in finance via WhatsApp. The Natura Account initiative will be available to the network of 1.1 million Beauty Consultants in Brazil in the first half of 2019. Natura: Established in 1969, Natura is a Brazilian multinational in the cosmetics and personal care segment. Market leader in direct sales in Brazil, with over 1.7 million CBeauty Consultants, Natura is part of the Natura &Co group, a corporate brand that brings together Natura, Aesop and The Body Shop, and which posted net revenues of R$ 13.4 billion in 2018. Natura was the first publicly-traded company in the world to receive a B Corp certification in December 2014, underscoring its transparent and sustainable social, environmental and economic performance. It is also the first Brazilian company to be awarded the "Leaping Bunny" certification, granted by the animal protection organisation Cruelty Free International, which certifies a company's commitment to not tests its products or ingredients on animals. It has operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the US, France, Mexico and Peru. Products bearing the Natura brand can be purchased from Natura Beauty Consultants, through Natura´s website, the Natura App or in stores in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, New York, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Website: www.natura.com.br PAGE 021
REI Co-op $100 MILLION INVESTED IN LIFE OUTDOORS AND NEW "LOVING OUR LOCAL OUTDOORS" CAMPAIGN New "Loving Our Local Outdoors" initiative gave 17 million REI members voice in how the co-op supports outdoor nonprofits near home. REI Co-op will reach a major impact milestone this year - $100 million invested in stewardship of the outdoors. To celebrate, today the co-op is launching Loving Our Local Outdoors and is inviting its members to help decide how $1 million in philanthropic giving will benefit their local communities. From March 11 to April 8, members who made a purchase instore helped REI choose outdoor nonprofit organizations in their local community to receive additional funding. The investment was part of the co-op's broader impact program, which will contribute over $7 million to life outside just this year. "As an outdoor co-op, giving back to the places our members love is at the heart of our work to awaken a lifelong love of the outdoors. Through listening sessions and focus groups, we learned that our members want to play a bigger role in helping the places nearest and dearest to them," said Kristen Ragain, REI philanthropy and community partnerships manager. "That's why, this year, we're tapping into our members' local expertise to shape how our dollars benefit places in their local communities." The goal of Loving Our Local Outdoors is to engage REI members in driving change. REI members are at the heart of how the coop inspires millions of people to live life outside. REI members engage with the co-op in a number of ways, including sharing in the co-op's profits through an annual dividend, engaging with REI leaders at an annual member meeting and electing the coop's board of directors. In addition, REI members participate in the #OptOutside movement, where REI closes all its stores on Black Friday and encourages individuals to spend the day outside with friends and family. "This is an exciting shift. We want to involve our members directly in our work to awaken a lifelong love of the outdoors
and this is just the start," said Alex Thompson, vice president of brand stewardship and impact for REI. "We recently published The Path Ahead, an examination of humankind and its relationship to the outdoors. It asserts that we are at a crossroads and makes the case that we cannot wait to act. Our hope is that people will be inspired to get even more deeply engaged and our job, over the coming months and years, is to provide clear ways to play a role in the fight for life outside." Each of REI's 154 stores will highlight three projects in the local region. Every project will receive funding, with REI members deciding the percentage of funds dedicated to each organization. The investment will touch nearly 200 nonprofits. About the REI Co-op: REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation's largest consumer coop, REI is a growing community of more than 17 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI was founded in 1938 by a group of 23 climbing friends with a passion for life outside. Today, the co-op has grown to include 17 million members, united by their love for the outdoors. REI members pay $20 for a lifelong membership to the co-op and share in the company's profits through an annual dividend. REI has 154 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. If you can't visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn't just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs more than 170 custom-designed itineraries worldwide. The REI Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expertinstructors who teach beginner-to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to— and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all. Website: www.rei.com PAGE 022
ROMA Boots 9 YEARS, 28 COUNTRIES, $2,953,186 WORTH OF BOOTS DONATED TO CHILDREN WORLDWIDE With passion at the core, founder and CEO Samuel Bistrian has come full circle in his mission of being an entrepreneur and successful business owner. Through mistakes, loss, and setbacks, Bistrian reveals the not so glamorous truth to how he put love back into ROMA.
"All the pressures of growing a business can cause one to lose their purpose and you no longer have that same passion to help those in poverty when you can't pay your own bills and you have partners putting enormous pressure on you," Bistrian expressed.
On April 3, 2010, despite being in the middle of an economic recession, Samuel Bistrian started ROMA Boots, the brand that merges fashion with philanthropy to 'Give Poverty the Boot.'
It took a family crisis to put things back in perspective to help him rediscover his purpose; helping those who can't help themselves. Hitting rock bottom was the motivator for Bistrian to take back the company that was once all his. Over the course of 9 months, he was able to buy out his investors and today, Samuel Bistrian is returning to his roots as the sole owner of ROMA Boots, running a successful business, giving back and doing what he loves. After nine years, ROMA is 'America's Favorite Rain Boot' and doing better than ever by giving poverty the boot with joy and love. ROMA Boots is easily on its way to becoming 'World's Favorite Rain Boot' with countless practical, yet fashionable rain boots for women and kids.
After spending years working at Neiman Marcus, Bistrian developed a passion for quality and customer service and wanted to take that a step further by giving back to people in need. Growing up extremely poor, he realized how big the impact of rain boots are in a child's life in poverty-stricken countries and from that, his business model was created. "I never considered myself a businessman or even perhaps an entrepreneur. Even when I wanted to leave Neiman Marcus to start ROMA, some of my superiors told me that it was a poor decision, and to some degree they were right. I did not have much of a plan as the country was in a recession. I had $5,000 in my bank account, significant credit card debt and student loans, but over all of that, I had passion," explained Samuel Bistrian, Founder and CEO of ROMA Boots.
For the first time ever, ROMA now offers a new, men rain boot line, which just launched January 2019, creating rain boot options for the whole family
With the mission of bringing impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education, for every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. ROMA's ultimate goal is not only to provide aid but to educate. By doing so ROMA is empowering impoverished children around the world to break out of the cycle of poverty and contribute their gifts and talents to society.
ROMA means LOVE: Our mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. ROMA was founded in 2010 by Samuel Bistrian, who wanted to combine his love of fashion and philanthropy to help children in his home country of Romania. ROMA's ultimate goal is not only to provide aid, but to educate. By doing so we will empower impoverished children around the world to break out of the cycle of poverty and contribute their gifts and talents to society.
"Having grown up so poor, 'Giving poverty the boot' was everything I always wanted to do, to help those less fortunate just like someone once helped me. But I knew from the start that without love as the foundation, all of my good intentions will result in disappointment," told Bistrian.
ROMA Boots can be found at boutiques across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. They are also available online at www.romaboots.com and Amazon. To learn more about ROMA Boots and how you can make a difference in a child's life, visit www.romafoundation.com PAGE 023
The Wonderful Company COMMITMENT TO 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY IN U.S. OPERATIONS BY 2025 The Wonderful Company announced that it will use 100 percent renewable electricity across all its U.S. operations by 2025. As part of this commitment, The Wonderful Company is joining RE100, a collaborative, global initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, uniting more than 160 influential businesses committed to transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity. "As a responsible steward of the environment, we've invested more than $300 million in sustainability research and innovations, clean energy and prudent use of natural resources," said Stewart Resnick, Chairman and President, The Wonderful Company. "This is the natural progression of our sustainability efforts and the right thing for us to do as leaders in the agriculture industry." The Wonderful Company's path to 100 percent renewable electricity began in 2007 with a ground-mounted solar installation that, at the time, was the largest privately held single-site solar plant in the U.S. The project generated nearly 15 percent of the required energy at its Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds processing facility. In 2013, the company quadrupled its investment in renewable energy, installing rooftop solar panels at its JUSTIN Wines, Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, and Halos facilities. The Halos project became the largest privately owned single-site solar rooftop in the U.S. In January 2019, The Wonderful Company signed its first largescale power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy to build a 23-megawatt solar project, more than five times the size of previous installations, on 157 acres of fallow farmland at company facilities in California's Central Valley. Once completed, the project will generate enough clean electricity each year to grow nearly half of the company's pistachio, almond, and pomegranate crops and bring the company's global renewable electricity use to approximately 25 percent. Building on the success of these past renewable energy projects, The Wonderful Company will seek to source the remaining 75
percent of its electricity from renewable energy projects sited primarily on company land in the Central Valley. Combined with additional off-site renewable energy projects that will maximize emissions savings, and continued investments in energy efficiency, The Wonderful Company plans to reach 100 percent renewable electricity in the U.S. by 2025, and globally by 2040. "The agricultural sector is one of the global industries most immediately impacted by the effects of climate change," said Amy Davidsen, Executive Director - North America, The Climate Group. "As the largest agriculture business to join RE100 to date, we're delighted to see The Wonderful Company tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by committing to 100 percent renewable electricity, and we encourage all of their peers to join them." The Wonderful Company: Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Wonderful Company is a privately held $4 billion global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic consumer brands. The company's 10,000 employees worldwide are committed to bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, most wholesome pistachios, almonds, citrus and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines; and creating colorful bouquets that are sure to touch the heart. This commitment is reflected in the company's market share: Wonderful® Pistachios is America's No. 1 tree nut brand and America's fastest-growing snack; Wonderful® Halos® is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America; POM Wonderful® is the No. 1 100 percent pomegranate brand in America; FIJI® Water is America's No. 1 premium imported bottled water brand; JUSTIN® Wine has the No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon in California; and Teleflora® is the world's leading floral delivery service. A 2016 Nielsen study evaluating the familiarity, quality, and momentum of more than 2,500 leading brands revealed that Wonderful Company products dominated the top 10 lists of consumers across all generations, more than any other consumer goods company. Website: www.wonderful.com PAGE 024
Delta Air Lines COMMITMENT TO 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY IN U.S. OPERATIONS BY 2025 Delta employees have helped families across the globe for more than 20 years through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit organization that works with families to build or improve a place they can call home. Earlier this year, Delta employees, along with employees from partner airline GOL and Santander Brasil, were in Recife, Brazil, continuing this commitment to service to communities worldwide. The 2019 Delta Global Build took place March 18-22, marking Delta's 16th Global Build with Habitat for Humanity and the first build in Brazil. Volunteers included 54 Delta employees and two retirees, representing 24 stations and four countries, and 12 employees from GOL. Four employees from Santander Brasil also joined the team of volunteers. The 72-member team worked alongside future Habitat homeowners in Nossa Senhora do Ă“, a small town near Recife, to begin construction of six new homes. The work involved the construction of exterior walls, bathrooms, kitchen facilities and the first two rooms of each home. "The Delta Global Build shows that travel is not just about connecting destinations, but also experiences, cultures, people, airlines and the global community," said Tad Hutcheson, Delta's Managing Director â€“ Community Engagement. "It is a privilege to have our colleagues at GOL join us on this year's Global Build with Habitat for Humanity, strengthening our partnership and supporting the community we serve together in Brazil." "The team is happy to take time from their work to join forces with GOL and Santander Brasil to be an active participant in making our communities stronger. This is at the heart of Delta's core values," said Fabio Camargoâ€”Delta's Director, Brazil. "The days spent on this project will be memorable for all of us." "Delta has truly made a global impact in helping families secure safe and affordable housing," said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Habitat for Humanity International. "We are grateful to Delta for its support
over the years and the many employees who volunteer their time and skills to work alongside Habitat homeowners around the world." Delta employees have helped build or rehabilitate 264 homes in 12 countries all over the world since its partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 1995. Delta Global Builds have been organized in Argentina, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, India, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and the United States. Giving back to the communities where they live, work and serve is core to Delta's culture, and the Delta Global Build is the company's special way for Delta employees to give back by helping Habitat create safe and decent shelter in partnership with those need of affordable housing. Delta Air Lines is working to connect the world and that starts by making a difference in the communities where Delta people live, work and serve. When customers choose Delta, they make a difference in communities around the world. Last year, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed over $50 million through the airline's commitment to give one percent of its income to key charitable organizations. Delta people actively volunteer their time and talents, an effort is amplified through the Great Delta Give Back, the airline's commitment to pay employees to spend a day volunteering for a host of causes across the globe, with key focus areas including health and wellness, education, military and veterans, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. www.delta.com Habitat for Humanity: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat. To learn more, visit www.habitat.org PAGE 025
CNote NEW IMPACT INVESTMENT VEHICLE PROVIDES FUNDING TO UNDERSERVED WOMEN OF COLOR AND ENTREPRENEURS Women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. Yet less than 5 percent of small business lending— only $1 in $23—goes to women. CNote aims to fix this disparity with the Wisdom Fund, a new impact investment opportunity launching today.
the focus will shift to scaling the program by continuing to add new lending partners, increasing investment and implementing best practices across the network. about why women are shut out of debt capital," said Allison Kelly, senior vice president of strategy and innovation at CDC Small Business Finance.
Created in partnership with mission-driven lender CDC Small Business Finance and four innovative nonprofits, the Wisdom Fund funnels money from accredited investors—institutions, funds, foundations, family offices and individuals—into business loans for low- to moderate-income women and women of color. The loans are provided by nonprofit community lenders with decades of experience delivering the capital and resources that women small business owners need.
"There's lots of data on how women are shut out of venture capital. We don't know as much about why women are shut out of debt capital," said Allison Kelly, senior vice president of strategy and innovation at CDC Small Business Finance. "What are the product-level needs? Who are the business owners and what barriers are they experiencing? Why are women opting out of taking on debt? The whole financial system is set up to serve a certain segment of the population. Maybe we need to rethink the distribution of capital and how we assess risk. The Wisdom Fund is an opportunity to create new debt products by working collaboratively with the women we aim to serve."
Fixing a social injustice: "We hear a lot about the gap in venture capital funding for women, but the vast majority of women who need capital are not forming hyper-growth startups; they are starting small businesses to pursue economic freedom, flexibility and independence. The financial system is not serving them well, and we're very much failing women of color in particular," said Catherine Berman, CEO and co-founder of CNote, an impact investing platform whose mission is to close the wealth gap in the U.S. "With the Wisdom Fund, we're taking a major step toward fixing a huge injustice—women's businesses receive far less funding than they deserve," said Berman. "We're working with an amazing group of nonprofit community lenders nationally to entirely rethink lending to women." Collaboration drives scalability and impact: During a threephase build-up, Wisdom Fund partners will collect, share and act on data about what works for women entrepreneurs. In the first eight months, participants will fill in the knowledge gap, gathering information on how women interact with the loan process, what hangs them up and what eases their path. In phase two, the partners will experiment with new ways to serve women that remove barriers. Around the one-year mark,
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) like the ones CNote is working with are perfectly positioned to take on this work. They're distributed across the country, they have always invested in financially underserved communities, and they have enormous unrealized potential for financial and impact returns. "We looked at the trends and realized that CDFIs are undercapitalized," said Kelly. "The sources of capital were mismatched to CDFI needs—it was all big capital sources deploying larger chunks of capital to fewer and fewer CDFIs." That's where CNote comes in. Since its September 2017 debut with a product for retail investors, the fintech startup has invested more than $18 million in underserved communities through a growing CDFI network covering more than 35 states. Those investments have helped to create or maintain over 2,000 jobs and fund more than 400 small business loans. Website: www.mycnote.com PAGE 026
AbbVie $40 MILLION DONATION TO REBUILD NORTH CHICAGO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND $350 MILLION CHARITY PLEDGE - Rebuilding Neal Math & Science Academy supports student success and underscores AbbVie's ongoing commitment to North Chicago, where the company is headquartered. - Donation is part of AbbVie's $350 million charitable contribution pledge to nonprofit partners. AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $40 million to North Chicago Community Unit School District (CUSD) 187 to fund the rebuilding of the district's only middle school: Neal Math & Science Academy. This donation will provide a safer, modernized learning environment to improve student success for children and aims to help improve graduation rates, reduce dropout rates and increase college and career readiness. While the school's name and location will not be changing, AbbVie's support will enable the middle school to be completely rebuilt into a 21st century learning space. The school's size will increase to 93,000 square feet from 89,000 square feet and support 625 students. This slight increase in capacity ensures that current enrollment needs are met with room to grow in coming years, if needed. "AbbVie has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to supporting and investing in North Chicago. Today's donation will enable us to provide an updated space for students that is conducive to collaborative learning and helps improve student outcomes," said John Price, district superintendent. "AbbVie's donation will help support our high expectations for student learning in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math while meeting the social and emotional needs of our students." Over the past six years, AbbVie has worked to improve student success, especially in its global headquarters in North Chicago. Many AbbVie employees, who have committed over 60,000 volunteer hours since 2013, helped renovate every public school library in North Chicago by building learning resource centers, maker spaces and new career pathways facilities, resulting in
significant increases in student engagement in literacy and STEM subjects. "At AbbVie, we understand that education is essential to help young people succeed inside and outside of the classroom," said Laura Schumacher, Vice Chairman, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, AbbVie. "By rebuilding North Chicago's middle school, we can help ensure students have the right physical learning environment to help them gain the confidence and tools they need to succeed, recognizing that their potential is limitless and their futures are bright." AbbVie and the district selected IFF, a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant and developer, to facilitate this project. Headquartered in Chicago, IFF works with nonprofits to plan, finance and build their facilities. This donation to North Chicago schools is part of a broader $350 million charitable contribution that AbbVie has pledged to nonprofit partners, exemplifying AbbVie's longstanding commitment to children, families and communities and aiming to influence and inspire support for North Chicago and underserved communities across the USA. North Chicago District 187 is a public school district of 3,400 students serving children in North Chicago and Naval Station Great Lakes in six schools, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. District 187 is on a mission together to empower each child to write their own story of success, and to prepare each child, academically and socially, to pursue and realize their purpose. AbbVie is a global, research and development-based biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world's most complex and critical conditions. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. Website: www.abbvie.com PAGE 027
CleanChoice Energy NEW PRODUCT TO HELP THE 1.1 BILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WHO LIVE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that empowers people and businesses to cut emissions and live cleaner lives, has launched a new product to provide solar lanterns to families in need around the world. For every customer that makes the switch to clean energy through the Clean Lights Plan, CleanChoice Energy will send a solar lantern to families in need. An estimated 1.1 billion people – 14% of the global population – do not have access to electricity according to the International Energy Agency. "CleanChoice Energy's mission since day one has been to expand clean energy access. Unfortunately, there are still more than a billion people worldwide who live in poverty without any access to electricity," said Tom Matzzie, founder and CEO of CleanChoice Energy. "Clean lighting not only improves safety and health, but it provides additional opportunity to work or study when the sun goes down. Together we can help bring light to these families in need." Solar lanterns are a clean, cost-effective solution for providing energy access for people currently living without electricity. A recent report on solar lights showed that most households with a solar light use it several hours a day, and that it often replaces dirty kerosene lamps--allowing households to save between 1% and 2.5% of their total cash expenditures. With CleanChoice Energy, you can sit back and enjoy the fact that you're greatly reducing your impact on our planet everyday, without having to change your daily routine or make a long term commitment, and without any home installation. People interested in supporting CleanChoice Energy Clean Lights can sign-up at CleanChoiceEnergy.com/CleanLights and switch their power to 100% clean energy. For each customer that signs up on Clean Lights, CleanChoice will send a solar lamp to families in need.
CleanChoice Energy is a Clean Energy Supplier Our mission since day one has been to make clean energy accessible for everybody. With CleanChoice Energy you don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space to reduce your impact on the environment. You simply make the switch, and we make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power. CleanChoice Energy was started with the goal of making clean energy accessible to everyone. Since 2012 we’ve grown to become one of the fastest growing businesses in America, as ranked on the Inc. 500 and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™. Every day we continue to work to fulfill our mission by making it easy for consumers to choose 100% clean, pollution-free energy from regional wind and solar farms. - We only supply 100% clean renewable energy from wind and solar farms. Unlike other energy companies, we don’t have any blended products and we don’t contribute to any fossil fuel or nuclear energy production. - We aim to buy from newer facilities to support the growth of the renewable energy industry. - We strive to source our energy from farms as close to our customers as possible, bringing cleaner air closer to home. - We’re currently sourcing energy from 50+ wind and solar farms in the regions we serve, and we’re working to expand on that every day. Advocating for Clean Energy We live our values, holding ourselves to the highest standard for business. We also advocate for renewable energy at both the state and national levels to help build a clean and sustainable energy nation. We are actively exploring new ways of doing business and working on the next generation of renewable technology that will make the most impact for our customers and for the environment. Website: www.cleanchoiceenergy.com PAGE 028
Ericsson PARTNERSHIP WITH UNESCO TO LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SKILL DEVELOPMENT â€˘ Partners to develop a new digital skill learning program with specific emphasis on scaling up Artificial Intelligence (AI) skill development for young people. â€˘ AI can accelerate the process of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education - as well as fulfilling other SDGs. Ericsson and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have formed a new partnership to educate and empower the next generation, with the partners to develop a new digital skill learning program that has specific emphasis on scaling up Artificial Intelligence (AI) skill development for young people. With the rapid deployment of advanced technologies such as mobile broadband, cloud, IoT, automation and AI, a new set of skills is required to enter the workforce. There is an unprecedented opportunity to harness technologies and use them to advance not only economies but also to combat some of the world's looming challenges. Next-generation 5G services are set to play a key role in accelerating digitalization and the impact of technologies like AI. The impact of AI is also felt across the education sector where it has the potential to increase access, automate process, curate learning and improve outcomes in education. It will continue to bring new opportunities for enhanced learning, new forms of learning and offer more flexible lifelong learning pathways. With this background, Ericsson and UNESCO are combining their respective strengths to create opportunities to scale up skill development in AI and other key digital skills for young people. Under the AI for youth initiative the partners will: - Develop and manage a repository of AI and other key digital skill training courses that will be available globally. - Build capacities of master trainers from selected countries around the globe with advanced knowledge of AI skill building.
- Support master trainers to mobilize AI hub centers and hackathons to train young people on developing AI applications. Heather Johnson, Vice President Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, says: "At Ericsson, we believe that building strong and viable partnerships is key to meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals. This public private partnership focusing on skill development for Artificial Intelligence is an excellent example of what can be achieved when leaders work together to promote knowledge sharing and cooperation." Borhene Chakroun, Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Division, UNESCO, says: "At UNESCO, we think that artificial intelligence is to be put at the service of sustainable development, a whole set of new education and training programmes has to emerge to equip youth with skills required to live and work in artificial intelligence era. Our partnership with Ericsson is critical to advance this agenda." The initiative was launched at Mobile Learning Week 2019, UNESCO's flagship education conference held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from March 4 to 8. The event brings together education and technology experts from around the world with focus on AI and sustainable development. As part of the event, UNESCO member states were invited to join the initiative and support the scaling up of AI skill development for young people. Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company's portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson's investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com PAGE 029
Lilly INTRODUCES 50 PERCENT LOWER-PRICED INSULIN AND OTHER ACTIONS THAT HELP OFFSET DIABETES COSTS Authorized generic version of Humalog will be available in U.S. pharmacies at 50 percent lower list price. Reinforcing it's commitment to lower out-of-pocket costs for people who need insulin, Eli Lilly and Company announced it will introduce a lower-priced version of HumalogÂŽ (insulin lispro injection 100 units/mL) in the United States -providing people with diabetes an insulin option that will have a list price 50 percent lower than the current Humalog list price. "We've engaged in discussions about the price of insulin with many different stakeholders in America's health care system: people living with diabetes, caregivers, advocacy groups, health care professionals, payers, wholesalers, lawmakers, and leading health care scholars," said David A. Ricks, Lilly's chairman and chief executive officer. "Solutions that lower the cost of insulin at the pharmacy have been introduced in recent months, but more people need help. We're eager to bring forward a low-priced rapid-acting insulin. "The significant rebates we pay on insulins do not directly benefit all patients. This needs to change," Ricks said. "There are numerous ideas, including the rebate reform proposal from HHS. For people with diabetes, a lower-priced insulin can serve as a bridge that addresses gaps in the system until a more sustainable model is achieved." The lower-priced version will be called Insulin Lisproâ€”the same molecule as Humalogâ€”and will be available in vial and pen options. The list price of a single vial will be $137.35. The list price of a five-pack of KwikPens will be $265.20. Vials and pens of the lower-priced insulin have been manufactured, and Lilly will now work with supply chain partners to make them available in pharmacies as quickly as possible. It will be made available as an authorized generic through a Lilly subsidiary, ImClone Systems. Humalog will also remain available for people who want to continue accessing it through
their current insurance plans. Introducing an alternative insulin option allows Lilly to provide a lower-priced insulin more quickly while providing payers time to renegotiate downstream contracts and adjust to new system economics. "While this change is a step in the right direction, all of us in the health care community must do more to fix the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for Americans living with chronic conditions," Ricks said. "We hope our announcement is a catalyst for positive change across the U.S. health care system." Lilly's Insulin Lispro is one of many initiatives the company has introduced to deliver lower out-of-pocket options to people living with diabetes. In August 2018, Lilly launched the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center. Staffed by health care professionals, the Solution Center provides significant savings on Lilly insulins in multiple ways, including point-of-sale savings, access to donated Lilly insulin at more than 150 contracted free clinics, and options for people who have immediate needs. More than 10,000 people each month are paying significantly less for their Lilly insulin through the Solution Center and other offerings. In December 2016, Lilly introduced the first follow-on biologic basal insulin in the U.S., at a reduced price compared to branded competition. In the two years since that launch, the net price per prescription for the class of basal insulins in the U.S. has decreased by approximately 30 percent. Lilly also donates to charitable organizations that provide free medicine, including insulin, to patients meeting program eligibility requirements. In the last five years, Lilly has donated more than 5.4 million insulin vials and pens in the U.S. Lilly makes medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives. Founded by Eli Lilly in 1876, we are one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. We have steadfastly remained independent, but not isolated. Across the globe, Lilly has developed productive alliances and partnerships that advance our capacity to develop innovative medicines at lower costs. Website: www.lilly.com PAGE 030
Spin Master PARTNERS WITH SAVE THE CHILDREN TO BRING THE TOY MOVEMENT TO REFUGEE CHILDREN IN KENYA Mission to Kenya marked the 15th for Spin Master, totaling 450,000 toys delivered to displaced and disadvantaged. Spin Master Corp. in partnership with Save the Children continued to inspire change through the Toy Movement www.thetoymovement.org with its 15th mission, this time delivering new toys and GUND teddy bears to children in Kenya. Formed in 2014, the Toy Movement has completed missions in Mexico, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Iraq bringing the magic of play to children. "Our goal for the Toy Movement is to help kids be kids, no matter where they live," said Ronnen Harary, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Spin Master. "Children are great equalizers, full of an abundance of imagination, spirit and innocence. Unfortunately, children faced with conflict or war are being deprived of the basic benefits and joy of play, negatively impacting their lives and generations to come. Through the Toy Movement, we can ensure these children have the chance to experience the joy of play." Since 2017, Spin Master and Save the Children have partnered to bring toys to children in emergency situations around the globe. The most recent mission to the Dadaab refugee camp in rural Kenya includes executive leaders and employees from both Spin Master and Save the Children, delivering over 50,000 toys and GUND teddy bears to children living in the camp and host communities. "This was an emotional and heart-wrenching journey to the Dadaab refugee camp for the Spin Master team members and the Save the Children staff," said Anton Rabie, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Spin Master. "While on the ground in Kenya, we witnessed the complexities of life for children living in these camps. Subjected to violence, hunger and many other threats, these children don't have much opportunity to experience the joy of play. Many have never seen or received a toy, and it was a truly magical moment to see the smile on their faces amidst such harsh conditions."
The innovative partnership also addressed a critical gap in services for children affected by crisis through providing 'Child Friendly Spaces' that allow children to learn, play and recover from the trauma they have experienced in a safe environment. The toys are providing an avenue for children to express their emotions and facilitate conversations with psychosocial support workers. "Save the Children is pleased to continue our partnership with Spin Master to protect the wellbeing of children in crisis with the gift of play," said Bill Chambers, President and CEO of Save the Children. "Together, we are advancing the fundamental right to play for children in areas of political conflict and unrest, aiding in their learning and development and ultimately giving kids the chance to just be kids. Something that is so simple, but often overlooked as an inherent right in conflict and crisis settings." Kenya is now the second biggest refugee-hosting country in Africa after Ethiopia. As of December 31, 2018, there were 471,724 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Kenya, 54% of those are between the ages of 0-17. Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene. Spin Master is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Spin Master has 28 offices and employs over 1,700 people globally in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, and Australia. Website: www.spinmaster.com PAGE 031
Avon LAUNCHES STAND4HER A GLOBAL PLAN TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF 100 MILLION WOMEN A YEAR - Stand4her is Avon's global response to the barriers still holding women back and aims to improve the lives of 100 million women each year by advancing their earning potential through the power of beauty, and their ability to live a safe and healthy life. - The Avon Academy – one of world's largest training academies – launches to train 500,000 Representatives each month to become beauty entrepreneurs. - Stand4her responds to recent research that finds: Only half of women feel they live in a culture that encourages female entrepreneurs. - Advancing women's economic potential could increase global GDP by $12-$28 trillion annually. - Nearly 80% of women believe beauty brands put too much pressure on them to be perfect. - A fifth of women feel unsafe in their communities, and a third will experience physical or sexual violence during their lifetime. This year, Avon Products, Inc. launched stand4her – a global plan to tackle some of the greatest barriers that are holding women back from achieving their full potential. As part of the business strategy to 'Open Up Avon', stand4her aims to improve the lives of 100 million women a year by standing for: the freedom to work in your own terms and in your own way; the power of beauty; safe and healthy lives. One of the first major initiatives in the 10+ year plan is the launch of the Avon Academy which will train 500,000 entrepreneurs every month, enabling more women around the world to earn money, in their own way and on their own terms. The Academy will be one of the largest training programmes in the world, and will provide women with lifelong learning and flexible development opportunities, delivered through a combination of online videos, interactive learning modules and peer support. Stand4her is being launched in response to new research, commissioned by Avon with input from Oxford Economics,
which shows that despite the global increase in flexible working patterns, women still feel they are held back from running their own businesses. This underpins projections that women's economic potential is being limited by as much as 50%, creating a potential loss to annual global GDP of $12-28 trillion per year. The benefits of work are far greater than economic with Avon's new research finding that: - 77% of women say that working increases their confidence. - 65% of women say that working has improved the way in which they are treated by others. - 74% of women say that working has increased their ability to be a role model for their children. Jan Zijderveld, Avon Chief Executive Officer, said: "Stand4her is what we do, every day – it's what we've been doing for over 130 years. We're reigniting Avon's strong sense of purpose and doubling down on our efforts to support women and provide more meaningful and rewarding opportunities for our beauty entrepreneurs. Our core purpose has never been more relevant. Today female economic participation in the workforce remains below that of men, but we can be an agent of change, challenges ingrained barriers and open up opportunities. With 100 million women who work with us and buy from us around the world, and millions more in the communities in which we operate, Avon has a critical role – alongside other partners – to make a real and lasting impact." For 130 years Avon has stood for women: providing innovative, quality beauty products which are primarily sold to women, through women. Millions of independent sales Representatives across the world sell iconic Avon brands such as Avon Color and ANEW through their social networks, building their own beauty businesses on a full- or part-time basis. Avon supports women's empowerment, entrepreneurship and well-being and has donated over $1billion to women's causes through Avon and the Avon Foundation. Website: www.avonworldwide.com PAGE 032
CITGO $14 MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND CARE CITGO Petroleum Corporation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) celebrated a record-breaking 2018 – where the refining and marketing company raised more than $14 million to help transform the lives of individuals living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases with breakthrough therapies and innovations. As MDA's largest corporate sponsor, CITGO and its employees, along with its network of locally-owned Marketers and Retailers, have contributed more than $240 million dollars since the two began working together in January 1986. "We are incredibly grateful for the unparalleled support that CITGO, its employees, and Marketers and Retailers have provided MDA for the past 32 years," said MDA Executive Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Adam Catumaccio. "CITGO has set the standard in corporate support by fueling our efforts to find treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases that severely limit strength and mobility." Throughout 2018, CITGO employees, Marketers and Retailers hosted more than a hundred fundraising events and sponsored a number of local MDA events, including: MDA Corporate Golf Challenge in April Presenting sponsor for the MDA New York Muscle Team gala; Golf tournaments hosted by Lake Charles, Lemont and Corpus Christi refineries; St. Patrick's Day bowling event and the Chicago Muscle Team event hosted by the Lemont refinery; Walks, golf tournaments, letter writing, and other donation campaigns organized by terminals employees; MDA Shamrocks program, whereby CITGO Marketers remain the number one seller; and Founding Sponsor of MDA Team Momentum, the MDA endurance initiative, since 2013. "We have partnered with MDA over the last 30 plus years because we share similar values and believe in what the organization is doing – working to find a cure for these devastating diseases. Through our continued efforts, we hope to be at the forefront when MDA discovers that cure," said CITGO Executive Vice President Rick Esser.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association: MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. We do this through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research we have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. MDA's MOVR is the first and only data hub that aggregates clinical, genetic and patient reported data for multiple neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics providing best in class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions. Our Resource Center serves the community with one-on-one specialized support, and we offer educational conferences, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. Each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at summer camp and through recreational programs, at no cost to families. For more information visit www.mda.org CITGO: Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the sixth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 5,000 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com PAGE 033
PhosAgro INVESTMENT BY RUSSIA'S FERTILIZER GIANT TO SUPPORT THE STUDY OF THE SIBERIAN TIGER PhosAgro and the Siberian Tiger Centre have signed a cooperation agreement. The document was signed by PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev and general director of the Siberian Tiger Centre, Sergei Aramilev. PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev said: "As one of the leaders in the global fertilizer industry, we are pleased to support projects to study and preserve the population of the largest tiger on the planet. The Russian Far East, where the Siberian tiger lives, and where we are the only federal fertilizer producer to have an office, is of strategic interest to us. It is therefore a great honour for us to take part in the preservation of its ecosystem." "The Siberian tiger is inextricably linked with the environment of the southern areas of the Russian Far East. The forest serves as home to the tiger and ungulates, and serves as a source of food for both humans and the predator that inhabit the area. Therefore, by protecting the tiger we are not only protecting the whole ecosystem, but we are helping the local population." Sergei Aramilev commented. "We are pleased that PhosAgro will be supporting with us with this difficult challenge. We know that they share our values and now, thanks to their financial support, we can do even more to preserve the environment for future generations. The Centre faces immense challenges and we appreciate the support of all our sponsors, without exception." The Siberian tiger is one of the rarest tiger subspecies, the largest and the only one adapted to life in the harsh winter. It is listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the IUCN Red List. Russia is home to 580-600 of these predators living in the wild, which represents 95% of the global population. The Siberian “Amur" Tiger Centre is an autonomous noncommercial organization established for preservation and researching the Amur tiger population. It was founded in July of 2013 by the Russian Geographic Society at the initiative of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
PhosAgro is one of the world's leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers. PhosAgro's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and Global Depositary Receipts for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange. Since 1 June 2016, the Company's GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes. Social policy is an integral part of PhosAgro’s strategy. - All PhosAgro’s businesses have developed healthcare and wellbeing programmes to improve conditions at work places. - PhosAgro employees have an opportunity for rehabilitation not only at Russian health centres and recreation resorts, but also abroad, while their children have a chance to take holidays. - PhosAgro's corporate social responsibility takes due account of the need to form a professional vocational educational environment, developing programmes on the professional orientation of school children. In addition, assistance is given to kindergartens, medicine and education is supported. - General corporate events organised by the Minudobreniya Association of Trade Union Organisations have become a tradition. - PhosAgro’s businesses conclude on an annual basis publicprivate partnership agreements with the governments and local authorities in the regions where they operate. - PhosAgro works closely with leading universities to help them properly prepare students for jobs at PhosAgro. - As part of the Support and Development of Professional Education and Career Guidance Programme, PhosAgro has created a vertically-integrated “school-college/universityfactory” system to prepare future employees. - Special “PhosAgro-classrooms” have been opened in local schools in the regions where PhosAgro works (Balakovo, Volkhov, Kirovsk and Apatity, Cherepovets). - The PhosAgro-classroom project provides support for the best teachers and students. They get the opportunity to use leadingedge lab equipment and modern IT equipment. Website: www.phosagro.ru PAGE 034
H&M FOUNDATION AWARDS 5 INNOVATIONS A €1 MILLION GRANT FOR THEIR FASHION SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS Initiative invites consumers to support the ideas further via crowdfunding. (Pictured - Lab Leather by Le Qara). Lab made vegan leather, textile fibers made of nettles, a digital system to make products recyclable from scratch, children's clothes that expand and a biodegradable toxic-free membrane for outdoor wear are this year's Global Change Award winners, sharing a €1 million grant from the non-profit H&M Foundation. Their common denominator? Improving fashion's impact on the planet through innovation. To further catalyze this shift, H&M Foundation today announce an initiative with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, that puts consumers in the front seat, enabling them to take active part as supporters, backers, and testers of the five innovations. "The winners of the Global Change Award proved that it's possible to improve the environmental impact of the fashion industry. They are a true inspiration and great partners to any fashion company that wants to contribute to protecting the planet and our living conditions. The initiative with Indiegogo adds an important piece as it also enables the public to be at the very heart of finding and funding a future for sustainable style," said Karl-Johan Persson, board member of H&M Foundation and CEO of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB. Selected out of 6,640 entries from 182 countries by the prominent expert panel, here are this year's Global Change Award winners and how the €1 million grant is distributed: €300,000 – The Loop Scoop by circular.fashion (Germany): A digital system aiming to close the loop on every garment from design to wear to recycling. €150,000 – Clothes that Grow by Petit Pli (UK): Outfits that expand with the child, while reducing environmental impact. €250,000 – Sane Membrane by dimpora (Switzerland): A biodegradable and mineral-based membrane for outdoor wear.
€150,000 – Sustainable Sting by Green Nettle Textile (Kenya): Growing nettles to create sustainable fashion fibers and opportunities for farmers in Kenya to boost their livelihoods. €150,000 – Lab Leather by Le Qara (Peru): Using microorganisms to create vegan biodegradable leather for the fashion industry. In addition to the financial grant, all winners also get access to a one-year innovation accelerator program provided by H&M Foundation in partnership with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, taking them to Stockholm, New York and Hong Kong. The program also gives access to virtual coaching sessions during the year. This setup brings significant value to the winners and has proven to cut years off the development timeline. "In five years, our idea will have increased the use of fiber recycling and multiple reuse possibilities tremendously. We envision that 150 million circularity ID's will be out on the market, ensuring that each circularly designed garment will be regenerated to high quality fibers after use," said Ina Budde, cofounder of circular.fashion. Among the thousands of entries to this year's Global Change Award, 45 percent rank "funding" as their biggest obstacle. Clearly, crowdfunding holds great untapped potential as a funding option. "Additional funding could unlock the opportunity for us to experiment with recycled fibers, colors and patterns which we currently are unable to achieve at our size. It would also allow us to make additional hires needed ahead of entering scaled production," said Ryan Mario Yasin, founder of Petit Pli. H&M Foundation: Our mission is to act as a catalyst forpositive change for people and communities.We create real impact through partnershipswith ambitious goals. Website: www.hmfoundation.com PAGE 035
Grubhub SECOND YEAR OF SUPPORTING WOMEN IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY WITH RESTAURANTHER Grubhub, the USA's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, announced its continued commitment in supporting women-led restaurants during the second year of the company's RestaurantHER initiative.
Award semi-finalist for "Outstanding Restaurateur," or Seattle's Nue founded by Uyen Nguyen, diners can now easily order their favorites or find something new with more than 30,000 womenled restaurants within the map.
To expand on this initiative, Grubhub partnered with the James Beard Foundation, one of the most influential organizations in the restaurant industry, specifically supporting the organization's Women's Leadership Programs, which is committed to advancing women in the culinary world.
Lastly, as part of the 2018 RestaurantHER initiative, Grubhub and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) worked together to develop a toolkit for aspiring female chefs and culinary leaders: Sharpen Your Skills. A guide of resources and best practices, this toolkit was built to help women navigate and address the challenges they face in today's restaurant industry. Additionally, Grubhub contributed to WCR's scholarship and mentorship programs, supporting and connecting over a dozen women in the culinary industry through formal apprenticeships.
As part of this partnership, Grubhub diners were able to "Donate the Change" by rounding up their order to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to this program, including the "Women's Entrepreneurship Leadership" track. This programming provided by the James Beard Foundation is built out by its volunteer-based advisory council comprised of chefs, restaurateurs, business leaders, academics, and other experts. "Correcting gender imbalance in the restaurant and culinary industry is a mission we've been extremely committed to for several years now," said Katherine Miller, VP of Impact at the James Beard Foundation. "In partnering with an industry leader like Grubhub we're able to combat this issue together, creating and providing the best tools and resources to train, support, and empower women throughout all stages of their professional careers." Additionally, to build on the momentum created at last year's launch, Grubhub has added thousands of women-led restaurants to the well-received RestaurantHER map, which is an interactive resource to help diners locate and support establishments run by women nationwide. Launched as the first of its kind in 2018, this map incorporates restaurants owned or co-owned by a women or a kitchen led by a woman head or executive chef. Whether it's Washington D.C.'s Pizzeria Paradiso run by Ruth Gresser, recently nominated as a James Beard
"Continuing our efforts for the second year with Grubhub's RestaurantHER initiative, and with a partner like the James Beard Foundation, is incredibly exciting and shows this is a cause many of us recognize is important," said Matt Maloney, chief executive officer of Grubhub. "Women only make up 19% of chefs, and only 7% of head chefs, in today's culinary world, and we know as a company we have the responsibility to raise awareness and make an impact on not only the industry, but our own platform as well. There's no doubt that more diversity and overall support for women-run restaurants will spark new creativity and expertise to create and lead future generations of restaurateurs." Grubhub is the nation's leading online and mobile foodordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as the largest diner base. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub strives to elevate food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub is proud to work with more than 105,000 restaurant partners in over 2,000 U.S. cities and London. Website: www.grubhub.com PAGE 036
Norwegian Cruise Line LAUNCHED GIVING JOY CAMPAIGN TO REWARD EDUCATORS IN THE USA AND CANADA - To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, Cruise Line Offered Educators a Chance at Free Cruises and $15,000. -Campaign Launched to Coincide with Norwegian Joy's Debut in the U.S. Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel with a 52-year history of breaking boundaries, unveiled the Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy campaign, developed to recognize and reward educators in the U.S. and Canada. To mark Teacher Appreciation Week in May 2019 and the North American debut of the cruise line's 15th ship, Norwegian Joy, the company leveraged the ship's heart-warming name for a compelling campaign that acknowledged and celebrated the intersection of travel and education by honoring deserving teachers that are doing the most to bring joy to their students. "Travel is a powerful means of education," said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "It brings people closer to each other and to diverse cultures around the world. It promotes awareness and understanding... it broadens perspectives. Through our Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy campaign, we celebrate the power of education and travel, and reward teachers who have taken responsibility for our future, our children, and who lean into that responsibility with all they've got." "Travel is a powerful means of education," said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "It brings people closer to each other and to diverse cultures around the world. It promotes awareness and understanding... it broadens perspectives. Through our Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy campaign, we celebrate the power of education and travel, and reward teachers who have taken responsibility for our future, our children, and who lean into that responsibility with all they've got." Norwegian Cruise Line's Giving Joy campaign runs from March 12 to April 12, 2019. The company is asking for nominations of
certified or accredited teachers in the U.S. and Canada who are inspiring joy in the classroom. The 15 teachers with the most votes will win a seven-day cruise for two. They will also be provided airfare and accommodations for an award ceremony taking place in Seattle on May 3, 2019, where they will have the chance to win $15,000 for their school. Norwegian Joy: As the 15th ship within the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, Norwegian Joy will make her U.S. debut in late April following an over $50 million renovation, bringing her amenities and experiences nearly identical to her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss. She will feature an extended go-kart track, enhanced gaming and virtual reality complex – Galaxy Pavilion – and new dining and bar venues. On May 4, 2019, in advance of Teacher Appreciation Week, she will embark on her first sailing of the season, offering seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle with calls to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C. Beginning in the fall, Norwegian Joy will offer itineraries to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and Panama Canal from Los Angeles and Miami. She will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in 2020. Norwegian Cruise Line: As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for over 52 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 16 contemporary ships sail to nearly 300 of some of the world's most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company's private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of awardwinning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company's ship-within-a-ship concept. Website: www.ncl.com PAGE 037
Audentes Therapeutics LAUNCHED "BE BOLD FOR COURAGEOUS PATIENTS" TO SUPPORT PATIENTS LIVING WITH RARE DISEASES Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapy products for patients living with serious, lifethreatening rare diseases, today announced its support for Rare Disease Day® with the launch of "Be Bold for Courageous Patients," a program designed to meaningfully impact the lives of patients living with rare diseases. "Be Bold for Courageous Patients" is intended to enhance and expand the Company's commitment to rare disease patients and their families. As part of this year's effort, Audentes will provide a sponsorship grant to help support children from the rare disease community to attend The Painted Turtle and Double H Ranch, medical specialty camps that offer the opportunity for kids to enjoy being kids in a camp environment specifically built for their needs. Children and their families attended The Painted Turtle during Neuromuscular and Genetic Family Weekend from March 1 – 3, in Lake Hughes, California, or Double H Ranch during Camp Inspiration for children who are BIPAP or ventilator dependent from June 7 – 11, in Lake Luzerne, New York. These unique camps offer children and their families the opportunity to sing, laugh, grow, and discover their potential. Audentes employees are also volunteering their time to make camper family weekend kits, blankets, and turtle pillows for families attending the Neuromuscular and Genetic Family Weekend and Camp Inspiration. Both The Painted Turtle and Double H Ranch are part of SeriousFun Children's Network founded by Hollywood actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. All SeriousFun camps and programs are provided at no cost to families and rely on grants and donations to help them achieve their mission. Families can apply for an opportunity to attend directly through each camp's website and by following their standard application process. "Audentes is derived from the Latin word 'audeo,' which means 'those who have courage; those who have boldness, daring.' The name Audentes reflects our heritage as a patient-focused
company dedicated to making a bold effort to find solutions for patients," said Matthew R. Patterson, Chairman and CEO. "To that end, we are pleased to launch 'Be Bold for Courageous Patients' to further serve the needs of the rare disease community in unique and positive ways, including teaming up with The Painted Turtle and Double H Ranch. Championing and serving patient communities creates a sense of mission and purpose that inspires all Audentes employees, our commitment to the rare disease community is core to our company beliefs." "We are excited to have Audentes as a sponsoring partner this year," said Chris Butler, CEO of The Painted Turtle. "This meaningful support enables children living with rare diseases to have a positive camp experience and help their families bond through our Family Weekend programs." The Audentes "Be Bold for Courageous Patients" program is comprised of the following initiatives: Support rare disease work; Impact the patient community in a unique, positive way; Evolve employee volunteerism companywide. There are approximately 7,000 different types of rare diseases affecting up to 350 million people worldwide. Eighty percent of rare diseases are genetic in origin, and thus are present throughout a person's life, even if symptoms do not immediately appear. An estimated 50 percent of the people affected by a rare disease are children, and 30 percent of children with rare disease will not live to see their fifth birthday. Although rare disease patients and their families face many challenges, enormous progress is being made every day. Audentes Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapy products for patients living with serious, life-threatening rare diseases. We are a focused, experienced and passionate team committed to forging strong, global relationships with the patient, research and medical communities. Website: www.audentestx.com PAGE 038
Goya DONATED 200 METRIC TONNES OF FOOD TO THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA PLUS OTHER CSR INITIATIVES Goya Foods, America's largest Latino food company, announces its commitment to donate 200 metric tons of food, equivalent to 440,000 pounds of food, to the people of Venezuela. In collaboration with the United States government, Goya is working to coordinate the delivery of the truckloads of product from Goya's Houston, Texas facility to Colombia before entering the border of Venezuela. "We unite with our brothers and sisters in Venezuela to bring nourishing food during a time of desperate need," said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. "I commend the support of the United States and other countries, private and public entities, and individuals who are also working diligently to ensure that the people of Venezuela receive food, water, and aid." The donation of Goya Black Beans (Caraotas Negras), a Venezuelan staple, is part of Goya's charitable arm, Goya Gives, a global initiative committed to promoting and supporting the overall well-being of communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values. Goya supports over 300 organizations, events, and scholarships worldwide and has always played an active role in providing food donations during times of crisis in the United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, Chile, Peru and El Salvador among others. OTHER CSR ACTIONS - Goya Foods, in partnership with the New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center donated 61,265 pounds of food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and hosted its annual Day of Service with over 30 employee volunteers from each company to help pack a portion of the products. The food donation, equal to 52,796 meals, was then distributed to families in need throughout New Jersey.
- Goya Foods announced that it will offer four $20,000 Culinary Arts and Food Science Scholarships, granted annually, to four students nationwide entering their freshman year of college with an undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or food science. Goya’s Culinary Arts Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in Fall 2019 and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding, totaling $20,000. Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $3.1 billion in scholarship assistance to 2 million students, funding both entry-level and multi-year scholarships and emergency financial grants. About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world. The combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table. Goya is a company that celebrates diversity and authenticity; a community of passionate people making a difference through excellent-quality food and giving back to all those who have supported Goya for over 83 years. Through Goya Gives, the company’s charitable arm, Goya has been a proud supporter of nearly 300 organizations endeavors, programs, scholarships, and events that promote culture and benefit overall community wellness. The company established Goya Gives as a way to bring awareness to national initiatives that demonstrated Goya’s commitment to its communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values, and to encourage others to help those in need. Website: www.goya.com PAGE 039
Stanley Black & Decker LAUNCHES STANLEY EARTH, NEW BRAND OF PURPOSEDRIVEN PRODUCTS TO EMPOWER FARMERS IN INDIA - Launches new brand for purpose-driven product technologies, reflecting company's commitment to Innovating with Purpose, a key pillar of its 2030 CSR strategy. - Announced first STANLEY Earth-branded product - a solarpowered water pump that enables reliable, low-cost irrigation for farmers - following successful pilot installation in India. Stanley Black & Decker today announced the launch of STANLEY Earth™, the company's new global brand for purpose-driven product technologies that innovate for social good. Through this brand, the company will leverage its core technology expertise and broad partnership network to create new solutions that address unmet societal needs, including critical sustainable development challenges such as water, energy, and climate. "The world is facing a growing number of increasingly critical societal issues today, and as a company that makes products and services that help create and shape our world, we have an obligation to leverage our resources and expertise to create new solutions that address these challenges," said Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO Jim Loree. "Our new STANLEY Earth brand is a reflection of our commitment to 'Innovating with Purpose,' which is a core pillar of our CSR Strategy and 22/22 Vision." "These products will play a key role in helping our company create positive change and get us closer to achieving our goal of enhancing the lives of 500 million people. Our basic goal is to be a force for good in alignment with our purpose, for those who make the world," Loree added. STANLEY Earth's first product is NADI™, an eco-friendly, low cost solar-powered water pump that provides reliable irrigation for agricultural applications. The new technology is now available in India and offers a sustainable alternative to the 25 million inefficient alternating current (AC) and diesel pumps used for
agriculture, which draw almost 20% of the electricity generated in the country and pose an environmental pollution challenge. "Nearly two years ago, we set out on a mission to deliver a selfsustaining irrigation solution that can provide India's millions of farmers with a solution to one of their key challenges – reliable and consistent access to clean water," said Ramana Gogula Vice President of Clean Technology Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker. "Through the innovation of our STANLEY team and collaboration with key partners, we've delivered an affordable solution that can help transform not only the lives of farmers in India, but also the lives of farmers in any part of the world that faces water scarcity." NADI™, which means "river" in Hindi, uses STANLEY's highly efficient brushless direct current (BLDC) motor technology to drive the pump and solar panels to power the entire system. The smart pump has an intelligent controller that enables micro-irrigation, and it incorporates an IOT-based agricultural platform complete with sensors that connect to the cloud and mobile networks, providing real-time data that enables farmers to efficiently monitor system performance and conduct preventive maintenance as needed. In addition to its introduction in India, the STANLEY Earth team is exploring opportunities to expand its availability to Africa, South America, and South East Asia, all water-scarce regions where this technology can provide significant value to farmers. Stanley Black & Decker is a $14 billion revenue, purpose-driven industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 58,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world's largest tools and storage business, the world's second largest commercial electronic security 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. Website: www.stanleyblackanddecker.com PAGE 040
Edward Jones FINANCIAL SERVICES LEADER TOPS $6 MILLION IN ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISING EFFORTS Financial services firm Edward Jones, the first national presenting sponsor for the Alzheimer's Association annual Walk to End Alzheimer's®, raised $3.3 million in 2018 through its 3,578 teams across the country. The firm's total contributions in support of the alliance last year topped $6 million, surpassing its 2017 contributions of $4.8 million. ………………………... The Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for the improvement of Alzheimer's care, support and research. ………………………... "We strive to make a positive difference for our clients and our communities, and this is one way we can make a substantial impact. Too many of us have witnessed the devastation that this disease causes for those with the diagnosis, their friends, families and other caregivers," said Jeff Panchot, the principal leading the Edward Jones Older Adult Council. "Now in our third year of the strategic alliance with the Alzheimer's Association, our associates continue to raise the bar on giving back." ………………………... The strategic alliance, which began in 2016, has several facets. Edward Jones has worked with the Alzheimer's Association to create the Edward Jones Alzheimer's Research Fund, a targeted effort to accelerate research on treatment methods, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. The Alzheimer's Association also provides educational programs for Edward Jones associates so they can share resources with clients. "As the Alzheimer's Association strives to engage more volunteers in meaningful roles, Edward Jones associates have stepped up as leaders in the fight by joining Walk to End Alzheimer's planning committees, chapter boards and as volunteer advocates to help advance our efforts for increased Alzheimer's research funding at the federal level," said Donna McCullough, Alzheimer's Association Chief Development Officer, commenting on the partnership. ………………………... Alzheimer's disease is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be
prevented, cured or even slowed, according to the Alzheimer's Association. In the United States alone, more than 5 million people are living with the terminal brain disease, and this number is set to skyrocket to nearly 14 million by 2050 unless more effective treatments are found. About Edward Jones Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and through our affiliate in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments offered to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 17,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for more than $1 trillion in assets. Edward Jones has more offices than any other investment firm in America. We attribute a great deal of our success to our principles and personal, long-term approach to investing. We have consistently been ranked among the best companies to work for by FORTUNE magazine, and our employees tend to stay with us for years. As a privately owned company, Edward Jones has a very personal feel that’s almost like family. And we’re very proud of that. Giving back and being stewards of the environment have been integral parts of the Edward Jones culture for many years. And whether it’s donating school supplies, walking to support Alzheimer’s research or volunteering at local functions, associates in our branches and headquarters advocate for the needs of the communities in which they work and live. Visit www.edwardjones.com About the Alzheimer's Association The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. The Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit www.alz.org PAGE 041
Citi DONATED $10 MILLION TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE U.S. FOR JOB TRAINING 40 non-profits will expand their work to provide 10,000 displaced workers with the skills and training needed to compete for jobs in growing sectors including healthcare, transportation, technology, and construction. The Citi Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced the 40 community-based organizations that will receive funding and technical support through the Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative (Bridges) to expand their work in communities across the U.S. Focused on helping American workers secure steady employment, the 40 organizations chosen are connecting unemployed and underemployed workers with jobs in growth industries that need trained workers, including healthcare, transportation, technology, and construction. Through an expanded network of local sites across the U.S., over 10,000 job seekers will have access to a range of services designed to increase their incomes, improve their credit and raise their standards of living. These services include skills training and career development, as well as personal finance coaching, continuing education courses (to strengthen math and reading skills), and resources to help job seekers secure child care and housing arrangements, which can serve as impediments to career mobility. Roughly half of the community-based organizations will use the funding over the next three years to expand their existing Bridges programs to reach more people with a broader range of training and opportunities; the other half will be launching Bridges for the first time with new services. For example, Focus: HOPE in Detroit, is launching a new robotics program to support people moving into careers in automation, manufacturing and information technology fields. Other services, like one-on-one financial coaching, assistance with transportation and help navigating public programs that can stabilize families during training, will also be offered.Â
In Houston, where one in every nine workers in the city works in the healthcare industry, Volunteers of America is expanding its programming so that low-wage veterans and other workers can move from entry-level health care jobs into more advanced patient care and technology positions. Skills training is paired with extensive financial coaching that includes budgeting, savings and credit repair to help build stronger financial futures. The International Rescue Committee in San Diego is expanding its work with refugees, immigrants and residents with lowincomes, offering new training focused on jobs in the fastgrowing solar industryâ€”a sector identified by the San Diego Workforce partnership as a priority because employers currently struggle to fill installation and maintenance jobs. IRC career development coaches also connect participants to noneconomic services that are critical for stability and growth, such as mental health and legal services. "The demands of today's U.S. job market are playing out in different ways for American workers and we need to support those who are being negatively impacted by the forces that are shaping the modern economy," said Ed Skyler, executive vice president for global public affairs at Citi and chair of the Citi Foundation. "By connecting programs that provide not only education and skills building, but support services for family and housing needs, we're helping American workers who have been or are in danger of being displaced achieve success and contribute to their communities." The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. Website: www.citifoundation.com PAGE 042
Hair Cuttery SHARE-A-HAIRCUT PROGRAM DONATED 51,000 HAIRCUT CERTIFICATES TO HOMELESS ACROSS THE USA In its 20th Year, Share-A-Haircut Program Benefits Homeless Children and Adults. Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and -operated chain of hair salons in the country, announced that it had donated 51,000 free haircut certificates to the homeless. In just two days from February 4-5, patrons visited one of Hair Cuttery's more than 800 salons to participate in this get-one, give-one campaign. The haircut certificates, an estimated value of $21 each and totaling $1.07 million in retail value, benefited the homeless across the nation. The free haircut certificates will be donated locally to homeless adults and children in the neighborhoods where Hair Cuttery salons are located, and distributed by partnering resident shelters and community organizations. "This is a very meaningful cause for the Hair Cuttery family, and a great way to kick off the 20th year of this program," said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. "Everyone deserves to feel good and to feel appreciated, and we hope this donation will help spread that message to those who need it most." Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.9 million free haircut certificates valued at more than $57 million. Hair Cuttery has an established history of charitable giving, supporting a range of local and national causes, including, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Girls on the Run and The National Network to End Domestic Violence. The program’s concept is a one-for-one donation allowing our guests to directly support someone less fortunate. The back-toschool program is held for the first two weeks in August – for every child’s haircut purchased at any Hair Cuttery location, we donate a free haircut certificate to a child in need through local social services agencies. A new haircut symbolizes a new start and new possibilities. We want children to associate feeling good about themselves with getting ready to head back to
school. Hair Cuttery believes in making beauty shine from within and a new style is just what children need to start the new school year with confidence! In 2018, Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) teamed up to raise awareness about domestic violence through the Share-A-Haircut program. For every haircut purchased at one of the Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, a free haircut certificate was donated to a survivor of domestic violence through a network of state coalitions and local programs nationwide. In 2018 Hair Cuttery also donated back-to-school haircuts to children who needed it most. For every child up to age 18 who purchased a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate was donated to an underprivileged child in the community. Within the first two weeks of the program, Hair Cuttery donated tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates were distributed with the help of more than 200 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country. About Hair Cuttery Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and -operated chain of hair salons in the country, with over 800 company-owned locations on the East Coast, New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including an Extra Mile for a Smile Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA. Website: www.haircuttery.com PAGE 043
Joy Organics DELIVERED 200,000 MEALS TO CHILD REFUGEES AS PART OF ANNUAL 'JOY DAY' PROMOTION With the draw of a 40 percent discount, Joy Organics was able to raise enough money to feed an entire school. Joy Organics, the leading provider of organically grown, 100 percent THC-free CBD oil products, announced that their first annual "Joy Day" promotion will result in over 200,000 meals being provided to displaced children via Greater Hope Project, established in Northern Uganda to help meet the needs of children living in refugee camps due to the South Sudanese conflict. With the draw of a 40 percent discount, throughout the day, nearly 5,000 products were purchased on Feb. 15. This response caused a server crash, overwhelmed their fulfillment center and halted merchant processing. The Joy Organics team readied the entire staff for the campaign but nothing could have prepared them for the overwhelming engagement that resulted. "The response was more than we could have hoped for," said company co-founder Joy Smith, who learned of Hope Primary School during multiple humanitarian missions to Northern Uganda. "Because of the overwhelming support of our customers, half of whom were new to Joy Organics, thousands of children whose daily nutritional needs are not being met will receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch for a full month." Refugee camps throughout Northern Uganda were established due to the South Sudanese conflict, which has resulted in 2.2 million people fleeing their homes and country. While meant to be temporary, these encampments are now feeling more permanent for the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children caught in the net of war. "We're incredibly grateful to those who took part in Joy Day," said Smith, who launched the company with her husband of 30plus years and works with three of her children in the family business. "They've made an enormous impact on the lives of very deserving children."
Joy Organics has risen to the top of the booming CBD oil market via their proprietary oil extraction process using organically grown hemp, rigorous third-party testing and full transparency. The result is that consumers are confident they're purchasing the purest pharmaceutical grade, 100 percent THC-free CBD products available — ranging from tinctures to softgels to combat pain, sleep and energy issues to the first comprehensive CBD skincare line and even pet products. "We're now committed to making Joy Day an annual event each Feb. 15," added Smith. "Our company mission is to provide our customers with the highest-quality ingredients and improve the lives of one million people this year through our products. Though Joy Day may look different every year, it just makes sense to extend that effort to others in need." Joy's Story: Joy is a wife, mom and grandmother. As a selfproclaimed "health nut", her story begins in a place that many of us know very well - persistent pain and trouble sleeping. While researching natural solutions, Joy learned of the benefits of CBD and began trying the top brands. What she found was distressing: only one of the seven biggest CBD oil brands gave her the relief she desired. After more research, the answer became obvious. Today's CBD oil industry is a mess. There is minimal government oversight. No enforcement of false label claims and a huge variety of ineffective extraction and delivery methods. As Joy’s frustration grew, so did her passion for creating a product people could trust. She then put together her team to create the most pure, organic, and bioavailable THCfree hemp oil on the market. The reason Joy’s products are so effective is because of the superior quality of her CBD oil and the technology used to increase its bioavailability to the body. Her softgels, face serum, day cream and night cream are made using water-soluble nanoemulsion technology. The dog treats and energy drink mix are made with water-soluble hemp oil powder. Website: www.joyorganics.com PAGE 044
DTE Energy SPENT $1.7 BILLION WITH LOCAL MICHIGAN-BASED BUSINESSES IN 2018, PLUS MANY CSR ACTIONS Company bought more than 70 percent of its goods and services from in-state suppliers
Michigan vendors and connects local companies with in-state business opportunities.
DTE Energy announced that it spent $1.7 billion with Michigan businesses in 2018, creating and sustaining more than 8,000 jobs across the state and exceeding its in-state spending goal by $800,000.
"We do this without sacrificing quality and affordability, which demonstrates the competitiveness of our state's economy," Tomczak said.
Since 2010, DTE spent more than $9.2 billion with Michiganbased suppliers of goods and services, creating 24,000 jobs. "We prioritize partnerships with in-state suppliers, and we encourage others to do the same," said DTE Chief Procurement Officer Tony Tomczak. "DTE's commitment gives Michigan's hard-working business owners new opportunities to succeed, expands the local economy and builds stronger communities." Below are highlights of DTE's partnership with Michigan-based vendors, including dollars spent, number of businesses, and total jobs positively impacted: Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit: DTE bought $1.3 billion in goods and services from 1,261 companies, generating and supporting more than 6,000 jobs. Forty percent of this spending – $512 million – was sourced from companies based in Detroit. West Michigan: DTE spent $66 million with 215 companies, creating and sustaining more than 300 jobs. Northeast and Northwest Michigan: DTE invested $38 million with 176 companies, positively impacting nearly 180 jobs. South Michigan: DTE partnered with more than 450 companies, spending $182 million and adding/ maintaining nearly 850 jobs. Central Michigan: DTE invested $41 million with more than 150 companies, creating and sustaining 190 jobs. Thumb Region: DTE spent $93 million with 250 companies, positively impacting more than 400 jobs. Upper Peninsula: DTE partnered with 53 businesses, spending $12 million generating and supporting nearly 60 jobs. DTE is a founding member of Pure Michigan Business Connect, a public-private initiative that encourages companies to buy from
For W-3 Construction, a Detroit construction services company, DTE's focus on Michigan businesses translates into increased revenue and additional jobs. W-3 helps DTE build new substations to provide more reliable electric power for its customers. "We've been in Detroit for more than 30 years and established a track record of delivering high-quality, cost-competitive services to DTE," said Linda Turner, client relations manager for W-3. "The increased business from DTE has fueled our growth, allowing us to bring on additional full-time Michigan workers and hire more local skilled laborers for projects." DTE is also committed to developing a more inclusive supply base. Last year, the company spent $472 million with certified diverse suppliers and captured 11 industry-wide supplier diversity achievement awards. DTE's innovative approach to supplier diversity is based on outreach and mentoring. "We seek out Michigan companies to ensure they're aware of upcoming bid opportunities and are ready to partner with us, or with our largest suppliers," Tomczak added. "We meet local business owners where they are and connect them with new business opportunities." DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. Website: www.dteenergy.com PAGE 045
Icelandic Glacial FIGHTING KIDNEY DISEASE BY DONATING 10% OF ONLINE SALES DURING NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH Icelandic Glacial, an award-winning, premium natural spring water from Iceland, announced that it is partnering with The National Kidney Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of hydration in maintaining kidney health during National Kidney Month. Starting March 1, Icelandic Glacial also donated 10% of online sales to the National Kidney Foundation in support of programs to help the estimated 30 million American adults affected by kidney disease. Additionally, both organizations agreed to share information about kidneys and the role of water in promoting healthy kidneys via their respective websites, newsletters, and social media channels throughout the month. "March is National Kidney Month and we're encouraging all Americans to take better care of their kidneys and to Heart Your Kidneys for a change," said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Kidney Foundation. "Water is a healthier choice for your kidneys than high-calorie sugary drinks and we're grateful to team-up with Icelandic Glacial to help spread the word." "We are very excited to partner with the National Kidney Foundation to encourage people to drink water and help take care of their kidneys," said Jon Olafsson, Chairman and CoFounder of Icelandic Glacial. "Our exceptionally pure water is the perfect way to keep hydrated and support good kidney health." Icelandic Glacial has a naturally alkaline pH level of 8.4 thanks to the natural filtration system of lava rock at the underground spring from which the water is sourced. "We are delighted to be partnering with such a world-class brand to showcase the importance of drinking water to our supporters," said Anthony Gucciardo, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, National Kidney Foundation.
About Kidney Disease: In the United States, 30 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease - and most aren't aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than nonHispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure). About the National Kidney Foundation: The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF, visit www.kidney.org About Icelandic Glacial: Icelandic Glacial is the super-premium natural spring water, bottled at the source from Iceland's legendary Ölfus Spring, which was formed more than 5,000 years ago and is shielded from pollution by an impenetrable barrier of lava rock. The spring produces water so pure that nothing is added or taken away. As a result, Icelandic Glacial possesses exceptional balance featuring a naturally low mineral content and a naturally alkaline pH of 8.4. Icelandic Glacial™ takes immense pride in running a completely sustainable operation fueled entirely by geothermal and hydroelectric power. At 7,688 sq. ft., the world class facility is one of the world's greenest and cleanest. Fully automated and hands-free, the facility is capable of producing up to 30,000 bottles per hour. The filling process takes place in a clean room environment held to the highest laboratory standards. The water for Icelandic Glacial™ travels directly from the underground spring into the bottling facility, which maintains a positive air pressure to impede the outside air. The first time Icelandic Glacial™ encounters the open air is when the bottle seal is broken. Nothing is ever added or taken away. Website: www.icelandicglacial.com PAGE 046
Sappi JOINED SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING SUPPLY SUSTAINABILITY Sappi Limited announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group's sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. With its membership in the SAC, Sappi joins more than 240 global brands, retailers, and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. Sappi's vision is of a thriving world—a better tomorrow than today. Sappi applies its expertise and collective imagination to equipping its people to prosper in the world of tomorrow; establishing shared value initiatives to uplift communities; using natural resources in a responsible manner, valorising waste streams and promoting transparent supply chains. Sappi's overall objective is to expand and enhance value streams to create sustainable products based on a renewable natural resource—woodfibre. Sappi Limited CEO Steve Binnie commented: "Sappi's sustainability strategy builds on our 2020Vision, people and core assets and aims to create real value by evolving our business as we expand our range of products derived from woodfibre, including packaging and speciality papers, woodfibre based bioproducts and importantly dissolving wood pulp (DWP) for the textiles industry. We are pleased to join the SAC, confident it will have a positive impact on product sustainability over time." Sappi Dissolving Wood Pulp (DWP) Executive Vice President Mohamed Mansoor added: "We believe the SAC can become a model for how industries can collaborate in making a positive impact on value chain performance. Our confidence in the DWP market was confirmed when we launched Verve, our first brand range bolstering our leadership in this market. Sappi Verve represents our commitment to the entire value chain from
brand owners through to the cellulosic fibre producers; our commitment to providing a natural fibre responsibly produced, sourced from sustainably managed forests." In its relationship with the SAC, Sappi will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance and drives supply chain transparency and decision-making to improve efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an indicator-based suite of tools that enables suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities, and processes based on environmental performance, social labor practices, and product design choices. "We welcome the addition of Sappi to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and look forward to their participation in this industrywide effort in sustainability," SAC Interim Executive Director Amina Razvi said. "Having Sappi as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the industry and accelerates the change we're making towards responsible industry actions." About Sappi: A global leader in dissolving wood pulp and paperbased solutions, Sappi Limited (listed and in the Top 40 on the JSE - SAP), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing facilities on three continents, in nine countries (ten operations in Europe, three operations in America and five operations in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide. Sappi works closely with customers to provide relevant and sustainable dissolving wood pulp, paper (speciality, packaging and graphic), paper pulp, and biomaterial products and related services and innovations. Our market-leading range of paper products includes: flexible packaging, label, release liner, containerboard and fluting, coated fine papers, casting release papers and in our Southern African region newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers. These products serve the fashion, FMCG and industrial sectors. Website: www.sappi.com PAGE 047
Ecolab GLOBAL HYGEINE LEADER CONTRIBUTED NEARLY $17 MILLION TO COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE IN 2018 Ecolab Inc. continued its long-standing commitment to supporting communities in 2018 through several initiatives, including corporate giving, grants to nonprofit organizations, in-kind product donations and employee volunteerism, with a total impact of nearly $17 million. "Ecolab is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we operate," said Kris Taylor, vice president of Community Relations. "In 2018, we worked with our colleagues and nonprofit partners to help make a difference in the lives of many people throughout the U.S. and the world." For more than 30 years, the Ecolab Foundation has supported local communities with grants to nonprofit organizations in support of their work to educate youth, assist vulnerable citizens, cultivate artistic communities and help protect the environment. - In 2018, grants totaling $14 million were provided by Ecolab and the Ecolab Foundation to 910 organizations that align with the foundation's four focus areas: - Youth and education: $7 million supported organizations and schools providing in- and out-of-school programs for early childhood education as well as college access programs, including $5 million to the University of Minnesota to fund environmental sustainability research and education through academic leadership, scholarships and research at the university's Institute on the Environment. - Civic and community development: $4 million funding supported organizations that provide basic needs to vulnerable citizens, including access to food and housing, and job training. Arts and culture: $735,000 supported performing arts and arts education organizations and their involvement in schools. Environment and conservation: more than $650,000 of 2018 grand funding supported organizations that help protect our lands and waters as well as those who educate our youth about nature and conservationism. Across all four focus areas, $940,000 was designated to grants focused on youth science, technology, engineering andÂ
mathematics (STEM) education. In addition, grants exceeding $1 million were also made to 26 United Way chapters in the U.S., matching employee donations in these communities. In 2018, Ecolab also continued support for its global philanthropic partners, The Nature Conservancy and Project WET, through the company's Solutions for Life program, which enhances Ecolab's mission to conserve water and improve hygiene throughout the world. Through Project WET, more than 7 million people in 88 countries have been reached through the Clean and Conserve Education Program, a free curriculum cocreated by Ecolab and Project WET to educate youth about water conservation and healthy hygiene practices. In 2018, Ecolab also committed to a three-year sponsorship of Project WET's DiscoverWater.org to help students in upper elementary and middle school learn about the water cycle, water conservation, healthy hydration and soap and water science. The continued partnership with The Nature Conservancy resulted in water conservation work in Minnesota to help protect the headwaters of the Mississippi River and support the development of water funds in China to help protect the Dongjiang River Basin and Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang Province. The partnership also helped fund a tree nursery in Mexico that will provide 500,000 pine tree saplings annually for reforestation in and near the Cumbres de Monterrey National Forest. Ecolab also is a founding member of the Good360 Disaster Recovery Council, supporting initiatives and best practices centered on thoughtful giving during disasters." Ecolab products were distributed in support of disaster relief and other initiatives to 10 states in the U.S. and to those in need in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova and Puerto Rico. Volunteerism is a core component of Ecolab's culture, and in 2018, employees volunteered more than 66,000 hours, providing a value of nearly $2 million to their local communities. Website: www.ecolab.com PAGE 048
Timken COMPANY HONORED CHILDREN OF ASSOCIATES WORLDWIDE WITH $540K IN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS The Timken Company helped to fulfil the dreams of a future pharmaceutical developer, an aspiring criminology professor and 15 other high school scholars with big ambitions of their own. From its World Headquarters in North Canton, Timken presented college scholarships—valued at $540,000 over a fouryear period—to 17 children of Timken associates from six countries. Since launching the annual program in 1958, The Timken Company Charitable and Educational Fund has awarded more than $24 million in scholarships to deserving students. Ioana Babarus, daughter of senior process design engineer Dana Babarus and Dragos Babarus, earned the Henry Timken Scholar Award, valued at $35,000 annually, up to $140,000 over four years. Ioana, who plans to open her own pharmaceutical laboratory one day, is a senior at Alexandru Ioan Cuza College in Ploiesti, Romania, and plans to study pharmacy at Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Romania. An accomplished scholar, Ioana has studied in China, France and the United Kingdom, and has volunteered extensively with foster children. She hopes someday to establish a charitable organization that would send pharmacy students to isolated communities to provide medicine to help care for people. Jeanna Hill, daughter of manufacturing associate Charles Hill and Denine Di Lucchio, earned the Jack Timken Scholar Award, valued at $25,000 annually, up to $100,000 over four years. The Uniontown High School (Kansas) senior said she hopes to be a criminology professor one day. First, however, she will study math and sociology at the University of Kansas. The avid musician, who qualified for the John Philip Sousa Award in Kansas, is a member of Uniontown's marching, pep and concert bands and has performed with the Pitt State University Crimson and Gold band. "Students like Ioana, Jeanna and our other award winners assure us that our future is in very capable hands," said Timken Chairman John M. Timken, Jr. "These young men and women are poised to make a difference in whatever endeavor they chose to pursue all around the world."
Joining Babarus and Hill as scholarship winners, five students received $10,000 annual awards worth up to $40,000 over four years. They include: - Kaitlyn Chambers, daughter of production planning analyst Rick Chambers and Sandra Baker, from Stevens High School in Claremont, New Hampshire. Kaitlyn plans to pursue a degree in accounting at Plymouth State University. - Ayush Gupta, son of operator technician Anup Gupta and Arti Gupta, from Little Flower School in Jamshedpur, India. He plans to study marine engineering at the University of Tasmania in Australia. - Lauren Kohler, daughter of cones manager Wayne Kohler and Angela Kohler, from Bucyrus Secondary School in Bucyrus, Ohio. Lauren intends to study pre-medicine at The Ohio State University. - Hannah Shupert, daughter of manufacturing associate Jerry Shupert and Anita Bartlett, from Glendale High School in Springfield, Mo. Hannah has been accepted to the Honors College at the University of Missouri at Columbia where she will study linguistics and political science. - Matthew Swigert, son of global new product implementation manager John Swigert and Sandra Swigert, from Louisville High School in Louisville, Ohio. He plans to study aerospace engineering at Purdue University. - In addition, 10 winners earned $10,000 one-time scholarships. The Timken Company designs and manages a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products. With more than a century of innovation and increasing knowledge, we continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $3.6 billion in sales in 2018 and employs more than 17,000 people globally, operating from 35 countries. Timken plays an active role in shaping the world around us. By combining forces and resources, we strive to enrich the quality of life, protect the environment, and promote opportunities and growth for all. Website: www.timken.com PAGE 049
Honeywell SPONSORED 292 STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO ATTEND SPACE CAMP LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Honeywell sponsored 292 students from 41 countries and 27 U.S. states and territories to attend the annual Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The two week-long programs encouraged students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers through real-world, hands-on challenges in coding, computer sciences and astronautics.
"As a world leader in software and industrial technology, Honeywell sees the need to increase educational opportunities for students by blending technical knowledge with teambuilding, communication and leadership skills. The Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy aims to do that," said Mike Bennett, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "In partnership with the USSRC, we're pleased to offer this program to our future leaders."
"Engaging students in science and engineering is now as fundamentally important as learning to read and write," said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and executive director, USSRC. "By investing in these young students, Honeywell is helping to prepare them to become the global STEM-literate citizens who will change our world."
Since 2010, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the Company's corporate citizenship initiative, has awarded 2,709 scholarships to children of Honeywell employees. Students are selected through a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement. Honeywell and its employees help fund the scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition, meals, accommodations and program materials.
Students between the ages of 16 and 18 will develop STEM leadership skills through numerous team-building challenges such as building, coding and testing rockets; simulated astronaut training; shuttle missions; and a moonwalk. Students will also use computational thinking and computer science to increase their digital skills. Eight students from the prior year's academy were selected to return as ambassadors and mentors to the current group of students. "Last year's academy was a phenomenal experience for me, and I'm looking forward to returning as an ambassador and helping others achieve their goals," said Rohith Tirumalasetti, a student from Hyderabad, India. "Meeting astronauts and participating in simulations confirmed my aspiration to become an astronaut." "The academy greatly helped improve my leadership and communication skills," said Addie Bell, an ambassador from Eaton, Ohio. "I am certain that as this year's students take on challenging activities with other students and instructors from around the world, they will soon know their teammates as friends for life."
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics, Aviation Challenge® and U.S. Cyber Camp as well as the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense tech developed at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which emphasizes STEM education, inclusion and diversity, sustainability, child safety, and humanitarian relief. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Website: www.honeywell.com PAGE 050
Unilever LAUNCHED THE PLEDGE FOR PATERNITY AND PLAN TO HELP MORE THAN A BILLION PEOPLE IMPROVE HEALTH Today, less than 1 in 5 men in the U.S. are offered any paid paternity leave by their employer. Among fathers who do have access to paid leave policies, many don't believe they can take their full time, if any, to care for their newborn. While the role dads play in the lives of their families continues to evolve, 87% of dads report being more satisfied with their lives when they can be the caregivers they want to be. Dove Men+Care launched the next phase of the brand's social mission that champions paternity leave for dads everywhere, and invites everyone to show their support for every dad's right to paid leave by signing The Pledge for Paternity Leave because when dads take leave, everyone benefits, including our families, workplaces and communities. To further support this cause, Dove Men+Care also made a $1 million commitment to fund dads and their families nationwide who don't have access to paid paternity leave. "Since we launched in 2010, the Dove Men+Care brand has communicated that modern masculinity is defined by the way men care," said Nick Soukas, VP of Skin Cleansing & Baby Care for Unilever. "By supporting this important initiative, our goal is to increase utilization rates of paid paternity leave for those men who have access to it and encourage other companies to come together and offer men paid paternity leave so they can take the time to care for their families." The Pledge for Paternity Leave: While 50% of dads believe they should take paternity leave, almost three-quarters of them agree there's still little to no workplace support. To spark increased societal and policy change at the business and governmental levels, Dove Men+Care is launching The Pledge for Paternity Leave, a call to action for everyone – new and expectant dads, allies and business owners – to sign and drive increased awareness around the importance of access to paid leave policies to bond with a new child. Each pledge will signal to dads everywhere that they can and should feel safe when asking for their right to paid paternity leave.
"Through my own experience becoming a father, I saw firsthand the importance of taking paternity leave and being there for my family during a critical time in our lives," said Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Initialized Capital. "No dad should have to sacrifice taking leave, and I've been very public about taking mine in an effort to show other men that you can still be an ambitious businessperson while also taking time for your family. And it's not just fathers who reap the benefits – it's in the best interest of families, workplaces and communities to support dads in taking leave. Working with Dove Men+Care, I will continue to try to tackle some of the societal stigmas that exist around paternity leave, and advocate for paid leave to be a right for dads everywhere." Dove Men+Care is the first range of products from Dove developed specially for men. Manufactured by Unilever, the line includes the #1 dermatologist recommended bars and body washes in the U.S. Launched in 2010, the Dove Men+Care portfolio includes bars, body washes, face care, antiperspirant/deodorants, and hair care. Dove Men+Care is available nationwide in food, drug, and mass outlet stores. Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company's strategy and commits to: - Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020. - Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030. - Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020. The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. Globally, the company's sustainable living brands grew 46% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 70% of the company's growth in 2017. Website: www.unilever.com PAGE 051
Bridgestone RETAIL OPERATIONS FUNDRAISING RAISED $2.8 MILLION FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA Fundraising enabled more youth to attend Club activities through Driving Great Futures transportation program. Bridgestone Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Inc. raised nearly $2.8 million to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America through its Driving Great Futures initiative in 2018. In the fourth consecutive year of its national partnership, BSRO doubled what it raised in 2017, bringing the total funds raised since 2015 to $6.6 million. One hundred percent of funds raised through the BSRO Driving Great Futures program helps Boys & Girls Clubs of America serve millions of young people through Club membership and community outreach. "This record-breaking contribution would not be possible without the generosity and commitment of our customers, employees and partners. Because of their support, Bridgestone is helping ensure kids have reliable transportation to and from their local Club," said Joe Venezia, president, BSRO. "We are proud to collaborate with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help address the challenges local clubs face each day while exemplifying Our Way to Serve, the Bridgestone corporate social responsibility commitment to improving the way young people live, move and play." In 2018, BSRO awarded 81 transportation grants to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Ten of the grants supported the purchase of new passenger vans outfitted with Bridgestone DriveGuard tires, which travel up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph to safety after a puncture or flat. The remaining grants supported the transportation needs of Clubs who on average serve a combined 71,000 youth each day, and 800,000 youth each year. The majority of contributions collected in 2018 were the result of in-store donations by customers through the company's network of more than 2,200 automotive service centers, as well as additional support from Credit First National Association, a business of Bridgestone Americas, and Interstate Batteries, Shell, and ITW/QMI. In addition to financial support, employees invested more than 2,000 volunteer hours in support of the Driving Great Futures program.
"Bridgestone consistently demonstrates its commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs by developing unique programs that contribute to our mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens," said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "The transportation grant program we developed this past year with Bridgestone allowed us to collect unprecedented data and gain valuable insights about the transportation needs of our Clubs, and through funding, is enabling us to address these gaps head on. We are Driving Great Futures together." Boys & Girls Clubs of America: For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4.3 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCAaffiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. For more information, visit: www.BGCA.org Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. and operates the largest network of companyowned automotive service providers in the world â€” more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States â€” including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works store locations. Credit First National Association and Firestone Complete Fleet Care operations are also part of BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone Americas family of companies. Website: www.bridgestoneamericas.com PAGE 052
Iron Mountain LEADER IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT RENEWED SUPPORT FOR PAPERS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN PROJECT Financial grant will help the Abraham Lincoln project fulfill its mission of identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by, or to, Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Iron Mountain Incorporated the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced it has renewed its support of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Overseen by the Library, the project is dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by, or to, Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Iron Mountain's grant is supported through the Living Legacy Initiative, the company's commitment to preserve and make accessible cultural and historical information and artifacts. Iron Mountain's financial support will enable the Papers of Abraham Lincoln to build a Digital Library showcasing the project's collection of documents across different chronological segments of President Lincoln's life and political career. It has already identified and published more than 5,000 documents from Lincoln's early life to the end of his legislative career, of which more than 400 have received the full editorial treatment of oral proofreading, annotation, encoding, and factchecking; the remaining documents are complementary and supporting in nature. In addition, Iron Mountain has also helped build a long-term archival solution to safeguard the Papers' data using its Iron Cloudâ„˘ storage platform, ensuring it is secure, protected and accessible through the library for continued learning and inspiration for generations to come. "We're proud to support the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and act as the archival partner to the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project," said Ty Ondatje, SVP, CorporateÂ Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Iron Mountain.
"President Lincoln was one of the most prolific presidents, and documents written from him, or to him, help tell the story of our country during an important era in history." As president during the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln's writings and correspondence generated tens of thousands of documents. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln has assembled and verified a vast archive of these documents captured as highresolution images from hundreds of repositories and private collections all over the world. Through the digitization, transcription and contextualization of each document, the project has made this archive accessible to a worldwide audience eager to learn more about this pivotal leader during a decisive period in American and world history. Since inception, the project has located over 100,000 documents from his legal and legislative careers, his personal and political life, and his Presidency. "Over 150 years later, the writings and correspondence of Abraham Lincoln remain as inspiring as they are prolific," said Daniel Worthington, director, Papers of Abraham Lincoln. "Our team has traveled all over the United States and the world to find these documents to ensure they are preserved and accessible for all of us. Support from organizations like Iron Mountain, in the form of financial grants and in-kind services, helps us fulfill the mission of the project and ensure that President Lincoln's legacy lives on." Iron Mountain Inc. founded in 1951, is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 225,000 organizations around the world, and with a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in over 50 countries, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of valued assets, including critical business information, highly sensitive data, and cultural and historical artifacts. Providing solutions that include information management, digital transformation, secure storage, secure destruction, as well as data centers, cloud services and art storage and logistics. www.ironmountain.com PAGE 053
KnowAtom HELPING IRAQI TEACHERS TO CREATE A NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS Four years later, Yazidi teachers who fled their homes under fire fulfil childhood dreams by becoming STEM teachers When Marwan was a child, he dreamed of being a teacher. However, poverty made that dream out of reach to Marwan as he grew up. Instead, he became a farmer in Sinjar, a town in northern Iraq. Then in 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked Sinjar and surrounding villages in what has been internationally recognized as attempted genocide of the Yazidi people. Tens of thousands of Yazidis, including Marwan, fled to escape ISIS. Now, almost five years later, hundreds of Yazidi adults and thousands of Yazidi children have found hope in an unexpected place - inside the camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) where they've ended up. This hope has come from an innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for K-8 students that has taken root in the U.N. camps and surrounding schools. The STEM program, launched in 2015, is aimed at bringing relevant and lifelong skills to children living in the camps while at the same time helping them build skills to cope with conflict. "The idea with this program is to give children engineering problems to solve where they actually make something," said the program's visionary Mark Gelfand, founder of the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust, a charitable foundation that partners with community leaders to develop capacity for quality STEM education in communities on the cusp of rapid development. "It helps distract them from the really incredibly challenging things going around them. This is why it is so successfulâ€”it focuses on something positive and forward-looking." In 2018, the program directly reached 2,500 students in the camps and around Erbil, the capital of KRI, and has resulted in students becoming more engaged and curious in STEM. KnowAtom has been involved with the KRI STEM program since it launched. KnowAtom's role has been to provide educator training, next generation STEM curriculum, and hands-onÂ
materials to the camps so that students are able to learn as scientists and engineers. "This STEM program provides us with the opportunity to honor the depth of potential within this generation of Iraqi children," said KnowAtom founder and CEO Francis Vigeant. "We've seen these STEM skills serve as a source of hope and a productive coping mechanism for both students and teachers involved." The program has also provided the volunteer Iraqi teachers with extensive professional development and hands-on experience and a next generation STEM skill-set that will serve their careers and students well beyond the camps, according to one aid group observing the project. Because of safety concerns, KnowAtom is not identifying the aid group. "The teachers will benefit from the extra training provided, which helps them be able to present these materials to the students," this aid group said. "In reality, we are providing the teachers with an education program that benefits them as much as it does the students." And this, ultimately, is the goal of the program, according to Gelfand. "When the kids are interested, the adults get interested," Gelfand said. "It motivates everyone. It's how I always thought education should be taught, what I wish my education was when I was a kid. I know how it's changed entire countries because it represents a pathway out of dependency toward the creation of wealth for the country." KnowAtom makes real science possible in every K-8 classroom. We provide a complete K-8 solution designed for mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards: fully aligned curriculum, integrated hands-on materials, and targeted professional development. Our research-based, classroom-tested tools and techniques bring students' own ideas to life with hands-on materials and technology. Website: www.knowatom.com PAGE 054
Clune Construction CONTINUES TRADITION OF DONATING TO CHARITIES ACROSS USA AND $1 MILLION TO CANCER RESEARCH In keeping with its annual tradition of giving back to local and national charities Clune Construction announced their 2018 charitable contributions.Â The charities that received donations from Clune were personally selected by its employees and have a special significance to each of its five locations. "It's a privilege to support the organizations in our communities that have close and meaningful connections to Clune's staff," said Bill Abromitis, CEO of Clune Construction. "Clune's charitable culture is one we are very proud of. It is a direct reflection of our commitment to our employees and the organizations they personally care about." The recipients are: - Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Clune's donation will go toward servicing the families of those who have selflessly served and protected Chicago and its residents by ensuring their sacrifice is not forgotten. - The Fresh Air Fund is a New York-based organization that gives children from low-income communities the opportunity to experience outdoor summer adventures that unlock their limitless potential. Clune's donation will help provide these life changing programs for thousands of New York City children. - The Battle Buddy Foundation was founded by combat veterans with the combined mission of assisting veterans, of all eras, in the acquisition of service dogs, while providing a network of peer support and activity, and promoting education and awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the current veteran suicide epidemic, and the life-saving benefits of trained service dogs. - Los Angeles Regional Food Bank fights hunger and food insecurity within the Los Angeles area by acquiring food and distributing it to those in need through local charitable organizations. Clune's donation was used to provide 10,000 meals to Los Angeles residents who need assistance putting food on the table for their families.Â
- The Guardsmen provides access to high-quality educational and outdoor activities for San Francisco's inner-city youth. Clune's donation will enable The Guardsmen to provide these opportunities to kids who would otherwise not have the chance to experience them. - Boulder Crest Retreat's 37-acre Virginia retreat provides combat veterans and their families a getaway that integrates evidence-based therapies in a safe, peaceful space. The donation they received from Clune will allow them to provide services to veterans dealing with combat-related stress through strength and growth based training. - The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association provides emotional support and a sense of hope, strength and connection for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome, their families and the professionals who treat them. Clune's donation will go towards the organizations' parent-mentor program, a popular initiative that helps family members support their loved-ones who have Prader-Willi Syndrome. Clune's Pledge for Cancer Research: Clune made an annual contribution to Gateway for Cancer Research, a national, nonprofit organization committed to funding innovative, cuttingedge cancer research. The donation is part of a $1 million pledge Clune made to Gateway. Each year Clune continues to provide a contribution as part of its partnership with the organization. In addition to these donations, Clune contributes to numerous charities and their employees donate their time to various causes throughout the year. Clune Construction Company is a national general contractor with offices in Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. Today, Clune employs more than 500 employees and manages over $1 billion in commercial and mission-critical projects annually. Clune believes that the hallmark of its success is grounded in their dedication to delivering it clients' projects on time and under budget, with honesty, integrity and strong emphasis on client satisfaction. Website: www.clunegc.com PAGE 055
UPM SUPPORTING PLANT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION FOR THE PLANET - CHILDREN BECOME AMBASSADORS UPM supports the academy program of Plant-for-the-Planet, a charitable foundation that wants to contribute to climate protection. The foundation plants trees and organises children academies to promote sustainable thinking and environmental awareness.
innovation, resource efficiency and responsibility. We plant roughly 70 million tree seedlings per year. Our goals and the goals of the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation fit well together and it is particularly important to pass on this thinking and knowledge about climate justice to the younger generation.
"In the academies children educate each other as ambssadors for climate justice. They learn concretely how the climate crisis threatens their future and the lives of people worldwide and develop their own actions for their future in groups. Furthermore, they also practice their presentation skills as a core competence for school and everyday life," explains Lisa Kohn, Public Relations, Plant-for-the-Planet.
Value from responsibility Responsible business conduct is a solid foundation for longterm value creation. Thanks to our global capabilities, innovativeness and strong position in the forest biomass sourcing, we are in a unique position to advance circular economy and to take the world towards a future beyond fossils.
On the occasion of the 10th Plant-for-the-Planet Children's Conference in April 2018, the children planted a medlar in front of the Youth Hostel in Possenhofen, Germany. "Plant-for-the-Planet's philosophy fits well to UPM's own commitment to sustainability and our will to promote active dialogue with our local stakeholders. UPM's global and local support activities are coordinated under the umbrella of our Biofore Share and Care programme, which reflects our dedication to helping shape a sustainable and innovative future. We specifically support projects that are relevant to our business and through which we promote innovation, sustainability and local community welfare. One focus area of this programme is reading and learning, so we have here a perfect match," says Dr. Stefanie Eichiner, Sustainability Manager at UPM. Plant-for-the-Planet organises children academies around the globe in order to sensitise children to problems surrounding climate and justice. More than 140 seminars are held annually all over the world, for example in Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria and Ghana. Around 50 academies are organised every year in Germany alone. UPM's Biofore strategy is based on the versatile use of renewable wood biomass, driven by a commitment toÂ
+2 billion middle-class consumers who move to cities and expect higher living standards set the bar high for the industries who provide products and services. All this can happen unconditionally by responsible use of natural resources and by conducting business responsibly. The Biofore strategy is our response. It motivates us to achieve our challenging 2030 responsibility targets which at the same time contribute to many of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN Global Compact. As a longstanding member of Global Compact initiative and also as a Global Compact LEAD company since 2016 we comply with the United Nations ten universal principles regarding human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption. About UPM UPM-Kymmene Oyj is a Finnish forest industry company. We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. We employ around 19,000 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 10.5 billion. Our shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM Biofore - Beyond fossils. Website: www.upm.com PAGE 056
Prada ARTIST /ACTIVIST, THEASTER GATES, AND FILM DIRECTOR AVA DUVERNAY, TO HEAD DIVERSITY COUNCIL The Respected Producer and Artist Will Help Shape and Guide Prada's Initiative to Elevate Voices of Color in Fashion. Prada, the Italian fashion house, announced today that artist and activist, Theaster Gates, and award-winning writer, director and producer, Ava DuVernay, will co-chair the Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council ("the Council") to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large. The Council will advise the company as it invests in diverse talent development and expands opportunities for young students of color in the fashion industry. Prada's Diversity and Inclusion Council will include the voices of prominent academic and cultural experts from high-level social institutions. In addition to advising the internal processes within Prada's organization, Prada and the Council will partner with universities and organizations to spearhead internship and apprenticeship initiatives in diverse communities to close the inclusion gap in the fashion industry. Prada will also work with the Council to sponsor scholarships and training programs in the United States and in every Prada office worldwide. "Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company," said Miuccia Prada, Chief Executive Officer and Lead Creative Director at Prada. "In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with long-time collaborators, Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates, on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals." Artist and activist Theaster Gates, whose works are notable for evoking African-American identity and the broader historical struggle for civil rights, is also the Executive Director of Chicagobased Rebuild Foundation, an arts, education, and culture development organization committed to transforming urban communities. "My work amplifies the voices that have been
absent from broad cultural conversations, and I am happy to partner with Prada to advise on processes that will make the company and industry more reflective of the world today." Ava DuVernay is known for her directorial work on the Oscarwinning historical drama, "Selma," the Oscar-nominated criminal justice documentary, "13th," and Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time," which made her the highest grossing African-American female director in domestic box office history. DuVernay's work amplifies the stories of people of color while emphasizing the role that racial identity plays in society, culture and history. Prada's Diversity and Inclusion Council will complement the work of Prada Group's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department, which has invested in the community with a focus on sustainability, scientific research and culture. Working in conjunction with the Group's CSR department, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council will host a conference to discuss improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In the coming months, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council will examine processes and advise on tactical and strategic approaches to inclusion. "It is an honor to work with Prada on its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives," Gates added. "Prada has been my ally in some of my most ambitious artistic projects including the launch of the Black Image Corporation. Growing diversity efforts in the company is important to Ava, Miuccia and I and I am eager to lead the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and achieve meaningful impact throughout the fashion industry." Since 1913, Prada has been synonymous with cutting-edge style. Its intellectual universe combines concept, structure and image through codes that go beyond trends. Its fashion transcends products, translating conceptuality into a universe that has become a benchmark to those who dare to challenge conventions focusing on experimentation. Website: www.prada.com PAGE 057
Kellogg CREATED 1.2 BILLION BETTER DAYS FOR PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS From its earliest days, Kellogg has been a company with a heart and soul, a purpose-driven organization. That's why it committed to create 3 billion Better Days for people, communities and the planet by the end of 2025. To do so, across the company and around the world, Kellogg is helping to end hunger by addressing the interconnected issues of food security and climate resiliency. And its far ahead of schedule in achieving these commitments. Through the Breakfasts for Better Days global signature cause platform, it reached more people with greater impact than it ever envisioned at this point in time. Its efforts are making a difference. Company significantly ahead of schedule on its 2025 Breakfasts for Better Days™ commitments Since launching the commitments in 2016, Kellogg has delivered more than 1.2 billion Better Days, or 40 percent of our 2025 goal, in just two years by: - Donating 1.1 billion servings of food (43 percent of goal) - Reaching 1.1 million children with nutrition education and feeding programs (55 percent of goal) - Supporting 322,000 farmers (64 percent of goal) - Securing 18,100 volunteer days (40 percent of goal) - Engaging 135.4 million people in the journey to address food security (45 percent of goal). Kellogg Company's Heart & Soul strategy, that comes to life through our Breakfasts for Better Days™ commitments, is foundational to our Deploy for Growth business strategy. "Our abilities to make a difference in people's lives and to win in the marketplace are completely intertwined," said Chairman and CEO Steve Cahillane. "For us, good business also means doing good for society." Company keeps an eye toward the future to best support U.N. SDG #2 - Zero Hunger
Kellog employees certainly haven't achieved these goals for people, communities and the planet alone. So every day they celebrate their colleagues, supplier partners, customers, government leaders, non-governmental organizations and the people who enjoy Kellog foods, for helping to achieve Kellogg Company's purpose of nourishing families so they can flourish. Learn more about how we're creating Better Days at OpenForBreakfast.com and follow the conversation on the Kellogg Company social media channels, #BetterDays. Kellogg Company: We strive to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Our beloved brands include Pringles®, Cheez-It®, Keebler®, Special K®, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg's Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats®, Kashi®, RXBAR® and more. Net sales in 2018 were approximately $13.5 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods. Kellogg brands are beloved in markets around the world. We are also a company with Heart & Soul, committed to creating three billion Better Days by the end of 2025 through our Breakfasts for Better Days™ global purpose platform. W.K. Kellogg has given us a rich legacy of integrity, and honoring that legacy has been a significant part of Kellogg Company’s success story. Our Global Code of Ethics and K Values™ preserve our enduring commitment to integrity by shaping our ethical performance culture and by providing clear guidance so our employees and stakeholders know where we stand and how we conduct business globally. Both demonstrate our unwavering commitment to doing business the right way – the Kellogg way. Our Global Code of Ethics provides balanced and practical business advice to help us think broadly, act decisively and drive results in a way that is legal, ethical and responsible. It highlights key leadership responsibilities that set the right tone throughout our global operations to enable us to better connect, collaborate and compete in the 21st century. Website: www.KelloggCompany.com PAGE 058
PPG Foundation INVESTED $428,000 IN 20 PITTSBURGH AREA EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS PPG today announced that the PPG Foundation recently invested $428,000 in 20 organizations to support educational and community sustainability programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, where PPG maintains its global headquarters and several facilities. The grant recipients and funding purposes were: - Allegheny Conference on Community Development: $150,000 for activities to improve the area’s economic future. - Allegheny Land Trust: $10,000 to support the Barking Slopes Transformation Initiative, which aims to revitalize a 151-acre Allegheny Land Trust conservation area. - American Chemical Society: $1,500 to support the Pittsburgh section’s National Chemistry Week, which provides students with hands-on chemistry experiments and activities. - American Heart Association: $15,000 for the Go Red Goes STEM program; a year-long mentorship program for local girls in middle school who are interested in a career in science. - ASSET Inc.: $13,500 to underwrite the costs of professional development programs and courses for under-resourced educators, as well as hands-on materials to teach STEM. - Carnegie Mellon University: $23,000 for sponsorship of an educational session at the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association Symposium; and the Girls of Steel Robotics program, which provides for under-represented communities. - Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: $40,000 for sponsorship of the - RUBE GOLDBERG: The World of Hilarious Invention! - Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh - Allegheny County: $10,000 to help underwrite the costs associated with a Summer Career Exploration Experience for 200 students. - Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, Inc.: $10,000 for after-school programming to provide local girls with the opportunity to participate in a yearlong, holistic leadership development. - Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: $30,000 for general support to feed people in need. - Higher Achievement Program Inc.: $15,000 to support the Afterschool Academy at three Higher Achievement Centers. - Pirates Charities: $5,000 for educational materials for the Pirates Education Days program.
- Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources: $36,000 for arts education programming and curriculum refinement for the Makers Space Program and $7,500 to support arts education programming in the Pittsburgh Public Schools/ communities. - Propel Schools: $7,500 for educational materials and technology to diversify students’ STEM experiences. - Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh: $15,000 for the Books for Keeps program, which targets literacy and achievement gaps. - Rosedale Technical College: $5,000 to support the purchase of an inverter spot welding system for new collision repair class. - Springdale Free Public Library, Inc.: $1,000 for ongoing programming and materials. - The Extra Mile Education Foundation: $8,000 in financial support for urban children and their families seeking a valuesbased pre-kindergarten through eighth grade education. - The Neighborhood Academy: $5,000 to support the development of an integrated STEM curriculum and hands-on learning materials for the students. - WQED Multimedia: $20,000 to support Design Lives Here, a STEM-based supplemental educational program. “PPG is proud to support these educational and community sustainability programs that are geared toward the individuals who live and work in PPG’s global headquarters city,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation. “Developing the workforce of the future is important to us at PPG, and that is why we continue to invest in these vital initiatives and programs in our region.” PPG: We work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation and after markets. Website: www.ppg.com PAGE 059
Kmart RAISED $3.7 MILLION DURING ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL THANKS AND GIVING CAMPAIGN St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced that its long-standing partner, Kmart, has raised $3.7 million during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. "Thank you, Kmart for raising this incredible gift for the families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the 2018 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. This brings Kmart's overall fundraising total to $116 million since 2006 - more than any company in the history of St. Jude," said Richard C. Shadyac, President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Thousands of Kmart associates have empowered millions of your customers to pledge support of St. Jude. Their passion and commitment make it possible for St. Jude to ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live. We are so thankful for our long-standing partnership. We're confident that together, St. Jude and Kmart will continue to do great things to achieve our mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®" "All children should have the opportunity to chase their dreams," said Peter Boutros, chief brand officer for Kmart. "That's why we created the 'Care to Dream' movement in 2018 and we're thrilled to make this significant contribution to St. Jude on behalf of our store associates, customers and members. What a tremendous team effort to support such a worthwhile cause. Through donations at checkout, online and through the purchase of unique merchandise like our St. Jude bear holiday ornament and 'Care to Dream' wrapping paper designed by St. Jude patients, our customers demonstrated their love for St. Jude." St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institutedesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting www.stjude.org Kmart: A subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, Kmart makes shopping fun for everyone. Most recognized for the iconic Bluelight Special and family-friendly in-store events for its customers and Shop Your Way® members, Kmart also boasts ridiculously awesome savings and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Adam Levine, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. In addition to its unique offerings and thrilling deals, Kmart offers a variety of financial services including year-round layaway and leasing. Kmart Pharmacy also features best-in-class care for its members and customers and is ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction. As one of the nation’s largest broadline retailers, Sears Holdings has a presence in thousands of communities across the country. We recognize that the members of these communities are our customers, to whom we are privileged to provide quality services, products and solutions that earn their trust in effort to build lifetime relationships.To show our support, we at Sears Holdings have focused our community engagement efforts on supporting our heroes and our community heroes - the individuals who face adversity and display the courage to overcome challenges, and communities - comprised of the many neighborhoods served by our thousands of stores. Through volunteerism, monetary donations and merchandise donations, we hope to further improve the lives of our heroes and continue to strengthen the communities we serve. Website: www.Kmart.com PAGE 060
Fresenius Medical Care CELEBRATED NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH WITH DONATIONS OF $195,000 PATIENT EDUCATION - Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation's leading provider of kidney care products and services, has announced a 2019 commitment of $195,000 to support nonprofit patient education programs that help people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) make informed treatment choices, including transplant and home dialysis. - National Kidney Month is celebrated every March and seeks to raise awareness about CKD, which impacts 1 in 7 adults in the United States. Recognizing that home dialysis offers patients greater independence, convenience and health, FMCNA is donating $65,000 to support the Medical Education Institute's (MEI) home dialysis awareness forum and other programming. An additional $130,000 contribution will help fund the Renal Support Network's (RSN) efforts to promote a dialogue with patients and their families about living well with CKD. "We are committed to empowering people living with kidney disease to thrive and succeed with treatment options that fit their lifestyles and personal values, recognizing that transplant or home dialysis is often the best option, as well as supporting education and models of care that slow progression of the disease," said Bill Valle, chief executive officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America. "We are proud to sponsor these organizations that provide important support and hope to people living with kidney disease." The donation to MEI will help fund Home Dialysis Central, a website that empowers patients to consider home treatments, as well as the organization's Life Options website, which supports people living with CKD before they need a transplant or dialysis. "We created these websites to give people with kidney disease hope for a good life, and engage them in their care to produce better health outcomes," said MEI's Executive Director, Dori Schatell, MS. "We truly appreciate this donation—and the opportunity it creates to build on our efforts to create safe,
supportive places for people to find answers, slow CKD progression and make treatment choices that will give them the best possible lives if their kidneys do fail." The donation to RSN, a patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to individuals living with CKD, will support educational content such as its KidneyTalk podcast, Patient Educational Meetings, Annual Essay Contests, the Bi-Annual Live & Give Newsletter and the Annual Renal Teen Prom. These initiatives help educate and empower individuals to take control of their disease so they can live the best life possible. "We appreciate Fresenius Medical Care North America for their generosity," said Lori Hartwell, the founder of RSN who was diagnosed with CKD at age two in 1968. "I have survived this illness for 50 years. Their partnership is vital to ensuring we can fulfill our mission of providing hope, education and making a lasting difference in the lives of people with kidney disease." As part of the company's support for educational efforts during National Kidney Month in March, Fresenius Kidney Care has also launched an awareness campaign to spread the word about the importance of early detection by encouraging family members and friends of patients to be screened for CKD. The campaign includes direct communication within dialysis centers, through social media and online. Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) is the premier healthcare company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. FMCNA provides coordinated healthcare services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the world's largest fully integrated renal company, it offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products and renal pharmaceuticals. Website: www.fmcna.com PAGE 061
Wells Fargo PROVIDED $13 MILLION TO NON-PROFITS SERVING AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNITIES Funding to address critical needs in Indian Country, including homeownership, economic development and energy sovereignty. To support greater economic empowerment in tribal communities, the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded nearly $13 million to non-profits supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities as part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to expand its focus on tribal philanthropy. The funding will help increase homeownership, energy sovereignty and workforce development on tribal lands, promote development of native owned small businesses, and help build capacity for non-profits to better serve their clients in Indian Country. “Wells Fargo has been serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities for more than 50 years,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We believe it is important to support non-profit and community organizations that empower tribal communities to determine their own way of life on their own lands — according to their time-honored cultures, traditions and beliefs — while also providing access to the tools and opportunities that can lead to financial success and well-being.” The grants to 25 organizations range from $50,000 to $5 million and fall into four broad focus areas: · Helping tribal members succeed financially. Grants to organizations like Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition and Cook Inlet aim to help tribal members build financial assets that can be passed from one generation to another or leveraged for postsecondary education or starting a business. Grants to ONABEN and American Indian Chamber of Commerce Education Fund will promote entrepreneurship and development of native owned businesses. · Advancing tribal homeownership. Grantees First Nations Oweesta, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Minnesota
Housing Partnership and the National American Indian Housing Council are among several focused on tribal housing initiatives including down payment assistance, affordable housing solutions and expanding the capacity of Native Community Development Financial Institutions. · Advancing energy sovereignty. A $5 million grant to GRID Alternatives provides seed funding for the organization’s Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund to catalyze the growth of solar energy and job training opportunities on tribal lands. · Capacity building for native non-profits. Native non-profits serving critical needs in Indian Country — including the National Indian Council on Aging, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and the American Indian Engineering and Science Society — received awards to build their organizational capacity and expansion. “We are very pleased to have added so many important and deserving organizations to our national philanthropy programs,” said Cora Gaane of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We consulted with numerous stakeholders in identifying where our funding could have the greatest impact, and we value the expertise they bring in addressing the unique social, economic and environmental issues in Indian Country.” In another record year of giving Wells Fargo donated $444M to nearly 11,000 nonprofits in 2018. Wells Fargo continued its commitment to communities by increasing philanthropy and supporting affordable housing, small business, education, sustainability, and local issues. Wells Fargo: We know that our long-term success is directly linked to the success of our customers and the communities we serve. Through a combination of strategic relationships with local and national nonprofits, grants, volunteer activities, and other community investments, we’re creating solutions that help strengthen the communities in which we operate and grow local economies around the world. Website: www.wellsfargo.com PAGE 062
Ulta Beauty RAISES RECORD-BREAKING $5.5 MILLION DONATION FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION Ulta Beauty announced it raised $5.5 million in 2018 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) – the largest sum ever raised by the company along with associates, guests and business partners. With its record-breaking donation, Ulta Beauty continues to be among BCRF's largest corporate donors in 2018. Ulta Beauty's associates, guests and business partners raised the funds during the company's successful Gorgeous Way to Give program. The campaign included numerous fundraising efforts including the sales of Ulta Beauty's BCRF collection, the annual Cut for a Cause™ in-store national fundraising event locations, the company's annual charity Golf Outing and Day of Beauty, personal donations and more. "We believe beauty is at its best when it is giving back. That's why Ulta Beauty is grateful to our guests, associates and business partners for sharing in our passion for achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer," said Mary Dillon, chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty. "One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. As a company with 40,000 associates – 92 percent of whom are women – we care deeply about this issue and are committed to continuing our role in the fight against breast cancer."
BCRF and funded more than 550,000 hours of lifesaving research. BCRF-funded researchers have been behind every breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship for the last two decades. Ulta Beauty's support of BCRF is part of the company's commitment to investing in organizations that empower women and their families to achieve their full potential. In 2016, the company created the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation (UBCF) to further its commitment. While BCRF remains Ulta Beauty's signature partner, the company also supports Dress for Success® and runs an Associate Relief Program to help associates facing hardship. "Our work with BCRF and UBCF nurtures a greater sense of community and purpose," said Dillon. "It's extremely meaningful to our associates and helps us create an even stronger culture, which has been a key driver of our growth."
"Ulta Beauty continues to advance transformative science in women's health by supporting the world's largest private funder of breast cancer research," said Myra Biblowit, president and CEO of BCRF. "The entire Ulta Beauty family understands that the line between beauty and health is a straight line, and they have rallied around this cause magnificently."
Ulta Beauty: At Ulta Beauty, the possibilities are beautiful. Ulta Beauty is the largest U.S. beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. In 1990, the Company reinvented the beauty retail experience by offering a new way to shop for beauty – bringing together all things beauty, all in one place. Today, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer offering the complete beauty experience. Ulta Beauty brings possibilities to life through the power of beauty each and every day in our stores and online with more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty's own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin, brow, and make-up services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and our industryleading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of November 3, 2018, Ulta Beauty operates 1,163 retail stores across 50 states and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials, and social content.
Since 2009, Ulta Beauty has raised more than $27.5 million for
Ulta Beauty has served as one of BCRF's top three corporate partners and currently funds 19 breast cancer researchers aimed at eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime. BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide, fueling the work of more than 300 investigators across 14 countries.
FASTSIGNS Inc. 17,000 MEALS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE. Group assembled 17,000 meals during the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention in Orlando. FASTSIGNS franchisees and their employees, vendors and corporate staff participated in a "FASTSIGNS Community Giveback" by assembling 17,000 meals for local children and their families with Feeding Children Everywhere. "Through our FASTSIGNS Community Giveback Projects, our meeting attendees and vendors come together to support a local cause and make a positive impact in the cities that host our events," said Tracy Lake, Director of Events at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "We are so grateful for organizations that work to end hunger. With the help of our partners in giving, we were honored to join Feeding Children Everywhere to help make a dent in hunger for Orlando and the surrounding areas." Under the direction of Feeding Children Everywhere leadership, attendees measured, weighed, packaged and boxed 17,000 meals by forming 14 assembly lines. This was accomplished in 30 minutes during the FASTSIGNS Community Giveback Breakfast with a Purpose event. "Our partners not only provide meals, they provide hope," said Sarah Davila, Public Relations Manager at Feeding Children Everywhere. "Our event with FASTSIGNS created the opportunity to impact hundreds of families struggling with hunger in Orlando. Together we were able to provide 17,000 meals to children and families in need." This event was also made possible by the generous support of the FASTSIGNS Community Giveback sponsors including Vista System, swissQprint, peerhatch, Ornamental Post & Panel, Click2Sell, Digital Designed Solutions, Banner Ups, Computerized Cutters, Inc. and N. Glantz & Son. FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the global franchisor of FASTSIGNSÂŽ sign and graphic centers. We are a business-tobusiness franchise with over 700 independently owned and
operated franchise locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Chile and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE(R). Locations opened in Malta and Spain in 2019. FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and graphic solutions (custom signs and visual graphics) to help businesses and organizations - including manufacturers, schools and universities, retailers, construction companies, healthcare facilities and many other industries - solve their visual communications challenges such as building brand awareness, increasing location "findability", promoting a product or service, helping people find their way around a facility or campus, hosting an event, communicating with employees, improving workflow, meeting safety and compliance regulations, etc. FASTSIGNS centers provide custom signs and graphics, including architectural and interior dĂŠcor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to installation. Website: www.fastsigns.com Feeding Children Everywhere, based in Orlando, Florida, is committed to providing healthy meals to those in need, sustainability and making contributions matter. Creating a hunger-free world will be possible if we have an awareness of our impact on the world around us. Feeding Children Everywhere has implemented sustainability goals to reduce their carbon footprint to eliminate the utilization of harmful plastics as well as helping to create self-sufficient and sustainable communities throughout program areas. Financial efficiency and meaningful impact are the pillars of their commitment as they believe that financial transparency combined with a high-energy, tangible impact volunteer experience is the key to a contribution that makes a meaningful difference. PAGE 064
Arborjet, Inc. LEADER IN PLANT CARE SPONSORS PROJECT EVERGREEN'S GREENCARE FOR TROOPS PROGRAM Arborjet & Ecologel Solutions LLC, leaders in plant health care solutions and water conservation management, announced they will be an official 2019 Silver sponsor of Project EverGreen's GreenCare for Troops™ program. This is a need based program for active-duty deployed service members. In 2018, the program engaged close to 1,500 active volunteers, who helped more than 700 military families maintain their home lawns. Since its inception, more than 11,000 military families and 6,000 contractors have registered for the program. Ecologel is a natural fit for the program as they are a premier developer and manufacturer of innovative products for water conservation. One of their flagship products, Hydretain® is a revolutionary soil moisture management technology that is designed to drastically reduce watering requirements of turfgrasses, trees, shrubs, flowers, indoor and outdoor plants and agricultural plants by as much as 50 percent or more! As part of this sponsorship, Ecologel has committed to provide free Hydretain® products to help maintain the lawns and landscapes of deployed military personnel, while also helping them reduce their water bills. Through GreenCare for Troops™, military personnel can request lawn and landscaping services during their period of deployment. Lawn and landscape professionals volunteer to provide those services and once they are matched, volunteers will receive access to coupons for free Hydretain® products. "We are proud to support Project EverGreen as their mission aligns with our philosophy of preserving green spaces, including lawns, trees, parks and communities in a sustainable way. Additionally, our products offer ideal solutions, particularly Hydretain® which allows for far less watering to maintain healthy landscapes," said Ecologel President Rick Irwin. "We look forward to working with this impactful program, as we strongly believe in supporting our troops. Helping them to
maintain their lawns is just one small way we feel we can make a meaningful contribution." Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization committed to creating a "greener, healthier, cooler Earth by supporting the creation, renovation and revitalization of managed yards, parks and public green spaces that result in healthier, happier people." "We feel fortunate to have Ecologel on board as a sponsor working toward the common goal of preserving 'green spaces' while supporting GreenCare for Troops™ across the country. Our goal is to create environments that bring families, neighbors, and communities together. We build and support communities by shaping the natural world in such a way that our neighbors today, and future generations may enjoy and appreciate," stated Cindy Code, Executive Director Project EverGreen. Arborjet Inc: For more than 15 years, our mission has been to develop the most effective formulations and delivery systems in Plant Health Care. Arborjet was initially developed by arborists for arborists in order to effectively manage and control the many exotic and native insects, pests, and diseases threatening our natural and urban forests. Founded in 2000 by Peter M. Wild, owner of Boston Tree Preservation in Woburn, MA, Arborjet was established out of Peter’s intent of finding a way to control Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, saving thousands of trees since the company’s inception. Today, as the leading provider of tree care solutions, that same passion for innovation and service drives Arborjet to expand the types of technology created and industries served, changing the face of plant healthcare. At Arborjet, personal attention is a large part of who we are. You will always receive prompt and friendly service from knowledgeable and welltrained staff. We are happy to answer your questions and help you decide which solutions are right for your plant healthcare needs. We care about you and your success. Website: www.arborjet.com PAGE 065
Rexel ENERGY LEADER PROMOTING SOCIAL INNOVATION IN ALL THE COMMUNITIES IT OPERATES IN GLOBALLY The Rexel Foundation promotes energy progress, namely via its joint-skills Platform for Social Entrepreneurship. Created in 2014, the Platform helps to select and accompany initiatives that aim at sustaining socially innovative business models in the energy efficiency sector. Creating value, protecting the environment and improving access to energy efficiency for all lie at the heart of this collaborative work tool. "The Rexel Foundation’s joint-skills Platform for Social Entrepreneurship is designed to identify and promote social innovations, bringing together associations, academic institutions and companies around projects carried out by social entrepreneurs working for energy efficiency.” - Anne-Charlotte Poix, Rexel Foundation General Secretary.
Energie Partagée (France): Energie Partagée helps grassroots organizations in their interaction with public bodies so that they can develop, fund and manage their own projects for the production of renewable energy. They start by targeting potential project initiators (residents, associations, communities), and work with them to launch the project. Citizen awareness greatly increases once the projects reach the investment phase. • The Rexel Foundation’s funding raised awareness among 103 representatives and 300 citizens concerning projects supported by Energie Partagée • Luigi Caricato, External Communications Director of the Legrand group, contributed his expertise to structuring the association’s digital communication tools
A platform born from an inspiring experience Soon after its creation in 2013, the Rexel Foundation for a better energy future committed itself to supporting social entrepreneurs through the exclusive support of the Energy Efficiency Impact program. Developed by Ashoka, the first international network for social entrepreneurs, the program helped 8 social entrepreneurs for 6 months to structure their growth models while increasing their scope and strengthening their impact. Following this experience where much was learned and relationships built, the Rexel Foundation decided to create a dedicated social entrepreneurship platform, bringing together sponsors and social innovators to promote energy efficiency.
négaWatt (France): DORéMI (Dispositif Opérationnel de Rénovation énergétique des Maisons Individuelles – an operational framework for the energy retrofit of single-family homes) was developed to foster widespread access to efficient, comprehensive energy retrofitting, thanks to training and worksite assistance provided by groups of skilled tradesmen. • The Rexel Foundation funded the creation of a “toolkit” containing nearly 100 files to assist in the framework’s launch and implementation • The Deloitte Foundation is using skills sponsorship to accompany Vincent Legrand (Managing Director, négaWatt) in defining an economic model for the framework
Boosting social innovation to promote energy efficiency Social innovation is one of the Rexel Foundation’s core principles, aiming to drive social progress, improve quality of life and improve access to sustainable and less expensive sources of energy for society’s most disadvantaged. Thus, the purpose of the Social Innovation Platform is to boost innovative social models that improve access to energy efficiency for all. The projects supported by the Rexel Foundation strengthen the Group’s commitment to improve access to energy efficiency for all. The new uses and business models that emerge from these projects benefit all types of users.
Energise Sussex Coast (Great Britain): In October 2014, the Rexel Foundation awarded the prize for the “socially innovative community project benefiting those most in need of energy and cost savings” to the social enterprise Energise Sussex Coast for its project to distribute 600 “energy packs” to low income communities in Sussex and Kent counties in southern England. Rexel: Worldwide expert in the multichannel professional distribution of products and services for the energy world, addresses three main markets - residential, commercial and industrial. www.rexel.com PAGE 066
Crowd Machine PARTNERS WITH VITAL VOICES TO TEACH WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HOW TO BUILD APPS Initiative Aims to Democratize the Development of Apps. Crowd Machine and the Vital Voices Global Partnership launched its Women in Application Development initiative on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The initiative brings together women from nine developing countries to learn how to develop applications using Crowd Machine's free, online learning platform, Crowd Academy. Crowd Machine enables anyone to create applications even if they do not know how to code. The joint initiative speeds up the democratization of developing 'apps,' which can then be deployed for a number of uses, from starting up new businesses to improving efficiencies in existing companies or interfacing with IoT (internet of things) devices, AI robotics and blockchain. "We're delighted to partner with Vital Voices to ensure women in these developing countries learn 21st Century skills that can be immediately deployed to earn income," said Craig Sproule, CEO Crowd Machine. "This is democracy in action." According to the "Measuring the Information Society 2018 Report," released by the International Telecommunication Union, computer users in developing countries have fewer information and communications technology (ICT) skills than those in developed countries. The findings indicate there is less potential for creating apps in these developing countries. "We know that women entrepreneurs are critical partners if we want to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, from eliminating poverty, to boosting women's empowerment, to providing increased access to information technology," said Alyse Nelson, President and CEO, Vital Voices. "If we want to achieve these global goals to bring about the world we want to see by 2030, we need new, innovative solutions to today's challenges. Equipping women with technological skills like this is crucial to paving the way for these new solutions."
Meg Jones, VP Community Crowd Machine concurred: "Apps solve problems. Women understand problems that cut across communities and miss-out on IT-based solutions such as selling online. The more women become application engineers, the more problems we will solve." The Women in App Development initiative takes participants through the seven-level training that leads to certification as a Crowd Machine Developer. The Vital Voices Global Partnership identifies and invests in high potential women business leaders of SMEs in order to take their business vision to scale and to elevate women's leadership and entrepreneurship globally. Vital Voices Global Partnership identifies, provides training for and invests in creative and fearless women leaders making change in their communities and around the world. Guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, Vital Voices searches the world for women leaders with daring vision, who we then partner with to make that vision a reality through grants, skill-building, network expansion, mentorship and guidance to accelerate local change on a global scale. For more than 20 years, Vital Voices has partnered with women leaders from more than 180 countries and territories who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and promote human rights to participate in programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications to build critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through its global platform, women leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit www.vitalvoices.org Crowd Machine is the company behind a zero-code app building and hosting platform that allows anyone to bring apps to market faster, easier and less expensive than any other on the market. By automating the app lifecycle and creating a viable hosting solution, Crowd Machine helps people build apps even if they do not know how to code. Website: www.crowdmachine.com PAGE 067
MiaDonna LAB-GROWN DIAMOND PIONEER 25% OF ALL 2019 PROFITS TO GREENER DIAMOND FOUNDATION The country's leading retailer of lab-grown diamonds and fine jewelry commits 25% of all 2019 profits to offset the negative effects of the traditional diamond industry. MiaDonna, the industry forerunner in lab-grown diamonds announced their continued commitment to donate a portion of retail profits to the Greener Diamond, with an increased commitment of 25% in 2019. This marks the third consecutive year that MiaDonna has raised their contribution to the foundation from 5% to over 20%, which works to free innocent children oppressed by the active conflict diamond industry. Since launching MiaDonna in 2005, Founder and CEO AnnaMieke Anderson has dedicated her life to building a globally admired lab-grown diamond company that continues to push boundaries to create a socially responsible diamond trade. Together with MiaDonna, the Greener Diamond provides solutions to stop unethical diamond mining so that communities negatively impacted by the harvesting and trading of earth-mined diamonds can heal and rebuild. The foundation, which is funded entirely by MiaDonna customers and exclusively run by volunteers, uses these contributions to support education programs, urgent relief programs, and agricultural farms in Sierra Leone and Liberia where former child soldiers are now supported to grow food instead of mining for diamonds. Pioneering change has been ingrained in the company's ethos from inception. In addition to being one of the first to implement sustainable manufacturing practices, which extend into the use of recycled metals and crafting pieces domestically, MiaDonna has shown forward-thinking in anticipating consumer needs. Since the launch of their online platform in 2007, MiaDonna has created innovative programs to reduce the gap between brickand-mortar retail and e-tail, such as the brand's Home Try-On Jewelry Program, which removes the risks associated with making large purchases online.
"MiaDonna is dedicated to making a difference – over the last decade we have created our own projects that restore diamondmining communities and visit each location to ensure we're making a serious impact," said Anna-Mieke Anderson, Founder and CEO of MiaDonna. "It's important to us to offset the negative environmental and social impacts of traditionally mined diamonds with projects that can truly change the lives of the people who are most affected by the industry." MiaDonna has also pledged to positively impact the environment in the United States through their partnership with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit working to keep the planet resilient. Through the collaboration, one tree is planted for every purchase made. "We're proud to make a positive social and environmental impact in our hometown, Portland, Oregon, through One Tree Planted. Their commitment to social responsibility and reforestation efforts closely align with our endeavors to reverse the damage diamond mining creates on the environment," said Anderson. MiaDonna: Established in 2005 in Portland, Oregon, MiaDonna is a leading retailer of lab-grown diamonds and fine bridal jewelry handcrafted in America. Founded by a mother passionate to create change in the world, MiaDonna was established with a single objective: to offer consumers a beautiful, ethical and affordable diamond that would help free innocent children oppressed by the active conflict diamond mining industry. Just a few of MiaDonna supported projects: - The Elwou Orphanage Agricultural Project – Liberia - The Green Diamond Garden and Literacy Program – Liberia - Next Project: Girls Mentorship Program – Liberia - SOS Technical School - Togo - The Greener Diamond Farm – Sierra Leone - Ebola Project, Sierra Leone and Liberia Website: www.miadonna.com PAGE 068
Natural Grocers ELIMINATES 300 MILLION SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS AND DONATES $1 MILLION TO FOOD BANKS At the end of March, Natural Grocers estimates it will have eliminated more than 300 million single-use plastic bags and will reach $1 million in total donations to food banks associated with all 152 Natural Grocers stores. Since Earth Day 2009, Natural Grocers has led the fight to reduce single-use plastic bags and end food insecurity in the communities they serve, by eliminating single-use plastic bags from checkout lanes and by donating 5 cents to local food banks every time a customer shops with a reusable bag. "We are drowning in a sea of plastic, which is causing harm to people and the planet. Additionally, there are people in our communities that are food insecure. 10 years ago, we saw an opportunity to make a difference and address both plastic waste and hunger simultaneously. So, we decided to eliminate singleuse plastic bags at checkout and provide a 5 cent donation to our local food banks every time a customer remembered to bring in their reusable bags," said Heather Isely, Natural Grocers Executive Vice President. In the 10 years since this initiative began, the company has impacted countless lives and will hit two impressive milestones â€“ $1 million in monetary donations to the local food banks and the elimination of more than 300 million single-use plastic bags from the environment. The $1 million translates to Natural Grocers providing more than 4 million meals to those in need. "The impact of eliminating single-use bags from our stores is enormous," said Natural Grocers Co-President Kemper Isely. "As a business, the ripple effect of our choices can redefine the future. 10 years ago, we chose to ditch single-use bags during checkout. We thank our customers for supporting this important initiative over the past decade and for making the decision to shop with reusable bags." Double the impact! During the month of April, the organic and natural retailer will double its donation to local food banks. Instead of donating
5 cents per shopping trip, Natural Grocers will donate 10 cents. Nearly 70 food banks in 19 states benefit from the donations accumulated when customer bring in their reusable shopping bags. Food Bank of the Rockies is the largest beneficiary and is affiliated with 25 stores in Denver. In addition, during the month of April, Natural Grocers also donated $1 for each purchase of the new Ladybug Love reusable shopping bag, retailing at $2.99. "We hope our customers make a renewed effort to shop with reusable shopping bags during the month of April, and every day, because their local community food bank and the environment benefits every time they do," added Kemper Isely. Natural Grocers provides free recycled boxes or reusable shopping bags for purchase, starting at 99 cents, to customers so they can carry their groceries and other natural goods home. Natural Grocers' green practices include: Supporting sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. Reducing our carbon footprint by constantly searching for and implementing greener practices. Natural Grocers offers 100 percent organic produce, meats that are sustainably and humanely raised without antibiotics, hormones or other growth promotants, 100 percent free-range eggs, 100 percent pasturebased dairy, 100 percent non-GMO bulk products, groceries that don't contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, the highest quality supplements, paraben-free body care products and all-natural cleaning products. Natural Grocers is also committed to supporting regenerative farming practices that support the triple bottom line. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. is an expanding specialty retailer of organic and natural groceries, body care products and dietary supplements. Founded in Colorado in 1955, Natural Grocers has more than 3,500 employees and operates 152 stores in 19 states. Website: www.NaturalGrocers.com PAGE 069
Advisors Excel NATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRM FUNDRAISING EVENT RAISES $581,000 FOR MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION $581,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Foundation during a fundraiser hosted recently by Advisors Excel, a national financial services firm based in Topeka, Kansas. The gift will help to fund a wish to a seriously ill child in every state. "Who doesn't want to help put a smile on a child's face?" said Advisors Excel Co-Founder Cody Foster. "As a parent, I can't imagine how hard it is to have a seriously ill child and wanting with all your heart to just see them laugh and have fun. I like to think we are providing a positive experience that both the child and the parent can remember for years to come and hopefully is something they can draw strength from." Advisors Excel raised the funds in conjunction with more than 700 of the nation's top financial professionals who were attending a two-day training event in Phoenix. The company hosts the event each year and always includes an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. To date, Advisors Excel and its affiliated independent financial professionals have raised more than $3 million to help incredible charities and amazing organizations around the country. "When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope," said Make-A-Wish® President and CEO Richard K. Davis. "Through the generous support of Advisors Excel, they've been able to impact our mission across the entire country in many ways — and in particular, the ability to grant over 50 wishes. Much appreciation to them for helping make a difference in the lives of our Wish Kids." The founding principle of Make-A-Wish® is to grant the wish of every eligible child. For Wish Kids, granting wishes is more than a nice gesture, it's a game-changer. In many cases, having a wish granted gives these little warriors the strength and courage they need to comply with difficult medical treatments, and most importantly, keep fighting. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish® has granted more than 300,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories. A wish is granted every 34 minutes.
Advisors Excel was founded in 2005 by David Callanan, Cody Foster and Derek Thompson to bring unparalleled service to independent financial professionals while supporting every aspect of their business. Advisors Excel provides access to a vast array of financial products, unequaled training, powerful marketing and lead generation support, as well as a culture in which many of the nation's top independent financial professionals continually refine their skills to better serve their valued clients. Through this holistic approach, Advisors Excel seeks to raise the expectations of these professionals, both for their own businesses and for the service they bring to the families and individuals with whom they work. Website: www.advisorsexcel.com "Who doesn't want to help put a smile on a child's face?" said Advisors Excel Co-Founder Cody Foster. "As a parent, I can't imagine how hard it is to have a seriously ill child and wanting with all your heart to just see them laugh and have fun. I like to think we are providing a positive experience that both the child and the parent can remember for years to come and hopefully is something they can draw strength from." Advisors Excel raised the funds in conjunction with more than 700 of the nation's top financial professionals who were attending a two-day training event in Phoenix. The company hosts the event each year and always includes an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. To date, Advisors Excel and its affiliated independent financial professionals have raised more than $3 million to help incredible charities and amazing organizations around the country. "When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope," said Make-A-Wish® President and CEO Richard K. Davis. "Through the generous support of Advisors Excel, they've been able to impact our mission across the entire country in many ways — and in particular, the ability to grant over 50 wishes. Much appreciation to them for helping make a difference to our Wish Kids." PAGE 070
Dominion Energy TO REDUCE METHANE EMISSIONS FROM NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE BY 50% OVER 10 YEARS Dominion Energy announced a historic, industry-leading initiative to reduce methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade, based on 2010 levels. The initiative will prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road for a year or planting nearly 180 million new trees. This voluntary initiative builds on the significant progress Dominion Energy has made in reducing methane emissions over the last decade, which prevented more than 180,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to taking almost 1 million cars off the road for a year or planting 75 million new trees. The initiative also builds on the 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions Dominion Energy has achieved across its electric fleet since 2000, and the significant advances it is making with renewable energy. "We recognize we need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to further combat climate change," said Diane Leopold, President and CEO of Dominion Energy's Gas Infrastructure Group. "We've made significant progress, but we're determined to go much further. With this initiative, we are transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, and our industry." Industry-Leading Initiative Methane is the primary component of natural gas, which is used to heat 118 million American homes, generate one-third of the nation's electricity, and power manufacturing and other industries. Natural gas is transported to power plants, homes and businesses across the U.S. through a 2.5 million-mile national underground pipeline system. Dominion Energy will achieve the historic emissions reductions announced today in three primary ways: - Reducing or eliminating gas venting during maintenance. - Replacing old equipment with new, low-emission equipment. - Expanding leak detection and repair programs.Â
Over the last decade, the industry has made progress in reducing methane emissions from natural gas production and distribution systems. With the new initiative, Dominion Energy is taking a leading role in the industry by reducing methane emissions across its entire system â€“ from production and storage to transmission and distribution. Reducing or eliminating venting: Gas venting during planned maintenance and inspection is the largest source of methane emissions from Dominion Energy's transmission and distribution pipeline system. In order to perform maintenance or inspection on pipelines and compressor stations, natural gas sometimes has to be removed from the system, which was historically done by venting it into the atmosphere. A primary focus of the company's initiative will be dramatically reducing or even eliminating venting during maintenance activities. "Instead of venting methane when we do maintenance or inspection, we're now capturing, recycling and reusing it so it stays in our system and out of the atmosphere," said Leopold. "Thanks to advances in technology and innovations in our operating procedures, we can capture methane on a much larger scale than we could have ten years ago," said Mark Webb, Dominion Energy's Chief Innovation Officer. "We've tested and proven these technologies in parts of our infrastructure, now we're dramatically expanding them across the entire system." Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy, headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. Website: www.DominionEnergy.com PAGE 071
Sanderson Farms CULTIVATED CULTURE OF COMMUNITY, CHARITY AND DONATED OVER $10.6 MILLION TO CHARITIES CEO and President, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., has quietly woven charity into the corporate culture at Sanderson Farms over the years, and the donation numbers speak for themselves. Sanderson Farms has donated over $10.6 million to various charities since 2011. What speaks even more to this attitude of generosity are the words of the company's employees, who often describe Sanderson Farms as a family that takes care of the community. Sanderson Farms' philanthropic efforts range in size and reach, but the sentiment is the same: to give back to the communities in which Sanderson Farms employees work and live. From sponsoring small-town sports leagues, to hosting the Sanderson Farms Championship PGA TOUR event, the company demonstrates its commitment to caring for people. At each Sanderson Farms facility, an employee giving program is in place benefiting the United Way. Each employee contribution is matched by the company, and since 1999, over $9.4 million has been donated to local chapters of the United Way. "In a small community like ours, these resources really help to improve quality of life," said Angela Castellow, United Way Director, Colquitt County, Georgia. "Sanderson Farms' contributions go towards teaching children how to swim, story time in the park, and a mobile library program. We still provide for a lot of basic needs, but these funds give us the capacity for educational outreach, as well." When Mississippi's only professional sporting event found itself without a sponsor in 2013, Sanderson Farms stepped up to the plate for its home state. All proceeds from the Sanderson Farms Championship go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital and Mississippi charities. To date, the event has raised over $5 million. Following the 2018 tournament, a record-breaking $1.375 million was presented to Friends of Children's Hospital. Sanderson Farms employees also volunteer at the event each year, serving in roles from pro-am caddies to scoring.
"We know that the people who are buying our chicken aren't doing it because we sponsor a golf tournament, but we don't sponsor a golf tournament so that people will buy our chicken," said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. "We do it for the 175,000 children who are treated at Children's of Mississippi each year. In addition to the tournament's charitable aspects, the event provides an economic impact of over $26 million to the state of Mississippi." In times of great need, Sanderson Farms is quick to provide monetary aid, as well as product donations. After the recent hurricanes affecting North Carolina and Georgia, the company made a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross. Over 1.77 million pounds of donated chicken products have been distributed to people in areas of natural disaster since 1999. "The generosity of partners such as Sanderson Farms makes it possible for the Red Cross to respond at a moment's notice with volunteers, equipment, and supplies," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "We are profoundly grateful for Sanderson Farms' remarkable support to deliver shelter, food, and hope for people in their darkest hours." Sanderson Farms seeks to make a difference in the 17 communities across 5 states in which it operates. The company's leadership recognizes that the best way to give back is to take care of the people who have helped Sanderson Farms to become the company it is today. For Sanderson Farms, and its employees, gratitude and generosity go hand-in-hand. Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything we do. Website: www.sandersonfarms.com PAGE 072
Alaffia EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS & WOMEN'S CO-OPERATIVES IN WEST AFRICA, IMPACTED 80,000 WOMEN IN 2018 Alaffia also joined Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. White House-led initiative aligns with Alaffia's Women's Empowerment Projects. Alaffia, the 16-year-old natural personal care brand and social enterprise known for its efficacious products and impactful Empowerment Projects, announced its support of the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative and CoFounder Olowo-n'djo Tchala's participated at the launch event in Washington, D.C. The W-DGP Initiative, led by White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump and with support from the U.S. Department of State, the National Security Council, and other agencies, aims to bring economic assistance and security to 50 million women across the world—particularly in developing areas—by 2025. Olowo-n'djo Tchala was invited to attend a launch event for the new global campaign due to his leadership in developing Alaffia's unique women-centered social enterprise model, in which flagship ingredients like handcrafted shea butter and coconut oil are ethically sourced from Alaffia's women's cooperatives in West Africa (where Tchala was raised) via Fair for Life standards, and then used to create natural personal care and beauty products here in the U.S. The launch event included a robust roundtable discussion about supporting female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses with leaders from around the world, governmental agencies and private sector partners, as well as a presidential signing ceremony. "It is an immense honor to be invited to participate in and support this global initiative to support women's economic empowerment," said Tchala. "Alaffia was founded with the mission to alleviate poverty and reduce suffering around the world, and our vision to continue doing that through women-led projects in West Africa aligns perfectly with the heart and spirit of this partnership."
"I am especially grateful that all of us are able to come together to expand opportunity and growth for all people around the world. Our approach is that no matter the direction of political winds, Alaffia's core beliefs around beauty, equality and empowerment remain steadfast," he added. Since its founding in 2003, the Alaffia mission goes beyond providing consumers with efficacious and safe products for hair, skin, and body. The Washington State and West African organization has been on a mission to alleviate poverty and advance gender equality and has led numerous empowerment initiatives that impacted more than 80,000 people in 2018. Alaffia has quickly become a top-seller at stores like Whole Foods Market and continues to be a leader in natural beauty. Tchala's invitation to be a part of the W-GDP Initiative is the second time the U.S. government has honored Alaffia and its leadership team. Last October, the U.S. Department of State presented Alaffia co-founders Olowo-n'djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde with the 2018 Award for Corporate Excellence in Women's Economic Empowerment at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., where Tchala spoke of the influence his mother, Ina Agbanga, had on his view of humanity and in the formation of Alaffia. Alaffia's Success in not Simply Measured by Profit Our success is measured by empowerment. Empowerment Projects are Alaffia’s mission in action, funded by the sales of Alafﬁa products. Alaffia invests in our communities because it is our moral responsibility and to ensure African resources empower African communities. The goal is to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality. Our Empowerment Projects include several Education-Based Projects, Maternal Health, FGM Eradication, Eyeglasses and Environmental Sustainability. All of Alafﬁa’s projects empower Togolese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty. Website: www.alaffia.com PAGE 073
Neste RENEWABLE FUELS HELPED TO REDUCE GLOBAL CLIMATE EMISSIONS BY 7.9 MILLION TONS IN 2018 In 2018, Neste's renewable fuels helped private motorists as well as professional and commercial drivers in several geographic markets to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by altogether 7.9 million tons*, equaling the annual carbon footprint of almost 500,000 average U.S. citizens (source: World Bank). When compared to emissions from average passenger cars, the positive climate impact resulting from replacing fossil fuel usage with Neste's renewable fuels in 2018 was the same as if 3 million passenger cars had been removed from the roads for a full year. "While we continue discussing various future alternatives for reducing transport-related emissions, high-quality renewable fuels such as Neste MY Renewable Dieselâ„˘ continue to steadily reduce transportation-related emissions even as we speak. The fuel provides its users a concrete, cost-effective way to combat climate change while also helping various organizations, cities, municipalities, and even countries to meet their emissions reduction and carbon neutrality targets," explains Kaisa Hietala, Neste's Executive Vice President in Renewable Products business area. Waste and residue raw materials account for approximately 80% of Neste's annual usage of renewable raw material, which maximizes the average emission reduction that Neste's renewable fuels provide as a whole. Switching from fossil diesel to 100% Neste MY Renewable Diesel produced entirely from waste and residue raw materials results in 80% smaller greenhouse gas emissions (GHG, gCO2eq/MJ) on the average when life cycle emissions of both fuels are compared. Positive climate impact continues to grow For more than ten years, Neste has steadily increased the volume of renewable products that it brings to the market. Nowadays, Neste produces some 2.7 million tons of renewable products at its refineries in Finland, the Netherlands and Singapore. In December 2018, the company announced its decision to invest approximately EUR 1.4 billion to expand itsÂ
renewable products production capacity in Singapore, bringing the total renewable product capacity close to 4.5 million tons annually in 2022. With the production capacity increasing, so will the positive impact that Neste's renewable products can make in various sectors of the society. Neste's target is to reduce GHG emissions by 9 million tons annually with its renewable products in 2022. "As our economy grows, it is vital we find a way to accommodate that growth while reducing our impact on the environment," said Jeremy Baines, vice president of sales, Neste US, Inc. "It is encouraging to see our emissions reduction numbers for 2018, and helps us set even more ambitious goals going forward." "Neste is in the business of helping transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals customers make their business more sustainable. As we continue to focus on efficient utilization of various waste and residue raw materials in our production, we can maximize the positive impact we can make in several areas of life," Hietala concludes. Neste creates sustainable solutions for transport, business, and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. We are also a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products. We want to be a reliable partner with widely valued expertise, research, and sustainable operations. In 2017, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 13.2 billion. In 2019, Neste placed 3rd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Creating a healthier planet for our children: This is the only planet we have, and we all are responsible for keeping it in shape. Neste takes concrete action by creating responsible choices for the diverse demands of companies and consumers. Website: www.neste.com PAGE 074
M&T Bank 21 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS US EAST COAST M&T Bank announced more than $21 million in grants to support the construction or rehabilitation of 1,621 affordable housing units within 20 neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The grants for projects sponsored by M&T are provided through the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Program. "Our community development lending helps many projects come to fruition, including affordable housing projects. We work closely with our partners to access a variety of different funding sources, in addition to our own bank loans. The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York has consistently provided outstanding grant support for these projects as an additional capital source," said Brad Dossinger, Group Vice President for Community Reinvestment at M&T Bank. Projects submitted by M&T to the FHLB as grant requests: The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corp received a $2.1 million grant for a project in Bronx, N.Y. The West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing received a $1.9 million grant for a project in Bronx, N.Y. The Community Builders received a $2 million grant for a project in Schenectady, N.Y. Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District was awarded a $90,000 grant for projects in Albany, N.Y., and Troy, N.Y. Riverside Charitable Corporation received a $2.3 million grant for a project in Ilion, N.Y. A $1.2 million grant to DePaul Properties, Inc. for a project in Rochester, N.Y. PathStone Housing Action Corp. received a $1 million grant for a project in Rochester, N.Y. Veterans Outreach Center was provided a $746,366 grant for a project in Rochester, N.Y. Charles Settlement House, Inc., was provided a $612,000 grant for a project in Rochester, N.Y. The Urban League of Rochester received a $345,198 grant for a project in Rochester, N.Y. Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo received a $360,000 grant for a project in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey received a $2.37 million grant tfor a project in in Cherry Hill, N.J. The City of Camden Housing Authority was awarded a $2 million grant for a project in Camden, N.J. The City of Camden Housing Authority was awarded a $1 million grant for a project in Clement T. Branch Village. Better Tomorrows received a $970,154 grant for a project in Camden. Habitat for Humanity of Paterson was awarded a $375,000 grant for a project in Paterson, N.J. HACE Affordable Housing Corp received a $738,000 grant for a project in Philadelphia, Pa. Citizens Action Together Can Help received a $600,000 grant for a project in Philadelphia, Pa. Community Ventures was awarded $313,063 for a project in northern Philadelphia, Pa. The Women's Community Revitalization Project received a $193,762 grant for a project in Philadelphia, Pa. The Federal Home Loan Bank System's Affordable Housing Program, created by Congress in 1989, provides member community lenders with direct subsidies, which are passed on to qualified households through a sponsoring local non-profit organization. AHP financing is combined with other funding sources to create housing for moderate-, low- and very-lowincome families. Program awardees receive this funding through semi-annual competitive rounds. Each competing project must be sponsored by a financial organization that is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank in partnership with a communitybased sponsoring organization. These grants were part of the annual competitive round completed in the fourth quarter. M&T Bank Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T's principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Website: www.mtb.com PAGE 075
Walmart ON TRACK TO REDUCE 1 BILLION METRIC TONS OF EMISSION FROM GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS BY 2030 Walmart Inc. issued its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which details the company’s goals, progress and achievements for fiscal year 2019 toward its commitment to increase economic opportunity for associates and local communities, build sustainability in supply chains and activate climate change initiatives.
including 90% of high-priority remediation items completed across all factories affiliated with the Alliance. Sustainability Index - As of the end of FY2019, Walmart achieved a supplier Sustainability Index participation rate that covers 80% of the goods Walmart sells in U.S. stores and Sam’s Club locations for categories where the Index is available.
Walmart is disclosing progress to date in several areas including:
Increasing Economic Opportunity for Associates Advancing Economic Mobility - Walmart promoted more than 215,000 people to jobs of greater responsibility and higher pay in Walmart U.S. stores in FY2019. Fostering Inclusion - 31% of Walmart’s corporate officers are women, 44% of associates with revenue responsibility are women and 57% of hourly promotions were women. Of the 800,000 Walmart U.S. store associates that have been through the Walmart Academy, 60% of those trained were women. Additionally, 34% of associates with revenue responsibility are people of color. Wages and Benefits - Walmart is committed to the economic mobility of its associates and has shared that the average total compensation and benefits for a full-time, hourly field associate in Walmart U.S. stores is $19.31 as of March 2019.
Activating Climate Change Initiatives Climate Change Impact Scenario Analysis – Walmart worked with an independent third-party consultant to better understand the nature of climate change and potential implications for the retail sector aiming to align with the scenario guidance set forth by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Walmart reports a 6.1% reduction in Scopes 1 and 2 annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 compared with 2015. Project Gigaton - Walmart made advancements on its Project Gigaton goals with suppliers reporting avoiding more than 93 million metric tons of emissions over the last two years. Launched in 2017, Project Gigaton is a global effort that invites suppliers to join Walmart in a commitment to avoid 1 billion metric tons of emissions in the company’s collective value. Enhancing Sustainability in Supply Chains Human Rights - The ESG Report includes a discussion of salient human rights issues and progress on related initiatives within the company and through collective action, building on the human rights statement the company published last year bringing together in one place the company’s perspective on respecting human rights in its operations and supply chains. Sourcing Responsibly - To help address worker safety issues in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry, Walmart became a founding member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety in 2013. The Alliance concluded its five-year commitment on December 31, 2018, and we have seen significant progress,
“It’s not enough to just serve one stakeholder group, the opportunity for business and their leadership is to add value for all stakeholders,” said Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart. “Throughout Walmart’s history, we have understood that for a business to last, it must have a fundamental reason for being, which is found in the value it creates for all – customers, associates, communities, shareholders, suppliers, future generations, and the planet.” Walmart Inc. helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. Website: www.walmart.com PAGE 076
ClassDojo MILLIONS OF CLASSROOMS IN 180 COUNTRIES TOOK PART IN "THE WORLD'S LARGEST MINDFUL MOMENT" ClassDojo partnered with Marc Brackett, author of Permission To Feel and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to create the world's first-ever global mindfulness lesson. Millions of classrooms around the world will took part in the first-ever global mindfulness lesson, available on ClassDojo. Starting at 11am local time in Australia and finishing 20 hours later at 11am in Hawaii, children in 180 countries will take part in custom-designed mindfulness exercises and breathing activities, creating The World's Largest Mindful Moment in classrooms across the globe. Teachers and families around the world recognize that mental well-being is critical for children's health and happiness. In a new survey ClassDojo conducted in the U.S., UK, and Australia*, 64% of families and 63% of teachers said that helping children manage feelings of anxiety is just as important as school work; 29% of families and 32% of teachers said it was even more important. Numerous studies have shown how mindfulness helps children reduce stress - as well as having other transformative benefits like developing a greater capacity for concentration and patience. "My role is as much focused on mental well-being as it is learning. Helping my students develop the skills they'll need to reduce anxiety, care about the feelings of others, and be selfaware are all traits I know will benefit them for the rest of their lives," said Cindy Price, a first grade teacher in Delaware. "I've wanted to teach mindfulness for a long time, but I haven't been able to find something that my students will love and easily understand. ClassDojo's Mindfulness lessons are exactly what I've wanted - we've had a sneak peek, and my children love it! I am sure we'll be using these activities for months to come." The World's Largest Mindful Moment took place on Friday, May 10th, with a new ClassDojo Mindfulness series - called "A Mindful Moment" - produced in collaboration with the Yale Center forÂ Emotional Intelligence and UK mental health nonprofit Beyond
Shame, Beyond Stigma. It is the first time classrooms around the world will take part in a mindfulness lesson together. "Mindfulness has been shown to benefit children's overall wellbeing, yet teachers and families were telling us they hadn't found resources that were right for their children," said Liam Don, co-founder of ClassDojo. "A Mindful Moment is a simple way for children everywhere to learn mindfulness in school and at home. ClassDojo teachers, children, and families in millions of classrooms across 180 countries are bringing mindfulness to their classrooms. It's an amazing moment to be a part of." Student anxiety is common: 92% of teachers say their students have experienced anxiety about school life. Mental well-being is now as important as schoolwork: 64% of parents and 63% of teachers say learning how to manage feelings of anxiety is now equally as important as school work. Parents are turning to mindfulness and seeing results: Twothirds (67%) of parents say they practice mindfulness with their children at home - with 96% saying it's been beneficial. Specific benefits include: better at handling emotions (63%), calmer (42%), happier (36%), greater focus (31%), and increased empathy (28%). Parents and teachers overwhelmingly agree that schools should teach mindfulness: 93% of parents say that having a mindfulness program at school would be beneficial for their children and 92% of teachers say they would be interested in it. ClassDojo's long-term vision is to help every child on Earth get an education they love. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, California, ClassDojo is the most popular communication app for primary schools around the world. It helps teachers, families, and kids share more often and more positively about what's happening at school and at home including photos, videos, messages, and positive feedback. Today, 95% of pre K-8 schools in the U.S., as well as a further 180 countries, have joined ClassDojo. Website: www.classdojo.com PAGE 077
MGM Resorts ANNOUNCED FOUNDING SPONSORSHIP OF NONPROFIT FOUNDATION TO ADVANCE GENDER EQUALITY MGM Resorts International announced that it will serve as founding sponsor of a newly formed nonprofit Foundation for Women's Leadership & Empowerment, dedicated to women's leadership education and empowerment. The new foundation is expected to expand the footprint of the successful Annual Women's Leadership Conference, historically presented by The MGM Resorts Foundation in Las Vegas to other cities around the country. MGM Resorts' Phyllis A. James will leave her current post as Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer this summer to assume presidency of the new foundation. "Phyllis has had a stellar 17-year career with our Company in both the legal and CSR realms. I cannot applaud enough her contributions to the evolution of our systems, practices and most of all, our values and culture of inclusion," said Jim Murren, MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO. "In light of the deep passion and commitment she has brought to the quest for equality – both in our Company and beyond – and her steadfast dedication to our Foundation's Women's Leadership Conference, I cannot think of anyone better positioned to lead the new Foundation for Women's Leadership & Empowerment. MGM Resorts is proud to be Founding Sponsor for this new venture. I expect its conferences will inspire many, many women and other attendees to greater personal and professional achievements and help accelerate our society's movement toward gender equity." The Annual Women's Leadership Conference, presented by the MGM Resorts Foundation, has been a centerpiece of MGM Resorts' diversity programs since 2006, hosting more than 1,000 women in recent years and featuring diverse and nationally recognized keynote speakers and accomplished women role models. The mission of WLC is to provide women, and men who attend, the developmental tools they need to continuously advance their lives and careers. Through WLC, women from all community segments are offered a variety of ways to elevate their personal and professional lives, including networking
opportunities, educational workshops and exposure to other women who can serve as role models, heroes or mentors. Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership James is credited with spearheading the organizational infrastructure, systems and cultural evolution that have resulted in MGM Resorts' award-winning diversity and inclusion and CSR platform, from introducing Employee Resource Groups as affinity and professional development avenues ‒ to installing the Job Posting and Diverse Candidate Slate Policy and other talent pipeline initiatives ‒ to positioning the Company for successive year-after-year rankings on such national reputation surveys as DiversityInc (14 years), the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index (8 years), Black Enterprise's Top Companies for Diversity (10 years+) and the Civic 50 (3 years as most community-minded companies determined by Points of Light) ‒ to establishing the company's annual CSR Report ‒ to leading the growth of the MGM Resorts Foundation's Annual Women's Leadership Conference from a local gathering to a major national conference, among other contributions. James herself has received many recognitions and awards, such as Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity (Black Enterprise Magazine 2019), the Equality Award for outstanding leadership and service to the LGBTA community (Human Rights Campaign Las Vegas 2017) and Lifetime Achievement Award (National Bar Association (2016). MGM Resorts International is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-ofthe-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegasinspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Website: www.mgmresorts.com PAGE 078
SunTrust INVESTS $10 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA SunTrust Banks, Inc. announced that it will make a $10 million equity investment in JBG SMITH's Washington Housing Initiative Impact Pool.
displacement, and strengthening inclusive communities. We believe that the Impact Pool will be an important tool to improve housing affordability for working families."
The Initiative is a transformational market-driven approach to producing affordable housing in the Washington, D.C. region. SunTrust, through its subsidiary SunTrust Community Capital, has been actively involved in the development of affordable housing in the region having invested approximately $115 million in the past three years. This includes projects such as: Abrams Hall (80 units for seniors), City View (58 units for families), Brookland Place (80 units for families) and Westover Apartments (68 units for families).
About SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust Banks, Inc. is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. SunTrust leads onUp, a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. Its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and MidAtlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally. As of March 31, 2019, SunTrust had total assets of $220 billion and total deposits of $162 billion. The Company provides deposit, credit, trust, investment, mortgage, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services.
"Affordable housing is a critical component to a vibrant and diverse economy. SunTrust's efforts to build workforce housing will be further enhanced by this fantastic initiative, and we look forward to remaining a key partner for the Washington, D.C. community," said Dan O'Neill, president of the Mid-Atlantic Division of SunTrust. The Initiative was launched by JBG SMITH and the Federal City Council in June 2018 as a scalable market-driven model that uses private capital to help address the scarcity of housing for middle income families.Â The program expects to preserve or build between 2,000 and 3,000 units of affordable workforce housing in the region. "We recognize that the workforce housing shortage across the DC region creates unique challenges for many individuals and families. We are committed to proactively addressing this situation by taking meaningful, lasting action, but we know we cannot do it alone," said JBG SMITH executive vice president of Social Impact Investing, AJ Jackson. "We are very grateful to have the support of so many institutional investors helping to bring new private capital towards the effort of preserving and producing affordable workforce housing in our region. This will allow us to move forward with a scalable, replicable, marketbased approach to preserving affordability, preventing
Website: www.suntrust.com About JBG SMITHÂ JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in and develops a dynamic portfolio of high-quality mixed-use properties in and around Washington, DC. Through an intense focus on placemaking, JBG SMITH cultivates vibrant, amenityrich, walkable neighborhoods throughout the Capital region, including National Landing where it now serves as the exclusive developer for Amazon's new headquarters. JBG SMITH's operating portfolio currently comprises approximately 18 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% at our share of which are Metro-served. It also maintains a robust future pipeline encompassing approximately 18.7 million square feet of mixeduse development opportunities. Website: www.jbgsmith.com PAGE 079
Meijer ANNUAL MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC FOR SIMPLY GIVE AIMS TO RAISE AT LEAST $1 MILLION IN 2019 Previous tournaments generated more than $4.2 million for the retailer's Simply Give program. After raising more than $1.1 million at the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, tournament officials set another lofty goal for the 2019 tournament. "We are confident that with the strong support we continuously receive from our generous community and tournament partners, we can achieve – and possibly surpass – $1 million again this year," Meijer LPGA Classic Executive Director Cathy Cooper said. "This tournament offers numerous opportunities for family fun throughout the week, but the most significant part of this tournament is the positive impact it has on our neighbors through the Simply Give program." The previous five tournaments have generated more than $4.2 million for Simply Give, which stocks the shelves of the retailer's food pantry partners across the Midwest. That equates to more than 42 million meals for hungry families, according to Feeding America. Meijer started its Simply Give program in November 2008 and has since generated nearly $48 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated because of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success. The spring Simply Give campaign will begin May 12 and run through the end of the tournament on June 16. Proceeds from the 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic will once again be divided equally among the retailer's more than 240 food pantry partners participating in the spring campaign. The 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Website: www.meijerLPGAclassic.com
About Meijer Fred Meijer always said, "Customers don't need us, we need them." At Meijer, we focus on our customers and thrive by meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. Meijer is a family business. We believe in treating each other with dignity and respect. We are committed to strengthening the communities we serve. Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 240 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. Meijer follows a simple philosophy established by Hendrik and Fred Meijer more than 80 years ago: “take care of your customers, team members and community … and all of them will take care of you, just like a family.” Website: www.meijercommunity.com About Blythefield Country Club Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Website: www.blythefieldcc.org PAGE 080
Cargill PARTNERSHIP WITH HEIFER TO LAUNCH HATCHING HOPE GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE NUTRITION Partnership to bolster livelihoods of 100 million people. Cargill and Heifer International have joined forces to create The Hatching Hope Global Initiative. The bold initiative aims to improve the nutrition and economic livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 through the production, promotion and consumption of poultry. Hatching Hope will work directly with women smallholder farmers, initially in India, Mexico and Kenya. The program helps farmers not only feed their families but also become part of the solution to bridging the global food and nutrition security gap, while boosting local economies and providing nutrition education. "We believe that the key to ending hunger and poverty is for farmers to be able to earn a living income," said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International. "Through Hatching Hope, we're investing in smart, resourceful women farmers, working with them to improve their products and access new markets. We're excited to launch Hatching Hope as it can be quickly scaled up, supporting more farmers around the world." Hatching Hope will drive awareness of the nutritional benefits of poultry and eggs and stoke demand through local and national education campaigns. Farmers will be connected to markets and equipped with the goods and services they need to be successful participants in the poultry value chain. "Millions of people worldwide go hungry every day and lack access to nutrients they need to grow and thrive," said Chuck Warta, president of Cargill's premix and nutrition business. "While donations of food and money provide short-term relief, we can create sustainable change by teaching and sharing what we know, and helping transform subsistence farmers into productive, successful entrepreneurs who have the economic means to feed their children, send them to school and lift their families and communities out of poverty. We believe the 800 million smallholder farmers around the world need to be part of the solution to help us feed 10 billion people by 2050."
Cargill and Heifer share a common belief in the value of safe and affordable animal protein in the diet and a commitment to improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Heifer has longterm presence, development expertise and strong relationships in rural communities that build social capital. Cargill has best-inclass expertise in animal health and productivity with deep knowledge in the poultry industry and global market. Both have a strong global footprint and on-the-ground presence in developing countries and the ability to mobilize staff to address specific issues facing the poultry value chain in the countries where Hatching Hope will operate. "We think poultry offers a unique set of advantages that set farmers up for success," said Warta. "Meat and eggs present an opportunity to involve all members of the household â€“ from women to children to the elderly. The poultry growing cycle is also fast-paced, so it can deliver meat and eggs quickly and provide a valuable nutritional source â€“ particularly for children." The magic of the Heifer model is that every person that takes part in the project commits to pass on knowledge and expertise, and maybe even chickens to another family," Ferrari added. "Farmers see not only that change is possible, but that it's worth their time. Together, we build strong networks between farmers and link communities into markets â€“ and this is how the reach and impact of Hatching Hope will continue to grow." Website: www.hatchinghopeglobal.com Cargill's 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 153 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. Website: www.Cargill.com PAGE 081
Exact Sciences GOLF TOURNAMENT WITH A TARGET OF RAISING $1.5 MILLION FOR COLORECTAL CANCER 2019 Cologuard Classic Ups the Ante with New 'Hole-In-One Attendance Challenge' to Drive Awareness of Colorectal Cancer and Importance of Early Detection. Exact Sciences, the makers of Cologuard – a noninvasive colorectal cancer screening test, upped the ante at the 2019 Cologuard Classic PGA TOUR Champions golf tournament in Tucson, Ariz. with a new 'Hole-In-One Attendance Challenge' to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of early screening and detection. The company made a pledge: If tournament attendance at the 2019 Cologuard Classic reached 50,000 – signifying the number of those lost each year to colorectal cancer in the United States – Exact Sciences would make a $500,000 donation for the first hole-in-one made each day of competition on the iconic 16th hole. If a hole-in-one is made each day of tournament competition, donations could reach a total of $1.5 million ($500,000 each day) for colorectal cancer research and Tucson youth athletics. "The Cologuard Classic is one of my favorite tournaments during the PGA TOUR Champions season because of the mission of the event," said three-time PGA TOUR Champions winner and Cologuard ambassador Jerry Kelly. "This challenge has me more motivated than ever to be the guy who makes the hole-in-one on the 16th hole." Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States. When caught early, 90 percent of colorectal cancer is treatable. "We strive to educate the fans and encourage them to start conversations with their healthcare providers about colorectal cancer. Regular screening is the key to early detection, and early detection leads to better outcomes," said Kevin Conroy, Chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. "The Hole-In-One Attendance Challenge at the Cologuard Classic will help drive awareness around this preventable disease."
The 2019 Cologuard Classic was played February 27 – March 3 at Omni Tucson National Resort and features a 78-player field competing for a $1.7 million purse with $255,000 and 255 Charles Schwab Cup points for the winner. The no-cut format included three days of competition (Friday-Sunday) with players participating in pro-am events on Wednesday and Thursday. Website: www.CologuardClassic.com Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Cologuard is intended for the qualitative detection of colorectal neoplasia associated DNA markers and for the presence of occult hemoglobin in human stool. A positive result may indicate the presence of colorectal cancer (CRC) or advanced adenoma (AA) and should be followed by diagnostic colonoscopy. Cologuard is indicated to screen adults of either sex, 50 years or older, who are at typical average-risk for CRC. Website: www.exactsciences.com The Tucson Conquistadores were the host organization of the PGA TOUR Champions' Cologuard Classic. Since their inception in 1962, the Conquistadores have contributed more than $35 million to youth athletic programs in Southern Arizona. The Conquistadores have an active membership of up to 60 business and community professionals and a total membership of 209 who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community. In addition to their professional golf activities, the group has established the Tucson Conquistadores Foundation. Key beneficiaries of the Conquistadores' fund-raising efforts include: The First Tee of Tucson; Tucson and Pima County Junior Golf Programs; the Field of Dreams/Challenger Little League sports complex; Boys and Girls Clubs in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Nogales; Pima County Special Olympics; Educational Enrichment Foundation; and the YMCA. PAGE 082
TRON PARTNERSHIP WITH ALS ASSOCIATION TO LAUNCH #VOICEYOURLOVE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF ALS TRON Blockchain to Provide Donation Transparency Insights, Including $250,000 From TRON CEO. TRON Foundation, one of the largest blockchain protocols for decentralized applications, is joining the ALS Association for #VoiceYourLove, an awareness campaign to find treatments and a cure for people afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The #VoiceYourLove campaign, kicking off in time for Valentine's Day celebrations of love and affection, challenges people to use their phone or tablet to create a video expressing love for people who've been meaningful to their lives - whether that's family, friends, colleagues or even strangers. For those who wish to donate, voiceyourlove.org is the official campaign website. "I'm proud to be working with ALS Association to raise money and awareness for a terrible disease," said Justin Sun, founder of TRON and CEO of BitTorrent. "The TRON and BitTorrent community has over 100 million people, and it's statistically possible that thousands of you are afflicted with ALS. In your honor, I'm donating $250,000 and urging others in our industry to voice their love by donating to help find a cure." Sun joins actors Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, who are among the first celebrities to join the campaign. Voiceyourlove.org, which hosts the celebrity videos, helps the community learn how to get involved, and serves to accept donations. People are encouraged to post their videos to favorite social media channels with the hashtag #VoiceYourLove, and to tag friends and encourage them to join. “Our ask is simple – just get online and express your love for your loved ones and friends,” said Brian Frederick, executive vice president of communications at The ALS Association. “This campaign features some amazing people with ALS and their families. We are very grateful to TRON and BitTorrent for leveraging their resources and vast network in the blockchain industry to support our work to find a cure for ALS.”
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Over the course of the disease, people living with ALS lose the ability to move, to speak, and eventually, to breathe. ALS is always fatal, usually within two to five years of diagnosis. As part of the campaign, TRON plans to use the distributed ledger technology of blockchain to track where donations are disbursed, with the goal of providing a platform for more transparency into recipient charitable organizations. The company plans to release that information upon completion of the campaign. Binance Charity Foundation has also pledged an additional $150,000 in support of the campaign and invites all interested participants to donate with cryptocurrencies through its blockchain-powered donation platform: www.binance.charity All interested donors are able to donate in BTC, ETH, and BNB through this portal. To learn about a very personal story that drove TRON to get involved with The ALS Association and helped conceive the idea behind #VoiceYourLove, please visit the BitTorrent Blog. Founded in 2004, BitTorrent, Inc. is the largest decentralized peer-to-peer network in the world, with over 100 million users driving 22% of upstream and 3% of downstream traffic globally. TRON is dedicated to creating a boundary-free internet that inspires innovation. One of the largest blockchain protocols, offers high throughput, high scalability, and high availability for all Decentralized Applications. The ecosystem is governed by Super Representatives and the community. The ALS Association is the largest private funder of ALS research in the world. The Association funds global research collaborations, provides assistance for people with ALS and their families through our nationwide network of chapters and certified clinical care centers. PAGE 083
Allegiant DONATES $400,000 WORTH OF AIRCRAFT PARTS TO HIGH SCHOOL'S AVIATION PROGRAM Today, Allegiant Travel Company donated aircraft parts valued at more than $400,000 to Rancho High School as part of the airline's continued support of the school's aviation magnet program. The Las Vegas-based airline donated 11 pallets holding thousands of pounds of aircraft parts, including landing gear, an engine thrust reverser, radar antennae and other hydraulic and avionics components. The items will be used by Rancho aviation and aircraft maintenance instructors to teach students realworld job skills. "Learning how to work with aircraft parts from a commercial airline will give students the kind of expertise that will make them competitive in the aviation industry, especially in the maintenance engineering field," said Allegiant Vice President of Maintenance Christian Toro. The aviation program at Rancho High School is the only one in the Clark County School District (CCSD) and one of only a few high school aviation programs in the United States. The program offers two dynamic and unique tracks for students interested in aviation and aerospace. Last year, Allegiant partnered with Rancho High School to promote and support youth who plan to study aviation as a career. Over the next 20 years, thousands of additional aircraft will take to the skies, creating a global demand for more aviation professionals, including maintenance technicians. "Our goal is to inspire kids to pursue careers as aircraft pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants and the dozens of other fields that support aviation," said Allegiant's Director of Corporate Communications, Hilarie Grey. "It makes sense that Las Vegas' hometown airline supports the hometown aviation high school." In addition to the parts donation, Allegiant is supporting students in Rancho's aviation magnet program by awarding inÂ
2019 two $5,000 scholarships to seniors who pursue postsecondary education in an accredited aviation program. "Our students will benefit from the partnership we have established with Allegiant," said the school's principal James Kuzma. "These aircraft parts will give them experience they can easily transfer to the job market." "Las Vegas is a city of outstanding community partners and it's exciting to see Allegiant Air working with our students at Rancho High School in Ward 5," Councilman Cedric Crear said. "Rancho features a state-of the-art aviation lab teaching students the fundamentals of flight, space travel and rocketry, and the program can only grow with help from our community." The City of Las Vegas transportation department helped facilitate Allegiant's donation by delivering the parts from the airline's warehouse at McCarran International Airport to Rancho High School. "I want to thank Allegiant Air for its donation to the Rancho Aviation Magnet Program," said Councilman Steven G. Seroka, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former fighter pilot. "With this donation the young students at Rancho will be able to continue working toward a rewarding career in aviation. The coordination between our city departments and Allegiant for the transportation of these aircraft parts is a testament to the collaborative community we've built in the valley." Allegiant: Las Vegas-based Allegiant is focused on linking travelers in small and mid-sized cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to more than 75 aircraft and approximately 400 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of an average domestic roundtrip. Website: www.AllegiantAir.com PAGE 084
Blue Buffalo AWARDED $1 MILLION TO THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB 'MUSEUM OF THE DOG' OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEAR Organizations partner together to raise funds for canine cancer research. The AKC Museum of the Dog announced that pet food leader Blue Buffalo awarded $1 million to the Museum of the Dog over the next five years. The donation is being made in remembrance of the Airedale Terrier "Blue" for which the company is named. As a result of the donation, a gallery in the Museum will be named "The Blue Buffalo Gallery," with a special plaque to honor Blue. Additionally, a life-sized bronze sculpture of Blue will be commissioned for permanent display in the Blue Buffalo Gallery. Both organizations will work together to raise funds to further canine cancer research through events, gift shop sales, and other activities. "The AKC Museum of the Dog thanks Blue Buffalo and the Bishop family for their generous donation," said Alan Fausel, Executive Director, AKC Museum of the Dog. "The donation will facilitate several exhibitions that educate the public, honor Blue, the mission of the Museum and dogs everywhere." The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in The New York Life Building located at 51 Madison Avenue as part of the AKC Headquarters. In 1987, the Museum was moved to West St. Louis County, MO. The Museum made its return to New York City in a new location in February 2019 and houses one of the largest repositories of canine art in the world, including paintings, porcelains, bronzes, trophies and digital displays. The Museum is dedicated to education and preservation of purebred dogs. Blue Buffalo is committed to the health and well-being of pets and devoted to cancer research in dogs. Blue Buffalo was founded by the Bishop family after their beloved dog Blue battled three bouts with cancer. Working with animal nutritionists and a leading holistic veterinarian, the Bishops developed BLUE Life Protection Formula® for dogs and cats, the number one selling natural pet food in America.
"Blue was one of the best pals who ever put on a collar and we're proud to be able to honor him with this legacy," said Billy Bishop, president of Blue Buffalo. "The unique opportunity to work with the AKC to raise money for canine cancer research is an important step in Blue Buffalo's mission to help find a cure for the devastating disease that causes 50% of all health-related pet deaths." About the AKC Museum of the Dog Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. Located in New York City, the Museum is home to several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man's best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations. Website: www.museumofthedog.org About Blue Buffalo Company Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, CT, is the nation's leading natural pet food company, providing natural foods and treats for dogs and cats under its BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. At Blue Buffalo, pets are our passion. From the beginning, we've dedicated ourselves to helping pet parents and worthy organizations worldwide, and couldn’t be prouder of our partnerships. Blue Buffalo is a leading sponsor of critical research studies of pet cancer, including causes, treatments and the role of nutrition, at leading veterinary colleges and research organizations across the United States. Website: www.BlueBuffalo.com PAGE 085
Mimo Monitors PARTNERSHIP WITH TECHSOUP TO SUPPLY NON-PROFITS WITH HQ DISPLAYS AND TABLETS Mimo Monitors creates social giving program to empower non-profits with reliable, flexible, and high quality touchscreens to suit their needs. Mimo Monitors the experts in small touchscreen displays, announced a partnership with TechSoup, a San Franciscobased non-profit that supports non-profit organizations around the world with mission-critical resources, knowledge, and connections. Through this partnership, Mimo Monitors will be providing eligible non-profits with donated tablets and monitors, ideal for conference rooms, kiosks, digital signage, and more. With Mimo Monitors' rapid company growth over the past several years, the company wanted to leverage their success to give back to the non-profit community. "Because our touchscreens have a wide range of capabilities that non-profits can utilize for a vast variety of needs, the opportunity to work with TechSoup, who cultivates connections with non-profits of all different sizes and areas of focus, sounded like an ideal partnership," said David Anderson, CEO and President of Mimo Monitors. "We want to empower these organizations and changemakers by providing them with touchscreens and displays they may not have previously had access to. We're pleased to be able to offer some of our top products for them to choose from." As part of this partnership, Mimo Monitors will be offering their Mimo Vue HD 10.1" Capacitive Touch Display, their 7" Capacitive Touch Display, and Adapt-IQ 10.1 Digital Signage Tablet. These products can be utilized for interactive or static digital signage, kiosks, conference rooms, and more. They are flexible, high quality and durable, specifically designed for commercial purposes, and intended to withstand harsh 24/7 use. Eligible non-profits can request up to five products yearly. "As the need for touchscreens and interactive displays continues to grow, we are particularly delighted to have Mimo Monitors onboard as part of TechSoup," said Gayle Samuelson Carpentier, Chief Business Development Officer at TechSoup.
"Mimo Monitors has a deep understanding of a non-profit's constrains and an appreciation for our mission to provide affordable technology to these organizations to help them enact change, and make the world a better place." Mimo donated products will initially only be available to the TechSoup Boost members. BOOST is a TechSoup only membership program that combines special hardware and software offers with training and consulting resources to help nonprofits find new solutions and tools. Mimo Monitors, established in 2008, is a global expert and industry leader in small touchscreen monitors, displays, and tablets. Designed with a solutions-first approach, Mimo Monitors believes in creating small footprint and high value displays that drive innovation and provide a seamless experience for digital signage, conference rooms, kiosks, point of purchase, point of sale, hospitality, retail, and more. Centered in providing touchscreens with human touch, Mimo Monitors puts customer service first, offering personalized, detail-oriented service to ensure client satisfaction. Focused on flexible and customizable solutions, Mimo Monitors touchscreens are intuitive to use, easy to deploy, and sleek in design, all while enhancing productivity and user experience. The Mimo Monitors world-class team has deployed Mimo Monitors solutions in locations throughout the world for Fortune 500 companies, both in the US and globally. TechSoup supports nonprofits around the world with missioncritical resources, knowledge, and connections. It also helps foundations and corporations optimize their philanthropic programs and increase their social impact. With 70 partner NGOs around the world, TechSoup manages the only global philanthropy program that brings together more than 100 tech companies to provide technology donations to NGOs everywhere. In the past 30 years, TechSoup has reached 1.08 million NGOs and facilitated distribution of technology products and grants valued at more than $11.4 billion. Website: www.techsoup.org PAGE 086
Ecobank LAUNCHED SAFE SAVINGS PROJECT TO EMPOWER TOGO'S CHILDREN IN THE STREET TO ESCAPE POVERTY Ecobank the pan-African bank, is partnering with leading international children rights NGO Terre des Hommes to offer digital financial services to some of the most vulnerable children in Togo – those under the age of 18 who work or live on the streets. Through the Safe Savings (SaVa) Project a number children in the street will be given a new, secure means to collect and bank their hard-earned income, improving their security situation as well as their own saving habits. The one-year pilot project is being launched during an event held at Ecobank’s headquarters, in the Togolese capital of Lomé today. One of the greatest fears of children living and working on the streets is being robbed, particularly at night. Currently, these children use a variety of informal savings mechanisms - leaving their earnings with trusted adults, burying their money, or trying to spend it as quickly as possible. Yet none of these mechanisms are safe or reliable. New mobile technology can provide a pathway to transform these children’s lives as they journey into adulthood. Ecobank – through its work with Terre des Hommes – is adapting its digital offerings to their needs, setting up a very simple but effective micro-savings system. New mobile technology can provide a pathway to transform these children’s lives as they journey into adulthood. “As the leader in digital financial services in Africa, we work hard to ensure that all Africans have access to better financial services and that includes the most vulnerable members of our communities,” says Ecobank’s Group CEO Ade Ayeyemi. “Children in the streets are often subject to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and need our protection. By offering them a reliable and secure saving mechanism we hope we can help them protect their livelihoods and build a better future.” The first stage of the pilot project, which involves 30 children, is being rolled out in Lomé, where Ecobank is headquartered.
Terre des Hommes will create a “purse” where each child can deposit their daily earnings using a mobile phone provided by the organisation. They only need to set up an Ecobank Xpress account, which can be easily done through the mobile device. Terre des Homme acts as the custodian of the children as minors are not yet eligible to open accounts. Over the next 12 months the SaVa Project hopes to reach a minimum of 150 children. Ecobank and Terre des Homme staff will train them so they understand how to use the app correctly. The children will also be able to give feedback on how the app can be further adapted to their specific needs. “We work closely with the children to understand the issues they face in their daily environments,” says Pierre Philippe, Director of Programmes and Technical Resources of Terre des Hommes. “As their own agents of change, we identified potential solutions together. We expect the SaVa Project will evolve over the next months to ensure we can genuinely improve the lives of children in the streets of Lomé.” About Ecobank: Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, in 1988 Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) the parent company of Ecobank is the leading independent pan-African banking group. It currently has a presence in 36 African countries. The Group employs over 15,930 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organizations, medium, small and micro businesses and individuals. Website: www.Ecobank.com Terre des Hommes (Land of People or Land of Men) is an international children’s rights charitable humanitarian umbrella organization under the aegis of the International Federation of Terre des Hommes. Additional information on Terre des Hommes can be found at www.TdH.ch PAGE 087
Dole Packaged Foods "LET SUNSHINE IN, DRIVE HUNGER OUT" ANNUAL FOOD COMMITMENT OF 1.5 MILLIONPOUND FOR HUNGER RELIEF Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, a premier provider of fruit products including shelf stable fruit, dried fruit, frozen fruit and juice, announced another successful annual delivery of 1.5 million pounds of sunshine nationwide.
and will also share recipe booklets with food banks across the country. For more details on how to create accessible, on-trend recipes using ingredients and products found at food banks, visit www.DoleSunshine.com/HungerRelief
With its "Let Sunshine In, Drive Hunger Out" campaign, the company helped hundreds of underserved communities provide nutritious high-quality food for their families.
About Dole Packaged Foods, LLC James Dole arrived on the island of Oahu in 1901 with his agriculture and business degree. This is the origin of our goal to bring people delicious and tropical flavors to add to their meals. James was proud of putting the Dole name on the world’s sweetest and juiciest pineapples and shipping them to the mainland USA. He also developed a technique for canning them to make it easy for everyone to enjoy any time of year. He started our tradition of bringing the sunshine into your kitchen, and we continue to innovate new ways to make it easy and fun to eat more fruit.
Dole Packaged Foods is dedicated to hunger relief and stocking food banks across the country with more sunshine where it's needed most. More than 46 million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, rely on food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families. Of those U.S. households receiving hunger relief assistance, 79 percent report purchasing inexpensive and unhealthy food to feed their families. Dole Packaged Foods is on a mission to combat the rampant food insecurity issues in underserved communities by supporting the concept of culinary dignity – the right of every family to have access to high-quality, nutritious foods regardless of where they shop for groceries. "At Dole, we believe every day deserves more sunshine. But for millions of families, that sunshine is dimmed by the impacts of hunger," said Stan Stuka, Senior Director of Marketing, Dole Packaged Foods. "Food insecurity has affected communities throughout America for generations, and the concept of culinary dignity is Dole's way of going one step further to eliminate the stigma many families and individuals may feel when they turn to community resources to help make ends meet during their times of need. Our goal with culinary dignity is to instil a sense of pride among food bank patrons around the high-quality, nutritious ingredients and products they bring home." Dole Packaged Foods is committed to changing the discussion around food insecurity and culinary dignity. To inspire new and easy ways to incorporate more sunshine into everyone's kitchen, the company will continue to donate packaged fruit
Dole Packaged Foods, LLC is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing and marketing fruit and healthy snacks. Dole sells a full-line of packaged ambient fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. The company focuses on four pillars of sustainability: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction. Each and every Dole fruit and vegetable can trace its roots back to the brilliant rays of sunshine that took it from a seedling in the ground to the beautiful products you enjoy from us today. Those fruits and vegetables contain that powerful light and it’s why we pride ourselves on one thing — bringing you more sunshine more of the time. More sunshine means more smiles, more energy, and more of the bright, healthy life you work so hard to achieve. And so bringing more sunshine into all of our lives is the goal of everything we do: from the care we take in our sustainable farming practices to the “white glove” treatment we give to every fruit and vegetable we touch. It’s the unwavering commitment of every Dole associate, from our farms to our factories. Website: www.DoleSunshine.com PAGE 088
Equinox 'CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL' SURPASSES $200 MILLION FUNDRAISING MILESTONE FOR RARE CANCER RESEARCH With support from founding partner Equinox, the Cycle for Survival community reaches landmark fundraising milestone; every dollar funds rare cancer research. Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, made history today by crossing the $200 million threshold for funds raised since it was founded in 2007. These donations have come from more than 765,000 individuals representing all 50 states in the USA — a robust community dedicated to fighting rare cancers. This fundraising milestone reflects Cycle for Survival's growth over 13 years, quadrupling the money raised since 2012 and maximizing the impact of the peer-to-peer fundraising model. 100 percent of every dollar raised fuels groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. Equinox, Cycle for Survival's founding partner and host, has been critical to this fundraising success and growth since the beginning. In celebration of hitting the $200 million mark, Equinox presented a $400,000 fundraising match in the days leading up to that milestone.
Cycle for Survival events in Chicago, Willis Tower lit its iconic antennas orange from February 7 – 10. Cycle for Survival also had the privilege of ringing the historic NYSE Opening Bell. Starting as a single indoor cycling ride in New York City with just 230 people on 50 bikes, Cycle for Survival now has about 36,000 participants on 8,000 bikes and 245,000 donors annually. Participating teams include nearly 1,000 companies that rally colleagues to ride together. Cycle for Survival's signature stationary cycling events, led by instructors from Equinox, took place in 16 cities across the country. The $200 million raised by the Cycle for Survival community has allowed hundreds of MSK physicians, scientists and research teams to pursue bold ideas to change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. Their investigations have made a direct impact on patient care, including the FDA approval of two new drugs. All of the money raised is allocated within the six months following the close of fundraising annually. The funds go directly to research and clinical trials for rare cancers, which affect about half of all cancer patients and include thyroid, brain, ovarian, pancreatic, all pediatric cancers and many others. Website: www.CycleforSurvival.org
"As Cycle for Survival's founding partner, Equinox is extremely proud of the commitment, determination and success of this movement," said Scott Rosen, President of Equinox. "This community's energy and passion is an inspiration. Surpassing $200 million raised is a testament to each and every one of the riders, donors and supporters who, like Equinox, will never give up in the fight to beat rare cancers." On social media, ambassadors from TAG Heuer, the official Timepiece and Timekeeper of Cycle for Survival, showed their support. Alexander Rossi (professional racing driver) and Tim Howard (goalkeeper for the Colorado Rapids) posted a countdown to the milestone.
Equinox: IT'S NOT FITNESS. IT'S LIFE. Founded in 1991, Equinox was built on the notion that fitness can empower a life well-lived and foster a strong community of high performance individuals. Nearly 30 years later, Equinox continues to lead and disrupt the category it singularly defined, operating 95 full-service clubs globally across major US cities including New York, LA, Miami and San Francisco as well as London, Toronto and Vancouver, each featuring bespoke design in an unparalleled luxury environment. In 2019, Equinox will unveil Equinox Hotels as a true culmination of its lifestyle brand promise, redefining the luxury hospitality experience to be a seamless extension of highperformance living.
In honor of this milestone, and to celebrate the 10th year of
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GPM Investments RAISED $244,000 TO HELP THOSE WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY, ALS AND RELATED DISEASES For GPM Investments, LLC, 2018 marked their 8th holiday pinup campaign at approximately 1,400 store locations. GPM, with the support of their customers, worked together to raise $244,263 for kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. Throughout GPM's partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), beginning in 2011, they have raised a total of more than $1.38 million. "GPM is committed to help give local kids with neuromuscular diseases the life changing experience of MDA Summer Camp where they can explore a world of independence," said Arie Kotler, GPM Investments, LLC, President and CEO. "We are grateful to our generous customers and store employees for their donations and time, providing us the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals living with muscle dystrophy in our communities." Throughout the month of December, approximately 1,400 GPM-operated stores participated in the fundraiser in which customers purchased an MDA pinup at check-out for a $1 contribution to help accelerate treatments and cures for muscle disease. Each customer who purchased a pinup received coupons as GPM's way of saying "thank you" for their customers' generosity. All signed pinups were then prominently displayed in each store. GPM executives Arie Kotler, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chris Giacobone, Chief Operating Officer, presented the generous check of $244,263 together at fas mart® store #1 in Richmond, Virginia to Joel Shaw, Louise Zingaro, Executive Director of MDA of Greater Virginia and Niki Benfield, Care and Clinical Services Specialist. "The generous support over the years from GPM Investments' customers and employees directly improves the lives of local MDA families by allowing them the opportunity to attend MDA Summer Camp, have access to MDA's multidisciplinary Care Centers at top hospitals - VCU, Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHOR), UVA, Children's Hospital of Kings Daughters (CHKD), Carilion Clinic of Roanoke and so much more," said Zingaro.
With the help of the communities and local associates participating in this program, MDA is able to fund groundbreaking research and provide critical services to our families who are counting on us, paving a new path forward in understanding muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases and enabling innovations in research, treatment and care. About GPM Investments, LLC GPM Investments, LLC, together with its subsidiaries, is the largest privately-owned company in the convenience store channel of business. With recent acquisitions, GPM has widened its reach to approximately 1,400 stores. The company, based in Richmond, VA, now operates or supplies fuel to stores in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Its stores offer specialty a large selection of grocery items, such as fresh fruit, an exclusive (e)vapors® line, a proprietary fas SNACKS line, and many other products to suit the needs of every customer. One feature, setting many of its convenience stores apart is a wide array of proprietary food offerings ranging from freshmade salads and sandwiches to healthy, grab-and-go meals. Website: www.gpminvestments.com About the Muscular Dystrophy Association MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research we have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. Website: www.mda.org PAGE 090
QBE North America MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER, MORE SUSTAINABLE PLACE WITH IMPACT INVESTMENTS QBE Announced Impact Investment Focused on Economic Inclusion to Help Strengthen Communities. QBE North America, an Integrated Specialist Insurer announced that its Premiums4Good (P4G) program made its first impact investment of 2019, demonstrating its continued commitment to sustainability. The P4G program allocates a portion of policyholder premium towards impact investments that have a social or environmental objective. Issued by Reinvestment Fund, a S&P-rated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the bond will support loans to organizations focused on one of the following community impacts: education, food commerce, commercial enterprise, healthcare, housing, community resources, or climate solutions. "It's in QBE's DNA to support the communities where we live and operate," said Russ Johnston, CEO, QBE North America. "By allocating Premiums4Good to support community loans that enable economic inclusion, we can deliver good returns for our shareholders while also doing good in the world." "As a global leader in sustainable investing, our ambition is to grow impact investments, like this one, to $1 billion by 2021". While QBE has been on the forefront - making these kinds of investments since 2014 - impact investments are a new approach to sustainable investing and we are proud to continue this initiative by announcing an investment update regarding our Premiums4Good (P4G) program. This program allocates a percentage of policyholder premiums toward those impact investments that have an added social or environmental objective alongside generating a positive financial return. "Ensuring access to financial services for all communities is core to helping our communities thrive and promoting economic
sustainability," said Harpreet Mann, Vice President, QBE North America and the North America Region Executive Sponsor of Premiums4Good. "Through these types of investments, the QBE and likeminded corporations can find innovative ways to support creating resilient communities." "Our Impact Investment Bonds allow us to partner with investors to transform struggling neighborhoods by channeling capital into community-strengthening projects," said Andy Rachlin, Managing Director, Lending and Investment, Reinvestment Fund. "These projects create opportunities for new jobs, affordable housing, quality education and healthy food access—the critical elements of healthy, thriving communities. QBE North America shares this commitment with us and we are excited to be able to count them as an investor." Globally, QBE invested in bonds focused on economic inclusion with multilateral organizations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a division of the World Bank. One such social impact bond, the IFC Social Bond program, provides financing to women-owned enterprises and businesses operating in lowincome communities in emerging markets. About QBE: QBE North America, an integrated specialist insurer, is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2017 of $4.6 billion. One of the largest carriers worldwide, QBE is a 130-year-old, $14 billion integrated specialist insurer operating in every key insurance market. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 31 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's. Website: www.qbe.com/us PAGE 091
Liquid I.V. HEALTH-SCIENCE NUTRITION COMPANY SURPASSES 1 MILLION STICKS DONATED TO 1-FOR-1 GIVEBACK MISSION Health-science nutrition company Liquid I.V. has donated over 1 million servings of their hydration product to communities in need around the world – a number they reached this week on the heels of their rapid growth in 2018.
Communities and clinics that have received Liquid I.V. donations have written to Direct Relief to express their gratitude, and to convey the incredible impact the product has had on the health of their patients.
As part of their 1-for-1 Giveback initiative, for every purchase of Liquid I.V., the company donates a serving to someone in critical need of hydration.
"The population [surrounding Hospital Ruth Paz] lives in extreme poverty and, as a consequence, are at a high risk for gastrointestinal conditions such as diarrhea and dehydration," said one Direct Relief partner in Honduras. "The hospital sees multiple patients a day with these conditions, mostly children, and the Liquid I.V. rehydration solutions are of great help in treating them."
"Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could reach a million servings donated so quickly," company CEO and Founder Brandin Cohen said in an Instagram story speaking to the Liquid I.V. community. "It's your constant support, purchases, and incredible devotion to spreading the word about our mission that allows us to give back in such an impactful way. Over a million people around the world have been given the gift of hydration because of you." Since the company's inception in 2012, Liquid I.V. had cumulatively donated just over 500,000 servings, but their rapid growth in 2018 allowed them to expand their Giveback Mission at the end of the year. This catapulted their donation numbers to well over a million in January 2019. Their increased pledge comes on the heels of key partnerships including their recent national launch at Costco—an event that furthered their status as the fastest-growing hydration company in the country. "We've always been rooted in giving back," Cohen said. "That's what drives our team, that's what excites us. So as our growth rapidly expanded in 2018, there was no question that our Giveback Mission would too." Liquid I.V. works with top humanitarian organization Direct Relief to donate product to places like Honduras, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Armenia, and India. Last year, the company also donated product to Butte County, a community in the U.S. that was devastated by the Northern California wildfires, and to communities in Florida and North Carolina that were affected by hurricanes.
The company is preparing for another Giveback Mission trip in 2019 to get their feet on the ground and further connect with the local communities where people are benefiting from their product. Liquid I.V. is set to donate over 2 million sticks by the end of 2019. About Liquid I.V. Liquid I.V. is a health-science nutrition and wellness company based out of El Segundo, CA, created to fuel life's adventures. The product line is great tasting, non-GMO, made in the USA, and utilizes Cellular Transport Technology (CTT™) to deliver hydration and other key nutrients rapidly into the bloodstream – helping consumers feel better, faster. Based on science pioneered by the World Health Organization, Liquid I.V.’s Cellular Transport Technology (CTT)™ uses a specific ratio of sodium, glucose, and potassium to deliver water and other key nutrients rapidly to your bloodstream, hydrating you faster and more efficiently than water alone.The specific ratio of electrolytes used in CTT creates an osmotic force that allows water to be absorbed in the upper digestive tract. Typically, fluids pass through the entire digestive system, losing water and vital nutrients along the way before being absorbed into the bloodstream. Website: www.liquid-iv.com PAGE 092
Microsoft INVESTS $1 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF TECHSOUP CAMPAIGN TO DOUBLE ITS NONPROFIT REACH Microsoft investment will be leveraged to distribute an estimated $470 million of additional resources to the nonprofit sector. TechSoup, the leading non-profit network facilitating distribution of technology solutions to civil society organizations globally, announced that it has received a $1 million impact investment from Microsoft Philanthropies to support an ambitious initiative to nearly double the number of non-profit organizations it serves. Microsoft is the lead impact investor in TechSoup's newly launched $11.5 million direct public offering, a funding source that enables individuals and corporations to invest directly into the growth and mission of TechSoup. TechSoup's DPO will be leveraged to distribute more than $5.4 billion of additional resources to the non-profit sector.Â As the DPO's first corporate investor, Microsoft's leadership will enable TechSoup to develop new offerings to help non-profits utilize technology to amplify their mission and impact, and it will encourage investors of all stripes to support TechSoup's growth initiative and catalyze the impact to the sector. "TechSoup has been a critical partner in building a remarkable and robust societal ecosystem that brings the promise of technology to non-profits serving on the frontlines, those trying to solve and address the world's biggest challenges," said Justin Spelhaug, General Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies Tech for Social Impact. "Microsoft's investment in and collaborative partnership with TechSoup is building bridges to digital inclusion and empowerment to help the non-profit sector realize all the benefits of cloud technologies." For more than 30 years, TechSoup has worked with over one million organizations in 236 countries and territories around the world, delivering the services and resources for people and nonprofits to come together to make an impact on the issues about which they care the most. Since inception, it has worked inÂ
partnership with 100+ corporations and 200+ foundations and facilitated distribution of $11.1 billion in products and grants. "As one of our earliest, most innovative and longest-standing corporate partners, Microsoft has played a critical role in helping TechSoup bring the promise and potential of technology to people and organizations around the world," said TechSoup CEO Rebecca Masisak. "This significant new investment will dramatically expand TechSoup's services, financing five new initiatives to help NGOs, philanthropists and civil society around the world leverage technology to create, connect, activate and transform their organizations and communities." Microsoft and TechSoup are investing in the civil society infrastructure necessary to ensure that NGOs in all countries have access to Microsoft's cloud solutions as well as the services, support and education that will enable them to realize the social impact of digital transformation. According to Jane Meseck, Senior Director, Microsoft Philanthropies Tech for Social Impact, "Building capacity and digital skills for NGOs is vital to our strategy. Our investments in mission-based partnerships like TechSoup have enabled a scale of impact and a sustainable model that can now contribute significantly to our cloud adoption goals and ensure NGOs are ready for the future." The Microsoft Philanthropies investment was made through a Direct Public Offering (DPO) on SVX.US, a new investing platform offering debt and equity investment opportunities in high impact companies, organizations and funds that can deliver positive social and environmental impact alongside financial return. The DPO is uniquely structured to engage with TechSoup's community, including the non-profits they serve and the technology companies they partner with. Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. Website: www.microsoft.com PAGE 093
Panasonic PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLD VISION TO LAUNCH OFF-GRID SOLUTIONS PROJECT IN NAROK COUNTY, KENYA World Vision and Panasonic Corporation have launched an Off-grid Solutions Project in Narok County, Kenya. Panasonic has donated power supply stations, solar storage devices, solar lanterns and other lighting equipment. This Off-grid Solutions Project is one of Panasonic's corporate social responsibility initiatives that are aimed at celebrating the centennial of the company's founding. This project is intended for communities in Asia and Africa with a large off-grid population, where Panasonic works with NGOs that are making efforts to address social issues. In Kenya, World Vision implements this two-year project as the partner organization. The project will bring solar powered electricity to an area of Narok County that is not connected to the national power grid. According to the Kenya Population and Housing Census, 22.7% of households countrywide are connected to the national electricity grid. In Narok County, however, only 5.6% of households are covered. Specifically, the new project has provided two solar stations and lighting equipment for Ilkimati Primary School and Enkutoto dispensary. They have also received solar storage devices. In addition, Panasonic has donated solar lanterns to 150 households in the community. This will improve the wellbeing of children and communities in this remote area. To enhance the sustainability of the project, the beneficiaries will be trained on basic knowledge of electricity and the system, and the maintenance of the equipment by the project. Once the solar powered electricity is rolled out in the area, World Vision will support the community to run income generating activities such as poultry farming and school gardening that will be fully equipped with solar powered drip irrigation kits. They will also initiate reading camps - making use of the solar lighting system - to improve literacy competencies for both children and adults. Moreover, the provision of solar lanterns as alternatives to the kerosene ones will improve the health status of the Ilkimati community by shielding them fromÂ
indoor air pollution. The solar technologies will provide the community with opportunities for diversifying their income generating activities and venturing into new areas such as fruit and vegetable cultivation and poultry farming using a chicken egg incubator. In addition, the availability of electricity will enable people to extend their working hours thus increasing family incomes. Since 2006, World Vision has been running a long-term development programme in Narok County (Ilaramatak) that seeks to improve the education, health, nutrition and wellbeing of children in the area. The Programme targets a population of 4,443 adults and 6,919 children. World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organisation that is dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide. It empowers communities to reach their full potential by addressing causes of poverty and injustices affecting them. The organisation partners with communities, governments, sponsors, donors and corporates to realise its global strategy, Our Promise 2030, which aims at building brighter futures for vulnerable children worldwide. World Vision's Strategic Goal (2016-2020) in Kenya, is to contribute to increased protection, participation and well-being of 2.6 million most vulnerable children and 14 million children, through policy influence by 2020. World Vision's work in Kenya: www.wvi.org/kenya Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.982 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world. Website: www.panasonic.com/global PAGE 094
Holland America Line REACHED $6 MILLION DONATED TO CANCER SUPPORT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OPRAH MAG In recognition of World Cancer Day today, Holland America Line is proud to announced that during this year's, O, The Oprah Magazine "Girls' Getaway" cruise aboard Nieuw Statendam, the cruise line reached a total of $6 million raised for cancer support through its On Deck programming. Holland America Line began the program in 2006, and currently On Deck for a Cause benefits five international cancer organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing aboard each of the line's 15 ships, with proceeds distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society). On the special "Girls' Getaway" cruise, the walk was kicked off with remarks by Jayne Jamison, senior vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer of O, The Oprah Magazine, who is a cancer survivor. "Thanks to generous contributions from thousands of our guests and employees we've been able to passionately raise funds for cancer awareness and research for more than a decade, and we are extremely proud to have surpassed the $6 million milestone in donations," said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line's president. "At Holland America Line we believe in giving back and it was even more special to reach this achievement on our newest ship and during the Girls' Getaway cruise with our partners at O, The Oprah Magazine, whose mission is to inspire others to live their best life." To celebrate the $6 million milestone, special celebrations are being held on every ship in the fleet following their own On Deck for a Cause walks, with the traditional lemonade as well as sparkling wine, cake, appetizers and celebratory music. Since 2006 more than 395,000 participants have joined in more than 5,600 walks aboard Holland America Line cruises. Guests of
all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation, and on a day at sea participants join in a 5k walk around the ship's decks. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt, wristband and a reception following the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps. In 2019 more than 500 On Deck for a Cause events will be held across the Holland America Line fleet, with walks taking place globally on cruises to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Alaska's Inside Passage, Canada & New England, Mexico, Asia, the Baltic, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and South America. Holland America Line and its corporate foundation's charitablegiving programs include cash sponsorships, shipboard luncheons, free- and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic activities. About Holland America Line- a division of Carnival Corporation and plc : Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 128-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, EXC In-Depth Voyages, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia & New Zealand and Asia voyages; two annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The company's brand evolution in recent years secured its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Website: www.hollandamerica.com PAGE 095
Nature's Pride PARTNERSHIP WITH APEEL TO TAKE THE FOOD WASTE FIGHT TO EUROPE THROUGH PLANTDERIVED TECHNOLOGY Apeel Sciences, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of TIME Magazine's 50 Genius Companies, and Nature's Pride, Europe's leader in avocados and mangos with a focus on sustainability, have officially joined forces.
Apeel Sciences. "Nature's Pride and Apeel have the same vision for a future where our food systems operate more harmoniously with nature, and we couldn't be more thrilled to work with them to take the food waste fight to Europe very soon."
Subject to EU regulatory approval, Nature's Pride plans to integrate Apeel's plant-derived food waste prevention technology across its expansive avocado value chain, which will bring Apeel Avocados — avocados with double the edible shelf life on average — to European households for the first time.
Avocado pilots are expected to start mid-year in select retail stores in Europe, subject to EU regulatory approval, and both companies are excited to offer European customers and consumers Apeel Avocados. Fresh food producers and retailers interested in Apeel's technology can get in touch via the Apeel business form.
The Apeel and Nature's Pride partnership comes at a time when food waste in Europe has reached a staggering 88 million tonnes annually, with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros, and builds on Apeel's successful introduction in the U.S., where the technology has demonstrated a greater than 50% food waste reduction at the retail level. As part of the partnership, Nature's Pride and Apeel Sciences will introduce a co-branded label, a signal to consumers of quality, sustainability, longer lasting freshness, and thus, less food waste, made possible by Apeel's technology. "We put the health of people and the environment at the heart of all we do. We are constantly looking for improvements in our value chain to provide our customers with the highest quality and most tasty products. With Apeel, we share the same values: we are both pioneering and passionate about reducing food waste, and we want to work collaboratively with others to solve this problem. This makes Apeel the ideal strategic partner for us. We look forward to reducing food waste, unlocking new value for everybody in the supply chain, and growing the fruit and vegetable business with all of our partners together," said Adriëlle Dankier, chief commercial officer of Nature's Pride. "Food waste is a massive global problem and with a strategic leader like Nature's Pride, we can look to a future where there's much less waste in the system, and we can advance sustainability together with benefits to everyone in the supply chain," said James Rogers, chief executive officer and founder of
APEEL PRODUCE: Every plant on earth has a peel or skin that protects it. From oranges to apples to tomatoes and raspberries, the materials found in the skins and peels of plants are ubiquitous and consumed in the human diet in high quantities every day. Using these same materials, Apeel's plant-derived technology provides produce "a little extra peel" that naturally slows the rate of water loss and oxidation — the primary causes of spoilage. Apeel produce stays fresh two to three times longer, which promotes more sustainable growing practices, better quality food, and less food waste from farm to retail shelf to home. For suppliers and retailers, Apeel produce is the only produce that has an optimal microclimate inside of every piece of fruit, which leads to improved quality, extended shelf life, and transportability — without reliance on refrigeration, controlled atmosphere, or preservatives. Nature's Pride supplies over 230 unique fruit and vegetables from 59 countries, from Ready-to-Eat and exotic fruit and vegetables to the delicious berries and off-season products. Together, with their partners, Nature's Pride makes a difference every day. It is dedicated to set the standard in the chain with tasteful products, high service, innovations and contribute to a better world. Sustainability is at the core of the business. The sustainable goals are set for 2023 to improve livelihoods, reduce food waste and reduce environmental impact. Website: www.naturespride.eu PAGE 096
Nous Infosystems HELPED OVER 5000 UNDERPRIVILEGED STUDENTS ACROSS INDIA TO ACCESS BETTER EDUCATION In the last 2 years, Nous Infosystems has helped over 5000 underprivileged children in India to access better educational facilities by providing infrastructure, books and uniforms. What started in 2017 in Bangalore (India) as a modest initiative to provide study material for underprivileged children studying in public schools, turned into a wholehearted effort from Nous Infosystems in 2018. In the last couple of years, schools from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala in India have benefited from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts of Nous Infosystems. Over 100 volunteers from the organization have helped to drive this cause by contributing in various ways on the ground. Speaking about her experience, Mrs. Chhaya Rohin Barvataya, one of the Nous volunteers said, "For the past 2 years, our team of energetic employees has shown sheer commitment to help children get educated with good facilities. It is indeed an overwhelming experience to see our efforts bring a smile on the faces of these little souls." Nous Infosystems also contributed an undisclosed sum for the rehabilitation of local schools in Karnataka and Kerala, postAugust 2018 floods. This organizational initiative commenced by first reaching out to the district authorities and a few NonGovernment Organizations (NGOs) and then an in-person visit to estimate the damage caused to the local schools by the devastating floods. This exercise helped the organization to zero-in on eight schools in the Coorg (Karnataka) and Alwaye, Wayanad (Kerala). "It was disheartening to see the damage that the schools incurred, but we also witnessed the imperishable spirit of the children. We thank the District Administration and the NGOs for helping us identify schools that needed support. We are determined to provide the required facilities to the schools to ensure they get back to same or better facilities especially when it comes to their Computers and Science labs. In the majority of
the schools selected to receive aid, Nous Infosystems has also offered to replenish their sports facilities to ensure overall development of the children." said Aji John Joseph, VP – HR, Nous Infosystems who is leading the rehabilitation initiatives working closely with the school authorities. Nous Infosystems is a Global Information Technology company providing software solutions & services for Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI), Healthcare and Retail customers. Having been in the industry for over 2 decades, Nous works with Fortune 500 & Global 2000 companies and has offices in USA, UK, Canada, Germany & India. Nous' core offerings include Product Engineering Services, Application Development & Maintenance, Independent Testing and Infrastructure Management Services. The Centre of Competencies (CoCs) for Digital Transformation, Business Intelligence (BI) & Analytics, Mobility, Cloud, Enterprise Portals and UI/UX practices are part of Nous' specialized offerings. Nous believes in giving back to society, in its own way, and is committed to make a difference to the less privileged sections of society. CSR is one of the key pillars of Nous’ corporate values which is aimed to achieve a more equitable society through its initiatives. In line with this vision, Nous supports programs directed towards providing education and vocational guidance to children who are less privileged. The programs include providing books and school supplies, and catering to infrastructure requirements at Government Schools. A cause where lack of finance, should not mean lack of deserving education. Under this program, we conduct “Nous Sponsored Scholarship” assessments for under privileged students. The students who meet the assessment requirements, get a sponsored scholarship from Nous for their entire PU education. Our engagement with the schools, teachers, and children is not limited to providing for their requirements. We talk to them personally, guide them, and even keep a check on quality of education being offered. Website: www.nousinfosystems.com PAGE 097
L'OCCITANE Group SIGNS SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH LOOP INDUSTRIES TO TRANSITION TO 100% SUSTAINABLE PET PLASTIC The L'OCCITANE Group, a global manufacturer and retailer of natural cosmetics and well-being products with five leading brands, and Loop Industries, Inc. a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, announced today the signing of a multi-year take or pay supply agreement for Loop™ branded 100% sustainable PET plastic. The agreement will see L'OCCITANE en Provence start to incorporate Loop™ PET plastic into its product packaging as of 2022 and place the Loop logo on all packaging containing Loop™ PET plastic. As the demand for sustainable packaging solutions continues to grow, Loop Industries has emerged with transformational upcycling technology that allows plastic bottles and packaging, carpet and polyester textile of any colour, transparency or condition and even ocean plastics that have been degraded by the sun and salt, to provide brand owners a sustainable plastic product that helps solve the plastic pollution problem and meets FDA requirements for use in food-grade packaging. So, when the Loop logo appears on a package, it is a confirmation for consumers that the plastic is sustainable. "Helping companies leverage their packaging as a symbol of their commitment to sustainability rather than a symbol of waste is one of our primary missions. We are so pleased to work with the L'OCCITANE Group, a leading premium retail brand, to do just that," said Daniel Solomita, Founder & CEO of Loop Industries. "We are convinced that companies that make this transition, use sustainable packaging and encourage recycling, will help restore our environment and create greater economic value." For Adrien Geiger, Global Brand Director at L'OCCITANE en Provence: "Our brand is inspired by nature, people and culture and we have been using natural plant-derived ingredients and eco-friendly manufacturing for more than 40 years. We are therefore very conscious of the importance of eco-design and sustainable packaging. We have been launching eco-refill
products, in-store recycling and bottles made out of 100% recycled plastic for more than 10 years and are continuing to progress on this. The innovative technology that Loop provides is a game-changer that can help us fundamentally contribute to solving the growing global concern about plastic pollution. We are excited to sign with Loop, representing a significant shift in our approach to plastic." Both Loop and L'OCCITANE know how important it is to keep plastic in the economy and out of our shared environment. This agreement supercharges L'OCCITANE's ability to close the loop on its plastic bottles. L'OCCITANE also provides in-store recycling facilities to encourage its customers to participate, with recycling facilities now available at 30% of its owned stores and 100% targeted by 2025. Loop Industries, Inc. is a technology company whose mission is to accelerate the world's shift toward sustainable plastic and away from our dependence on fossil fuels. Loop's patented and proprietary technology decouples plastic from fossil fuels by depolymerizing waste polyester plastic and fiber to its base building blocks (monomers). The monomers are then filtered, purified and repolymerized to create virgin-quality polyester plastic suitable for use in in food-grade packaging. Website: www.loopindustries.com The L'OCCITANE Group is an international group that manufactures and retails beauty and well-being products that are rich in natural and organic ingredients. A global leader in the premium beauty market, the group has more than 3,000 retail outlets, including 1,555 owned stores, and is present in 90 countries. Through its five brands - L'OCCITANE en Provence, Melvita, Erborian, L'OCCITANE au Brésil and LimeLife by Alcone the group offers new and extraordinary beauty experiences, using high quality products that respect nature, the environment and the people who surround it. Website: www.group.loccitane.com PAGE 098
BOVET 1822 LUXURY TIMEPIECE MANUFACTURER HAS DONATED OVER $5M IN 6 YEARS TO HAITI Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), an organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty around the world, with immediate efforts serving the poorest communities in Haiti, wishes to pay thanks to strategic partner BOVET 1822, Swiss Manufacturer of luxury timepieces, for their six-year contribution of over $5 Million. Thanks to BOVET 1822 and the visionary guidance of Owner Mr. Pascal Raffy, APJ has been able to give 100% of every dollar towards meeting the organization's mission, and has raised over $31M to support programs in education and training in creative industries. "It is a privilege to be able to thank Mr. Raffy for all that he has done to help break the cycle of endemic poverty in Haiti," says Susan Sarandon, Co-Chair, Artists for Peace and Justice. "It is thanks to generous sponsors like BOVET 1822 that we are able to incite real change, by helping to foster economic growth and empowering local Haitian communities through education." "It is with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge the contributions of our long term strategic partner BOVET 1822 over the past six years," says Marchelle Sellers, CEO, Artists for Peace and Justice. "BOVET 1822 and Mr. Raffy's passion, dedication, unwavering support and financial commitment have allowed us to make great strides in bringing education, healthcare and hope to the children of Haiti." In a world of immense beauty, talent and abundance Mr. Raffy and his house of BOVET embody the very meaning of craft at its highest calling and excellence. Every part of a BOVET timepiece is meticulously hand crafted - and often hand painted as hand engraved - by master artisans at the BOVET castle and manufacture, both nested in the Jura Mountains, cradle of Swiss high watchmaking. We recognize that a lot of people do many beautiful and compassionate things. Very few give far more than they shall ever receive. Mr. Raffy does. He is a beautiful example, leader
and a true Artist for Peace and Justice. Through its strategic partnership, BOVET 1822 has given APJ the platform to host star-studded fundraising events across the globe, including during the Toronto International Film Festival, with a gala event that most recently raised $1.4M. BOVET 1822 has also served as title sponsor for marquee events during the Oscars in Los Angeles, in addition to events in New York, London and Dubai. Notable names who have attended BOVET-hosted events include APJ Co-Chairs Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, as well as Sean Penn, Dame Helen Mirren, Adam Sandler, Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Adrien Brody, Daniel Craig, Jackson Browne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Jonas, Chuck Close, Donna Karan and many, many more. BOVET 1822 is a Swiss Manufacturer of luxury timepieces. Since its foundation in 1822, BOVET has artfully combined the most sophisticated mechanisms with the finest craftsmanship, employing artisanal techniques such as gem-setting, engraving, and miniature painting. Under the visionary guidance of Owner Mr. Raffy, BOVET 1822 acquired renowned tourbillons and dials manufactures in 2006 and DIMIER 1738 immediately began producing the Maison's movements, hair springs, and dials inhouse. His passion for Haute Horlogerie also led to the introduction of the remarkable Amadéo convertible case system, which draws inspiration from the exquisite 19th century pocket watches produced by BOVET 1822. Today, the House demonstrates its excellence through varied collections that encompass models as emblematic and remarkable as the Virtuoso IX, Récital 26 Brainstorm and Grand Récital tourbillons, to name just a few of its icons. BOVET 1822 has been rewarded with more than 30 awards and distinctions, including the most coveted "Aiguille d'Or" at Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for the Grand Récital, honoring and the virtuosity of the Maison' artisans and their intangible passion to define luxury in its most noble expression. Website: www.bovet.com PAGE 099
Merck ‘MERCK MORE THAN A MOTHER’ CAMPAIGN EMPOWER INFERTILE WOMEN ACROSS THE GLOBE “Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention and management. In partnership with academia, ministries of health and international fertility societies, the initiative also provides medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries. With “Merck More than a mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training the skills of local experts, building advocacy in cooperation with decision makers and by supporting childless women in starting their own small business. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child. The Ambassadors of “Merck More Than a Mother” are: First Lady of Ghana, H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO; H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana; H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. DJÈNÈ CONDÈ, The First Lady of GuineaConakry; H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW, The First Lady of Gambia; H.E. AISSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU, The First Lady of Niger; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone and H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia. Also, part of the campaign is our Merck Embryology & Fertility Training Program, a three-month hands-on practical course in partnership with IRSI, Indonesia, IIRRH, India and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal University), India to establish the platform of fertility specialists across Africa and developing countries. Merck Foundation provided for more than
84 candidates, in clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists in more than 29 countries across Africa and Asia such as: Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire , Ghana, Ethiopia , Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania , Zambia , Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Burkina Fuso, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameron, Rwanda, Botswana, DR Congo , Congo Brazzaville, Gambia , Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia. Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had fertility specialists or specialized fertility clinics before ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ intervention, to train the first fertility specialists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, Guinea, Ethiopia and Uganda. The Merck Foundation; established in 2017, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts is focused on improving access to innovative healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Almost 53,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2017, Merck generated sales of € 15.3 billion in 66 countries. Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials. Website: www.merck.com PAGE 100
Marriott International HAS TRAINED 500,000 HOTEL WORKERS TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Company's milestone - reached during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - underscores global commitment to safety and human rights. Marriott International announced that, as of this month, it has successfully trained 500,000 hotel workers to spot the signs of human trafficking in its hotels and how to respond if they do, marking a watershed moment in the global fight against this multinational crime. "Human trafficking is a horrific form of modern slavery that entraps millions of people around the world," said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. "By educating and empowering our global workforce to say something if they see something, we are not just standing up for the most vulnerable in society, we are also protecting associates and guests as well as living up to a core company value -- serving our world." Marriott launched its mandatory human trafficking awareness training program for on-property staff in both managed and franchised properties in January 2017, underscoring ongoing efforts under the company's robust sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction. "Hotels can unfortunately be unwilling venues for this unconscionable crime – and as a global hotel company that cares about human rights, we're proud to be training hotel workers across the Marriott system to spot the signs," said Dr. David Rodriguez, Chief Global Human Resources Officer, Marriott International. "There is no easy fix, but combatting modern-day slavery starts with awareness – and we now have a significant number of people capable of recognizing suspicious behavior and reporting it to management and, in some cases, law enforcement." Since launching the program, Marriott's training has directly resulted in young people being removed from dangerous situations.
To develop and test its human trafficking awareness training program, Marriott spent nearly a year collaborating with ECPATUSA and Polaris – two leading non-profits that specialize in combatting human trafficking. The company arranged for the program to be translated from English into 16 additional languages and also made sure it could be taken either online or in a classroom setting, so it can be accessed and understood in the 130 countries and territories where Marriott operates. The instruction is also broken down by role because the signs that a front desk clerk sees may differ from those that a housekeeper or bartender sees. The International Labour Organization projects that worldwide more than 40 million people are subjected to modern slavery – and UNICEF estimates that about 25 percent of trafficking globally involves children. Polaris, which runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States, estimates there are hundreds of thousands of sex and forced-labor trafficking victims in the United States. Examples of the visible and hidden warning signs that Marriott shares with its hotel staff: Minimal luggage and clothing Multiple men seen being escorted one at a time to a guest room Individuals who can't speak freely or seem disoriented Guests who insist on little or no housekeeping. "Hotel workers wouldn't necessarily see a human trafficker visibly restraining a victim; they would typically see a scenario that is much more nuanced and harder to detect if you don't know what to look for," said Rodriguez. "That's why helping hotel workers identify the signs of sexual exploitation and forced labor is so important. This knowledge gives them confidence that they can do something to help, which is already having an important impact in our hotels." Website: www.marriott.com PAGE 101
John Hancock $1MILLION TO FUND 630 SUMMER JOBS FOR BOSTON TEENS; ANNOUNCES 2019 MLK SCHOLARS John Hancock announced today that it is awarding over $1 million in grants through its MLK Scholars program to provide 630 Boston teens with paid summer jobs and leadership development opportunities at 58 non-profit organizations. The annual million-dollar program, marking its 12th consecutive year, is a cross-sector collaboration led by John Hancock in partnership with Boston University, The Boston Globe, Partners HealthCare, and the City of Boston.Â Boston students spend the summer working at non-profit agencies across the city, gaining valuable work skills and engaging on issues that affect their community. In addition to the work experience, all scholars complete an online financial education program and attend in-person leadership development forums at Boston University. The non-profits receive direct funding from John Hancock to pay each MLK Scholar a summer salary. "John Hancock is committed to fostering healthier, more equitable communities, especially in our hometown of Boston," said Thomas Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel, John Hancock Corporate Responsibility & Government Relations. "Our MLK Scholars program helps empower young people to improve their overall well-being by gaining important career readiness and financial capability, building positive relationships, and supporting good decision-making." "Engaging our teens with financial education, valuable work experience, and interactions with leaders from around Boston not only helps them grow but is an investment in our City that will be evident for years to come," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I applaud programs like John Hancock MLK Scholars as they truly make a difference in our students' lives." In 2018, John Hancock expanded its partnership with leading educational technology innovator EVERFI to extend its digital financial education trainings to teens who participate in otherÂ
summer jobs programs in Boston. As part of this three-year initiative, EVERFI is conducting a longitudinal study and releases impact data each year. 2018 findings reveal participating students experience higher levels of preparedness for financial tasks and confidence in practicing healthy financial habits, compared to Massachusetts teens not in the summer program. The survey also revealed the top goal for participants is to avoid taking on new debt with 60 percent making it a financial goal for the next five years. "Financial knowledge and decision-making skills are key building blocks of sustainable financial well-being," said Meg Moyer, vice president, Research & Evaluation, EVERFI, Inc. "By providing young adults with both education and opportunities to make real financial decisions with their own paychecks, John Hancock supports the development of both knowledge and skills. In our research, we saw that MLK Scholars participants were more likely than their peers to say they felt prepared to manage a budget, understand credit, and finance higher education -- all important financial skills they are now putting into practice." MLK Scholars is believed to be the largest, most comprehensive, corporate-based summer jobs program of its kind in the nation. For more information regarding John Hancock's MLK Scholars Program, visit MLK Scholars. John Hancock is a division of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were over CAD$1.1 trillion (US$863 billion) as of September 30, 2018. One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports approximately 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products. Website: www.johnhancock.com PAGE 102
Novartis PARTNERED WITH GOVERNMENT OF GHANA TO IMPROVE TREATMENT OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE The Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and other allied agencies, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global medicines company Novartis to create a new public-private partnership designed to improve the diagnoses and accelerate treatment for people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Approximately 80% of individuals with SCD globally are born in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than half of affected individuals die before the age of five due to preventable complications. In Ghana, it is estimated that 15,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease every year. The GoG-Novartis partnership aims to improve and extend the lives of people with SCD through a comprehensive approach to screening and diagnosis; treatment and disease management; training and education; and elevating basic and clinical research and scientific capabilities. Specifically, the partners will collaborate on field testing and implementation of SCD treatment guidelines, the establishment of centers of excellence across regions and the implementation of newborn screening at these centers. Speaking after the announcement of the MoU on the sidelines of the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Hon Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Minister for Health expressed confidence that the collaboration would help provide improved health care and reduce preventable deaths. “We are pleased to partner with the Sickle Cell Foundation and Novartis in order to address sickle cell disease in Ghana. We are committed to put SCD among the priorities on our national health agenda and to put the required resources behind it. Together, we can actively contribute to ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, as set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” he stated. Explaining the rationale behind his company’s decision to partner with the Government of Ghana, Vas Narasimhan, MD,
CEO of Novartis stated: “Novartis has a long-term commitment to ensuring that our medicines, and healthcare in general, are accessible to as many patients as possible. Our hope is that we’ll continue to reimagine the way this disease is treated, in order to offer better medicines and improved care to sickle cell patients in Africa and around the world. I am proud that Novartis is committed to addressing this challenge.” Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of the Ghana Health Service, expressed his deep appreciation for the collaboration, emphasising that the partnership with Novartis would have many benefits for persons with sickle cell disease, including a reduction in treatment costs and access to cutting edge research materials. “Sickle Cell is an age-old disease that has led to many avoidable deaths over the years. This partnership will help the Ghana Health Service to tackle it head on, and also make its treatment affordable and sustainable. This partnership will help to improve access to high quality treatment for patients in Ghana, with Novartis committed to testing innovative sickle treatments in the country, which would also provide data for further studies. Ghana is set to be the gateway to sickle cell disease research in Africa.” Hydroxyurea treatment is expected to start reaching hundreds of patients in 2019. Novartis: We reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible. Novartis was created in 1996 through a merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz. Novartis and its predecessor companies trace roots back more than 250 years, with a rich history of developing innovative products. Corporate responsibility is endorsed and ingrained at the highest level of Novartis. It is central to how we run our business. Website: www.novartis.com PAGE 103
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